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Friday, April 18th: Leon Leads Cats to Victory while Hounds Win in Extras and Ports & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 2

Sacramento River Cats  4

WP – Leon 1-1 / 4.50

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Arnold Leon

(6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Arnold Leon was solid in his fourth start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 1st win. RHPs Paul Smyth, Jeremy McBryde and Evan Scribner each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief, with Scribner picking up his 3rd save for Sacramento. Outfielder Kent Matthes doubled twice and drove in a run, while catcher Ryan Ortiz had 2 hits and drove in a pair, second baseman Jose Martinez singled twice, walked twice and stole a base, and third baseman Alden Carrithers had 3 walks in the win.

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A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

1B Anthony Aliotti's sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

First baseman Anthony Aliotti’s sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

With the 2013 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2013. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2013. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category, and players no longer with the organization were not included. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 20 starts for each full-season team or at least 10 starts for short season teams, while closers were selected from each team’s season saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics 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 based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

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

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Stephen Vogt (13 HR / .324 AVG / .398 OBP / .547 SLG / .945 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .191 AVG / .282 OBP / .266 SLG / .548 OPS)

Stockton – Phil Pohl (9 HR / .228 AVG / .288 OBP / .398 SLG / .686 OPS) *

Beloit – Nick Rickles (7 HR / .261 AVG / .291 OBP / .390 SLG / .682 OPS) *

Vermont – Josh Miller (0 HR / .176 AVG / .239 OBP / .214 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – Andy Paz (2 HR / .228 AVG / .304 OBP / .337 SLG / .641 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (7 HR / .297 AVG / .423 OBP / .430 SLG / .853 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (14 HR / .324 AVG / .416 OBP / .480 SLG / .896 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Muncy (25 HR / .273 AVG / .381 OBP / .476 SLG / .857 OPS) *

Beloit – Matt Olson (23 HR / .225 AVG / .326 OBP / .435 SLG / .761 OPS)

Vermont – Ryan Huck (5 HR / .285 AVG / .378 OBP / .465 SLG / .843 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Gabriel Santana (1 HR / .267 AVG / .305 OBP / .342 SLG / .646 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jemile Weeks (4 HR / .271 AVG / .376 OBP / .369 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (3 HR / .255 AVG / .338 OBP / .382 SLG / .720 OPS) *

Stockton – Antonio Lamas (12 HR / .255 AVG / .304 OBP / .381 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Bostick (14 HR / .282 AVG / .354 OBP / .452 SLG / .806 OPS)

Vermont – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .228 AVG / .331 OBP / .248 SLG / .580 OPS)

AZL A’s – Joe Bennie (1 HR / .246 AVG / .380 OBP / .369 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (4 HR / .210 AVG / .300 OBP / .302 SLG / .602 OPS)

Midland – Darwin Perez (3 HR / .237 AVG / .326 OBP / .333 SLG / .659 OPS)

Stockton – Addison Russell (17 HR / .269 AVG / .369 OBP / .495 SLG / .865 OPS) *

Beloit – Daniel Robertson (9 HR / .277 AVG / .353 OBP / .401 SLG / .754 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Pinder (3 HR / .200 AVG / .286 OBP / .293 SLG / .579 OPS)

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .239 AVG / .276 OBP / .359 SLG / .634 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Hiro Nakajima (4 HR / .283 AVG / .331 OBP / .367 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (2 HR / .278 AVG / .349 OBP / .380 SLG / .729 OPS)

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (21 HR / .212 AVG / .301 OBP / .408 SLG / .709 OPS)

Beloit – Renato Nunez (19 HR / .258 AVG / .301 OBP / .423 SLG / .725 OPS)

Vermont – Luis Baez (1 HR / .184 AVG / .223 OBP / .230 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – A.J. Kubala (4 HR / .147 AVG / .266 OBP / .353 SLG / .619 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Choice (14 HR / .302 AVG / .390 OBP / .445 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (13 HR / .259 AVG / .389 OBP / .421 SLG / .810 OPS) *

Stockton – Rashun Dixon (16 HR / .215 AVG / .349 OBP / .424 SLG / .772 OPS) *

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (14 HR / .260 AVG / .337 OBP / .446 SLG / .783 OPS)

Vermont – B.J. Boyd (8 HR / .285 AVG / .375 OBP / .442 SLG / .817 OPS)

AZL A’s – Justin Higley (6 HR / .275 AVG / .363 OBP / .490 SLG / .853 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (12 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .387 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – D’Arby Myers (5 HR / .285 AVG / .320 OBP / .388 SLG / .707 OPS)

