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Friday, September 18th: Parker Frazier’s 3-Hit Shutout Secures Hounds’ Second Straight Texas League Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Parker Frazier (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Parker Frazier (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   7

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – P. Frazier

HR – J. Whitaker

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Parker Frazier

(9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

The RockHounds clinched their second straight Texas League Championship on Friday behind a stellar pitching performance by RHP Parker Frazier. Frazier struck out 9 while twirling a masterful 3-hit shutout to earn the victory as the Hounds won their third straight against NW Arkansas to sweep the best-of-five series and bring the Texas League title back home to Midland for the second consecutive season. Left fielder Josh Whitaker, who suffered a hand injury during the playoffs, returned to action on Friday and singled in a pair of runs in the top of the 4th and then homered in the 6th. Third baseman Ryon Healy and right fielder Matt Olson both doubled in runs in the 4th, while this year’s Texas League walk leader, second baseman Colin Walsh, walked with the bases loaded in the 6th, and catcher Beau Taylor and designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Midland finished the regular season with a 83-57 record and went 6-1 in the postseason. Meanwhile, RockHounds players were named to 7 of the 11 spots on A’s Farm’s 2015 Organizational All-Star Team on Thursday.

 

photo courtesy of Midland RockHounds' twitter

Photo courtesy of Midland RockHounds’ twitter

 

 

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Thursday, September 10th: Hounds Win with the Help of another Renato Nunez Grand Slam while Mengden Pitches Ports to Victory in Game #2

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  9

Corpus Christi Hooks     3

WP – J. Urlaub

HR – J. Whitaker, R. Nunez

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(Grand Slam)

With the game tied 2-2, the RockHounds put 7 runs on the board in the top of the 9th to even the best-of-five Texas League South Division Championship Series on Thursday. Designated hitter Renato Nunez capped the scoring by slugging his third grand slam in his last five games. Nunez also singled in the game, while left fielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of singles and homered for the second straight day. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run in the 9th, and right fielder Matt Olson had a pair of hits and singled in the RockHounds’ first run in the 2nd. LHP Sean Manaea turned in another impressive start for Midland, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 7 innings of work, but he left with the game a 2-2 tie. And LHP Jeff Urlaub got the last two outs in the 8th to pick up the win for the RockHounds. The series shifts to Midland on Friday with RHP Chris Jensen taking the mound for the Hounds.

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Wednesday, September 9th: Parker Frazier & Dylan Covey Can’t Contain Opposition as Hounds & Ports Both Drop Game #1

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (1 for 3 / Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (1 for 3 / Home Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Corpus Christi Hooks     9

LP – P. Frazier

HR – J. Whitaker

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(1 for 3 / Home Run)

Things got off to a rough start for RHP Parker Frazier on Wednesday. The 26-year-old minor league veteran gave up 6 runs in the first 3 innings and ended up allowing 7 runs over 5 innings of work to take the loss in the first game of the best-of-five Texas League South Division Championship Series. RHP Andres Avila gave up 2 more runs in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Kris Hall pitched a perfect 8th for the Hounds. Left fielder Josh Whitaker slugged a home run to briefly tie the game in the top of the 2nd, while designated hitter Renato Nunez singled in a run for Midland in the 1st, and center fielder Chad Oberacker doubled, walked and scored a run for the RockHounds. LHP Sean Manaea will take the mound as Midland attempts to even the series at Corpus Christi on Thursday.

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Saturday, September 5th: Renato Nunez’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win Big while Casey Meisner Pitches Ports to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (5 for 7 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (5 for 7 / Grand Slam / Double / 6 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  21

Frisco RoughRiders         4

WP – Mendez 1-0 / 5.40

HR – Nunez (17), Whitaker (12)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(5 for 7 / Grand Slam / Double / 6 RBIs)

The RockHounds scored 21 runs on Saturday, 11 of them in the 9th inning. Designated hitter Renato Nunez collected 5 hits and doubled in a run in the 7th, hit a grand slam in the 9th and then singled in another run in the 9th to give him 6 RBIs on the night. Right fielder Josh Whitaker singled twice, homered, doubled and drove in 5, while left fielder Jaycob Brugman singled, doubled, walked and drove in 3, and catcher Beau Taylor, shortstop Wade Kirkland and third baseman Ryon Healy had 3 hits apiece for the Hounds. With RHP Tim Atherton landing back on the disabled list, RHP Junior Mendez was called up from Beloit to make the start. And Mendez allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks over 5 innings of work to earn the win in his Double-A debut on Saturday.

