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A’s & River Cats Roster Outlook

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Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

It appears that most of the A’s off-season work is done. The team has found capable replacements for departing free agents Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour and Chris Young and filled a few other holes as well. It’s possible that someone like Alberto Callaspo, who’s set to earn close to $5 million and doesn’t have a full-time position, could still end up being traded before spring training is through. It’s possible that a few younger players with major league experience who are out of options like outfielder Michael Taylor or reliever Evan Scribner could be dealt as well. But for the most part, barring any unforeseen injury issues, it looks like the A’s are now holding most of the cards they’ll be playing to start the 2014 season. And it’s becoming increasingly clear who most of the players are that Sacramento River Cats fans can expect to be seeing at Raley Field in 2014 as well.

 

2014 OAKLAND A’S

One area that seems to be most clearly set for the team is the outfield, with Josh Reddick in right, Coco Crisp in center, Yoenis Cespedes in left and newcomer Craig Gentry serving as the fourth outfielder. The left side of the infield will also remain in place for the A’s, with the team’s most valuable player in 2014, Josh Donaldson, manning the hot corner and the team’s best-hitting shortstop in recent memory, Jed Lowrie, returning to shortstop.

The other four positions in the lineup – second base, first base, catcher and designated hitter – are the areas where the A’s will deploy their patented platoons. Free agent infielder Nick Punto is likely to take over for Adam Rosales and Callaspo as Eric Sogard’s platoon partner at second base. And based on manager Bob Melvin’s comments, it seems like that might push Callaspo into the role of Brandon Moss’s platoon partner at first base, which would then push Nate Freiman to Sacramento along with fellow first baseman Daric Barton.

Craig "Kitten Face" Gentry

Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

Melvin’s recent comments also make it sound like John Jaso is likely to get most of the DH at-bats, replacing the departed Seth Smith in that position, while against left-handers, Craig Gentry would join the lineup in left field with Yoenis Cespedes moving into the DH spot. With Jaso getting most of the DH at-bats, that requires the A’s to carry a third catcher, and that’s most likely to be Stephen Vogt, who got plenty of valuable experience last year down the stretch and in the postseason for the A’s. And his left-handed bat is the perfect complement to righty-swinging backstop Derek Norris, who hit just .149 against right-handed pitching last year.

Basically, Vogt would be replacing Jaso in the catching platoon, just as he did late last year, with Jaso moving out from behind the plate to replace Seth Smith in the DH platoon, while Punto replaces Callaspo in the second base platoon, Callaspo replaces Freiman in the first place platoon and Craig Gentry takes Chris Young’s place in the lineup against left-handers.

As far as the pitching staff goes, the plan seems pretty clear. Free agent lefty Scott Kazmir will take over for Bartolo Colon as the veteran presence in the team’s starting rotation, while young righty Sonny Gray appears set to take lefty Tommy Milone’s spot in the rotation, just as he did late last season, with Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily rounding out the starting five.

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Jim Johnson will take over for Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, while top-notch setup man Luke Gregerson will take the roster spot that Pat Neshek occupied most of last season and lefty Fernando Abad is likely to take Jerry Blevins’ spot on the left side of the bullpen, with fellow lefty Sean Doolittle and righties Ryan Cook, Jesse Chavez and Dan Otero rounding out the rest of the A’s bullpen – though it’s possible that, since he’s out of options, the team could also decide to have Evan Scribner take Otero’s spot to start the season. The A’s will also likely start the season with two relievers who are both recovering from Tommy John surgery on the disabled list – recently-signed free agent lefty Eric O’Flaherty and righty Fernando Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Astros in the Jed Lowrie deal.

 

2014 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place. Of course, there are a few players who are out of options, and it’s quite possible that at least one of them won’t end up clearing waivers.

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

The A’s have two veteran minor league catchers to handle the River Cats pitching staff, returning backstop Luke Montz along with Chris Gimenez, who was recently claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the team looks to be overloaded with first basemen, with Daric Barton, Nate Freiman and Anthony Aliotti all looking for playing time – unless the A’s end up trading Callaspo and opening up a roster spot for Freiman as Brandon Moss’s platoon partner. If not, there could still be plenty of playing time to be found for all three between the first base and the designated hitter spot.

Returning River Cat Andy Parrino appears to be set at shortstop. Hiro Nakajima is likely to get the majority of starts at third base while also picking up at-bats at other positions around the infield, while free agent signees Jose Martinez and Alden Carrithers should get most of the playing time at second base. Shane Peterson is set to return to Sacramento’s outfield, along with Jake Goebbert and, if they clear waivers, veteran minor leaguers Michael Taylor and Corey Brown (who was recently designated for assignment).

