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A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014

Former top pitching prospect Sonny Gray - who will be the next to make it big?

Former top pitching prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to report to spring training camp in just a couple of weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014. We’ve combined half a dozen different A’s prospect lists to come up with a consensus list that reflects a broad base of wisdom where A’s prospects are concerned.

You can find the prospect lists that we used to compile our consensus list at the very end of this piece. Some of the lists we’ve included are from better known sources and some are from lesser known sources, but they’ve all been chosen because they represent intelligent and informed opinions about the A’s system. For the purposes of this list, we’ve looked at the top ten picks from each list and assigned points to each player as follows: 10 points for each first place finish, 9 points for second, 8 for third, all the way on down to 1 point for each tenth place finish.

It’s interesting to note that the A’s 2012 top draft pick, shortstop Addison Russell, was the unanimous choice as the A’s top prospect, and the top five picks on our consensus list – Russell, McKinney, Alcantara, Ynoa and Nunez – were each included on all six lists. Six of the top ten are position players, while only four are pitchers. Half are products of the 2012 draft class. Half will also be 20 years old or younger to start the season, and only two are certain to start out above Class-A (Russell and Muncy, who are both expected to start the year at Midland), with none of the top ten starting out at Triple-A. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014…

 

A’S FARM’S CONSENSUS TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Addison Russell (SS) – 60 points / 6 lists

#2 – Billy McKinney (OF) – 41 points / 6 lists

#3-4 (tie) – Raul Alcantara (RHP) – 40 points / 6 lists

#3-4 (tie) – Michael Ynoa (RHP) – 40 points / 6 lists

#5 – Renato Nunez (3B) – 37 points / 6 lists

#6-7 (tie) – Daniel Robertson (SS) – 26 points / 5 lists

#6-7 (tie) – Matt Olson (1B) – 26 points / 5 lists

#8 – Bobby Wahl (RHP) – 21 points / 4 lists

#9 – Nolan Sanburn (RHP) – 12 points / 6 lists

#10 – Max Muncy (1B) – 10 points / 3 lists

 

arDSC02922dx#1 ADDISON RUSSELL

(60 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

The unanimous pick as the A’s top prospect, Russell got off to a slow start at Stockton in 2013 as the youngest player in the California League. But the then-19-year-old eventually settled in and put together a solid season both at the plate and in the field. The young shortstop slugged 29 doubles, 10 triples and 17 home runs and committed just 15 errors while playing on some pretty rocky California League fields. Russell’s attitude and his ability to learn and adapt has helped to fuel his fast rise. He’s scheduled to start the season at Double-A Midland but, if he gets off to faster start there than he did last year at Stockton, he could find himself in Sacramento before long. And with A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, Russell could be just a year away from landing in Oakland.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

bmc320x#2 BILLY MCKINNEY

(41 points / 6 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2013 – 1st Round

The A’s most recent 1st-round draft pick, the team went after McKinney because of his sweet swing. And the Texas native lived up to his reputation at the plate, hitting .326 in 215 at-bats in 2013. Though he might not flash a lot of power, his ability to make contact seems solid. The center fielder looked strong in the outfield as well. And a full season facing slightly more advanced pitchers in the Midwest League should tell us a lot more about how fast McKinney will rise in the future.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

raraul-alcantara01b#3-4 (tie) RAUL ALCANTARA

(40 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Acquired from Boston with Josh Reddick and Miles Head in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, with Sonny Gray and Dan Straily now in the majors, Alcantara has emerged as the top pitching prospect in the A’s minor league system. Splitting the season between Stockton and Beloit, the right-hander posted a 3.11 ERA and led all A’s minor league starters with a 1.16 WHIP. Alcantara flashed an impressive changeup and showed solid control – walking just 24 batters over 156 1/3 innings. The A’s might start Alcantara at Midland but, since he just turned 21, they could still take it slow and have him start the season at Stockton.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