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .276 AVG / .343 OBP / .454 SLG / .797 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Vertigan (0 HR / .243 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

Vermont – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .283 AVG / .364 OBP / .344 SLG / .708 OPS)

AZL A’s – Billy McKinney (3 HR / .326 AVG / .387 OBP / .437 SLG / .824 OPS) *

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (18 HR / .281 AVG / .360 OBP / .474 SLG / .833 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (6 HR / .237 AVG / .305 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (21 HR / .210 AVG / .279 OBP / .395 SLG / .674 OPS)

Beloit – John Wooten (20 HR / .257 AVG / .333 OBP / .430 SLG / .764 OPS)

Vermont – Tyler Marincov (3 HR / .215 AVG / .302 OBP / .313 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (2 HR / .213 AVG / .267 OBP / .279 SLG / .546 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jeremy Barfield (12 HR / .213 AVG / .298 OBP / .407 SLG / .706 OPS) *

Midland – Jake Goebbert (22 HR / .262 AVG / .354 OBP / .474 SLG / .828 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (18 HR / .250 AVG / .322 OBP / .428 SLG / .751 OPS)

Beloit – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .289 AVG / .408 OBP / .342 SLG / .750 OPS) *

Vermont – Michael Soto (3 HR / .206 AVG / .258 OBP / .335 SLG / .593 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .246 AVG / .288 OBP / .341 SLG / .628 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Sonny Gray (118 1/3 IP / 117 H / 45 ER / 39 BB / 118 K / 3.42 ERA / 1.32 WHIP)

Midland – Carlos Hernandez (152 IP / 142 H / 45 ER / 41 BB / 106 K / 2.66 ERA / 1.20 WHIP) *

Stockton – Tanner Peters (165 2/3 IP / 167 H / 75 ER / 27 BB / 159 K / 4.07 ERA / 1.17 WHIP)

Beloit – Seth Streich (110 2/3 IP / 114 H / 47 ER / 41 BB / 82 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Brent Powers (95 2/3 IP / 88 H / 33 ER / 29 BB / 85 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ronald Herrera (78 1/3 IP / 86 H / 35 ER / 13 BB / 66 K / 4.02 ERA / 1.26 WHIP) *

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Brian Gordon (63 IP / 61 H / 25 ER / 9 BB / 66 K / 3.57 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 23 SV)

Midland – Kyler Newby (60 IP / 57 H / 18 ER / 19 BB / 59 K / 2.70 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 7 SV) *

Stockton – Jonathan Joseph (64 1/3 IP / 46 H / 25 ER / 28 BB / 76 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.15 WHIP / 6 SV)

Beloit – Ryan Dull (60 IP / 44 H / 16 ER / 9 BB / 78 K / 2.40 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Vermont – Trevor Bayless (24 1/3 IP / 28 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 29 K / 3.70 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV) *

AZL A’s – Travis Pitcher (21 1/3 IP / 19 H / 4 ER / 13 BB / 27 K / 1.69 ERA / 1.50 WHIP / 3 SV)

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Monday, August 26th: Ports Lose Despite Alcantara’s Solid Effort while Snappers Win and Cats & Hounds Come Up Short

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K)

Stockton Ports Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                7

Sacramento River Cats  0

LP – Billings 13-7 / 4.40

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

(2 for 3 / Walk)

 

Starter Bruce Billings had a rough outing for the River Cats, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss on Monday. Second baseman Jemile Weeks had a pair of hits and walked, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and walked, and third baseman Dusty Coleman went 0 for 4 in his debut after getting called up to take Daric Barton’s place on the River Cats roster. Barton was recalled by the A’s to replace right fielder Josh Reddick, who was placed on the disabled list. RHP Evan Scribner was also recalled by the A’s after the team designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment.

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Wednesday, May 1st: Gray’s Complete Game Victory for Cats Leads Quartet of Quality Starts on Wednesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Sonny Gray (9 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win / CG)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Sonny Gray (9 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win / CG)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  4

Fresno Grizzlies                 1

WP – Gray 3-1 / 2.61

HR – Choice (5), Peterson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(9 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win / CG)

 

The A’s 2011 1st-round draft pick, RHP Sonny Gray, had his most impressive performance of the season for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while going the distance to earn the complete game victory on Wednesday. Outfielder Michael Choice hit his 5th home run, a solo shot, and designated hitter Shane Peterson hit a 2-run homer, his 1st, to drive in the go-ahead run for the River Cats. With Coco Crisp going on the disabled list, catcher Luke Montz was recalled by the A’s, and catcher Ryan Ortiz was promoted to Sacramento from Stockton.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Corpus Christi Hooks      3

