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Meet Your 2017 Nashville Sounds

0nsIMG_2587We recently took a look at the likely A’s opening day roster for 2017, which appears to be reasonably well set, with the exception of a couple of minor question marks. This year’s Triple-A Nashville Sounds roster is a far more complicated puzzle to try to piece together at this point though. The main reason for this is that the A’s have invited a whopping 70 players to their major league spring training camp this year, and all but a handful of them already have major league or Triple-A experience and are expected to battle for 50 roster spots with Oakland and Nashville.

Some players, like LHP Felix Doubront and RHPs Chris Bassitt and Daniel Mengden, are likely to open the season on the disabled list. But if most of the others remain healthy, then that will leave plenty of players on the outside looking in. And with the A’s major league roster seeming to be fairly well set at this point, most of that roster crunch will be occurring at Nashville, and we may be looking at a fairly significant roster purge towards the end of spring training before rosters can be finalized.

While recent draftees, like LHP A.J. Puk and catcher Sean Murphy, certainly won’t be in contention to open the season anywhere near as high as Triple-A, and others players, like infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock, appear set to start the season with Double-A Midland, there are certain players who will be guaranteed plenty of regular playing time at Nashville this season no matter what happens – top prospects like Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto and Matt Olson, as well as others.

The A’s usually like to start the season with 13 pitchers and 12 position players at the Triple-A level. And while some recent trades and injuries have helped to relieve the pitching logjam at Nashville a bit, there currently appear to be about 18 position players jockeying for 12 Triple-A roster spots at this point, so something’s definitely going to have to give there. So, with all that in mind, let’s take a look at how things are shaping up for your 2017 Nashville Sounds…

 

CATCHERS

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

The catching corps appears to be one of the clearer areas when it comes to the Nashville roster. If Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are both healthy to start the season, then it looks looks likely that Bruce Maxwell will start the year back at Nashville, getting most of the starts behind the plate for the Sounds. Matt McBride, who shared time with Maxwell at Nashville last season, appears set to do the same again this year. The A’s signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway as a minor league free agent in the offseason. But just as there doesn’t appear to be room for three catchers on Oakland’s roster, there doesn’t seem to be room for three catchers on Nashville’s roster either. And since Lavarnway spent most of last season at Double-A and Midland catcher Beau Taylor is set to spend the first 50 games of the season on the suspended list, Lavarnway may need to start the year on the Double-A RockHounds roster until an opening develops in the catching corps.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

There’s no doubt that top prospect Franklin Barreto will have the chance to get plenty of at-bats as Nashville’s starting shortstop this season. And since it appears unlikely that either Joey Wendle or Chad Pinder will be able to crack Oakland’s opening day roster at this point, then Wendle should end up seeing the majority of the starts at second base for the Sounds, just as he has for the past two seasons, with Pinder splitting time between both second and short while possibly increasing his versatility by spending some time at other spots around the diamond as well. The A’s re-signed minor league free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s spent most of his time at second and short of late, and also signed minor league free agent Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent most of his time at second and third. But if all the top prospects are healthy, it’s awfully hard to see where the at-bats are to be found for these two veteran minor leaguers. Meanwhile, infielders Yairo Munoz, Max Schrock and Richie Martin are likely to find themselves starting the season on the Double-A RockHounds roster.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

Top power prospect Matt Chapman should find himself firmly entrenched at the hot corner for the Sounds in 2017. Renato Nunez clearly will get his share of at-bats too but, with Chapman viewed as the A’s third baseman of the future, most of them aren’t likely to be coming at third this year. Matt Olson has split time the past couple seasons between first base and right field, while minor league free agent signee Chris Parmelee, a former 1st-round pick with plenty of major league service time under his belt, is also experienced at first and in right, and he and Olson should end up sharing most of the at-bats at first and in right for the Sounds. But let’s not forget that first baseman Rangel Ravelo is still in the picture as well, though he was optioned off the 40-man roster in the offseason. The same is true of utility man Max Muncy, who has spent most of his time at first and third. The A’s signed minor league free agent infielder Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent the bulk of his time at the hot corner, but it seems highly unlikely that he’ll steal many at-bats from Matt Chapman so, if he can crack the Triple-A roster, most of his at-bats would be more likely to come from his secondary position at second base. The A’s also re-signed minor free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s also far more likely to find at-bats at second than at third, if he can find a way to make it onto the Sounds roster.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Jaycob Brugman

