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A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

First baseman Matt Olson led all A's minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton

First baseman Matt Olson led all A’s minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2014 minor league season now complete, it’s time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season Arizona League A’s in 2014. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least 10 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Players who left the A’s system during the season – Michael Taylor, Dusty Robinson, Billy McKinney, B.A. Vollmuth, etc. – have not been included. And the asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position below. Then just click on the link below our list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .215 AVG / .291 OBP / .362 SLG / .653 OPS)

Midland – Blake Forsythe (5 HR / .224 AVG / .307 OBP / .349 SLG / .656 OPS)

Stockton – Bruce Maxwell (6 HR / .243 AVG / .334 OBP / .334 SLG / .668 OPS) *

Beloit – Philip Pohl (6 HR / .242 AVG / .313 OBP / .374 SLG / .687 OPS) *

Vermont – Kyle Wheeler (0 HR / .181 AVG / .227 OBP / .205 SLG / .432 OPS)

AZL A’s – Argenis Raga (0 HR / .338 AVG / .400 OBP / .479 SLG / .879 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Anthony Aliotti (9 HR / .267 AVG / .365 OBP / .406 SLG / .771 OPS) *

Midland – Max Muncy (7 HR / .264 AVG / .385 OBP / .379 SLG / .764 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Olson (37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS)

Beloit – Michael Soto (9 HR / .290 AVG / .353 OBP / .492 SLG / .845 OPS) *

Vermont – John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .351 OBP / .347 SLG / .699 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .167 AVG / .222 OBP / .254 SLG / .476 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jose Martinez (8 HR / .276 AVG / .345 OBP / .372 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .394 SLG / .752 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Pinder (13 HR / .288 AVG / .336 OBP / .489 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – Chih Fang Pan (1 HR / .254 AVG / .311 OBP / .331 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont – Trent Gilbert (0 HR / .242 AVG / .300 OBP / .317 SLG / .618 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Lopez (0 HR / .221 AVG / .316 OBP / .272 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (7 HR / .286 AVG / .363 OBP / .404 SLG / .767 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (18 HR / .223 AVG / .300 OBP / .397 SLG / .697 OPS)

Stockton – Daniel Robertson (15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS)

Beloit – Melvin Mercedes (2 HR / .222 AVG / .303 OBP / .316 SLG / .618 OPS)

Vermont – Yairo Munoz (5 HR / .298 AVG / .319 OBP / .448 SLG / .768 OPS)

AZL A’s – Trace Loehr (0 HR / .244 AVG / .313 OBP / .288 SLG / .600 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Alden Carrithers (2 HR / .284 AVG / .381 OBP / .349 SLG / .729 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (10 HR / .259 AVG / .333 OBP / .375 SLG / .709 OPS)

Stockton – Renato Nunez (29 HR / .279 AVG / .336 OBP / .517 SLG / .853 OPS)

Beloit – Luis Baez (7 HR / .237 AVG / .260 OBP / .344 SLG / .603 OPS)

Vermont – Jose Brizuela (6 HR / .254 AVG / .320 OBP / .413 SLG / .733 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jean Carlo Rodriguez (0 HR / .184 AVG / .296 OBP / .224 SLG / .520 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Nick Buss (4 HR / .307 AVG / .371 OBP / .380 SLG / .751 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (2 HR / .221 AVG / .280 OBP / .315 SLG / .595 OPS) *

Stockton – Aaron Shipman (1 HR / .292 AVG / .414 OBP / .410 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – B.J. Boyd (6 HR / .226 AVG / .300 OBP / .319 SLG / .619 OPS)

Vermont – Ben McQuown (2 HR / .239 AVG / .313 OBP / .319 SLG / .632 OPS)

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (5 HR / .219 AVG / .339 OBP / .411 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (11 HR / .308 AVG / .381 OBP / .460 SLG / .841 OPS)

Midland – Billy Burns (1 HR / .237 AVG / .315 OBP / .302 SLG / .618 OPS) *

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .271 AVG / .336 OBP / .421 SLG / .757 OPS)

Beloit – Boog Powell (3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS) *

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .265 AVG / .309 OBP / .364 SLG / .673 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jonesy Zarraga (0 HR / .228 AVG / .283 OBP / .307 SLG / .590 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Josh Whitaker (12 HR / .295 AVG / .342 OBP / .488 SLG / .830 OPS) *

Midland – Kent Matthes (16 HR / .232 AVG / .291 OBP / .424 SLG / .715 OPS) *

Stockton – Jaycob Brugman (21 HR / .280 AVG / .354 OBP / .506 SLG / .860 OPS) *

Beloit – Tyler Marincov (18 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .486 SLG / .833 OPS) *

Vermont – Scott Masik (1 HR / .218 AVG / .321 OBP / .276 SLG / .598 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (0 HR / .210 AVG / .306 OBP / .299 SLG / .605 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Daric Barton (9 HR / .261 AVG / .371 OBP / .411 SLG / .781 OPS)