LP – Newby 0-3 / 2.51

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

 

Starter Zach Neal had another solid outing for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 over 7 innings of work. The game ultimately went to extra innings, where RHP Kyler Newby gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, to take the loss. Third baseman Jefry Marte had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti collected 3 hits to raise his average to a nifty .350.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  1

Stockton Ports                      2

WP – Granier 3-2 / 2.81

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

 

Starter Drew Granier delivered another strong outing for Stockton on Wednesday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits to earn his 3rd win, while RHP Seth Frankoff tossed 2 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 1st save. The Ports managed just 3 hits in the game, a pair of singles from outfielders Bobby Crocker and Myrio Richard and an RBI-triple off the bat of hot-hitting second baseman Antonio Lamas.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers   2

Great LakesLoons  3

LP – Tyson 1-1 / 8.10

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(6 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

Starter Seth Streich had one of his best outings of the season for the Snappers, allowing 1 run on just 1 hit over 6 innings of work on Wednesday. RHP Tyler Vail surrendered the tying run in the bottom of the 8th inning to send the game to extra innings, and RHP Drew Tyson gave up a run in the 10th to take the loss. Catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 4 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a run for the Snappers.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Rancho Cucamonga @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Great Lakes – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

 

 

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Saturday, April 13th: Moore Leads Cats’ Bats to Victory, while Whitaker Helps Ports Win in Extras & Snappers Split Twin Bill

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Third Baseman Scott Moore (4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

Sacramento River Cats’ Third Baseman Scott Moore (4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  15

Reno Aces                         11

WP – Gray 1-0 / 2.45

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Scott Moore

(4 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

The River Cats continued their hot hitting on Saturday, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits. Third baseman Scott Moore had 4 of those hits while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 times, while first baseman Daric Barton had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 4 runs, and catcher Luke Montz collected a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored twice. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 5 innings to pick up his 1st win with the River Cats. RHP Bruce Billings, who has been moved to the bullpen with the return of starter Dan Straily, gave up 6 runs, 3 earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and RHP Dan Otero got the final 4 outs for his 1st save with Sacramento. With the promotion of hot-hitting outfielder Michael Taylor to Oakland and the placement of LHP Jordan Norberto on the 7-day disabled list, RHP Darren Byrd and infielder Tyler Ladendorf were promoted from Midland to Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals    4

Midland RockHounds  1

LP – Hernandez 1-1 / 2.61

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jefry Marte

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Third baseman Jefry Marte had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in Midland’s only run, while outfielder D’Arby Myers collected 3 hits, including a double, for the RockHounds. RHP Mike DeMark, who just joined Midland after having pitched in Arizona’s minor league system last year, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   4

Bakersfield Blaze  3

WP – Brown 1-0 / 2.57

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(2 for 5 / 3 RBIs)

 

RHP Andres Avila had a solid outing in his second start with Stockton, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work. After Avila left the game with the lead, RHP Seth Frankoff tossed 2 scoreless innings to hold the lead, but RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Outfielder Josh Whitaker, who had driven in 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs earlier in the game, drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 12th for Stockton, and left-hander Jacob Brown pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to pick up the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #1

Burlington Bees     5

Beloit Snappers  3

LP – Dull 0-1 / 4.50

HR – Bostick (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(Home Run / 2 Triples / 3 RBIs)

 

Starter Derek De Young allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walked over 4 innings for Beloit in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. RHP Tucker Healy did an impressive job in relief, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6 over 3 innings of work. Second baseman Chris Bostick, who’d homered and tripled earlier, hit his second triple of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to drive in the tying run for the Snappers. But Ryan Ryan Dull allowed 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the loss.

 

GAME #2

Burlington Bees     3

Beloit Snappers  8

WP – Streich 2-0 / 2.70

HR – Mathews (2), Wooten (1), Roberts (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Ryan Mathews

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

With the game tied in the 4th inning, outfielder Ryan Mathews slugged a 3-run homer to give the Snappers the lead, which they would never relinquish. Designated hitter John Wooten and shortstop Sam Roberts both contributed solo shots, and center fielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits and drove in a run. The A’s 6th-round draft pick last year, RHP Seth Streich, allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings of work to earn his 2nd win of the season.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT

Arkansas @ Midland – 2:00pm PT / 4:00pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 11:30am PT

Burlington @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Sunday, April 7th: Muncy Slugs Ports to Win while Gray & Hernandez Pitch Cats & Hounds to Victory and Snappers Get No-Hit

