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Monday, May 11th: Ryon Healy Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off in 12th while R.J. Alvarez Takes Loss in 10th for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Ryon Healy (3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Ryon Healy (3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       2

Midland RockHounds  3

WP – Healy 2-0 / 2.57

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Ryon Healy

(3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

With a man on, two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, third baseman Ryon Healy doubled in the winning run to give the RockHounds the walk-off win in Midland on Monday. Healy also had 2 singles in the game, while shortstop Chad Pinder singled, doubled, walked 3 times and scored the tying run in the 6th and the winning run in the 12th. Outfielder Matt Angle singled in the tying run in the 6th, and catcher Bruce Maxwell, outfielder Josh Whitaker and second baseman Colin Walsh had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work but left with his team down by a run. Midland managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th. RHPs Kris Hall, Ryan Doolittle and Ryan Dull each tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Tucker Healy picked up the win after striking out the side in the top of the 12th for the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 4-10: Hitting Prospects in the Spotlight

1B Matt Olson

1B Matt Olson

 

With two of the A’s top hitting prospects – third basemen Renato Nunez and Matt Chapman – both returning to action and making their season debuts this week, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top hitting prospects have been doing now that we’re a month into the minor league season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league hitters have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Friday, May 8th: Andy Parrino Comes up Big in Sounds Victory as Jarrod Parker Exits with Arm Injury and Colin Walsh Helps Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  6

Nashville Sounds      8

WP – Parker 1-0 / 6.30

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Double / 2 RBIs)

With the bases loaded and Nashville down by a run in the bottom of the 4th, shortstop Andy Parrino doubled home a pair of runners to provide the Sounds with the go-ahead run, and they would never look back on Friday. Third baseman Ryan Roberts and outfielders Kent Matthes and Jason Pridie each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while second baseman Joey Wendle doubled in Nashville’s first run of the game, and outfielder Craig Gentry singled, walked twice, scored twice and stole a base for the Sounds. But it was rehabbing RHP Jarrod Parker who provided the biggest drama of the night. With two outs in the top of the 6th, Parker unleashed a very wild pitch and immediately collapsed on the field while gripping his surgically-repaired right arm and writhing in pain. He eventually walked off the field in the company of the training staff. No further reports were available on his condition after the game, but it’s definitely not the kind of development that anyone wanted to see in Parker’s return from Tommy John surgery. Parker actually ended up earning the win after allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 5 2/3 innings of work, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th. In other news, the A’s promoted RHP Angel Castro to the major league roster and returned RHP R.J. Alvarez to Nashville. The team also designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment once again and acquired outfielder Matt Carson from the Dodgers for cash and assigned him to Nashville. And recent Sounds RHP Chad Smith, who had been designated for assignment, was dealt to the Angels for cash.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of April 27-May 3: Pitching Prospects in the Spotlight

LHP Dillon Overton

LHP Dillon Overton

With lots of pitchers on the move in the A’s system last week, it might be a good time to take a quick look at the pitching staffs of all four of the A’s affiliates. The pitching depth is definitely not what it’s been in past years. In pre-season prospect polls, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and Dillon Overton were the most common names to top the lists of the A’s pitching prospects. Graveman opened the season with the A’s before being sent to Nashville, while Nolin has been injured but just recently joined the Sounds to begin a rehab assignment, and Overton has been pitching well so far for Stockton. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league hurlers have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 3rd: Ports Fall despite Tyler Marincov’s Big Day while Sounds Lose Jarrod Parker’s First Rehab Start for Nashville

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  8

Stockton Ports   7

LP – Wagman 0-1 / 18.00

HR – Marincov (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

With two on, two outs and Stockton up by a run in the bottom of the 5th, right fielder Tyler Marincov smacked a 3-run homer to give the Ports a 4-run lead. Marincov also had a pair of singles in the game and has now gone 8 for 12 over his last three games to raise his average to a healthy .333. Center fielder B.J. Boyd and first John Nogowski both singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Jose Brizuela doubled in a run and walked, and left fielder Coco Crisp went 1 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run in his first rehab appearance for the Ports. Starter Kyle Finnegan had a solid outing for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 2 runs over 5 1/3 innings, and he left the game with a 3-run lead. But RHP Joey Wagman gave up 6 runs in 3 innings of relief and ended up taking the loss in the first appearance for the Ports. Meanwhile, Stockton’s most dependable bullpen arm, RHP Andres Avila, was reassigned to the RockHounds.

