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A’s Farm in Top 5 MLB Blogs in 2013!

A's Farm joins the Top 5!

A’s Farm joins the big 5!

Well, the results are in – and A’s Farm was ranked in the Top 5 MLB blogs for 2013! At our peak late in the season, we were averaging almost 6,000 hits per week and over 20,000 hits per month. And we want to be sure to thank all you devoted A’s fans who are clearly committed to learning as much as possible about the organization from top to bottom.

We also want to thank MLB Trade Rumors for repeatedly featuring A’s Farm as one of their top blog picks of the week, Baseball Reference for regularly featuring us in their player news section, and A’s Nation who’s allowed us to provide weekly minor league updates during the season for all those A’s fans who get their A’s news from the biggest and best A’s blog on the web.

In 2013, A’s Farm profiled the A’s top prospects, offered progress reports on the team’s top draft picks, named the A’s organizational all-stars, and featured interviews with top players and prospects like Dan Straily, Sonny Gray and Addison Russell, along with front office personnel like director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, director of player personnel Billy Owens, scouting director Eric Kubota and super scout Grady Fuson. All that in addition to our daily updates on all the A’s minor league affiliates – the Sacramento River CatsMidland RockHounds, Stockton PortsBeloit SnappersVermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s.

Stay tuned for much more right here in 2014, and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm, and sign up to get our weekly A’s minor league update e-mailed to you during the season to stay up to date on all the latest down on the farm!

A’s Instructional League Roster

Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

A total of 44 players reported to the A’s fall Instructional League camp in Phoenix this week. Many of the A’s top prospects will spend the next month training, conditioning, participating in drills and playing other teams’ Instructional League clubs in Arizona.

The A’s top pick from this year’s draft – outfielder Bill McKinney – along with two of the A’s top three picks from the 2012 draft – shortstop Daniel Robertson and first baseman Matt Olson – will all be participating. Meanwhile, the A’s top pick from 2012 – shortstop Addison Russell – will begin his off-season work in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League later next month.

Below you’ll find the A’s complete fall Instructional League roster along with the team each player finished the 2013 season with listed next to their name…

 

A’s Instructional League Roster

–PITCHERS—

Dylan Covey

Dylan Covey

Jeremy Barfield  (Sac)

Sam Bragg  (Bel)

Dylan Covey  (Bel)

Dustin Driver  (AZL)

Kyle Finnegan  (Bel)

Kris Hall  (Bel)

Ronald Herrera  (Ver)

Austin House  (Bel)

Chris Kohler  (AZL)

Joe Michaud  (Ver)

Junior Mendez  (Ver)

Michael Ynoa

Michael Ynoa

Carlos Navas  (AZL)

Nolan Sanburn  (Bel)

Lee Sosa  (Ver)

Lou Trivino  (Ver)

Dominique Vattuone  (Ver)

Tyler Vail  (Bel)

Victor Veliz  (DSL)

Bobby Wahl  (Ver)

Michael Ynoa  (Sto)

Jesus Zambrano  (DSL)

 

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

–CATCHERS—

Iolana Akau  (AZL)

Bruce Maxwell  (Sto)

Josh Miller  (Ver)

Andy Paz  (AZL)

Kyle Wheeler  (AZL)

 

–INFIELDERS—

Chris Bostick  (Bel)

Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson

Edwin Diaz  (AZL)

Ryon Healy  (Ver)

Ryan Huck  (Ver)

Jesus Lopez  (DNP)

Yairo Munoz  (AZL)

Renato Nunez  (Bel)

Matt Olson  (Bel)

Chad Pinder  (Ver)

Daniel Robertson  (Bel)

 

B.J. Boyd

B.J. Boyd

–OUTFIELDERS—

B.J. Boyd  (Ver)

Jaycob Brugman  (Ver)

Shawn Duinkerk  (AZL)

Justin Higley  (AZL)

Tyler Marincov  (Ver)

Billy McKinney  (Ver)

D’Arby Myers  (Mid)

Aaron Shipman  (Bel)

 

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Wednesday, August 28th: Aliotti & Ladendorf Help Cats & Hounds Win while Peters Pitches Ports to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Anthony Aliotti (Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

Sacramento River Cats 1B Anthony Aliotti (Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                3

Sacramento River Cats  4

WP – Gordon 4-0 / 3.69

HR – Aliotti (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

 

With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th, first baseman Anthony Aliotti led off the inning with a home run over the left field wall to provide the walk-off win for the River Cats on Wednesday. Aliotti also drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Starter Arnold Leon allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 2/3 innings, while RHP Brian Gordon tossed a scoreless 9th to pick up the win. In other news, RHP Pat Neshek cleared waivers and was assigned to Sacramento.

