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A’s In The AFL – November 13-18 Final Update

A's AFL MVP:  Infielder Sheldon Neuse

A’s AFL MVP:
Infielder Sheldon Neuse

 
A’s Prospect AFL Highlights
(November 13 – 18)

Monday, November 13th:
Catcher Sean Murphy and left fielder Jaycob Brugman each went 1 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa lost 10-3 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 14th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 4 with a home run, while left fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 3 with a walk, and RHP Nolan Blackwood retired the side on 6 pitches in the 9th in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 15th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5, while catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 4, and designated hitter Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 5 and drove in a run as Mesa won 5-2 on Wednesday to clinch a spot in the AFL Championship Game.

Thursday, November 16th:
Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 4 with a double, while RHP Logan Shore made the start and gave up 4 runs in 4 innings of work to suffer the loss. RHP Miguel Romero allowed 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 10-5 loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 17th:
No games scheduled.

Saturday, November 18th:
Designated hitter Jaycob Brugman went 3 for 4, while catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 3. Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, and RHP Nolan Blackwood tossed 2/3 of a scoreless inning in relief as Mesa lost the AFL Championship Game to Peoria 8-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, November 19th:
No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect Final Regular Season AFL Stats
(October 10 – November 16)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)
86 AB / 5 HR / 7 BB / 16 K / .314 AVG / .366 OBP / .570 SLG / .935 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)
68 AB / 0 HR / 10 BB / 7 K / .309 AVG / .413 OBP / .368 SLG / .780 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)
33 AB / 0 HR / 8 BB / 8 K / .182 AVG / .341 OBP / .242 SLG / .584 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)
24 IP / 35 H / 16 ER / 2 BB / 18 K / 6.00 ERA / 1.54 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)
11 1/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 16 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.79 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)
10 2/3 IP / 20 H / 9 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / 7.59 ERA / 2.16 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)
9 1/3 IP / 12 H / 5 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 4.82 ERA / 1.39 WHIP

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A’s In The AFL – November 6-11 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

 
A’s Prospect AFL Highlights
(November 6 – 11)

Monday, November 6th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 0 for 2 with 2 walks, while left fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a stolen base. Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 0 for 3 with a walk, and RHP Nolan Blackwood struck out 3 in 1 scoreless inning of relief to earn the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 7th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in 2 runs, while left fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 1 with a walk, and RHP Miguel Romero threw 1 scoreless inning of relief in Mesa’s 5-1 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 8th:
No games scheduled.

Thursday, November 9th:
Designated hitter Jaycob Brugman went 2 for 6 with a double, while catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with 2 walks, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 1 inning of relief to suffer the loss as Mesa lost 5-4 in 10 innings on Thursday.

Friday, November 10th:
RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work, while RHP Nolan Blackwood pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, and third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 3-3 tie on Friday.

Saturday, November 11th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 3 for 5 with a double and drove in 2 runs, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5 and drove in 2 runs, and left fielder Jaycob Brugman went 2 for 6 with a double and drove in a run. RHP Miguel Romero tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to earn the win as Mesa won 16-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, November 12th:
No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats
(October 10 – November 11)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)
73 AB / 4 HR / 7 BB / 14 K / .288 AVG / .350 OBP / .534 SLG / .884 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)
60 AB / 0 HR / 10 BB / 6 K / .317 AVG / .431 OBP / .383 SLG / .814 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)
21 AB / 0 HR / 7 BB / 4 K / .190 AVG / .393 OBP / .286 SLG / .679 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)
20 IP / 30 H / 12 ER / 2 BB / 13 K / 5.40 ERA / 1.60 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)
10 1/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 16 K / 1.74 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)
8 2/3 IP / 16 H / 8 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / 8.31 ERA / 2.19 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)
7 IP / 11 H / 5 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 6.43 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

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A’s In The AFL – October 30-November 4 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: IF Sheldon Neuse

