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Is the A’s Roster Set? And the River Cats Roster Too?

Will Hiro have A's fans smiling too?

Will Hiro have A’s fans smiling too?

On Monday, we unofficially learned that shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and would not be returning to the A’s, and we also unofficially learned that the A’s would be filling the hole at shortstop by signing Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. It was announced on Tuesday, after our last A’s Off-Season Transactions Update, not only that the Nakajima signing was official but also that, to clear room on the roster for their new shortstop, the A’s had traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Mets for Double-A third baseman Jefry Marte.

With the A’s new shortstop in the fold, it looks like their work is essentially done for the off-season and that the major league roster, barring any unforeseen (yet inevitable) injuries, is pretty much set. But it also seems that the Triple-A roster at Sacramento may be pretty much set at this point too. This really shows a remarkable level of certainty for an organization that’s typically had any number of question marks remaining at this time of year.

Below you’ll find a complete listing of the anticipated A’s and River Cats opening day rosters, barring any unexpected deals or injuries, as of this point in time almost 3 ½ months before opening day. Any changes should be minor, especially where the major league roster is concerned. I’d expect any changes to most likely come from potential moves involving some of the minor league pitchers or infielders. Following the roster lists below, we’ll go around the horn and discuss where things stand at every position for both the A’s and the River Cats…

 

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss

2013 OAKLAND A’S

–CATCHERS–

Derek Norris C

George Kottaras C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Chris Carter 1B

Jemile Weeks 2B

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

Adam Rosales IF 

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Josh Reddick OF

Coco Crisp OF

Seth Smith OF

Chris Young OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tom Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

–SUSPENDED FOR 5 GAMES–

Bartolo Colon

 

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

Steven Hill C

Daric Barton IF

Scott Sizemore IF

Andy Parrino IF

Eric Sogard IF

Stephen Parker IF

Scott Moore IF-OF

Grant Green IF-OF

Shane Peterson OF

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brad Peacock RHP

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

(+2 of the following 4 in the rotation with 1 in the bullpen & 1 traded or released)

Garrett Olson LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

James Simmons

James Simmons

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

James Simmons RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

2013 OAKLAND A’S

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

As far as the 2013 A’s go, catcher and first base are two positions that are pretty clearly set. Right-handed hitter Derek Norris and left-handed hitter George Kottaras will make up the A’s catching tandem. This likely won’t be a strict platoon though, as the A’s view Norris as their catcher of the future. I’d expect Norris to get between 350-400 at-bats, with Kottaras getting somewhere between 200-250 at-bats – of course, performance on the field could have a big effect on playing time behind the plate. The first base platoon of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter will remain in place in 2013. This should be a pretty strict left/right platoon, unless Moss regresses and Carter starts coming on strong, in which case the big right-hander could end up stealing some at-bats from Moss.

Second base may represent the biggest question mark on the A’s roster. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore both stand a decent chance of claiming the starting job, while prospect Grant Green appears to be a long shot. It’s my feeling that, as long as he can show in the spring that he’s ready to put it together, the edge will go to former #1 draft pick Weeks. But if Weeks looks like he hasn’t learned anything, then Sizemore should be ready to step in – though we do have to remember that he is coming back from an injury that sidelined him for a solid year and will be competing at a position that he hasn’t played much over the past two years. Whichever one of these guys doesn’t claim the major league job will probably end up at Sacramento with Green. At this point, my guess is that Weeks opens the season with the A’s, while Sizemore ends up at Sacramento waiting for a chance to come back and take over in the event that Weeks or Donaldson struggles – but that could very easily change based on what happens in the spring.

Your 2013 starting shortstop will be Hiro Nakajima, with Adam Rosales likely serving as his backup – as well as the backup at second at third. If Nakajima proves to be more of a “zero” than a “Hiro,” then Rosales will step in and start getting more at-bats at short. Josh Donaldson will be the starting third baseman unless and until he proves that his second-half surge last season was just a fluke. If that happens, then Sizemore is the most likely candidate to step in at third.

