The Future of A's Baseball

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Brad Sullivan. TNIP below.

In a rehab assignment in Arizona, Sullvan allowed 2 earned runs in 3 and 2/3 innings. He allowed 5 hits and didn't walk a batter. Worse is that he only struck out one batter. I know it's only one start and it's just rehab, but just one k of 11 outs recorded against 18-19 year olds is a sign to me that he is still lacking the stuff the A's expect out of him. He may be a lost cause. Hopefully he improves quickly.

TNIP 6/30/05

Sacramento, loss 4-2

Mike Rouse - 2 for 3, walk, double
John Baker - 0 for 2, walk, k



Stockton, loss 2-1

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 4, k
Daric Barton - 1 for 3, walk, 2 k's
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, k, double
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, k


Kane County, loss 12-6

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, walk, k
Cliff Pennington - 1 for 5, k


Vancouver, win 2-1

Notes: Mike Madsen tossed 4 shut out innings. As a professional he's gone 8 innings without allowing a run. He's walked 2, allowed just 3 hits and has k'ed 9.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Daric Barton

Great article on Daric Barton

Cliff Pennington. TNIP Below

Pennington is hitting .296 in 27 Kane County AB's. He turns 21 in about a week. The reason why Pennington hitting .296 without an XBH is so impressive is because of the level he's doing it at. Pennington is the first Oakland A's position player to begin his career beyond short season ball since Bobby Crosby back in 2001. Crosby of course started in Modesto because the A's at the time did not have a Low A team. Before Crosby, you'd have to go back to 1995 when Mark Bellhorn started at Modesto.

Bellhorn obviously didn't work out for the A's, but he was in Oakland in 1997. Crosby got a few Oakland AB's in 2003 and then started for the A's in 2004. I think by starting Pennington at Kane County the A's are showing that they intend to move him quickly. To give an idea of just how impressive Pennington has been so far, here are some recent draftpicks that started in Vancouver and made it to the next level in the same year as when they were drafted.

Andre Ethier in Vancouver 2003 - .390 avg, .610 slg, 1.054 ops
Andre Ethier in Kane County 2003 - .272 avg, .333 slg, .688 ops

Dustin Majewski in Vancouver 2003 - .291 avg, .440 slg, .830 ops
Dustin Majewski in Kane County 2003 - .167 avg, .222 obp, .433 ops (though just 18 ab's)

Nick Swisher in Vancouver 2002 - .250 avg, .455 slg, .888 ops
Nick Swisher in Visalia 2002 - .240 avg, .399 slg, .739 ops

That just demonstrates the difference between short season and Low A (or Advanced A in Swisher's case). It also demonstrates just how impressive it is that Pennington is already hitting the ball well against guys that have been playing professional baseball for at least this season.

TNIP 6/29/05

Midland, loss 5-4

Andre Ethier - 3 for 5, 2 runs, rbi, k, double, hr
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, run, 2 walks
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 3, run, walk, k, double


Kane County, win 9-1

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Cliff Pennington - 3 for 6, run, 2 rbi, k

Notes: Pennington is hitting a very impressive .296


Vancouver, win 3-1

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

TNIP 6/28/05

Sacramento, win 3-2

Mike Rouse - 1 for 6
John Baker - 1 for 3


Midland, win 6-5

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, run
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, run, 2 rbi, k, hr
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 3, run
Dallas Braden - 5 and 1/3 innings, 5 earned, 6 hits, 5 walks, 6 k's


Cal League vs Car League All Star Game

Danny Putnam - 0 for 3, k


Kane County, win 4-2

Cliff Pennington - 2 for 3, rbi, walk
Mike Rogers - 6 innings, 2 earned, 6 hits, 3 walks, 6 k's

Notes: Cliff Pennington stole 2 bases. Trevor Plouffe, who the A's supposedly had interest in prior to the 2004 draft, made his 21st error at short.


Vancouver, loss 5-4

Daric Barton - Baseball America Hot Sheet

7. Daric Barton, 1b, Athletics (High Class A Stockton) The hottest bat in the minor leagues belongs to Barton, who has 24 hits in his last 10 games, including three four-hit efforts and a total of 15 RBIs.

