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Meet Your 2017 Nashville Sounds

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

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

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

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

 

CATCHERS

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

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

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

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

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

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

 

OUTFIELDERS

Jaycob Brugman

Jaycob Brugman

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

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Jesse Hahn

Jesse Hahn

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

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Bobby Wahl

Bobby Wahl

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

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A’s 2017 Non-Roster Invitees

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

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

–New Position Players–

rl543432C Ryan Lavarnway

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

3B-2B Jermaine Curtis

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

OF-1B Chris Parmelee

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

OF Jaff Decker

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

OF Kenny Wilson

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

UPDATE:

OF Alejandro De Aza

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

 

–Returning Position Players–

mm473724bC-OF Matt McBride

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

C Sean Murphy

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

2B-SS Josh Rodriguez

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

3B Matt Chapman

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

SS Richie Martin

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

2B Max Schrock

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

OF Andrew Lambo

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

UPDATES:

1B Rangel Ravelo

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

1B-3B Max Muncy

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

 

–New Pitchers–

mb572728RHP Michael Brady

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

RHP Cesar Valdez

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

RHP Josh Smith

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

RHP Tyler Sturdevant

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

RHP Simon Castro

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

 

–Returning Pitchers–

fd467094LHP Felix Doubront

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

RHP Chris Smith

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

RHP Daniel Gossett

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

RHP Heath Fillmyer

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

RHP Tucker Healy

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

RHP Ryan Brasier (sold to Hiroshima Carp)

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

RHP Aaron Kurcz

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

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill

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

LHP A.J. Puk

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

UPDATE:

LHP Ross Detwiler

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

RHP Zach Neal

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

(Information provided by A’s Media Relations)

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A’s In The AFL – November 14-19 Final Update

A's AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

A’s AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 14 – November 19)

Monday, November 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in 2 runs. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 3 runs over 4 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 2/3 innings, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa won 13-5 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 15th:

No A’s prospects participated in Mesa’s 6-5 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 16th:

Second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a  double in Mesa’s 10-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 17th:

Second baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 6-6 tie as the team clinched the AFL East Division title on Thursday.

Friday, November 18th:

No games scheduled.

Saturday, November 19th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 1 hit and 1 run over 5 innings to earn the win, while RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 3 as Mesa won the AFL Championship Game 6-1 on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 18) [Championship Game Not Included]

Franklin Barreto (SS-2B)

88 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 21 K / .261 AVG / .290 OBP / .330 SLG / .620 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

74 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 17 K / .270 AVG / .313 OBP / .365 SLG / .677 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

24 2/3 IP / 28 H / 13 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 4.74 ERA / 1.46 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

17 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 8 BB / 9 K / 0.53 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

14 2/3 IP / 14 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 14 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.09 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

13 2/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 1.98 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 7-12 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 7 – November 12)

Monday, November 7th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 4 with a double, while designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 in Mesa’s 4-3 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 8th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in 4 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk and drove in a run, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, stole a base and made 3 errors. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless frames, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 9th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in a run, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, stole a base and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss as Mesa lost 5-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 10th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 1 for 4 with a double to help Mesa win 6-5 on Thursday.

Friday, November 11th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 12th:

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief as Mesa lost 4-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, November 13th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 12)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

74 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 18 K / .243 AVG / .269 OBP / .311 SLG / .580 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

66 AB / 0 HR / 4 BB / 16 K / .258 AVG / .296 OBP / .333 SLG / .629 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

20 2/3 IP / 21 H / 10 ER / 7 BB / 14 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 9 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.63 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 10 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 2.13 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 12 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 13 K / 2.13 ERA / 1.11 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 31-November 5 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 31 – November 5)

Monday, October 31st:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief as Mesa lost 17-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 1st:

Starter Dylan Covey tossed 5 hitless frames, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 hitless innings to earn the win, and Marlins prospect Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up the save and complete the no-hitter as Mesa beat Surprise 1-0 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 2nd:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 with a double and drove in a run, while second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4. RHP Sam Bragg struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 7-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday,  November 3rd:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 3-1 win over Surprise on Thursday.

Friday, November 4th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 3, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4. RHP Trey Cochran-Gill struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief as Mesa lost 8-3 on Friday.

Saturday, November 5th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 2 with a throwing error, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 inning of relief as the AFL East Fall Stars lost 12-4 in the AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday.

