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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 18 Update: A’s Find A Hiro To Play SS

Hiro

Hiro: Better than Godzilla?

Well, the biggest story to break for A’s fans in the weeks before the holidays was the news that A’s free agent shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a $9.5 million/1-year deal with the Red Sox, followed quickly by the news that Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima had agreed to a $6.5 million/2-year deal (plus incentives and a $5.5 million 1-year option) with the A’s. The 30-year-old right-handed hitter has a career .310/.381/.474 slash line plus 104 home runs and 97 stolen bases over the last 6 seasons in Japan. His signing seems to settle the A’s starting shortstop question and makes arbitration-eligible Adam Rosales the likely backup at the position.

A’s free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy also decided to leave the team for a $15.5 million/2-year deal with Arizona. It doesn’t look like the A’s are planning on signing a major league pitcher to replace McCarthy, but will instead count on a full season of availability from major-league ready RHP Dan Straily to make up for McCarthy’s loss.

On the minor league front, since our last update, the A’s traded RHP Graham Godfrey to the Red Sox as the player to be named in the deal to acquire RHP Sandy Rosario, who was later designated for assignment by the A’s and re-claimed by the Red Sox who then designated him for assignment again. So the A’s basically gave Godfrey to the Red Sox for the privilege of having Rosario on the roster for a few days. Minor league outfielder Jermaine Mitchell, who cleared waivers and elected free agency, ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies.

The most significant minor league addition the A’s made since our last update was the acquisition of 27-year-old minor league free agent catcher/first baseman Steven Hill, who’s played in 10 major league games for the Cardinals and spent most of last season at Triple-A Memphis, where he had a .266/.326/.488 slash line. The right-handed hitter figures to share the catching duties at Sacramento in 2013 with fellow minor league free agent signee Luke Montz.

You’ll find all new transactions since our last update noted below with italics and an asterisk. Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Pennington/Drew SS / +Hiroyuki Nakajima SS *

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Brandon McCarthy RHP / +NONE *

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Hiroyuki Nakajima

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS (signed from Japan) *

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Stephen Drew SS (FA signed with BOS) *

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (FA signed with AZ) *

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Steven Hill C-1B AAA (minor league Rule 5 draftee) *

Tom Mendonca 3B AA (minor league rule 5 draftee) *

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

D’Arby Myers OF AA (minor league FA) *

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

Yeiper Castillo RHP A (minor league FA) *

 

Jermaine Mitchell

Jermaine Mitchell

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA signed with PHI) *

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Michael Gilmartin SS-2B A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by CIN) *

Eliezer Mesa OF A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by DET) *

Graham Godfrey RHP AAA (traded to BOS) *

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA signed with TOR) *

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

 

Adam Rosales

Adam Rosales

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 1 Update

Jonny Gomes - All dressed up, with somewhere to go

Jonny Gomes: All dressed up, with somewhere to go.

With a flurry of activity on Friday just ahead of Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline and with the Winter Meetings starting on Monday in Nashville, it seems like a good time to recap all the A’s major and minor league transactions from the end of the season through the non-tender deadline of November 30th. The most significant changes to affect the major league roster so far this off-season have been Jonny Gomes signing with Boston, the Chris Young/Cliff Pennington trade with Arizona, as well as the Tyson Ross trade with San Diego. These deals, along with a few other minor moves, have basically resulted in Chris Young replacing Jonny Gomes in the lineup and Chris Resop replacing Jim Miller in the bullpen, with Andy Parrino replacing Brandon Hicks and Andrew Werner replacing Tyson Ross as guys who’ll probably end up spending most of their time at Sacramento while filling in in Oakland as needed.

The biggest remaining question mark for the A’s is who will replace Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew as the team’s starting shortstop in 2013. The two combined to start 129 games at shortstop for the A’s in 2012. Right now, with Pennington having been traded to Arizona and Drew a free agent, the position’s a bit of a black hole. But the assumption is that the A’s will either make a deal for a shortstop (possibly at the Winter Meetings), sign one on the free agent market (Marco Scutaro, Ronny Cedeno, Cesar Izturis, Jason Bartlett, Alex Gonzalez), or possibly even re-sign Drew if the market for him doesn’t end up getting too hot.

