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A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big?

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to start turning up at the team’s spring training camp in just a few weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List.

It’s interesting to note that six players from last year’s list have made a return to this year’s list, including Franklin Barreto, who made his debut in the A’s system last season, along with returning prospects Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Renato Nunez, Chad Pinder and Dillon Overton.

New to this year’s list are starting pitcher Sean Manaea and catcher Jacob Nottingham, who were both acquired in deadline deals last summer, as well as last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, shortstop Richie Martin, and young shortstop Yairo Munoz.

Eight of this year’s top 10 are position players, while only two are pitchers – both of them left-handers. And half of this year’s top 10 could start the season at Triple-A Nashville, while another three to five players are likely to begin the year at Double-A Midland, with only one or two top prospects starting the year in A ball.

Most A’s prospect lists this year feature shortstop Franklin Barreto in the top spot, but we’ve opted to go with left-handed hurler Sean Manaea as the more mature, advanced and polished prospect who’s more likely to make a big impact at the major league level. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

 

A’S FARM’S 2016 TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Sean Manaea (LHP)

#2 – Franklin Barreto (SS)

#3 – Matt Olson (OF-1B)

#4 – Matt Chapman (3B)

#5 – Renato Nunez (3B)

#6 – Chad Pinder (SS)

#7 – Dillon Overton (LHP)

#8 – Jacob Nottingham (C)

#9 – Yairo Munoz (SS)

#10 – Richie Martin (SS)

 

sm640455b#1 SEAN MANAEA

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 1st Round

As a big lefty with big strikeout numbers who stands a chance of becoming the A’s #2 starter, behind staff ace Sonny Gray, at some point over the next year and a half, Manaea takes the top spot on our prospect list this year. Of course, how he fares while facing more experienced hitters at Triple-A Nashville next season will determine whether or not Manaea ends up finding himself on the fast track to Oakland. After coming over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, the southpaw posted an impressive 1.90 ERA while striking out 10.8 per 9 innings in 7 starts for Double-A Midland, and he then went on to lead the Arizona Fall League in strikeouts by whiffing 33 in just 25 2/3 innings. Manaea works with a slider, a changeup and a fastball that occasionally touches 97 mph and can seem unhittable at times. Since being drafted in 2013, he’s missed some time due to both hip and abdomen injuries but, fortunately, he hasn’t experienced any arm issues thus far. As a 6’5” lefty who has the ability to put up gaudy strikeout numbers, the Indiana native has a lot of upside. And A’s general manager David Forst recently remarked that Manaea has “everything that you’re looking for out of a top-of-the-rotation guy.”

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

fb620439#2 FRANKLIN BARRETO

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Universally considered the best young hitting prospect in the A’s system, Barreto turned in an impressive .302/.333/.500 slash line as a 19-year-old at High-A Stockton last season after coming over from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. The shortsop started off slow in April, batting just .171 with a .243 slugging percentage in the first month of the season. But he heated up as the season unfolded and, in July, he hit .375 with a slugging percentage of .700. Barreto obviously has the ability to swing the bat, but he also has some speed. And though he’s fairly small at just 5’9”, he has some pop as he showed by hitting 13 home runs last year despite sitting out six weeks with a wrist injury. The young Venezuelan can be a bit of a free-swinger though, and he drew just 15 walks against 67 strikeouts over 364 plate appearances last season. But the big question about Barreto surrounds his defense. While he has a strong arm, his play in the field can be erratic, and he chalked up a total of 34 errors in 86 games at shortstop last year. He spent some time in the outfield in the Venezuelan Winter League, and A’s general manager David Forst has indicated that he may end up dividing his time between shortstop and second base at Midland next season. But he also noted that Barreto is still quite young and that the team does believe he has the ability to stick at shortstop over the long run.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