Monday, June 27, 2005

TNIP 6/27/05

Sacramento, loss 2-1

Mike Rouse - 0 for 3, 2 k's
John Baker - 0 for 3
Dan Meyer - 1 and 2/3 innings, 0 runs, hit, walk, k
Jairo Garcia - 1 and 1/3 innings, 2 earned, 2 hits, walk, 3 k's

Notes: Juan Cruz walked 3 and allowed 2 hits in 5 and 1/3 without giving up a run while striking out 10.


Midland, loss 5-2

Andre Ethier - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Jason Perry - 1 for 4, run, 2 rbi, k, hr
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 3


Kane County, loss 14-5

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, run, rbi, k, double, hr
Cliff Pennington - 1 for 5, run, k

Ryan Webb - 6 innings, 4 earned, 11 hits, walk, 3 k's


Vancouver, loss 5-2

When I started this blog

I promised some Ken Macha bashing. Sadly, I haven't done what I promised. While I'm pissed at Macha almost every game, I've only expressed my hatred once here at A's Future. If you want some good Macha bashing head over to Fire Ken Macha. The first story you'll see as of right now is great. Macha sucks, sorry if you like him.


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Daric Barton in the OF. TNIP below

I'm sure you guys have read the Peter Gammons article in which he states that Daric Barton has convined the A's he can play in the outfield. Well, Barton hasn't played in the outfield this season. I would assume that means he's been working in the outfield before games.

This to me means first of all, Beane really likes Kurt Suzuki and maybe even Landon Powell. If Barton is already being moved, he could just as easily go back behind the plate. Even if Barton's defense is bad, it's not like Kendall's is great and the A's seem satisfied with him. It's possible that Beane just doesn't want Barton to wear his body down. But remember, if all things go as the A's hope, he might not even be an Athletic for more than 6 years. That's not enough time for Barton to really wear down. Beane also understands that Barton has the potential to be one of the better hitting catchers of all time. So really, I think Beane feels as if catcher is covered.

The A's right now have a few solid outfield prospects; Javier Herrera, Danny Putnam, Andre Ethier, Richie Robnett and even Travis Buck. On the A's right now, I think only Swisher can be penciled in the 2007 lineup. Kielty by then will be too expensive and Byrnes will obviously be long gone. So that means two of the above need to fill 2007 starting spots. Beane may not like the odds of that so he wants to add Barton into the mix.

It could mean the A's love Dan Johnson and see him at first for the next 6 years. So that would leave Barton at DH if he isn't moved and that really negates much of his value. He has Hall of Fame potential behind the plate but at DH he has the potential to be a very good DH and really nothing more.

Or, what it very well may be is just adding another option. Having a legit middle of the order bat that you could put behind the plate, in left, or at first would be invaluble.

Thoughts?

Sunday, June 26, 2005

TNIP 6/26/05

Not many prospects to speak of with Midland having a day off as well as Stockton being on their ASB, so i thought today would be a good time to do a little retro...

Oakland, win 16-0

Bobby Crosby - 4 for 6, run, 2 rbi, double
Dan Johnson - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 3 rbi, double
Nick Swisher - 3 for 5, 3 runs, 4 rbi, 2 hr's
Rich Harden - 7 innings, 0 earned, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 k's

Notes: Ron Flores pitched a perfect inning of relief.


Sacramento, win 6-4

Mike Rouse - 1 for 3, rbi, k
John Baker - 0 for 4, 3 k's
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 9-8

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 6
Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, run, walk

Notes: Pennington is 0 for 2 in attempted steals.


Vancouver, win 2-1

Saturday, June 25, 2005

TNIP 6/25/05

Sacramento, loss 5-2

Mike Rouse - 1 for 4, k
John Baker - 1 for 1, run, walk


Midland, win 4-1

Jason Perry - 1 for 3, 3 rbi, double
Omar Quintanilla - 0 for 3


Stockton,

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 5, 3 k's, double
Daric Barton - 3 for 5, run, rbi, 2 k's, double
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, 3 rbi, walk, k, hr
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, run, walk
Richie Robnett - 1 for 4, run, k, double

Notes: The Ports scored 4 off of Jered Weaver in 2 and 1/3 innings. Suzuki's hr was off of Weaver.