Jaycob Brugman

The Sounds outfield picture is another complicated one to try to piece together at this point, with far more players than spots on the roster. Starting at the top, Mark Canha and Jake Smolinski seem to have the inside track for the final two major league roster spots with Oakland. And if things play out just that way, then major league veteran Alejandro De Aza, who signed a minor league contract in the offseason, would find himself back in Triple-A. However, if De Aza should manage to beat out either Canha or Smolinski, then the odd man out in that competition could be headed back to Nashville. Of course, Smolinksi and De Aza both have plenty of experience in center field, as does Jaycob Brugman, who is ikely to get plenty of at-bats for the Sounds this season, whether he’s starting in center or in either one of the corner spots. The A’s re-signed outfielder Andrew Lambo to a minor league contract, and added minor league free agent outfielder Jaff Decker, as well as Chris Parmelee who, like returning prospect Matt Olson, has spent plenty of time both in right field and at first base. Max Muncy, who will also be in the roster mix, saw significant time in the outfield last year as well. And it’s worth noting that, De Aza, Brugman, Lambo, Decker, Parmelee, Olson and Muncy give the organization a total of 7 left-handed hitters in the Triple-A outfield mix, and that’s on a team that’s only expected to carry 12 position players – of course, catcher Matt McBride spent plenty of time in the outfield last year as well – so something’s definitely going to have to give here one way or another!

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Jesse Hahn

Jesse Hahn

Until recently, the shape of the Sounds starting rotation was looking fairly clear. But the trade of Dillon Overton and Daniel Mengden’s recent foot injury have left things a little less clear. What is clear is that if RHP Jesse Hahn can’t beat out RHPs Andrew Triggs or Jharel Cotton, the favorites to fill the final two spots in the A’s rotation, then Hahn will wind up heading up the Sounds starting five. Two other apparent certainties to join him there are flame-throwing RHP Frankie Montas and former 2nd-round draft pick Daniel Gossett, who finished out the season strong for the Sounds. Beyond those three, the pitching picture starts to get a little murkier, though that’s certainly not for a dearth of viable candidates. LHP Ross Detwiler signed a minor league contract to remain with the organization, but since he has an opt-out clause, he could depart if not guaranteed a spot on the major league roster. But should he decide to stay, then he would likely garner a spot in the Sounds rotation. RHP Raul Alcantara could also be in the mix, but he’s out of options, and it seems unlikely that the A’s would try to sneak him through waivers to get him back on the Nashville roster. RHPs Zach Neal and Chris Smith were two of Nashville’s top starters last season, so they would represent a couple of experienced options, but both primarily shifted to working out of the bullpen during the latter part of last season. Meanwhile, a pair of RHPs the A’s signed as minor league free agents could represent two of the team’s top options – Cesar Valdez, who posted an impressive 1-to-9 walk-to-strikeout ratio for Triple-A Fresno last year, and Michael Brady, who put up a solid 2.89 ERA between Triple-A and Double-A last season. RHP Paul Blackburn, who spent all of last season at Double-A, could fight his way into the competition, as could RHP Heath Fillmyer, but both may be more likely to kick off the year at Midland. RHP Daniel Mengden, who recently underwent foot surgery, and RHP Chris Bassitt and LHP Felix Doubront, both of whom are returning from Tommy John surgery, will all prominently factor into the Sounds pitching picture as soon as they’re ready to return to action as well.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Bobby Wahl