mo621566#3 MATT OLSON

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder/First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Most A’s fans who follow the team’s farm system are pretty familiar with Matt Olson’s profile by now. The big, strong left-handed slugger is generally considered to be the team’s top young power-hitting prospect after notching 77 home runs over the last three seasons. While making his Double-A debut last year, his 17 home runs (at the power-crushing confines of Midland) were the fourth-most among A’s minor leaguers, while his 105 walks were the second-most, and his 139 strikeouts were the third-most. And 45% of Olson’s plate appearances resulted in either a home run, a walk or a strikeout last season. The 6’5” slugger has been solid defensively at first base, but he actually spent more time in right field during the second half last year, where he may not have a lot of range but where his strong arm serves him well. And the Georgia native is likely to see more time in the outfield at Triple-A Nashville next season. Olson’s combination of power and plate discipline will ultimately be his ticket to the show. But if he has the ability to play first base as well as the corner outfield positions, then that versatility should only accelerate his ascent to Oakland.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

mc656305b#4 MATT CHAPMAN

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2014 – 1st Round

2014’s #1 draft pick for the A’s missed the first month of the season due to a knee injury and the last month of the season due to a wrist injury, but that still didn’t stop him from leading the A’s minor league system in home runs with 23 in just 304 at-bats at High-A Stockton last year. Of course, the friendly confines of the California League helped make that possible, but it did prove that Chapman’s power potential, which the A’s front office has always believed in, could be real. Of course, that will be put to the test in the far less hospitable habitat of Midland next season. In the field, there’s no doubt that Chapman possesses a good glove and a great arm and is well-suited for the hot corner. He can be a bit too much of a free-swinger at times and he batted just .250 last year, but his walk rate was up over his inaugural campaign, boosting his on-base percentage to a respectable .341 for 2015. And with his solid defensive work in the field, if Chapman can just manage to get on base with enough frequency, he should hopefully have enough pop to make him a credible candidate to handle the corner in Oakland before long.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

rn600524#5 RENATO NUNEZ

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Along with Olson, Nunez is one of the top two power-hitting prospects in the A’s system. The young Venezuelan hit 18 home runs in just 381 at-bats at Double-A Midland last season and has totaled 66 bombs over the last three years. His plate discipline could still use a little work, as he drew just 28 walks last season, but he did manage to lower his strikeout rate significantly in 2015. There’s no doubt that Nunez’s power potential is real, and it’s played at every level. The big question about Nunez has always concerned his defense. He’s primarily played third base throughout his minor league career, but he’s never really looked comfortable there. He appears slow in the field without a lot of range, and it’s hard to imagine seeing him handle the hot corner in the majors. Nunez got a handful of starts at first base last season and didn’t really look at home there either. But his bat may just be good enough to get him to the majors, perhaps sooner rather than later. And if the young slugger can live up to his potential at the plate, then the A’s will surely find a way to get his bat into the lineup one way or another.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

cp640461#6 CHAD PINDER

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

Pinder moved up one notch on our list this year on the strength of his Texas League MVP season at Midland. He posted an impressive .317/.361/.486 slash line and showed plenty of pop, particularly for the pitcher-friendly Texas League, by putting up 32 doubles and 15 home runs in his Double-A debut. He could still stand to improve his plate discipline though, as he drew just 28 walks in 522 plate appearances this season. After primarily playing second base for Stockton in 2014, the Virginia native made a smooth transition back to shortstop in 2015. Though he doesn’t show great range, Pinder does have a strong arm that serves him well. Many feel that he’ll ultimately end up being a better fit at either second or third base, but he did show this season that he can do a credible job at shortstop. And being a versatile infielder with a decent bat may give Pinder as good a chance as anyone at getting a shot in Oakland sometime before the season’s through.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

do592614b#7 DILLON OVERTON

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

2013’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing in the summer of 2013 and has been building himself back up ever since returning to action the following summer. The A’s have been handling the lanky lefty with great care, never letting him go more than 4 innings in an outing in 2014 and never letting him go more than 5 innings in an outing in 2015. Overton’s command has been sharp ever since his return from surgery, walking just 31 and striking out 159 in 163 innings over the past two seasons. But his velocity has yet to fully return, and his fastball has mostly been sitting in the high-80s. Overton does have an effective breaking ball and changeup though and, as mentioned, he commands his repertoire well. The Oklahoma native performed well at both High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland last year, putting up a combined 3.43 ERA on the season. A’s general manager David Forst recently said, “If we can get this guy to 91-92 [mph] again, he’s here in no time.” And if that does indeed happen, then Overton could have the potential to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter. But if his velocity doesn’t fully return, then he could still end up as a finesse lefty at the back end of the rotation or possibly an effective left-handed reliever coming out of the bullpen for the A’s.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA) / Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

