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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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Monday, August 6th: Hounds Win, Cats & Bees Fall, while Olson & Robertson Come Up Big in Arizona

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s first baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Nashville Sounds             5

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Miller 0-3 / 3.77)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI / Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work on Monday. Grant Green, getting the start at second base, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in outfielder Michael Taylor to put the go-ahead run on the board for Sacramento in the bottom of the 6th inning, but right-hander Jim Miller gave up 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks   4

Midland RockHounds  8

(WP – Guzman 2-1 / 3.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled and drove in 3 runs in the first 3 innings to help give Midland an insurmountable lead in Monday night’s game. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield and infielder Josh Horton both collected 3 hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs, 1 earned, while walking 6 and striking out 5 over 4 innings of work, while right-hander Jose Guzman struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports

OFF-DAY

This is what the off-day looked like for some members of the Ports

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Quad Cities River Bandits  3

Burlington Bees                1

(LP – Granier 11-7 / 2.94)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier turned in another solid performance on Monday night, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings of work. Unfortunately, the Bees’ lineup could only manage 3 hits on the night, with outfielder Douglas Landaeta doubling in the team’s only run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

 

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

Batavia Muckdogs             3

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Gagnier 2-1 / 1.37)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

(4 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his second start for Vermont on Monday night, former top prospect Michael Ynoa allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2 over 3 innings of work. Right-hander Andres Avila followed up by shutting down Batavia over 4 scoreless innings to give Vermont the chance to climb back into it. Catcher Bruce Maxwell, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder Kelvin Rojas all doubled, while outfielder John Wooten bunted home shortstop Addison Russell for the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Giants        7

AZL Athletics  14

(WP – Hansen 2-1 / 6.52)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s third overall draft pick this year, first baseman Matt Olson, doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs, while the A’s second overall pick, infielder Daniel Robertson, doubled, tripled and drove in 3. Outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz homered and drove in 2 runs, and third baseman Renato Nunez collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 5 runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings, while right-hander Derek Hansen picked up the win after striking out 4 batters in just 1 inning of work – one of the batters reached base after striking out on a wild pitch.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Quad Cities @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ HudsonValley – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Rangers – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Wednesday, August 1st: Cats, Hounds and Bees All Claim Clutch Wins on Wednesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds designated hitter Matt Rizzotti (3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Memphis Redbirds           2

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Leon 3-0 / 1.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 3 / Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: With Sacramento down by a run, first baseman Daric Barton blasted his 7th home run for the River Cats to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. Outfielder Collin Cowgill later singled in the go-ahead run, and third baseman Josh Donaldson doubled in 2 insurance runs. Starter Graham Godfrey had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work, but right-hander Arnold Leon picked up the win with 2 innings in relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Frisco RoughRiders      5

(WP – McSwain 1-0 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Rizzotti

(3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti had a big night for Midland, blasting a home run and 2 doubles and driving in 3 runs, including the tying run in the 6th inning and the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Frisco came back to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th against right-hander Jonathan Ortiz, but outfielder Eliezer Mesa drove in third baseman Leonardo Gil for the winning run in the 12th. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs and struck out 5 over 5 innings of work on Wednesday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Lancaster JetHawks  15

Stockton Ports          2

(LP – Hassebrock 2-5 / 8.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Huttenlocker

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: After turning in one of his better outings since returning from the disabled list his last time out, right-hander Blake Hassebrock had a much rougher time of it on Wednesday. With the help of a 2-out error by first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, Hassebrock surrendered 6 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits over just 2/3 of an inning to take his 5th loss. Left-hander A.J. Huttenlocker struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run but also committed 2 errors in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                3

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  1

(WP – Frankoff 3-7 / 5.27)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied 1-1, outfielder Aaron Shipman tripled in the winning run in the top of the 9th inning for the Bees, while first baseman Max Muncy doubled and homered earlier in the game. Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing just 1 run and striking out 8 over 6 innings of work, but right-hander Seth Frankoff picked up the win with 2 scorless innings in relief.