Bobby Wahl

There should be no shortage of candidates to fill out the 8 spots in the Sounds bullpen this season. If the A’s should decide to keep RHP Raul Alcantara on the major league roster, since he’s out of options, and there are no further pitching injuries or trades at the major league level, then LHP Daniel Coulombe is likely to find himself starting the year back at Nashville. RHP Bobby Wahl, who posted a 2.65 ERA and 14 saves across three levels last year, RHP Tucker Healy, who struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings for Nashville in 2016, and RHP Aaron Kurcz all seem likely to return to Music City as well. The A’s also signed minor league free agent RHPs Josh Smith, Tyler Sturdevant and Simon Castro, all of whom have some degree of major league experience under their belts and seem destined to be a part of Nashville’s relief corps this year. The final spots in the Sounds bullpen are likely to be filled by whoever among Zach Neal, Chris Smith, Michael Brady and Cesar Valdez don’t end up finding spots in the Sounds starting rotation. And unless injuries strike, it doesn’t appear that there will be any room for RHPs Trey Cochran-Gill or Sam Bragg, both of whom had solid seasons for Midland last year, to make the move up to Triple-A to start the season.

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Meet Your 2017 Oakland A’s

0IMG_2486cAs the 2016 season came to an end and the A’s headed into the offseason, there were an awful lot of questions regarding the team’s roster for the coming season, and many of those questions still remained unanswered as the calendar turned to 2017. But a quartet of January free agent signings, along with a number of other minor moves, seems to have solidified the shape of the A’s roster for 2017.

At one time, it appeared that a number of rookie hitters might stand a good chance of making the 2017 opening day roster, including players such as catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle. But the way things are now shaping up, barring injuries, it looks like the A’s are likely to start the season with no rookie position players on the roster and perhaps just one or two rookie pitchers on the opening day squad.

Of course, the A’s being the A’s, it’s entirely possible that the front office could still have a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve before opening day. But after the flurry of roster moves over the past month, here’s how things are now shaping up for your 2017 Oakland A’s…

 

CATCHERS

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt was named to the American League All-Star squad for the second straight season last year, and the A’s current clubhouse leader is set to return as the team’s primary catcher again this season. Josh Phegley, who appeared in 73 games for Oakland in 2015, made it into just 25 games for the A’s last year due to injuries. Phegley has apparently recovered from last summer’s knee surgery and, as long as he’s healthy, is expected to serve as Vogt’s platoon partner in 2017. Rookie receiver Bruce Maxwell had an impressive Triple-A campaign and looked solid in 33 late-season games with the A’s last year. So if there are any health issues with Phegley or Vogt to start the year or at any point during the season, then Maxwell should be poised to step right in and pick up the slack.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien

Slugging shortstop Marcus Semien hit 27 home runs while appearing in a total of 159 games for Oakland in 2016. The iron-man infielder played in more games than any other member of the A’s squad for the second straight season, and we can probably expect to see more of the same kind of endurance from Semien again this year. Meanwhile, second baseman Jed Lowrie, in his second stint with the A’s, missed the final two months last season while undergoing foot surgery. The team expects him to be recovered from the procedure and has anointed him as its starting second baseman for the coming season, as long as he remains healthy. The A’s also signed infielder Adam Rosales as a free agent in late January, and one would expect that the versatile veteran could fill in fairly regularly for Lowrie at second base while also giving Semien a few more days off at shortstop over the course of the season. With Semien, Lowrie and Rosales in the picture, it doesn’t leave much room for other middle infielders like Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder, who are likely to be available at Nashville if any infield replacements are needed. Also waiting in the wings at Nashville will be shortstop (and possible future second baseman) Franklin Barreto, who’s considered the A’s top hitting prospect.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