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ First Baseman Max Muncy (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 Stockton Ports’ 1B Max Muncy      (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Las Vegas 51s                  4

Sacramento River Cats  8

WP – Gordon 1-0 / 12.00

HR – Taylor (2), Choice (1), Vogt (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 4 K)

 

Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray impressed in his season debut with Sacramento, allowing just 2 hits over 6 scoreless innings. He left the game with the lead, but Las Vegas scored 2 runs off RHP Brian Gordon to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning. Sacramento then exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks to a grand slam off the bat of outfielder Michel Choice and solo shots courtesy of outfielder Michael Taylor and newly-arrived catcher Stephen Vogt, who also added a pair of doubles on the night to cap off an impressive debut for the River Cats. Jemile Weeks got his first start at second base this season, Grant Green got his first start at first base, Josh Horton made his season debut at third base, and RHP Dan Otero returned to the River Cats’ roster after clearing waivers.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

Arkansas Travelers        1

WP – Hernandez 1-0 / 0.00

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Carlos Hernandez

(5 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

LHP Carlos Hernandez was solid in his season debut with the RockHounds, tossing 5 scoreless innings to earn the win. RHP Darren Byrd contributed 2 scoreless innings to pick up the save. Third baseman Jefry Marte doubled in a run, newly-acquired outfielder Jake Goebbert picked up his first hit since joining the RockHounds, and catcher Nick Rickles collected a pair of hits in his Double-A debut.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  8

Stockton Ports  12

WP – Peters 1-0 / 7.20

HR – Muncy 2 (3), Robinson (2), Crocker (1), Vollmuth (1), Kirkland (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

First baseman Max Muncy continued his hot start in the California League, slugging his second and third home runs and driving in 4 runs for the Ports on Sunday. Outfielder Dusty Robinson hit his 2nd home run of the season, and outfielder Bobby Crocker and infielders B.A. Vollmuth and Wade Kirkland all hit their first. Starter Tanner Peters was a little shaky in his first start with Stockton, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, in 5 innings of work, but he still managed to pick up the win. RHP Jose Macias got the final four hits for the save. And shortstop Addison Russell missed his second straight game after tweaking his ankle running out an infield hit in Friday’s game. You can check out the play on which in happened, as well as Russell’s first hit, on ProspectNotes’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ProspectNotes

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        1

Cedar Rapids Kernels  9

LP – Voiro 0-1 / 7.36

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Derek De Young

(4 1/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 1 K)

 

The Snappers were no-hit by a trio of Cedar Rapids hurlers on Sunday, but Beloit did manage to push a run across the plate in the 8th inning thanks to 3 walks and a sacrifice fly. Snappers’ starter Vince Voiro had a rocky outing in his season debut, allowing 8 runs, 3 earned, on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss, but RHP Derek De Young looked good in relief, allowing just 1 run in 4 1/3 innings of work.

 

Monday’s Games:

Tacoma @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Arkansas – 5:10pm PT / 7:10pm CT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Peoria – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Miles Head Set To Be Main Attraction at Midland in 2013

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

The opening day roster for the Midland RockHounds, the A’s Double-A affiliate in the Texas League, was announced this week. The RockHounds’ lineup will be led by one of the A’s top hitting prospects, third baseman Miles Head, who led all A’s minor leaguers in hits, RBIs, batting average and slugging percentage last season.

Along with Head, the RockHounds’ infield will also include Jefry Marte, Tommy Mendonca, Anthony Aliotti, Dusty Coleman, Darwin Perez and Tyler Ladendorf. Jeremy Barfield, Chad Oberacker and D’Arby Myers will man the outfield, while Ryan Lipkin and Nick Rickles will be behind the plate.

The RockHounds’ starting rotation will likely include Murphy Smith, Josh Bowman, Josh Stinson, Zach Neal, Carlos Hernandez and Arnold Leon as soon as he’s been stretched out enough to start. Left-handers Jeff Urlaub and Frank Gailey will join right-handers Carlos Fisher, Sergio Perez, Kyler Newby, Darren Byrd and Paul Smyth in the RockHounds’ bullpen.

You’ll find the Midland RockHounds’ complete roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below…

 

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Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head was acquired, along with Josh Reddick and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara, from Boston last year in the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox. The big third baseman had an unbelievable first half at High-A Stockton, bashing 23 doubles and 18 home runs in just 267 at-bats while posting a truly impressive slash line of .382/.433/.715. The Georgia native spent the second half at Double-A Midland, where he put up a much more mortal .272/.338/.404 slash line in 234 at-bats. Head will get the chance to master the Texas League again in 2013. He played all but a handful of games at third base last year, and the team hopes that Head will stick at third, but he’ll probably spend just as much time at first base this season.