jn641924#8 JACOB NOTTINGHAM

Right-Handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2013 – 6th Round

Acquired from the Astros in the Scott Kazmir deal, Nottingham took over as the starting catcher at High-A Stockton last July and immediately became the top catching prospect in the A’s system. After not looking particularly impressive in his first two minor league seasons in 2013 and 2014, the 6’3” backstop had a breakthrough year with the bat in 2015, putting up a .316/.372/.505 slash line while playing with three different teams in A ball. The biggest boost came in his power numbers, as he collected 33 doubles and 17 home runs over 465 at-bats, though it may be a bit of a challenge for the young catcher to replicate those numbers in the pitcher-friendly Texas League next season. Nottingham walked just 33 times last year, so he could show a little more discipline, but his career minor league .284 batting average and .352 on-base percentage demonstrate his ability to be productive at the plate. Behind the plate, the big backstop has shown a strong arm, but his receiving skills could still use some work, as is evidenced by his 19 passed balls last season. He is still young though – he’ll be turning 21 just before opening day – so there is time for improvement. There’s a chance that Nottingham could end up being moved from behind the plate, and he did appear in 18 games at first base last season. But if he can stick at catcher, then his powerful bat could made him a potent backstop for the A’s in the not-too-distant future.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

ym622168b#9 YAIRO MUNOZ

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

After spending the first few months of the season struggling to put up a .236/.278/.363 slash line with Class-A Beloit, Munoz seemed reborn after a promotion to the California League, where he posted a healthy .320/.372/.480 line over the last six weeks of the season while playing as a 20-year-old for High-A Stockton. Munoz possesses good speed and more pop than you’d expect out of a middle infielder, and he stole 11 bases while collecting 13 home runs and 26 doubles over the course of the season. The Dominican native also has a strong enough arm and enough range to be able to stick at shortstop, though he should easily be able to make the transition to second or third base if needed. Munoz just turned 21 and could start the season either as the primary shortstop at Stockton or splitting time at shortstop and second base with top prospect Franklin Barreto at Midland, which A’s general manager David Forst has mentioned as a distinct possibility. But either way, as a versatile young infielder with some speed and some pop, he’ll be given plenty of opportunites to prove himself, and he’ll get the chance to move up quickly if he does.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA) / Stockton Ports (A+)

 

rm621006#10 RICHIE MARTIN

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2015 – 1st Round

Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, Martin came to the team from the University of Florida with a well-deserved reputation as a slick-fielding shortstop. A strong arm, good range and sharp instincts enable him to make lots of plays that few other shortstops his age can. So defense is definitely not a question with Martin. He possesses good speed as well, and he swiped a total of 45 bases over three college seasons. The question with Martin has always been about his bat. He put up a .284/.376/.376 slash line with 7 home runs during his collegiate career. The Florida native impressed in the Cape Cod League in 2014 by finishing second in batting with a .364 average. But his slash line in his first pro season at Vermont in 2015 was a rather uninspiring .237/.353/.342. Martin’s never shown much pop, but he has shown the ability to take a walk to get on base. And the hope is, with his solid defensive skills and his patience at the plate, that his bat will develop enough to make him a legitimate defense-first shortstop in the major leagues.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Beloit Snappers (A) / Stockton Ports (A+)

 

HONORABLE MENTION: CASEY MEISNER

Just barely missing out on our top 10 list this year was right-handed starting pitcher Casey Meisner, who was acquired from the Mets last summer in the Tyler Clippard trade. The 20-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Mets in the 3rd round in 2013, and the 6’7” hurler has put up a career 2.88 ERA while notching 208 strikeouts in 241 minor league innings since then. The tall Texan impressed in seven starts at Stockton last season and could start the year back at Stockton or at Double-A Midland if the A’s want to be aggressive with him. He’s still young, but he’s got a solid fastball that sits in the low-90s, a promising curveball, good command and plenty of potential.