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: IF Sheldon Neuse

 
A’s Prospect AFL Highlights
(October 30 – November 4)

Monday, October 30th:
Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a 3-run homer, and catcher Sean Murphy went 0 for 5, while RHP Miguel Romero threw 1 scoreless inning in relief, and RHP Nolan Blackwood allowed 2 runs in 1 inning as Mesa won 8-4 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 31st:
RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa lost to Salt River 8-2 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 1st:
Designated hitter Sean Murphy went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in a run, while right fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 2 with 3 walks in Mesa’s 8-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 2nd:
Designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a walk and hit a game-winning 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, while catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 4. RHP Logan Shore allowed 4 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Miguel Romero threw 1 scoreless inning in relief, and RHP Nolan Blackwood tossed 2 scoreless innings to earn the win as Mesa won 8-6 on Thursday.

Friday, November 3rd:
Designated hitter Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 3 with a walk, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 0 for 2, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa was shut out 3-0 on Friday.

Saturday, November 4th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 2 and drove in a run for the AFL East Fall Stars as the AFL East beat the AFL West 4-2 in the AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday.

Sunday, November 5th:
No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats
(October 10 – November 4)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)
56 AB / 4 HR / 6 BB / 12 K / .286 AVG / .355 OBP / .589 SLG / .944 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)
49 AB / 0 HR / 6 BB / 5 K / .286 AVG / .386 OBP / .347 SLG / .733 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Jaycob Brugman
5 AB / 0 HR / 4 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .444 OBP / .000 SLG / .444 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)
16 IP / 24 H / 11 ER / 2 BB / 11 K / 6.19 ERA / 1.63 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)
6 2/3 IP / 15 H / 8 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / 10.80 ERA / 2.70 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)
7 1/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 10 K / 2.45 ERA / 1.09 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)
6 IP / 9 H / 4 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / 6.00 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

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A’s Prospects Neuse & Murphy Take on the AFL

by Nick Badders / A’s Farm Arizona Correspondent

00aflafl_striahgt_logo_4vdwdld9_cg5m3bavWith the Arizona Fall League now about halfway through its schedule, A’s Farm took the opportunity last weekend to check in with a couple of the A’s top young prospects in the AFL.

22-year-old infielder Sheldon Neuse and 23-year-old catcher Sean Murphy were both top picks in last year’s draft. Neuse was Washington’s 2nd-round selection, while Murphy was the A’s 3rd-round pick.

Both players performed well this season while spending time with both High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. And they’ve both continued their strong performances for the Mesa Solar Sox this fall in the AFL.

 

SHELDON NEUSE

sn641914bTraded from Washington to the A’s last July in the Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal, Neuse started out the year at Class-A Hagerstown in the Nationals system. But he was bumped up to High-A Stockton upon joining the A’s organization, where he hit .386 with seven home runs in just 22 games. The infielder was then promoted to the Double-A Midland RockHounds for the last few weeks of the season and was part of their Texas League championship-winning team.

AF:  How much have you enjoyed having the chance to play in the Arizona Fall League?

SN:  It’s been fun – great atmosphere, good group of guys. We like to come out and compete and have fun at the same. It’s a good group and I’ve enjoyed being here.

AF:  You’re playing with some guys you played with in Midland. Is it nice being able to play with them a little longer since you’re new to the organization?

SN:  It’s nice, coming in to a new system halfway through the year and meeting a bunch of people. I wasn’t in Stockton very long. Got thrown right into a playoff run there in Midland, went a long ways, got to hang out with those guys a little bit longer. Then playing with some more here, you get familiarized with those guys, and it’s been fun. It’s been fun to hang around them – good ballplayers, good people.

AF:  What was your initial experience like in Stockton and Midland?

SN:  Just a different atmosphere. You’ve got better pitching, so you’ve really got to be on your game. You can’t take any at-bats off, ever. But even more so there, you’ve got to be locked in the whole time. I’d say the biggest difference is trying to stay within yourself, trying to trust the process.