 

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

Mahoning Valley Scrappers  6

Vermont Lake Monsters     1

(LP – Ynoa 0-1 / 7.71)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his debut with Vermont, former top prospect Michael Ynoa had a rocky outing, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks over 2 1/3 innings to take the loss. Outfielder John Wooten doubled and drove in Vermont’s only run in the loss. The team’s lineup should be getting a bit of a boost with the arrival of this year’s top draft pick, shortstop Addison Russell.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Brewers    2

(WP – Paulino 4-2 / 4.19)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gregory Paulino

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

Worth Noting: Starter Gregory Paulino struck out 6 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win, while last night’s hero, catcher Phil Pohl, hit his 2nd homer in 2 nights and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Memphis @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Lancaster @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 12:05pm CT

Mahoning Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Brewers @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Saturday, July 21st: Hounds Win while All Others Fall on Saturday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds designated hitter Matt Rizzotti (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 8

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Godfrey 9-1 / 3.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Anthony Recker

(2 for 4 / Double / 1 RBI / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 6 runs over 5 1/3 innings to take his 1st loss of the season against 9 wins. Catcher Anthony Recker singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, while second baseman Wes Timmons, in his first game back in over a month, collected 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

San Antonio Missions   3

(WP – Smith 6-6 / 4.39)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Rizzotti

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti, who was recently signed by the A’s after being cut lose by Philadelphia, had his biggest game so far for the RockHounds, collecting 3 hits, including his 1st home run for the team, while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 times. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to earn his 6th win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  8

Stockton Ports            3

(LP – Long 3-1 / 3.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Left-hander Brett Anderson made his first rehab start on Saturday, and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 2 innings of work, while right-hander Nate Long gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2 innings to take the loss. Outfielder Josh Whitaker homered in the 3rd inning to briefly give the Ports the lead, while outfielder Dusty Robinson collected 2 doubles, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones doubled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                0

West Michigan Whitecaps  5

(LP – Granier 10-6 / 3.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(7 IP / 1 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 7 innings but still took the loss. Burlington managed only 5 hits in the game, 2 off the bat of catcher Nick Rickles who doubled for the Bees only extra base hit of the night.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

Tri-City ValleyCats            7

(LP – Avila 0-3 / 4.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Chris Bostick homered in the top of the 1st inning to briefly give Vermont the lead, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano doubled in 2 runs in the 9th. Starter Andres Avila had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Giants       8

(LP – Ynoa 0-1 / 7.71)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Daniel Robertson

(1 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 2 innings of work to take the loss, while third baseman Daniel Robertson drove in 2 runs on the night.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ San Antonio – 6:05pm CT

(Gray vs. Beard)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ West Michigan – 12:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 5:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Mariners @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Catching Up With: The Sacramento River Cats

 

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

The A’s triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats have a long history of winning – and this season has been no exception. The team currently boasts the best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, and has gotten great performances from many members of the starting rotation like Graham Godfrey, Tyson Ross, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily, Bruce Billings and even, earlier in the year before his struggles, Brad Peacock. And when we visited Sacramento about a week before the All-Star Break, we took the opportunity to talk with the newest member of the River Cats’ rotation, right-hander Dan Straily, as well as the team’s pitching coach, Scott Emerson.

We also had the chance to talk to one of the staples of the Sacramento lineup who always garners a great deal of interest amongst A’s fans, former 1st-round draft pick Grant Green. The former shortstop, whom the organization converted to an outfielder midway through last season, has recently been playing all over the diamond. The 24-year-old has put in time this season in left field and center field, as well as at shortstop, third base and second base. And after working on his approach at the plate, the right-handed swinger’s power numbers are up a bit this year and his strikeouts are down, and he could very well be angling for a spot with the 2013 A’s.

So be sure to check out our chat with top hitting prospect Grant Green, followed by our conversations with River Cats’ starting pitcher Dan Straily and Sacramento pitching coach Scott Emerson, and get the inside scoop on the 2012 Sacramento River Cats…

 

Sacramento River Cats

Outfielder

GRANT GREEN

AF:  Well you started out the year playing strictly in the outfield, but you’ve been playing a lot of different positions lately – short, third, second. So how has it been adapting to all these new positions and playing a different position everyday?

GG:  It’s fun. It’s something new every single day – walking into the clubhouse and checking the lineup to see where I’m playing. It’s kind of fun and interesting to see where I’m playing. Certain days it’s a little bit less stressful to know I’m playing in left. But tomorrow I could be playing second – something different, something new.

AF:  So it’s been an enjoyable challenge for you rather than something difficult?

GG:  Yeah.

AF:  Do you have any preferences in terms of where you’d ideally like to play?