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Ryon Healy

Another one of the A’s January free agent signings was former Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe, whom the team made clear would serve as its starting third baseman, shifting young slugger Ryon Healy to first base and the designated hitter spot. Last year’s primary first baseman Yonder Alonso has been retained and the left-handed hitter is expected to man the position while righties are on the mound. Healy, who proved himself at the plate last year, is expected to be a regular in the lineup, likely serving as the designated hitter much of the time while possibly shifting back to his natural position at first base when Alonso sits against lefties. That would open up the designated hitter spot against lefties. Mark Canha missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery but is expected to be at full strength come spring training. A’s general manager David Forst has frequently spoken favorably of Canha over the course of the offseason, and he would seem to be the most likely candidate for the role, while also being available to fill in at first base as well as in the outfield. If reinforcements are needed at the corner spots, the A’s top power-hitting prospect, third baseman Matt Chapman, will be just one step away at Nashville, as will other young sluggers like Renato Nunez and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

Khris Davis clubbed 42 home runs while serving as the A’s starting left fielder last season and, fortunately for A’s fans, they can expect to be seeing the big bopper back in the cleanup spot for the green and gold again this year. American League stolen-base leader Rajai Davis was signed as a free agent to man center field and bat leadoff, while veteran left-handed hitter Matt Joyce was signed to be the team’s starting right fielder against righties, with returning right-handed hitter Jake Smolinski expected to serve as his platoon partner against lefties. Mark Canha, who is likely to see some time at first base and in the designated hitter spot, could also be available to fill in in the outfield corners. Meanwhile, down on the farm, two young left-handed hitting prospects who could step in and fill outfield roles if needed, Matt Olson and Jaycob Brugman, should be back for their second seasons at Nashville. And joining them there will likely be another left-handed-hitting outfielder, this one with plenty of major league experience, 32-year-old veteran Alejandro De Aza, who was signed to a minor league contract last month.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

There really don’t seem to be too many big question marks about the A’s starting rotation at this point. Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea are set to top the starting five. And since Daniel Mengden recently fractured a bone in his right foot, it’s now even more likely that the final two spots in the rotation will be filled by a pair of pitchers the A’s front office has repeatedly spoken highly of during the offseason, rookie Jharel Cotton and reliever-turned-starter Andrew Triggs. The A’s used a total of 14 different starting pitchers last year though, so we’ll probably end up seeing plenty of other names in the starting mix before the season’s through. Jesse Hahn, who made 9 starts for the A’s last season, is likely to start the year at Nashville and could be called upon if needed. A pair of pitchers who each made at least half a dozen starts for the A’s in 2017, Ross Detwiler and Zach Neal, should be available at Triple-A as well. Flame-thrower Frankie Montas, who’s on the 40-man roster, is also expected to start at Nashville, as is 2014 2nd-round pick Daniel Gossett. Raul Alcantara, who made 5 starts for the A’s late last year and is out of options, may very well end up serving as a long man out of the A’s bullpen but could always shift back into a starting role if needed. And, of course, once he recuperates from his foot injury, Mengden will be available again at some point, as will righty Chris Bassitt and lefty Felix Doubront, both of whom are returning from Tommy John surgery.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Ryan Madson

Ryan Madson

Much like the starting rotation, the A’s bullpen picture appears to be fairly clear as well, with just a couple of key questions remaining. With the A’s surprising signing of former Giants closer Santiago Casilla in January, the big question is whether Ryan Madson will return to the closer’s role for Oakland in 2017 or if Casilla will wind up displacing him. However it ends up shaking out though, the pair should serve as two of the team’s top late-inning options. Joining them will be fellow righties John Axford, Liam Hendriks and Ryan Dull as well as southpaw Sean Doolittle. If the A’s would like to have a second lefty in the bullpen, then Daniel Coulombe, who appeared in 35 games for the A’s last year and is the only other left-handed reliever on the 40-man roster, would seem to be the obvious choice. 24-year-old right-hander Raul Alcantara is out of options though, so the A’s may want to use that final spot to protect the young starter and have him serve as the long-man out of the bullpen. But if the A’s wanted to hang on to Alcantara and have a second lefty in the bullpen as well, then they could always consider trading one of their other relievers. If they did decide to do that, then someone like Axford, who is in the final year of his contract and is owed $5.5 million this year, would seem to be the most likely candidate. And if any bullpen reinforcements are needed, one of the top options this year could be right-hander Bobby Wahl, who’s on the 40-man roster, struck out 10.8 batters per 9 innings across three minor league levels in 2017 and finished the year with 4 saves over the last month of the season at Nashville.