myspringtraining22_4599LI-401x600#3-4 (tie) MICHAEL YNOA

(40 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The biggest bonus baby in A’s history, the team reportedly paid Ynoa $4.25 million when they signed him as a flame-throwing teenager out of the Dominican Republic back in 2008. Many injury issues later, Ynoa made it back onto the mound to throw 75 2/3 innings in 2013. The 6’7” right-hander looked impressive at Beloit, posting a 2.14 ERA in 15 starts, but he put up a 7.71 ERA in just 21 innings at Stockton. Ynoa is capable of flashing a mid-90s fastball and possesses tremendous potential, but he still needs to prove that he can command his repertoire and endure a full season on the mound. Ynoa might get the chance to do that at Midland, but he’s more likely to start the season at Stockton.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

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(37 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 20

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Another international bonus baby like Ynoa, the A’s reportedly signed Nunez for $2.2 million out of Venezuela in 2010. Nunez turned 19 on opening day last year and celebrated by hitting a 3-run homer. His raw power is what originally attracted the A’s to the young Venezuelan, and he notched 19 homers and 27 doubles for Beloit in 2013. Nunez could improve his plate discipline a bit though – he struck out 136 times while drawing just 28 walks last season. The third baseman also led all A’s minor leaguers with 39 errors in 114 games at the hot corner in 2013. But Nunez should get the chance to show off his bat with Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League in 2014. And as long as he continues to hit, the A’s will find a way to work around his glove.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

drdanielrobertson_mlb_display_image2#6-7 (tie) DANIEL ROBERTSON

(26 points / 5 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Drafted by the A’s with their next pick after Russell in 2012, Robertson is currently the second-best shortstop prospect in the A’s system. There was originally some question about his ability to play the position, but Robertson played solely at short last season and showed some ability to stick there. While being able to play short clearly increases his value, with Russell penciled in as the A’s shortstop of the future, Robertson should also start seeing some time at second and third to increase his versatility. The California native hit .277 with 9 home runs and a .353 OBP for Beloit in 2013. He spent part of the year hitting near the top of the lineup and showed some ability to get on base, but it’s hoped that Robertson can also develop a little more pop as his bat matures.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

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(26 points / 5 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

The next pick by the A’s after Russell and Robertson in 2012, Olson’s raw power potential was what most-impressed scouts. And in his first full season in the A’s system in 2013, he blasted 23 homers for Beloit, which was more than any A’s minor leaguer except for fellow first baseman Max Muncy. Olson also put up 32 doubles to go with 72 walks, 148 strikeouts and a .225 batting average. More than half his hits were for extra bases, putting him in that category of players who walks, strikes out and gets extra-base hits more often than he singles. The Georgia native should have the chance to put his power on display for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California league in 2014. And if the 6’4” first baseman can just cut down on the K’s and put a few more balls in play, he could be a big hit in Mudville.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

bwEP-130529103b#8 BOBBY WAHL

(21 points / 4 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2013 – 5th Round

With more college experience than most of the A’s current crop of pitching prospects, the former Ole Miss hurler could be poised to make a quick rise. Drafted last year in the 5th-round, Wahl signed later than most and only ended up getting into 10 games, all but one with Vermont. The right-hander boasts an impressive slider and clearly was able to fool a few of the NY-Penn League hitters he faced, striking out 27 of them in his 20 2/3 innings with the Lake Monsters. Expect to see him start the 2014 season in Beloit, where the typically chilly Midwest League spring temps could help Wahl put hitters there in a deep freeze.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

nsresized_99261-5csanburn3colbw_47-15782_t728#9 NOLAN SANBURN

(12 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2012 – 2nd Round

The first pitcher taken by the A’s in the 2012 draft, Sanburn is a hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Arkansas. And like Wahl, he’s one of the most promising college pitchers among the A’s current crop of pitching prospects. Sanburn didn’t sign quickly after the draft and only ended up making it into 7 games with Vermont in 2012. And injury issues limited him to just 16 games last year. In his 23 appearances since being drafted, Sanburn’s posted a 2.40 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 48 2/3 innings. And with a mid-90s fastball and a solid curve, the Indiana native could move quickly if he can stay healthy and get his work in on the mound.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

mmDSC02951cx#10 MAX MUNCY

(10 points / 3 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2012 – 5th Round

