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A’s In The AFL – October 13-18 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 18)

Monday, October 13th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell, playing second base, went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 2-1 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 14th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, and designated hitter Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a walk in Mesa’s 10-7 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 15th:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a 3-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 1 run in 2 innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle threw 2 shutout innings, RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Austin House tossed 1 scoreless inning to earn the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 16th:

No A’s prospects played in Thursday’s game, but former A’s prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in Mesa’s 6-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, October 17th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base, and first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 stolen bases in Mesa’s 5-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 18th:

RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Austin House struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 8-4 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 18)

Boog Powell (OF)

20 AB / 2 HR / 3 BB / 4 K / .350 AVG / .435 OBP / .650 SLG / 1.085 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
19 AB / 3 HR / 5 BB / 3 K / .211 AVG / .375 OBP / .737 SLG / 1.112 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

18 AB / 0 HR / 7 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .520 OBP / .333 SLG / .853 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

4 IP / 8 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / 15.75 ERA / 2.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2 2/3 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 10.12 ERA / 2.63 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 7-11 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 7 – 11)

Tuesday, October 7th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a run and a stolen base, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 3, and shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 loss on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 9th:

RHP Tanner Peters struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings, and center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 2 with an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 with a stolen base in Mesa’s 7-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 10th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a run, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 4, and RHP Drew Granier allowed 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 14-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 11th:

First baseman Matt Olson went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and a walk, and RHP Austin House allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 11)

Matt Olson (1B)
10 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .200 AVG / .273 OBP / .800 SLG / 1.073 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

9 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .333 SLG / .667 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

6 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 2 K / .167 AVG / .375 OBP / .167 SLG / .542 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

2 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 5 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 27.00 ERA / 3.60 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2/3 IP / 3 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 40.50 ERA / 7.50 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospects Matt Olson & Daniel Robertson Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

afl_rsardpq5_oyouytpm1bWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting next week, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for the past couple of decades now, and its schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, where they’ll be joined by prospects from the Blue Jays, Angels, Nationals and Cubs, including one particular prospect by the name of Addison Russell.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised mostly of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action to hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including first baseman Matt Olson, shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, while the team’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of right-handers Drew Granier, Tanner Peters, Ryan Doolittle and Austin House.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2014–

mo621566MATT OLSON

First Baseman

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS

Olson had perhaps the best overall season of any A’s prospect this year. The 6’4” slugger led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs, walks, RBIs and total bases while playing for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League. He’ll have the chance to prove his true power potential next season for Double-A Midland, where the hitting conditions for power-hitting prospects have historically been far more challenging.

 

dr621002DANIEL ROBERTSON

Shortstop

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS

With the trade of Addison Russell to the Cubs this summer, Robertson has now taken over as the A’s shortstop of the future. And he certainly earned that billing this year, leading all A’s minor leaguers in hits while putting up a healthy .310/.402/.471 slash line and playing solid in the field for Stockton. Robertson also got in a little postseason time with Double-A Midland, where he should be the team’s starting shortstop next season.

 

hp621471xBOOG POWELL

Outfielder

Age: 21

Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports

3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS

Powell was perhaps the A’s best minor league hitter in the first half while playing for Beloit. About a week and a half after being promoted to Stockton, he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. But the speedy center fielder still hit well for Stockton before and after his suspension and ended the season with the best batting average and on-base percentage of any player in the A’s system.

 

dg607549xDREW GRANIER

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds / Sacramento River Cats

130 1/3 IP / 143 H / 71 ER / 76 BB / 94 K / 4.90 ERA / 1.68 WHIP

A 32nd-round draft pick for the A’s in 2011, Granier has earned his way up through the system with solid performances on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander started and ended the 2014 season with a few rocky outings but was very dependable for Midland for most of the year. He’ll use the extra innings he’ll get in the AFL to try to gain greater command of his secondary pitches, which he’ll need to do if he hopes to climb the next rung on the ladder.

 

tp607312xTANNER PETERS

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / AZL A’s

28 IP / 36 H / 17 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 5.46 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

Peters had a solid season for Stockton in 2013 but was sidelined by shoulder issues after just three starts for Midland last year. The 24-year-old southern California native came back to get in a few outings in the Arizona League in August but can use some extra innings in the AFL as he looks to get himself back on track and ready to compete again in 2015.

 

rd543114RYAN DOOLITTLE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 26

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

57 1/3 IP / 53 H / 19 ER / 21 BB / 60 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.29 WHIP

After being drafted back in 2008 and missing significant time due to injury, Sean’s little brother will return to the A’s system for one more season. “Little Doo” struck out 60 in 57 1/3 innings for Midland and Stockton last season and could potentially pitch well enough in the AFL to help put himself into a position to be considered for a bullpen spot next to his big brother sometime before the end of next season.

 

ah572934AUSTIN HOUSE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Sacramento River Cats

61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV

After starting 9 games for Beloit in 2013, House led all A’s minor league relievers with 19 saves while striking out 82 in just 61 2/3 innings last season. The 6’4” right-hander should have the chance to close out a few more games in the AFL as he gets ready to serve as the RockHounds’ closer at Midland next season.

