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Meet Your 2017 Nashville Sounds

0nsIMG_2587We recently took a look at the likely A’s opening day roster for 2017, which appears to be reasonably well set, with the exception of a couple of minor question marks. This year’s Triple-A Nashville Sounds roster is a far more complicated puzzle to try to piece together at this point though. The main reason for this is that the A’s have invited a whopping 70 players to their major league spring training camp this year, and all but a handful of them already have major league or Triple-A experience and are expected to battle for 50 roster spots with Oakland and Nashville.

Some players, like LHP Felix Doubront and RHPs Chris Bassitt and Daniel Mengden, are likely to open the season on the disabled list. But if most of the others remain healthy, then that will leave plenty of players on the outside looking in. And with the A’s major league roster seeming to be fairly well set at this point, most of that roster crunch will be occurring at Nashville, and we may be looking at a fairly significant roster purge towards the end of spring training before rosters can be finalized.

While recent draftees, like LHP A.J. Puk and catcher Sean Murphy, certainly won’t be in contention to open the season anywhere near as high as Triple-A, and others players, like infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock, appear set to start the season with Double-A Midland, there are certain players who will be guaranteed plenty of regular playing time at Nashville this season no matter what happens – top prospects like Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto and Matt Olson, as well as others.

The A’s usually like to start the season with 13 pitchers and 12 position players at the Triple-A level. And while some recent trades and injuries have helped to relieve the pitching logjam at Nashville a bit, there currently appear to be about 18 position players jockeying for 12 Triple-A roster spots at this point, so something’s definitely going to have to give there. So, with all that in mind, let’s take a look at how things are shaping up for your 2017 Nashville Sounds…

 

CATCHERS

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

The catching corps appears to be one of the clearer areas when it comes to the Nashville roster. If Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are both healthy to start the season, then it looks looks likely that Bruce Maxwell will start the year back at Nashville, getting most of the starts behind the plate for the Sounds. Matt McBride, who shared time with Maxwell at Nashville last season, appears set to do the same again this year. The A’s signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway as a minor league free agent in the offseason. But just as there doesn’t appear to be room for three catchers on Oakland’s roster, there doesn’t seem to be room for three catchers on Nashville’s roster either. And since Lavarnway spent most of last season at Double-A and Midland catcher Beau Taylor is set to spend the first 50 games of the season on the suspended list, Lavarnway may need to start the year on the Double-A RockHounds roster until an opening develops in the catching corps.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

There’s no doubt that top prospect Franklin Barreto will have the chance to get plenty of at-bats as Nashville’s starting shortstop this season. And since it appears unlikely that either Joey Wendle or Chad Pinder will be able to crack Oakland’s opening day roster at this point, then Wendle should end up seeing the majority of the starts at second base for the Sounds, just as he has for the past two seasons, with Pinder splitting time between both second and short while possibly increasing his versatility by spending some time at other spots around the diamond as well. The A’s re-signed minor league free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s spent most of his time at second and short of late, and also signed minor league free agent Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent most of his time at second and third. But if all the top prospects are healthy, it’s awfully hard to see where the at-bats are to be found for these two veteran minor leaguers. Meanwhile, infielders Yairo Munoz, Max Schrock and Richie Martin are likely to find themselves starting the season on the Double-A RockHounds roster.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

Top power prospect Matt Chapman should find himself firmly entrenched at the hot corner for the Sounds in 2017. Renato Nunez clearly will get his share of at-bats too but, with Chapman viewed as the A’s third baseman of the future, most of them aren’t likely to be coming at third this year. Matt Olson has split time the past couple seasons between first base and right field, while minor league free agent signee Chris Parmelee, a former 1st-round pick with plenty of major league service time under his belt, is also experienced at first and in right, and he and Olson should end up sharing most of the at-bats at first and in right for the Sounds. But let’s not forget that first baseman Rangel Ravelo is still in the picture as well, though he was optioned off the 40-man roster in the offseason. The same is true of utility man Max Muncy, who has spent most of his time at first and third. The A’s signed minor league free agent infielder Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent the bulk of his time at the hot corner, but it seems highly unlikely that he’ll steal many at-bats from Matt Chapman so, if he can crack the Triple-A roster, most of his at-bats would be more likely to come from his secondary position at second base. The A’s also re-signed minor free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s also far more likely to find at-bats at second than at third, if he can find a way to make it onto the Sounds roster.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Jaycob Brugman

