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A’s Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up

 

A’s AFL 2012 MVP

RHP James Simmons

 

The Arizona Fall League just wrapped up its 32-game season this week. As some of you probably already know, organizations typically 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. And the AFL can provide an important opportunity for some prospects to make their mark and put themselves on the map. This year, the A’s sent some of their top young hitting prospects to play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, along with a few of their older hurlers who weren’t necessarily considered the organization’s top pitching prospects at this stage of the game.

One player who really put himself on the map with his strong AFL performance this year was the A’s 1st-round draft pick from way back in 2007, right-handed pitcher James Simmons. The 26-year-old was nearly unhittable in the AFL this fall, allowing just 2 hits in 11 1/3 innings of relief. Simmons, who missed all of 2010 due to injuries, was primarily used a starter through 2011 but was shifted to full-time bullpen duty in 2012. His impressive performance in the AFL, along with a strong 2012 season at Midland and Sacramento (2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP), should at least put him into consideration for a spot in the major league bullpen at some point in 2013 should another right-handed arm be required somewhere along the line.

Another A’s prospect who performed well in the AFL was 2009’s 1st-round draft pick, Grant Green, who played exclusively at second base in the AFL this year. But the best thing that Green did to endear himself was to more than double his usual walk rate, resulting in a .364 OBP. On the other side of the coin, the right-handed hitter struck out once every 3 ½ at-bats. But Green did manage to get on base consistently, and hit a couple of homers to boot, which can only help him in his quest to snag one of the few available spots on the A’s roster in 2013, possibly as the starting second baseman but more likely as a backup infielder and versatile utility man.

Former 4th-round pick, catcher Max Stassi, did his usual solid job behind the plate, while doing a respectable job at the plate (.271 BA / .710 OPS). The numbers that have always generated the greatest cause for concern when it comes to the 21-year-old backstop though are his strikeout-to-walk ratios. In 48 at-bats in the AFL this year, he had a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And in 314 at-bats with Stockton in 2012, he had a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The A’s top minor league hitter in 2012, third baseman Miles Head, injured his shoulder in his first game in Arizona and never reappeared in the AFL. He was replaced on the roster by shortstop Yordy Cabrera (remember him?), who ended the AFL season with a .286/.308/.349 slash line after being traded to the Marlins in the Chris Young deal.

None of the three other pitchers, besides Simmons, whom the A’s sent to Arizona did much to particularly distinguish themselves in the AFL this year. 27-year-old Shawn Haviland was sidelined due to injury after 3 appearances, while right-handers Gary Daley and Brett Hunter continued to struggle with control issues, walking a total of 22 batters in a combined 21 2/3 innings.

You can check out all the A’s prospects’ final AFL numbers for yourself below…

 

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 12-15 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 12-15)

Monday, November 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled and drove in a pair of runs, catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-3 and RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-4 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 13th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 14th:

RHPs Gary Daley and Brett Hunter each tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-0 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 15th:

Catcher Max Stassi had a pair of hits, stole a base and drove in 3 runs while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 win on Thursday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 15)

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 5-10 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Second Baseman Grant Green

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 5-10)

Monday, November 5th:

Catcher Max Stassi singled in 2 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 6th:

Second baseman Grant Green tripled and singled, while RHP Brett Hunter gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks in just 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 7th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 8th:

Second baseman Grant Green hit a 3-run homer and catcher Max Stassi went 1-for-4 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 9th:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 10th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for 4 with 2 strikeouts, while RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 2 unearned runs and struck out 4 in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 11-5 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 10)

Grant Green (2B)

61 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 8 BB / 16 K / .279 AVG / .362 OBP / .443 SLG / .805 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

41 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 8 RBI / 2 BB / 11 K / .268 AVG / .302 OBP / .415 SLG / .717 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

11 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 7.36 ERA / 2.55 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 5.19 ERA / 2.08 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 29–Nov. 3 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 29 – November 3)

Monday, October 29th:

RHP Brett Hunter allowed 1 run on 2 walks and 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 9-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 30th:

Second baseman Grant Green had 2 hits and drove in a run, while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning in relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-5 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 31st:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 1 strikeout in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-2 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 1st:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and RHP James Simmons gave up a hit and a run in 1 inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, November 2nd:

Second baseman Grant Green homered and RHPs Brett Hunter and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning in relief with Daley picking up the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 3rd:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 3)

Grant Green (2B)

49 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 6 BB / 12 K / .265 AVG / .345 OBP / .367 SLG / .713 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

33 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 9 K / .273 AVG / .314 OBP / .455 SLG / .769 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

9 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 6.00 ERA / 2.22 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / 2.16 ERA / 0.48 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 8 H / 3 ER / 6 BB / 4 K / 4.26 ERA / 2.21 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 22-27 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 22-27)

Monday, October 22nd:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 23rd:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits, catcher Max Stassi singled, and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-7 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 24th:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-2 and RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 15-1 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 25th:

Second baseman Grant Green doubled and struck out twice and RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 26th:

RHP Brett Hunter tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief and catcher Max Stassi doubled in Phoenix’s only run of the game in the Desert Dogs’ 6-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 27th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled, walked and scored a run, RHP James Simmons tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-8 tie on Saturday. Simmons has yet to allow a hit in 6 1/3 innings of relief in the AFL this month.


A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-27)

Grant Green (2B)

38 AB / 5 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 5 BB / 9 K / .263 AVG / .349 OBP / .316 SLG / .665 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

29 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 8 K / .310 AVG / .355 OBP / .517 SLG / .872 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

6 2/3 IP / 10 H / 4 ER / 6 BB / 7 K / 5.40 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / 1.42 ERA / 0.47 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 15-20 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Former A’s infield prospect Yordy Cabrera

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 15-20)

Monday, October 15th:

RHP Shawn Haviland allowed 1 earned run over 4 innings, relievers Brett Hunter and James Simmons each tossed a scoreless inning, and second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-3 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-2 loss in extra innings on Monday.

Tuesday, October 16th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera homered and catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-3 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 17th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a single, 2 walks and an RBI in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-3 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 18th:

RHPs Gary Daley, James Simmons and Brett Hunter each tossed a scoreless inning, while catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and Grant Green went 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts as the DH in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Friday, October 19th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 10-6 win on Friday. This was Cabrera’s last game with the A’s organization. He was dealt to the Marlins the next day in a 3-team trade that brought Diamondbacks’ outfielder Chris Young to the A’s.

Saturday, October 20th:

Catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs in just 1 2/3 innings and RHPs James Simmons and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning with Daley picking up the win in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 12-11 victory on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-20)

Grant Green (2B)

23 AB / 3 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 4 BB / 6 K / .261 AVG / .370 OBP / .304 SLG / .675 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

20 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 BB / 6 K / .350 AVG / .409 OBP / .600 SLG / 1.009 OPS

Yordy Cabrera (IF)

9 AB / 2 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .778 SLG / 1.111 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

5 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / 1.80 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 9-13 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Catcher Max Stassi

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 9-13)

Tuesday, October 9th:

Second baseman Grant Green and catcher Max Stassi both doubled and RHP Shawn Haviland struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 opening day victory in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Third baseman Miles Head left the game after injuring his wrist on a swing and miss.

Wednesday, October 10th:

A’s 2007 1st-round draft pick RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning and RHP Gary Daley blew the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 11th:

Grant Green went 0-for-4 as the DH and RHP Brett Hunter tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-0 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits and catcher Max Stassi homered and drove in 4 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 13th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1, walked 1 and allowed 1 run in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-13)

Grant Green (2B)

12 AB / 2 R / 0 HR / 3 RBI / 1 BB / 2 K / .333 AVG / .385 OBP / .417 SLG / .801 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

7 AB / 3 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .429 AVG / .429 OBP / 1.000 SLG / 1.429 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

2 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / 5.40 ERA / 1.20 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

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

 

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Preview: Green, Head and Stassi to Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

Fall isn’t just time for post-season play, it can also be an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And as the A’s begin Game #3 of their American League playoff series against Detroit at the Coliseum on Tuesday, some of the team’s top prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for 20 years now, and its schedule runs for about 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 play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, where this year they’ll be joined by prospects from the Rays, Braves, Brewers and Marlins.