Of course, the team has already picked up closer Grant Balfour’s option, re-signed free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, and re-signed arbitration eligible players Pat Neshek, Adam Rosales and Daric Barton. For those about to panic, don’t worry, Barton’s contract is not guaranteed, so he can be cut anytime and the A’s won’t owe him another dime. As of Friday night, there was no official word as to whether or not the team had offered contracts to their five remaining arbitration eligible players – outfielder Seth Smith, first baseman Brandon Moss, catcher George Kottaras, left-hander Jerry Blevins and recently-acquired right-hander Chris Resop – but the assumption is that no news is good news and the fact that we didn’t hear anything probably means that the A’s made offers to all these players and thus will retain the rights to them all.

Brandon McCarthy - To leave or not to leave, that is the question

Brandon McCarthy: To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

Of the team’s five remaining major league free agents, two – third baseman Brandon Inge and right-hander Joey Devine – can be expected to move on, while the jury is still out on the remaining three. As mentioned, shortstop Stephen Drew could return if he doesn’t find too many other tempting offers out there. There seems to be some mutual interest in a return engagement for Brandon McCarthy, but other teams are said to be sniffing around the right-hander as well. Oft-injured left-hander Dallas Braden is also on the market, and it’s possible that the northern California boy could sign an incentive-laden deal to stick around the old neighborhood.

As for the A’s minor league transactions, the most significant loss has probably been the signing of minor league free agent first baseman Kila Ka’aihue by Arizona. The most significant minor league addition by the A’s so far has probably been the signing of third baseman/first baseman Scott Moore who signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The left-handed hitter made it into 72 games with the Astros in 2012, playing mainly at third base and first base, but he also got in some time at second base and in the outfield. The A’s are likely to make many more minor league signings as the off-season unfolds, though re-signing any of their own remaining minor league free agents is probably unlikely.

Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

Cliff Pennington

Cliff Pennington

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Cliff Pennington SS / +TBD SS

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Chris Young

Chris Young

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

 

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka'aihue

Kila Ka’aihue

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Yordy Cabrera

Yordy Cabrera

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

 

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

Seth Smith

Seth Smith

LIKELY RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew SS (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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Wednesday, July 25th: Peacock Pitches Cats to Victory while Ports Win and All Others Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees                1

(WP – Peacock 8-7 / 6.25)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

(6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock delivered an impressive performance for Sacramento, allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings to earn his 8th win. Third baseman Stephen Parker had 2 hits, including his 7th home run, and drove in 3 runs. Outfielder Collin Cowgill homered as well, while shortstop Grant Green collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders      3

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 8-9 / 5.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(6 IP / 0 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro turned in a strong outing for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work on Wednesday, but right-hander Gary Daley took the loss after giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit his 11th home run for the RockHounds’ only run of the game.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide  2

(WP – Brown 4-7 / 4.32)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jacob Brown

(7 IP / 1 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had a solid outing for Stockton, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, to pick up his 4th win. Max Stassi, serving as the designated hitter for the day, catcher Ryan Ortiz and second baseman Ryan Pineda all hit solo shots to account for the Ports’ 3 runs on the day.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   4

Burlington Bees  1

(LP – Peters 0-4 / 4.97)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Sean Jamieson

(2 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters allowed 4 runs over 6 innings to take his 4th loss, while shortstop Sean Jamieson had 2 hits, including a double, for the Bees on Wednesday.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Auburn Doubledays          8

(LP – Chitwood 3-1 / 2.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich had a rough time in his first start for Vermont, allowing 5 runs in just 2 innings of work, but 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall followed up with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten doubled in 2 runs in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Dodgers   3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Voiro 1-1 / 2.76)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Herschel Powell

