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Saturday, May 28th: Joey Wendle’s Big Bat Leads Sounds to 6th Straight Win while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / Triple / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds 2B Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / Triple / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  12

Salt Lake Bees          6

WP – Overton 4-4 / 3.99

HR – Wendle (5), Lambo (3), Brugman (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joey Wendle

(3 for 5 / Grand Slam / Triple / 5 RBIs)

Second baseman Joey Wendle’s bat has really been heating up lately. And on Saturday, he collected 3 hits, including a triple and a grand slam, and ended up driving in 5 runs to help the Sounds win their sixth straight. Wendle is now 9 for 13 with 3 doubles, 2 triples and a home run over his last 3 games. Left fielder Andrew Lambo singled and homered, while center Jaycob Brugman belted his 1st home run for Nashville, a 2-run shot, and shortstop Chad Pinder singled, tripled and walked for the Sounds. Starter Dillon Overton allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work to earn his 4th win for Nashville. Meanwhile, with RHP Zach Neal making a relief appearance for Oakland on Saturday, the A’s will now be in need of someone to make the start for them on Tuesday. LHP Eric Surkamp is currently set to start for the Sounds on Sunday, with RHP Daniel Mengden scheduled to make the start on Monday and RHP Chris Smith set to take the mound on Tuesday. All could be options for the A’s, but considering how dominant he’s been all season, Mengden would certainly seem to be the most deserving choice for the assignment. And in other news, Sounds catcher Bryan Anderson was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday.

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Thursday, May 19th: Jake Smolinski’s Late HR Helps Sounds Win while Matt Chapman & Franklin Barreto Both Homer for Hounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jake Smolinski (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jake Smolinski (3 for 4 / HR / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Nashville Sounds         6

WP – Kurcz 2-0 / 11.25

HR – Smolinski (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Smolinski

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

With the game tied 5-5, center fielder Jake Smolinski led off the bottom of the 8th inning by slugging his 3rd home run of the season to provide the winning run for the Sounds on Thursday. Smolinski also doubled in a run in the 3rd and singled but was caught trying to steal home in the 6th. Shortstop Chad Pinder drove in 2 runs, including the go-ahead run in the 7th, and collected 4 hits in 4 at-bats. The 24-year-old had been 2 for 17 in 5 games through last Friday but has now gone 10 for 18 in his last 5 games since then. Third baseman Renato Nunez doubled in a pair to briefly give Nashville the lead in the 3rd, while first baseman Rangel Ravelo walked twice and scored twice, and second baseman Joey Wendle singled, doubled, scored a run and was picked off first base in the 1st. Starter Eric Surkamp allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work in his first start since being optioned back to Nashville, while RHP Aaron Kurcz vultured his 2nd win for the Sounds after giving up 2 runs in the 8th to surrender the lead, and RHP Tucker Healy pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 2nd save. In other news, catcher Bruce Maxwell was activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

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Wednesday, May 18th: Casey Meisner & Angel Duno Suffer Losses as Ports & Snappers Go Down to Defeat

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Melvin Mercedes (2 for 2 / Double / 2 Walks)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Melvin Mercedes (2 for 2 / Double / 2 Walks)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  8

Stockton Ports   1

LP – Meisner 0-6 / 4.54

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Melvin Mercedes

(2 for 2 / Double / 2 Walks)

Stockton lost its second straight to San Jose on Wednesday. RHP Casey Meisner had his third straight shaky start for the Ports, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work to suffer his 6th loss, while RHP Carlos Navas surrendered another 4 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. The Ports managed just 6 hits in the game. Shortstop Melvin Mercedes singled, doubled and walked twice, while first baseman John Nogowski singled in Stockton’s only run in the loss.

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Monday, August 24th: Max Kuhn Helps Lead Snappers to Walk-Off Win in Extras while Nashville, Stockton, Vermont & AZL A’s All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Max Kuhn (2 for 5 / Double / RBI / Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Max Kuhn (2 for 5 / Double / RBI / Run)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Kane County Cougars  2

Beloit Snappers          3

WP – Gauna 3-2 / 1.39

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Kuhn

(2 for 5 / Double / RBI / Run)

With a man on and Beloit down by a run in the bottom of the 8th on Monday, first baseman Max Kuhn stepped to the plate and singled in the tying run for the Snappers. And the game remained tied until the bottom of the 10th, when Kuhn doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and then came in to score the winning run on catcher Argenis Raga’s RBI single as Beloit won in a walk-off on Monday. Starter Daniel Gossett was solid for the Snappers, allowing just 2 unearned runs over 7 innings of work, while LHP Cody Stull tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Koby Gauna got the final four outs to pick up his 3rd win for the Snappers.

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Wednesday, August 5th: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win while Dustin Driver Earns 1st Win for Vermont & Rangel Ravelo Joins Nashville

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       7

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Manaea 2-1 / 3.60

HR – Pinder (13), Maxwell (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(Grand Slam)

Shortstop Chad Pinder has wielded the big bat in Midland’s series against Frisco. After hitting 2 home runs on Tuesday, Pinder slugged a grand slam in the 2nd inning on Wednesday to stake the RockHounds to a big lead early in what would turn out to be a tight, 1-run game. And Pinder is now hitting .450 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBIs over his last 5 games. Catcher Bruce Maxwell singled in a run in the 2nd and then hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Starter Sean Manaea allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 6 innings of work to pick up his 2nd win for the RockHounds. Meanwhile, infielder Rangel Ravelo was promoted to Nashville, first baseman Anthony Aliotti was reassigned to the RockHounds, and RHP Tanner Peters was sent to the AZL A’s on a rehab assignment.