AF:  Is there anything you’ve tried to work on in the AFL so far?

SN:  Just getting consistent, making sure I’m getting my best swing off, as much as I can. Battling with two strikes, trying to cut down on some of the strikeouts. And coming out and playing and just playing the best baseball I can.

AF:  You’ve spent time at third base and shortstop in your pro career, which position do you prefer?

SN:  Hitter.

AF:  Is there another position you’ve played outside of those two, either in high school or college? I know you pitched for a while before being drafted.

SN:  I can play anywhere, anywhere on the field. Anywhere they want to put me, I’m going to be comfortable there. I just want an opportunity to hit. So right now, just giving myself to play anywhere, showing that I can play anywhere in the infield, outfield, wherever they want me, just giving myself a chance to get in the lineup every day.

AF:  What was your reaction when you found out you had been traded?

SN:  I was excited. It was a new opportunity, a new door to go through. I can’t thank the Nationals enough for giving me a chance to play professionally and then the interest from the A’s. I left a bunch of good guys over there I still stay in contact with friends-wise, and a couple of those guys are on the team here. But just going into a new organization, it was a whole new opportunity. I took it with open arms and open mindset, and it’s been great.

AF:  It seems like you kicked things up a notch after the trade. You hit .380 combined at Stockton and Midland. Did you change anything or did the change of scenery help?

SN:  I think I just got hot, hot at the right time. I figured some things out, was able to get comfortable back in the box, stay confident and rode that wave last year.

AF:  You have played at four different levels since being drafted last year. How has the rapid rise been for you?

SN:  It’s been awesome – climbing that ladder, you know, chasing your dream. It’s happening a lot faster than I expected it to and just never stop working. This year is almost done. Wrap it up, stay healthy and finish the fall league strong. Then looking forward to next year.

AF:  What kind of differences did you see between the California and Texas Leagues?

SN:  Just pitching. You’re not going to get as many pitches to drive [in the Texas League]. You’re not going to get that many pitches over the plate. At different levels, guys can command. You’re going to get more off-speed pitches in hitters’ counts and better stuff, so you’ve got to be quick to the ball. And you’ve got to trust the work you put in to go out there and just play the game. See and react versus kind of work on stuff – you can’t do that at the next level because they’re going to eat you up. You’ve got to minimize your holes and maximize on opportunities and you get something to drive.

AF:  It seemed like the only change for you between Stockton and Midland was in your power numbers. Would you just chalk that up to a small sample size, playing just 18 games in Double-A, the California League being good for home runs, or Midland and the Texas League being brutal on power?

SN:  The ball flew better in California. You’ve got better pitching up there too in Double-A. And Midland, it’s a bigger ballpark. It’s going to play bigger, it’s going to be harder to hit those balls out. It’s the same process the whole time, the same mindset – just going in and looking for a pitch I can drive in the gap. If it goes out, it goes out. If not, I did my job. I drove the baseball, and that’s all I can do as a hitter.

AF:  What are your offseason plans?

SN:  Just enjoy some time off at first, spend some time with my family. And looking forward to getting back to work. I’ll probably work out normal come January and the new year and get ready for hopefully big league spring training.

AF:  Is there anything you’re going to try to work on when you do start working out again?

SN:  Just trying to pick up where I left off here. Staying confident and trying to stay consistent. Keep the swing that I have and try to get it more consistent if I can, to the point where it’s the same all the time. And try and go into spring training healthy as always, stay healthy the whole time and just make a good impression there.

