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!

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Snappers hold on to defeat River Bandits 4-3 in game 2

The Beloit Snappers came out of the gate strong on Sunday in game 2 of the semifinals in the Midwest League playoffs.  In the bottom of the 1st the Snappers jumped ahead of the Quad Cities River Bandits on a 2-run home run by Chris Bostick off the River Bandits’s starter Zach Morton.  The Snappers would tack on another run when Brett Vertigan drove in Renato Nunez with a RBI single.  The River Bandits would answer with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 2nd.  In the bottom of the 2nd Chris Bostick drives in Sam Roberts to give Beloit their 4th run of the game.  This would turn out to be the deciding run as the Snappers would outlast the River Bandits and win by the score of 4-3.

Chris Bostick provided most of the offense for the Snappers on Sunday.  He went 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs.  Chris is batting .500 (8 for 16) in the postseason with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs. Nolan Sanburn gets his 1st win of the postseason and Austin House records his first save.  Austin notched the win in Game 1 of the 1st round against the LumberKings in a game that went 10 innings.

The deciding game will be played Monday night at Pohlman Field.  The Snappers will start Derek De Young (8-5, 4.22 ERA) against Daniel Minor (8-3, 3.71 ERA) for the River Bandits.  Derek pitched in Beloit’s 1st game of the playoffs.  He went 4 innings giving up 1 run on just 3 hits.  Derek was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft out of Oakton Community College in Illinois.

Beloit Snappers set to begin playoffs

On Wednesday the Beloit Snappers will begin their 2013 Playoff Run taking on the Clinton LumberKings.  Game 1 will take place in Clinton at 6:35 p.m. central time.  Taking the mound for Beloit will be  Derek De Young (8-5, 4.22 ERA).  He will take on Victor Sanchez (6-6, 2.78 ERA) for the LumberKings.

The Beloit Snappers were the 1st half division winners with a record of 43-27.  They ended the season with a record of 77-62.  Beloit is the only Athletics affiliate in the playoffs this season.