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Meet Your 2016 Nashville Sounds!

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Of course, we’ve still got just a little ways to go until the opening of the 2016 season. And, of course, there will certainly be some trades, some free agent signings (both major league and minor league), some releases, some injuries and, knowing the A’s, some totally unexpected developments during the offseason as well as in spring training.

Considering the way the 2015 season has played out for the A’s, there could certainly be some considerable changes to come. But, just for fun, let’s take a look at the players currently in the A’s organization who will most likely find themselves in the running for a roster spot in Nashville next season…

 

CATCHERS

Carson Blair

Carson Blair

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley appear likely to return as the catching corps for the A’s in 2016. And with Carson Blair the only other catcher currently on the A’s 40-man roster, it seems reasonably safe to assume that he could be making a return trip to Nashville next season. The Sounds primary receiver this season, Bryan Anderson, can become a minor league free agent in the offseason if he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster. And the A’s could replace him by signing another experienced minor league backstop, as they seem fond of doing. But if they don’t, then Midland’s Bruce Maxwell would probably be the most likely suspect to join Blair as part of the catching combo at Nashville next season.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Rangel Ravelo

Rangel Ravelo

It’s questionable whether the A’s will choose to offer Ike Davis arbitration in the offseason. And if they don’t, that makes it much more likely that Max Muncy will find a spot somewhere on Oakland’s roster next season. The left-handed hitter could serve as a great option to get some playing time at first base, third base and designated hitter, especially if right-handed hitters Brett Lawrie, Danny Valencia, Mark Canha and Billy Butler remain as the primary options at those positions. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, first baseman Nate Freiman can become a minor league free agent in the offseason. And Midland first baseman Matt Olson has been spending more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. So if Muncy finds a spot on the A’s opening day roster, Freiman departs for potentially greener pastures and Olson does indeed spend more time in the outfield – all of which seem likely – then Rangel Ravelo could find himself getting most of the starts at first base for Nashville next season. The situation at third base seems considerably less complicated. One of the organization’s top hitting prospects, Midland third baseman Renato Nunez, will be ready to make the jump to Triple-A next year, while his Midland teammate, Ryon Healy, who has been splitting time between third base and first base the past couple seasons, seems set to join Nashville as well, splitting time with Nunez at third and Ravelo at first in 2016.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Chad Pinder

Chad Pinder

One thing seems clear. After putting together an impressive season at Midland this year, it’s Chad Pinder’s turn to be the starting shortstop for Nashville next season. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, Andy Parrino can become a minor league free agent in the offseason, which will just help clear the path for Pinder. If Joey Wendle doesn’t win a starting job with the A’s in spring training, which seems less and less likely as Brett Lawrie spends more and more time at second base, then he’ll end up returning as Nashville’s starting second baseman again next season and serve as Pinder’s double-play partner. And if Tyler Ladendorf doesn’t land a roster spot as a utility man for the A’s, then he’ll also figure into the Sounds’ middle infield picture, along with Midland infielder Colin Walsh. If those two both end up on the Nashville roster, then expect to see them playing all over the diamond. While they’re both primarily suited to play second base, they’ve both got plenty of experience playing elsewhere. Ladendorf would most likely spend time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield, while Walsh would probably find time at second base, third base and in the outfield.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Matt Olson