Jaycob Brugman

The Sounds outfield picture is another complicated one to try to piece together at this point, with far more players than spots on the roster. Starting at the top, Mark Canha and Jake Smolinski seem to have the inside track for the final two major league roster spots with Oakland. And if things play out just that way, then major league veteran Alejandro De Aza, who signed a minor league contract in the offseason, would find himself back in Triple-A. However, if De Aza should manage to beat out either Canha or Smolinski, then the odd man out in that competition could be headed back to Nashville. Of course, Smolinksi and De Aza both have plenty of experience in center field, as does Jaycob Brugman, who is ikely to get plenty of at-bats for the Sounds this season, whether he’s starting in center or in either one of the corner spots. The A’s re-signed outfielder Andrew Lambo to a minor league contract, and added minor league free agent outfielder Jaff Decker, as well as Chris Parmelee who, like returning prospect Matt Olson, has spent plenty of time both in right field and at first base. Max Muncy, who will also be in the roster mix, saw significant time in the outfield last year as well. And it’s worth noting that, De Aza, Brugman, Lambo, Decker, Parmelee, Olson and Muncy give the organization a total of 7 left-handed hitters in the Triple-A outfield mix, and that’s on a team that’s only expected to carry 12 position players – of course, catcher Matt McBride spent plenty of time in the outfield last year as well – so something’s definitely going to have to give here one way or another!

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Jesse Hahn

Jesse Hahn

Until recently, the shape of the Sounds starting rotation was looking fairly clear. But the trade of Dillon Overton and Daniel Mengden’s recent foot injury have left things a little less clear. What is clear is that if RHP Jesse Hahn can’t beat out RHPs Andrew Triggs or Jharel Cotton, the favorites to fill the final two spots in the A’s rotation, then Hahn will wind up heading up the Sounds starting five. Two other apparent certainties to join him there are flame-throwing RHP Frankie Montas and former 2nd-round draft pick Daniel Gossett, who finished out the season strong for the Sounds. Beyond those three, the pitching picture starts to get a little murkier, though that’s certainly not for a dearth of viable candidates. LHP Ross Detwiler signed a minor league contract to remain with the organization, but since he has an opt-out clause, he could depart if not guaranteed a spot on the major league roster. But should he decide to stay, then he would likely garner a spot in the Sounds rotation. RHP Raul Alcantara could also be in the mix, but he’s out of options, and it seems unlikely that the A’s would try to sneak him through waivers to get him back on the Nashville roster. RHPs Zach Neal and Chris Smith were two of Nashville’s top starters last season, so they would represent a couple of experienced options, but both primarily shifted to working out of the bullpen during the latter part of last season. Meanwhile, a pair of RHPs the A’s signed as minor league free agents could represent two of the team’s top options – Cesar Valdez, who posted an impressive 1-to-9 walk-to-strikeout ratio for Triple-A Fresno last year, and Michael Brady, who put up a solid 2.89 ERA between Triple-A and Double-A last season. RHP Paul Blackburn, who spent all of last season at Double-A, could fight his way into the competition, as could RHP Heath Fillmyer, but both may be more likely to kick off the year at Midland. RHP Daniel Mengden, who recently underwent foot surgery, and RHP Chris Bassitt and LHP Felix Doubront, both of whom are returning from Tommy John surgery, will all prominently factor into the Sounds pitching picture as soon as they’re ready to return to action as well.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Bobby Wahl

Bobby Wahl

There should be no shortage of candidates to fill out the 8 spots in the Sounds bullpen this season. If the A’s should decide to keep RHP Raul Alcantara on the major league roster, since he’s out of options, and there are no further pitching injuries or trades at the major league level, then LHP Daniel Coulombe is likely to find himself starting the year back at Nashville. RHP Bobby Wahl, who posted a 2.65 ERA and 14 saves across three levels last year, RHP Tucker Healy, who struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings for Nashville in 2016, and RHP Aaron Kurcz all seem likely to return to Music City as well. The A’s also signed minor league free agent RHPs Josh Smith, Tyler Sturdevant and Simon Castro, all of whom have some degree of major league experience under their belts and seem destined to be a part of Nashville’s relief corps this year. The final spots in the Sounds bullpen are likely to be filled by whoever among Zach Neal, Chris Smith, Michael Brady and Cesar Valdez don’t end up finding spots in the Sounds starting rotation. And unless injuries strike, it doesn’t appear that there will be any room for RHPs Trey Cochran-Gill or Sam Bragg, both of whom had solid seasons for Midland last year, to make the move up to Triple-A to start the season.

