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A’s Swap Spare Parts For Second Shortstop!

Jed Lowrie: From worst to first?

Jed Lowrie: From worst to first?

As we pointed out in our analysis of the John Jaso trade just recently, the A’s are clearly in “WIN NOW” mode. And the team made another “WIN NOW” move on Monday, dealing part-time first baseman Chris Carter, minor league pitcher Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi to the Houston Astros for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez.

Lowrie is a 28-year-old former 1st-round draft pick out of Stanford. The switch-hitter hit a career-high 16 home runs in 340 at-bats with the Astros last season. He’s played primarily at shortstop in his 5-year major league career but has also spent time at third, second and first, and his versatility provides the A’s with added depth at every infield position.

Rodriguez is a hard-throwing right-handed reliever who has some control issues but who also managed to strike out an average of 10 batters per 9 innings last year. The 28-year-old has a tendency to give up the long ball and posted an ERA of 5.37 in 70 1/3 innings with the Astros last season. Rodriguez will likely have to battle with Pat Neshek and Chris Resop for a spot on the right side of the A’s bullpen.

To acquire the pair, the A’s parted with three players who’ve all spent far more time in the minors than the majors: Max Stassi, the most highly rated catching prospect in the system who has been praised for his abilities behind the plate but who has also been hampered by injuries and has yet to progress beyond A ball; Brad Peacock, who was slated to be one of the top starters at Sacramento this season but who had his ups and downs last year and ended up posting a 6.01 ERA with the River Cats; and Chris Carter, who was supposed to be the right-handed half of the A’s first base platoon this year. Carter, the only one of the three who was expected to start the year on the major league roster, had formerly been a top prospect but, despite his strong power numbers in the second half last year, his September struggles strengthened the A’s doubts about his potential for long-term success.

Fernando Rodriguez: International Man Of Mystery

Fernando Rodriguez: International Man Of Mystery

About coming to A’s, the Stanford alum Lowrie was quoted as saying, “I’m excited to come to a team that won one of the better divisions in baseball last year. I’m excited to have an opportunity to come back and play baseball in the Bay Area.” He graciously neglected to mention the fact that he’s also undoubtedly excited not to be playing for the Astros, who will likely be bringing up the rear in their new division this year.

With Lowrie’s addition, the A’s infield situation suddenly becomes a bit murkier. Lowrie has played short, second, third and first. Scott Sizemore has played second and third. Hiro Nakajima can play short, and possibly even second. And then there’s also Jemile Weeks, who can play second, and Josh Donaldson, who can play third.

Being a switch-hitter, of course, only increases Lowrie’s versatility. But his left/right splits are somewhat curious. For his career, he has an OPS that’s .154 points better against lefties. But last year, he had an OPS that was .196 points better against righties. Lowrie claims that his previous struggles as a left-handed hitter were primarily related to lingering injuries, and his minor league splits do lend some credence to that claim. But it would be nice to see his splits even out a bit given the fact that he’s likely to be seeing plenty of action against both righties and lefties for the A’s this season.

But how exactly will the A’s use Lowrie this year? Well, they’ve certainly got plenty of options. But in a conference call with reporters, A’s general manager Billy Beane said that he and manager Bob Melvin had discussed their options and that they view Japanese import Hiro Nakajima as their shortstop. Beane also mentioned that he could see Lowrie as a nice right-handed complement to Brandon Moss at first base, much like Chris Carter had been.

Chris Carter: The object of the Astros' affections

Chris Carter: The object of the Astros’ affections

If we take Beane’s comments to heart, that then raises the question of where Lowrie would play against right-handers. The most obvious answer would be at second base, where there’s already a great deal of uncertainty, and where the top two current candidates, Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks, have both performed better against lefties than righties in recent times – Sizemore, who seems to be the favored candidate, even more so, which could make him a perfect platoon partner with Lowrie at second base.

Lowrie could also be available to back up both Nakajima at shortstop and Donaldson at third base if either struggles or just needs some time off. Of course, if Nakajima, whose defensive ability at shortstop is still a big question mark, spends much of the spring butchering balls at short, Lowrie could always take over the spot full-time and push Nakajima into duty at second. But wherever he plays, as long as he’s healthy – and that’s been something of an issue in the past – it looks like Lowrie will be in the lineup. So he should end up getting into a lot more games for the A’s than Chris Carter would have this year, which ought to make him a productive addition to the major league roster.