(3 for 3 / Double / RBI)

Worth Noting: Outfielder Herschel Powell collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Vincent Voiro allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Auburn – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Reds – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Sunday, July 15th: Peacock Gets Back on Track in Cats’ Victory while Bees Win and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Las Vegas 51s                  5

Sacramento River Cats  12

(WP – Peacock 7-6 / 6.75)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

(6 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock turned in his first solid outing for Sacramento in over a month, allowing just 1 run while striking out 8 over 6 innings to earn his first win since May. Outfielder Michael Taylor and first baseman Daric Barton both homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Grant Green added his 9th homer as well.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions   4

(LP – Castro 1-2 / 4.74)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take the loss, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in 2 of the RockHounds’ 3 runs on the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports              3

High Desert Mavericks  15

(LP – Hassebrock 1-3 / 8.65)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Ports lost their 8th straight on Sunday. Starter Blake Hassebrock, still struggling to return to form after a stint on the disabled list, gave up 7 runs in just 3 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while outfielder Chad Oberacker hit a 2-run homer to account for 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs in the game.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Dayton Dragons  2

Burlington Bees  3

(WP – Mota 2-0 / 3.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(Double / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Aaron Shipman, batting ninth, drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning, while second baseman Chih Fang Pan doubled in 2 runs in the 3rd to give Burlington the lead. Righthanders Drew Granier and Jose Macias both allowed no earned runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings of work.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Williamsport Crosscutters  8

(LP – Jimenez 0-2 / 7.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Marte

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Deyvi Jimenez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits while striking out 5 over 3 innings to take the loss. First baseman Miguel Marte doubled and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano had 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  5

AZL Angels      7

(LP – Cruzado 1-1 / 7.30)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 Doubles / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez was the big story on Sunday. He collected 3 more doubles and drove in a run, and in his last 3 games, Nunez is 9 for 14 with 6 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 6 RBIs.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(Godfrey vs. TBD)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Cisnero vs. Haviland)

Stockton @ HighDesert – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Dayton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Quezada vs. Cole)

Vermont @ Williamsport – 7:05pm ET

(Avila vs. Guth)

AZL Cubs @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

Monday’s Links: 

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Thursday, July 5th: Whitaker’s Grand Slam Leads Ports to Win while Cats, Hounds & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Josh Whitaker (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  8

Fresno Grizzlies               9

(LP – Figueroa 0-1 / 1.73)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Luke Hughes

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Luke Hughes, playing in left field, hit a go-ahead 3-run homer in the top of the 8th inning for the River Cats. Fresno came back to tie the game off right-hander Merkin Valdez, and catcher Josh Donaldson followed with a solo-shot in the 10th to give Sacramento the lead, until left-hander Pedro Figueroa surrendered 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th to hand the victory to Fresno.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Arkansas Travelers      2

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Ortiz 3-4 / 3.34)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(7 IP / 1 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro had another solid outing, allowing 1 run while striking out 6 over 7 innings of work, but right-hander Jonathan Ortiz surrendered the winning run in the top of the 10th inning. Designated hitter Josh Horton had 3 hits, including a double, while catcher Ryan Lipkin collected 2 hits and drove in the RockHounds’ only run.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    6

Bakersfield Blaze  5

(WP – Walz 5-5 / 2.99)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Josh Whitaker kept up his torrid pace by blasting a grand slam in the top of the 9th inning on Thursday night to give the Ports a lead that Bakersfield couldn’t overcome. Starter Ian Krol allowed 3 runs and struck out 5 in 6 innings of work, while right-hander T.J. Walz struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings to earn the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees  1

Peoria Chiefs       2

(LP – Cole 4-1 / 2.44)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 1 ER / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another strong outing for Burlington, allowing just 1 earned run while striking out 9 over 6 innings to lower his ERA with the Bees to 2.44. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa homered forBurlington’s only run of the game.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Hudson Valley Renegades  6