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the "Bernie Lean" dance competition

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the ‘Bernie Lean’ dance competition

In the outfield, the A’s have five players (Cespedes, Reddick, Crisp, Smith and Young) to fill the three outfield spots as well as the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Those four positions should offer up about 2400 at-bats, which would mean there’s close to 500 at-bats to go around for each of them – that’s if they’re all healthy. Of course, they won’t all be healthy. I’d guess that at just about any point in the season, one of them will be dinged up enough to, if not warrant a stint on the DL, at least warrant a little time out of the lineup. So I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about who plays where and when. I suspect it’ll work itself out one way or another and we’ll end up seeing plenty of all of them in the starting lineup.

As for the starting rotation, it’s important to remember that Bartolo Colon will be suspended for the first five games of the season and the A’s will play the first seven games of the season without a day off. That means that, barring injury, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily will open the season as the A’s starting five. Of course, there’s a reasonable chance that one of those pitchers could have some nagging injury to start the season. In that case, Colon could be ready to step into the rotation after the first week. If, miracle of miracles, all five starting pitchers are fully healthy and functioning to start the season, then Colon could always kill time in the bullpen until one of them is sidelined with a balky elbow, shoulder, rib cage or back.

The A’s bullpen will be a crowded place though. Aside from Colon, there will be nine or ten legitimate contenders for the seven bullpen spots. On the right-handed side of things, Grant Balfour will be the closer and Ryan Cook will be the primary right-handed set-up man, while Pat Neshek will surely have a spot after signing a guaranteed contract, and Chris Resop is bound to get a spot after the A’s made a concerted effort to acquire him from the Pirates. That would push Evan Scribner to Sacramento.

On the left-handed side of things, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins appear to be assured spots after their consistent performances throughout 2012, and Travis Blackley seems to be locked in as the long-man in the ‘pen. That would push Jordan Norberto and Pedro Figueroa to Sacramento. Of course, the odds that one of those seven relievers starts the season with some kind of injury is fairly high, which would open the door to one of those spots.

 

Daric Barton: Don't worry, A's fans - only in case of emergency!

Daric Barton: Don’t worry, A’s fans – only in case of emergency!

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, and take into account the fact that the Triple-A roster rarely includes more than 12 hitters and rarely has any fewer than 13 pitchers, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place.

The A’s acquired two experienced minor league catchers – 29-year-old Luke Montz and 27-year-old Steven Hill – who should share the catching duties at Sacramento this year. Meanwhile, veteran Daric Barton will be standing in at first base, waiting for his chance should anything happen with Moss or Carter.

If Jemile Weeks doesn’t make the roster in Oakland, then he’ll surely be the starting second baseman at Sacramento. But if Scott Sizemore is the one to get sent down, as I suspect, then I’d expect him to get the majority of the starts at second base in Sacramento, preparing himself in case Weeks again struggles. Andy Parrino, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross trade, is bound to be Sacramento’s primary starting shortstop this year. I’d expect to see the versatile Eric Sogard getting most of his starts at third base this year, while also picking up a few other starts around the infield. When Sogard’s not starting at third, then fading prospect Stephen Parker is likely to get some starts at the hot corner as well.

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Scott Moore, who has been the A’s most promising minor league free agent signing this off-season, can play third base, as well as first base, second base and the outfield, but will probably end up seeing a lot of at-bats as the designated hitter for the River Cats. Sacramento’s starting outfield should be made up of on-base machine Shane Peterson in left, top prospect Michael Choice in center and former top prospect Michael Taylor in right. That just leaves our old friend Grant Green, whom the organization could make the River Cats’ regular second baseman, but I’m guessing that, when it’s all said and done, they’ll end up utilizing his versatility and giving him starts all over the field – preparing him for his most likely future role with the A’s as a versatile utility man.

There are three pitchers who, as long as they’re healthy, are sure to make Sacramento’s starting rotation – top prospects Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray, along with left-hander Andrew Werner, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross deal. The rest of the River Cats’ rotation will be filled out by two of the following four hurlers – right-handers Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Travis Banwart, as well as major league veteran and minor league free agent signee Garrett Olson. Of the two who don’t make the rotation, one will likely end up as the long-man in the River Cats’ bullpen with the other either DL’d, traded or released.

Sacramento’s 2013 bullpen ought to boast an impressive array of arms who could be ready to step in and help at the major league level at a moment’s notice. If all the major league bullpen arms are healthy, then the River Cats’ ‘pen should include names like Evan Scribner, Arnold Leon, James Simmons and minor league free agent signee Mike Ekstrom from the right side and Jordan Norberto, Pedro Figueroa and minor league free agent signee Justin Thomas from the left side.