Muncy led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs, RBIs, total bases and walks in 2013. The Texas native is a better-than-average defender at first base too. And his 88 walks attest to the fact that he may have the best plate discipline of any current A’s hitting prospect. 21 of his 25 home runs came in the hitter-friendly California League, which tends to exaggerate almost everyone’s power numbers, but it was still a solid season for Muncy. He struggled a bit after making the move to Midland but, after a rough first few weeks, he seemed to settle in and start having productive at-bats again. Muncy should start the 2014 season back at Midland, where he’ll be joined in the infield by shortstop Addison Russell. And of all the A’s top hitting prospects besides Russell, Muncy is probably the most advanced at this point.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

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Last Year’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List

 

Baseball America’s Top A’s Prospects

MLB.com’s Top A’s Prospects

Oakland Clubhouse’s Top A’s Prospects

Bleacher Report’s Top A’s Prospects

Prospect 361’s Top A’s Prospects

Grading On The Curve’s Top A’s Prospects

 

 

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A’s Farm in Top 5 MLB Blogs in 2013!

A's Farm joins the Top 5!

A’s Farm joins the big 5!

Well, the results are in – and A’s Farm was ranked in the Top 5 MLB blogs for 2013! At our peak late in the season, we were averaging almost 6,000 hits per week and over 20,000 hits per month. And we want to be sure to thank all you devoted A’s fans who are clearly committed to learning as much as possible about the organization from top to bottom.

We also want to thank MLB Trade Rumors for repeatedly featuring A’s Farm as one of their top blog picks of the week, Baseball Reference for regularly featuring us in their player news section, and A’s Nation who’s allowed us to provide weekly minor league updates during the season for all those A’s fans who get their A’s news from the biggest and best A’s blog on the web.

In 2013, A’s Farm profiled the A’s top prospects, offered progress reports on the team’s top draft picks, named the A’s organizational all-stars, and featured interviews with top players and prospects like Dan Straily, Sonny Gray and Addison Russell, along with front office personnel like director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, director of player personnel Billy Owens, scouting director Eric Kubota and super scout Grady Fuson. All that in addition to our daily updates on all the A’s minor league affiliates – the Sacramento River CatsMidland RockHounds, Stockton PortsBeloit SnappersVermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s.

Stay tuned for much more right here in 2014, and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm, and sign up to get our weekly A’s minor league update e-mailed to you during the season to stay up to date on all the latest down on the farm!

Preview: Top Prospects Russell & Muncy Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

AFLWhile the fall is an important time for A’s players and fans alike when it comes to post-season play, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And as the A’s begin Game #4 of their American League playoff series against Detroit on Tuesday, some of the team’s top prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for the past couple of decades now, and its schedule runs for about 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 this year, where they’ll be joined by prospects from the Cubs, Nationals, Tigers and Angels.

The attendance at AFL games typically tops out at around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised of a healthy dose 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 to hopefully help advance their development.

The A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of minor league relievers like right-handers Ryan Dull and Seth Frankoff and left-handers Jeff Urlaub and Omar Duran, while some of the team’s top hitting prospects will be seeing some action in Arizona, including shortstop Addison Russell, first baseman Max Muncy and catcher David Freitas.