The attendance at AFL games typically tops out at around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised of a healthy dose 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.

This year, it looks like the A’s are definitely doing that with some of their top hitting prospects while giving their top pitching prospects a little time off. Many of you will certainly recognize the names of top minor league position players like Grant Green, Miles Head and Max Stassi, but don’t expect to be seeing the likes of top pitching prospects Brad Peacock, Sonny Gray or A.J. Cole in Arizona this time around…

 

A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2012

 

Grant Green

Infielder/Outfielder

Age: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

2012: Sacramento

15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS

It will be interesting to see where the A’s #1 draft pick from 2009 ends up playing for the Desert Dogs. At Sacramento in 2012, the former USC shortstop made starts in left field, center field, second base, third base and short. After slumping a bit at the plate for Midland in 2011, Green’s offensive numbers rebounded this season at Sacramento. And a strong performance in the AFL could bolster his chances of landing a utility role with the major league club next year.

 

Miles Head

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

2012: Stockton/Midland

23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS

Acquired along with Josh Reddick and Raul Alcantara from the Red Sox in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, Head turned out to be the best hitter in the A’s minor league system in 2012. The majority of his starts came at third base, though he did get a handful of starts at first base as well. The 21-year-old right-handed slugger will continue trying to make his mark with the bat in the AFL while also working on refining his skills in the field.

 

Max Stassi

Catcher

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 4th Round

2012: Stockton

15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS

The former 4th-round draft pick had his most productive season in the system with Stockton in 2012, and his defensive skills behind the plate are considered solid. Once viewed as the A’s catcher of the near-future, injuries have slowed Stassi’s progress a bit, and the team is eager to see him get some extra at-bats in the AFL before giving him a chance to see what he can do at Double-A Midland next year.

 

Gary Daley

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2006 – 3rd Round

2012: Midland

118 IP / 130 H / 67 ER / 71 BB / 79 K / 5.11 ERA / 1.70 WHIP

At age 26, Daley has been bouncing around the minor leagues for 7 seasons now. He struggled in 2012 at Midland and has a career ERA of 5.91 in 605 minor league innings. Lack of control has been the main issue with Daley, as he has averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings over his extensive minor league career.

 

Shawn Haviland

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2008 – 33rd Round

2012: Midland

120 IP / 124 H / 64 ER / 47 BB / 104 K / 4.80 ERA / 1.43 WHIP

The 33rd-round draft pick was never considered a top prospect but put himself on the map with a strong 2010 season at Stockton. He struggled mightily at Midland in 2011 though, posting an ERA of 7.08 in 27 starts. The right-hander settled down a bit in his second season at Double-A, but Haviland needs to make a strong impression in the AFL if he really wants to put himself back in the mix again.

 

James Simmons

Relief Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

2012: Midland/Sacramento

63 1/3 IP / 53 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 50 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP

The former 1st-round draft pick has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness since being drafted in 2007, but he may have re-invented himself this season as a dependable reliever. In 2012 with Midland and Sacramento, the right-hander struck out 7.1 batters per 9 innings, and a strong season in the AFL could help to bolster Simmons’ chances of landing a spot in the A’s bullpen next season.

 

Brett Hunter

Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Drafted 2008 – 7th Round

2012: Midland

56 IP / 53 H / 28 ER / 31 BB / 60 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Hunter has yet to truly impress since being drafted in 2008. The only thing that really stands out about the right-hander is his career strikeout rate of 10.1 batters per 9 innings over 193 minor league innings Unfortunately, he also has a career walk rate of 6.7 per 9 innings and a 4.99 career ERA. But if Hunter can just learn to harness his stuff in the AFL, he could see his stock start to rise.