2017 (Hagerstown): 9 HR / 25 BB / 66 K / .291 AVG / .349 OBP / .469 SLG / .818 OPS

2017 (Stockton): 7 HR / 9 BB / 25 K / .386 AVG / .457 OBP / .675 SLG / 1.132 OPS

2017 (Midland): 0 HR / 6 BB / 21 K / .373 AVG / .427 OBP / .433 SLG / .860 OPS

2017 (Total): 16 HR / 40 BB / 112 K / .321 AVG / .382 OBP / .502 SLG / .884 OPS

AFL: 3 HR / 5 BB / 12 K / .300 AVG / .364 OBP / .580 SLG / .944 OPS

 

SEAN MURPHY

sm669221bThe strong-armed backstop was drafted by Oakland in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft and has risen quickly, finishing the 2017 season with the Double-A Midland RockHounds after starting the year at High-A Stockton. Just before we spoke to him after last Saturday’s game, Murphy drove an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the game and help Mesa come back from a 6-2 deficit to post a 9-6 win over Glendale.

AF:  How has the Arizona Fall League experience been for you, playing with guys from different teams you’ve never played with before?

SM:  It’s just fun, meeting new guys, playing baseball. Meeting some different personalities is always nice.

AF:  You’re playing with some guys you played with last season – Sheldon Neuse, Sam Bragg, Nolan Blackwood. How nice has that been to have familiar faces around?

SM:  Obviously, to have some familiarity with some guys helps. But as you get closer to the team, you gel with other guys. It’s just nice having friends here.

AF:  What are some of the differences you found between hitting at Stockton and hitting in Midland?

SM:  Well, the Cal League is a hitter’s league for sure. The ball flies there. Then you get to Midland and that’s a graveyard, every part of the park. That’s an adjustment, understanding I’m not going to hit any cheap home runs out there.

AF:  You were just drafted last year, then you ended this season in Double-A. How have you felt about such a quick rise?

SM:  I’m just going with it. You don’t want to look ahead and try and see where you want to be in a year. It doesn’t do you any good trying to make projections like that in your head. You just play every day. It doesn’t do you any good to think about that kind of stuff.

AF:  As a catcher, were there any pitchers you worked with this season who impressed you with their approach?

Sean Murphy (photo: Nick Badders)

Sean Murphy
(photo: Nick Badders)

SM:  Obviously, A.J. [Puk]. He’s growing every day. It’s cool to watch him develop and grow and change as a pitcher, become more of a big-league style pitcher. Logan [Shore], Daulton [Jefferies], Brett Graves, all good. Sam Bragg is a bulldog out of the bullpen. I like all those guys.

AF:  You were drafted as a catcher who was known for your outstanding defense. What have you done since you were drafted to work on your hitting?

SM:  Well, I’ve done a lot of stuff. Some of it didn’t work, some of it did. Biggest difference is obviously the mental game, having a better approach, understanding the head space I want to be in while I’m at the plate.

AF:  Is there anything you’re trying to work on in the AFL?

SM:  Continuing. I’m not trying to get overwhelmed, not trying to think about other stuff. Again, it’s such a mental game that every great adjustment starts in your own head. It’s not a “mechanical this, mechanical that.” You’ve got to understand where you are in space and what your brain is doing.

AF:  What are your offseason plans? Are you going anywhere, trying to focus on anything?

SM:  No plans right now. Spend some time with loved ones, get some rest, start back up. Physically working on some baseball skills, some weightlifting, eat well. That’s about it.

AF:  Take me through your at-bat in the 8th inning today. First-pitch swinging, what were you looking for?

SM:  There, I was looking for a fastball. You have the bases loaded. If he threw a slider, I was just going to take it. But it’s just guessing he’s going to throw a fastball. I was just going to try and hit it on a line somewhere. Hit it off the end a little bit, but the swing I put on it was good enough and it worked for a single.

