A’s Pitching Prospects Start the Season Strong

The first full week of the MiLB season is in the books and the different leagues are handling out the first round of player and pitcher of the week accolades. The Oakland Athletics pitching prospects took home Pitcher of the Week awards in three different leagues.

Coming into the season the A’s had the 7th ranked Top Farm system by MLB Pipeline. The pitching prospects are led by A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo. However, Puk went under the knife to have Tommy John Surgery last week and Luzardo has had a very strong showing in his first two starts of the season.

Here is how the A’s prospects fared in the weekly awards (April 5th-15th):

California League, Pitcher of the Week: Parker Dunshee, Stockton Ports. Dunshee had 2 starts and only gave up 3 hits while striking out 14 batters. He won his second start at San Jose on April 12th and has yet to give up a run.

Midwest League, Pitcher of the Week: Bryce Conley, Beloit Snappers. Conley has tossed 10 scoreless and hitless innings to start the 2018 season. Conley tossed the first 6 innings of Beloit’s combined no hitter with Ty Damron and Josh Reagan finishing it off.

Pacific Coast League, Pitcher of the Week: James Naile, Nashville Sounds. Naile went 3-0 and has pitched 17 2/3 scoreless innings in 3 starts to begin the 2018 season. Naile has allowed 15 hits, only 2 walks and stuck out 15 batters.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Oakland’s pitching prospects. The Stockton Ports starting pitching combined for 39.2 IP, 21 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 59 K in the first 8 games. Bobby Wahl, Jeremy Bliech and Lou Trivino have each pitched in 3 games out of the bullpen for Nashville and have not given up a run. Jake Sachez, currently with Midland, has not given up a run in 3.1 IP with Midland and Nashville combined.


Post-Draft Top 20 Prospects

Now that the signing deadline for the 2014 June Draft has passed the Top 20 Prospects have been updated by MLB.com. There are many new faces on the Oakland Athletics list as well and a few that have moved up the ranks based on their performance so far this season.

New to the list are 2014 Draft Picks Matt Chapman (No. 4), Brett Graves (No. 13) and Daniel Gossett (No. 14).  Also new to the list are Ryon Healy (No. 18) and Jaycob Brugman (No. 20). Aaron Shipman (No. 19) makes a return to the list for the first time since 2012 with his breakout season under the radar in Stockton.

Notable jumps on the list are Bruce Maxwell who moves from No. 14 to No. 10. Chad Pinder makes the jump from No. 15 to No. 6. Seth Streich makes the biggest jump moving from No. 18 to No. 8 with his All-Star season with the Stockton Ports.

Off the list are B.J. Boyd, Dylan Covey, Chris Kohler, Miles Head, Arnold Leon and Dustin Driver. Boyd and Covey are having strong seasons, so they are not far off the list. Meanwhile Kohler and Head have been battling injuries and could possibly make a return to the list in the next season or so as they return to form.

1. Daniel Robertson
2. Matthew Olson
3. Renato Nunez
4. Matt Chapman
5. Dillon Overton
6. Chad Pinder
7. Raul Alcantara
8. Seth Streich
9. Max Muncy
10. Bruce Maxwell
11. Bobby Wahl
12. Nolan Sanburn
13. Brett Graves
14. Daniel Gossett
15. Tucker Healy
16. Michael Ynoa
17. Billy Burns
18. Ryon Healy
19. Aaron Shipman
20. Jaycob Brugman

To be eligible for the list the player must have rookie eligibility.  Players cannot exceed 130 at bats or 50 innings pitches with a Major League club.  Also the player cannot be on the active roster for more than 45 days during the 25 player limit period.

Top 20 Prospects – Updated July 2014

Following the blockbuster trade that sent the Oakland Athletics top 2 prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney (along with Dan Straily) to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel the Top 20 Prospect list needed to be updated. Here is the updated list as compiled by MLB.com.

New to the list is Tucker Healy at No. 18 who is having a breakout year pitching at three levels with the Stockton Ports (High A), Midland RockHounds (AA) and currently with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA). Arnold Leon returns to the list at No. 19 as he is hiving a strong year posting a 9-2 record with a 4.47 ERA in 17 games for the River Cats.

This list will be changing over the next few months as Draft Pick from the 2014 June Draft are evaluated and other prospects have their seasons re-evalutaed.

1. Daniel Robertson
2. Raul Alcantara
3. Matthew Olson
4. Renato Nunez
5. Bobby Wahl
6. Dillon Overton
7. Billy Burns
8. Nolan Sanburn
9. Michael Ynoa
10. B.J. Boyd
11. Dylan Covey
12. Chris Kohler
13. Max Muncy
14. Bruce Maxwell
15. Chad Pinder
16. Seth Streich
17. Miles Head
18. Tucker Healy
19. Arnold Leon
20. Dustin Driver

To be eligible for the list the player must have rookie eligibility.  Players cannot exceed 130 at bats or 50 innings pitches with a Major League club.  Also the player cannot be on the active roster for more than 45 days during the 25 player limit period.

Athletics Farmhand Boog Powell Suspended for 50 Games

On Wednesday MLB announced that Oakland Athletics prospect Herschel “Boog” Powell was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s policy on banned substances.

Powell was recently promoted to the High A Stockton Ports after an amazing first half where he batted .335 with 7 doubles and 17 RBIs in 69 games for the Beloit Snappers. He was selected to the 2014 Midwest League All-Star game where he earned MVP honors.