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Tuesday, July 19th: Seddon’s Solid Effort & Chapman’s 4 RBIs Lead Hounds to Victory while Ports Win in a Walk-Off & Sounds Drop Twinbill

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks       2

Midland RockHounds  14

WP – Seddon 4-8 / 5.27

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Joel Seddon turned in his fifth straight quality start on Tuesday, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds. And Seddon has now given up just 4 earned runs in 34 innings over his last 5 starts for Midland. A number of hitters had big nights for the Hounds. Third baseman Matt Chapman led Tuesday’s attack, collecting 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and driving in 4 runs, while shortstop Yairo Munoz had 3 hits and drove in 3, and right fielder Tyler Marincov singled, doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

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Monday, July 4th: Rodriguez’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win while Stockton Snaps 7-Game Skid & Sounds Fall in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez (1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez (1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  12

Arkansas Travelers          2

WP – Cochran-Gill 3-3 / 3.80

HR – Munoz (5), Rodriguez (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez

(1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

A 1st inning grand slam off the bat of designated hitter Josh Rodriguez would give Midland more than they would need to prevail over Arkansas on Monday night. Rodriguez would later walk and score in the 5th, while second baseman Yairo Munoz immediately followed Rodriguez’s 1st inning grand slam with a solo shot of his own and also singled and scored in the 5th. Shortstop Franklin Barreto had 2 hits, including a double, drove in a pair and scored twice, and right fielder Tyler Marincov and left fielder J.P. Sportman each singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Raul Alcantara returned from the disabled list and allowed 2 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 3rd win for Midland. And in addition to Alcantara’s return from the disabled list, RHP Chris Jensen and LHP Brandon Mann were both reassigned to the RockHounds on Monday.

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Thursday, June 30th: Carson Blair’s 2 HRs Help Hounds Win while Sounds Come Up Short Despite Matt Olson’s HR

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Catcher Carson Blair (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Catcher Carson Blair (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   5

NW Arkansas Naturals   3

WP – Bracewell 4-1 / 2.08

HR – Chapman (18), Blair 2 (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Carson Blair

(2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Catcher Carson Blair had his biggest game since returning from the disabled list almost two weeks ago, slugging a pair of home runs to help the RockHounds win on Thursday. His first round-tripper was a solo shot in the 2nd inning to put the Hounds on the board and his second was a 2-run homer in the 6th to give his team the lead, which it never relinquished. Third baseman Matt Chapman smacked his league-leading 18th home run in the 5th and also doubled and scored an insurance run in the 9th for the RockHounds. Starter Ben Bracewell allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work to earn his 4th win, while RHP Bobby Wahl tossed a scoreless 9th to secure his 2nd save for the Hounds.

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Monday, June 20th: Overton Leads Sounds to Shutout Win and AZL A’s Drop Season Opener as A’s Draft Picks Make Pro Debuts

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  0

Nashville Sounds      4

WP – Overton 8-4 / 3.01

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

(7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

LHP Dillon Overton delivered another impressive start for the Sounds, striking out 6 over 7 1/3 shutout innings to earn his 8th win on Monday. Overton has now failed to allow a run in his last 25 1/3 innings and has earned the win in each of his last 7 starts for Nashville. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to complete the 6-hit shutout and post his 4th save for the Sounds. Center fielder Tyler Ladendorf collected 3 hits, including a double, while catcher Bruce Maxwell double in a pair of runs, and Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter and batting second, went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first rehab appearance with the Sounds. Meanwhile, the A’s optioned LHP Daniel Coulombe back to Nashville on Monday.

