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Arizona Insights: Neuse, Blackwood & More

Special to A’s Farm by Jason Pennini / @JasonPennini / baseballbellcurve.com

Jason Pennini of baseballcurve.com has been busy in Arizona this fall getting looks at a number of A’s prospects, along with other young players, in the Instructional League as well as in the Arizona Fall League. And we’re happy to share some of his impressions and videos of numerous A’s prospects here, so that you can get a better look at them too…

 

sn641914b3B Sheldon Neuse (10/17 AFL) – Neuse has shown me a lot this fall. He makes frequent loud contact and tends to shoot baseballs opposite field into the right/center gap. He is capable of using all fields though. He has a good feel to hit and awareness of the zone. I think the power will play to average because the approach seems more contact-oriented than power-oriented. I have yet to see him in BP, but I suspect there is more raw in the bat than he has shown in games. Defensively, he lacks some agility and quickness of his peers. However, I think the industry consensus is he has enough to get the job done. I was thinking he has an above-average arm. Then, a scout informed me Neuse used to touch mid 90s as a pitcher, so it’s probably plus. This is a guy I am in on as a possible everyday regular. On 10/25, Neuse played shortstop and looked good there. He made a good play on a tough grounder and showed quick hands getting it to first. The athleticism is better than I originally thought.

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

 

nb670154RHP Nolan Blackwood (10/20 AFL) – There is a lot to like about Blackwood. The 6’5” righty uses his frame to his advantage to achieve deception. He caught my eye in a previous outing when he made Francisco Mejia look ugly in a three-pitch strikeout. The fastball sits low 90s and is thrown from a sidearm angle. Hitters appear to struggle picking up the ball out of his hand, which helps everything play up. His change is in the low 80s, and both of the aforementioned pitches have quality sink. Today, Blackwood also busted out a 75-77 mph curveball. It is a pitch he reserves for right-handed hitters. It was not used in his previous outing when he faced three lefties. I was muttering aloud trying to figure out who Blackwood reminds me of delivery-wise. A scout offered up Dan Otero as a comp.

 

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Wednesday, August 23rd: Erwin & Camacho Combine on No-Hitter for Beloit while Brown Homers in 4th Straight for Stockton

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Zack Erwin (6 IP / 0 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Zack Erwin (6 IP / 0 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Quad Cities River Bandits  0

Beloit Snappers                3

WP – Erwin 6-4 / 2.12

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Zack Erwin

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

LHP Zack Erwin and RHP Joseph Camacho combined to no-hit Quad Cities and snap the Snappers five-game losing streak on Wednesday. Erwin, who was acquired from the White Sox in December of 2015 in the Brett Lawrie deal, allowed just 1 walk while striking out 4 over 6 hitless and scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 2.12. After throwing 79 pitches, he was replaced on the mound by RHP Joseph Camacho, who was signed last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State. And the 23-year-old walked 1 and struck out 2 over 3 hitless innings in relief to earn his 1st save for the Snappers and complete the no-hitter on Wednesday. Shortstop Edwin Diaz walked and doubled in a run, while third baseman Trace Loehr doubled in his return from the disabled list, and second baseman Josh Vidales and left fielder J.C. Rodriguez each singled in a run for the Snappers. And with Loehr returning to the active roster, Beloit RHP John Gorman was promoted to the Ports on Wednesday.

RHP Jason Camacho, LHP Zack Erwin & catcher Jason Goldstein  (photo via Beloit Snappers' Twitter)

RHP Jospeh Camacho, LHP Zack Erwin & catcher Jason Goldstein
(photo via Beloit Snappers’ Twitter)

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Saturday, July 15th: Sounds Win behind Munoz’s Big Bat while Altamirano Pitches Snappers to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Yairo Munoz (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Yairo Munoz (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       11

Omaha Storm Chasers  5

WP – J.Smith 3-1 / 4.24

HR – McBride (8), Munoz (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Yairo Munoz

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 5 RBIs)

Shortstop Yairo Munoz had a big night at the plate for Nashville. The 22-year-old homered, doubled twice and drove in 5 runs for the Sounds on Saturday. First baseman Matt McBride had 3 hits, including a home run and a double, while right fielder Mark Canha singled twice and doubled. Center fielder Jaff Decker had a pair of hits and a walk, and designated hitter Matt Olson doubled, walked and drove in a run. Starter Frankie Montas was solid, striking out 5 over 4 scoreless frames. RHP Josh Smith allowed 1 run in 3 innings of work to earn his 3rd win, while RHP Lou Trivino gave up 4 runs in just 1/3 of an inning of relief, and Kyle Finnegan notched the final five outs for Nashville to secure the save.

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Sunday, June 4th: Blackburn Leads Sounds to Shutout Victory while Murphy’s 2 HRs Help Stockton Win & Armenteros Makes Pro Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Paul Blackburn (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Paul Blackburn (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  6

Iowa Cubs               0

WP – Blackburn 4-5 / 3.26

HR – Chapman (13), McBride (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Paul Blackburn

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

RHP Paul Blackburn turned in an impressive start for the Sounds on Sunday, allowing just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings to notch his 4th win for Nashville. And the former 1st-round supplemental pick for the Cubs now has an ERA of 1.44 over his last 4 starts for the Sounds. RHPs Tyler Sturdevant and Tucker Healy each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to complete the 4-hit shutout on Sunday. Third baseman Matt Chapman homered for the second straight day and doubled in the Sounds’ first run, while designated hitter Matt McBride also homered, doubled and drove in a pair, and catcher Ryan Lavarnway singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run to help the Sounds win for the fifth time in their last six games. Meanwhile, first baseman Matt Olson was recalled by the A’s, and RHP Daniel Mengden was optioned back to Nashville on Sunday.

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Saturday, July 2nd: Seddon Leads Hounds to Shutout Victory as Chapman Hits 20th HR and Vermont Wins 15-Inning Marathon

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (7 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   7

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – Seddon 3-6 / 6.08

HR – Chapman (20)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

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

For the second night in a row, a hurler from the A’s 2014 draft class pitched the RockHounds to victory. On Friday, it was 2nd-rounder Daniel Gossett, who allowed 2 earned runs over 7 1/3 innings to notch his 1st win for Midland. But on Saturday, it was 11th-rounder Joel Seddon, who threw 7 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win as the Hounds won their fourth straight. And Seddon has now failed to allow a run over his last 18 innings. RHP Andres Avila got the final six outs on Saturday to finish off the 8-hit shutout for Midland. Third baseman Matt Chapman walked twice and launched a 3-run homer, his league-leading 20th (which came in his 77th game), while designated hitter Josh Rodriguez singled, tripled, walked and drove in 3 runs, and right fielder Tyler Marincov walked twice, scored twice and singled in a run for the RockHounds.

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