Matt Olson

Craig Gentry and Jason Pridie were both staples of the Sounds outfield for most of 2015, but it’s quite possible that neither will be back in 2016. It would be surprising if the A’s chose to offer Gentry arbitration in the offseason, and it seems unlikely that Pridie would retain a 40-man roster spot throughout the offseason, though it is possible that he’ll manage to hang on. As mentioned earlier, top prospect Matt Olson has spent more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. And with Canha, Muncy and Ravelo all in the A’s first base picture and a lack of top-quality outfield prospects in the system, it seems likely that Olson will continue to see more time in the outfield at Nashville next season. Midland’s other primary outfielders – Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker and Jaycob Brugman – all seem ready to take the next step and could join Olson in the Sounds’ outfield picture next year. Jake Smolinski could land a spot with the A’s, sharing time with Coco Crisp in left field or giving Josh Reddick a break in right field against lefties. But if he doesn’t, possibly because the A’s acquire another outfielder, then he’ll be right in the middle of Nashville’s outfield mix next season as well.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

A number of potential starting pitching candidates for the A’s will be out of options next season, including LHPs Sean Nolin, Felix Doubront and Drew Pomeranz as well as RHP Jesse Chavez – as noted by Jeremy F. Koo on Athletics Nation – so it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing any of them doing time at Nashville in 2016. In addition, RHPs Chris Bassitt and Kendall Graveman seem to have earned spots in the A’s major league rotation. So who does that leave as the likely starters in Nashville next season? Well, Aaron Brooks seems as likely as anyone to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. When it comes to current Sounds starters, unless they’re added to the A’s 40-man roster, Brad Mills and Nate Long will both become minor league free agents in the offseason. And if RHP Cody Martin remains on the A’s 40-man roster through all the offseason’s wheelings and dealings, then he’s likely to land a starting spot, as is reliable RHP Zach Neal. A.J. Griffin, who’s still working his way back from injury issues following last year’s Tommy John surgery, seems unlikely to be a leading candidate for the A’s starting rotation next spring and could end up starting the year as one of Nashville’s starting five. Jarrod Parker is also working his way back from injuries after his Tommy John surgery. It’s not clear whether or not he’ll return to a starting role but, if he does, then he could pose another potential Triple-A rotation option. And a few Midland starters could factor into the picture as well. RHP Jake Sanchez has already been called up to finish the season with the Sounds, while LHPs Sean Manaea and Dillon Overton are two of the team’s most promising pitching prospects who could be pushed up to Nashville in 2016.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Aaron Kurcz

Aaron Kurcz

Well, it should be noted that in recent years the A’s have tended to sign a big batch of minor league free agent relievers to stock their Triple-A bullpen. So if that ends up being the strategy again this offseason, then the Sounds bullpen is likely to be comprised of a bunch of guys we’ve yet to meet! But there certainly are plenty of arms currently in the organization who could fill the relief role in Nashville next season. First of all, if not added to the 40-man roster, then familiar names like Angel Castro, Brock Huntzinger, Jim Fuller, Taylor Thompson and Ryan Doolittle could all become minor league free agents in the offseason. When it comes to arms currently on the A’s 40-man roster, if he doesn’t find a spot in the A’s bullpen, then Ryan Dull will certainly be returning to the Sounds, as will Dan Otero, R.J. Alvarez and Pat Venditte. Aaron Kurcz also seems highly likely to be making a return appearance in 2016. Arnold Leon is out of options but, if the A’s can manage to sneak him through waivers, then he could find himself back in Nashville as well. Jarrod Parker could also be a candidate to start the season in the Sounds bullpen as he makes his way back from a serious arm injury incurred after his Tommy John surgery. And then there are a number of RockHounds relievers who’ve all earned the opportunity to see time at Triple-A, most notably Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy (who’ve both had a taste of the PCL), Kris Hall (who’ll be showcasing in the Arizona Fall League starting next month) and Brendan McCurry (who’ll also be in the AFL and has been one of the most impressive relievers in the A’s system over the past two seasons). Add in the inevitable minor league free agent signees, and there shouldn’t be any shortage of available relief arms to stock the bullpen at First Tennessee Park in 2016.

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Sunday, August 23rd: Aaron Brooks Impresses in Sounds Win while Frazier, Covey, Fillmyer & Miller Are All Solid in Midland, Stockton, Beloit & Vermont Victories

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Aaron Brooks (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Aaron Brooks (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  8

Reno Aces              4

WP – Brooks 7-5 / 3.56

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Aaron Brooks

(7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

Starter Aaron Brooks was impressive for the Sounds on Sunday, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 7 innings of work to earn the win for Nashville. Catcher Bryan Anderson and shortstop Tyler Ladendorf each had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Joey Wendle had 2 hits and drove in a pair. Third baseman Brent Morel collected 4 hits, including a double, and scored 3 times, and outfielder Craig Gentry had 3 hits and drove in a run for the Sounds.