 

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Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The A’s acquired Marte this off-season from the Mets in the Collin Cowgill trade. The third baseman had a .251/.322/.366 slash line last season at Binghamton in the Double-A Eastern League. Those numbers might not seem overly impressive, but it’s important to remember that he started the year as just a 20-year-old playing full-time at Double-A. And Marte looked good this spring, hitting .400 with a pair of doubles in a brief look with the A’s. Along with Miles Head, he’ll be splitting time between third base and first base at Midland this year and hoping to make his mark in his second year at Double-A.

 

cooberacker4CHAD OBERACKER

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2011 – 25th Round

Oberacker was a bit of a sleeper in the A’s system who’s now on the rise. He was drafted in the 25th round in 2011, but he’s quickly moved up the ladder and was the only one of Stockton’s regular outfielders from last season to earn a promotion to Midland to start the year. There might not be any one aspect of Oberacker’s game that really stands out, but he seems to do everything just well enough to succeed. He hits for a decent average, has a little pop in his bat, has good speed and can play center field. He’ll start the season flanked by Jeremy Barfield and D’Arby Myers in the RockHounds’ outfield and will rise as far as his talent will take him.

 

al628x471bARNOLD LEON

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Leon is probably best known for his role in helping to precipitate the brawl between the Mexican national and Canadian national teams at this year’s WBC tournament. Besides that dubious distinction, Leon is a talented Mexican hurler whom the A’s signed as an international free agent back in 2008. Unfortunately, serious arm injuries caused him to miss most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. But he came back strong, pitching out of the bullpen, in 2012. The A’s plan to stretch him out and see if he can get back on track as a starter this year at Midland.

 

–MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS 2013 ROSTER–

–HITTERS–

Ryan Lipkin C

Nick Rickles C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Zach Neal RHP

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Carlos Fisher RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Josh Stinson RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS—

Jeff Urlaub LHP

Frank Gailey LHP

 

 

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A’s, River Cats’ & RockHounds’ Roster Projections

Will Hiro have to be a hero in Sacramento?

Will Hiro still be smiling in Sacramento?

We’re now less than a week away from opening day, and Jemile Weeks has been optioned to Sacramento, Adam Rosales has been placed on the disabled list, and Hiro Nakajima has been struggling and is now dealing with a strained hamstring. And thanks to these recent developments, it looks like the A’s opening day roster may now be rounding into shape – and along with it, the Sacramento River Cats’ and Midland RockHounds’ rosters too. Of course, plenty can still change and nothing is etched in stone. There haven’t been any official announcements from the team yet and there probably won’t be until about 24 hours before opening day, but below are our projected opening day rosters for the A’s and their Triple-A and Double-A affiliates based on what we think we know at this point…

 

PROJECTED 2013 OAKLAND A’S ROSTER

Derek Norris

Derek Norris

–CATCHERS–

John Jaso C

Derek Norris C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Nate Freiman 1B

Eric Sogard 2B

Scott Sizemore 2B

Jed Lowrie SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Coco Crisp OF

Josh Reddick OF

Chris Young OF

Seth Smith OF

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tommy Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

 

(Bartolo Colon – SUSPENDED)

(Fernando Rodriguez – DL)

(Adam Rosales – DL)

 

PROJECTED 2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS ROSTER

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

David Freitas C

Hiro Nakajima SS

Jemile Weeks 2B

Andy Parrino SS-3B-OF

Grant Green 2B-3B-OF

Josh Horton 3B-SS-2B

Scott Moore 1B-3B-DH

Shane Peterson OF-1B

Conner Crumbliss OF-2B

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

James Simmons RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Hideki Okajima LHP

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

PROJECTED 2013 MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS ROSTER

Miles Head

Miles Head

–HITTERS–

Beau Taylor C

Ryan Ortiz C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Sean Murphy RHP

Jacob Brown LHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Brian Gordon RHP

Carlos Fisher RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Nate Long RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Frank Gailey LHP

 

***UPDATE: In something of a surprise, the A’s have designated LHP Travis Blackley for assignment. This opens a spot in the A’s bullpen for either Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa, Mike Ekstrom or Hideki Okajima. Their spot in the River Cats bullpen will be filled by RHP Danny Otero, who was claimed off waivers.

 

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Spring’s Young Over-Achievers!