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Friday, May 1st: Beloit Wins behind Max Kuhn’s Big Bat while Lou Trivino Pitches Ports to Victory and Kendall Graveman Drops 1st Start for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Max Kuhn (Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Max Kuhn (Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        10

Kane County Cougars  8

WP – Torres 2-1 / 2.08

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Kuhn

(Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

With two on, two outs and the game tied in the top of the 9th, first baseman Max Kuhn doubled to drive in both runners and provide the Snappers with the margin of victory on Friday. Kuhn also tripled in 2 runs in the 2nd, while shortstop Yairo Munoz singled, doubled and drove in a pair, and outfielder Brett Vertigan doubled, walked twice, drove in a run and stole a base for Beloit. Starter Brett Graves had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 8 hits over 3 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Carlos Navas tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. LHP Jerad Grundy threw 2 shutout frames, and LHP Jose Torres gave up 1 run in 2 innings of work to pick up his 2nd win for the Snappers. In other news, RHP Rob Huber was placed on the temporarily inactive list and RHP Tyler Hollstegge was reassigned from Stockton to the Snappers.

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Tuesday, April 28th: Joey Wagman Notches Victory in Midland Debut while Jarrod Parker Wins Rehab Start for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joey Wagman (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joey Wagman (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     4

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Wagman 1-0 / 1.80

HR – Walsh (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Joey Wagman

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

RHP Joey Wagman was called up from extended spring training in Arizona to make the start for Midland on Tuesday and looked impressive, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings of work to earn the win in his Double-A debut. LHP Jim Fuller gave up 1 run in 3 innings of relief, and RHP Ryan Doolittle surrendered 2 runs in the 9th. Second baseman Colin Walsh singled, doubled, homered, walked and scored 3 times, while outfielder Matt Angle had a pair of doubles, a walk and drove in a run. First baseman Matt Olson singled in 2 runs and walked twice, and third baseman Ryon Healy and outfielders Josh Whitaker and Jaycob Brugman had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. In recent RockHounds roster moves, RHP Tanner Peters was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow injury, while LHP Chris Lamb was sent to extended spring training in Arizona. After making one start for Nashville, RHP Zach Neal was returned to the RockHounds and RHP Tim Atherton was reassigned from Stockton to Midland.

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Thursday, April 23rd: Yairo Munoz Hits Game-Winning HR in Snappers’ Win while Jarrod Parker Loses Rehab Start for Stockton and Chris Bassitt Joins A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Burlington Bees    2

Beloit Snappers  3

WP – Stull 1-0 / 2.84

HR – Munoz (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Yairo Munoz

(2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th in Beloit, shortstop Yairo Munoz stepped to the plate and led off the inning with a game-winning home run for the Snappers. Munoz also singled in the game. Right fielder Robert Martinez collected 3 hits, including a double, while center fielder Brett Vertigan singled, doubled and drove in a run. Starter Junior Mendez turned in a solid outing, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 innings of work. LHP Mike Fagan pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, while LHP Cody Stull tossed a scoreless 8th to pick up his 1st win, and RHP Trevor Bayless got the final three outs to earn his 2nd save for the Snappers.

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A’s Asst GM David Forst Gives the Lowdown on Team’s New Acquisitions & Top Minor League Prospects

David Forst

David Forst

In what’s become his annual winter interview with bloggers, A’s assistant general manager David Forst addressed a wide range of topics covering both the major league squad as well as the team’s minor league system at A’s FanFest on Sunday.