 

A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2013

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Addison Russell – Shortstop – Age: 19

Stockton Ports / Sacramento River Cats

17 HR / .269 AVG / .369 OBP / .495 SLG / .865 OPS

 

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Max Muncy – First Baseman – Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

25 HR / .273 AVG / .381 OBP / .476 SLG / .857 OPS

 

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David Freitas – Catcher – Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / Sacramento River Cats

10 HR / .231 AVG / .306 OBP / .368 SLG / .674 OPS

 

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Ryan Dull – RHP – Age: 24

Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

60 IP / 44 H / 16 ER / 9 BB / 78 K / 2.40 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 19 SV

 

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Seth Frankoff – RHP – Age: 25

Stockton Ports

74 1/3 IP / 57 H / 23 ER / 23 BB / 93 K / 2.78 ERA / 1.08 WHIP / 4 SV

 

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Jeff Urlaub – LHP – Age: 26

Midland RockHounds

46 2/3 IP / 49 H / 20 ER / 13 BB / 40 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 1 SV

 

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Omar Duran – LHP – Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Vermont Lake Monsters

58 1/3 IP / 39 H / 27 ER / 43 BB / 91 K / 4.17 ERA / 1.41 WHIP / 3 SV

 

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A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

1B Anthony Aliotti's sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

First baseman Anthony Aliotti’s sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

With the 2013 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2013. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2013. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category, and players no longer with the organization were not included. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 20 starts for each full-season team or at least 10 starts for short season teams, while closers were selected from each team’s season saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Stephen Vogt (13 HR / .324 AVG / .398 OBP / .547 SLG / .945 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .191 AVG / .282 OBP / .266 SLG / .548 OPS)

Stockton – Phil Pohl (9 HR / .228 AVG / .288 OBP / .398 SLG / .686 OPS) *

Beloit – Nick Rickles (7 HR / .261 AVG / .291 OBP / .390 SLG / .682 OPS) *

Vermont – Josh Miller (0 HR / .176 AVG / .239 OBP / .214 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – Andy Paz (2 HR / .228 AVG / .304 OBP / .337 SLG / .641 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (7 HR / .297 AVG / .423 OBP / .430 SLG / .853 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (14 HR / .324 AVG / .416 OBP / .480 SLG / .896 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Muncy (25 HR / .273 AVG / .381 OBP / .476 SLG / .857 OPS) *

Beloit – Matt Olson (23 HR / .225 AVG / .326 OBP / .435 SLG / .761 OPS)

Vermont – Ryan Huck (5 HR / .285 AVG / .378 OBP / .465 SLG / .843 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Gabriel Santana (1 HR / .267 AVG / .305 OBP / .342 SLG / .646 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jemile Weeks (4 HR / .271 AVG / .376 OBP / .369 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (3 HR / .255 AVG / .338 OBP / .382 SLG / .720 OPS) *

Stockton – Antonio Lamas (12 HR / .255 AVG / .304 OBP / .381 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Bostick (14 HR / .282 AVG / .354 OBP / .452 SLG / .806 OPS)

Vermont – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .228 AVG / .331 OBP / .248 SLG / .580 OPS)

AZL A’s – Joe Bennie (1 HR / .246 AVG / .380 OBP / .369 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (4 HR / .210 AVG / .300 OBP / .302 SLG / .602 OPS)

Midland – Darwin Perez (3 HR / .237 AVG / .326 OBP / .333 SLG / .659 OPS)

Stockton – Addison Russell (17 HR / .269 AVG / .369 OBP / .495 SLG / .865 OPS) *

Beloit – Daniel Robertson (9 HR / .277 AVG / .353 OBP / .401 SLG / .754 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Pinder (3 HR / .200 AVG / .286 OBP / .293 SLG / .579 OPS)

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .239 AVG / .276 OBP / .359 SLG / .634 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Hiro Nakajima (4 HR / .283 AVG / .331 OBP / .367 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (2 HR / .278 AVG / .349 OBP / .380 SLG / .729 OPS)

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (21 HR / .212 AVG / .301 OBP / .408 SLG / .709 OPS)

Beloit – Renato Nunez (19 HR / .258 AVG / .301 OBP / .423 SLG / .725 OPS)