2017 (Stockton): 9 HR / 11 BB / 33 K / .297 AVG / .343 OBP / .527 SLG / .870 OPS

2017 (Midland): 4 HR / 21 BB / 34 K / .209 AVG / .288 OBP / .309 SLG / .597 OPS

2017 (Total): 13 HR / 32 BB / 67 K / .250 AVG / .313 OBP / .410   SLG / .723 OPS

AFL: 0 HR / 6 BB / 5 K / .289 AVG / .396 OBP / .356 SLG / .752 OPS

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A’s In The AFL – October 23-28 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

 
A’s Prospect AFL Highlights
(October 23 – 28)

Monday, October 23rd:
Catcher Sean Murphy and third baseman Sheldon Neuse each went 0 for 3 with a walk, while RHPs Miguel Romero & Sam Bragg each threw 1 scoreless inning in relief with Bragg earning the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 24th:
No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 3-1 loss to Scottsdale on Tuesday, but former A’s prospect Dakota Bacus struck out the side in 1 scoreless inning of relief for the Solar Sox.

Wednesday, October 25th:
Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double in Mesa’s 6-3 win over Peoria on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 26th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double, and designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, while RHP Miguel Romero gave up 5 runs in just 1 inning of relief, and RHP Nolan Blackwood allowed 2 unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings as Mesa lost 19-4 on Thursday.

Friday, October 27th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in 2 runs, while designated hitter Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 and drove in a run, while RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work to earn the win, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa won 5-1 on Friday.

Saturday, October 28th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run in Mesa’s 9-6 win over Glendale on Saturday, while outfielder Jaycob Brugman replaced injured outfielder Tyler Ramirez on the Solar Sox roster.

Sunday, October 29th:
No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats
(October 10 – 28)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)
46 AB / 2 HR / 5 BB / 12 K / .304 AVG / .373 OBP / .543 SLG / .916 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)
36 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .442 OBP / .417 SLG / .859 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)
12 IP / 17 H / 7 ER / 1 BB / 9 K / 5.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)
4 2/3 IP / 12 H / 8 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / 15.43 ERA / 3.00 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)
4 1/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)
4 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

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Arizona Fall League: Early Impressions

by Joseph Hartsock / A’s Farm Arizona Correspondent

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing with the second week of action in the six-week season now in the books. The Oakland A’s have sent seven prospects to play for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, and I’ve already seen some promising play from a number of these players. Let’s take a look at three A’s prospects who’ve been getting plenty of playing time in the AFL so far this season: infielder Sheldon Neuse, catcher Sean Murphy and starting pitcher Logan Shore.

 

Sheldon Neuse

sn641914bSheldon Neuse has been a very interesting player to watch this fall. As a 2nd-round draft pick of the Nationals last year whom the A’s picked up this summer from Washington, this is the first time I’ve had a chance to see Neuse play. In the first two weeks of the AFL season, Neuse has started all but two games for the Solar Sox. He has some real power potential and has hit two home runs in the first two weeks of play, one of those being a grand slam to help Mesa beat Scottsdale in the second game of the season. While facing a number of advanced pitching prospects in the AFL, his batting stats look good after the first two weeks; he’s hit for a slash line of .313/.371/.563. The only concern comes when you look at his 3 walks versus 9 strikeouts over his first 35 plate appearances. It’s worth noting that this is the first time he’s consistently faced this type of high-caliber pitching, but his strikeout numbers could be something to keep an eye on in the future. Neuse primarily played shortstop in college and has split time between third base and shortstop in the minors. But over the first two weeks in the AFL, he’s started one game at shortstop, two games as the designated hitter, and five games at third base. Looking at his frame and his mobility, he seems best suited to third. His defense is a bit of a question mark though, and he’s already made two throwing errors in the field. But I’m really looking forward to watching Neuse swing the bat more, since he frequently seems to make hard contact.

 

Sean Murphy

sm669221bSean Murphy has been a pleasure to watch behind the plate in the AFL. He’s been the primary backstop for the Solar Sox so far this season, catching six of Mesa’s first ten games over the first two weeks, including the two games that fellow A’s prospect Logan Shore has started. Behind the plate, Murphy’s work ethic and knowledge of the game make him a very solid defender. He doesn’t have much speed around the bases, but while catching, he looks a lot more agile and athletic. And his great throwing arm has already enabled him to catch a few runners attempting to steal. His bat has looked good, and he was boasting a .318 batting average after the first two weeks, though he’d yet to notch a home run after belting 13 in 98 games for Stockton and Midland this season. It’s fun to watch Murphy hustle behind the plate, and it’s always a treat to watch him rifle a throw to second.