Spring training leaves A's manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Spring training leaves A’s manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Well, we’re a little over three weeks into spring training now, and we’ve had the chance to get a good look at a number of the A’s most promising young hitters. There are 13 hitters who are likely to start the season in the A’s minor league system who’ve gotten into anywhere between 4 and 21 major league spring training games thus far – and most of them have performed pretty well!

However, only 3 of the 13 still remain in major league camp – outfielder Shane Peterson along with infielders Andy Parrino and Eric Sogard. They aren’t the only ones to make their mark though. Catcher David Freitas, infielders Jefry Marte, Grant Green and Darwin Perez as well as outfielder Michael Choice all hit the ball well during their time with the major league team.

Below is a list of the 13 players who we’re likely to see starting the year at Sacramento, Midland or Stockton who got at least 10 at-bats in major league games this spring, followed by a profile of a few particular over-achievers…

 

Shane Peterson (OF-1B) 18-for-42 / 6 2B / 1 HR / .429 AVG / .489 OBP / .690 SLG

Michael Choice (OF) 13-for-42 / 2 2B / 1 HR / .310 AVG / .333 OBP / .476 SLG

Eric Sogard (IF) 16-for-31 / 7 2B / 0 HR / .516 AVG / .559 OBP / .742 SLG

Andy Parrino (IF) 12-for-31 / 5 2B / 1 HR / .387 AVG / .457 OBP / .645 SLG

Michael Taylor (OF) 5-for-23 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .217 AVG / .250 OBP / .304 SLG

Grant Green (IF-OF) 9-for-22 / 5 2B / 0 HR / .409 AVG / .409 OBP / .636 SLG

Scott Moore (IF-OF) 4-for-20 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .200 AVG / .304 OBP / .350 SLG

David Freitas (C) 8-for-17 / 1 2B / 1 HR / .471 AVG / .471 OBP / .706 SLG

Luke Montz (C) 1-for-17 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .059 AVG / .105 OBP / .235 SLG

Addison Russell (SS) 4-for-16 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .250 AVG / .294 OBP / .313 SLG

Darwin Perez (IF) 5-for-15 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .333 AVG / .412 OBP / .400 SLG

Jefry Marte (3B) 4-for-10 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .400 AVG / .455 OBP / .600 SLG

Miles Head (3B) 1-for-10 / 0 2B / 0 HR / .100 AVG / .091 OBP / .100 SLG

 

ERIC SOGARD

esEric+Sogard+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+-UWwbavIYEwlWith Hiro Nakajima and Jed Lowrie added to the roster in the off-season and Adam Rosales both out of options and carrying a guaranteed contract, Sogard’s likely to start the season bouncing around Sacramento’s infield. But his spring performance has certainly helped to keep his name in play anyway. In his first 31 at-bats, Sogard is hitting over .500 and leads the team with 7 doubles. He also has just 1 strikeout. And with that kind of performance at the plate, if another infielder is needed in Oakland at some point, Sogard’s name should be quick to come to mind.

 

SHANE PETERSON

sphi-res-7054450_display_imageAt 25, Peterson has yet to see time in the majors. But let’s not forget that he was a 2nd-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2008 before coming over to the A’s in the Matt Holliday deal. With five outfielders already on the A’s roster, there doesn’t appear to be much room for Peterson. But after posting an impressive .460 OBP last season between Sacramento and Midland, he’s definitely opened some eyes this spring by batting .429 in 42 at-bats while bashing 6 doubles. He’s likely to start the season in the Sacramento outfield, along with Michael Choice and Michael Taylor. But Peterson can also play first base, and he’ll undoubtedly see some time there as well, which could help offer him another route to the big leagues.

 

DAVID FREITAS

dfhi-res-7054388_display_imageNo one seemed to pay too much attention to Freitas when he came over from the Nationals last summer in the Kurt Suzuki deal. But they’re certainly noticing him now after he went 8-for-17 this spring, hitting .471 with a home run, a double and just 1 strikeout. Freitas has never played above Double-A though, and he’s likely to start the season at either Midland or Sacramento. But at this point, with the departure of Max Stassi, Freitas appears to be the most promising young catcher in the A’s minor league system.

 

ANDY PARRINO

apAndy+Parrino+San+Diego+Padres+Photo+Day+r2YPnsacmu2lParrino came to the A’s this off-season along with LHP Andrew Werner in the Tyson Ross trade. And much like Sogard, Parrino is another infielder whose chances of making the roster are greatly hindered by the presence of Lowrie, Nakajima and Rosales. He’s likely to start the season playing shortstop at Sacramento, though the A’s have been giving him some time in the outfield this spring as well. But Parrino has put himself on the map with his consistent hot-hitting this spring, going 12-for-31 and hitting .387 with 5 doubles and a home run. And if the shortstop spot proves troublesome for the A’s this season, Parrino could end up earning a shot.

