Starter Andrew Werner had a rocky outing for the River Cats, allowing 8 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings to take his 12th loss, while former major leaguer Pedro Viola tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in his debut for Sacramento. Third baseman Scott Moore collected 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats.
Things got off to a rocky start for Sonny Gray on Friday when he gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning. When all was said and done, he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 over 6 innings to take his 5th loss. Third baseman Scott Moore smashed his 10th home run, while second baseman Grant Green collected a pair of doubles for the River Cats.
Midland 1B Anthony Aliotti leads all A’s minor leaguers in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
With the California League and the Midwest League both having just had their All-Star breaks and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A’s system have been in the first half of 2013. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s Mid-Season 2013 Organizational All-Star Team!
Below you’ll find the starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were determined purely on performance, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. Ryan Ortiz, David Freitas, Tyler Ladendorf and Kyler Newby have all had brief stints with Sacramento this season, but only the statistics for their primary teams are included below.
Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!
A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders
Third baseman Scott Moore smacked his 9th home run in the 5th inning to give the River Cats the lead, and he also collected a double and a single and scored twice. Designated hitter Grant Green tagged a 2-run homer to put the Cats on the board in the 1st, and first baseman Daric Barton had a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Starter Justin Thomas allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings and left the game with a 1-run lead, but it didn’t last long. LHP Hideki Okajima came on to give up 4 runs in 1 inning of relief to take the loss.
It wasn’t a good night for the River Cats. Starter Bruce Billings had his worst outing in over a month, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 3 1/3 innings to take his 4th loss, while RHP Darren Byrd surrendered another 4 runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Third baseman Scott Moore drew 3 walks to reach base in all but 1 of his plate appearances, but the River Cats totaled just 3 hits on the night, including doubles by first baseman Daric Barton and outfielder Michael Taylor, who now holds the River Cats’ all-time hit record with 402.
LHP Andrew Werner allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, on 8 hits and struck out 6 over 5 innings to pick up his 6th win, while RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs for his 15th save. Third baseman Scott Moore homered and drove in 3 runs, while outfielder Shane Peterson had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats.
The River Cats had a season-high 23 hits on Sunday and scored 10 runs in the top of the 1st inning before going on to add 10 more later. Starter Sonny Gray made the most of the generous run support. He cruised through 6 innings of work, allowing just 1 run and striking out 9 to earn his 5th win. RHP Chris Resop surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 9th inning in his debut with the River Cats. Hitting stars on the night included outfielder Michael Taylor, who hit a grand slam in the 1st, shortstop Andy Parrino, who had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, third baseman Hiro Nakajima, who hit a 3-run homer, designated hitter Scott Moore, who had 3 hits including his 3rd home run in the last 2 nights, and second baseman Grant Green, who collected 4 hits to raise his average to .297.
With the game tied and 2 outs in the top of the 12th inning, the River Cats launched 3 consecutive home runs. Right fielder Michael Choice clubbed his 9th, third baseman Scott Moore smacked his 6th, after homering in the 8th to tie the game, and left fielder Jeremy Barfield belted his 3rd home run for the River Cats. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 perfect innings of relief to pick up his 1st win.
LHP Andrew Werner had one of his best starts of the season on Friday, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits and striking out 5 over 7 innings to earn his 4th win, while RHP Dan Otero got the final 4 outs to pick up his 10th save. First baseman Scott Moore and third baseman Andy Parrino hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 5th inning, while catcher Stephen Vogt and designated hitter Jemile Weeks each collected a single and a double, and outfielder Michael Taylor went 0 for 3 in his return to the River Cats’ lineup.
Starter Bruce Billings had a solid outing for Sacramento on Monday, allowing 3 runs, just 1 earned, on 4 hits while striking out 8 to earn his 3rd win. Designated hitter Grant Green had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs. Center fielder Michael Choice also collected a pair of hits, and left fielder Scott Moore drove in a pair of runs. Shortstop Hiro Nakajima doubled and drove in a run, but his throwing error in the bottom of the 3rd inning led to 2 unearned runs.