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Saturday, May 30th: Beloit Wins behind Max Kuhn’s Big Blast while Matt Carson’s Big Hit Helps Sounds Win 6th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Max Kuhn (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Max Kuhn (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Beloit Snappers                 6

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

WP – Stull 2-1 / 4.44

HR – Kuhn (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Max Kuhn

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

With two on, one out and his team down by a run in the top of the 8th inning, outfielder Max Kuhn drove an 0-2 pitch over the left field wall to provide the margin of victory for the Snappers on Saturday. Designated hitter Joe Bennie singled and doubled in a pair of runs in the 3rd for Beloit. Starter Junior Mendez was charged with 3 runs over 5 innings of work, while Kuhn’s big blow helped LHP Cody Stull pick up the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 7th, and RHP Rob Huber tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th to earn his 4th save for the Snappers.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 4-10: Hitting Prospects in the Spotlight

1B Matt Olson

1B Matt Olson

 

With two of the A’s top hitting prospects – third basemen Renato Nunez and Matt Chapman – both returning to action and making their season debuts this week, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top hitting prospects have been doing now that we’re a month into the minor league season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league hitters have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Friday, May 8th: Andy Parrino Comes up Big in Sounds Victory as Jarrod Parker Exits with Arm Injury and Colin Walsh Helps Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  6

Nashville Sounds      8

WP – Parker 1-0 / 6.30

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Double / 2 RBIs)

With the bases loaded and Nashville down by a run in the bottom of the 4th, shortstop Andy Parrino doubled home a pair of runners to provide the Sounds with the go-ahead run, and they would never look back on Friday. Third baseman Ryan Roberts and outfielders Kent Matthes and Jason Pridie each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while second baseman Joey Wendle doubled in Nashville’s first run of the game, and outfielder Craig Gentry singled, walked twice, scored twice and stole a base for the Sounds. But it was rehabbing RHP Jarrod Parker who provided the biggest drama of the night. With two outs in the top of the 6th, Parker unleashed a very wild pitch and immediately collapsed on the field while gripping his surgically-repaired right arm and writhing in pain. He eventually walked off the field in the company of the training staff. No further reports were available on his condition after the game, but it’s definitely not the kind of development that anyone wanted to see in Parker’s return from Tommy John surgery. Parker actually ended up earning the win after allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 5 2/3 innings of work, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th. In other news, the A’s promoted RHP Angel Castro to the major league roster and returned RHP R.J. Alvarez to Nashville. The team also designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment once again and acquired outfielder Matt Carson from the Dodgers for cash and assigned him to Nashville. And recent Sounds RHP Chad Smith, who had been designated for assignment, was dealt to the Angels for cash.

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Monday, April 13th: Tyler Marincov Drives in 5 in Ports’ Victory while Hounds Come Up Short Despite Matt Olson’s Big Day

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Triple / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Triple / 5 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       13

Lancaster JetHawks  4

WP – Trivino 1-0 / 5.06

HR – Higley (1), Sportman (1), Barreto (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 4 / Triple / 5 RBIs)

After scoring just 8 runs over their first 4 games, the Ports managed to push 13 runs across the plate on Monday. Outfielder Tyler Marincov had 3 hits, including a triple, and drove in 5 runs, including 4 of Stockton’s first 6 runs to help build the Ports’ lead. J.P. Sportman, getting the start at second base, homered, had a pair of singles and drove in 3, while first baseman John Nogowski collected 4 hits, including a double. Third baseman Michael Soto reached base 4 times on a double, a pair of singles and a walk, and shortstop Franklin Barreto and outfielder Justin Higley both hit their 1st home runs for the Ports. Starter Lou Trivino was in command early on, allowing just 1 unearned run through the first 5 innings. He was charged with 3 runs in the 6th though, but was still able to walk away with the win in his debut for Stockton.

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A’s Final 2014 Minor League Hitting & Pitching Leaders

Included: Sacramento River Cats (AAA), Midland RockHounds (AA), Stockton Ports (A), Beloit Snappers (A), Vermont Lake Monsters (A), AZL A’s (Rk)

 

–HITS–

dr621002170 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

167 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

160 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

142 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

138 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

 

–DOUBLES–

sp45108940 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

37 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

34 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

32 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto)

31 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

 

–TRIPLES–

Mercedes7 Melvin Mercedes SS-2B (Bel)

6 Aaron Shipman OF (Sto)

6 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

6 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

6 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mo62156637 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

29 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

21 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

18 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

18 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

mo621566278 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

263 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

258 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

250 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

240 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

 

–RBIs–

mo62156697 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

96 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

90 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

83 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

81 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–RUNS–

mo621566111 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

110 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

101 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

79 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

79 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–WALKS–

mo621566117 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

87 Max Muncy 1B-3B (Mid)

72 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

69 Conner Crumbliss 2B-OF (Mid)

66 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

dc543038202 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

149 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

140 Anthony Aliotti 1B-OF (Sac-Mid)

139 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

137 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

bb54299354 Billy Burns OF (Mid-Sac)

31 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

18 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

16 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Ver), Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto), Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–ERRORS–

lb54218226 Luis Baez 3B-SS (Bel)

22 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

21 Melvin Mercedes SS-2B (Bel)

21 Jefry Marte 3B (Mid)

20 Yairo Munoz SS (Ver)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

Powell.343 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.310 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.308 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

.307 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

.288 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto), Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

Powell.451 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.404 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.402 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.385 Max Muncy 1B-3B (Mid)

.381 Shane Peterson OF (Sac), Alden Carrithers 3B (Sac)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mo621566.543 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.520 Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

.517 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

.506 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

.489 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mo621566.947 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.893 Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

.886 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.873 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.860 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

 

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