One of the biggest winners in this trade could turn out to be the A’s former first baseman Daric Barton, who now stands a decent chance of making the roster as the only true first baseman on the squad. Moss and Lowrie only have a combined 68 major league games at first base between them, and teams often like to have a little defensive certainty on the roster. Before this trade, Barton’s chances of landing a roster spot rested on something happening to either Moss or Carter – and now something has most definitely happened to Carter. Of course, it’s possible that Barton still doesn’t make the roster, but it’s certainly a whole lot more likely that he does now.

Brad Peacock:

Brad Peacock: Now standing tall for the last-place Astros

On the other side of the coin, one of the biggest losers in this deal could be infielder Adam Rosales. With his guaranteed contract and major league experience, Rosales was the favorite to land the utility infielder role. But now – with Lowrie, Nakajima, Donaldson and either Weeks or Sizemore likely to make the roster – the A’s will have at least two available options at each infield position, making another spare infielder somewhat redundant. Both Weeks and Sizemore could both be losers in this deal too since whoever wins a roster spot will undoubtedly have his at-bats at second base reduced by Lowrie’s arrival. The deal doesn’t do anything to help Eric Sogard’s and Grant Green’s prospects either as it just pushes both of them further down the infield depth chart.

As far as position players on the major league roster go, this deal might just boil down to Lowrie and Barton replacing Carter and Rosales on the A’s 2013 roster. As far as the pitching end of things goes, Beane clearly likes Rodriguez, referring to him as “a real big arm” and saying that he was a key to getting the deal done. But the hard-throwing righty will have to compete for a roster spot with fellow right-handers Pat Neshek and Chris Resop in an already crowded A’s bullpen that’s also likely to include right-handers Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook along with left-handers Sean Doolittle, Jerry Blevins and Travis Blackley – with guys like Jordan Norberto, Pedro Figueroa, Evan Scribner, Arnold Leon and James Simmons waiting in the wings.

Max Stassi: Taking 'the tools of ignorance' to Houston

Max Stassi: Taking the ‘tools of ignorance’ to Houston

Another beneficiary of the deal could be former 1st-round draft pick Sonny Gray, who will no longer have to compete for attention with fellow prospect Brad Peacock at Sacramento this season. If he pitches well at Triple-A this year, the odds of Gray getting the opportunity to see some time in Oakland before the season’s through have just greatly increased with Peacock out of the equation.

Vying for time with Gray in the River Cats rotation this year will be last year’s phenom Dan Straily, new acquisition Andrew Werner, veteran lefty Garrett Olson, and long-time minor leaguers Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Travis Banwart. It’s my guess that Straily will end up in the major league rotation before long, like most 6th starters do, due to injury, and Banwart will start the season in the Sacramento bullpen, leaving the River Cats with a rotation of Gray, Werner, Olson, Chavez and Billings.

But this deal clearly wasn’t about the minor league roster; it was all about the major league roster – increasing the A’s infield depth and versatility and having a solid backup plan in place just in case Nakajima doesn’t pan out at short, Donaldson regresses at third, or nothing else works out at second. It’s clearly a “WIN NOW” move, just like it was with the Jaso deal. Peacock, Cole and Treinen represent a lot of young arms to give up – not to mention Carter and Stassi – in the two deals. But the A’s focus is clearly on winning now while the window of contention is open. And Beane admitted as much in his conference call with reporters, saying “Given where the club finished last year and where we see it having a chance to compete this year, we wanted to do everything we could to help ourselves right now.”

And for the A’s, the future is clearly NOW!

 

 

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A’s Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up

 

A’s AFL 2012 MVP

RHP James Simmons

 

The Arizona Fall League just wrapped up its 32-game season this week. As some of you probably already know, organizations typically 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. And the AFL can provide an important opportunity for some prospects to make their mark and put themselves on the map. This year, the A’s sent some of their top young hitting prospects to play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, along with a few of their older hurlers who weren’t necessarily considered the organization’s top pitching prospects at this stage of the game.

One player who really put himself on the map with his strong AFL performance this year was the A’s 1st-round draft pick from way back in 2007, right-handed pitcher James Simmons. The 26-year-old was nearly unhittable in the AFL this fall, allowing just 2 hits in 11 1/3 innings of relief. Simmons, who missed all of 2010 due to injuries, was primarily used a starter through 2011 but was shifted to full-time bullpen duty in 2012. His impressive performance in the AFL, along with a strong 2012 season at Midland and Sacramento (2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP), should at least put him into consideration for a spot in the major league bullpen at some point in 2013 should another right-handed arm be required somewhere along the line.