On the whole, it looks like a River Cats roster that ought to be more than ready to defend its division title and, hopefully, so should the 2013 A’s!

 

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Monday, September 3rd: Hounds & Ports Come from Behind to Win while Cats Fall in Finale and Bees Drop a Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Game-Tying Home Run)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Salt Lake Bees               16

(LP – Peacock 12-9 / 6.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had a tough time in his first outing for the River Cats on Monday. The right-hander allowed 4 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. But Brad Peacock had an even tougher time of it, giving up 7 runs over just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss and finish with a regular season record of 12-9 and an ERA of 6.01. Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day, tripled and drove in a pair of runs in the loss. The River Cats begin the first round of the PCL playoffs against Reno on Wednesday at Raley Field in Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Frisco RoughRiders      1

(WP – Daley 10-10 / 5.11)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Conner Crumbliss hit his 10th home run to tie the game in the top of the 6th inning. It remained tied until the top of the 10th when catcher Beau Taylor came around to score on a fielder’s choice by outfielder Eleizer Mesa. Pressed into service with Sonny Gray’s elevation to Sacramento, right-hander Paul Smyth made his first start of the season and ended up tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Jonathan Ortiz contributed 3 crucial perfect innings after Crumbliss’s game-tying homer, and Gary Daley picked up his 10th win with 2 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game. Midland finished the season with a record of 64-74.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   4

Stockton Ports   5

(WP – Treinen 7-7 / 4.37)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Chad Oberacker hit his 13th home run to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning, and infielder Michael Gilmartin singled in the winning run in the 9th with his only hit of the game. Shortstop Yordy Cabrera and outfielder Dusty Robinson both homered for the Ports. Starter Nate Long had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 10 hits in 5 innings of work, while right-hander Blake Treinen picked up the win with 1 scoreless inning in relief. Stockton finished the season with a 56-84 record, the worst in the 10-team California League.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

GAME #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  6

Burlington Bees                1

(LP – Hassebrock 2-2 / 4.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(2 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had a shaky outing in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take his 2nd loss, while first baseman Max Muncy had 2 of the Bees’ 6 hits in the game, including a double.

 

GAME #2

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  8

Burlington Bees                3

(LP – Mota 3-1 / 3.47)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Poor pitching and sloppy defense led the Bees to take their second fall of the day in Game #2 of Monday’s doubleheader, with right-hander David Mota getting tagged with the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell doubled in a run and stole a base for the Bees. Burlington begins the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday against Wisconsin.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Aberdeen IronBirds          3

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

(LP – Tanner 0-2 / 9.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brent Powers

(7 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 6 in 7 innings, and left with the game tied. Right-hander Berry Tanner ended up taking the loss after giving up the winning run in the 11th inning. Outfielder Austin Booker had 2 of Vermont’s 5 hits on the night.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Saturday, June 2nd: Robinson Homers in Ports Win as Cats, Hounds & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Dusty Robinson (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  3

Tacoma Rainiers            6

(LP – Peacock 6-3 / 4.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Stephen Parker hit a 2-run homer in the 8th inning to account for 2 of the River Cats’ 3 runs, outfielder Michael Taylor went 3 for 3, and Manny Ramirez left the game after singling in his first at bat. Starter Brad Peacock had some real control issues on Saturday, walking 5 batters and giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, and throwing 82 pitches before being lifted after 3 innings of work, but left-hander Sean Doolittle was sharp, striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Tulsa Drillers              6

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Gray 1-4 / 4.19)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Home Run / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had 2 of Midland’s 4 hits and put the RockHounds on the board with his 4th home run in the 6th inning. Outfielder Michael Choice tripled and scored the Hounds’ other run. Starter Sonny Gray took his 4th loss after after throwing 73 pitches in just 4 innings and allowing 2 runs.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

San Jose Giants  3

Stockton Ports    5

(WP – Treinen 5-4 / 4.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson homered and drove in 2 runs for the Ports on Saturday, and starter Blake Treinen allowed 3 runs and struck out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 5th win for Stockton.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees                 1