Vermont – Luis Baez (1 HR / .184 AVG / .223 OBP / .230 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – A.J. Kubala (4 HR / .147 AVG / .266 OBP / .353 SLG / .619 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Choice (14 HR / .302 AVG / .390 OBP / .445 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (13 HR / .259 AVG / .389 OBP / .421 SLG / .810 OPS) *

Stockton – Rashun Dixon (16 HR / .215 AVG / .349 OBP / .424 SLG / .772 OPS) *

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (14 HR / .260 AVG / .337 OBP / .446 SLG / .783 OPS)

Vermont – B.J. Boyd (8 HR / .285 AVG / .375 OBP / .442 SLG / .817 OPS)

AZL A’s – Justin Higley (6 HR / .275 AVG / .363 OBP / .490 SLG / .853 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (12 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .387 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – D’Arby Myers (5 HR / .285 AVG / .320 OBP / .388 SLG / .707 OPS)

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .276 AVG / .343 OBP / .454 SLG / .797 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Vertigan (0 HR / .243 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

Vermont – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .283 AVG / .364 OBP / .344 SLG / .708 OPS)

AZL A’s – Billy McKinney (3 HR / .326 AVG / .387 OBP / .437 SLG / .824 OPS) *

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (18 HR / .281 AVG / .360 OBP / .474 SLG / .833 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (6 HR / .237 AVG / .305 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (21 HR / .210 AVG / .279 OBP / .395 SLG / .674 OPS)

Beloit – John Wooten (20 HR / .257 AVG / .333 OBP / .430 SLG / .764 OPS)

Vermont – Tyler Marincov (3 HR / .215 AVG / .302 OBP / .313 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (2 HR / .213 AVG / .267 OBP / .279 SLG / .546 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jeremy Barfield (12 HR / .213 AVG / .298 OBP / .407 SLG / .706 OPS) *

Midland – Jake Goebbert (22 HR / .262 AVG / .354 OBP / .474 SLG / .828 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (18 HR / .250 AVG / .322 OBP / .428 SLG / .751 OPS)

Beloit – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .289 AVG / .408 OBP / .342 SLG / .750 OPS) *

Vermont – Michael Soto (3 HR / .206 AVG / .258 OBP / .335 SLG / .593 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .246 AVG / .288 OBP / .341 SLG / .628 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Sonny Gray (118 1/3 IP / 117 H / 45 ER / 39 BB / 118 K / 3.42 ERA / 1.32 WHIP)

Midland – Carlos Hernandez (152 IP / 142 H / 45 ER / 41 BB / 106 K / 2.66 ERA / 1.20 WHIP) *

Stockton – Tanner Peters (165 2/3 IP / 167 H / 75 ER / 27 BB / 159 K / 4.07 ERA / 1.17 WHIP)

Beloit – Seth Streich (110 2/3 IP / 114 H / 47 ER / 41 BB / 82 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Brent Powers (95 2/3 IP / 88 H / 33 ER / 29 BB / 85 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ronald Herrera (78 1/3 IP / 86 H / 35 ER / 13 BB / 66 K / 4.02 ERA / 1.26 WHIP) *

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Brian Gordon (63 IP / 61 H / 25 ER / 9 BB / 66 K / 3.57 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 23 SV)

Midland – Kyler Newby (60 IP / 57 H / 18 ER / 19 BB / 59 K / 2.70 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 7 SV) *

Stockton – Jonathan Joseph (64 1/3 IP / 46 H / 25 ER / 28 BB / 76 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.15 WHIP / 6 SV)

Beloit – Ryan Dull (60 IP / 44 H / 16 ER / 9 BB / 78 K / 2.40 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Vermont – Trevor Bayless (24 1/3 IP / 28 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 29 K / 3.70 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV) *

AZL A’s – Travis Pitcher (21 1/3 IP / 19 H / 4 ER / 13 BB / 27 K / 1.69 ERA / 1.50 WHIP / 3 SV)

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A’s Farm in Top 3 MLB Blogs for 2nd Straight Month!

Whaddaya say Dick, can we make it 3 in a row?