GG:  Short, of course – that’s what I’m most comfortable with. After that, I like playing second – something I just started doing this year. I’ve only played 1 or 2 games there. But if I could stay in the middle of the diamond on the infield, I would love to. I’ve gotten more used to playing left.

AF:  It sounds like you’d prefer to be where the action is.

GG:  Exactly.

AF:  What about this year at the plate for you – your power numbers were down last year, but they’ve been up a bit this year – is there anything you’ve been doing differently?

GG:  Yeah, we’ve really worked on getting more quality ABs – kind of seeing a little bit more pitches than usual – still being aggressive, but aggressive inside the zone instead of just being aggressive in general. And then last fall I really worked on widening my stance and getting a little bit of a load. It also helps that we’re not playing in Texas League parks. There are a lot of graveyards and the wind blowing the ball foul.

AF:  Have most of your home runs been off any particular type of pitch?

GG:  I’ve had a couple that were hanging sliders, a couple fastballs in, a couple fastballs down the middle. So it’s been a little bit of an array of pitches.

AF:  And where have most of your home runs gone out this season?

GG:  Either in left-center or left. I think I maybe have one to center, if that.

AF:  Your strikeouts have been down a little this year. Is there any particular reason for that?

GG:  Just the overall approach. There was a little stretch at the beginning of the year where I was striking out a little bit too much and being a little bit too aggressive – just in general, swinging at bad pitches. And we really worked on quality ABs and quality pitches. And if I strike out looking on a borderline pitch, it’s better than swinging at a ball.

AF:  Is there anything in particular that you’re really working on right now?

GG:  Yeah, mostly the defensive side – coming back to the infield, trying to get back to that first step coming in, unlike the outfield. Just trying to get back to doing that and trying to cut distance and trying to save the arm a little bit when it comes to the infield.

AF:  So are you practicing at different positions every day?

GG:  It depends. If I’m playing the infield, then I’ll take all BP at that. And if I’m playing the outfield, I’ll take one round there and usually one round at short and just practice cutting the distance.

AF:  I know you’re originally from Orange County, so do you spend most of the off-season in southern California?

GG:  Yeah, I have a house in Corona. It’s about 10 minutes from where I grew up. So I spend my time there, travel a little bit, and try and go to the beach as much as possible.

AF:  Well you’ve now played in the California League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League. So in all your travels, is there any place you’d rather never see again?

GG:  Probably Bakersfield. The whole situation there was just a grind. The field wasn’t very nice – the infield was terrible actually. The clubhouse was old. That’s one place I’d never go back to.

AF:  That’s funny, you’re not the only one I’ve heard say that.

GG:  I bet!

AF:  Thanks, Grant.

 

Sacramento River Cats

Starting Pitcher

DAN STRAILY

AF:  Well, you got off to a good start this year at Midland and now you’ve been doing great here at Sacramento too. So what’s been the key to your success this year?

DS:  Just throwing strikes down in the zone. Last year in Stockton, I spent a lot of time working on that because of how the ball sails in that league. That’s really been the key to success this year – just being able to keep the ball down.

AF:  You’ve always been a bit of a strikeout pitcher, but even more so now. You’re leading the entire A’s minor league system in strikeouts this year. So is there any particular reason for that?

DS:  It’s just kind of happened. I’m not pitching all that differently. I’ve just had a few games with a lot of strikeouts. I’ve had some 10+ strikeout nights and a bunch of 7-8-9 nights. It’s not like I’m trying to strike everyone out. It’s just kind of the way things are working out. My goal pretty much every night is to go out there and go 7-8 innings. And sometimes that’s 7-8 innings with a bunch of strikeouts and sometimes it’s 7-8 innings with just a handful of strikeouts. But I’m not necessarily trying to strike people out.

AF:  So, you’re not trying to be Nolan Ryan.

DS:  Exactly.

AF:  Coming from the Texas League to the Pacific Coast League, which is considered to be more of a hitters’ league, have there been any adjustments you’ve had to make?

DS:  Not so far. It’s just kind of nice that the wind’s not blowing out at least here. It’s seems like in most of the Texas League stadiums, the wind’s blowing out. But I haven’t really been here long enough to be forced to make any adjustments. I’ve just been pitching the way I’ve been pitching.

AF:  So how have you liked playing in Sacramento so far?