Quad Cities River Bandits  2

(LP – Macias 2-5 / 5.77)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 0 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Raul Alcantara rebounded from his last disastrous outing by throwing 6 shutout innings on Saturday, but right-hander Jose Macias allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, over 3 innings to take the loss.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 1:35pm PT

(Griffin vs. Carraway)

Tulsa @ Midland – 6:00pm CT

(Houston vs. Daley)

San Jose @ Stockton – 2:05pm PT

(Schumer vs. Murphy)

Burlington @ Quad Cities – 5:00pm CT

(Cole vs. Cornelius)

 

 

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Friday, May 11th: Bees Win, Cats Lose and Hounds Drop 2 as Ports’ Skid Hits 12

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees catcher Nick Rickles (Grand Slam)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Omaha Storm Chasers  7

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Castro 1-4 / 6.19)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Stephen Parker

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Omaha snapped the River Cats’ 4-game winning streak on Friday, holding Sacramento to just 7 hits. Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in the River Cats’ only run. Infielder Luke Hughes and outfielder Jermaine Mitchell each doubled as well. Starter Fabio Castro has another rough outing, allowing 4 runs over 6 innings to run his record to 1-4. The River Cats rotation will be receiving some help with the promotion of starter A.J. Griffin from Midland. Right-hander Jim Miller will be returning to the River Cats bullpen, with Andrew Carignan being recalled by the A’s. And one of Sacramento’s hottest hitters this season, Michael Taylor will be returning to the River Cats lineup, with Collin Cowgill being recalled by the big club.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds   2

San Antonio Missions  3

(LP – Haviland 1-3 / 6.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Michael Choice notched his 2nd home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough for Midland in the 1st game of Friday’s doubleheader. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 3 runs over 4 innings to take his 3rd loss.

 

GAME #2

Midland RockHounds   5

San Antonio Missions  6

(LP – Ortiz 1-1 / 1.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(3 Walks / 4 Stolen Bases / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Conner Crumbliss ran San Antonio ragged in the 2nd game of Friday’s doubleheader. The speedy outfielder reached base 3 out of 4 times, stole 4 bases, and crossed the plate twice. Outfielder Michael Choice drove in 2 runs, and catcher Ryan Lipkin doubled and drove in a run for the Rock Hounds. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 4 runs over 4 2/3 innings, and left-hander Sean Doolittle struck out all 3 batters he faced in 1 inning of work.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Modesto Nuts   5

Stockton Ports  1

(LP – Treinen 2-4 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(2 for 3 / Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton’s losing streak hit 12 on Friday, and the team has now lost 17 of its last 18 games. First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones homered in the 2nd inning for the Ports’ only run, and starter Blake Treinen allowed 3 runs over 6 innings to earn his 4th loss.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Cedar Rapids Kernels  8

Burlington Bees          12

(WP – Powers 3-2 / 4.84)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Nick Rickles

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Nick Rickles clubbed a grand slam in the 5th inning to give the Bees the lead, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth and first baseman Doug Landaeta both homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Royce Consigli homered and drove in 2. Starter Jose Macias, allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, over 4 innings of work, but left-hander Brent Powers came on to toss 4 innings in relief to earn his 3rd win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Iowa @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Coleman vs. Godfrey)

Midland @ San Antonio – 7:05pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Modesto @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Peoria – 6:30pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Francescon)

 

 

Saturday, April 28th: Head Leads Ports to Win as Cats, Hounds & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports infielder Miles Head (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Tucson Padres               6

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Billings 1-1 / 4.61)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day with Josh Donaldson stationed at third, had 3 hits including a homer and a double. Donaldson also homered. Starter Bruce Billings allowed 5 runs over 5 2/3 innings for the loss, but right-hander Andrew Carignan struck out 4 in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

San Antonio Missions  9

Midland RockHounds   6

(LP – Huttenlocker 0-2 / 7.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Dusty Coleman and outfielder Conner Crumbliss each drove in a pair of runs, starter Daniel Straily allowed 5 runs over 5 1/3 innings, but left-hander Sean Doolittle, making his first appearance since his promotion to Midland, struck out 2 in 1 inning of scoreless relief.

