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Exclusive: A’s Director of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi Talks Top Prospects with A’s Farm – Part 2

fz0511cnzaidi_x582cYesterday, we brought you Part 1 of A’s Farm’s exclusive interview with A’s director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, where he gave us the lowdown on top prospects Addison Russell, Dan Straily, Michael Choice, Sonny Gray and Grant Green. In Part 2, we’ll cover Miles Head, Daniel Robertson, Renato Nunez, Michael Ynoa and more of the A’s top prospects. So let’s get back to the action – we rejoin our game, already in progress…

AF:  Next on our list is a guy who got off to a phenomenal start last year, hitting probably as well as anyone in pro ball in the first half at Stockton, and who you guys very shrewdly targeted in last year’s trade with Boston – and that’s third baseman Miles Head. He came back down to earth a bit at Midland in the second half but still held his own there. Tell me what you think about Miles Head at his point and where you see him playing in the field this year now that you’ve got another third baseman like Jefry Marte in the system who’s basically at the same level as him.

mh542535_10150896496846662_1633034326_nFZ:  He was a guy that we did sort of tack on to that deal a little late. And one of the things about him, similar to the Brandon Moss story, when we went and looked at him in the 2011 season, he was a guy who got better every month – first in the South Atlantic League and then even in the Carolina League in 2011, where his overall numbers weren’t great. He was getting better there every month. We’re very optimistic about him. He’s one of the best pure hitters in the system. He’s a very aggressive hitter. He wants to put the ball in play, and he makes consistently loud contact. Defensively, we moved him over to third base last year, the position he played as an amateur. Everybody has more value at third base than at first base. But in the long run, he’s going to be a guy who plays both positions. And with Marte in the system, and both of those guys potentially starting the year in Double-A, I think both guys will see time at both spots. That still enables both guys to get plenty of reps at third, but it’s a case where having that flexibility and experience at a couple of different spots doesn’t hurt.

AF:  The seventh guy on our list was your second overall draft pick last year, shortstop Daniel Robertson. He got off to a great start in the Arizona League. He had a little tougher time of it in his brief time at Vermont, but obviously everybody still seems to feel very positive about his abilities and what he’s capable of doing in the long run. So tell me what you think about Daniel Robertson at this stage of the game.

drdanielrobertson_mlb_display_imageFZ:  We feel very good about him. You’re right. He played very well in Arizona. He didn’t really have the results to show for it in Vermont, but nobody who was there thought that he was over-matched. And if he had another 10 or 20 games in the season at Vermont, I think he would have brought up his numbers. So we’re not concerned about that small sample that he had there. He’s one of the brightest and most motivated players I think we’ve ever brought into the system, so the intangibles that he brings in make you all the more excited about him. And our guys who really study swings, from (minor league hitting coordinator) Todd Steverson on down, all think he has one of the best and one of the most compact swings of the young guys out there. So that’s exciting when you hear about those kinds of skills that you know translate as you move up the ladder.

AF:  Where do you see him playing in the field this year? Do you see him still starting at shortstop, or do you plan on moving him around the infield a bit?

FZ:  It really sort of depends on how things shake out on the depth chart. His ability to play probably the most premium position on the field isn’t something you want to give up easily. So I think he’ll probably wind up getting time at both spots on the left side of the infield. But as well as he played short when he got the chance last year, we think it’s worth keeping him there and having him get some reps there.

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato3AF:  Eighth on our list is another infielder who hit really well in Arizona last year, and that’s third baseman Renato Nunez. He obviously doesn’t seem to have any problem swinging the bat, but he’s been a little shaky in the field thus far. So tell me what you think of Nunez both offensively and defensively at this point.

FZ:  Yeah, you’re right. It was great to see him come over last year and put up the numbers that he did. And it was actually just a little unfortunate that we ran out of time and didn’t get the chance to move him up to Vermont because he was as deserving as Robertson and Olson of getting that late-season promotion. Defensively, it’s a work in progress. He has all the tools. I think it’s just a matter of him getting a few reps. Our defensive coaches, Juan Navarrete and the rest of the group, feel good about his chances to improve at third. You know, people have said this for a long time, you don’t want to read too much into error totals at the low minor league level. I think Derek Jeter’s first full season error total (56 in 126 games) is one of the most constantly thrown around statistics. We’re not concerned about that. He has plenty of time to work on refining his skills.

nsresized_99261-5csanburn3colbw_47-15782_t728AF:  Ninth on our list is the top pitcher you took in the draft last year, right-hander Nolan Sanburn. He only got in about 18 or 19 innings last year, but a lot of people are very high on him. So with the limited opportunity you’ve had to see him, what do you think about him so far?