Sunday, November 6th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 5)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

57 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 13 K / .211 AVG / .233 OBP / .263 SLG / .496 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
52 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 12 K / .250 AVG / .286 OBP / .308 SLG / .593 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

46 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .261 AVG / .292 OBP / .370 SLG / .661 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

17 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 5 BB / 11 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.62 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 11 K / 0.79 ERA / 0.71 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 11 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.26 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 24-29 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 24 – 29)

Monday, October 24th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless frame in Mesa’s 7-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 25th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 7-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 26th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5. RHP Dylan Covey allowed 1 run in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win, and RHP Frankie Montas tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 12-5 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 27th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base, while second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 6, drove in a run and stole a base, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Thursday.

Friday, October 28th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4, drove in 2 runs and stole a base, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief as Mesa won 7-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 29th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 4-3 win on Saturday.

Sunday, October 30th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 29)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

45 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 12 K / .244 AVG / .255 OBP / .289 SLG / .544 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
41 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 10 K / .244 AVG / .289 OBP / .244 SLG / .533 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

38 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .289 AVG / .325 OBP / .421 SLG / .746 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

12 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.42 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / 0.96 ERA / 0.64 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.60 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

8 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 17-22 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 17 – 22)

Monday, October 17th:

RHP Sam Bragg struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief as Mesa won 12-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk, stole 2 bases, drove in 2 runs and scored twice, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 19th:

Designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 0 for 1, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 2-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings, and RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless frames while topping 100 mph. Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts in Mesa’s 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 21st:

Designated hitter Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa won 4-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 22nd:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 7-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 23rd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 22)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

31 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 11 K / .226 AVG / .250 OBP / .258 SLG / .508 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
26 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 8 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .154 SLG / .368 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

23 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .261 AVG / .320 OBP / .391 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 8 H / 4 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.36 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 11-15 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 11 – 15)

Tuesday, October 11th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief as Mesa lost its inaugural game of the season by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 12th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and made a throwing error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run and struck out 5 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 7-1 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 13th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 and made a throwing error as Mesa notched its first win of the season by a score of 7-5 on Thursday.

Friday, October 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, drove in 2 runs, scored twice and made a fielding error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings to earn the win, RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless innings while hitting over 100 mph with his fastball, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 2 runs in 1 inning as Mesa won 10-4 on Friday.

Saturday, October 15th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 with a walk, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 12-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 16th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 15)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

14 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 7 K / .143 AVG / .143 OBP / .143 SLG / .286 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
13 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 3 K / .154 AVG / .267 OBP / .154 SLG / .421 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

11 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .273 AVG / .385 OBP / .273 SLG / .657 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 10.80 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Barreto Headlines A’s AFL Squad

AFL 25 Years Logo_FNLWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2016 marks the 25th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, where they’ll be joined by players from the Indians, Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays, and the team will be managed by former A’s outfielder and current Midland manager Ryan Christenson.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers in the 200s, with the crowds comprised largely of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action to hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s young infield prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Franklin Barreto, second baseman Max Schrock and versatile infielder Yairo Munoz, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising right-handers Frankie Montas, Dylan Covey, Sam Bragg and Trey Cochran-Gill. 2014’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but the decision was made to give the slugger a bit of a breather and his spot on the squad was taken by Schrock.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2016–

 

fb620439Franklin Barreto

Shortstop

Age: 20

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

11 HR / 36 BB / 94 K / .284 AVG / .342 OBP / .422 SLG / .763 OPS

Barreto has been viewed as the A’s top young hitting prospect ever since his arrival from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. And since joining the A’s system, he’s followed a pattern of starting out slowly each season and then catching on fire in the second half, and this year was no exception. Barreto boasted a .337/.387/.486 slash line over the last 90 days of the regular season, and his hot finish earned him a promotion from Midland to Nashville on the last day of August. In addition to hitting 11 home runs, the infielder led all A’s minor leaguers in stolen bases with 30 this past season. Barreto is still just 20, but he finished the year just one step away from the majors, and a strong AFL campaign could help expedite his estimated time of arrival.

 

ym622168Yairo Munoz

Shortstop / Second Baseman / Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

9 HR / 23 BB / 76 K / .240 AVG / .286 OBP / .367 SLG / .653 OPS

Munoz entered the season as a consensus top ten prospect for the A’s, but he reported to spring training a bit out of shape and ended up being sidelined till the end of April after dealing with a string of nagging injuries. He then got off to a bit of a slow start over his first couple months of action at Midland. At the relatively young age of 21, Munoz didn’t have a particularly impressive season at the plate in his Double-A debut, but he did have the opportunity to expand his versatility in the field by getting into at least 25 games each at shortstop, second base and third base over the course of the season. He’s likely to continue to see time around the infield while also making up for lost at-bats from the spring during his stint in the AFL.