 

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports          11

Lancaster JetHawks   4

(WP – Long 2-0 / 1.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Miles Head

(4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton’s slumbering offense finally woke up on Saturday, exploding for 11 runs. Infielder Miles Head had 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and drove in 3 runs, outfielder Rashun Dixon doubled, homered and drove in 4, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones doubled and drove in 2. Starter Blake Hassebrock allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 8 over 5 1/3 innings, but right-hander Nate Long tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win.

 

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees            0

Lake County Captains  6

(WP – Granier 4-0 / 1.33)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Frankoff

(4 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Royce Consigli had 2 of the Bees’ 5 hits on the night, starter Jose Macias allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in just 3 innings of work, but right-hander Seth Frankoff turned in a noble effort, striking out 4 in 4 innings of scoreless relief.

 

 

Saturday, April 21st: Cats and Ports Win while Hounds and Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees third baseman B.A. Vollmuth (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  6

Reno Aces                     0

(WP – Threets 3-0 / 4.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(2 for 4 / Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third Baseman Stephen Parker and second baseman Brandon Hicks both homered, and outfielder Michael Taylor hit his team-leading 11th double. Starter Jarrod Parker was removed after tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings, presumably to keep him fresh for an anticipated start with the big club on Wednesday, replacing the recently demoted Graham Godfrey.

 

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds   1

San Antonio Missions  7

(LP – Daley 2-1 / 3.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Josh Horton

(2 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Josh Horton had 2 of the RockHounds’ 4 hits on the night. Starter Gary Daley had a rough outing, allowing 3 earned runs over 4 innings of work, but former first-round draft pick James Simmons struck out 4 in 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports  15

Modesto Nuts    7

(WP – Brown 1-1 / 2.70)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Myrio Richard

(Double / Triple / Stolen Base / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Myrio Richard had 3 hits including a double and a triple, catcher Beau Taylor also contributed 3 hits, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, outfielder Eliezer Mesa and infielder Miles Head had 2 RBIs apiece. Starter Blake Hassebrock had his 2nd consecutive rough outing, allowing 5 earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings, but left-hander Jacob Brown allowed just 1 unearned run over 4 2/3 innings for the win.

 

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Lansing Lugnuts  9

Burlington Bees   6

(LP – Frankoff 0-1 / 7.36)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman B.A. Vollmuth

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman B.A. Vollmuth had the biggest night of his pro career, slugging 2 home runs and driving in 4 runs, but starter Jonathan Joseph gave up 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings, and right-hander Seth Frankoff allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, in just 2/3 of an inning to take the loss.

 

 

Preview: Parker, Peacock and Ross Lead Rivercats Rotation in 2012

Raley Field in Sacramento

The opening day roster for the A’s Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, the Sacramento Rivercats, hadn’t been officially announced as of Wednesday night. But with a few exceptions, it’s pretty clear how the Rivercats’ roster will shape up.

The Rivercats are likely to start the season with 13 pitchers, including top prospects Jarrod Parker and Brad Peacock, as well as right-hander Tyson Ross until he’s needed as the A’s fifth starter in mid-April. The offense will include five outfielders led by promising sluggers Jermaine Mitchell and Grant Green, five infielders anchored by first baseman Chris Carter and third baseman Stephen Parker, and a catching corps led by top catching prospect Derek Norris.

The Rivercats’ regular lineup is likely to include Norris behind the plate – backed up by veteran minor leaguer Joel GalarragaCarter, Wes Timmons, Adam Rosales and Parker around the horn in the infield – with minor league pickup Brandon Hicks backing them up – and Green, Mitchell, Michael Taylor and minor league veterans Brandon Moss and Jeff Fiorentino rotating in the outfield and in the designated hitter spot.

The Rivercats’ rotation will be made up of Ross, Parker and Peacock along with returning Rivercats Travis Banwart and Carlos Hernandez. Meanwhile, the bullpen will primarily be comprised of minor league veterans, all of whom will be at least 26 years old at the start of the season, and most of whom were signed as minor league free agents in the off-season.

You’ll find the Sacramento Rivercats’ likely roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below. And be sure to check back with A’s Farm throughout the season for daily updates on all the A’s minor league games and top prospects!