FZ:  It’s interesting. He doesn’t really fit the profile of the typical college pitcher we’ve drafted. He didn’t throw a ton of innings at Arkansas. He was only there for a year. He was really more of a middle reliever at Arkansas and didn’t get much of an opportunity to become a mainstay on that pitching staff for whatever reason. So what we got was a guy who you felt there was some track record, because he’s a guy who did pitch with a reasonable amount of success, but you also had the upside of a junior college or high school player almost. What we’ve seen so far has been really encouraging. He’s obviously got out stuff. He’s got a plus curveball. For him, he’s going to just have to work on his fastball command and refining a third pitch. But he has the physical build and endurance to be a starter. He’s got two pitches that are a really good foundation. And if he can refine the rest of his arsenal, he could be an impact-type guy.

cbC.-Bostick3AF:  Tenth on our list is a guy who certainly wasn’t a high draft pick but who a lot of people have been saying good things about – Chris Bostick, who’s been playing both second and short. I think he was drafted in the 44th round and the numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page at you, but there are a lot of folks who seem to have a good feeling about him.

FZ:  Chris was one of those guys at the tail end of the draft who we just wanted to see how he progressed over the summer. And he went to the NYCBL, which is probably one of the top ten summer college leagues around. And I’m not sure if he won the batting title, but he was either first or second in the league in hitting. I think he hit like .450. He had more walks than strikeouts. It was really one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in a summer league for a kid who has just graduated from high school and was playing against college sophomores and juniors. So that’s what really got us excited about him. And you’re right, the numbers don’t necessarily pop off the page, but he has that performance history and all the ingredients and tools are there. So he’s definitely a little bit under the radar, but someone we are excited about.

mo15095_4110106706138_1463379083_n2AF:  Your third overall draft pick last year, first baseman Matt Olson, is another guy who hit really well in the Arizona League and showed a lot of power there and looked good in a very brief stint with Vermont as well. So how to do you see Matt Olson at this point?

FZ:  You know, it isn’t our common practice to take a high school first baseman that high in the draft. If you do that, it’s because you feel really good and excited about the bat. And he was a guy who matched that description. He’s a guy who we think has future plus, or even double-plus, power. He hit some long home runs in Arizona and carried that over into Vermont. So he’s a guy who profiles as an above-average offensive first baseman, which is saying a lot, because that’s a position that demands a lot offensively. But the whole key is that he continues to progress and starts moving towards achieving that power projection.

AF:  And the final guy that everyone is always curious to know about is pitcher Michael Ynoa. After lots of time off due to injuries, he’s on the mend and getting back into the swing of things. So where are things at with Michael Ynoa?

mymichael-ynoa.p1FZ:  I really think that the way he finished last season has given us a lot of reason for optimism. He went out and pitched outside the Arizona League for the first time. He had a couple of rough outings, but also had a couple of positive outings. And the reports on his stuff were really very encouraging. He was up to 95-96 mph, showing a full arsenal of pitches. And that was something that he carried into the Instructional League – he was one of the best pitchers for us both in terms of stuff and performance. He unfortunately got a late start this spring. He was a little sick in the Dominican and didn’t get over until a week into camp. He threw his first live bullpen session today against hitters over at Phoenix Muni. If everything went well with that, then he should be able to get into a game sometime soon. I think that would be a huge achievement and benchmark for him. He’s a guy who I think we’ve always felt that once he can get over his injuries, with the kind of stuff he has, he can make up for some of the lost time he’s had over the last few years.

AF:  One last thing I’m curious to ask you about. When you’re analyzing minor league guys and their numbers, what is the first thing you’re looking at for both hitters and pitchers to try to get a handle on who the guys are who are most likely to be successful at the major league level?