 

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Tuesday, August 26th: Matt Buschmann Notches 3-Hit Shutout Victory for Sacramento while Stockton Wins to Clinch Second Half Division Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  2

Nashville Sounds                0

WP – Buschmann 9-6 / 4.24

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Matt Buschmann

(9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

Sacramento starter Matt Buschmann tossed a 3-hit shutout to earn his 9th win for the River Cats on Tuesday. The 30-year-old right-hander walked none and struck out 10 en route to his first career complete-game shutout. Shortstop Tyler Ladendorf singled in the River Cats’ only 2 runs of the night, while catcher Ryan Ortiz and outfielder Billy Burns both singled and scored for Sacramento. With a slim 1-game lead over the Reno Aces in the PCL’s Pacific Northern Division, the River Cats will face off against Nashville again on Wednesday before returning home to Raley Field to host a season-ending 5-game series against rival Reno, which will determine the division winner.

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Thursday, August 21st: Chad Pinder Helps Ports Win Big while Drew Pomeranz Takes 1st Loss for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       11

Lake Elsinore Storm  3

WP – Alderson 4-0 / 4.39

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

Shortstop Chad Pinder helped lead Stockton to an 11-3 victory on Thursday night. Pinder collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder Tyler Marincov doubled, had a pair of singles and drove in a run, and third baseman Renato Nunez had 3 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports. Starter Tim Alderson allowed 3 runs over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for Stockton.

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Wednesday, August 13th: Chad Pinder’s 3-Run Homer Leads Ports to Victory while Luke Montz Homers and Doubles Twice in AZL Doubleheader

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   5

Visalia Rawhide   2

WP – Bowman 6-7 / 5.11

HR – Pinder (13)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

After going 0 for his last 18, shortstop Chad Pinder stepped to the plate in the top of the 4th with two men on and the game a scoreless tie and slugged a 3-run homer to provide the Ports with all the runs they would need on Wednesday night. Catcher Beau Taylor doubled in a run in the 5th, while outfielder Bobby Crocker and designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. Starter Josh Bowman allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 6th win, while RHPs Kris Hall and Rodolfo Fernandez each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief, and RHP Austin House pitched a perfect 9th to post his 17th save.

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Thursday, August 7th: Josh Bowman Pitches 7 Shutout Innings to Help Ports Win while Cats & Hounds Both Come Up Short

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Josh Bowman (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Josh Bowman (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      0

Stockton Ports  6

WP – Bowman 5-7 / 5.23

HR – Olson (34), Brugman (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Josh Bowman

(7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Josh Bowman turned in an impressive start for Stockton to help the Ports win their sixth straight on Thursday. Bowman allowed just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 5th win. RHPs Kris Hall and Blake Hassebrock both tossed a scoreless inning in relief. First baseman Matt Olson hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 1st, while outfielder Jaycob Brugman had a pair of singles and homered for the second straight night for Stockton.

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Friday, August 1st: Zach Neal Pitches Cats to Victory as Billy Burns Steals first 2 Bases for Sacramento and Seth Streich Placed on DL for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Albuquerque Isotopes        1

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Neal 5-5 / 4.31

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Zach Neal turned in a strong start for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while striking out 6 over 8 innings of work to earn his 5th win on Friday. First baseman Daric Barton had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while left fielder Shane Peterson singled, triple, walked and drove in a pair, and center fielder Billy Burns went 0 for 4 with a walk, scored twice and stole 2 bases in his first game for Sacramento.

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Sunday, July 27th: Hiro Nakajima Homers to Help Hounds Win while Drew Pomeranz Is Solid in Sacramento’s Extra-Innings Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Hiro Nakajima (Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Hiro Nakajima (Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  11

Corpus Christi Hooks        3

WP – Granier 6-4 / 3.67

HR – Matthes (8), Nakajima (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

Hitting in the cleanup spot, third baseman Hiro Nakajima helped carry the Hounds to victory on Sunday night. Nakajima hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning to give Midland the lead and then doubled in another run in the 3rd to extend the RockHounds’ lead. After posting a pair of home runs on Saturday, outfielder Kent Matthes notched his 9th home run on Sunday, while shortstop Dusty Coleman singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs, and outfielder Billy Burns singled, walked and swiped his 50th and 51st bases of the season. Starter Drew Granier allowed 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings of work to pick up the win, while LHP Omar Duran tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief in his RockHounds debut.

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Tuesday, July 22nd: Shane Peterson Singles in Winning Run in 13th for River Cats as Drew Pomeranz Is Solid in His Third Start for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (3 for 6 / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (3 for 6 / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  3

El Paso Chihuahuas          2

WP – Savery 6-1 / 2.51

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(3 for 6 / RBI)

With two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied in the top of the 13th inning, outfielder Shane Peterson stepped to the plate and singled home the winning run for the River Cats on Tuesday. It was the third hit of the night for Peterson, who was last week’s Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Second baseman Jose Martinez singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti had a pair of doubles and scored twice. Starter Drew Pomeranz was solid, allowing just 1 run and striking out 5 over 6 innings of work, while RHP Evan Scribner gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. LHP Joe Savery pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to pick up the win, and RHP Seth Frankoff tossed a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 13th to earn his 1st save for Sacramento.

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