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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 11-17: Relievers in the Spotlight

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

 

With all the issues in the A’s bullpen weighing on everyone’s mind lately, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top minor league relievers have been doing so far this 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 relievers have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 17th: Kendall Graveman Earns 2nd Win for Sounds while Sean Doolittle Takes the Loss in 2nd Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  2

Nashville Sounds       6

WP – Graveman 2-1 / 1.85

HR – Carson (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kendall Graveman

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

RHP Kendall Graveman turned in an impressive start for the Sounds, allowing just 2 unearned runs on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 3 over 7 innings of work on Sunday. The 24-year-old earned his 2nd win and lowered his ERA to 1.85 after 4 starts for Nashville. RHP Ryan Cook pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 4th save for the Sounds. Outfielder Matt Carson, reacquired a little over a week ago in a deal with the Dodgers, hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd and singled in another run in the 4th, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti and third baseman Niuman Romero both singled, walked and drove in a run, and shortstop Andy Parrino and second baseman Joey Wendle had a pair of hits apiece for the Sounds. In other news, with A’s first baseman Ike Davis landing on the disabled list, Sounds outfielder Craig Gentry was recalled by Oakland.

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Wednesday, May 13th: #1 Pick Matt Chapman Hits 1st HR for Ports in Loss while Ryan Cook Coughs up Lead in 9th as Sounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

High Desert Mavericks  6

Stockton Ports            5

LP – Walter 0-2 / 3.55

HR – Soto (3), Chapman (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Chapman

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

The A’s #1 pick in last year’s draft, Matt Chapman, came to the plate with a man on in the bottom of the 4th inning and Stockton down by a run and slugged his 1st home run of the season to give the Ports a 1-run lead on Wednesday. Before Wednesday, Chapman had gone 1 for 18 in his first 5 games since returning from a knee injury he suffered right before the start of spring training. Third baseman Michael Soto also hit a 2-run shot in the 3rd for Stockton. But unfortunately, the lead that Chapman provided the Ports with wouldn’t last for long. RHP Dylan Covey, who’d given up 4 runs in the 1st, also allowed the tying run in the top of the 5th. Covey ended up allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings of work and left with the game a 5-5 tie. RHP Corey Walter tossed a scoreless 6th but loaded the bases in the 7th before giving way to RHP Sam Bragg, who walked in the winning run, giving Walter his 2nd loss for Stockton. In other news, LHP Sean Doolittle is set to join the Ports on Thursday to begin his rehab assignment in Stockton.

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Tuesday, May 12th: Brett Graves Snaps Quad Cities’ 12-Game Streak to Post 2nd Win for Snappers while Brad Mills & Nate Long Earn 1st Wins for Sounds & Hounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brett Graves (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brett Graves (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers              10

Quad Cities River Bandits  4

WP – Graves 2-0 / 5.35

HR – Martinez (1), Brizuela (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brett Graves

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

After scoring a total of just 5 runs in their last 4 games, the Snappers exploded for 10 runs on Tuesday. But the best performance of the day may have belonged to last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brett Graves, who allowed just 1 run on 3 hits for the second straight outing to earn his 2nd win and snap Quad Cities’ 12-game winning streak. LHP Cody Stull gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Corey Miller tossed 2 scoreless frames to close out the win for the Snappers. Shortstop Yairo Munoz had 4 hits, including a pair of triples, while right fielder Robert Martinez singled and hit a 2-run homer, and third baseman Jose Brizuela hit his 1st home run, a solo shot. Left fielder Joe Bennie singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run, and center fielder James Harris and second baseman Edwin Diaz both drove in a pair for Beloit.

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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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Sunday, May 3rd: Ports Fall despite Tyler Marincov’s Big Day while Sounds Lose Jarrod Parker’s First Rehab Start for Nashville

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

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

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  8

Stockton Ports   7

LP – Wagman 0-1 / 18.00

HR – Marincov (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

With two on, two outs and Stockton up by a run in the bottom of the 5th, right fielder Tyler Marincov smacked a 3-run homer to give the Ports a 4-run lead. Marincov also had a pair of singles in the game and has now gone 8 for 12 over his last three games to raise his average to a healthy .333. Center fielder B.J. Boyd and first John Nogowski both singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Jose Brizuela doubled in a run and walked, and left fielder Coco Crisp went 1 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run in his first rehab appearance for the Ports. Starter Kyle Finnegan had a solid outing for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 2 runs over 5 1/3 innings, and he left the game with a 3-run lead. But RHP Joey Wagman gave up 6 runs in 3 innings of relief and ended up taking the loss in the first appearance for the Ports. Meanwhile, Stockton’s most dependable bullpen arm, RHP Andres Avila, was reassigned to the RockHounds.

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Sunday, April 26th: Joe Bennie’s Grand Slam Helps Snappers Sweep Twinbill while Chad Pinder Leads Hounds to Walk-Off Win in 12th

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Clinton LumberKings  5

Beloit Snappers        6

WP – Johnson 1-1 / 4.97

HR – Bennie (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Joe Bennie

(3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

With Beloit down by three runs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th, left fielder Joe Bennie belted a grand slam to provide the winning margin for the Snappers in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Bennie went 3 for 3 in the game with a pair of doubles to add to his big blast. Center fielder Brett Vertigan singled, doubled and scored a run, while shortstop Yairo Munoz singled and drove in the Snappers’ first run on a sacrifice fly. Starter Jordan Schwartz gave up 2 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Kevin Johnson picked up the win despite allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Jerad Grundy got the final three outs to earn the save in his season debut for the Snappers.

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Sunday, April 19th: Kent Matthes Leads Sounds to Victory while Daniel Gossett Struggles in Snappers’ Loss and Ports Get Shut Out on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Bassitt 1-1 / 3.38

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Kent Matthes

(Double / 2 RBIs)

Outfielder Kent Matthes doubled in a pair of runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st to give the Sounds all the runs they would need to prevail on Sunday. Nashville tallied just 3 other hits in the game but managed to draw a total of 7 walks. First baseman Max Muncy, third baseman Tyler Ladendorf and outfielder Billy Burns all singled and walked for the Sounds. RHP Chris Bassitt was scheduled to start, but RHP Fernando Rodriguez took the ball to begin the game with Bassitt following for an extended stint in relief. Rodriguez allowed 1 run over 2 1/3 innings, while Bassitt threw 4 2/3 shutout innings to earn the win. LHP Eury De La Rosa tossed a scoreless 8th, and RHP Ryan Cook pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 1st save for the Sounds.

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Friday, April 17th: Max Muncy Helps Nashville Win Home Opener in Extras while Beloit Snaps 7-Game Skid & Midland Falls Despite Chad Pinder’s 3rd HR

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Double / GWRBI / 2 Walks)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Double / GWRBI / 2 Walks)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

Nashville Sounds              3

WP – Cook 2-0 / 0.00

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(Double / GWRBI / 2 Walks)

Nashville first baseman Max Muncy had the biggest hit of the night on Friday when he doubled home outfielder Billy Burns in the bottom of the 10th to give the Sounds the walk-off win in their home opener, which also happened to be the inaugural game at the brand new First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Muncy also walked twice and scored the tying run earlier in the game. Burns had a pair of singles and is now 16 for 38 on the season, putting him third in the league in hits. Starter Arnold Leon allowed 2 runs while striking out 7 but exited after throwing 87 pitches in just 4 innings. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte followed up with 3 shutout innings, while RHP Chad Smith tossed 2 scoreless frames, and RHP Ryan Cook pitched a perfect 10th to earn his 2nd win for the Sounds.

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