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A’s 2017 Non-Roster Invitees

The A’s announced their list of non-roster invitees to major league spring training camp on Thursday. A number of them are recently-signed minor league free agents, but many spent last season with the organization as well.

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

–New Position Players–

rl543432C Ryan Lavarnway

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 21 after playing in the Atlanta and Toronto farm systems in 2016. He combined to hit .266 with six home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A New Hampshire.

3B-2B Jermaine Curtis

Signed as a minor league free agent after hitting .291 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization. He added 42 walks for a .404 on-base percentage.

OF-1B Chris Parmelee

Went 4-for-8 with two home runs and four RBI in six games with New York (AL) last year and is a .248 career hitter with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 311 games over six seasons in the majors. He spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .248 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 64 games. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 19.

OF Jaff Decker

Hit .154 in 19 games with Tampa Bay last year and is a .162 career hitter in 60 games over four seasons in the majors. He also batted .255 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 99 games with Triple-A Durham. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 22.

OF Kenny Wilson

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined to hit .255 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 125 games with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami organization.

UPDATE:

OF Alejandro De Aza

Free agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza signed a minor league contract, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He spent the entire 2016 season with the New York Mets and hit .205 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 130 games.  He is a .261 career hitter in 810 games in nine Major League seasons with Florida (2007, 09), Chicago-AL (2010-14), Baltimore (2014-15), Boston (2015), San Francisco (2015) and New York-NL (2016).

 

–Returning Position Players–

mm473724bC-OF Matt McBride

Hit .209 with two RBI in 20 games with Oakland last year. He also batted .267 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 70 games with Nashville.

C Sean Murphy

Was the A’s third round selection in the 2016 draft and batted .228 with two home runs and seven RBI in 23 games in his professional debut with short-season Vermont and the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

2B-SS Josh Rodriguez

Returns for his second straight camp with the A’s as a non-roster invitee. He played for Midland and Nashville in 2016 and hit .263 with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games.

3B Matt Chapman

The A’s first round pick in the 2014 draft returns for his second straight big league camp. He combined to hit .237 with 36 home runs and 96 RBI in 135 games with Double-A Midland and Nashville. He ranked third in all of minor league baseball in home runs and tied for 10th in RBI.

SS Richie Martin

The A’s first round pick in the 2015 draft returns for his second consecutive big league camp. He combined for a .235 average, three home runs, 38 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 91 games with Stockton and Midland.

2B Max Schrock

Was acquired from Washington for Marc Rzepczynski Aug. 25. He led all of minor league baseball with 177 hits after batting .331 with 32 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games with Stockton, Midland, Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown.

OF Andrew Lambo

Appeared in one game with Oakland and also hit .255 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 56 games with Nashville before missing the last half of the season following a diagnosis of testicular cancer.

UPDATES:

1B Rangel Ravelo

First baseman Rangel Ravelo cleared waivers, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He spent the entire 2016 season at Nashville, where he batted .262 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games.

1B-3B Max Muncy

Infielder Max Muncy cleared waivers, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He appeared in 51 games for Oakland and 64 games at Nashville in 2016.

 

–New Pitchers–

mb572728RHP Michael Brady

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined for a 3-6 record and a 2.89 ERA in 18 games (12 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington organization in 2016.

RHP Cesar Valdez

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 17 after going 12-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Fresno in the Houston organization. He ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in ERA and tied for fourth in wins. He walked 13 and struck out 114 in 138 1/3 innings.