 

ms621011Max Schrock

Second Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports / Hagerstown Suns / Potomac Nationals

9 HR / 31 BB / 42 K / .331 AVG / .373 OBP / .449 SLG / .823 OPS

Schrock was acquired by the A’s from Washington at the end of August in return for reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The 21-year-old has done nothing but hit since the Nationals drafted him in the 13th round last year. He kept it up after joining the A’s system late in the season, and he sports an impressive .326/.369/.449 slash line over 175 games in his minor league career. After appearing in just 8 regular season and 8 postseason games in the A’s system, the team will have the opportunity to get a much better look at what they’ve got in the sweet-swinging infielder when he begins his stint in the AFL next week.

 

fm593423bFrankie Montas

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Oklahoma City Dodgers / Tulsa Drillers

16 IP / 14 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 22 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Montas was acquired this summer by the A’s from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill trade, and he actually comes with a bit of major league experience on his resume. He made 7 appearances with the White Sox in 2015 before being dealt to the Dodgers prior to the 2016 season. Surgery last offseason followed by a broken rib sidelined Montas for all but 7 games this year. The Dominican righty boasts a 100+ mph fastball and has struck out an average of 9.3 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Montas has mainly appeared as a starter in the minors. And if he looks strong in his return to action, it’s possible that he could compete for a rotation spot next spring, or the A’s could always choose to put his power arm in the bullpen and see how it plays out there. But the front office will first have to see how the big righty looks when he’s fully healthy and back on the mound in the AFL.

 

dc592229Dylan Covey

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds

29 1/3 IP / 21 H / 6 ER / 17 BB / 26 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

A former 1st-round pick of the Brewers out of high school, Covey ended up heading to the University of San Diego after being diagnosed with diabetes during his post-draft physical. The A’s scooped him up with their 4th-round pick in 2013 and, after turning in a solid 2015 season at Stockton, the groundball pitcher got off to a decent start at Double-A in 2016 before an oblique injury caused him to miss four months of the season. And after making just 6 starts this year, the 25-year-old will be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

65 IP / 60 H / 31 ER / 19 BB / 68 K / 4.29 ERA / 1.22 WHIP

The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft, the right-handed reliever has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers. Bragg got off to a rough start in 2016, but he finished strong and ended up striking out 68 while walking just 19 over 65 innings for Midland. The right-hander had equal success against righties and lefties for the RockHounds, but he’ll be looking to gain greater overall consistency during his time on the mound in the AFL.

 

tc605184Trey Cochran-Gill

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

73 1/3 IP / 71 H / 25 ER / 25 BB / 58 K / 3.07 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

The reliever came to the A’s from the Mariners in return for Evan Scribner as part of Oakland’s offseason bullpen purge. Originallly taken by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2014 draft, the 23-year-old had failed to allow a home run in his minor league career prior to this past season. The Alabama native was especially tough on right-handers while coming out of Midland’s bullpen in 2016 and had a stretch of 3 ½ months this season where he didn’t surrender a round-tripper for the RockHonds.

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Friday, September 16th: RockHounds Clinch Third Straight Texas League Championship

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

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP James Naile (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #4

NW Arkansas Naturals   1

Midland RockHounds   4

WP – Naile 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Rosa (1), Marincov (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher James Naile

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

More great starting pitching enabled the Midland RockHounds to win Game #4 of the best-of-five championship series and clinch their third straight Texas League Championship title on Friday. Starting pitchers Joel Seddon, Corey Walter and Brandon Mann were all solid in the first three games of the series and, on Friday, it was RHP James Naile’s turn. The 23-year-old allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings to earn the win, while RHP Kyle Finnegan was charged with the Naturals’ sole run in relief. RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings, and RHP Jake Sanchez pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 3rd save of the series. First baseman Viosergy Rosa homered in the 2nd inning to give the Hounds an early lead, while right fielder Tyler Marincov homered in the 5th. Center fielder Brett Vertigan doubled in a run, and shortstop Richie Martin, second baseman Max Schrock and third baseman Yairo Munoz had a pair of hits apiece to help the Hounds clinch their third straight championship on Friday.

 

 

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