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A’s Farmhands Who Could Play A Role For Oakland In 2016

Billy Burns: Who will be the next A's farmhand to break through with Oakland?

Billy Burns: Who will be the next A’s farmhand to break through for Oakland?

With the 2015 season turning out to be such a big disappointment for the A’s, the team’s plans heading into this offseason are probably just about as unclear as they’ve been in quite some time. General manager Billy Beane and the A’s front office could choose to head in many different directions and there are very few players currently on the roster who are certain to still be around come 2016.

The only two players with multi-million-dollar guaranteed contracts for next season are also two of this season’s biggest disappointments – outfielder Coco Crisp and designated hitter Billy Butler. Reliever Sean Doolittle also has a guaranteed contract for next season but, with this season’s injury, there are still some question marks surrounding his reliability at this point. And there are three players currently on the 40-man roster – first baseman Ike Davis and outfielders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry – whom it seems the A’s would be highly unlikely to offer arbitration to in the offseason.

So there certainly could be quite a few openings on the A’s roster heading into next season. And, though the A’s minor league system may not be rich in top prospects at the moment, there are plenty of players at the upper levels of the system who could potentially play useful roles for Oakland in 2016. So let’s take a look at some of the most likely suspects to be appearing in the green and gold next year…

 

mmMuncy, Max3Max Muncy (1B-3B)

Muncy has had 82 at-bats with the A’s this season, almost all against right-handed pitching. And while he may not have hit up a storm in his brief time in Oakland, he’s been a solid minor league hitter since being drafted in the 5th round back in 2012, particularly when it comes to his ability to get on base. The 25-year-old has a career minor league on-base percentage of .379 and has posted a .351 OBP in 179 at-bats for Nashville this season. Since it seems unlikely that the A’s will offer first baseman Ike Davis arbitration this offseason, that could leave an opening for the lefty-hitting Muncy to potentially share time with Mark Canha at first base next year. If the A’s decide to give Canha more playing time in the outfield, that could also open up more opportunities for Muncy at first. And if the A’s decide to move Brett Lawrie, either to second base or to another team in an offseason trade, Muncy also has experience at third base and could potentially form a platoon at the hot corner with righty-swinging Danny Valencia. Whatever happens in the offseason, it seems likely that there could be an opening on the A’s roster for a left-handed hitter with a track record of getting on base and who can play both first and third.

 

js519295bJake Smolinski (OF)

In just 35 at-bats with the A’s this season, Smolinski has shown the potential to be a productive righty-hitting platoon outfielder for Oakland. The former 2nd-round draft pick also put up an impressive .349/.402/.628 slash line in 86 at-bats at Nashville this season and appeared in 59 major league games for Texas between 2014 and 2015. With no clear left fielder in the picture for the A’s next season, it’s possible that Smolinski could vie with Coco Crisp for playing time in left or also serve as a possible platoon partner for lefty-swinging Josh Reddick in right. And with the A’s unlikely to offer fellow right-handed hitter Craig Gentry arbitration in the offseason and a lack of other respectable outfield options currently on the roster, there could be room for a right-handed hitter with a little bit of pop in the A’s outfield picture next year.

 

jwWendle, Joey3Joey Wendle (2B)

After coming over from Cleveland for Brandon Moss in the offseason, Wendle has spent this year as the starting second baseman for Triple-A Nashville. The left-handed hitter currently leads all A’s minor leaguers in hits with 151, in extra-base hits with 52 and in doubles with 37. His .428 slugging percentage is nothing to sneeze at either, and folks in Nashville have been raving about Wendle’s abilities in the field. The problems start when you catch a glimpse of his 19 walks, 100 strikeouts and .318 on-base percentage. Still, second base has been a weak spot in the A’s lineup. Last spring, before the injuries started to pile up, the plan was to have Ben Zobrist start out as the team’s primary second baseman, with Eric Sogard moving into the utility infielder role. And if the A’s decide they’d like someone with a little more pop at second base this season, they could try to slide Sogard into a back-up role once again while giving Wendle a real shot to start the season at second.