Another A’s prospect who performed well in the AFL was 2009’s 1st-round draft pick, Grant Green, who played exclusively at second base in the AFL this year. But the best thing that Green did to endear himself was to more than double his usual walk rate, resulting in a .364 OBP. On the other side of the coin, the right-handed hitter struck out once every 3 ½ at-bats. But Green did manage to get on base consistently, and hit a couple of homers to boot, which can only help him in his quest to snag one of the few available spots on the A’s roster in 2013, possibly as the starting second baseman but more likely as a backup infielder and versatile utility man.

Former 4th-round pick, catcher Max Stassi, did his usual solid job behind the plate, while doing a respectable job at the plate (.271 BA / .710 OPS). The numbers that have always generated the greatest cause for concern when it comes to the 21-year-old backstop though are his strikeout-to-walk ratios. In 48 at-bats in the AFL this year, he had a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And in 314 at-bats with Stockton in 2012, he had a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The A’s top minor league hitter in 2012, third baseman Miles Head, injured his shoulder in his first game in Arizona and never reappeared in the AFL. He was replaced on the roster by shortstop Yordy Cabrera (remember him?), who ended the AFL season with a .286/.308/.349 slash line after being traded to the Marlins in the Chris Young deal.

None of the three other pitchers, besides Simmons, whom the A’s sent to Arizona did much to particularly distinguish themselves in the AFL this year. 27-year-old Shawn Haviland was sidelined due to injury after 3 appearances, while right-handers Gary Daley and Brett Hunter continued to struggle with control issues, walking a total of 22 batters in a combined 21 2/3 innings.

You can check out all the A’s prospects’ final AFL numbers for yourself below…

 

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 12-15 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 12-15)

Monday, November 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled and drove in a pair of runs, catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-3 and RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-4 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 13th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 14th:

RHPs Gary Daley and Brett Hunter each tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-0 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 15th:

Catcher Max Stassi had a pair of hits, stole a base and drove in 3 runs while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 win on Thursday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 15)

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 5-10 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Second Baseman Grant Green

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 5-10)

Monday, November 5th:

Catcher Max Stassi singled in 2 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 6th:

Second baseman Grant Green tripled and singled, while RHP Brett Hunter gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks in just 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 7th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 8th:

Second baseman Grant Green hit a 3-run homer and catcher Max Stassi went 1-for-4 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 9th:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 10th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for 4 with 2 strikeouts, while RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 2 unearned runs and struck out 4 in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 11-5 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 10)

Grant Green (2B)

61 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 8 BB / 16 K / .279 AVG / .362 OBP / .443 SLG / .805 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

41 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 8 RBI / 2 BB / 11 K / .268 AVG / .302 OBP / .415 SLG / .717 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

11 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 7.36 ERA / 2.55 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 5.19 ERA / 2.08 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 29–Nov. 3 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 29 – November 3)

Monday, October 29th:

RHP Brett Hunter allowed 1 run on 2 walks and 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 9-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 30th:

Second baseman Grant Green had 2 hits and drove in a run, while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning in relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-5 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 31st:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 1 strikeout in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-2 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 1st:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and RHP James Simmons gave up a hit and a run in 1 inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, November 2nd:

Second baseman Grant Green homered and RHPs Brett Hunter and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning in relief with Daley picking up the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 3rd:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 3)

Grant Green (2B)

49 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 6 BB / 12 K / .265 AVG / .345 OBP / .367 SLG / .713 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

33 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 9 K / .273 AVG / .314 OBP / .455 SLG / .769 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

9 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 6.00 ERA / 2.22 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / 2.16 ERA / 0.48 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 8 H / 3 ER / 6 BB / 4 K / 4.26 ERA / 2.21 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 22-27 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 22-27)

Monday, October 22nd:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 23rd:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits, catcher Max Stassi singled, and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-7 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 24th:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-2 and RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 15-1 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 25th:

Second baseman Grant Green doubled and struck out twice and RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 26th:

RHP Brett Hunter tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief and catcher Max Stassi doubled in Phoenix’s only run of the game in the Desert Dogs’ 6-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 27th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled, walked and scored a run, RHP James Simmons tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-8 tie on Saturday. Simmons has yet to allow a hit in 6 1/3 innings of relief in the AFL this month.