 Whaddaya say Dick, can we make it three in a row?

A’s Farm cracked into the top 3 MLB blogs last month, and it looks like we managed to hang on to our top 3 spot again in August. Thanks to all you A’s fans out there who’ve made A’s Farm a regular stop to stay up to date on all the A’s minor league teams and top prospects!

In the past month, we’ve brought you progress reports on the A’s 2013 draft class as well as the A’s 2012 draft class, along with our recent feature on the A’s minor league hitting and pitching leaders this season.

Make sure you stay tuned to A’s Farm for updates on all the A’s top prospects. And if you haven’t already, be sure to like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm, and sign up to get our weekly A’s minor league recap e-mailed to you free if you want to stay up to date on all the latest down on the farm!

A’s 2013 Organizational Hitting & Pitching Leaders

 

–HITS–

aa515f9f7b7201c.preview-300b160 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

154 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

143 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

141 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

138 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–DOUBLES–

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35 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

33 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

32 Ryan Mathews OF (Bel)

32 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

 

–TRIPLES–

cooboberacker412 Chad Oberacker OF (Mid)

10 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

8 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto) / Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n525 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

23 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

22 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

21 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

21 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5249 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

237 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

227 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

221 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

221 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–RBIs–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5100 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

93 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

92 Tony Thompson 1B-3B (Sto)

89 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

89 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–RUNS–

jwJemile+Weeks+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+N9ruLJUyFFkl296 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

90 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

89 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

86 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

77 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac) / Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

 

–WALKS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n588 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

87 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

81 Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

81 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

80 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

bv954719_10151534502031662_1845505909_n161 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

160 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

159 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

148 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

146 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

cbDSC02502xxd25 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

22 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

21 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

21 Brett Vertigan OF (Bel)

20 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

 

–CAUGHT STEALING–

dcdusty-coleman10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

9 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

8 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

8 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–ERRORS–

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato339 Renato Nunez 3B (Bel)

31 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

23 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

22 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

21 Darwin Perez SS-2B (Mid)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

bmc320x.326 Billy McKinney OF (AZL-Ver)

.325 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.324 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.324 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.302 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

dbdaricbartonoaklandathleticsvminnesota7as3wx7nofbl.423 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

.416 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.408 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

.398 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.390 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.547 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.500 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.495 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.480 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.476 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.945 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.896 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.879 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.865 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.857 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

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Wednesday, September 4th: Beloit Wins Wild Playoff Game in Extras while Vermont Falls in Finale

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Second Baseman Chris Bostick (4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 Beloit Snappers 2B Chris Bostick    (4 for 5 / HR / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

MIDWEST LEAGUE PLAYOFFS – Game #1

Beloit Snappers      9

Clinton LumberKings  6

WP – Austin House

HR – Renato Nunez, Chris Bostick, Nick Rickles

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

The Snappers won the first game in their best-of-three playoff series with Clinton by a score of 9-6 in 10 innings on Wednesday. Starter Derek De Young allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 4 innings of work, while RHP Vince Voiro gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief. The Snappers were down 2-0 until third baseman Renato Nunez hit a 2-run homer to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning. Second baseman Chris Bostick homered in the top of the 9th to give Beloit the lead, and catcher Nick Rickles hit a 2-run homer later in the inning to give the Snappers a 3-run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. RHP Austin House then proceeded to give up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game, with the tying run scoring on an error by second baseman Bostick. Beloit then loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, and Chris Bostick doubled to clear the bases and give the Snappers back the lead. House picked up the win despite allowing another run in the bottom of the 10th, and Beloit clinched Game #1 at Clinton and headed back home to try to win one of the next 2 games on the team’s home turf.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Staten Island Yankees        5

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

LP – Paulino 2-3 / 2.79

HR – Pinder (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

The Lake Monsters lost their rain-shortened season finale by a score of 5-2 after 5 innings on Wednesday. After spending the past month and a half on the disabled list, RHP Gregory Paulino started the game but went just 1 inning, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 3 and ended up taking the loss. After looking impressive in his first outing for Vermont, 18-year-old RHP Ronald Herrera gave up 4 runs on 7 hits over 2 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Cristhian Perez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. The A’s 3rd overall pick in this year’s draft, shortstop Chad Pinder, hit a 2-run homer to account for all the Lake Monsters’ scoring in the game, while top draft pick Billy McKinney went 0 for 3 to finish with a .353 batting average in his 9 games for Vermont, and the Lake Monsters wrapped up their season with a record of 33-43.