DS:  So far it’s been awesome. Last night coming in here with a packed stadium – and a packed stadium most places is a few thousand less than it is here. I got to pitch here last week. And you don’t normally notice when you’re playing how many people are there, but when you’re done, you tend to notice those things. It’s a lot of fun. I just like the atmosphere here.

AF:  Have you been following your former teammate A.J. Griffin’s progress this year?

DS:  Absolutely. He was my roommate in Texas when we were down there. I texted him the other night and told him congratulations and stuff and talked to him a little bit today. It’s awesome. He’s my first friend I’ve seen come up and be in the show now. So that’s just awesome.

AF:  Well, that must give you a real sense of just how close it can be.

DS:  They keep telling us, you’re just one phone call away. And he definitely proved that. We were down in Vegas one day and just all of a sudden A.J. walked in just beaming with this big old smile and he came in and told us. And I couldn’t be more proud of him.

AF:  Well, good luck!

 

Sacramento River Cats

Pitching Coach

SCOTT EMERSON

AF:  Well, Dan Straily came up here last month, and he’s been looking as good as he did at Midland. Tell me what you like about him.

SE:  Well, I like his delivery. When you have a repeatable delivery like he does, it makes it a lot easier to throw all four of your pitches. He’s got four major league pitches, and he’s just got to go out there and face better hitters here in Triple-A and show us what he can do.

AF:  Tell me about his repertoire.

SE:  Well, he’s got a sinking fastball that goes to the arm side with good downhill plane to his mechanics. He’s got a good top-to-bottom curveball. He’s got a good late slider that at times looks like a cut fastball. And he’s got an excellent changeup that at times will look like a loose split-finger where the ball will actually fall off the table. So he’s a lot of fun to watch.

AF:  What’s been his big strikeout pitch?

SE:  More of his breaking ball. But the ability to spot his fastball to both sides of the plate sets up his breaking ball. Everything works off the fastball. When he throws it to both sides and then he’s able to throw that breaking ball, he’s getting them to chase it.

AF:  Another guy you had here for a while this year was A.J. Griffin. And so far he’s been doing as well in Oakland as he was here.

SE:  Well A.J. is a strike-throwing machine. And he works at the bottom of the strike zone. He works quick. He’s got an excellent changeup. Anytime that you can disrupt the timing of hitters, it’s always a plus. But again, everything comes off that good fastball command. He really commands the fastball down and away. He has the ability to throw his changeup behind in counts, so he’s always back in the count. If he falls behind in the count, he can throw that changeup in a fastball situation and either get hitters swinging or have them put the ball in play. And he’s developed a cutter over the course of the season this year – sometimes it looks like a slider – but to right-hander hitters, he got a lot of groundballs with it.

AF:  After having him here for a while this year, did you feel confident about his ability to succeed at the major league level?

SE:  Yeah, he holds runners well. That’s one of the questions you always get – does he hold runners? He plays good defense, he has the ability to throw his changeup behind in the count, and he spots his fastball. If you can do those things, you’re pretty much going to have some success in the big leagues.

AF:  Another one of your starters here this year is Bruce Billings. He was pitching really well early on, then he was on the disabled list for a while, and now he’s been coming back. Tell me a little bit about him.

SE:  Bruce has got real good command. He throws the ball at the bottom of the zone with movement. Anytime you can throw balls at the bottom of the zone with movement, you’re going to have a lot of success. He didn’t really have his sinker last season. But coming here this year, he started the year throwing that sinker at the bottom of the zone and getting some groundballs. He’s got a good late slider. Anytime you can do that and have good life at the bottom of the zone and get groundouts, you’re going to pitch good.

AF:  Now what about Brad Peacock? He’s really been struggling of late and seems to have hit a bump in the road. So what’s up with him?

SE:  Well, he’s got great stuff. There’s no doubt his pitch mix is very good. He’s struggling a little bit with his fastball command. And once the fastball command comes back and comes around, the sky’s the limit for this guy. His weapons are just that good. He’s got a hard late curveball, and a very good changeup with good arm speed, and then the changeup just dies. So we’re just looking for him to get that fastball command back. And you know, sometimes you put some pressure on yourself. You get traded for a guy like Gio Gonzalez and you run into a couple of rough games – he’s just got to know that we’ve got a lot of confidence in him – you’ve just got to go out there and have fun and pitch your game.

AF:  Thanks, Scott – that’s really informative.