A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-27)

Grant Green (2B)

38 AB / 5 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 5 BB / 9 K / .263 AVG / .349 OBP / .316 SLG / .665 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

29 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 8 K / .310 AVG / .355 OBP / .517 SLG / .872 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

6 2/3 IP / 10 H / 4 ER / 6 BB / 7 K / 5.40 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / 1.42 ERA / 0.47 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 15-20 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Former A’s infield prospect Yordy Cabrera

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 15-20)

Monday, October 15th:

RHP Shawn Haviland allowed 1 earned run over 4 innings, relievers Brett Hunter and James Simmons each tossed a scoreless inning, and second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-3 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-2 loss in extra innings on Monday.

Tuesday, October 16th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera homered and catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-3 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 17th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a single, 2 walks and an RBI in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-3 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 18th:

RHPs Gary Daley, James Simmons and Brett Hunter each tossed a scoreless inning, while catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and Grant Green went 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts as the DH in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Friday, October 19th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 10-6 win on Friday. This was Cabrera’s last game with the A’s organization. He was dealt to the Marlins the next day in a 3-team trade that brought Diamondbacks’ outfielder Chris Young to the A’s.

Saturday, October 20th:

Catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs in just 1 2/3 innings and RHPs James Simmons and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning with Daley picking up the win in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 12-11 victory on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-20)

Grant Green (2B)

23 AB / 3 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 4 BB / 6 K / .261 AVG / .370 OBP / .304 SLG / .675 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

20 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 BB / 6 K / .350 AVG / .409 OBP / .600 SLG / 1.009 OPS

Yordy Cabrera (IF)

9 AB / 2 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .778 SLG / 1.111 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

5 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / 1.80 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 9-13 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Catcher Max Stassi

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 9-13)

Tuesday, October 9th:

Second baseman Grant Green and catcher Max Stassi both doubled and RHP Shawn Haviland struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 opening day victory in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Third baseman Miles Head left the game after injuring his wrist on a swing and miss.

Wednesday, October 10th:

A’s 2007 1st-round draft pick RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning and RHP Gary Daley blew the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 11th:

Grant Green went 0-for-4 as the DH and RHP Brett Hunter tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-0 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits and catcher Max Stassi homered and drove in 4 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 13th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1, walked 1 and allowed 1 run in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-13)

Grant Green (2B)

12 AB / 2 R / 0 HR / 3 RBI / 1 BB / 2 K / .333 AVG / .385 OBP / .417 SLG / .801 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

7 AB / 3 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .429 AVG / .429 OBP / 1.000 SLG / 1.429 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

2 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / 5.40 ERA / 1.20 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

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

 

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Preview: Green, Head and Stassi to Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

Fall isn’t just time for post-season play, it can also be an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And as the A’s begin Game #3 of their American League playoff series against Detroit at the Coliseum on Tuesday, some of the team’s top prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for 20 years now, and its schedule runs for about 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 play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, where this year they’ll be joined by prospects from the Rays, Braves, Brewers and Marlins.

The attendance at AFL games typically tops out at around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised of a healthy dose 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.

This year, it looks like the A’s are definitely doing that with some of their top hitting prospects while giving their top pitching prospects a little time off. Many of you will certainly recognize the names of top minor league position players like Grant Green, Miles Head and Max Stassi, but don’t expect to be seeing the likes of top pitching prospects Brad Peacock, Sonny Gray or A.J. Cole in Arizona this time around…

 

A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2012

 

Grant Green

Infielder/Outfielder

Age: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

2012: Sacramento

15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS

It will be interesting to see where the A’s #1 draft pick from 2009 ends up playing for the Desert Dogs. At Sacramento in 2012, the former USC shortstop made starts in left field, center field, second base, third base and short. After slumping a bit at the plate for Midland in 2011, Green’s offensive numbers rebounded this season at Sacramento. And a strong performance in the AFL could bolster his chances of landing a utility role with the major league club next year.

 

Miles Head

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

2012: Stockton/Midland

23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS

Acquired along with Josh Reddick and Raul Alcantara from the Red Sox in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, Head turned out to be the best hitter in the A’s minor league system in 2012. The majority of his starts came at third base, though he did get a handful of starts at first base as well. The 21-year-old right-handed slugger will continue trying to make his mark with the bat in the AFL while also working on refining his skills in the field.