 

Tyler Ladendorf (2B)

Ladendorf had just 10 at-bats with the A’s earlier this season before heading to Nashville and then missing most of the season after undergoing ankle surgery. After primarily being known for his defense, the former 2nd-round draft pick had a breakthrough offensive season at Sacramento last year, posting a .297/.376/.407 slash line while playing at second base and shortstop as well as in the outfield. Ladendorf’s been back in action at Nashville since earlier this month and has already played four different positions while putting up similar numbers for the Sounds. While his versatility makes him valuable, his best position is probably second base. So, while Ladendorf could be quite useful in a utlity role, backing up at a variety of different positions, he could also serve as a possible right-handed platoon partner for either Eric Sogard or Joey Wendle at second base next season.

 

rrRavelo, Rangel2Rangel Ravelo (1B)

Ravelo missed most of the season after undergoing wrist surgery, but he returned to action with Double-A Midland in July before joining Triple-A Nashville in August. Before his injury, the plan had been to have the 23-year-old Cuban spend time at both first base and third base at Nashville but, since returning from his injury, he’s appeared exclusively at first base and also as a designated hitter. Like a right-handed version of Muncy, Ravelo’s always shown the ability to get on base, and he has a career minor league on-base percentage of .371 and a .353 OBP this season at Nashville. It’s possible that Muncy and Ravelo could form a potential first base platoon at some point. But since Ravelo has only appeared in two games at third base since 2012, it’s probably going to be difficult to count on him possibly being able to fill much of a role at third base at this stage of the game. And with only 17 career games at the Triple-A level at this point, it would probably take a mighty impressive spring for Ravelo to factor into the A’s plans to start the 2016 season. But with Ike Davis unlikely to be offered arbitration by the A’s in the offseason, depending on how everything else shakes out, there could be some opportunities at first base for the A’s before next season is through.

 

rdDull, Ryan4Ryan Dull (RP)

Dull started the season with Double-A Midland before moving up to Triple-A Nashville in July, and the right-hander hasn’t missed a beat since advancing a level. Between both levels, the 25-year-old has allowed just 4 runs while notching 68 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings of work this season. At a listed height of just 5’10”, the former 32nd-round draft pick doesn’t fit the profile of the big, intimidating, flame-throwing reliever. He’s also not currently on the A’s 40-man roster. And while Dull’s been nearly unhittable against righties, he’s been considerably less impressive against lefties. But with the effectiveness that he’s shown throughout his minor league career, along with a solid fastball, slider and changeup, and the team’s current lack of quality relievers at the major league level, it’s hard to imagine that Dull wouldn’t at least be given a very long look by the A’s in spring training in 2016.

 

 

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Thursday, August 20th: Casey Meisner Leads Stockton to Shutout Victory while Sean Doolittle Strikes Out Side Again for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Modesto Nuts     0

WP – Meisner 1-1 / 4.15

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

On Thursday, RHP Casey Meisner turned in his best start for Stockton since being acquired from the Mets in the Tyler Clippard trade. The 20-year-old gave up a single in the 1st inning and then retired the next 11 hitters before giving up another single in the 5th. Meisner ended up allowing just those 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Stockton. RHP Lou Trivino tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 5th save and nail down the 3-hit shutout for Stockton. First baseman Michael Soto singled, doubled twice and drove in a pair, while right fielder Tyler Marincov also had 2 doubles and scored twice, and left fielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits for the Ports.

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Sunday, August 16th: Sean Manaea Throws 6 Scoreless Innings & Matt Olson Hits 14th HR in Hounds’ 5-Hit Shutout while Sean Doolittle Strikes Out the Side in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  0

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – Manaea 3-1 / 2.84

HR – Olson (14)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

(6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

LHP Sean Manaea led the RockHounds to their 16th shutout of the season on Sunday. The former 1st-round draft pick scattered 4 hits while striking out 5 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win, and two of the recently-acquired lefty’s four starts for Midland have now resulted in shutouts. RHP Kris Hall tossed a scoreless 7th, while RHP Andres Avila pitched a perfect 8th, and RHP Jonathan Joseph got the the final three outs in the 9th to nail down the 5-hit shutout for the Hounds. Right fielder Matt Olson had a big day at the plate, doubling in a pair in the bottom of the 3rd, hitting a 2-run homer in the 5th and doubling and scoring in the 7th, and Olson now has 31 doubles and 14 home runs on the season. Designated hitter Chad Pinder had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman doubled in a pair. Left fielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and catcher Beau Taylor walked and doubled in the first run of the game for the RockHounds.