FZ:  Well, for a hitter, to be honest, for me, one of the biggest and most important metrics is walks and strikeouts. Guys that have a good ratio – just because those are an indicator of good plate discipline – the guys who, for the most part, swing at strikes and don’t swing at balls. And with the kind of stuff that you face in the big leagues, if you can’t do that, your chances for success drop dramatically. Hey, I’m not going to complain about the guy who hits .300 or has a .600 slugging percentage, but really, that’s the first thing that I look at because having good plate discipline is what really enables a lot of the actual hitting production to translate at a higher level. As far as pitching goes, strikeouts are a big factor. The other thing that really goes along with that is strike percentage. And I say that because sometimes we forget that not all strikeouts are created equal. There’s a big difference between throwing three strikes and just overpowering a guy, and having a 7-8-9 pitch at-bat where you have a full count and the guy fouls off a few pitches and then finally you strike him out. That first type of strikeout is a lot better indicator of skill and performance than the second type – so that’s why looking at strikeouts in conjunction with strike percentage is so important to me. Like I mentioned, once you get to the big leagues, you have to be able to pitch in the strike zone. If you’re striking out players in the minors by getting them to chase, it’s going to be a lot harder to replicate that success at the highest level. So those are the first things that I look at for hitters and pitchers at the minor league level.

AF:  I was just reading something that said something pretty similar about walks and strikeouts for hitters. It was basically saying that whatever your hitting profile, once you get to the major leagues, you’re going to be striking out a lot more than you were in the minors. So you better start out with a decent ratio, because it’s going to be going down once you start having to face major league pitchers.

ycCincinnati Reds v Oakland AthleticsFZ:  You know, I think there’s this common perception that that’s not something that you can get better at. I look at Grant Green, who went from Double-A to Triple-A and actually cut his strikeout rates dramatically, and I think that was maybe the single most encouraging thing about Grant’s season last year. And you look at Yoenis Cespedes, and there have been many articles written about his plate discipline through the course of the season from April to September and how he started swinging at more strikes and fewer balls and how, as he continued to do that, his production continued on an upward trajectory. Guys can get better, so I would never want to totally doom somebody to failure. And frankly, on the flip side, just because you have a good walk/strikeout ratio doesn’t guarantee success. But I think it is one of the best statistical predictors of hitters’ success at the big league level.

AF:  Right, absolutely. That’s a lot of great information. I really appreciate it.

FZ:  No problem. Just imagine how much more informative it would have been if I wasn’t out driving around and was at my computer.

AF:  Well, the next time I talk to you, we’ll just have to make sure you’re staring at a computer!

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A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 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 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 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 Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. 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. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and 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 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (9 HR / .271 AVG / .329 OBP / .477 SLG / .806 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Lipkin (4 HR / .193 AVG / .222 OBP / .297 SLG / .519 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Stassi (15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (6 HR / .220 AVG / .257 OBP / .328 SLG / .584 OPS)

Vermont – Bruce Maxwell (0 HR / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Phil Pohl (3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .292 AVG / .385 OBP / .426 SLG / .811 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (21 HR / .248 AVG / .382 OBP / .461 SLG / .843 OPS)

Burlington – Max Muncy (4 HR / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS)

Vermont – Jacob Tanis (2 HR / .261 AVG / .333 OBP / .336 SLG / .670 OPS)

AZL A’s – Matt Olson (9 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Eric Sogard (5 HR / .331 AVG / .417 OBP / .484 SLG / .901 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (9 HR / .240 AVG / .324 OBP / .358 SLG / .682 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Pineda (5 HR / .241 AVG / .325 OBP / .367 SLG / .692 OPS) *

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .243 AVG / .300 OBP / .324 SLG / .625 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Bostick (3 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .369 SLG / .694 OPS)

AZL A’s – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (18 HR / .244 AVG / .350 OBP / .506 SLG / .856 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (15 HR / .201 AVG / .284 OBP / .363 SLG / .647 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (9 HR / .256 AVG / .339 OBP / .360 SLG / .699 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (11 HR / .244 AVG / .354 OBP / .389 SLG / .743 OPS)

Vermont – Wilfredo Solano (1 HR / .217 AVG / .263 OBP / .286 SLG / .549 OPS)

AZL A’s – Addison Russell (7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (7 HR / .256 AVG / .327 OBP / .390 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (14 HR / .261 AVG / .336 OBP / .405 SLG / .741 OPS) *

Burlington – Wade Kirkland (8 HR / .237 AVG / .306 OBP / .398 SLG / .705 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Lewis (3 HR / .219 AVG / .271 OBP / .289 SLG / .559 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Renato Nunez (4 HR / .325 AVG / .403 OBP / .550 SLG / .953 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (20 HR / .259 AVG / .325 OBP / .472 SLG / .796 OPS)

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .211 AVG / .292 OBP / .336 SLG / .628 OPS)

Vermont – Austin Booker (0 HR / .253 AVG / .337 OBP / .300 SLG / .637 OPS)