In just 11 games with the Ports, Powell was tearing up the California League batting .396 and 10 RBIs. He was slated to take over the full-time center field role with the Ports after the recent blockbuster trade that sent Billy McKinney along with Addison Russell and Dan Straily to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

“Boog” Powell is not related to former Baltimore Oriole outfielder Boog Powell. However, the former Oriole was a favorite of the young Powell’s father.


Boog Powell Earns MVP Honors at Midwest League All-Star Game

Beloit Snappers outfielder, Herschel “Boog” Powell was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Midwest League All-Star game. The Western Division defeated the Eastern Division by a score of 7-0 in the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game.

Boog Powell led the charge as he went 1-3 with a 2-run double in the 6th inning, plating Juan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs) and C.J. McElroy (Peoria Chiefs). In addition Boog walked twice, scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases. He currently leads the Midwest League in batting with a .338 average. and On-Base Percentage at .450. It looks like it will not be long before the former 20th round pick of the Oakland Athletics during the 2012 June Draft will be making his way up to the Stockton Ports.

Other Snappers in the All-Star Game
Pitcher Kyle Finnegan made the start for the Western Division and earned the win throwing one inning and striking out one batter. Reliever Andres Avila came in the pitch in the 9th inning of the game and recorded the final out of the game.

Third baseman Luis Baez came on in the 6th inning replacing Clint Coultier (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) as DH. Baez went 1-2 on the night.

Play Resumes
The second half of the season begins on Thursday as the Beloit Snappers return home to Pohlman Field to face the Clinton LumberKings.

Beloit Boasts 4 All-Stars in the Midwest League

On Wednesday, the All-Star rosters for the Midwest League All-Star Game were announced. Among the representatives for the Western Division are 4 Beloit Snappers. The Midwest League All-Star Game will take place on June 17th at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan WhiteCaps.

Outfielder Boog Powell was named to the starting lineup for the Western Division. Boog is batting .350 with 2 home run, 14 RBIs and 11 stolen bases to go along with his .462 OBP. He was drafted in the 20th round of the 2012 June Draft.

Shortstop Luis Baez made the All-Star team after beginning the season with a .256 average 17 doubles and 16 RBIs. Baez was signed by the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent in April 2008.

2 Snapper pitchers made the All-Star roster. Andres Avila has been string out of the pen this season posting a 3.04 ERA while notching 7 saves and striking out 21 batters. Andres was signed by the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent in April 2010.

Kyle Finnegan is the other pitcher from the Snappers who made the team. He is 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 11 starts. On May 16th Kyle pitched a complete game shut out against the Clinton LumberKings. Kyle was drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 June Draft.

For a complete list of the Midwest League All-Stars click here: 2014 Midwest League All-Stars


Scoreboard: May 16, 2014

Friday night was an organizational sweep for the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics decisively won 11-1 against the Cleveland Indians. In the farm system the Sacramento River Cats dominated the Tacoma Raniers. The Midland RockHounds and Stockton Ports both scored the go ahead run late in the game to secure the victory. The Beloit Snappers were the biggest winners of the night as they swept a double header against the Clinton LumberKings. On Saturday each team will continue their respective series.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
Tacoma Rainiers 5
Sacramento River Cats 11

Midland RockHounds 9
Corpus Christi Hooks 7

A Advanced
Bakersfield Blaze 7
Stockton Ports 9

A Full
Beloit Snappers 1
Clinton LumberKings 0
Game 1

Beloit Snappers 5
Clinton LumberKings 2
Game 2

Scoreboard: May 15, 2014

On Thursday it took extra inning for the Sacramento River Cats and the Midland RockHounds to earn the victory. The Stockton Ports lost a weekday matinee against the San Jose Giants. In the Midwest League the Beloit Snappers and the Clinton LumberKings were rained out so they will play a double header on Friday. Up next, the RockHounds travel to Corpus Christi to play the Hooks. The Stockton Ports welcome in the Bakersfield Blake in the start of a 4 game set.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
Tacoma Rainiers 4
Sacramento River Cats 5
11 innings

Frisco RoughRiders 10
Midland RockHounds 11
11 innings

A Advanced
San Jose Giants 6
Stockton Ports 4

A Full
Beloit Snappers
Clinton LumberKings

Scoreboard: May 14 ,2014

On Wednesday the Stockton Ports winning streak came to an end. The Midland RockHounds scored 3 times in the bottom of the 9th for the walk-off win. In the Midwest League the Beloit Snappers out dueled the Kane County Cougars. On Thursday the Ports will wrap up their series with the San Jose Giants. The Snappers will travel to Clinton to face the LumberKings. The RockHounds will continue their battle against the RoughRiders. In Sacramento the River Cats will start a weekend series with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
Frisco RoughRiders 6
Midland RockHounds 7

A Advanced
San Jose Giants 7
Stockton Ports 5

A Full
Kane County Cougars 1
Beloit Snappers 2

Scoreboard: 5/13/2014

On Tuesday night the Stockton Ports ran their winning streak to 6 games with a victory over the San Jose Giants. The Sacramento River Cats took the lead late in the game to beat the Salt Lake City Bees. In Texas, the Midland RockHounds lost to the Frisco RoughRiders. The Beloit Snappers score 2 in the 8th to take lead and defeat the Kane County Cougars. Today the River Cats have the day off before the Tacoma Rainiers come to town. The Ports, RockHounds and Snapper each continue their series.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
Salt Lake City Bees 9
Sacramento River Cats 10

Frisco RoughRiders 4
Midland RockHounds

A Advanced
San Jose Giants 4
Stockton Ports 10

A Full
Kane County Cougars 2
Beloit Snappers 3