 

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Monday, July 16th: Godfey Pitches Cats to Victory while Bees Win, Ports Fall and Nunez’s Hot Hitting Continues

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Graham Godfrey (7 IP / 2 ER / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Tacoma Rainiers              2

(WP – Godfrey 9-0 / 2.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Graham Godfrey

(7 IP / 2 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Graham Godfrey turned in the 4th straight solid outing by a River Cats’ starter on Monday, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits and striking out 4 over 7 innings to earn the win and run his record to 9-0. Infielder Adam Rosales hit his 8th home run to tie the game in the 3rd inning, while first baseman Kila Ka’aihue clubbed a 2-run homer in the 4th to give the River Cats the lead.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks

Midland RockHounds

POSTPONED

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports            1

High Desert Mavericks  8

(LP – Krol 1-7 / 5.49)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Ian Krol had another shaky outing, allowing 8 runs, 4 earned, on 11 hits over 5 innings to take the loss and run his record to 1-7 and raise his ERA to 5.49. Catcher Max Stassi launched his 8th home run in the 2nd inning to account for the Ports’ only run in their 9th straight loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Dayton Dragons  1

Burlington Bees  4

(WP – Alcantara 6-8 / 5.26)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Douglas Landaeta

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Douglas Landaeta blasted a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to break a 1-1 time and give the Bees a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits and striking out 4 over 5 innings of work, while right-hander Raul Alcantara came on to earn the win with 2 perfect innings in relief.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Williamsport Crosscutters  2

(WP – House 1-0 / 1.54)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Chris Bostick

(Triple / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Chris Bostick had 2 hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, while starter Andres Avila allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work, and right-hander Austin House picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Cubs        11

AZL Athletics  8

(LP – Paulino 2-2 / 5.11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez continued his hot hitting on Monday, banging a home run and a double and driving in 3 runs, while catcher Reynaldo Mateo blasted his 4th home run of the season. Starter Michael Ynoa walked 2 and gave up 2 hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Gregory Paulino allowed 7 runs in just 2 innings to take the loss.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Sweeney)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Cisnero vs. Haviland)

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Connecticut – 7:05pm ET

(Powers vs. Robertson)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Saturday, June 30th: Cole & Godfrey Pitch Bees & Cats to Victory as Hounds Win, Ports Fall and Ynoa Returns to Action

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher A.J. Cole (6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  3

Sacramento River Cats    9

(WP – Godfrey 8-0 / 2.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Graham Godfrey

(8 IP / 3 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey delivered another solid outing forSacramento, allowing 3 runs while walking none over 8 innings to run his record to 8-0. First baseman Kila Ka’aihue homered and drove in 4 runs, while second baseman Eric Sogard had 3 hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in 3 in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  9

Arkansas Travelers      4

(WP – Castro 1-1 / 5.68)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(4 for 4 / 2 Doubles / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Midland’s sluggish offense finally woke up on Saturday and put 9 runs on the board. Shortstop Dusty Coleman had 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, and drove in 2 runs, infielder Josh Horton blasted a 2-run homer, and catcher Ryan Lipkin and third baseman Miles Head both collected 3 hits and drove in 2. Starter Fabio Castro allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, and struck out 4 in 5 2/3 innings to earn his 1st win for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide  6

Stockton Ports  1

(LP – Krol 1-5 / 4.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Josh Whitaker continued his hot hitting of late, collecting a home run and a double on Saturday night. Starter Ian Krol had a rough outing though, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings to take his 5th loss. And in his first appearance since his promotion from Burlington, left-hander Jeff Urlaub tossed 1 perfect inning in relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees          5

Kane County Cougars  0

(WP – Cole 4-0 / 2.58)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole turned in another impressive outing at Burlington, striking out 9 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Outfielder Bobby Crocker had 4 hits and drove in a run, and infielder Wade Kirkland collected 3 doubles and drove in 2.