 

Max Stassi

Catcher

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 4th Round

2012: Stockton

15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS

The former 4th-round draft pick had his most productive season in the system with Stockton in 2012, and his defensive skills behind the plate are considered solid. Once viewed as the A’s catcher of the near-future, injuries have slowed Stassi’s progress a bit, and the team is eager to see him get some extra at-bats in the AFL before giving him a chance to see what he can do at Double-A Midland next year.

 

Gary Daley

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2006 – 3rd Round

2012: Midland

118 IP / 130 H / 67 ER / 71 BB / 79 K / 5.11 ERA / 1.70 WHIP

At age 26, Daley has been bouncing around the minor leagues for 7 seasons now. He struggled in 2012 at Midland and has a career ERA of 5.91 in 605 minor league innings. Lack of control has been the main issue with Daley, as he has averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings over his extensive minor league career.

 

Shawn Haviland

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2008 – 33rd Round

2012: Midland

120 IP / 124 H / 64 ER / 47 BB / 104 K / 4.80 ERA / 1.43 WHIP

The 33rd-round draft pick was never considered a top prospect but put himself on the map with a strong 2010 season at Stockton. He struggled mightily at Midland in 2011 though, posting an ERA of 7.08 in 27 starts. The right-hander settled down a bit in his second season at Double-A, but Haviland needs to make a strong impression in the AFL if he really wants to put himself back in the mix again.

 

James Simmons

Relief Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

2012: Midland/Sacramento

63 1/3 IP / 53 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 50 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP

The former 1st-round draft pick has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness since being drafted in 2007, but he may have re-invented himself this season as a dependable reliever. In 2012 with Midland and Sacramento, the right-hander struck out 7.1 batters per 9 innings, and a strong season in the AFL could help to bolster Simmons’ chances of landing a spot in the A’s bullpen next season.

 

Brett Hunter

Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Drafted 2008 – 7th Round

2012: Midland

56 IP / 53 H / 28 ER / 31 BB / 60 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Hunter has yet to truly impress since being drafted in 2008. The only thing that really stands out about the right-hander is his career strikeout rate of 10.1 batters per 9 innings over 193 minor league innings Unfortunately, he also has a career walk rate of 6.7 per 9 innings and a 4.99 career ERA. But if Hunter can just learn to harness his stuff in the AFL, he could see his stock start to rise.

 

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Tuesday, July 31st: Green and Stassi Lead Cats and Ports to Victory while Hounds and Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats infielder   Grant Green (Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  11

Reno Aces                         8

(WP – Thompson 2-2 / 3.65)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Grant Green

(Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Grant Green, getting the start at second base on Tuesday, blasted a 3-run homer in the 6th inning to give the River Cats the lead, which they never relinquished. Third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Derek Norris, in his first game back with Sacramento, each contributed 2-run homers, while hot-hitting outfielder Shane Peterson collected 3 hits to raise his batting average since joining the team to .442. Left-hander Brett Anderson, in his second rehab start with Sacramento, fared a little better than his last time out, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4 over 4 innings of work. Right-hander Rich Thompson picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

Frisco RoughRiders      5

(LP – Smith 6-8 / 4.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Beau Taylor

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Murphy Smith allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take his 8th loss. Catcher Beau Taylor had 2 hits, including the RockHounds’ only extra base hit, a double, and drove in the team’s only run in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Lancaster JetHawks  5

Stockton Ports         6

(WP – Urlaub 1-1 / 3.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(3 for 5 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had another sooid outing, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings, but the Ports’ bullpen let the lead slip away. Catcher Max Stassi ended the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk-off double to drive in the winning run. First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones slugged a 3-run homer to give the Ports the lead in the 4th inning, and outfielder Chad Oberacker contributed a solo shot in the 5th.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                3

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  5

(LP – Lamb 0-1 / 6.38)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Rashun Dixon

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb had a rocky outing, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Jose Macias struck out 6 of the 8 batters he faced in relief, while outfielder Rashun Dixon homered and drove in all 3 of the Bees’ runs on the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Padres    10

AZL Athletics  9

(LP – Voiro 2-2 / 5.48)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Phil Pohl

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Vince Voiro had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs in just 2 2/3 innings to take his 2nd loss. Catcher Phil Pohl clubbed a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to bring the team within a run, and shortstop Addison Russell, serving as the designated hitter for the day, tripled and drove in 2 runs in the loss.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Memphis @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Lancaster @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 7:05pm CT

Mahoning Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Brewers – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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