 

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Wednesday, July 4th: Cats & Ports Blast Opponents while Hounds & Bees Fall on the 4th

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Tyson Ross (7 IP / 1 ER / 7 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  18

Fresno Grizzlies                4

(WP – Ross 3-1 / 2.17)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyson Ross

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyson Ross had a strong outing in his return to Sacramento, allowing just 1 run and striking out 7 in 7 innings to earn the win, and the River Cats’ lineup offered him plenty of support on Wednesday. Catcher Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in 4 runs, and shortstop Adam Rosales also launched a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drove in 6. Outfielder Michael Taylor blasted a 3-run homer, first baseman Kila Ka’aihue clubbed 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Grant Green collected 4 hits, including a double, and scored 4 times.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

Springfield Cardinals   5

(LP – Daley 7-7 / 4.70)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

(6 IP / 2 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Gary Daley had a solid outing on Wednesday, allowing 2 earned runs on just 3 hits over 6 innings of work, but Midland’s lineup only managed 4 hits and couldn’t push a run across the plate. Tyler Ladendorf, getting the start in center field, contributed the RockHound’s only extra base hit of the night, a double in the 6th inning.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports     14

Bakersfield Blaze    3

(WP – Long 3-0 / 2.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Hot-hitting outfielder Josh Whitaker had another big night, clubbing his 12th double and his 14th home run and driving in 4 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth blasted a 3-run homer, his 1st for the Ports. Shortstop Michael Gilmartin homered and drove in 2, while designated hitter Beau Taylor collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 1 run and scored twice. And to top off the night, the team celebrated the victory with a post-game 4th of July cookout at the home of outfielder Dusty Robinson’s family in Bakersfield.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees  2

Peoria Chiefs       8

(LP – Granier 9-5 / 3.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(7 IP / 3 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing 3 runs on just 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8 over 7 innings of work, but the Bees could only push 2 runs across the plate on Wednesday, one coming courtesy of a home run off the bat of first baseman Douglas Landaeta. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa drove in catcher Nick Rickles for Burlington’s only other run of the night.

 

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

Hudson Valley Renegades  1

Vermont Lake Monsters    2

(WP – Pudenz 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Austin Booker

(2 for 3 / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Austin Booker had 2 hits and drove in the go-ahead run for Vermont in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Lake Monsters the win on Wednesday.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

AZL Royals

SUSPENDED

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Hacker)

Arkansas @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Piazza vs. Castro)

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:45pm PT

(Krol vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Peoria – 7:00pm CT

(TBD vs. Cates)

Hudson Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(Lopez vs. Avila)

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

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Tuesday, June 19th: Griffin Pitches Cats to Victory as Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher A.J. Griffin   (6 IP / 2 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies             2

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Griffin 3-2 / 2.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Griffin

(6 IP / 2 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Griffin had another solid outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings to earn his 3rd win with the River Cats. Infielder Brandon Hicks hit his 4th home run in the last 5 games and Kila Ka’aihue, playing left field in his first game with the River Cats, homered as well. Designated hitter Chris Carter collected 3 hits in the win.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Frisco RoughRiders    5

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 7-4 / 4.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

(5 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 7 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The RockHounds had a rough night in the field, committing a total of 6 errors. Starter Gary Daley allowed 5 runs, only 1 of them earned, and struck out 7 over 5 2/3 innings to run his record to 7-4. Outfielder Michael Choice singled in the RockHounds’ only run in the bottom of the 1st inning.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

MidwestLeague Eastern Division All-Stars  18

MidwestLeague Western Division All-Stars  2

(LP – Granier)

Burlington Bees Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Frankoff

(2/3 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

Worth Noting: Bees’ All-Star starter Drew Granier got knocked around in the 1st inning by the Eastern Division All-Stars. The right-hander allowed 5 runs, 2 earned, in just 2/3 of an inning to take the loss. Bees right-hander Seth Frankoff pitched 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, and Burlington shortstop Sean Jamieson went 0 for 1 in the All-Star blowout.

 

CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Tri-City ValleyCats           4

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

(WP – Lamb 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Lamb

(5 IP / 0 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

(Hacker vs. Godfrey)

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Tepesch vs. Castro)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(Avila vs. Perez)

 

 

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