AZL A’s – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .306 AVG / .383 OBP / .315 SLG / .698 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (6 HR / .252 AVG / .345 OBP / .386 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (10 HR / .287 AVG / .356 OBP / .423 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (15 HR / .267 AVG / .336 OBP / .443 SLG / .779 OPS) *

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .206 AVG / .319 OBP / .261 SLG / .580 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS)

AZL A’s – B.J. Boyd (1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (13 HR / .272 AVG / .322 OBP / .415 SLG / .737 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (27 HR / .239 AVG / .310 OBP / .448 SLG / .758 OPS) *

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .369 SLG / .716 OPS)

Vermont – John Wooten (4 HR / .276 AVG / .316 OBP / .391 SLG / .706 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (3 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .378 SLG / .668 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Kila Ka’aihue (15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (9 HR / .280 AVG / .349 OBP / .414 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (11 HR / .276 AVG / .344 OBP / .442 SLG / .785 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (10 HR / .244 AVG / .283 OBP / .377 SLG / .660 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Marte (3 HR / .230 AVG / .275 OBP / .331 SLG / .606 OPS)

AZL A’s – Daniel Robertson (5 HR / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (104 IP / 98 H / 38 ER / 26 BB / 60 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Midland – Sonny Gray (152 IP / 158 H / 72 ER / 58 BB / 99 K / 4.26 ERA / 1.42 WHIP) *

Stockton – Josh Bowman (151 2/3 IP / 164 H / 62 ER / 35 BB / 130 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.31 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

Vermont – Andres Avila (66 IP / 68 H / 28 ER / 16 BB / 60 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Vince Voiro (37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (35 2/3 IP / 26 H / 12 ER / 10 BB / 38 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (62 1/3 IP / 58 H / 26 ER / 18 BB / 50 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 15 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (53 2/3 IP / 57 H / 27 ER / 19 BB / 70 K / 4.53 ERA / 1.42 WHIP / 16 SV)

Burlington – Jonathan Joseph (93 2/3 IP / 93 H / 52 ER / 43 BB / 89 K / 5.00 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Vermont – Austin House (28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP / 5 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dakota Bacus (30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

(3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

(0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

(7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

(23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

(1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

(15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

(162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

(30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Post-Season Progress Report

Top pick Addison Russell: Keepin’ his eye on the ball!

A few weeks ago, after almost 2 months of play, we offered a little progress report on the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012. And now with the minor league regular season over, it’s time for a complete season-end recap of the progress of the A’s top 20.

The most improved player over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 8th overall draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who has spent the entire season playing at as high a level as any of this year’s picks. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter got his on-base percentage at Class-A Burlington all the way up to .383 in just his first year of pro ball while playing against a lot of guys who already had a year or two under their belts. He was eventually joined at Burlington by the A’s top draft pick of 2012, shortstop Addison Russell, who continued to look solid despite facing a higher level of competition.

The player who took the biggest dip over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 2nd overall draft pick, shortstop Daniel Robertson. After looking impressive in the Arizona League, the 18-year-old struggled after his promotion to Vermont. After hitting almost .300 in the Arizona League, the infielder hit under .200 at Vermont, and he went from striking out once every 7 at-bats to striking out once every 3 at-bats. But the good news is he’s still a teenager just a few months out of high school and, based on what he showed in rookie league ball, he’ll surely adjust with a little more time.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012 along with their vital stats through the end of the season listed below. All the teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games for listed first and the team they ended the season with in bold. So without any further ado, the most promising seeds of the A’s 2012 farm crop in all their splendor…

 

 

#1

Addison Russell

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

 

 

#2

Daniel Robertson

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

5 HR / 23 BB / 46 K / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS

 

 

#3

Matt Olson

(1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

 

 

#4

Bruce Maxwell

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Catcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

0 HR / 31 BB / 38 K / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS

 

 

#5

Nolan Sanburn

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

18 2/3 IP / 23 H / 8 ER / 6 BB / 19 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.55 WHIP

 

#6

Kyle Twomey

(3rd Round – Age 18 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

#7

B.J. Boyd

(4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

 

 

#8

Max Muncy

(5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

 

#9

Seth Streich

(6th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 27 H / 11 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.21 WHIP

 

 

#10

Cody Kurz

(7th Round – Age 19 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

21 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 29 BB / 9 K / 4.64 ERA / 2.20 WHIP

 

 

#11

Kris Hall

(8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

 

#12

Dakota Bacus

(9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

 