 

Jarrod Parker

JARROD PARKER

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

Probably the most talented of all the A’s young pitching acquisitions this off-season, Parker was a first-round draft pick in 2007 who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and ended up missing all of the 2010 season. He returned to Double-A Mobile in 2011 and turned in a 3.79 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 112 in 130 2/3 innings. After earning a late-season call-up with the Diamondbacks, he gave up no runs in his only major league start. Parker should eventually end up as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher for the A’s, but he could benefit from a little more seasoning at Sacramento this year.

 

Brad Peacock

BRAD PEACOCK

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2006 – 41st Round

Of all the young hurlers the A’s acquired this off-season who pitched above Single-A last year, Peacock had the lowest ERA and the best strikeout rate of them all, turning in a stellar 2.39 ERA and striking out 177 in 146 2/3 innings between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg last year. He earned a late-season call-up with the Nationals and gave up only 1 run in 12 innings of major league action. The Florida native seems to be a smart pitcher who’s figured out what it takes to win, and it’d be surprising if he didn’t get a chance to be pitching in the majors before the season’s through.

 

Derek Norris

DEREK NORRIS

Right-handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 4th Round

The only hitter the A’s acquired in the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals, Norris certainly fits the A’s mold in that he’s a power hitter who has a propensity for drawing walks. His career minor league OBP of .403 no doubt got the A’s attention. But while he slugged 20 home runs at Double-A Harrisburg last season, he managed to hit only .210. If he can just keep his average above the Mendoza line, Norris could serve to bridge the gap between Kurt Suzuki and young catching prospect Max Stassi.

 

Chris Carter

CHRIS CARTER

Right-handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2005 – 15th Round

Acquired in the Dan Haren deal with the Diamondbacks, it was originally hoped that the slugging first baseman would be anchoring the heart of the A’s lineup by now. He’s put up big power numbers in the minors, clubbing 31 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento in 2010 and posting a career minor league slugging percentage of .540. But Carter will have to take the opportunity to open some eyes and really show the A’s what he can do at Sacramento in 2012.

 

Michael Taylor

MICHAEL TAYLOR

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 26

Drafted 2007 – 5th Round

Along with Carter, Taylor had lots of expectations thrust upon him as soon as the A’s managed to pry him away from Philadelphia. And while the 6’5” outfielder put up stellar numbers in the Phillies system, his progress has stagnated a bit since coming to the A’s. But Taylor does still have a .296/.371/.476 career minor league slash line along with some good tools. At 26 though, 2012 may be his last real opportunity to show the A’s just what’s he’s capable of.

 

Grant Green

GRANT GREEN

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

Green was originally selected by the A’s in the first round of the 2009 draft as a shortstop but has since been moved to the outfield. Midway through the 2011 season, Green took over in center field for Double-A Midland, where he turned in a .291/.343/.408 slash line. But his home run numbers dipped from 20 at Class-A Stockton in the 2010 season down to just 9 last year. His plate discipline has been an issue too, as he’s struck out three times as often as he’s walked in his minor league career. Still, he hits the ball hard and Green could earn a shot in the A’s outfield before long.

 

Jermaine Mitchell

JERMAINE MITCHELL

Left-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 27

Drafted 2006 – 5th Round

A six-year minor league veteran, Mitchell finally put it all together in 2011. The outfielder hit .332 with 29 doubles, 16 triples, 15 homers, and 27 stolen bases in 536 at bats between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento last season. He also posted an impressive .430 on-base percentage to go along with a .530 slugging percentage. The A’s brass thinks this talented player may have finally figured it all out and will be looking to his performance this year at Sacramento to determine whether or not he’s truly got what it takes.

 

-SACRAMENTO RIVERCATS LIKELY 2012 ROSTER-

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Tyson Ross

Jarrod Parker

Brad Peacock

Travis Banwart

Carlos Hernandez

 

LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS

Fabio Castro

Pedro Figueroa

Erick Threets

 

RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS

Jim Miller

Justin Souza

Merkin Valdez

Neil Wagner

Evan Scribner or Travis Schlichting

 

CATCHERS

Derek Norris

Joel Galarraga

 

INFIELDERS

Chris Carter

Wes Timmons

Adam Rosales

Stephen Parker

Brandon Hicks

 

OUTFIELDERS

Michael Taylor

Grant Green

Jermaine Mitchell

Brandon Moss

Jeff Fiorentino

 

 

Be sure to check back with A’s Farm throughout the season for daily updates on all the A’s minor league games and top prospects