 

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

Lowell Spinners                3

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Gagnier 1-0 / 3.38)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila had another solid outing for Vermont, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, over 5 1/3 innings of work on Saturday. Stu Pudenz turned in 3 scoreless innings, Logan Chitwood contributed 2 scoreless innings, and Drew Gagnier picked up the win with 1 inning of scoreless relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Rangers    4

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Paulino 0-1 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(1 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Pitching for the first time in about 2 years, 20-year-old right-hander Michael Ynoa walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of work for the AZL A’s on Saturday.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Colorado Springs @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ Arkansas – 6:00pm CT

(Smith vs. Oye)

San Jose @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Clinton @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

(Guaipe vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Connecticut – 4:05pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Athetics @ AZL Cubs – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2012 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

With the California League and the Midwest League both in the midst of their All-Star breaks and minor league teams right around the halfway points of their seasons, it seems like the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A’s system have been in the first half of 2012. And with that in mind, we’ve decided to name A’s Farm’s  Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, and Class-A Burlington. Offensive starters were determined based on games played at each position, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were determined based purely on performance while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote the four players with combined statistics from two teams, Stockton and Burlington. And players currently on the major league roster were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. Take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections. Is it true that numbers don’t lie? You tell me!

 

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

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .168 AVG / .300 OBP / .272 SLG / .572 OPS)

Stockton – Max Stassi (5 HR / .272 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .766 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (4 HR / .229 AVG / .277 OBP / .349 SLG / .626 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Chris Carter (11 HR / .275 AVG / .358 OBP / .488 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .291 AVG / .401 OBP / .417 SLG / .818 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (7 HR / .245 AVG / .293 OBP / .403 SLG / .696 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (4 HR / .298 AVG / .378 OBP / .440 SLG / .819 OPS)

Stockton – Nick Leyja (2 HR / .211 AVG / .278 OBP / .304 SLG / .583 OPS)

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .280 AVG / .338 OBP / .383 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Adam Rosales (3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (6 HR / .210 AVG / .273 OBP / .324 SLG / .597 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (2 HR / .202 AVG / .281 OBP / .271 SLG / .552 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (4 HR / .246 AVG / .371 OBP / .366 SLG / .737 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (4 HR / .258 AVG / .338 OBP / .390 SLG / .728 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (6 HR / .251 AVG / .338 OBP / .416 SLG / .754 OPS)

Stockton – Miles Head (18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

Burlington – B.A. Vollmuth (7 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .412 SLG / .747 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (8 HR / .297 AVG / .341 OBP / .461 SLG / .802 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (4 HR / .269 AVG / .408 OBP / .395 SLG / .803 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .250 AVG / .342 OBP / .444 SLG / .786 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (3 HR / .224 AVG / .338 OBP / .357 SLG / .695 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

Stockton – Myrio Richard (0 HR / .249 AVG / .297 OBP / .324 SLG / .621 OPS)

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .217 AVG / .323 OBP / .265 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (7 HR / .291 AVG / .338 OBP / .439 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (7 HR / .263 AVG / .336 OBP / .404 SLG / .739 OPS)

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .274 AVG / .355 OBP / .423 SLG / .778 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Wes Timmons (2 HR / .222 AVG / .333 OBP / .303 SLG / .636 OPS)

Midland – Shane Peterson (2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (16 HR / .252 AVG / .346 OBP / .520 SLG / .867 OPS) *

Burlington – Eliezer Mesa (2 HR / .271 AVG / .286 OBP / .378 SLG / .664 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

Midland – Daniel Straily (85 1/3 IP / 70 H / 32 ER / 23 BB / 108 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.09 WHIP)

Stockton – Sean Murphy (82 1/3 IP / 57 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 86 K / 2.30 ERA / 0.96 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (83 1/3 IP / 82 H / 28 ER / 25 BB / 76 K / 3.02 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (27 1/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 11 BB / 22 K / 3.95 ERA / 1.28 WHIP / 9 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (26 1/3 IP / 29 H / 14 ER / 6 BB / 37 K / 4.78 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 6 SV)

Burlington – Drew Tyson (25 2/3 IP / 28 H / 11 ER / 8 BB / 12 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.40 WHIP / 4 SV)

 

 

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

 

CATCHER

Derek Norris

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

 

 

FIRST BASE

A.J. Kirby-Jones

Stockton Ports

(13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Brandon Hicks

Sacramento River Cats

(11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Adam Rosales

Sacramento River Cats

(3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Stockton Ports

(18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Chad Oberacker

Stockton Ports

(7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

 

 

CENTER FIELD

Michael Choice

Midland RockHounds

(6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Shane Peterson

Midland RockHounds

(2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Graham Godfrey

Sacramento River Cats

(59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Evan Scribner

Sacramento River Cats

(33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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Friday, June 15th: Hicks’ Hot Bat Carries Cats to Victory, Straily’s Efforts Not Enough for Hounds as Ports & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds pitcher Daniel Straily (8 IP / 1 ER / 9 K)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Tacoma Rainiers            2