 

#13

Brett Vertigan

(10th Round – Age 22 – Outfielder – Vermont)

1 HR / 24 BB / 31 K / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS

 

#14

Alex Gonzalez

(11th Round – Age 18 – Shortstop)

UNSIGNED

 

#15

John Caputo

(12th Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman)

UNSIGNED

 

#16

Stuart Pudenz

(13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

#17

Austin House

(14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

 

 

#18

Vince Voiro

(15th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

 

 

#19

Melvin Mercedes

(16th Round – Age 20 – Second Baseman – AZL A’s)

0 HR / 10 BB / 15 K / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS

 

#20

Tyler Olson

(17th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

TOP HITTERS

Addison Russell (1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

B.J. Boyd (4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

Matt Olson (1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

Max Muncy (5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

TOP PITCHERS

Dakota Bacus (9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

Austin House (14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Kris Hall (8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

Stuart Pudenz (13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

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Wednesday, September 5th: Peters Pitches Bees to Victory, Cats Lose Despite Billings’ Best Efforts and Ynoa Helps Vermont Win Final Match

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Tanner Peters (7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Reno Aces                       2

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Bruce Billings)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 0 ER / 10 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The key play of the opening game of the PCL playoffs for Sacramento was Grant Green’s fielding error at third base in the top of the 3rd inning which ultimately led to 2 unearned runs for Reno. Otherwise, starter Bruce Billings was brilliant, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 over 6 innings of work, but the right-hander still ended up taking the loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 of Sacramento’s 5 hits, walked and scored the River Cats’ only run of the game. Sacramento will take on Reno again in Game #2 of the best-of-five series at Raley Field in Sacramento on Thursday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  0

Burlington Bees                4

(WP – Tanner Peters)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

(7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters, who didn’t join Burlington till midway through the season, was the big star for the Bees in the first game of their playoff series against Wisconsin. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6 over 7 scoreless innings to earn the win. Outfielder Bobby Crocker had the big blow of the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning, while this year’s 5th-round draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Bees. Burlington will take on Wisconsin again in Game #2 of the best-of-three series at Wisconsin on Thursday.

 

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

Aberdeen IronBirds          0

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Streich 4-1 / 2.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa had perhaps his best outing yet for Vermont, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 3 scoreless innings on Wednesday. This year’s 6th-round draft pick, right-hander Seth Streich, followed up with 3 more scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled in a run, while first baseman Matt Olson singled in a run and walked twice in Vermont’s final game of the NY-Penn League season. The team ended the year with a record of 33-43.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cabrera vs. Chavez)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cole vs. Pierce)

 

 

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Friday, August 31st: Robinson’s 5 RBIs Lead Ports to Victory while Ynoa Wins 1st for Vermont and AZL A’s Drop Championship Game

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Dusty Robinson    (3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Salt Lake Bees               10

(LP – Hernandez 3-2 / 4.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had a rough outing on Friday, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss. First baseman Daric Barton hit his 8th home run and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder Michael Taylor doubled in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   4

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Castro 2-7 / 4.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher David Freitas

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take his 7th loss, while catcher David Freitas, acquired from the Nationals in the Kurt Suzuki deal, doubled, hit his 1st home run for the RockHounds and drove in 2 runs in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   2

Stockton Ports   6

(WP – Murphy 8-8 / 4.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson had a big night for the Ports, collecting 3 hits, including his 17th home run and driving in 5 runs. Starter Sean Murphy had a solid outing for Stockton, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn his 8th win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        3

Clinton LumberKings  5

(LP – Lamb 3-3 / 5.03)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Wade Kirkland

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss, while third baseman Wade Kirkland blasted a 2-run homer, his 8th, for the Bees.

 

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

Tri-City ValleyCats            2

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(WP – Ynoa 1-3 / 8.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jacob Tanis

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Jacob Tanis collected 3 hits, including a double, and scored 2 of Vermont’s 3 runs on Friday night. Starter Seth Streich, allowed just 1 hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless innings of work, while Michael Ynoa picked up his 1st win for Vermont after giving up 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 3 scoreless innings of relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Rangers    3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Paulino 0-1 / 5.06)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s, who finished the season with a record of 37-17, fell to the Rangers in the Arizona League championship game on Friday night. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Hot-hitting Renato Nunez did his part by homering for the A’s only run of the game.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Wisconsin @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Tri-City @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Monday, August 6th: Hounds Win, Cats & Bees Fall, while Olson & Robertson Come Up Big in Arizona

