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Tuesday, April 15th: Hounds Sweep Twinbill while Cats Win, Ports Fall and Snappers Drop a Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 4 K / Win)

 Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew  Granier (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB /    4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds  1

NW Arkansas Naturals    0

WP – Granier 1-1 / 6.17

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Drew Granier had his best start of the season for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 hit over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win, while RHP Seth Frankoff got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save on Tuesday. Recently-signed infielder Colin Walsh had a pair of hits, while outfielder Billy Burns singled and drove in the RockHounds’ only run in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. In other news, recently-acquired catcher Blake Forsythe should be joining Midland this week to share time with catcher Beau Taylor. Forsythe earned a Gold Glove last year as the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues after committing just 1 error in 80 games behind the plate for Double-A Binghamton.

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Wednesday, April 9th: Wahl Wins 2nd Start for Snappers while Goebbert’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory, Ports Come Up Short and Russell Expected to Miss a Month for Midland

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers             3

South Bend Silver Hawks  2

WP – Bragg 1-0 / 1.69

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bobby Wahl

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

RHP Bobby Wahl, the A’s 5th-round pick in last year’s draft, was much more impressive in his second start for the Snappers, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 in 5 innings of work on Wednesday. And when he left the mound after the bottom of the 5th inning, the game was tied. The 22-year-old was replaced by last year’s 18th-round pick, RHP Sam Bragg, who was equally impressive, allowing 1 run on just 1 hit while striking out 4 in 3 innings of relief to earn the win, while RHP Lee Sosa got the final 3 outs for his 1st save. Outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while outfielder Tyler Marincov singled, walked twice and scored twice, and shortstop Luis Baez, who entered the game when Chih-Fang Pan exited after the top of the 1st (presumably due to injury) doubled and drove in a run for the Snappers.

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Friday, April 4th: McKinney Goes Deep Twice in Ports Loss while Neal Leads Midland to Shutout Win and Murphy Drops Cats Debut

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide   4

LP – Ynoa 1-0 / 6.75

HR – McKinney 2 (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Billy McKinney

(2 Home Runs)

2013’s top draft pick for the A’s, outfielder Billy McKinney, seems to be adapting nicely to the California League. On Friday, the 19-year-old tagged two home runs in two consecutive at-bats in the 3rd and 5th innings. Both solo shots tied the game at the time, though Stockton would ultimately go on to lose the contest. With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th inning, after getting the first out, RHP Michael Ynoa allowed a single, then followed it up with two wild pitches, allowing the runner to reach third, and the winning run eventually came around to score on a fielding error by second baseman Chad Pinder. Starter Tim Atherton allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work and, in his professional pitching debut with the Ports, former outfielder Jeremy Barfield struck out 3 and gave up 1 run in 2 innings, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 perfect inning in relief. Designated hitter Renato Nunez collected 3 hits on his 20th birthday, while catcher Bruce Maxwell had a pair of hits and drove in a run in the loss.

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Spring Has Sprung!

Phoenix Muni

The A’s will be spending their last spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

As you may already know, A’s pitchers and catchers began reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix on Friday, with the team’s first workouts on Saturday. And there are already plenty of observations we can make about the major league team, as well as the minor league teams, at this point.

First of all, the A’s are still a very young team. On the 40-man roster, only two players – Coco Crisp and Nick Punto – were born before 1982, and only three of the team’s pitchers – Scott Kazmir, Jim Johnson and Jesse Chavez – will be over the age of 29 on opening day.

On Thursday, one day before pitchers and catchers began reporting to the A’s spring training camp in Phoenix, A’s assistant general manager David Forst told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game that he thought he knew what the A’s starting rotation was going to look like and mentioned Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily. That would make Tommy Milone the sixth starter in waiting at Sacramento, with recent acquisitions Josh Lindblom and Drew Pomeranz right behind him.

Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon, along with minor-league free-agent signee Matt Buschmann, will be the top contenders for the remaining spots in the River Cats rotation, with former perfect-game hurler Phil Humber likely serving time in Sacramento’s bullpen. Last year, Humber made 10 relief appearances for the Astros and came into 13 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Midland’s top three starters from last season – Murphy Smith, Sean Murphy and Zach Neal – would be the next in line to take a step up should there be an issue with any of the previously-mentioned A’s or River Cats starters. If the three of them remain at Midland though, the top three candidates to join them in the RockHounds rotation will be Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters.

Billy Beane and Bob Melvin

Billy Beane and Bob Melvin overseeing the action Saturday in Phoenix (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

The 21-year-old Alcantara is the hottest young pitching prospect in the A’s system at the moment, and the team would like to see him start the season in the RockHounds rotation and then see where his talent takes him from there. But at this point, it’s clear that Alcantara could be a fast-riser.

Former bonus baby Michael Ynoa will probably be the other most closely watched young pitcher in the A’s camp this spring. He’s been throwing hard in Phoenix, but the key for him will just be staying healthy and staying on the mound. It’s still expected that he’ll start the season at Stockton. But if he starts out well, he should be due for a quick promotion to Midland.

As far as relievers go, A’s manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Evan Scribner’s and Fernando Nieve’s initial bullpen sessions in Phoenix, and both are likely to end up starting the season as key cogs in the River Cats bullpen, as long as Scribner can clear waivers anyway.

One of last year’s biggest objects of attention when camp opened, Japanese shortstop Hiro Nakajima, won’t be making any headlines in big league camp this time around though, since Nakajima will be spending his time in the A’s minor league camp this year. But another shortstop, top prospect Addison Russell – who appears on schedule to become the A’s starting shortstop in 2015 – will definitely be getting a good chance to show the A’s staff what he can do this spring in the big league camp.

 

Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir

Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir take to the mound in Phoenix (photo via Jane Lee’s twitter @JaneMLB) 

 

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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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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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Friday, August 16th: Thompson’s Big Bat Leads Ports to Victory while Cats & Hounds Win and Snappers Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports First Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)

Stockton Ports First Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tucson Padres                  3

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Banwart 9-5 / 4.47

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

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

 

RHP Travis Banwart had a solid start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on just 4 hits over 6 innings to earn his 9th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 17th save. Third baseman Daric Barton singled, tripled and scored 3 times, while outfielder Michael Choice had 3 hits and drove in a run for the River Cats.

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Saturday, August 10th: Peterson’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory while Ports & Snappers Win and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (2 HRs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  10

Omaha Storm Chasers        8

WP – Billings 12-5 / 3.99

HR – Peterson 2 (11)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

Outfielder Shane Peterson had a big night at the plate on Saturday, hitting 2 home runs and driving in 5 runs for the River Cats. Starter Bruce Billings had a strong outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 12th win, while RHP Paul Smyth got the final 2 outs to post his 1st save.

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Sunday, August 4th: Cats Win behind Billings while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (7 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (7 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express         1

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Billings 11-5 / 4.04

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Bruce Billings

(7 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

RHP Bruce Billings turned in his third straight impressive start for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run and striking out 8 over 7 2/3 innings to earn his 11th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 12th save on Sunday. Outfielder Shane Peterson, shortstop Andy Parrino and catcher Ryan Ortiz drove in a run apiece for the River Cats.

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Thursday, July 25th: Cats Win in 9th while Hounds, Ports & Snappers all Come Up Short

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Bruce Billings (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

Sacramento River Cats   3

WP – Figueroa 3-3 / 4.40

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

 

Starter Bruce Billings had a strong outing for Sacramento on Thursday, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 8 over 7 1/3 innings of work. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning, outfielder Michael Choice tripled and designated hitter Michael Taylor singled him home to clinch the victory and hand the win to LHP Pedro Figueroa who’d gotten the final out in the top of the 9th. Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits in his return to the River Cats.

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