The River Cats should have plenty of worthy contenders for their starting rotation. If the A’s other five starters are all healthy to start the season, then Tommy Milone is likely to anchor Sacramento’s starting five, along with recently-acquired righty Josh Lindblom and lefty Drew Pomeranz. Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon will also be competing for a spot as well as free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann, with those don’t make the rotation starting the season in the River Cats bullpen. If he clears waivers, they’re likely to be joined there by Evan Scribner, along with returning River Cats Paul Smyth and Fernando Nieve and free agent signees Deryk Hooker and Jose Flores as well as Triple-A Rule 5 draftee Tim Atherton.

So that’s how things seem to be shaping up for both the A’s and the River Cats, assuming everyone clears waivers and Billy Beane doesn’t have any last-minute surprises up his sleeve!

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A’s Eager to Deal Prospects to Win Now!

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Billy Beane’s been a busy boy!

A’s general manager Billy Beane has had a busy week – and it ain’t over yet! On Monday, the team signed free agent left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year $22 million deal. And later that same day, the A’s acquired right-handed closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore in return for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.

Then on Tuesday, the team traded two of its top minor league prospects, outfielder Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick, to Texas for outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed starter Josh Lindblom. The A’s then followed that up just hours later by sending outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson.

Just the previous week, the team dealt minor league outfielder John Wooten to Washington for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. And two weeks prior to that, the A’s signed utility infielder Nick Punto as a free agent.

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Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

The A’s new outfielder, Craig Gentry – who was nicknamed “Kitten Face” in Texas – is a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He brings excellent defense and speed and hits lefties well, so he figures to take Chris Young’s place as a right-handed platoon player and fourth outfielder who could take over full time in center field for the A’s when Coco Crisp becomes a free agent after next season.

In order to acquire Gentry, the A’s gave up their top outfield prospect, who also happened to be the team’s top major-league-ready hitting prospect, former 1st-round draft pick Michael Choice. After hitting .302 at Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, many had hoped that Choice would be given the chance to fill Young’s role on the A’s roster in 2014. But instead, he’ll get the chance to battle for a starting spot in the Rangers’ outfield this season.

Top talent evaluators are divided on Choice’s chances for success as a major league slugger. But the A’s have a history of undervaluing and trading away talented young outfielders who’ve gone on to become successful major league hitters elsewhere. And A’s fans have to hope that Choice doesn’t turn out to be the next Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz or Carlos Gonzalez in Texas.

With Choice now gone, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor are now the most major-league-ready outfielders at the upper levels of the A’s minor league system, while 20-year-old B.J. Boyd and 19-year-old Billy McKinney are the team’s top outfield prospects at the lower levels of the system.

The A’s also traded away their top second base prospect, Chris Bostick, in the deal. And it looks increasingly likely that shortstop Daniel Robertson might have to try to make the move to second base to provide a future double play partner for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. With fellow second baseman Jemile Weeks now gone as well, Sacramento’s 2014 infield could be comprised of Daric Barton or Anthony Aliotti at first base, minor league free agent signee Jose Martinez at second base, Andy Parrino at shortstop, Hiro Nakajima at third base and Dusty Coleman as the utility infielder filling in at second, short and third.

Meanwhile, RHP Josh Lindblom is likely to start the season in Sacramento’s starting rotation, along with River Cats returnees Arnold Leon and Andrew Werner as well as recent minor league free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann.

Scott Kazmir - the $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

At the major league level, new acquisitions Scott Kazmir and Jim Johnson are clearly intended to take the place of free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour on the A’s pitching staff. With Kazmir guaranteed $11 million this season, Johnson expected to net $10-11 million in arbitration and seven starting pitchers currently on the staff, the A’s second-highest-paid starter, Brett Anderson at $8 million, is expected to be the A’s most appetizing bit of a trade bait to be dangled at next week’s Winter Meetings. And rumors already have the Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Yankees, Indians and Mariners licking their lips over the left-hander.

Assuming the A’s are able to complete a deal for Anderson, the team’s 2014 rotation would then be comprised of five of the following six starters: Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Given the general health of starting pitchers, it wouldn’t be surprising if one out of any group of six starters wasn’t 100% healthy to start the season, so I wouldn’t bother spending too much time worrying about which five of the six will end up making the opening day cut – it’ll surely sort itself out by the end of spring.

As far as the A’s bullpen goes, new closer Jim Johnson, who has saved at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, and new RHP Luke Gregerson, who has been one of the best setup men in the National League over the past couple of years, are set to join LHPs Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins and RHPs Ryan Cook and Jesse Chavez, who is out options and whom the A’s value as a long man and spot starter.

Since the team typically likes to carry seven relievers, there’s room for one more arm in the A’s pen, and RHP Dan Otero is clearly the most deserving candidate for the final spot. But since Fernando Abad, Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa and Fernando Rodriguez are all out of options, it’s possible that Otero could start the season being stashed at Sacramento, waiting for someone to hit the DL while one of the others is given a shot.