Vermont Lake Monsters    0

(LP – Avila 0-1 / 3.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Austin Booker

(2 for 3)

 

 

Worth Noting: Vermont managed only 6 hits on Thursday night, 2 off the bat of outfielder Austin Booker, and another pair courtesy of catcher Bruce Maxwell. Starter Andres Avila allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, over 5 innings to take his 1st loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Giants        0

AZL Athletics  10

(WP – Paulino 1-1 / 3.18)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gregory Paulino

(5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

Worth Noting: Former top prospect Michael Ynoa walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning in his 2nd appearance of the season, while right-hander Gregory Paulino struck out 5 in 5 scoreless innings to earn the win. Catcher Reynaldo Mateo hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning, and third baseman Renato Nunez doubled and drove in 3. First baseman Matt Olson and shortstop Daniel Robertson both posted a pair of doubles, and outfielder B.J. Boyd and Addison Russell, serving as the designated hitter for the day, collected 3 hits apiece.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

(Straily vs. Yourkin)

Arkansas @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Oye vs. Smith)

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:45pm PT

(Bowman vs. Rogers)

Burlington @ Peoria – 7:00pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Peralta)

Hudson Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Reds vs. AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Monday, June 25th: Whitaker & Donaldson Have Big Games for Ports & Cats while Cole Leads Bees to Win and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Josh Whitaker (3 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Las Vegas 51s                 8

(WP – Leon 1-0 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Josh Donaldson

(4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Josh Donaldson had a big game for the River Cats, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and a double, and driving in 5 runs. Grant Green, who has played at third base, at shortstop and in the outfield over the last few days, got the start at second base and doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   2

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Hernandez 1-4 / 8.24)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(4 IP / 1 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed just 1 run over 4 innings, but Midland’s sputtering offense couldn’t do much to support him, scoring just 1 run when third baseman Miles Head tripled and ultimately scored. Left-hander Carlos Hernandez gave up 1 run in 3 innings of relief to take his 4th loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  15

San Jose Giants   4

(WP – Bowman 2-6 / 3.96)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(3 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Josh Whitaker had a huge night, blasting 3 home runs and driving in 7 to lead the Ports’ offensive onslaught on Monday night. Whitaker’s outburst overshadowed an impressive performance by starter Josh Bowman, who allowed 1 unearned run on just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 7 innings to earn his 2nd win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees          4

Cedar Rapids Kernels  2

(WP – Cole 3-0 / 3.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 1 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing for Burlington, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings to earn his 3rd win for the Bees. Outfielder Bobby Crocker tripled and drove in 3 of Burlington’s 4 runs on the night.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Connecticut Tigers            2

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(WP – Hall 1-0 / 0.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

(5 2/3 IP / 0 ER / 9 K)

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila turned in an impressive outing, allowing just 1 unearned run while walking none and striking out 9 in 5 2/3 innings of work. A’s 2012 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, and shortstop Wilfredo Solano collected 3 hits and drove in the tying run in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  9

AZL Royals      5

(WP – Bacus 1-0 / 0.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Michael Soto

(Double / 2 RBIs)

Worth Noting: First baseman Michael Soto had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, including the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. Yesterday’s hero, first baseman Matt Olson, serving as the designated hitter, hit his 2nd homer in his 2nd pro game on Monday.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Las Vegas – 7:05pm PT

(Straily vs. Hill)

Stockton @ San Jose – 7:00pm PT

(Treinen vs. Rogers)

Burlington @ Cedar Rapids – 6:35pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Jimenez)

Connecticut @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(Briceno vs. Menna)

AZL Indians @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Wednesday, June 20th: Cats Win behind Hicks’ Hot Hitting as Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats infielder Brandon Hicks (Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies               7

Sacramento River Cats  10

(WP – Godfrey 7-0 / 1.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Brandon Hicks

(Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Brandon Hicks hit his 5th home run in the last 6 games, designated hitter Chris Carter collected 3 hits, and outfielders Michael Taylor and Kila Ka’aihue drove in 2 runs apiece. Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 6 runs in 6 innings but still manged to pick up the win to run his record to 7-0.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Frisco RoughRiders    6