 

Thursday’s Game:

Clinton @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT (Midwest League Playoff Game)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 3rd: Vermont Splits a Pair as Powers Posts Shutout & McKinney Homers

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Brent Powers (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Brent Powers (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

GAME #1

Staten Island Yankees        6

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

LP – Vattuone 1-1 / 4.61

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lou Trivino

(3 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)

 

In the completion of Monday’s suspended game, Vermont lost 6-2 on Tuesday. RHP Lou Trivino got things off to a good start on Monday by tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit while walking none and striking out 3, and he had a 1-run lead when play was halted. But when play resumed on Tuesday, RHP Junior Mendez allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits over 2 2/3 innings of work, and RHP Dominique Vattuone gave up 4 runs in just 1 inning of relief to take the loss. First baseman Michael Soto and outfielder Billy McKinney both singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Lake Monsters.

 

GAME #2

Staten Island Yankees        0

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

WP – Powers 6-3 / 2.43

HR – McKinney (1), Macklin (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brent Powers

(7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

In Tuesday’s second game, LHP Brent Powers had one of his best outings of the season, tossing a complete-game 7-inning shutout for Vermont. Powers gave up 5 hits while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 scoreless innings to earn his 6th win. A’s top draft pick Billy McKinney also had a big game, collecting 3 hits, including his 1st home run for Vermont, to raise his average with the Lake Monsters to .387.

 

Wednesday’s Game:

Beloit @ Clinton – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT (Midwest League Playoff Game)

Staten Island @ Vermont – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

 

 

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Monday, September 2nd: Cats & Hounds Win on Final Day while Ports & Snappers Fall in Regular Season Finales

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Tacoma Rainiers               6

WP – Leon 5-3 / 4.42

HR – Goebbert (4), Norris (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had a rocky outing in the River Cats’ finale, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings, but he still ended up earning his 5th win on Monday, while RHP Brian Gordon picked up his 23rd save to establish a new single-season record for Sacramento. Outfielder Jake Goebbert hit a 2-run homer to tie the game in the 2nd inning, while catcher Derek Norris homered in the 9th. First Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits and drove in a run, and shortstop Addison Russell notched his first hit for the River Cats and ended his 3-game stint with Sacramento having gone 1 for 13 with 9 strikeouts. Meanwhile, the River Cats ended their season with a 79-65 record and the highest home attendance of any team in the Pacific Coast League with 607,329 fans having attended Raley Field this year.

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Sunday, September 1st: Ports Win Behind Robinson’s Big Bat while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Dusty Robinson (4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Dusty Robinson (4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Tacoma Rainiers              10

LP – Okajima 1-3 / 4.22

HR – Taylor (18), Goebbert (3), Ortiz (3), Norris (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Derek Norris

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

Rehabbing catcher Derek Norris, serving as the designated hitter on Sunday, had 3 hits, including a home run, and drove in 3 runs, while catcher Ryan Ortiz and outfielders Michael Taylor and Jake Goebbert all homered as well, and shortstop Addison Russell went 0 for 5 in his second game for Sacramento. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 5 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings, but he still left the game with the lead. LHP Hideki Okajima gave up 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th though to take the loss. In other news, with major league rosters expanding on Sunday, the A’s called up River Cats infielders Jemile Weeks and Andy Parrino, outfielder Michael Choice and LHP Pedro Figueroa.

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