Over the past week and a half, the A’s farm system has suffered the loss of outfielder Michael Choice, second baseman Jemile Weeks, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder John Wooten. And in the last six months, the team lost its 2007 #1 draft pick James Simmons as a minor league free agent and traded away 2008’s #1 pick Jemile Weeks, 2009’s #1 pick Grant Green and 2010’s #1 pick Michael Choice. 2011’s #1 pick Sonny Gray has already made it to the majors, while 2012’s #1 pick Addison Russell should be starting the season at Double-A Midland and 2013’s #1 pick Billy McKinney is expected to start the year at Class-A Beloit.

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Brett Anderson – next up on the trading block?

As previously mentioned, LHP Brett Anderson is the most likely member of the A’s roster to be the next one to find himself on Billy Beane’s trading block, with infielder Alberto Callaspo not far behind. With six other starters on the staff, a long injury history and an $8 million salary attached to his name, Anderson is clearly expendable. And with a salary close to $5 million and no definite spot in the A’s lineup, Callaspo seems to just be taking up roster and salary space at this point.

Outfielders Seth Smith, Chris Young and Michael Choice have all recently departed, with Craig Gentry being the only outfielder the A’s have acquired to take their place. So it certainly seems like there could be room for one more big OF/DH bat to be added to the A’s lineup to help boost the team’s offensive output, possibly as the result of an Anderson deal.

It’s also been reported that the A’s have been inquiring about middle infielders and catchers in trade talks for Anderson. So the team could be looking for a second baseman to take the place of Eric Sogard, or a shortstop who would then enable Jed Lowrie to make the move to second, or possibly a catcher who would allow John Jaso to take over for Seth Smith in the designated hitter role.

The A’s major league roster currently shapes up with Jaso and Norris as the catching platoon, Donaldson, Lowrie, Sogard, Punto, Moss and Freiman serving around the infield, and Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick and Gentry making up the outfield. Since the team typically likes to carry thirteen position players, that leaves one last roster spot open. At this point, it would most likely be filled by Callaspo. But if he ends up being traded, then it would be Barton, unless, of course, the A’s acquire another big bat who would end up pushing Barton back to Sacramento.

With all the current question marks, one thing seems certain – Beane and company aren’t done dealing just yet, and the A’s roster is far from set. There are surely more changes to come. But for the time being, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2014 A’s and River Cats, assuming everyone who’s out of options can clear waivers.

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Tuesday, June 11th: Murphy Pitches Hounds to Victory while Beloit Wins Behind Bostick’s Big Bat and Cats & Ports Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Murphy (6 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Sean Murphy (6 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  1

Reno Aces                         4

LP – Gray 6-4 / 2.48

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

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

 

Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray made his 9th straight quality start on Tuesday, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up taking the loss. The River Cats managed just 5 games in the game, with catcher Luke Montz doubling in the Cats only run of the night.

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Saturday, June 8th: Billings Pitches Cats to Victory while Ports & Snappers Win and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  10

Tucson Padres                    5

WP – Billings 8-2 / 3.98

HR – Montz (8)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

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

 

RHP Bruce Billings had another strong start for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 4 hits over 6 innings to earn his league-leading 8th win. Catcher Luke Montz homered for the 2nd straight night, while outfielder Shane Peterson had 3 hits and drove in 4 runs, shortstop Jemile Weeks had 3 hits, including 2 triples, and second baseman Grant Green collected 4 hits and drove in a pair of runs to raise his average to .306.

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Friday, June 7th: Green’s Slam Leads Cats to Victory while Ports Win behind Muncy’s 14th HR, Ynoa Wins 1st for Snappers and Hounds Get Blanked

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman Grant Green (Grand Slam)

Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman Grant Green (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  14

Tucson Padres                    5

WP – Werner 5-8 / 5.53

HR – Green (7), Montz (7)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(Grand Slam)

 

Second baseman Grant Green homered for the second straight day. This one was a grand slam that came as part of a big 7-run 3rd inning that helped provide the River Cats with an insurmountable lead on Friday. Designated hitter Luke Montz added a 3-run homer in the 8th and drove in 5 runs on the night, while shortstop Jemile Weeks contributed 4 hits to the cause. Starter Andrew Werner allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 to earn his 5th win for the River Cats.

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Tuesday, June 4th: Montz’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory while Ports Win Behind Kirkland’s HR and Hounds Fall on Tuesday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Catcher Luke Montz (4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Catcher Luke Montz (4 for 5 / HR / Double / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Tacoma Rainiers               2

WP – Banwart 3-2 / 4.70

HR – Montz (6)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Luke Montz

(4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

 

In just his second game back with Sacramento, catcher Luke Montz had a big game on Tuesday, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in all 6 of the River Cats’ runs. Second baseman Grant Green and designated hitter Jemile Weeks each contributed a pair of hits and scored twice. Starter Travis Banwart had his best outing of the season, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 8 over 6 innings to earn his 3rd win.