When asked which of the A’s offseason acquisitions he was personally most excited about, Forst hesitated to single out any one player, but he eventually got around to talking about infielder Marcus Semien, who was acquired from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija deal, saying, “Marcus was a guy we were really focused on…We really believe in his ability to play the middle of the infield. As much as anybody we’ve added this offseason, he’s as deserving of an opportunity to play every day in the big leagues, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he does.”

Despite critiques by some of Semien’s range at shortstop, Forst praised his strong arm and quick release and said, “We’ve seen enough of Marcus to believe he can handle the position.”

Asked to assess the prospects of some of the A’s newly-acquired young pitchers with the team this season, Forst started out by praising right-hander Chris Bassitt, who arrived with Semien from the Sox, saying, “Bassitt pitched really well against us in September last year. He’s shown what he can do in the big leagues.”

But of all the A’s new arms, the A’s assistant GM sounded most intrigued by righty Kendall Graveman, who came over from the Blue Jays in the deal that sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto: “Kendall is the guy who moved up as quickly as anybody in the game last season and dominated almost every level. So you sort of hope that the projection on him continues to go in that direction.”

Regarding talk of Bassitt or lefty Sean Nolin, who was acquired along with Graveman in the Donaldson deal, possibly being useful bullpen pieces, Forst said the team plans to keep them as starters since, “We’re not going to get through the season with five starters.”

Ike Davis

Ike Davis

When asked how newly-acquired first baseman Ike Davis fits into the picture, Forst said, “I think he has a chance to fit into the way we set the lineup…particularly against right-handed pitching. There have not been any inconsistencies in his performance against righties…There’s no reason he’s not in the lineup against right-handers all the time.”

Forst also said that Davis had mentioned he wants to get a shot at getting some playing time in the outfield to increase his opportunities to play. But later, when asked about his abilities in the outfield, Davis sounded a little less enthusiastic, saying “I’m not going to be amazing…I can catch the ball if I get to it, and I can throw it in pretty quickly, but I’m down to do anything.”

Addressing the subject of team chemistry on a roster full of new faces, Forst admitted, “I recognize that we’re bringing twenty-something new guys into a clubhouse, and frankly they’re all down there shaking hands right now and introducing themselves.” But he expressed plenty of confidence in manager Bob Melvin’s ability to make it all gel.

Forst was asked about the apparent lack of home run power in the team’s new lineup and admitted, “We’re not unaware of that concern. The home run totals look different certainly than they did a year ago. That said, Coco’s hit 20, Reddick’s hit 30, Ike has hit 30…I don’t think power is as big a concern for us as some people have made it out to be.”

He also noted that the team has other advantages: “I do think we’re going to have a lot of options in terms of matchups and platoons. When you look at [Josh] Phegley and Davis and [Mark] Canha – all are here because of their particular skill sets.”

Forst discussed some of the infield prospects that fans can look forward to seeing at the team’s new Triple-A affiliate in Nashville this season. He mentioned that he expects Rangel Ravelo, acquired from the White Sox, to play “a good amount of third base” in addition to first base, and noted that Max Muncy could also see some playing time at third in addition to first for Nashville. And Forst named newly-acquired second baseman Joe Wendle along with Andy Parrino and Tyler Ladendorf as the Triple-A team’s middle infield options.

Matt Olson

Matt Olson

Regarding the A’s top young hitting prospect, first baseman Matt Olson, Forst seemed happy to still have him around after having recently traded away some of the team’s other hitting prospects: “I think Matt Olson is as surpised as anyone that he’s still here. In fact, when I called him last week to officially tell him he was coming to big league camp, I had to promise I wouldn’t trade any more of his friends.”

He praised Olson’s power and approach, saying that he “fits the bill” as the prototypical type of A’s hitter, and has hopes that he’ll go to Double-A Midland and pick up where he left off last year at Stockton.

Forst claimed that Olson’s Stockton teammate, third baseman Renato Nunez – who’s also ticketed for Midland – took a big step forward this year, particularly when it comes to his ability to handle breaking pitches and said, “At that age, with what he’s done, you can put a really high ceiling on a guy like that.”