 

Logan Shore

ls624519bI’ve had the opportunity to watch both games that Logan Shore has started in the AFL this season, and he ended up allowing 6 runs on 14 hits in 8 innings over his first 2 starts. It would have been nice to see a little more solid success from Shore. But with some of the best hitting prospects in baseball, this league can be tough on pitchers. Shore seemed to make some positive adjustments though, and I did see some progress between his two outings. In his first start, Shore was hit hard early, and even his outs were hit hard. A pair of double plays helped him escape with less damage, but he still allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings in his first start. In his second start, the hits weren’t quite as hard-hit, and some bad luck also contributed to his rough day. In the 1st inning, Mesa’s center fielder, Kyle Tucker, lost a ball in the sun. Later in the same inning, first baseman Ian Rice misplayed a ball that easily could have been ruled an error but instead was scored as a hit. Shore then cruised until his final inning. But in the 4th, he allowed a two-run homer off a fastball that he left in the middle of the plate, and he once again was charged with 3 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings. Shore doesn’t have a high-velocity fastball, so he needs to have command of his pitches. And in his second start, he seemed to have much better command and offered up far fewer hittable pitches. Hopefully, he’ll be able to make even more adjustments in his next start later this week.

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A’s In The AFL – October 16-20 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Catcher Sean Murphy

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 16 – 20)

Monday, October 16th:

Catcher Sean Murphy and third baseman Sheldon Neuse each went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning and RHP Nolan Blackwood threw 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa was shut out 2-0 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 17th:

Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5 with a double and drove in 2 runs, while RHP Miguel Romero allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, in just 2/3 of an inning of relief as Mesa won 8-5 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 18th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in 2 runs in Mesa’s 6-5 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 19th:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 6-4 win over Surprise on Thursday, but former A’s prospect Brendan McCurry tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief.

Friday, October 20th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 and drove in 2 runs and designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and scored twice, while RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 3 runs in 4 innings of work and RHP Nolan Blackwood threw 1 scoreless inning in relief to earn the win as Mesa won 7-6 on Friday.

Saturday, October 21st:

No games scheduled.

Sunday, October 22nd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 10 – 20)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)

32 AB / 2 HR / 3 BB / 9 K / .313 AVG / .371 OBP / .563 SLG / .934 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)

22 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 1 K / .318 AVG / .444 OBP / .409 SLG / .854 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)

17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)

8 IP / 14 H / 6 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.88 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)

2 2/3 IP / 5 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 10.12 ERA / 2.63 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 9.00 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 10-14 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Sheldon Neuse

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: IF Sheldon Neuse

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 10 – 14)

Tuesday, October 10th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, while designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 0 for 3 with a walk, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts as Mesa lost its season opener 7-4 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 11th:

Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 3 for 4 with a grand slam, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Nolan Blackwood struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief as Mesa won 9-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 12th:

Left fielder Tyler Ramirez went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk, and catcher Sean Murphy went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and drove in a run, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa lost 10-9 on Thursday.