 

Last Year’s Top 10 Prospect List

 

 

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Meet Your 2016 Nashville Sounds

nstumblr_nn6zzrPnCN1qedy4lo1_500bYesterday we previewed the Oakland A’s 2016 major league roster (here), and today it’s time to take a look ahead at the Triple-A Nashville Sounds roster for the coming season. The Sounds will be beginning their second season as the A’s top affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, with Steve Scarsone returning as the team’s skipper. And many of the organization’s top young hitting prospects, including Matt Olson, Chad Pinder and Renato Nunez, are expected to make their Triple-A debuts at Nashville this season. The organization typically likes to start the season with 12 position players and 13 pitchers on the Triple-A roster, so let’s take a look at the players who are most likely to find themselves filling out the Nashville Sounds opening day roster in 2016.

 

CATCHERS

Carson Blair

Carson Blair

As things currently stand, it looks like last year’s primary catching corps at Midland could be taking over at Nashville this season. In 2015, Carson Blair made it all the way from Midland to Oakland over the course of his first season in the system after signing on as a minor league free agent, and he should start the year at Nashville as the most likely candidate to get the call should the A’s need reinforcements behind the plate. Bruce Maxwell, who spent all of last season at Midland, appears well-positioned to move up a level and join Blair as part of the Sounds’ 2016 catching combo. There is some chance though that Matt McBride, whom the A’s signed as a minor league free agent, could possibly end up taking over the role as the Sounds’ second catcher. The minor league veteran has primarily served as an outfielder and first baseman of late and hasn’t appeared behind the plate since 2013, but he has caught 169 minor league games and the A’s do currently have him listed among the catching corps on the team’s list of non-roster invitees to its major league training camp this spring. Meanwhile, top young catching prospect Jacob Nottingham should be starting the season just one level away at Double-A Midland.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Chad Pinder

Chad Pinder

Joey Wendle appeared in 137 of Nashville’s 144 games last season and didn’t spend one inning anywhere in the field other than at second base. And the 25-year-old prospect should be the starting second baseman in Music City again next season but, with Andy Parrino gone via free agency, Wendle’s primary double play partner this year is set to to be shortstop Chad Pinder, who is coming off his Texas League MVP season. The versatile Tyler Ladendorf is also likely to get playing time at both middle infield positions and should see some time in the outfield as well. Minor league free agent infielder Josh Rodriguez, whom the A’s signed in the offseason, has spent plenty of time at both middle infield positions as well as at third base but, if Wendle, Pinder and Ladendorf all start the season at Nashville, then Rodriguez could end up being a better fit for the second base spot at Double-A Midland, right across the bag from top shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Renato Nunez

Renato Nunez

There should be no shortage of candidates for the corner infield positions at Nashville next season, but there will now be one less name in the mix with the release of first baseman Nate Freiman. Young slugger Renato Nunez will move up from Midland and should get the majority of the starts at third base, while Rangel Ravelo is likely to spend the bulk of his time at first base, with Max Muncy bouncing between both corner infield positions. Top prospect Matt Olson will also see some time at first base, but the slugger actually spent more time in the outfield than at first base during the second half of last season and seems poised to spend much more time in the outfield again next season. And if Nunez, Ravelo, Muncy and Olson all start the season with Nashville, until a roster spot opens up, first baseman/third baseman Ryon Healy may have to start the year repeating a level at Double-A Midland, where 2014’s #1 draft pick for the A’s, Matt Chapman, is likely to be the main man at the hot corner in 2016.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Jake Smolinski