RHP Josh Smith

Was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati Nov. 4 and outrighted to Nashville Nov. 18. He went 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 games (two starts) with the Reds. He was also 4-4 with a 3.80 ERA in nine games (eight starts) with Triple-A Louisville.

RHP Tyler Sturdevant

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 11. He went 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 16 relief appearances in his major league debut with Tampa Bay last year. He was also 3-2 with four saves and a 3.66 ERA in 34 games with Durham.

RHP Simon Castro

Signed as a minor league free agent after going 0-5 with 10 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 50 relief appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado farm system.

 

–Returning Pitchers–

fd467094LHP Felix Doubront

Missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing UCL reconstruction surgery April 12.

RHP Chris Smith

Was a non-roster invitee with the A’s last year. He went 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts at Nashville before joining Oakland Aug. 7. He had no decisions, a 2.92 ERA and .165 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances with the A’s.

RHP Daniel Gossett

The A’s second round pick in the 2014 draft pitched for Stockton, Midland and Nashville in 2016 and combined for a 10-6 record and a 2.69 ERA in 27 appearances, all starts. He led the A’s farm system with 151 strikeouts.

RHP Heath Fillmyer

Oakland’s fifth round pick in the 2014 draft combined for a 7-6 record and a 3.29 ERA in 26 games, including 24 starts, with Single-A Stockton and Midland.

RHP Tucker Healy

A 23rd round selection in the 2012 draft, he spent the entire 2016 season at Nashville where he went 4-3 with eight saves, a 3.61 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in 44 relief appearances. He struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings.

RHP Ryan Brasier (sold to Hiroshima Carp)

Second straight season as a non-roster invitee with the A’s. He was 5-3 with a save, a 3.56 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings over 46 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville. (UPDATE: Ryan Brasier has been sold by the A’s to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.)

RHP Aaron Kurcz

Combined for a 9-1 record, five saves, a 3.03 ERA and .211 opponents batting average in 46 appearances with Midland and Nashville. He was acquired by the A’s from Atlanta for international bonus slot 4 on July 6, 2015.

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill

Was acquired from Seattle for Evan Scribner following the 2015 season and went 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 42 relief appearances with Midland in 2016. He added a 1.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

LHP A.J. Puk

Was the A’s first round choice in the 2016 draft and went 0-4 with a 3.03 ERA and .185 opponents batting average in 10 starts with Vermont in his professional debut. He struck out 40 in 32 2/3 innings.

UPDATE:

LHP Ross Detwiler

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler signed a minor league contract, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He was acquired by the A’s from Cleveland in a minor league deal July 17 and combined for a 2-4 record and a 6.10 ERA in 16 major league games, including seven starts.  He was also 6-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, with Triple-A Columbus and Nashville. Detwiler appeared in 9 games for Oakland and 4 games at Nashville in 2016.

RHP Zach Neal

Pitcher Zach Neal cleared waivers, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He made his Major League debut with Oakland last year and went 2-4 with two saves and a 4.24 ERA in 24 games, including six starts, over four stints with the A’s.  He allowed a .265 opponents batting average but issued just six walks in 70.0 innings for a .281 on-base percentage.  Neal was also 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts with Triple-A Nashville where he walked just eight batters in 61.2 innings.

(Information provided by A’s Media Relations)

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Saturday, September 10th: Hounds Clinch Divisional Playoff Series while Sounds Fall to Force Decisive Game #5

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Brandon Mann (6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Brandon Mann (6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #4

Corpus Christi Hooks     2

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Mann 1-0 / 0.00

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brandon Mann

(6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

The RockHounds clinched their third straight Texas League South Division title by earning their third victory in four games over Corpus Christi on Saturday. 32-year-old LHP Brandon Mann turned in an outstanding start, striking out 6 while throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings to earn the win for Midland. RHPs Trey Cochran-Gill and Jake Sanchez each allowed 1 run in relief for the RockHounds. Third baseman Yairo Munoz and left fielder J.P. Sportman each singled twice, doubled and drove in a run, while right fielder Tyler Marincov walked, scored twice and doubled in a run for the RockHounds. Midland will now move on to meet Northwest Arkansas as the team tries to capture its third straight Texas League championship. Midland RockHounds Playoff Roster

(Photo: Cody Stull Twitter)