Kane County, win 10-9

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 6, run, k
Cliff Pennington - 2 for 5, k

Notes: Tommy Everidge hit for the cycle.


Vancouver, win 10-1

Notes: Jimmy Shull 1 run in 3 innings with 3 k's.

Friday, June 24, 2005

TNIP 6/24/05

Sacramento, win 13-6

Mike Rouse - 3 for 5, 3 runs, 2 rbi, walk, double, hr


Midland, win 5-2

Jason Perry - 0 for 4
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 4, run, triple


Stockton, win 17-7

Dustin Majewski - 2 for 4, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 2 walks
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 2 walks, k, triple
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, 2 walks, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 3 for 6, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 3 k's, double

Notes: Daric Barton is 22 for his last 40 with 2 doubles, a triple and 3 hr's. His OPS is .897. The Ports had 16 hits. They had just one double and didn't hit a hr but managed to triple 4 times.


Kane County, win 5-2

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, run, k, double
Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, walk, k
Javier Herrera - 1 for 1, run, 2 walks


Vancouver, win 7-4

Notes: Haas Pratt hit his 3rd hr.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

TNIP 6/23/05

Sacramento, win 9-5

Mike Rouse - 2 for 5, 2 runs, k, double
John Baker - 1 for 4, run, walk, 2 k's
Dan Meyer - 2/3 innings, 2 earned, hit, walk, k
Jairo Garcia - 1 and 1/3 innings, 0 earned, 0 hits, 0 walks, 3 k's

Notes: This was Meyer's first game back. While it doesn't look like a good outing, I look at the strikeout as an indicator that maybe his stuff is back. Before he went on the DL he had just 20 k's in 35 innings. Jack Cust was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles. Garcia struck out the side in the 9th. Game time temp was 100 degrees.


Midland, win 5-2

Jason Perry - 1 for 4, run, 2 rbi, k
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4, k
Dallas Braden - 6 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, 4 walks, 4 k's

Notes: Vasili Spanos had 2 hits including a home run in his Midland debut.


Stockton, loss 5-4

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 5, k
Daric Barton - 4 for 5, 2 runs, rbi, walk, k, hr
Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 6, k
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, run, rbi, walk, k
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, 2 walks, 3 k's
Brad Knox - 6 and 1/3, 3 earned, 6 hits, walk, 4 k's

Notes: Daric Barton played 3rd.


Kane County, loss 8-1

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, k
Cliff Pennington - 0 for 2, walk, k
Javier Herrera - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Mike Rogers - 5 and 2/3, 3 earned (4 total), 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 k's


Vancouver, win 3-2

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

TNIP 6/22/05

Sacramento, win 14-3

John Baker - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Mike Rouse - 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, walk, k, hr

Notes: Charles Thomas was 2 for 2 with 3 walks. Juan Cruz went 3 innings allowing 2 earned on 2 hits and 2 walks with 3 k's. Matt Watson hit 2 hr's.


Stockton, loss 6-2

Dustin Majewski - 2 for 5, rbi, 3 k's
Danny Putnam - 0 for 5, rbi
Daric Barton - 1 for 4
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4
Richie Robnett - 2 for 3, run, walk

Notes: The Ports played much like their father team tonight and left 10 men on base.


Vancouver, win 9-6

Notes: Haas Pratt was 2 for 4 with a double and a hr. Chad Boyd was 2 for 4.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

TNIP 6/21/05

Sacramento, win 5-3

Mike Rouse - 1 for 4, run, rbi, k
John Baker - 1 for 3, run, triple


Texas League All Star Game

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, run, rbi, k
Jason Perry - 0 for 3, run, walk, k
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 4, run, rbi
Brant Colamarino - 1 for 3, k
Jeremy Brown - 1 for 1, run, walk

Notes: Andre Ethier won game MVP as well as the HR derby.


Stockton, win 12-3

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 4, 2 runs, 2 walks, k
Daric Barton - 2 for 4, run, rbi, 2 walks
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, walk, k, hr
Danny Putnam - 0 for 3, 2 runs, 2 walks
Richie Robnett - 1 for 4, 2 rbi, 2 k's

Notes: Daric Barton caught the 9th inning.