Jake Smolinski

A trio of outfielders with MLB experience is set to see time in the Sounds’ outfield next season. If Josh Reddick, Billy Burns, Coco Crisp, Mark Canha and Sam Fuld all open the season on the A’s major league roster as expected, then Jake Smolinski will end up starting the year at Nashville, along with 27-year-old outfielder Andrew Lambo (who’s spent time with the Pirates) and 30-year-old outfielder Matt McBride (who’s appeared with the Rockies). Lambo and McBride are also capable of playing first base, and McBride could end up seeing some time behind the plate as well. Top prospect Matt Olson, who, as previously mentioned, spent more time in the outfield than at first base during the second half of last season, will be joining this experienced trio in the Sounds’ outfield mix and should be spending plenty of time roaming the outfield grass at First Tennessee Park as he looks to make his mark at the Triple-A level next season. All four of them will undoubtedly spend some time rotating through the designated hitter slot for the Sounds as well. But since they all are primarily corner outfielders, that could open up the opportunity for Jaycob Brugman to receive the bulk of the starts in center field for the Sounds, with Tyler Ladendorf available to give Brugman a break in center when he’s not busy appearing elsewhere in the infield.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Sean Manaea

Sean Manaea

Since left-handers Sean Nolin and Felix Doubront are both out of options, it seems somewhat unlikely that they’ll be factoring into things at Nashville next season unless either of them could somehow manage to make it through waivers. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of other viable candidates for the Sounds’ starting rotation though. Right-hander Aaron Brooks, who made nine starts for the A’s late last year, seems as likely as anyone to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. And since the A’s front office has made it sound as if they still view Jarrod Parker as a starter, then Nashville’s rotation would appear to be Parker’s most likely landing spot in the coming season. Right-hander Zach Neal, who was one of the Sounds’ most reliable starters last year, seems like a good bet to open the season in the rotation, as does veteran righty Chris Smith, whom the A’s signed as a minor league free agent after he was solid in 22 starts for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate at El Paso last year. The final spot in the Sounds’ starting rotation seems likely to go to the A’s top minor league pitching prospect, left-hander Sean Manaea, who was impressive at Double-A Midland last season after coming over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal. And if another spot should open up in the Triple-A rotation due to either injuries or trades, then another left-handed pitching prospect, Dillon Overton, could be in line to make the move up from Midland as well.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

R.J. Alvarez

R.J. Alvarez

As usual, there are far more deserving candidates for the bullpen at the Triple-A level than there are available spots. The organization usually likes to start the season with eight relievers at Triple-A. And if there’s no room in the reconfigured major league bullpen on opening day for Ryan Dull – especially with Fernando Rodriguez out of options – then the right-hander may find himself waiting in the wings at Nashville to start the season. R.J. Alvarez and the recently-acquired J.B. Wendelken should join Dull as two other promising young righty relievers for the Sounds. Angel Castro, who made his major league debut with the A’s last season, was re-signed as a minor league free agent and will surely be back in the Nashville bullpen, along with returning right-hander Taylor Thompson, likely leaving room on the right side for one of either Ryan Brasier on Aaron Kurcz – and Brasier may hold the edge as he has major league experience and has received an invitation to the A’s major league spring training camp, unlike Kurcz. Meanwhile, Daniel Coulombe, who appeared with the A’s late last season after coming over from the Dodgers, and minor league free agent signee Eric Surkamp, who’s spent time in the majors with the Dodgers, Giants and White Sox, seem set to provide reliable relief options from the left side. Of course, there are plenty of other worthy candidates for spots in the Triple-A bullpen, including a couple of recent minor league free agent signees, lefty Patrick Schuster and righty Eduard Santos, as well as recently-acquired right-hander Trey Cochran-Gill, and organizational stalwarts like Seth Frankoff, Tucker Healy, Ryan Doolittle, Kris Hall and Jeff Urlaub, who’ve all done their duty at the Double-A level.

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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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A’s Farm’s 2015 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A's minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A’s minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2015 minor league season now complete, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2015. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2015 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2015. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team over the course of the season, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from among the top starters for each team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included. Despite the fact that he’s no longer with the A’s organization, outfielder Kent Matthes is included since he still managed to make the third most starts in Nashville’s outfield this year, while catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Sean Manaea were not included since they only appeared in 43 and 7 games respectively since joining the A’s system.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position. Then click on the link just below the list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and then cast your vote in our poll for the top A’s Organizational All-Star of 2015!

