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.

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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.

Sogard’s Glasses: Predicting the Stockton Ports Roster

About “Sogard’s Glasses”: Occasionally I will predict or suggest things that I think will happen during the course of the season, I decided to call these posts “Sogard’s Glasses.” This stems from a Tweet I saw during the Face of MLB competition: #EricSogard ‘s glasses are so strong they can see the future. I don’t remember who tweeted that, but I thought it would be a good feature title.

I have been paying close attention to the Oakland Athletics minor league system now for the part 2-1/2 years. I thought it would be fun to take some time and predict the opening day roster for the 2014 Stockton Ports. Why the Ports? Well quite simply it is because they are my home team and I go to at least half of their home games.

Here is how I think the 2014 roster for the Stockton Ports will shape up.

Position Players
Starters:
C: Bruce Maxwell
1B: Matt Olson
2B: Daniel Robertson
3B: Renato Nunez
SS: Wade Kirkland
OF: Billy McKinney
OF: Brett Vertigan
OF: Rashun Dixon

Bench:
C: Nick Rickles
3B: B.A. Vollmuth
OF: Dusty Robinson
OF: Aaron Shipman

Pitchers
Starters:
Andres Avila
Derek DeYoung
Ryan Doolittle
Chris Jensen
Seth Streich
Michael Ynoa

Bullpen:
Jeremy Barfield
Kris Hall
Tucker Healy
Austin House
Deyvi Jiminez
Nolan Sanburn
Vincent Voiro

Keep in mind I have no inside information. This is all for fun and just guess work based on player performance from last year. I listed 6 starters in the rotation as the Oakland Farm System has a long history of using a 6-man rotation.

If you have any alternative suggestions please comment below!

Snappers lose Game 3 9-5 to River Bandits

The Beloit Snappers clearly did not want their season to end this way.  Coming into play on Monday night they were one game away from heading to the Midwest League Championship.  All they had to do was get past the Quad Cities River Bandits.  The Snappers would stumble out of the gate.  By the middle of the 3rd inning the Snappers were down 5-0.

The early runs would prove to be difficult to overcome, but that did not stop the Snappers from trying.  They would tack on 1 run in each of the 3rd and 5th innings.  In the 3rd Sam Roberts homered to right field.  In the 5th, back to back doubles by Brett Vertigan and Nick Rickles would add another.

By the time the Snappers would show their offensive prowess it was too little too late.  Down 9-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning the Snappers would put up a 3 spot on the River Bandits.  Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs.  Matt Olson would draw a walk to score Aaron Shipman.  Renato Nunez would follow with a sacrifice fly.  The third run would come on a RBI single by Brett Vertigan driving in Chris Bostick.

Despite losing the series the Beloit Snappers enjoyed a very successful season in their 1st year as an Oakland Athletics affiliate.  Their overall record was 77-62 and they won their division for the first half.  Congrats to the Beloit Snappers for a great season!