As far as the team’s top draft pick last year, third baseman Matt Chapman, Forst praised his brief time at Double-A Midland and in the instructional league, saying the team saw a guy with a lot of power and a chance to be a really good third baseman and claimed, “Other than [Eric] Chavez, we haven’t seen anyone come through the system with that kind of ability and that arm at third base.”

Forst expects Chapman to start the season at Stockton but said, “If he keeps the power and increases the contact rate, he has the chance to move quickly.”

Another top prospect who appears likely to end up at Stockton is young shortstop Franklin Barreto, who came over from the Jays in the Donaldson deal. There have been some questions about Barreto’s ability to stick at short. But while admitting that he has some work to do on his throwing, Forst clearly stated, “We see Franklin at shortstop.” He also had praise for another one of the organization’s young shortstops, Yairo Munoz, whom he said was a popular target in offseason trade talks and who seems likely to end up at Beloit this season.

Speaking of Stockton though, with the team’s Triple-A affiliate moving from Sacramento to Nashville, Forst admitted that fans in Stockton might be getting a lot more chances to see some of the team’s rehabbing major leaguers this season, and mentioned pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker, both of whom will be returning from Tommy John surgery, as distinct possibilities to be seeing time in Stockton this season.

Forst said that he doesn’t expect the team to make any other significant additions before spring training and said that the front office was “not spending a lot of time” on highly-touted Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada. But he did mention that newly-hired assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz and director of pro scouting Dan Feinstein were leaving that day to attend a two-day prospect showcase in the Dominican.

On the subject of Kantrovitz, who replaced former assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi who was hired as the Dodgers’ new general manager this offseason, Forst said the fact that he had a clear skill set in quantitative analysis made him a particularly attractive candidate for the job and that he’s now running the A’s analytics department and “was integral, as soon as he got here, in helping with the decisions we made on player personnel.”

Forst also praised the A’s new hitting coach, Darren Bush, whom he claimed Bob Melvin has leaned on heavily since he joined the coaching staff prior to the 2013 season and said that “moving him into the hitting coach position was a logical next step.”

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Oakland A’s & Nashville Sounds 2015 Roster Outlook

It was another busy offseason for A's GM Billy Beane

A’s GM Billy Beane was a busy boy this winter

For the moment, as we sit here perched on the precipice of February, let’s go out on a limb and assume that the majority of the A’s offseason work is now finally done – which is never an entirely safe bet with general manager Billy Beane at the helm. But considering the massive amount of roster turnover and the vast number of new players the team has acquired, the shape of the A’s major league roster actually appears to be fairly clear at this point. While little has changed in the A’s outfield, the rest of the roster will look plenty different from the team that took the field to start 2014…

 

2015 OAKLAND A’S

While last year’s team started out with the tandem of John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate, the 2015 model figures to count on a catching platoon of fan-favorite Stephen Vogt and newly-acquired Josh Phegley, who arrived from the White Sox as part of the Jeff Samardzija trade.

The A’s 2015 starting infield looks to be entirely different from 2014, with Eric Sogard likely to be the only returning infielder on the roster, but this time in a utility role. 25-year-old Brett Lawrie will take over for Josh Donaldson at the hot corner, while Berkeley native Marcus Semien has been annointed as the team’s new shortstop. He’ll be mentored up the middle by former All-Star Ben Zobrist, who is set to be the team’s primary second baseman. Slugger Ike Davis should be stationed at first base against right-handers with free-agent catch Billy Butler as the designated hitter, while Butler should take over at first against lefties with Rule-5 pick Mark Canha serving in the DH spot as a sort of new-fangled Nate Freiman. With Zobrist taking over at second, last year’s primary second baseman and the almost-face-of-MLB, Eric Sogard, will likely serve in a utility role, backing up Zobrist at second, Semien at short and Lawrie at third. Sogard has experience at all three positions in both the majors and the minors.

Brett Lawrie: Can he make A's fans forget Josh Donaldson?

Brett Lawrie: Can he make A’s fans forget Josh Donaldson?