 

–THE CONTENDERS–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bryan Anderson (322 PA / 3 HR / .202 AVG / .273 OBP / .288 SLG / .561 OPS)

Midland – Bruce Maxwell (381 PA / 2 HR / .243 AVG / .321 OBP / .308 SLG / .629 OPS)

Stockton – Beau Taylor (342 PA / 6 HR / .223 AVG / .322 OBP / .334 SLG / .656 OPS) *

Beloit – Argenis Raga (269 PA / 3 HR / .275 AVG / .328 OBP / .385 SLG / .714 OPS) *

Vermont – Nick Collins (143 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .329 OBP / .310 SLG / .638 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Mullen (91 PA / 0 HR / .231 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Anthony Aliotti (448 PA / 4 HR / .269 AVG / .330 OBP / .346 SLG / .676 OPS) *

Midland – Matt Olson (585 PA / 17 HR / .249 AVG / .388 OBP / .438 SLG / .826 OPS)

Stockton – John Nogowski (402 PA / 4 HR / .274 AVG / .352 OBP / .364 SLG / .716 OPS)

Beloit – Max Kuhn (543 PA / 10 HR / .241 AVG / .320 OBP / .376 SLG / .697 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Iriart (289 PA / 5 HR / .230 AVG / .304 OBP / .359 SLG / .664 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shane Conlon (123 PA / 0 HR / .327 AVG / .392 OBP / .421 SLG / .812 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (618 PA / 10 HR / .289 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .765 OPS)

Midland – Colin Walsh (619 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .447 OBP / .470 SLG / .918 OPS)

Stockton – Branden Cogswell (487 PA / 3 HR / .235 AVG / .325 OBP / .303 SLG / .628 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (450 PA / 6 HR / .252 AVG / .293 OBP / .345 SLG / .638 OPS) *

Vermont – Jesus Lopez (210 PA / 0 HR / .203 AVG / .233 OBP / .228 SLG / .461 OPS)

AZL A’s – Carlos Hiciano (196 PA / 0 HR / .199 AVG / .219 OBP / .220 SLG / .439 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Andy Parrino (321 PA / 5 HR / .272 AVG / .344 OBP / .376 SLG / .720 OPS)

Midland – Chad Pinder (522 PA / 15 HR / .317 AVG / .361 OBP / .486 SLG / .847 OPS)

Stockton – Franklin Barreto (364 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .333 OBP / .500 SLG / .833 OPS)

Beloit – Yairo Munoz (565 PA / 13 HR / .260 AVG / .306 OBP / .397 SLG / .702 OPS) *

Vermont – Richie Martin (226 PA / 2 HR / .237 AVG / .353 OBP / .343 SLG / .695 OPS)

AZL A’s – Eric Marinez (179 PA / 0 HR / .241 AVG / .303 OBP / .304 SLG / .607 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Ryan Roberts (499 PA / 13 HR / .283 AVG / .355 OBP / .450 SLG / .805 OPS)

Midland – Ryon Healy (543 PA / 10 HR / .302 AVG / .339 OBP / .426 SLG / .766 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Chapman (352 PA / 23 HR / .250 AVG / .341 OBP / .566 SLG / .907 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Brizuela (475 PA / 12 HR / .260 AVG / .349 OBP / .431 SLG / .781 OPS) *

Vermont – Ryan Howell (188 PA / 5 HR / .199 AVG / .278 OBP / .337 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Miguel Mercedes (193 PA / 2 HR / .216 AVG / .306 OBP / .347 SLG / .653 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Jason Pridie (541 PA / 20 HR / .310 AVG / .380 OBP / .515 SLG / .894 OPS)

Midland – Jaycob Brugman (566 PA / 6 HR / .260 AVG / .343 OBP / .382 SLG / .725 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (511 PA / 5 HR / .277 AVG / .344 OBP / .389 SLG / .733 OPS)

Beloit – Joe Bennie (543 PA / 11 HR / .272 AVG / .363 OBP / .430 SLG / .793 OPS)

Vermont – Steven Pallares (292 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .363 OBP / .317 SLG / .680 OPS)

