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Arizona Insights: Neuse, Blackwood & More

Special to A’s Farm by Jason Pennini / @JasonPennini / baseballbellcurve.com

Jason Pennini of baseballcurve.com has been busy in Arizona this fall getting looks at a number of A’s prospects, along with other young players, in the Instructional League as well as in the Arizona Fall League. And we’re happy to share some of his impressions and videos of numerous A’s prospects here, so that you can get a better look at them too…

 

sn641914b3B Sheldon Neuse (10/17 AFL) – Neuse has shown me a lot this fall. He makes frequent loud contact and tends to shoot baseballs opposite field into the right/center gap. He is capable of using all fields though. He has a good feel to hit and awareness of the zone. I think the power will play to average because the approach seems more contact-oriented than power-oriented. I have yet to see him in BP, but I suspect there is more raw in the bat than he has shown in games. Defensively, he lacks some agility and quickness of his peers. However, I think the industry consensus is he has enough to get the job done. I was thinking he has an above-average arm. Then, a scout informed me Neuse used to touch mid 90s as a pitcher, so it’s probably plus. This is a guy I am in on as a possible everyday regular. On 10/25, Neuse played shortstop and looked good there. He made a good play on a tough grounder and showed quick hands getting it to first. The athleticism is better than I originally thought.

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

 

nb670154RHP Nolan Blackwood (10/20 AFL) – There is a lot to like about Blackwood. The 6’5” righty uses his frame to his advantage to achieve deception. He caught my eye in a previous outing when he made Francisco Mejia look ugly in a three-pitch strikeout. The fastball sits low 90s and is thrown from a sidearm angle. Hitters appear to struggle picking up the ball out of his hand, which helps everything play up. His change is in the low 80s, and both of the aforementioned pitches have quality sink. Today, Blackwood also busted out a 75-77 mph curveball. It is a pitch he reserves for right-handed hitters. It was not used in his previous outing when he faced three lefties. I was muttering aloud trying to figure out who Blackwood reminds me of delivery-wise. A scout offered up Dan Otero as a comp.

 

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Tuesday, August 29th: Mateo Triples Twice for Hounds while Carter Homers Again for Sounds & Arizona Fall League Rosters Are Announced

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Jorge Mateo (3 for 6 / 2 Triples / RBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Jorge Mateo (3 for 6 / 2 Triples / RBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions   10

Midland RockHounds   8

LP – Mann 3-7 / 4.44

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Jorge Mateo

(3 for 6 / 2 Triples / RBI)

Shortstop Jorge Mateo turned in another strong performance for the RockHounds on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray deal, collected 3 hits, including a pair of triples, while driving in a run and scoring twice, and he’s now hitting .300 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs over his last 9 games for Midland. Designated hitter Jermaine Curtis singled, tripled, walked and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Max Schrock and center fielder B.J. Boyd both had 2 hits and drove in runs for the RockHounds. Starter Grant Holmes allowed 1 run on 3 hits while walking 6 and striking out 8 over 5 innings of work for Midland. RHPs Sam Bragg and Kyle Finnegan each surrendered 3 runs in relief, while LHP Brandon Mann was charged with 2 unearned runs in the top of the 9th to take the loss as the RockHounds suffered their fourth straight defeat on Tuesday.

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Thursday, August 24th: Shore & Brown Star as Ports Prevail in Extras while Carter & Barreto Help Sounds Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Logan Shore (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Logan Shore (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts     1

Stockton Ports  2

WP – Wagman 3-2 / 5.21

HR – Brown (25)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Logan Shore

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

The Ports prevailed in an 11-inning walk-off to move back into a three-way tie for first place in the California League North Division on Thursday. RHP Logan Shore turned in one of his best starts of the season, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 over 7 innings of work, and he now has an ERA of 1.96 over his last 3 starts for Stockton. Shore left with the game a 1-1 tie, and his team’s sole run to that point came when right fielder Seth Brown homered for the fifth straight game, tagging his team-leading 25th home run, a solo shot, in the 2nd inning. RHP Armando Ruiz pitched a pair of perfect frames in the 8th and 9th to hold Modesto in check and send the game to extra innings. Then, in the bottom of the 11th, right fielder Luis Barrera walked and third baseman Branden Cogswell brought him home with a double to right field as Stockton won in a walk-off and made a winner of RHP Joey Wagman, who tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief on Thursday.