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Friday, August 14th: Cody Martin Throws 7 Strong Innings & Sean Doolittle Makes Rehab Appearance in Sounds Win while Chris Iriart Hits Game-Winning HR for Vermont

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Cody Martin (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Cody Martin (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  9

Iowa Cubs               2

WP – Martin 2-3 / 5.14

HR – Roberts (11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Cody Martin

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

When he was scratched from his scheduled start for Nashville on Thursday, it was expected that RHP Cody Martin would be making his next start for Oakland on Friday. But the A’s decided to select LHP Brad Mills to make the start at Baltimore. Martin did end up making a start on Friday, not for the A’s at Baltimore, but for the Sounds at Iowa. And Martin turned in a strong start for Nashville, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn is 2nd win for the Sounds. Rehabbing LHP Sean Doolittle struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning while throwing 12 pitches, 8 for strikes, and RHP Ryan Dull got the final three outs in the 9th to close out the win for Nashville. First baseman Rangel Ravelo singled and tripled in a pair of runs in the top of the 1st, while second baseman Joey Wendle singled, tripled in a run in the 2nd, doubled in a run in the 9th and scored 3 times. Designated hitter Ryan Roberts walked twice and hit his 11th home run in the top of the 4th, and outfielder Jason Pridie had a pair of hits and drove in 3 runs for the Sounds. With Mills’ promotion to Oakland, RHP Arnold Leon was optioned back to Nashville, RHP Taylor Thompson was designated for assignment, LHP Jim Fuller was activated from the disabled list and RHP Kris Hall was returned to the RockHounds.

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Tuesday, August 11th: Daniel Mengden Pitches Ports to Victory while Matt Olson & Joe Bennie Help Hounds & Snappers Win and Sean Doolittle Makes Rehab Appearance for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  2

Modesto Nuts     1

WP – Mengden 4-3 / 4.60

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Mengden

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

On Tuesday, RHP Daniel Mengden allowed just 1 run for the third time in four starts since joining Stockton from the Astros organization in the Scott Kazmir trade. Mengden gave up 1 run on just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn the victory as the Ports won their third straight. RHP Ben Bracewell tossed a scoreless 8th and RHP Corey Walter got the final three outs to post his 3rd save. Catcher Jacob Nottingham walked and scored Stockton’s first run in the 6th and drove in the Ports’ second run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th, while outfielder Tyler Marincov reached base 3 times, on a single and 2 walks, and stole his 12th base for Stockton.

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Friday, August 7th: Colin Walsh Collects 4 Hits as Hounds Lose in a Walk-Off and Sean Doolittle Makes Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Colin Walsh (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds 2B Colin Walsh (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

Corpus Christi Hooks     5

LP – Frankoff 0-1 / 1.75

HR – Whitaker (9)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Colin Walsh

(4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

Second baseman Colin Walsh had another big night at the plate as he continues to put together one of the finest seasons on the field of any player in the A’s system this year. The 25-year-old had a pair of singles and a pair of doubles to raise his batting average to .309 while also driving in a run in the RockHounds’ 3-run 4th inning on Friday. Designated hitter Bruce Maxwell singled, doubled and drove in a pair, while outfielder Josh Whitaker hit his 9th home run for the Hounds. Starter Parker Frazier allowed just 1 run through the first 6 innings but then gave up 3 runs in the 7th to tie the game, and he ended up allowing 4 runs on 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings and left with the game a 4-4 tie. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but RHP Seth Frankoff gave up 1 unearned run in the bottom of the 9th, with the help of a fielding error by first baseman Anthony Aliotti, to allow Corpus Christi to win in a walk-off and suffer his 1st loss for the RockHounds.