Friday, October 13th:

Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer, while RHP Miguel Romero tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 4-2 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 14th:

Designated hitter Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a walk, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 3 runs over 4 innings of work as Mesa lost 4-3 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 15th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 10 – 14)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)

16 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 6 K / .375 AVG / .412 OBP / .750 SLG / 1.162 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)

10 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 0 K / .300 AVG / .500 OBP / .400 SLG / .900 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)

4 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 2 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)

1 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

1 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 9.00 ERA / 3.00 WHIP

 

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Preview: Shore, Murphy, Neuse, Ramirez Set to Lead A’s AFL Squad

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

00aflafl_striahgt_logo_4vdwdld9_cg5m3bavWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2017 marks the 26th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox again this year, where they’ll be joined by players from the Astros, Tigers, Cubs and Nationals.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers in the 200s, with the crowds comprised largely of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action and hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young Double-A hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona this year, including catcher Sean Murphy, infielder Sheldon Neuse and outfielder Tyler Ramirez, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent will be comprised of promising right-handers Logan Shore, Miguel Romero, Nolan Blackwood and Sam Bragg. Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz was originally scheduled to participate, but he’s still been bothered by an elbow strain and was replaced on the squad by Bragg.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2017–

 

sm669221bSean Murphy

Catcher

Age: 22

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

13 HR / 32 BB / 67 K / .250 AVG / .313 OBP / .410 SLG / .723 OPS

Last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s has always been valued for his strong throwing arm and his solid work behind the plate, but he also proved he has some pop by hitting 13 home runs this season. The 22-year-old slashed .297/.343/.527 for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League before earning a promotion to Midland the last week of June. He struggled a bit at Double-A though, putting up a .209/.288/.309 slash line for the RockHounds. His strong defense and power potential make Murphy the A’s top catching prospect, and he’ll have the opportunity to work on developing a little more consistency at the plate during his time in the AFL.

 

sn641914bSheldon Neuse

Third Baseman / Shortstop

Age: 22

Hagerstown Suns / Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

16 HR / 40 BB / 112 K / .321 AVG / .382 OBP / .502 SLG / .884 OPS

Acquired from the Nationals in the Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal, last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for Washington has done nothing but hit since joining the A’s system. After compiling 19 doubles, 9 home runs and a .469 slugging percentage for the Nationals’ Class-A Hagerstown Suns in the first half, the 22-year-old kicked things up a notch when he joined High-A Stockton, slugging a robust .675 and hitting 7 home runs in just 22 games for the Ports. While his power numbers dropped off after his August promotion to Double-A Midland, Neuse still managed to up put up an impressive .373 batting average to go along with a healthy .427 on-base percentage for the RockHounds. And he should continue to get the chance to see time at both third base and shortstop during his stint in the AFL.

 

tr669262bTyler Ramirez

Outfielder

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

11 HR / 73 BB / 133 K / .304 AVG / .398 OBP / .431 SLG / .829 OPS

Ramirez has proven to be a fast mover in the A’s system. After being drafted in the 7th round last year and spending most of last season with short-season Vermont, the left-handed hitter started this year at High-A Stockton and then moved up to Double-A Midland this summer without missing a beat. Improved competition hasn’t seemed to hinder the 22-year-old one bit. He hit better at Stockton than he did for Vermont, and hit even better for Midland than he did at Stockton. Ramirez has been remarkably consistent while hardly ever taking a day off and has a real knack for reaching base. His 73 walks were most among A’s minor leaguers, while his .398 on-base percentage was best among A’s prospects with at least 300 at-bats. He also compiled the second-most hits and tied for the second-most runs in the system this season. While Ramirez can play all three outfield positions, he seems to look most comfortable in left, where he spent the bulk of his time this season.

 

ls624519bLogan Shore

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / AZL A’s

80 2/3 IP / 83 H / 33 ER / 16 BB / 87 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.23 WHIP

Last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s got off to a good start for Stockton this season, putting up a 3.12 ERA over his first 9 appearances for the Ports before landing on the disabled list thanks to a lat strain. After being sidelined for a couple of months, Shore returned to the mound in July, but he had to endure a few rough outings for Stockton before finally finding his footing and posting a 3.24 ERA in 6 August starts. Shore has shown himself to be a consistent strike thrower, averaging 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings this season, and he possesses solid command of his pitches. But he only managed to make it to the mound for 80 2/3 innings in his first full season, so he’ll be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL this year.