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Monday, August 14th: Ports Battle Back to Win 5th Straight while Mengden Returns to Mound for Sounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Eli White (3 for 5 / RBI / 2 Runs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Eli White (3 for 5 / RBI / 2 Runs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports                      7

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  6

WP – A.Ruiz 3-1 / 4.00

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Eli White

(3 for 5 / RBI / 2 Runs)

The Ports mounted a late-game comeback to tie things up in the 9th inning and then wound up winning in extra innings to notch their fifth straight victory on Monday. RHP Brendan Butler had a rough start, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits in just 3 2/3 frames, while LHP Evan Manarino allowed 1 run in 3 1/3 innings of relief for Stockton. Catcher Jose Chavez doubled in a pair, while second baseman Nate Mondou singled twice, walked and drove in a run. Third baseman Mikey White singled in a run with two outs in the top of the 9th to tie things up and send the game to extra innings. Then in the top of the 10th, designated hitter Eli White collected his third single of the game and ultimately came around to score the winning run on catcher Argenis Raga‘s RBI single. RHP Armando Ruiz earned the win after tossing scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Nolan Blackwood got the final three outs in the bottom of the 9th to notch his 15th save for Stockton. In other news, Ports infielder Sheldon Neuse was promoted to the RockHounds while Midland infielder Branden Cogswell was reassigned to Stockton on Monday.

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Wednesday, August 9th: Lumley, Mengden & Kelly Lead AZL A’s to Victory while Montas Suffers Loss for Sounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A's First Baseman Jake Lumley (2 for 5 / Triple / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s First Baseman Jake Lumley (2 for 5 / Triple / 3 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s     7

AZL Cubs  2

WP – R.Kelly 1-0 / 0.00

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Jake Lumley

(2 for 5 / Triple / 3 RBIs)

This year’s 33rd-round draft pick for the A’s, first baseman Jake Lumley, had another big night at the plate to help make the AZL A’s the only A’s affiliate to record a win on Wednesday. The 22-year-old out of Canisius College singled and tripled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs, and he’s now sporting a .359/.419/.500 slash line over his first 21 pro games for the AZL A’s. Left fielder Ben Spitznagel and designated hitter Lazaro Armenteros each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and center fielder Austin Beck doubled in a run. Rehabbing RHP Daniel Mengden made the start and struck out 6 while throwing 3 scoreless and hitless innings, and 20-year-old Dominican RHP Rafael Kelly allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 innings of relief to earn his 1st win for the A’s. Meanwhile, LHP Jhenderson Hurtado and outfielder Jeramiah McCray were both reassigned from Vermont to the AZL A’s on Wednesday.

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Thursday, August 3rd: Mercedes Had Big Game in Beloit’s Win while Midland’s Puk Was Near-Perfect through Six

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Miguel Mercedes (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Miguel Mercedes (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Peoria Chiefs        6

Beloit Snappers  7

WP – Gorman 1-0 / 1.32

HR – Mercedes (14)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Mercedes

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

It might have taken 10 innings, but the Snappers won in a walk-off to notch their seventh victory in their last eight games on Thursday. First baseman Miguel Mercedes had a big night at the plate for Beloit, coming a triple short of a cycle. The 21-year-old collected 3 hits, including his 14th home run and his 21st double, both of which lead the team. And after Beloit was behind 6-0, his 2-run homer in the Snappers’ 4-run 6th brought his team back within 2 runs. Beloit tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Then, after Peoria’s Dewin Perez walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, center fielder Mike Martin‘s sacrifice fly brought home the winning run as the Snappers won in a walk-off. Martin also tripled and scored a run in the game, while shortstop Eric Marinez singled in a run in the 8th, and catcher Jason Goldstein singled twice and walked twice for Beloit. Starter Seth Martinez surrendered 6 runs over 5 frames, while RHP Mitchell Jordan was solid in relief, throwing 3 shutout innings, and RHP John Gorman tossed 2 scoreless innings to pick up his 1st win for the Snappers.

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Monday, June 5th: Nunez Hits 15th HR in Sounds Loss while Bolt Helps Ports Prevail & Norge Ruiz Makes Pitching Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 4 / HR / Double / 2 RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         2

Omaha Storm Chasers  4

LP – Gossett 3-3 / 3.41

HR – Nunez (15)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Renato Nunez

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

Renato Nunez, starting his second straight game at first base, continued his hot hitting on Monday. The 23-year-old Venezuelan singled, doubled and hit his team-leading 15th home run, a game-tying 2-run shot in the top of the 6th. And Nunez is now 9 for 20 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBIs over his last 6 games for the Sounds. Designated hitter Joey Wendle had 3 hits and stole a base in the loss. Starter Daniel Gossett allowed 4 runs over 7 innings of work to suffer his 3rd loss, while LHP Felix Doubront struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief for the Sounds. In other news, the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported on Monday night that first baseman Matt Olson was packing up his stuff after the game in Oakland and preparing to head back to Nashville.

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