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s first baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Nashville Sounds             5

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Miller 0-3 / 3.77)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI / Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work on Monday. Grant Green, getting the start at second base, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in outfielder Michael Taylor to put the go-ahead run on the board for Sacramento in the bottom of the 6th inning, but right-hander Jim Miller gave up 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks   4

Midland RockHounds  8

(WP – Guzman 2-1 / 3.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled and drove in 3 runs in the first 3 innings to help give Midland an insurmountable lead in Monday night’s game. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield and infielder Josh Horton both collected 3 hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs, 1 earned, while walking 6 and striking out 5 over 4 innings of work, while right-hander Jose Guzman struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports

OFF-DAY

This is what the off-day looked like for some members of the Ports

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Quad Cities River Bandits  3

Burlington Bees                1

(LP – Granier 11-7 / 2.94)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier turned in another solid performance on Monday night, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings of work. Unfortunately, the Bees’ lineup could only manage 3 hits on the night, with outfielder Douglas Landaeta doubling in the team’s only run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

 

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

Batavia Muckdogs             3

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Gagnier 2-1 / 1.37)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

(4 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his second start for Vermont on Monday night, former top prospect Michael Ynoa allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2 over 3 innings of work. Right-hander Andres Avila followed up by shutting down Batavia over 4 scoreless innings to give Vermont the chance to climb back into it. Catcher Bruce Maxwell, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder Kelvin Rojas all doubled, while outfielder John Wooten bunted home shortstop Addison Russell for the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Giants        7

AZL Athletics  14

(WP – Hansen 2-1 / 6.52)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s third overall draft pick this year, first baseman Matt Olson, doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs, while the A’s second overall pick, infielder Daniel Robertson, doubled, tripled and drove in 3. Outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz homered and drove in 2 runs, and third baseman Renato Nunez collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 5 runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings, while right-hander Derek Hansen picked up the win after striking out 4 batters in just 1 inning of work – one of the batters reached base after striking out on a wild pitch.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Quad Cities @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ HudsonValley – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Rangers – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Wednesday, June 27th: Murphy Pitches Ports to Victory as Bees Win and Cats Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports pitcher Sean Murphy (6 IP / 1 ER /    5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                7

Sacramento River Cats  2

(LP – Billings 4-2 / 3.34)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 3 / Double / Walk / Run / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Bruce Billings allowed 6 runs in 7 innings to take his 2nd loss. First baseman Daric Barton was one of the few bright spots in the River Cats’ lineup on Wednesday, collecting 2 hits, including a double, stealing a base and scoring one of Sacramento’s 2 runs on the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   8

San Jose Giants  7

(WP – Murphy 4-2 / 2.84)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 IP / 1 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy had another solid outing for Stockton, allowing just 1 run and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 4th win since joining the Ports. Outfielder Dusty Robinson clubbed his 8th homer and drove in 2 runs, and first baseman Tony Thompson, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth and outfielder Josh Whitaker contributed 2 hits apiece in the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        10

Cedar Rapids Kernels  7

(WP – Tyson 2-0 / 3.16)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Tyson

(3 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Max Perlman had his rockiest outing of the year, allowing 7 runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work, but right-hander Drew Tyson came on to toss 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa doubled and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Rashun Dixon homered and drove in 2 to lead the Bees’ attack.

 

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

GAME #1

Connecticut Tigers            7

Vermont Lake Monsters  9

(WP – Chitwood 3-0 / 4.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Jacob Tanis

(4 for 4 / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Jacob Tanis went a perfect 4 for 4 and drove in 3 runs, including the game-tying run, and outfielder John Wooten had 3 hits, including a homer and double, and drove in 2 to do the bulk of the damage for Vermont on Wednesday.

 

GAME #2

Connecticut Tigers            6

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

(LP – Powers 0-1 / 2.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder John Wooten, serving as the designated hitter, collected 2 hits and drove in 1 of Vermont’s 2 runs in the 2nd game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Starter Brent Powers allowed 2 runs in 3 innings of work to take the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL D-Backs    3

AZL Athletics  5

(WP – Bacus 2-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(2 IP / 0 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 6th-round draft pick, right-hander Seth Streich was the standout performer in this game. The 21-year-old struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Peacock)

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ KaneCounty – 6:30pm CT

(Frankoff vs. Brickhouse)

Lowell @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(TBD vs. Ramos)

 

 

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