AZL A’s – Luis Barrera (133 PA / 0 HR / .287 AVG / .344 OBP / .348 SLG / .691 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Craig Gentry (450 PA / 5 HR / .256 AVG / .319 OBP / .327 SLG / .646 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (451 PA / 5 HR / .294 AVG / .360 OBP / .425 SLG / .785 OPS)

Stockton – Brett Vertigan (627 PA / 4 HR / .288 AVG / .365 OBP / .385 SLG / .749 OPS) *

Beloit – James Harris (376 PA / 5 HR / .251 AVG / .356 OBP / .368 SLG / .724 OPS) *

Vermont – Skye Bolt (206 PA / 4 HR / .238 AVG / .325 OBP / .381 SLG / .706 OPS)

AZL A’s – Rodolfo Penalo (166 PA / 0 HR / .222 AVG / .321 OBP / .292 SLG / .613 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Kent Matthes (239 PA / 2 HR / .233 AVG / .294 OBP / .358 SLG / .652 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (387 PA / 12 HR / .256 AVG / .312 OBP / .437 SLG / .748 OPS)

Stockton – Tyler Marincov (579 PA / 14 HR / .257 AVG / .320 OBP / .409 SLG / .728 OPS)

Beloit – Shawn Duinkerk (335 PA / 5 HR / .240 AVG / .281 OBP / .326 SLG / .607 OPS) *

Vermont – Seth Brown (290 PA / 3 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .432 SLG / .784 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (303 PA / 5 HR / .170 AVG / .265 OBP / .275 SLG / .540 OPS) *

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Nate Freiman (306 PA / 4 HR / .220 AVG / .279 OBP / .321 SLG / .600 OPS)

Midland – Renato Nunez (416 PA / 18 HR / .278 AVG / .332 OBP / .480 SLG / .812 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Soto (460 PA / 9 HR / .229 AVG / .278 OBP / .355 SLG / .633 OPS)

Beloit – Sandber Pimentel (471 PA / 13 HR / .243 AVG / .335 OBP / .380 SLG / .715 OPS)

Vermont – Trace Loehr (280 PA / 2 HR / .264 AVG / .325 OBP / .319 SLG / .644 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jhonny Rodriguez (120 PA / 1 HR / .284 AVG / .333 OBP / .450 SLG / .783 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Barry Zito (138 IP / 121 H / 53 ER / 60 BB / 91 K / 3.46 ERA / 1.31 WHIP)

Midland – Dillon Overton (126 IP / 127 H / 48 ER / 27 BB / 106 K / 3.43 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

Stockton – Dylan Covey (140 1/3 IP / 135 H / 56 ER / 43 BB / 100 K / 3.59 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

Beloit – Daniel Gossett (144 2/3 IP / 151 H / 76 ER / 52 BB / 112 K / 4.73 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Bowdien Derby (37 1/3 IP / 24 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 47 K / 1.21 ERA / 0.91 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ivan Andueza (46 2/3 IP / 44 H / 13 ER / 15 BB / 44 K / 2.51 ERA / 1.26 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Angel Castro (60 1/3 IP / 54 H / 21 ER / 19 BB / 45 K / 3.13 ERA / 1.21 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Ryan Dull (61 IP / 39 H / 5 ER / 16 BB / 73 K / 0.74 ERA / 0.90 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Stockton – Brendan McCurry (63 IP / 39 H / 13 ER / 17 BB / 82 K / 1.86 ERA / 0.89 WHIP / 27 SV) *

Beloit – Jose Torres (77 1/3 IP / 55 H / 22 ER / 24 BB / 84 K / 2.56 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – James Naile (25 1/3 IP / 19 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 18 K / 1.78 ERA / 0.99 WHIP / 6 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dustin Hurlbutt (14 1/3 IP / 11 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 20 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.47 WHIP / 5 SV)

 

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Saturday, September 12th: Jake Sanchez Pitches Hounds to Victory and Healy, Olson & Brugman all Homer as Midland Moves on to Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     1