Midland – Hiroyuki Nakajima (6 HR / .247 AVG / .321 OBP / .342 SLG / .664 OPS) *

Stockton – Ryon Healy (16 HR / .285 AVG / .318 OBP / .428 SLG / .746 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (12 HR / .269 AVG / .317 OBP / .454 SLG / .771 OPS)

Vermont – Max Kuhn (5 HR / .275 AVG / .345 OBP / .426 SLG / .772 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .241 AVG / .343 OBP / .359 SLG / .702 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Zach Neal (166 IP / 170 H / 57 ER / 20 BB / 124 K / 3.09 ERA / 1.14 WHIP) *

Midland – Chris Jensen (160 1/3 IP / 147 H / 56 ER / 62 BB / 94 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.30 WHIP)

Stockton – Seth Streich (114 IP / 110 H / 40 ER / 22 BB / 116 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.16 WHIP)

Beloit – Kyle Finnegan (125 IP / 109 H / 56 ER / 53 BB / 61 K / 4.03 ERA / 1.30 WHIP) *

Vermont – A.J. Burke (71 2/3 IP / 76 H / 31 ER / 13 BB / 57 K / 3.89 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Carlos Navas (71 IP / 75 H / 26 ER / 20 BB / 61 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Jeremy McBryde (65 IP / 40 H / 16 ER / 26 BB / 66 K / 2.22 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 17 SV)

Midland – Seth Frankoff (64 1/3 IP / 59 H / 24 ER / 21 BB / 69 K / 3.36 ERA / 1.24 WHIP / 16 SV) *

Stockton – Austin House (61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Beloit – Andres Avila (69 2/3 IP / 66 H / 22 ER / 17 BB / 64 K / 2.84 ERA / 1.19 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – Koby Gauna (24 2/3 IP / 19 H / 9 ER / 4 BB / 19 K / 3.28 ERA / 0.93 WHIP / 12 SV) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Rivas (21 IP / 28 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 2.14 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

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Saturday, August 30th: Ryon Healy Hits Game-Winning HR in 11th for Ports while Daric Barton Drives in 3 to Help Cats Win and Nate Freiman Homers in Beloit Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Ryon Healy (Home Run / Double / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Ryon Healy (Home Run / Double / GWRBI)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  5

Modesto Nuts     4

WP – House 3-4 / 3.46

HR – Healy (16)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Ryon Healy

(Home Run / Double / GWRBI)

With the game tied in the top of the 11th, designated hitter Ryon Healy led off the inning by belting his 16th home run to provide the Ports with the winning run and give Stockton its fifth straight win on Saturday. Shortstop Daniel Robertson singled in a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the 9th to tie things up and send the game to extra innings. First baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled and scored, while second baseman Chad Pinder singled in a run and stole his 12th base. Catcher Beau Taylor had a pair of hits and scored a run, and center fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 4 but walked twice, once with the bases loaded, in his first game back in action since returning from his 50-game suspension. Starter Chris Lamb allowed 3 runs in 5 innings of work, while RHP Michael Ynoa pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, and RHP Austin House tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th to pick up his 3rd win for the Ports. To make room for Powell’s return to the roster, outfielder Zeke DeVoss was reassigned to the River Cats.

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Thursday, August 28th: Luke Montz Hits 3 HRs as AZL A’s Win Finale while Daric Barton & Tyler Marincov Both Homer Twice for Cats & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Cubs  3

AZL A’s    6

WP – Navas 6-5 / 3.30

HR – Montz 3 (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Luke Montz

(3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

After missing most of the season, catcher Luke Montz appears to be raring to go down in the desert. Montz smashed 3 home runs – a 3-run shot in the 1st inning followed by a solo shot in the 3rd and another in the 8th – and ended up driving in 5 of his team’s 6 runs to help the A’s win their Arizona League finale on Thursday night. Starter Carlos Navas allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 6th win, while RHP Tyler Willman gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Jesus Rivas pitched a perfect 9th to post his 7th save for the A’s.

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Thursday, August 14th: D’Arby Myers’ 9th-Inning HR Helps Hounds Win while Jaycob Brugman Hits 7th HR in His Last 7 Games for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Tulsa Drillers                     2

WP – Dull 5-5 / 3.20

HR – Myers (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder D’Arby Myers

(Home Run / Double)

RockHounds outfielder D’Arby Myers doubled and scored the Hounds’ second run of the night in the 7th. Then with two outs in the top of the 9th and the game tied, Myers smacked a solo home run to provide the margin of victory for Midland on Thursday. Designated hitter Jeremy Barfield had 3 hits and drove in a run, while outfielder Kenny Wilson singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Shawn Haviland struck out 6 in 6 shutout innings, but LHP Omar Duran gave up 2 runs in relief, and RHP Ryan Dull tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Hounds.