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Godfrey 6-0 / 1.21)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Brandon Hicks

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Brandon Hicks had another big night at the plate. After hitting his 8th home run of the season on Thursday, he launched his 9th home run on Friday to give the River Cats the lead, which they never relinquished. First baseman Daric Barton homered as well, and starter Graham Godfrey had another solid outing, allowing just 2 runs over 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 6-0. In other news, the Manny Ramirez era in Sacramento is officially over as the slugger asked for his release and was promptly granted it by the A’s.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

San Antonio Missions  6

Midland RockHounds   2

(LP – Ortiz 3-3 / 4.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Straily

(8 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Daniel Straily turned in one of his most impressive performances of the season, allowing just 1 baserunner over 8 innings – San Antonio second baseman Jonathan Galvez who homered in the 7th inning – while striking out 9 before turning the 2-1 lead over to right-hander Jonathan Ortiz in the 9th. Unfortunately, Ortiz proceeded to give up 5 runs and hand the win to the visiting Missions.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Visalia Rawhide  8

Stockton Ports   4

(LP – Hassebrock 1-1 / 8.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Miles Head

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Miles Head had another big game on Friday, homering twice and driving in 3 runs. The Ports better enjoy his production while they can though, since rumor has it that Head will soon be on his way to Double-A Midland. Starter Blake Hassebrock, making his first appearance after spending the last 8 weeks on the disbled list, allowed 4 runs on 5 hits over just 2 innings. Left-hander Ian Krol followed up by allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees  3

Beloit Snappers  6

(LP – Frankoff 1-5 / 5.69)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jonathan Joseph

(3 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees managed just 6 hits on Friday – 2 of them homers off the bats of third baseman B.A. Vollmuth and outfielder Rashun Dixon. But starter Seth Frankoff had another rocky outing, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings to run his record to 1-5. Right-hander Jonathan Joseph took over in the 6th inning and did his best to give the Bees a chance, tossing 3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Tacoma @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Beavan vs. TBD)

San Antonio @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Geer vs. Haviland)

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(Chafin vs. Bowman)

Burlington @ Beloit – 7:00pm CT

(Granier vs. TBD)

 

 

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Sunday, June 10th: A’s Affilates All Win on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Graham Godfrey (8 IP / 1 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats      8

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

(WP – Godfrey 5-0 / 1.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Graham Godfrey

(8 IP / 1 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey had another solid outing for Sacramento on Sunday, allowing 1 run on just 2 hits over 8 innings to earn his 5th win. Outfielder Grant Green collected 4 hits and scored 3 times, first baseman Chris Carter drove in a pair of runs, and Manny Ramirez notched his 1st extra base hit with the River Cats, doubling in the 3rd inning, and also drove in 3 runs in the game.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  5

Frisco RoughRiders    4

(WP – Ortiz 3-2 / 2.55)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Straily

(6 IP / 1 ER / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Daniel Straily turned in another impressive outing for the RockHounds on Sunday, allowing just 1 run while walking none and striking out 9 over 6 innings of work. Midland’s bullpen gave up 3 runs in the 8th inning, but infielder Josh Horton drove in the tying run and designated hitter Michael Spina drove in the winning run in the 9th inning to hand the win to right-hander Jonathan Ortiz, who was Saturday’s losing pitcher. Outfielder Michael Choice contributed 3 hits, including a 3-run homer in the 6th inning to give the RockHounds the lead.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports    5

San Jose Giants  3

(WP – Krol 1-3 / 4.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones collected 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs, including the go-ahead run in the 7th inning, and starter Ian Krol allowed 3 runs and struck out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 1st win for the Ports.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Quad Cities River Bandits  15

Burlington Bees                 16

(WP – Joseph 1-2 / 5.31)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Wade Kirkland

(Game-Winning Hit / Walk / Sacrifice Fly / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Burlington pulled out the victory in an 11-inning slugfest on Sunday thanks to a game-winning single off the bat of infielder Wade Kirkland. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa had 4 hits and drove in 4 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth had 3 hits and drove in 2. Starter Seth Frankoff had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, on 7 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

(TBD vs. Bell)

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Quad Cities @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Hald vs. Granier)

 

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


 

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