As mentioned, there aren’t a lot of new faces in the A’s outfield in 2015. Josh Reddick returns as the team’s rifle-armed right fielder, while Coco Crisp will man center field, as long as his health allows – and A’s fans better hope and pray that’s a lot – and Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry should share duties in left field. Of course, the 2015 version of the A’s does possess similar versatility to last year’s model. If needed, Zobrist is perfectly capable of playing in the outfield, with Sogard slotting in at second. Canha can also do time in the outfield if needed and, like Sogard, Semien has played all over the infield with the exception of first base.

As far as the team’s starting rotation goes, only two members seem to be certain locks – veteran lefty Scott Kazmir and young righty Sonny Gray. General manager Billy Beane did mention in a conference call with reporters that returning lefty Drew Pomeranz and newly-acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman may have “the inside track” for the remaining rotation spots. So assuming the GM’s opinion counts for something, one would have to assume that’s the group that’s most likely to make up the team’s starting five, though new acquisitions Chris Bassitt and Sean Nolin will surely be in on the competition as well and much will clearly depend on how spring training plays out.

It appears that the team may prefer to have Jesse Chavez back in the bullpen as a reliable long man and occasional spot starter if needed. And with Sean Doolittle set to miss the start of the season with shoulder issues, former Nationals closer Tyler Clippard is likely the leading candidate to take over Doolittle’s spot as the last man on the mound for the A’s. Fernando Abad and Eric O’Flaherty are set to be the team’s lefties out of the ‘pen, with Dan Otero and Ryan Cook available from the right side. That leaves one last bullpen spot available while Doolittle’s doing time on the DL. Since he’s out of options, it might be safe to give Evan Scribner the edge, though lefty Eury De La Rosa (acquired from Arizona) and righty R.J. Alvarez (picked up from the Padres) could also be distinct possibilities.

Of course, the team is counting on Doolittle to return at some point. And let’s not forget that A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker are both working their way back from Tommy John surgery with midseason returns quite possible for the pair.

 

2015 NASHVILLE SOUNDS

With all the young players the team acquired in trades, and plenty of minor league free agent signees as well, there will be a bit of a roster crunch at the top levels of the A’s farm system in 2015. And it’s going to be particularly difficult for many players to make the move up from Midland, with the possible exception of first baseman Max Muncy with the team’s top prospect, Matt Olson, set to take over at first for Midland in 2015. As things now stand, it appears that there are about 16 position players competing for what is typically 12 roster spots and 23 pitchers competing for what is typically 13 spots on the pitching staff at the A’s Triple-A affiliate. So let’s take a look at some of the players most likely to find themselves playing in Nashville as the PCL team begins its first season as the A’s top affiliate.

The team has two very experienced minor league catchers who’ve had the chance to get their feet wet in the majors and who’ll be waiting in the wings at Nashville in 2015. 28-year-old, lefty-swinging Bryan Anderson has caught 755 minor league games and has appeared in the majors with the Cardinals and the White Sox and even managed to get one at-bat with the A’s last year, while 34-year-old switch-hitter Luke Carlin has been behind the plate for 773 minor league games and has made appearances with San Diego, Arizona and Cleveland.

One of the A’s most exciting minor leaguers, speed-burner Billy Burns, should have the chance to run around the bases and tear up the turf in center field for Nashville in 2015. He’ll likely be flanked by a pair of minor league veterans – 29-year-old Matt Angle and 31-year-old Jason Pridie, who’s appeared with the Twins, the Mets, the Phillies, the Orioles and the Rockies – along with Josh Whitaker, who split last season between Sacramento and Midland.

Nashville’s infield should be anchored up the middle by shortstop Andy Parrino, newly-acquired second baseman Joe Wendle, and Tyler Ladendorf, who split time last season between second base and shortstop and can also play a little in the outfield. The corners could be a little crowded with Alden Carrithers returning at third base, newly-acquired Rangel Ravelo set to see time at third and first, Nate Freiman likely to play first and DH, as is Max Muncy, and Anthony Aliotti, who spent time at first as well as in the outfield for Sacramento last season, is also in the mix.