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Friday, August 8th: Drew Pomeranz Pitches Cats to Victory while Daric Barton Homers and Hounds and Ports Both Go Down to Defeat

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  4

Reno Aces                           2

WP – Pomeranz 2-0 / 3.12

HR – Barton (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Pomeranz

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / Win)

LHP Drew Pomeranz turned in his fourth straight quality start for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run and striking out 7 over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 2nd win for the River Cats on Friday. RHP Jeremy McBryde pitched a perfect 9th to post his 12th save. Designated hitter Daric Barton hit his 6th home run, a solo shot, and walked twice, while third baseman Alden Carrithers and first baseman Anthony Aliotti both singled and doubled for Sacramento.

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Sunday, August 3rd: Chris Lamb Pitches Ports to Victory while Kent Matthes Helps Hounds Win and Daric Barton Homers in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Chris Lamb (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Chris Lamb (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   7

San Jose Giants   2

WP – Lamb 4-2 / 3.09

HR – Olson (32)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Lamb

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

LHP Chris Lamb turned in an impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 7 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for the Ports. Matt Olson, getting another start in right field, had 3 hits, including a 2-run homer, while outfielder Bobby Crocker collected a single and 2 doubles, and catcher Ryan Gorton drove in a pair of runs for the Ports.

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Saturday, July 26th: Kent Matthes Has Huge Night in Hounds Win while A’s Infielder Alberto Callaspo Makes Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  10

Corpus Christi Hooks        4

WP – Long 9-6 / 3.36

HR – Matthes 2 (7)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Kent Matthes

(2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)

Outfielder Kent Matthes had a huge night for the Hounds, hitting a 3-run homer in the 2nd before slugging a grand slam in the 5th and then lining a 2-run single in the 9th, giving him a total of 9 RBIs on the night. No RockHound had driven in that many runs in a single game since Tommy Everidge drove in 10 in a game back in 2008. Second baseman Conner Crumbliss tripled and walked, while outfielder D’Arby Myers singled, doubled and walked, and catcher Bruce Maxwell doubled, walked twice and scored 3 runs for the RockHounds. Starter Nate Long allowed 3 runs on 3 solo home runs in 5 1/3 innings to pick up his 9th win for Midland.

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Thursday, July 24th: Tommy Milone Earns 1st Win for Sacramento while Daric Barton Drives in 3 and Evan Scribner Gets Recalled by A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  13

El Paso Chihuahuas            2

WP – Milone 1-0 / 5.40

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tommy Milone

(6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

After enduring a rough outing his last time out, former A’s LHP Tommy Milone looked strong on Thursday, allowing 2 runs while striking out 8 over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win for Sacramento. RHP Paul Smyth pitched 1 perfect inning in relief, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed 2 scoreless innings for the River Cats. Center fielder Nick Buss singled, doubled, tripled and drove in 4 runs, while left fielder Shane Peterson had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair, and designated hitter Daric Barton drove in 3 runs for Sacramento. Meanwhile, the River Cats lost one of the team’s best relievers when RHP Evan Scribner was recalled by the A’s after the release of RHP Jim Johnson.

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Saturday, July 19th: Snappers Win Behind Marincov’s Big Bat while Tommy Milone Struggles for Cats and Josh Reddick Goes 0 for 4 for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Bowling Green Hot Rods  4

Beloit Snappers              5

WP – Adkins 1-3 / 5.40

HR – Marincov (12), Vollmuth (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Outfielder Tyler Marincov had a big night for Beloit on Saturday. Last year’s 8th-round draft pick for the A’s singled, tripled, homered and drove in 2 runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the 6th to help the Snappers snap their 3-game losing streak. First baseman B.A. Vollmuth singled, homered and drove in a pair, including the winning run in the 6th, while second baseman Melvin Mercedes, outfielder Justin Higley and designated hitter Ryan Mathews had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Hunter Adkins allowed 4 runs and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work to pick up his 1st win, while RHP Brendan McCurry struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Bobby Wahl pitched a perfect 9th to post his 4th save.

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Wednesday, July 2nd: Daric Barton Doubles Home Winning Run in 15th to Give Cats 11th Walk-Off Win while Addison Russell Has 3 Hits in Best Game since Return to RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Humber 3-4 / 3.74

HR – Parrino (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

First baseman Daric Barton’s double in the bottom of the 15th inning drove in the winning run and allowed the River Cats to notch their 11th walk-off win on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled in the tying run ahead of Barton, while shortstop Andy Parrino’s 6th home run tied the game in the 4th inning before both teams battled through 10 scoreless innings. Starter Matt Buschmann allowed just 1 run over 7 innings of work, while RHPs Fernando Rodriguez, Evan Scribner and Jeremy McBryde combined to throw 5 scoreless innings in relief. RHP Philip Humber tossed 3 innings, giving up a run in top of the 15th, but he picked up his 3rd win when the Cats came back to put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch another walk-off win at Raley Field.

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