 

 

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Is the A’s Roster Set? And the River Cats Roster Too?

Will Hiro have A's fans smiling too?

Will Hiro have A’s fans smiling too?

On Monday, we unofficially learned that shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and would not be returning to the A’s, and we also unofficially learned that the A’s would be filling the hole at shortstop by signing Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. It was announced on Tuesday, after our last A’s Off-Season Transactions Update, not only that the Nakajima signing was official but also that, to clear room on the roster for their new shortstop, the A’s had traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Mets for Double-A third baseman Jefry Marte.

With the A’s new shortstop in the fold, it looks like their work is essentially done for the off-season and that the major league roster, barring any unforeseen (yet inevitable) injuries, is pretty much set. But it also seems that the Triple-A roster at Sacramento may be pretty much set at this point too. This really shows a remarkable level of certainty for an organization that’s typically had any number of question marks remaining at this time of year.

Below you’ll find a complete listing of the anticipated A’s and River Cats opening day rosters, barring any unexpected deals or injuries, as of this point in time almost 3 ½ months before opening day. Any changes should be minor, especially where the major league roster is concerned. I’d expect any changes to most likely come from potential moves involving some of the minor league pitchers or infielders. Following the roster lists below, we’ll go around the horn and discuss where things stand at every position for both the A’s and the River Cats…

 

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss

2013 OAKLAND A’S

–CATCHERS–

Derek Norris C

George Kottaras C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Chris Carter 1B

Jemile Weeks 2B

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

Adam Rosales IF 

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Josh Reddick OF

Coco Crisp OF

Seth Smith OF

Chris Young OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tom Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

–SUSPENDED FOR 5 GAMES–

Bartolo Colon

 

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

Steven Hill C

Daric Barton IF

Scott Sizemore IF

Andy Parrino IF

Eric Sogard IF

Stephen Parker IF

Scott Moore IF-OF

Grant Green IF-OF

Shane Peterson OF

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brad Peacock RHP

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

(+2 of the following 4 in the rotation with 1 in the bullpen & 1 traded or released)

Garrett Olson LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

James Simmons

James Simmons

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

James Simmons RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

2013 OAKLAND A’S

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

As far as the 2013 A’s go, catcher and first base are two positions that are pretty clearly set. Right-handed hitter Derek Norris and left-handed hitter George Kottaras will make up the A’s catching tandem. This likely won’t be a strict platoon though, as the A’s view Norris as their catcher of the future. I’d expect Norris to get between 350-400 at-bats, with Kottaras getting somewhere between 200-250 at-bats – of course, performance on the field could have a big effect on playing time behind the plate. The first base platoon of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter will remain in place in 2013. This should be a pretty strict left/right platoon, unless Moss regresses and Carter starts coming on strong, in which case the big right-hander could end up stealing some at-bats from Moss.

Second base may represent the biggest question mark on the A’s roster. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore both stand a decent chance of claiming the starting job, while prospect Grant Green appears to be a long shot. It’s my feeling that, as long as he can show in the spring that he’s ready to put it together, the edge will go to former #1 draft pick Weeks. But if Weeks looks like he hasn’t learned anything, then Sizemore should be ready to step in – though we do have to remember that he is coming back from an injury that sidelined him for a solid year and will be competing at a position that he hasn’t played much over the past two years. Whichever one of these guys doesn’t claim the major league job will probably end up at Sacramento with Green. At this point, my guess is that Weeks opens the season with the A’s, while Sizemore ends up at Sacramento waiting for a chance to come back and take over in the event that Weeks or Donaldson struggles – but that could very easily change based on what happens in the spring.

Your 2013 starting shortstop will be Hiro Nakajima, with Adam Rosales likely serving as his backup – as well as the backup at second at third. If Nakajima proves to be more of a “zero” than a “Hiro,” then Rosales will step in and start getting more at-bats at short. Josh Donaldson will be the starting third baseman unless and until he proves that his second-half surge last season was just a fluke. If that happens, then Sizemore is the most likely candidate to step in at third.