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Saturday, June 4th: Joey Wendle’s Grand Slam Helps Sounds Win while Angel Duno Pitches Snappers to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       13

Omaha Storm Chasers  5

WP – Overton 5-4 / 3.98

HR – Wendle (6), Lambo (4), McBride (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joey Wendle

(3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

With Nashville holding a slim 1-run lead in the 3rd inning, second baseman Joey Wendle stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and slugged a grand slam and the Sounds never looked back as they rolled to a 13-5 victory over Omaha on Saturday. Wendle also had a pair of singles and drove in a total of 5 runs in the game. Catcher Matt McBride followed Wendle’s big blast in the 3rd with a solo shot of his own, while left fielder Andrew Lambo launched his 4th home run in the 4th, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo reached base 4 times, on a pair of singles, a double and a walk, while driving in 2 runs. Starter Dillon Overton was solid, allowing 3 runs over 7 innings of work to earn his 5th win for Sounds. And in other news, the A’s recalled LHP Daniel Coulombe and optioned RHP Andrew Triggs back to Nashville on Saturday.

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Wednesday, May 25th: Matt Chapman’s 2 HRs Help Hounds Win while Daniel Mengden Impresses Again in Sounds’ Extra-Innings Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Springfield Cardinals     2

WP – Jensen 3-4 / 5.89

HR – Chapman 2 (13), Marincov (1), Nogowski (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Base Matt Chapman

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Third baseman Matt Chapman smacked 2 home runs to take back the Texas League home run lead and help the Hounds win their second straight against Springfield on Wednesday. Chapman slugged a solo shot with two outs in the top of the 1st to give Midland an early lead and then tagged a 2-run homer in his next trip to the plate in the 4th. Right fielder Tyler Marincov immediately followed that up with his 1st Texas League home run as he and Chapman went back-to-back, and designated hitter John Nogowski then notched his 1st home run since joining the RockHounds in the 5th. Starter Chris Jensen had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work to earn his 3rd win, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs to post his 2nd save for Midland.

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Sunday, May 22nd: Wade Kirkland Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off while Ryan Doolittle Drops Nashville Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     6

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Bragg 1-1 / 11.57

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Wade Kirkland

(4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs)

With one out and a man on third in the bottom of the 10th inning, second baseman Wade Kirkland singled to center field to drive in the winning run as the RockHounds won in a walk-off on Sunday. Kirkland collected a total of 4 hits in the game, including a double, and also drove in a run in the 2nd. Outfielders J.P. Sportman and Tyler Marincov had 3 hits apiece and each drove in a run for the RockHounds, while first baseman John Nogowski went 1 for 4 in his first game for Midland since being promoted from the Ports. Starter Joey Wagman allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work, and the Hounds held the lead when he left the game before throwing a pitch in the top of the 6th inning with an apparent blister. But RHP Kris Hall was charged with 3 runs in the 7th, while RHP Bobby Wahl surrendered the tying run in the top of the 9th to send the game to extra innings, and RHP Sam Bragg wound up picking up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 10th for Midland. Meanwhile, with Nashville LHP Daniel Coulombe joining the A’s, RockHounds RHP Ryan Doolittle was reassigned to the Sounds, and Stockton RHP Kyle Finnegan was sent to the Hounds on Sunday.

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Wednesday, May 11th: Angel Duno’s 6 Shutout Frames Help Snappers Salvage Doubleheader Split while Renato Nunez Hits 6th HR in Sounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Peoria Chiefs        0

Beloit Snappers  4

WP – Duno 3-1 / 1.80

HR – Iriart (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Angel Duno

(6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Angel Duno delivered another impressive start for the Snappers to help his team salvage a split of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Beloit. The 22-year-old Venezuelan allowed 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday. Duno has now allowed just 7 earned runs over 7 appearances while walking just 4 and striking out 32 in 35 innings of work. RHP Cody Kurz tossed a scoreless 7th to complete the 7-inning shutout. Designated hitter Jesus Lopez tripled with two outs in the 2nd to clear the bases and give Beloit an early 3-run lead, and first baseman Chris Iriart slugged his 6th home run for the Snappers.

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