Midland RockHounds  3

(LP – Castro 0-1 / 18.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher James Simmons

(4 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro, making his first start since his demotion from Sacramento, allowed 6 runs on 8 hits over just 3 innings of work to take the loss, but right-hander James Simmons came on to toss 4 scoreless and hitless innings in relief. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield hit his 8th home run, and outfielder Michael Choice collected 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Tri-City ValleyCats           4

(WP – Chitwood 1-0 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Austin House

(2 IP / 0 ER / 5 K)

 

 

 

Thursday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Yourkin vs. TBD)

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Bell vs. Hernandez)

Stockton @ Modesto – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Tuesday, June 12th: Cole Pitches Bees to Victory as Cats & Hounds Lose in Extras and Ports Split

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher A.J. Cole   (6 IP / 1 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  7

Fresno Grizzlies             8

(LP – Castro 3-7 / 7.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Manny Ramirez

(3 for 5 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Manny Ramirez had another big game, collecting 3 hits and driving in 2 runs, including the go-ahead run for the River Cats in the 7th inning. But left-hander Pedro Figueroa gave up the game-tying run to the Grizzlies in the 8th, and left-hander Fabio Castro allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th to take his 7th loss.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  4

Frisco RoughRiders    5

(LP – Hernandez 0-3 / 10.88)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(2 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in 2 runs, including the game-tying run in the 7th inning for the RockHounds, but left-hander Carlos Hernandez surrendered the game-winning run in the bottom of the 14th to take his 3rd loss.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

GAME #1

Bakersfield Blaze  5

Stockton Ports     9

(WP – Treinen 6-5 / 4.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Blake Treinen

(7 IP / 2 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Treinen allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 10 in 7 innings to earn his 6th win on Tuesday. Outfielder Dusty Robinson, catcher Max Stassi and infielders Miles Head and Tony Thompson all homered in the win.

 

GAME #2

Bakersfield Blaze  4

Stockton Ports     1

(LP – Jimenez 0-1 / 3.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton could only manage 1 run in the 2nd game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and it came thanks to outfielder Dusty Robinson’s 2nd home run of the day, his 6th for the Ports, in the 7th inning.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees           2

Cedar Rapids Kernels  1

(WP – Cole 2-0 / 3.22)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 1 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had his 3rd straight solid outing for Burlington on Tuesday, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6 over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win. Right-hander Jose Macias tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief to notch his 2nd save, and outfielders Rashun Dixon and Bobby Crocker both homered to account for Burlington’s only 2 runs in the game.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

(Griffin vs. Burress)

Midland @ Frisco – 11:00am CT

(Gray vs. Brigham)

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(Brackman vs. Murphy)

Burlington @ Cedar Rapids – 6:35pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Diaz)

 

 

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Friday, June 8th: Murphy Leads Ports to Win while Hounds & Bees Fall and Cats Earn Split

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports pitcher Sean Murphy                       (6 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

GAME #1  (Suspended from June 7)

Sacramento River Cats        4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  12

(LP – Castro 3-6 / 7.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento lost a game on Friday that had been suspended from the previous night. Right-hander Brad Peacock started the game on Thursday and allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 3 innings of work. Left-hander Fabio Castro picked up where Peacock left off on Friday and allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2 innings to earn his 6th loss. And after coming in to take over for Castro, right-hander Fautino De Los Santos gave up 5 runs in 1 inning to raise his ERA with Sacramento to 7.11.