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Thursday, August 20th: Casey Meisner Leads Stockton to Shutout Victory while Sean Doolittle Strikes Out Side Again for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Modesto Nuts     0

WP – Meisner 1-1 / 4.15

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

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

On Thursday, RHP Casey Meisner turned in his best start for Stockton since being acquired from the Mets in the Tyler Clippard trade. The 20-year-old gave up a single in the 1st inning and then retired the next 11 hitters before giving up another single in the 5th. Meisner ended up allowing just those 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Stockton. RHP Lou Trivino tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 5th save and nail down the 3-hit shutout for Stockton. First baseman Michael Soto singled, doubled twice and drove in a pair, while right fielder Tyler Marincov also had 2 doubles and scored twice, and left fielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits for the Ports.

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Friday, August 7th: Colin Walsh Collects 4 Hits as Hounds Lose in a Walk-Off and Sean Doolittle Makes Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Colin Walsh (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds 2B Colin Walsh (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

Corpus Christi Hooks     5

LP – Frankoff 0-1 / 1.75

HR – Whitaker (9)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Colin Walsh

(4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

Second baseman Colin Walsh had another big night at the plate as he continues to put together one of the finest seasons on the field of any player in the A’s system this year. The 25-year-old had a pair of singles and a pair of doubles to raise his batting average to .309 while also driving in a run in the RockHounds’ 3-run 4th inning on Friday. Designated hitter Bruce Maxwell singled, doubled and drove in a pair, while outfielder Josh Whitaker hit his 9th home run for the Hounds. Starter Parker Frazier allowed just 1 run through the first 6 innings but then gave up 3 runs in the 7th to tie the game, and he ended up allowing 4 runs on 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings and left with the game a 4-4 tie. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but RHP Seth Frankoff gave up 1 unearned run in the bottom of the 9th, with the help of a fielding error by first baseman Anthony Aliotti, to allow Corpus Christi to win in a walk-off and suffer his 1st loss for the RockHounds.

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Wednesday, July 15th: Joel Seddon Pitches Ports to Victory as Matt Chapman Slugs 16th HR and Rangel Ravelo Hits 1st HR to Help Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   9

San Jose Giants  1

WP – Seddon 7-5 / 3.36

HR – Chapman (16), Marincov (12)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

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

Reliever-turned-starter Joel Seddon turned in another strong outing for Stockton, allowing just 1 unearned run while striking out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 7th win on Wednesday. And Seddon has now delivered quality starts in 6 of his last 7 outings for Stockton. Third baseman Matt Chapman continued his power surge, collecting his 16th home run and his 16th double on Wednesday. Chapman and outfielder Tyler Marincov combined on back-to-back home runs to lead off the 4th inning, while first baseman John Nogowski had 2 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports. In other news, former Angels RHP Ryan Brasier, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, signed a minor league contract with the A’s and was placed on the Ports’ disabled list, while LHP Phil Coke was promoted to Nashville and LHP Chris Lamb was reassigned to Stockton from Midland.

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Sunday, June 28th: Joel Seddon Pitches Ports to Victory while Barry Zito Is Solid in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         4

Inland Empire 66ers  1

WP – Seddon 5-4 / 3.53

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

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

RHP Joel Seddon delivered another impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 4 hits over 7 shutout innings to earn his 5th win for the Ports. And in 25 innings over his past 4 starts, Seddon has allowed just 4 runs while walking 1 and striking out 16. RHP Corey Walter gave up 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while RHP Brendan McCurry got the final two outs in the 9th to notch his 14th save. Center fielder Brett Vertigan doubled in 2 runs in the top of the 6th, while left fielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits and also drove in a run in the 6th. Right fielder Tyler Marincov doubled in Stockton’s first run in the 3rd, and catcher Nick Rickles had a pair of hits for the Ports.

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