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Tuesday, August 27th: Bowman, Banwart & Aviles Pitch Ports, Cats & Snappers to Victory while Hounds Come Up Short on Tuesday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Josh Bowman (9 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

Stockton Ports Pitcher Josh Bowman (9 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 1

Sacramento River Cats  2

WP – Banwart 10-5 / 4.43

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

Starter Travis Banwart had a strong outing for the River Cats, allowing just 1 run and striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings to tally his 10th win on Tuesday, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs to earn his 21st save, which set the single-season save mark for Sacramento. Designated hitter Hiro Nakajima doubled in a run, while outfielder Michael Choice singled in a run and walked twice, and second baseman Jemile Weeks doubled and scored a run for the River Cats.

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Monday, August 26th: Ports Lose Despite Alcantara’s Solid Effort while Snappers Win and Cats & Hounds Come Up Short

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K)

Stockton Ports Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                7

Sacramento River Cats  0

LP – Billings 13-7 / 4.40

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

(2 for 3 / Walk)

 

Starter Bruce Billings had a rough outing for the River Cats, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss on Monday. Second baseman Jemile Weeks had a pair of hits and walked, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and walked, and third baseman Dusty Coleman went 0 for 4 in his debut after getting called up to take Daric Barton’s place on the River Cats roster. Barton was recalled by the A’s to replace right fielder Josh Reddick, who was placed on the disabled list. RHP Evan Scribner was also recalled by the A’s after the team designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment.

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Sunday, August 25th: Robertson’s 2 HRs Lead Snappers to Victory while Cats, Hounds & Ports All Win as Well

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel Robertson (2 Home Runs)

 Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel  Robertson (2 Home Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Colorado Springs Sky Sox   4

WP – Hernandez 1-2 / 6.00

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(3 for 4 / 2 RBIs)

 

LHP Carlos Hernandez earned his 1st win in his 3rd start for Sacramento, allowing 4 runs, just 2 earned, over 6 innings of work on Sunday. Outfielder Michael Taylor collected 3 hits and drove in 2 runs, while designated hitter Michael Choice and first baseman Anthony Aliotti each had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Third baseman Daric Barton left the game in the 3rd inning, presumably just in case Josh Reddick’s sprained wrist lands him on the disabled list and Barton needs to be called upon by the A’s.

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Friday, August 23rd: Taylor Helps Cats Split a Pair while All Others Go Down to Defeat on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Designated Hitter Michael Taylor (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 Sacramento River Cats DH    Michael Taylor (HR / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #1

Sacramento River Cats   4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

LP – Figueroa 3-4 / 4.21

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(Double / RBI)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had a shaky start for Sacramento, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but LHP Pedro Figueroa took the loss after allowing 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Second baseman Hiro Nakajima had 2 hits, including a double, and a walk and drove in a run, while outfielder Michael Taylor singled, doubled and scored a run in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

 

GAME #2

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats   4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1

WP – Newby 2-1 / 3.33

HR – Taylor (17)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Michael Taylor

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

With the game tied and 2 men on and 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning, designated hitter Michael Taylor hit a 3-run homer to help give the River Cats the win in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. RHP Fernando Nieve, making his first start for Sacramento, had an impressive outing, giving up no hits or walks but allowing 1 unearned run over 4 innings of work. RHP Kyler Newby struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 20th save.

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Thursday, August 22nd: Avila Pitches Snappers to Victory while Hounds Win and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Andres Avila (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Andres Avila (6 IP / 6 H /  0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

Corpus Christi Hooks      3

WP – Murphy 8-6 / 3.81

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(5 1/3 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

Starter Sean Murphy had a solid outing for the RockHounds, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to earn his 8th win, while RHP Brett Hunter got the final 2 outs for his 2nd save. First baseman Max Muncy had a pair of doubles, while third baseman Jefry Marte collected 3 hits and drove in a run, outfielder Conner Crumbliss singled, doubled and scored twice, and second baseman Dusty Coleman doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

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Wednesday, August 21st: Olson’s Big Bat Leads Snappers to Victory while Cats Win and Hounds & Ports Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers First Baseman Matt Olson (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Beloit Snappers First Baseman Matt Olson (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats   7

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

WP – Scribner 3-1 / 2.32

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Michael Choice

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Designated hitter Michael Choice had a pair of doubles and drove in both the tying and the winning runs in the top of the 9th inning for the River Cats, while outfielder Michael Taylor collected 3 hits and drove in 3 runs on Wednesday. Starter Travis Banwart had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings, while RHP Evan Scribner gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief to pick up the win, and RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs to notch his 19th save for Sacramento.

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Sunday, August 11th: Snappers Slug their Way to Victory while Cats & Hounds Win and Ports Come up Short on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel Robertson (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel Robertson (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  4

Omaha Storm Chasers      3

WP – Banwart 8-5 / 4.64

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

RHP Travis Banwart had a solid start for Sacramento on Sunday, allowing 2 runs and striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 8th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 15th save. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the River Cats.

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