 

GAME #2

Sacramento River Cats     11

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

(WP –Griffin1-2 / 3.22)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Griffin

(7 IP / 0 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Griffin turned in another strong outing for the River Cats, giving up 2 unearned runs on just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 7 innings to earn the win. Third baseman Stephen Parker tripled and drove in 4 runs in the win.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds   5

Corpus Christi Hooks  8

(LP – Gray 1-5 / 4.95)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Leonardo Gil

(2 for 4 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray allowed 6 runs on 7 hits over just 2 2/3 innings to run his record on the season to 1-5. Third baseman Leonardo Gil had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs for the RockHounds in the loss.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports    6

San Jose Giants  0

(WP – Murphy 3-1 / 1.33)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy delivered another impressive outing for Stocktonon Friday, walking 1 and striking out 10 in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win with the Ports. Designated hitter Miles Head blasted a 2-run homer in the 1st inning to give the Ports the lead, which they never relinquished.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Beloit Snappers   7

Burlington Bees   0

(LP – Alcantara 3-6 / 4.87)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 2 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Raul Alcantara gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning and then proceeded to toss 5 shutout innings for Burlington on Friday. Unfortunately, the Bees’ sluggish offense could only muster 4 hits on the night, and the team has only managed to collect 10 hits over its last 2 games

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Colorado Springs – 5:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Torres)

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

(Daley vs. Cosart)

Stockton @ San Jose – 5:00pm PT

(Brown vs. Sandbrink)

Quad Cities @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Hernandez vs. TBD)

 

 

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Monday, May 28th: Miles Head Saves the Day for Ports as Hounds Win and Cats & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports infielder Miles Head (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Reno Aces                    10

Sacramento River Cats  2

(LP – Castro 2-5 / 7.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Chris Carter

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Chris Carter went 2 for 3 and doubled in a run, and Manny Ramirez went 2 for 4 and singled in a run, but that would be the extent of the River Cats’ scoring on Monday night. Yoenis Cespedes went 1 for 3 in his first rehab appearance with Sacramento, and starter Fabio Castro allowed 5 runs in just 1 2/3 innings to take his 5th loss. The River Cats’ rotation will be getting a boost with the return of right-hander Graham Godfrey to the staff. Sacramento’s bullpen will be losing right-hander Neil Wagner, who was placed on waivers and claimed by San Diego, but will be gaining left-hander Sean Doolittle, who’s being promoted from Midland. The former first-round draft pick as a first baseman has struck out 40 batters in 21 1/3 innings between Midland and Stockton this season. The River Cats’ receiving corps will be fortified with the addition of catcher Anthony Recker, who’s headed down from Oakland with the return of Brandon Inge to the big club. And with Wagner’s removal from the 40-man roster, the River Cats can probably expect to lose Manny Ramirez from their lineup by Friday, when he’s likely to return to Oakland along with Cespedes.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  2

Tulsa Drillers              1

(WP – Leon 1-0 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

(6 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Gary Daley had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings of work, but it took 10 innings for the RockHounds to push the winning run across the plate when infielder Leonardo Gil scored on a passed ball. Right-hander Arnold Leon picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and right-hander Jonathan Ortiz tossed a final scoreless frame to notch his 8th save.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports              9

High Desert Mavericks  8

(WP – Walz 3-4 / 3.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Miles Head

(3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Miles Head saved the day for Stockton once again, blasting 2 home runs, including a tie-breaking homer for the Ports in the top of the 7th inning. The 21-year-old is now hitting .378 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs on the season. Outfielder Josh Whitaker doubled and drove in 4 runs. Starter Blake Treinen had a rocky outing, allowing 8 runs, 4 earned, over 5 1/3 innings, but T.J. Walz came on to earn the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Clinton LumberKings  12

Burlington Bees           3

(LP – Alcantara 3-5 / 5.69)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(2 for 4 / Home Run / RBI)

 

Worth Noting: Outfieder Eliezer Mesaand first baseman Douglas Landaeta both had 2 hits, including a home run, but the Bees’ lineup couldn’t do much else on Monday. Pitcher Raul Alcantara, coming off 5 solid starts, had a disastrous outing for Burlington, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits over just 4 1/3 innings to earn his 5th loss.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Hacker vs. TBD)

Stockton @ High Desert – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Elias)

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Hidalgo vs. Cole)