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Sunday, May 24th: Tim Atherton Pitches Hounds to Victory while Dan Straily Beats Chris Bassitt and the Sounds on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Corpus Christi Hooks     2

WP – Atherton 2-2 / 4.81

HR – Whitaker (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tim Atherton

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

After experiencing his roughest start of the season his last time out, RHP Tim Atherton returned to form for the RockHounds on Sunday, allowing just 1 run while striking out 8 over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 2nd win for Midland. RHP Bobby Wahl tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Ryan Dull gave up his first run of the season while striking out three in the 9th. Outfielder Josh Whitaker slugged a 2-run homer in the 6th inning, while second baseman Colin Walsh singled in a pair in the 9th. Catcher Carson Blair singled, doubled, walked and scored twice, and shortstop Chad Pinder and outfielder Chad Oberacker both had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Friday, May 22nd: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Highlights His 4-Hit Night for Hounds while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Successful Rehab Appearances for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   8

Corpus Christi Hooks    12

LP – Jensen 3-3 / 5.55

HR – Pinder (6), Walsh (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

Despite falling to Corpus Christi 12-8 on Friday, the RockHounds got a huge night from shortstop Chad Pinder. The 23-year-old collected 4 hits, including a grand slam in the 4th inning. Pinder is now hitting .500 over his last 6 games, and his 6 home runs tie him for the team lead with top prospect Matt Olson. Second baseman Colin Walsh doubled and hit his 4th home run, while first baseman Ryon Healy had 3 hits, including a double, and catcher Bruce Maxwell, left fielder Jaycob Brugman, and right fielder Matt Olson had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. RHP Chris Jensen had one of his roughest starts since joining the A’s system from the Rockies, along with Drew Pomeranz, in the Brett Anderson trade. In just 3 innings of work on Friday, Jensen allowed 10 runs on 8 hits, including 4 home runs – one more than the total of 3 that he allowed in 160 1/3 innings last season – to take the loss.

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Tuesday, May 19th: Chris Bassitt Helps Sounds Hang on to Win in 9th while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances for Ports & Hounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  1

Nashville Sounds       2

WP – Alvarez 2-1 / 6.48

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Bassitt

(4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

LHP Sean Nolin made the start for the Sounds on Tuesday and allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3, but he left with his team down by a run with 2 outs in the 3rd inning after throwing a total of 59 pitches. With Nolin exiting early, RHP Chris Bassitt took over and shut down New Orleans on just 1 hit while striking out 5 in 4 1/3 shutout innings to give the Sounds the chance to come back and tie things up in the bottom of the 5th on an RBI-single by catcher Luke Carlin. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when left fielder Matt Carson doubled to lead off the inning and one out later right fielder Kent Matthes doubled him home to give Nashville the walk-off win on Tuesday. RHP R.J. Alvarez tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th to earn his 2nd win for the Sounds.

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Monday, May 18th: Franklin Barreto’s 2 HRs Help Ports Win while Nate Long Pitches Hounds to Victory and Dustin Driver Debuts for Beloit

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Franklin Barreto (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Franklin Barreto (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts       6

Stockton Ports  11

WP – Covey 3-3 / 3.65

HR – Barreto 2 (3), Boyd (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto

(3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

Shortstop Franklin Barreto had a big night at the plate for Stockton on Monday, collecting 3 hits and homering in back-to-back at-bats in the 5th and 6th inning while driving in 5 runs for the Ports. Barreto had gone 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts over his last two games before his explosive performance on Monday night. Outfielder B.J. Boyd hit a 2-run homer to put the Ports on the board in the 3rd, while first baseman Michael Soto singled, doubled and drove in a pair. Second baseman Branden Cogswell tripled in a run in the 7th, and outfielder Brett Vertigan drew 3 walks, stole a base and scored twice for Stockton. Starter Dylan Covey allowed 3 runs, just 2 earned, on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 3rd win for the Ports. Meanwhile, A’s infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist is set to begin his rehab assignment with Stockton on Tuesday.

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