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Saturday, June 1st: Ports & Snappers Win Behind Crocker’s & Robertson’s Big Bats while Cats & Hounds Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Bobby Crocker (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Bobby Crocker (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  3

Tacoma Rainiers               5

LP – Werner 4-8 / 5.69

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

Starter Andrew Werner did a good job on Saturday night, allowing 5 runs, just 3 earned, and striking out 7 over 6 1/3 innings, but he ended up taking his 8th loss. A throwing error in the 3rd inning by first baseman Daric Barton led to 2 unearned runs. Third baseman Scott Moore and shortstop Hiro Nakajima collected a pair of hits apiece, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in a run, and catcher Luke Montz when 1 for 4 in his return to the River Cats. With Montz’s addition to the roster, catcher Ryan Ortiz was assigned to Stockton.

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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 27th: HRs from Taylor & Thompson Lead Cats & Ports to Victory while Hounds & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson     (2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  5

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Scribner 1-0 / 8.10

HR – Montz (5), Taylor (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work, and after 7 ½ innings the River Cats were trailing 5-3. But in the bottom of the 8th inning, outfielder Michael Taylor blasted a 2-run homer to tie the game, and catcher Luke Montz followed up with a solo shot to provide the go-ahead run for the River Cats. RHP Evan Scribner tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, and LHP Hideki Okajima struck out the final 3 batters in the 9th to pick up his 1st save.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     4

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Newby 0-2 / 2.03

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

RHP Sean Murphy was solid again in his second outing for the RockHounds, allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. Third baseman Jefry Marte had 2 doubles, and shortstop Dusty Coleman had a pair of hits and doubled in a run. Midland was leading 3-2 headed into the 9th inning. But with the help of 2 errors from outfielder Jake Goebbert and shortstop Dusty Coleman, RHP Kyler Newby gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in the 9th to take the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports          17

High Desert Mavericks  7

WP – Frankoff 1-0 / 3.52

HR – Thompson 2 (4), Vollmuth (6), Robinson (4), Russell (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Tony Thompson

(2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

 

The Ports’ lineup exploded for 17 runs on Saturday night. Designated hitter Tony Thompson clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in 6 runs, outfielder Dusty Robinson homered, tripled and drove in 4 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth slugged a solo shot. Shortstop Addison Russell had a pair of hits, including his 1st home run for Stockton, and walked 3 times, while second baseman Antonio Lamas collected 5 hits on the night. RHP Deyvi Jimenez struggled in his second start for Stockton, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits over 4 innings of work, while RHP Seth Frankoff allowed 1 unearned in 2 innings of relief to pick up his 1st win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  13

Beloit Snappers               5

LP – DeYoung 1-1 / 4.60

HR – Wooten (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Derek De Young allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss, and he was followed by RHP Vince Voiro, who gave up 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten hit his 3rd home run, while first baseman Matt Olson had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 2:05pm PT

West Michigan @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Friday, April 19th: Ports Ride Granier’s 10 K’s & Muncy’s 2 HRs to Victory while Cats & Hounds Both Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher Drew Granier (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 10 K)

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher Drew Granier (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 10 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Las Vegas 51s                 10

LP – Werner 1-3 / 11.32

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(3 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

Starter Andrew Werner had another rough outing for the River Cats on Friday, allowing 7 runs over 5 innings to take his 3rd loss. Catcher Stephen Vogt and designated hitter Luke Montz both went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Vogt is now hitting .521 while Montz is hitting .371.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

San Antonio Missions    10

LP – Hernandez 1-2 / 4.11

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(2 for 4)

 

Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 9 hits over 5 innings to take his 2nd loss. Midland managed just 5 hits in the game, 2 off the bat of first baseman Anthony Aliotti, who’s now batting .358.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      1

Stockton Ports  9

WP – Walz 2-0 / 2.08

HR – Muncy 2 (7), Thompson (2), Rosales (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 10 K)

 

Starter Drew Granier had another impressive outing for Stockton on Friday, allowing just 1 run while striking out 10 over 5 innings of work. The right-hander now has 26 strikeouts in 20 innings for the Ports this season. Granier left after 5 innings with the game tied 1-1. But shortstop Adam Rosales led off the 6th inning with a home run to give the Ports the lead, which they would never relinquish. First baseman Max Muncy, continuing his hot-hitting, followed up with his 6th home run, and then slugged his 7th homer in the 7th. Third baseman Tony Thompson added his 2nd home run of the season, while second baseman Antonio Lamas collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers

Burlington Bees

(POSTPONED)

 

Saturday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ San Antonio – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Game #1 – Beloit @ Burlington – 2:00pm PT / 4:00pm CT

Game #2 – Beloit @ Burlington

 

 

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