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – J. Sanchez

HR – R. Healy, M. Olson, J. Brugman

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jake Sanchez

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

After dropping the first game of the series, the RockHounds won their third straight game on Saturday to clinch the Texas League South Division Championship, and Midland will now move on to the Texas League Championship Series for the second straight season. RHP Jake Sanchez turned in a strong start on Saturday, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings of work to earn the win. RHP Kris Hall followed Sanchez on the mound but left after loading the bases with one out in the top of the 8th. RHP Brendan McCurry came on and struck out the next two batters to escape the jam and stayed on to strike out two more while tossing a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Third baseman Ryon Healy homered to put the Hounds on the board in the 2nd, while right fielder Matt Olson smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd, and left fielder Jaycob Brugman followed up with a solo shot in the 4th to provide the RockHounds with all the runs they would need on Saturday. Before the game, Midland shortstop Chad Pinder was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and Stockton shortstop Yairo Munoz was called up to replace him on the RockHounds roster. The Hounds will begin the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series at home against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Tuesday.

 

 

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Monday, September 7th: Brett Siddall’s Grand Slam Helps Vermont Win while Wendle, Olson, Barreto & Brizuela Homer as All A’s Affiliates Win Finales

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Brett Siddall (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Brett Siddall (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBI)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Vermont Lake Monsters  9

Lowell Spinners                 7

WP – Ferreras 4-2 / 2.66

HR – Siddall (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Siddall

(3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

With his team holding a slim 1-run lead in the top of the 9th on Monday, outfielder Brett Siddall slugged a grand slam to give the Lake Monsters a 5-run lead, which would come in handy since Lowell would come back to put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the 9th. But Vermont held on to claim victory in their season finale on Monday. Siddall also had a pair of singles and drove in the Lake Monsters’ first run in the 4th, while shortstop Trace Loehr singled and doubled in 3 runs, including the tying run, and outfielder Seth Brown walked, doubled and tripled in the go-ahead run in the 7th. Starter Dustin Driver gave up 2 runs over 3 innings of work, while LHP Kevin Ferreras allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 3 innings of relief to earn his 4th win. LHP Tyler Painton surrendered 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but RHP James Naile came on to get the final two outs and post his 6th save for the Lake Monsters. And Vermont finished its season with a 33-42 record.

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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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Wednesday, September 2nd: Nate Freiman Hits Game-Winning HR for Sounds while Matt Chapman Returns to Action for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Nate Freiman (2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Nate Freiman (2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run / GWRBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  5

Nashville Sounds      6

WP – Bayless 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Wendle (9), Freiman (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Nate Freiman

(2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run / GWRBI)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th, designated hitter Nate Freiman slugged his second home run in the last two days to provide the winning run for the Sounds on Wednesday. Freiman also singled and drew a pair of walks in the game, while second baseman Joey Wendle hit his 9th home run in the 6th. Third baseman Brent Morel singled in a pair of runs, and first baseman Max Muncy singled and doubled in the tying run in the 7th. Starter Nate Long had another rocky outing for the Sounds, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 6 2/3 innings of work and left the game with his team down by 4 runs, while RHP Trevor Bayless picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Angel Castro got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 7th save. Meanwhile, the A’s optioned RHP Cody Martin back to Nashville on Wednesday.

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Friday, August 28th: AZL A’s Win Behind Jean Carlo Rodriguez’s Big Bat while Vermont Scores Second Straight Walk-Off Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Third Baseman Jean Carlo Rodriguez (4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Third Baseman Jean Carlo Rodriguez (4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Cubs  1

AZL A’s    9

WP – Brasier 1-1 / 3.60

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jean Carlo Rodriguez

(4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 4 RBIs)

19-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Jean Carlo Rodriguez had a big day at the plate for the Arizona League A’s on Friday. Rodriguez had 4 hits, including a triple and a double, and drove in 4 runs, including the go-ahead run for the A’s in the bottom of the 3rd. First baseman Miguel Guzman singled, doubled and drove in 3, while left fielder Shane Conlon walked and doubled in a run in the win. This year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s, 18-year-old RHP Dakota Chalmers, allowed 1 unearned run and struck out 3 in 1 2/3 innings to start things off on Friday, while rehabbing RHP Ryan Brasier tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win, and 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco contributed 4 scoreless frames in relief for the A’s.

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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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