 

mr673603Miguel Romero

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Beloit Snappers / AZL A’s / DSL A’s

31 1/3 IP / 31 H / 17 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 4.88 ERA / 1.34 WHIP

One of the A’s recent Cuban imports, Romero is a hard thrower who, in addition to a mid-90s fastball, also features a changeup and a slider. After making brief pit stops in the Dominican and Arizona Leagues, he looked solid in 3 starts for Class-A Beloit this summer, compiling a 2.25 ERA in his brief time with the Snappers. But the 23-year-old struggled after his promotion to Stockton. He notched 25 strikeouts in just 18 1/3 innings, but too many walks and home runs led to a bloated 6.87 ERA in his 8 appearances for the Ports. Romero finished the season on the disabled list for Stockton and logged just 31 1/3 innings in his first season in the U.S., so the A’s will be eager to get a better look at the hurler in the AFL.

 

nb670154Nolan Blackwood

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports

57 IP / 42 H / 19 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.00 ERA / 1.05 WHIP

Drafted by the A’s in the 14th round just last year, the sidearmer impressed in his first full season. The 22-year-old turned out to be a very reliable closer for Stockton, successfully converting 19 of 20 save opportunities this season. Blackwood led all A’s minor leaguers in saves while striking out 48 batters in 57 innings and giving up just 2 home runs all year in the homer-happy confines of the California League. The Mississippi native then failed to allow a hit or a run in a pair of relief appearances for Double-A Midland in the Texas League Championship Series, and he’ll get the chance to show what he can do against advanced competition this year in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds

68 1/3 IP / 69 H / 23 ER / 16 BB / 56 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

With Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz, who had been set to participate in the AFL this year, still sidelined by an elbow strain, Bragg will get the chance to return to the AFL for his second straight season. The 24-year-old also spent his second straight season with Double-A Midland this year, posting a solid 3.03 ERA in 45 relief appearances for the RockHounds. The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers, and he’s had equal success against both righties and lefties. Bragg seems to have gotten a bit stuck at the Double-A level though, so he’ll be looking for a strong AFL campaign to help open up some eyes and raise his stock in the organization.

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Saturday, September 16th: Neuse & Holmes Help Hounds Win and Force Decisive Game #5

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Sheldon Neuse (1 for 3 / Home Run / 2 Walks / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Sheldon Neuse (1 for 3 / Home Run / 2 Walks / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #4

Midland RockHounds  6

Tulsa Drillers                  3

WP – G.Holmes

HR – S.Neuse

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Sheldon Neuse

(1 for 3 / Home Run / 2 Walks / 3 RBIs)

After dropping the first two games of the best-of-five championship series, Midland won its second straight do-or-die game on Saturday to tie the series and force a decisive Game #5 on Sunday. Third baseman Sheldon Neuse, who was acquired from Washington this summer in the Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal, delivered the big blow for the battling RockHounds. After Texas League RBI champion Viosergy Rosa singled for the second time in the game in the top of the 5th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and give Midland a slim 1-run lead, Neuse then stepped to the plate and slugged a 3-run homer to provide all the runs the RockHounds would end up needing on Saturday. Neuse also drew a pair of walks in the game and is now 8-for-14 in the series, while catcher Sean Murphy singled, walked and scored a run for the Hounds. Texas League strikeout king Grant Holmes turned in a solid start for Midland, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, while striking out 6 over 6 1/3 innings of work to earn the win. Relievers Brandon Mann, Nolan Blackwood, Tyler Sturdevant and Kyle Finnegan combined to throw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, with Finnegan recording the final four outs for the RockHounds to register the save. RHP James Naile is set to take the mound as Midland attempts to clinch in its fourth straight Texas League title in Sunday’s decisive contest. Midland RockHounds Postseason Roster

 

Sunday’s Game:

Midland @ Tulsa (Championship Game #5) – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

 

 

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