Infielders Colin Walsh and Niuman Romero, who was signed as a minor league free agent, will also be battling for a spot on the Nashville roster, but it might be tough unless injuries, trades or releases unexpectedly open the door to a roster spot. Due to the roster crunch, Romero, who’s spent over 700 minor league games at shortstop and second base, may end up sharing middle infield duties with Chad Pinder at Midland, where there aren’t a lot of legitimate shortstop options with the departure of Daniel Robertson in the Ben Zobrist deal with Tampa Bay.

Billy Burns: Will he set a new land speed record in Nashville?

Billy Burns: Will he set a new land speed record in Nashville?

When it comes to the Sounds’ starting rotation, between all the new acquisitions, minor league free agent signees and returning players, there should be an abundance of starting pitchers available at the Triple-A level that will make it almost impossible, barring some unexpected injuries, for any starters to make the move up from Midland, including deserving candidates like Nate Long and Chris Jensen. It also means that some better known pitching prospects like former 1st-rounder Deck McGuire aren’t likely to have much of a shot at starting the season with the Sounds.

If, as speculated, Kazmir, Gray, Hahn, Pomeranz and Graveman end up comprising the A’s starting five, that would leave seven solid candidates for the Sounds’ starting rotation, six of whom will be in major league camp this spring. Three of them are currently on the A’s 40-man roster and would probably be first in line – new acquisitions Chris Bassitt and Sean Nolin along with returning righty Arnold Leon – while minor league free agent additions Brad Mills and Rudy Owens, both of whom have gotten a taste of life in the majors, and returning righty Matt Buschmann would all be solid options. Zach Neal, who was one of Sacramento’s most solid starters last season, may be at a bit of a disadvantage since he won’t be participating in the major league camp with the others. But depending on how everything shakes out, they all have a legitimate shot at starting the season in the Sounds’ starting rotation.

Thanks to multiple minor league free agent signings, the bullpen picture is even more crowded, with at least 16 pitchers competing for what will likely be 8 bullpen spots in Nashville. Two who were acquired in trades during the offseason, lefty Eury De La Rosa and righty R.J. Alvarez, are on the 40-man roster, as is righty Taylor Thompson, who was claimed off waivers. As long as they don’t make the major league roster, they should all be assured spots, as should righty Fernando Rodriguez, who posted a 1.97 ERA at Sacramento and allowed 1 run in 7 appearances for the A’s last season.

That leaves five veteran minor league free agent signees – righties Kevin Whelan and Brock Huntzinger, lefties Ryan Verdugo and Jim Fuller and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (yes, he throws with both arms!) – five returning players who spent all or part of last season at Sacramento – righties Angel Castro, Paul Smyth, Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy, plus lefty Jeff Urlaub – and two solid pitching prospects who had strong seasons at Midland last year – righties Ryan Dull and Ryan Doolittle – all competing for the remaining four spots in the Sounds’ bullpen.

Of course, one never knows what unexpected injuries might sideline some arms to start the season but, regardless, a number of these names who don’t make the cut with the Sounds are bound to end up in the bullpen at Midland, where Nate Long, Chris Jensen, Sean Murphy and Drew Granier could all be returning to the RockHounds’ rotation this season, perhaps along with someone like Deck McGuire.

Speaking of the A’s Double-A affiliate, some of the team’s top prospects will be found in Midland’s infield this year, with Matt Olson at first, Renato Nunez at third, and Chad Pinder and Ryon Healy in the infield mix there as well. Top catching prospect Bruce Maxwell will be competing for a spot behind the plate with Blake Forsythe and Ryan Ortiz, as well as fellow backstops Beau Taylor and Carson Blair. Meanwhile, the outfield should primarily be comprised of returning RockHounds like Kent Matthes, Chad Oberacker and Conner Crumbliss, with the possible addition of Jaycob Brugman, who proved himself at both Beloit and Stockton last season.

But let’s clearly lay out the possible players on your 2015 Oakland A’s and Nashville Sounds opening day rosters right here (just click on each player’s name below to view their complete stats page)…