(Photo: Cody Stull Twitter)

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Friday, August 26th: Cotton Earns Win & McBride Delivers Big Blow to Help Sounds Clinch Division Title while Murray Leads Snappers to Shutout Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds   5

Memphis Redbirds   3

WP – Cotton 11-6 / 4.50

HR – McBride (7), Rodriguez (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Jharel Cotton

(7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Jharel Cotton turned in a strong start for the Sounds, allowing 2 runs over 7 innings of work to earn the win as Nashville clinched the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title on Friday. And the team’s 78-56 record is currently the best in the PCL. After Cotton exited with a 3-run lead, RHP Eduard Santos pitched a perfect 8th. RHP Bobby Wahl then came on to close things out. He made things close by surrendering a run while also putting the tying run on base, but he managed to escape the jam to notch his 4th save for Nashville. Catcher Matt McBride had the big blow, belting a 3-run homer in the 4th inning to give the Sounds the lead. Shortstop Josh Rodriguez added a solo shot in the 5th, while second baseman Joey Wendle singled and doubled, and designated hitter Renato Nunez singled in a run in the win. The team’s last regular season game will be against New Orleans on Monday, September 5, with the Pacific Coast League playoffs set to begin on Wednesday, September 7. And in roster news, LHP Cody Stull, who posted a 1.46 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Stockton this season, was reassigned to the Sounds on Friday.

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The division-winning Nashville Sounds

The division-winning Nashville Sounds (photo:milb.com)

Tuesday, August 23nd: Mengden & Naile Each Toss 5 Scoreless Frames to Lead Sounds & Ports to Shutout Victories while Barreto Homers in Hounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (5 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (5 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         7

Omaha Storm Chasers  0

WP – Mengden 7-2 / 1.66

HR – Nunez (22), Rodriguez (4), Walsh (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Mengden

(5 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

After struggling for the first time with Nashville in his last outing, RHP Daniel Mengden was outstanding on Tuesday, allowing just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 6 over 5 shutout innings to earn his 7th win for the Sounds. Relievers Sean Doolittle, Aaron Kurcz, J.B. Wendelken and Tucker Healy tossed 1 scoreless and hitless inning apiece to complete the 3-hit shutout. Three home runs accounted for all the Sounds’ scoring on Tuesday. Designated hitter Renato Nunez tagged his team-leading 22nd home run in the top of the 1st inning, while shortstop Josh Rodriguez slugged a grand slam in the 2nd, and second baseman Colin Walsh clubbed a 2-run homer in the 5th. Right fielder Jaycob Brugman singled, doubled and scored a run, and center fielder B.J. Boyd went 0 for 4 in his Triple-A debut as the Sounds won their fourth straight on Tuesday.

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Sunday, August 21st: Big HRs from Rodriguez & Brugman Lead Sounds to Victory while Taylor’s Key Hit Helps Hounds Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Josh Rodriguez (2 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Josh Rodriguez (2 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       13

Omaha Storm Chasers  7

WP – Santos 1-2 / 3.16

HR – Brugman (6), Rodriguez 2 (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Josh Rodriguez

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

With Nashville notching 13 runs on 18 hits on Sunday, shortstop Josh Rodriguez had the biggest day while right fielder Jaycob Brugman had the biggest moment. Rodriguez ripped a pair of home runs, tagging a 2-run shot in the top of the 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie and briefly give the Sounds a 2-run edge and then drilling a 3-run drive in the 8th inning to extend his team’s lead. Brugman had 4 hits in the game, including a big 3-run homer to break a 6-6 tie in the 7th. And Brugman is now 9 for 13 with 3 extra-base hits over his last 3 games, while Rodriguez is 6 for 11 with 5 extra-base hits in his last 3 games. First baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled and drove in a run, while left fielder Rangel Ravelo singled, drew 3 walks and drove in a run, and catcher Matt McBride and second baseman Joey Wendle had 3 hits apiece to help Nashville prevail on Sunday. Starter Jharel Cotton allowed 6 runs over 5 innings of work, while RHP Eduard Santos tossed 2 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for the Sounds.