Midwest League All Star Game

Javier Herrera - 0 for 2, k
Raul Padron - 0 for 2
Myron Leslie - 1 for 2, k


Vancouver, loss 10-4

Notes: Haas Pratt was 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a hr. Chad Boyd was 0 for 4

Monday, June 20, 2005

TNIP 6/20/05

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Sacramento, win 4-2

John Baker - 1 for 3, run, k


Stockton, win 16-11

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 6, 2 runs, walk, k, double
Danny Putnam - 3 for 5, 2 runs, 2 rbi, walk, 2 doubles
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, 2 runs, rbi, 2 walks, k
Kurt Suzuki - 3 for 5, 3 runs, rbi, walk
Richie Robnett - 2 for 6, 2 rbi, 2 k's, double

Notes: Danny Putnam is 15 for his last 31 with 4 doubles and 3 hr's. Daric Barton is 12 for his last 20.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

TNIP 6/19/05

Sacramento, win 8-0

Mike Rouse - 0 for 4, k


Midland, loss 9-5

Andre Ethier - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 rbi, double, hr
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4, 2 k's


Stockton, win 11-3

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 5, run, walk, k, double
Daric Barton - 4 for 5, run, 5 rbi, double
Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 3, rbi, walk, k
Danny Putnam - 1 for 2, 4 runs, rbi, 3 walks, double
Richie Robnett - 1 for 3, run, 2 walks, double


Kane County, loss 10-8

Kevin Melillo - 3 for 4, run, 4 rbi, k, double
Javier Herrera - 3 for 4, run, walk, k, triple

Saturday, June 18, 2005

TNIP below, right now I'm Billy Beane

With the Yankees asking the A's about Mark Kotsay, it got me as well as Genaro to wonder about the possibilty. He and I then bothered to be Billy Beane and this is what I came up with in my time.

The A's trade Marco Scutaro and Eric Byrnes to the Rockies for Joe Kennedy.

This trade gets the A's a decent #5 starter who has decent potential. The A's unload Byrnes and an extra 2bagger.


The A's trade Barry Zito to the Phillies for Gavin Floyd and Ryan Howard.

This would cause the A's to lose some in the SP department, but they have a so-so replacement in Joe Kennedy. I can't see the Phillies not going for this deal, especially with Wolf down.


The A's trade Gavin Floyd, Ryan Howard, and Mike Rogers to the Reds for Adam Dunn.

This gets the A's one of the better hitters in baseball. A guy with monster power that they need so badly to take some pressure off of Chavez. I think the Reds will do this because Dunn obviously wants out and Casey will be gone soon, so Howard will have a place to play. They'll love Floyd because they need pitching so badly.


The A's trade Mark Kotsay and Mike Rouse to the Yankees for Philip Hughes and Eric Duncan.

This might hurt some fans, but it may not hurt the A's as much as you'd think. There is a legit chance that Kotsay will only be an Athletic for the reminder of this season. This trade would get the A's a damn fine return. Philip Hughes in my opinion is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and is also a potential work horse at 6-foot-5 220 lbs. Eric Duncan is a very good prospect and worst case scenerio the A's can ship him off in another deal as he has tons of value. Mike Rouse is included just so we can all have a chuckle at the end of the year when BA calls Rouse the Yankees #4 prospect.


Of course what I'll get into now is a best case scenerio, and it may not turn out this way, but still..

In a few years, the A's would feature a rotation of Harden, Haren, Meyer, Hughes, and Blanton. That could very possibly be baseballs best rotation. The A's would have a bullpen that features Huston Street and Jairo Garcia as well as Dallas Braden and Jason Windsor. The offense will contain Bobby Crosby, Eric Chavez, Adam Dunn (who will be extended with the money from Kendall leaving via FA), Daric Barton and Nick Swisher. You can't tell me that is not a great team. And you can't tell me all the trades I listed above aren't worth it.


For now, the OF would be Dunn/Swisher/Kielty with Kennedy in the rotation for Zito. The A's would be worse off right now, but not terribly worse.

Thoughts?