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the "Bernie Lean" dance competition

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the ‘Bernie Lean’ dance competition

In the outfield, the A’s have five players (Cespedes, Reddick, Crisp, Smith and Young) to fill the three outfield spots as well as the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Those four positions should offer up about 2400 at-bats, which would mean there’s close to 500 at-bats to go around for each of them – that’s if they’re all healthy. Of course, they won’t all be healthy. I’d guess that at just about any point in the season, one of them will be dinged up enough to, if not warrant a stint on the DL, at least warrant a little time out of the lineup. So I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about who plays where and when. I suspect it’ll work itself out one way or another and we’ll end up seeing plenty of all of them in the starting lineup.

As for the starting rotation, it’s important to remember that Bartolo Colon will be suspended for the first five games of the season and the A’s will play the first seven games of the season without a day off. That means that, barring injury, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily will open the season as the A’s starting five. Of course, there’s a reasonable chance that one of those pitchers could have some nagging injury to start the season. In that case, Colon could be ready to step into the rotation after the first week. If, miracle of miracles, all five starting pitchers are fully healthy and functioning to start the season, then Colon could always kill time in the bullpen until one of them is sidelined with a balky elbow, shoulder, rib cage or back.

The A’s bullpen will be a crowded place though. Aside from Colon, there will be nine or ten legitimate contenders for the seven bullpen spots. On the right-handed side of things, Grant Balfour will be the closer and Ryan Cook will be the primary right-handed set-up man, while Pat Neshek will surely have a spot after signing a guaranteed contract, and Chris Resop is bound to get a spot after the A’s made a concerted effort to acquire him from the Pirates. That would push Evan Scribner to Sacramento.

On the left-handed side of things, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins appear to be assured spots after their consistent performances throughout 2012, and Travis Blackley seems to be locked in as the long-man in the ‘pen. That would push Jordan Norberto and Pedro Figueroa to Sacramento. Of course, the odds that one of those seven relievers starts the season with some kind of injury is fairly high, which would open the door to one of those spots.

 

Daric Barton: Don't worry, A's fans - only in case of emergency!

Daric Barton: Don’t worry, A’s fans – only in case of emergency!

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, and take into account the fact that the Triple-A roster rarely includes more than 12 hitters and rarely has any fewer than 13 pitchers, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place.

The A’s acquired two experienced minor league catchers – 29-year-old Luke Montz and 27-year-old Steven Hill – who should share the catching duties at Sacramento this year. Meanwhile, veteran Daric Barton will be standing in at first base, waiting for his chance should anything happen with Moss or Carter.

If Jemile Weeks doesn’t make the roster in Oakland, then he’ll surely be the starting second baseman at Sacramento. But if Scott Sizemore is the one to get sent down, as I suspect, then I’d expect him to get the majority of the starts at second base in Sacramento, preparing himself in case Weeks again struggles. Andy Parrino, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross trade, is bound to be Sacramento’s primary starting shortstop this year. I’d expect to see the versatile Eric Sogard getting most of his starts at third base this year, while also picking up a few other starts around the infield. When Sogard’s not starting at third, then fading prospect Stephen Parker is likely to get some starts at the hot corner as well.

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Scott Moore, who has been the A’s most promising minor league free agent signing this off-season, can play third base, as well as first base, second base and the outfield, but will probably end up seeing a lot of at-bats as the designated hitter for the River Cats. Sacramento’s starting outfield should be made up of on-base machine Shane Peterson in left, top prospect Michael Choice in center and former top prospect Michael Taylor in right. That just leaves our old friend Grant Green, whom the organization could make the River Cats’ regular second baseman, but I’m guessing that, when it’s all said and done, they’ll end up utilizing his versatility and giving him starts all over the field – preparing him for his most likely future role with the A’s as a versatile utility man.

There are three pitchers who, as long as they’re healthy, are sure to make Sacramento’s starting rotation – top prospects Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray, along with left-hander Andrew Werner, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross deal. The rest of the River Cats’ rotation will be filled out by two of the following four hurlers – right-handers Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Travis Banwart, as well as major league veteran and minor league free agent signee Garrett Olson. Of the two who don’t make the rotation, one will likely end up as the long-man in the River Cats’ bullpen with the other either DL’d, traded or released.

Sacramento’s 2013 bullpen ought to boast an impressive array of arms who could be ready to step in and help at the major league level at a moment’s notice. If all the major league bullpen arms are healthy, then the River Cats’ ‘pen should include names like Evan Scribner, Arnold Leon, James Simmons and minor league free agent signee Mike Ekstrom from the right side and Jordan Norberto, Pedro Figueroa and minor league free agent signee Justin Thomas from the left side.

On the whole, it looks like a River Cats roster that ought to be more than ready to defend its division title and, hopefully, so should the 2013 A’s!

 

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