Player Profile: Seth Frankoff

Seth Frankoff, relief pitcher
Sacramento River Cats

2014 Stats (through 7/15)
2-2, 4.31 ERA, 15 saves, 31 games, 39.2 IP, 50 strikeouts

Seth Frankoff was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 27th round of the 2010 June Draft. Since that time he has been making a slow, but steady climb through the Athletics’s farm system.

Seth began the 2014 season with the Midland RockHounds (AA). A couple of weeks into the season he established himself as the closer of the staff. Seth notched 15 saves in 27 games en route to a Texas League All-Star selection. In his All-Star appearance Seth pitched a scoreless 8th innings striking out one batter.

His success in the closer’s role during the first half of the season for the RockHounds, earned Seth a promotion to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA).

Since his promotion he has pitched in 4 games for the River Cats. He has struggled posting a 15.00 ERA in 6 innings. However if history is any indication, we will see Seth’s ERA drop over his next few outings.

During the 2014 Spring Training, Seth made one appearance with the Oakland Athletics. That came on March 6th where Seth pitched 1 inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He gave up 1 hit, struck out 1 batter and earned the win.

After the 2013 season, Seth was selected to pitch in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox. In 12 games he posted a 1.42 ERA with 3 walks and 15 strikeouts.

2013 was a breakout season for Seth as he spent the entire year with the Stockton Ports (A Advanced). In 48 games he posted a 2.78 ERA with a record of 2-0 in 48 games. In 74.1 innings for the Ports, Seth struck out a career high 93 batters.

In 2012 Seth pitched the entire season with the Burlington Bees. This was where he made the conversion from being a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher. It was in this transition where Seth really found his place on the pitching staff. That season Seth started in 9 games and was 1-3 with a 9.17 ERA. After the transition he pitched in 27 games posting a 4-4 record. What was significant was that his ERA for the rest of the season was 2.51, giving him a 4.83 ERA on the season.

Seth’s first full season in profession baseball was 2011. He started the season with the Burlington Bees (A Full Season). He pitched in 5 games tallied a record of 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA. He came back in June with the Vermont Lake Monsters (A Short-Season). In 14 starts he was 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA and struck out 63 in 73 innings. Seth pitched 2 complete games that season both against the Connecticut Tigers. One was on June 23rd where he gave up only 1 run notching his first victory of the season. The other was a shutout that came on August 26th.

Seth earned the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week honors for 2 consecutive weeks on August 29 and September 6, 2011.

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Aaron Shipman is Flying Under the Radar for the Ports

With all of the big name prospects on the Stockton Ports this season there is one player who is quietly making a name for himself. That player is Aaron Shipman. Aaron was a 3rd round draft pick in the 2010 June Draft out of Brooks County High School in Quitman, GA.

It took Aaron a while to get going in his professional career. He spent all of the 2012 and most of the 2013 seasons in the Midwest League, but Aaron finally arrived with the Ports in 2014. The 22 year-old is putting together the kind of season the Oakland Athletics’s scouts envisioned when they drafted him. In 48 games Aaron is batting .301 with 5 doubles, 6 triples and 12 stolen bases in 14 tries. In his last 10 games Aaron is hitting .344 with 2 stolen bases and 6 runs scored.

With all of the attention focused on Oakland’s Top Prospect with the Ports this season, Aaron has been able to post solid numbers without outside pressure. After the recent trade that included Oakland’s top outfield prospect Billy McKinney, Aaron will definitely continue to see regular playing time.

Michael Choice makes MLB debut

Labor Day 2013 will be a day Michael Choice will always remember.  It is the day he made his MLB Debut with the Oakland Athletics.  On the day Michael went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.  The walk came in his 1st plate appearance, showing the discipline that made him a force to be reckoned with in the PCL.  Michael reached on an error by Gold Glover Adrain Beltre in the 5th inning just ahead of the 2-run home run by Coco Crisp that put the Athletics ahead for good.

Selected in the 1st round by the Oakland Athletics, Michael Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Texas at Arlington.  He spent a full year in each of his next three stops: Stockton Ports in 2011, Midland RockHounds in 2012 and Sacramento RiverCats in 2013 before getting the call to the Oakland Athletics.

Michael Choice gets the call to the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics’s #2 prospect Michael Choice was called up to the Oakland Athletics on Monday.  A day removed from the Sacramento RiverCats being eliminated from the playoffs, Michael found out that his 2013 season will be extended as he joins the Oakland Athletics.  In 132 games this season for the Sacramento RiverCats Michael batted .302 with 14 home runs and 89 RBIs.  He was named a starter to the 2013 AAA All-Star Team and went 1 for 2 in the game.

Michael Choice was the Oakland Athletics #1 Draft Choice in 2010.  He was the 10th overall pick.  His arrival to Oakland is right on time.  Michael spent 2011 with the Stockton Ports where he was named to the Post Season All-Star Team.  During his 2012 with the Midland RockHounds, Michael was named the the MLB Futures Game.

Josh Bowman Pitches Complete Game

For the 1st time since 2007 a Stockton Ports pitcher pitched a 9 inning complete game.  Right hander Josh Bowman faced a mere 32 batters (5 over the minimum) in a complete game victory against the Bakersfield Blaze on Tuesday night. The Ports won the game by the final score of 3 to 1.

In the game Josh compiled 7 strikeouts and gave up 5 hits.  Josh was in command of his pitches as he did not walk a batter.  His performance gave the exhausted Stockton Ports bullpen a much needed break.

On the year Josh is 8-7 with a 5.35 ERA.  He began the season pitching for AA Midland RockHounds.   Josh struggled in the Texas League going 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 8 starts. However, his performance was hindered by back problems.  Josh was sent down to Stockton after some time to rest.  In Stockton Josh is 6-6 with a 5.69 ERA in 16 games 15 of which were starts.  In the California League he has struck out 69 batters in 93.1 innings.

The complete game thrown by Josh Bowman was only the 3rd since 2005 when the affiliation with the Oakland Athletics began.  The other 2 pitchers to throw a complete game were Dallas Braden on May 11, 2005 and Kevin Deaton on August 27, 2007.

Josh Bowman was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Tampa.  Josh has been one of the more consistent performers for the Stockton Ports this season.

Tony Thompson named Cal League Player of the Week

After crushing the ball on August 16, 2013 against the Visalia Rawhide, the Stockton Ports first baseman, Tony Thompson, was named the California League Player of the Week for the week ending August 18th.  This is the second week in a row that a Stockton Ports player has earned a Cal League weekly honor.  Last week pitcher Tanner Peters won the pitcher of the week honors after his near perfect performance against the Modesto Nuts.

During the week of August 12 -18, 2013 Tony batted .429, hits 3 home runs and drive in 15 RBIs.  His best performance of the week came on August 16th when Tony went 4-5 with 2 home runs and a career high 9 RBIs.  On the season Tony is batting .262 with 17 home runs.  His 87 RBIs lead the team and is 2nd most in the Cal League.

Tony was drafted out of the University of Kansas in the 6th round of the 2010 draft by the Oakland Athletics.  This is Tony’s second year with the Stockton Ports. He joins Max Muncy as the only other Port to be named Player of the Week in the 2013 season.  Max was named the California League Player of the Week for the week of June 3-9, 2013.