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Monday, August 8th: Terrell Leads AZL A’s to Victory while Nunez Homers & Wahl Makes AAA Debut in Sounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Outfielder James Terrell (2 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Outfielder James Terrell (2 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Cubs  6

AZL A’s     7

WP – Sheehan 2-1 / 3.00

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Terrell

(2 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th inning, center fielder James Terrell stepped to the plate and tripled in 2 runs to provide the margin of victory for the AZL A’s on Monday. The 19-year-old northern California native also doubled and scored in the 4th inning in his second game since returning to the Arizona League from Vermont, while second baseman Josh Vidales singled, doubled twice and drove in a run, and designated hitter Charley Gould had 3 hits and drove in a pair. This year’s second overall draft pick for the A’s, RHP Daulton Jefferies, allowed 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 3 over 2 innings in his professional debut on Monday. Rehabbing RHP Kris Hall tossed 2 scoreless frames in relief, while 18-year-old Venezuelan RHP Oscar Tovar surrendered 4 runs over 3 innings, and RHP Sam Sheehan gave up 1 run in 2 innings of work to pick up the win for the A’s.

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Wednesday, August 3rd: Joe Bennie’s Pair of HRs Aren’t Enough to Help Ports Prevail but Rob Bennie’s 4 RBIs Lead AZL A’s to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 4 / 2 HRs / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  10

Stockton Ports                        6

LP – Friedrichs 3-5 / 4.71

HR – Pimentel (19), Bennie 2 (11), Nogowski (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Joe Bennie

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

Right fielder Joe Bennie, who’s been one of Stockton’s best hitters this season, had a big night at the plate on Wednesday, belting a double and a pair of home runs for the Ports. Bennie’s 11 home runs are the second most on the team, while his 31 doubles are the most among all A’s minor leaguers. First baseman Sandber Pimentel notched his 19th home run, which is second only to Matt Chapman in the A’s minor league system, while designated hitter John Nogowski singled and slugged his 5th home run. RHP Kyle Friedrichs had his fourth straight shaky start for Stockton on Wednesday, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits, including 3 home runs, over 5 innings of work to take his 5th loss for the Ports.

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Saturday, July 30th: Detwiler Leads Sounds to Shutout Victory while Key HRs by Marincov & Nogowski Help Hounds & Ports Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Ross Detwiler (6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds LHP Ross Detwiler (6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       2

New Orleans Zephyrs  0

WP – Detwiler 3-0 / 2.60

HR – Nunez (17), Pinder (14)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Ross Detwiler

(6 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

LHP Ross Detwiler turned in an impressive start for the Sounds on Saturday, allowing just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 7 over 6 1/3 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win for Nashville. RHP Ryan Brasier tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Tucker Healy got the final three outs in the 9th to complete the 6-hit shutout and notch his 7th save for the Sounds. Third baseman Renato Nunez belted his team-leading 17th home run, while shortstop Chad Pinder ripped his 14th round-tripper, and he’s second only to Nunez in that category for the Sounds this season. LHP Dillon Overton was promoted to the A’s to make Saturday’s start for Oakland, while the A’s traded Nashville outfielder Billy Burns to Kansas City in return for outfielder Brett Eibner, who was assigned to the Sounds on Saturday.

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A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Ross Detwiler (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Ross Detwiler (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       7

Albuquerque Isotopes  5

WP – Detwiler 1-0 / 1.80

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Ross Detwiler

(5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

RHP Jesse Hahn tossed 1 scoreless inning in a shortened start for the Sounds. It’s assumed that Hahn is likely to make the start for the A’s on Sunday. He was followed on the mound by LHP Ross Detwiler, who was recently acquired from the Indians. The 30-year-old southpaw allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings of work to earn the win in his first appearance for the Sounds, while RHP Eduard Santos got the final out in the 9th to notch his 3rd save for Nashville. Center fielder Billy Burns had 3 hits, including a double, stole a base and drove in a pair, while catcher Bruce Maxwell and second baseman Joey Wendle both singled and doubled in the win. In roster news, the A’s optioned LHP Dillon Overton back to Nashville and recalled infielder Arismendy Alcantara, while RHP Raul Alcantara was reassigned to the Sounds, and LHP Brandon Mann returned to the RockHounds on Wednesday.

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