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TNIP 6/18/05

Sacramento, win 5-3

Mike Rouse - 1 for 3, run, walk, double
John Baker - 0 for 3, walk, k


Midland, loss 2-1

Andre Ethier - 1 for 8, 3 k's
Jason Perry - 1 for 7, run, rbi, 5 k's, hr
Omar Quintanilla - 0 for 3, k

Notes: Midland lost in the 17th.


Stockton, win 4-1

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 4, rbi, walk, k, double
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, walk
Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 2, rbi, walk
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, run, k
Richie Robnett - 2 for 3, 2 runs, walk, k
Brad Knox - 8 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, 0 walks, 11 k's

Notes: Knox was perfect after 5.


Kane County, win 2-1

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 4
Javier Herrera - 1 for 3, walk, 2 k's

Friday, June 17, 2005

TNIP 6/17/05

Sacramento, loss 4-3

Mike Rouse - 0 for 3, k
John Baker - 2 for 3, 2 runs, rbi, k, hr

Notes: Rich Harden pitched 3 innings allowing only a hit while striking out 7.


Midland, loss 5-1

Andre Ethier - 1 for 3, rbi
Jason Perry - 0 for 4
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 3, walk, double
Dallas Braden - 5 innings, 5 earned, 6 hits, walk, 5 k's


Stockton, loss 10-7

Dustin Majewski - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 3 k's, double
Daric Barton - 0 for 4, run, rbi, walk
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, 4 rbi, walk, hr
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, run, rbi, walk, k


Kane County, win 10-0

Kevin Melillo - 3 for 5, 3 runs, rbi, double, hr
Javier Herrera - 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 walks, k
Mike Rogers - 6 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, walk, 4 k's

Thursday, June 16, 2005

TNIP 6/16/05

Sacramento, loss 6-3

Mike Rouse - 1 for 3, run, rbi, walk, k
John Baker - 2 for 4, run, double


Midland, loss 3-0

Jason Perry - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 3


Stockton, win 19-5

Dustin Majewski - 3 for 6, 3 runs, 3 rbi, walk, 2 hr's
Daric Barton - 4 for 5, 2 runs, 4 rbi, double, hr
Danny Putnam - 4 for 6, 4 runs, 3 rbi, double, hr
Richie Robnett - 1 for 5, double

Notes: The Ports had 21 hits.


Kane County, win 4-1

Kevin Melillo - 0 for 4
Javier Herrera - 0 for 3, walk

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

TNIP 6/15/05

Sacramento, win 8-5

Mike Rouse - 2 for 4, run, 3 rbi, double
John Baker - 1 for 3, 2 runs, walk, k, double
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's


Midland, loss 6-2

Andre Ethier - 0 for 4, k
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, run, rbi, walk, k, hr
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4


Stockton, loss 6-3

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 4, run, rbi, 2 k's, triple
Daric Barton - 1 for 4, run, rbi, 2 k's, hr
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, rbi, 2 k's
Danny Putnam - 0 for 2, 2 walks
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 4 k's


Kane County, win 10-3

Kevin Melillo - 0 for 0, run
Javier Herrera - 1 for 4, run, walk, k
Ryan Webb - 5 innings, 1 earned (3 total), 3 hits, walk, 5 k's

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

TNIP 6/14/05

Sacramento, win 11-0

Mike Rouse - 0 for 4, k
John Baker - 1 for 4, 2 runs, walk, k, double


Midland, loss 7-4

Andre Ethier - 0 for 5, k
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, walk, k


Stockton, loss 5-2

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 3, walk
Daric Barton - 0 for 4
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 5, k
Danny Putnam - 1 for 3, walk, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, walk, k


Kane County, loss 11-2

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, 2 k's, double
Javier Herrera - 2 for 4, 2 runs

Monday, June 13, 2005

TNIP 6/13/05

Sacramento, win 4-1

Mike Rouse - 1 for 3, k
John Baker - 0 for 2, walk, k
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, k


Midland, win 8-2

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, 2 rbi
Jason Perry - 1 for 4, rbi, k
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 walks

Notes: Quintanilla is hitting .289


Stockton, win 9-0

Dustin Majewski - 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, double, hr
Daric Barton - 2 for 4, walk
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, 2 runs, 2 rbi, hr
Richie Robnett - 1 for 5, 2 k's
Brad Knox - 7 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 4 k's

Notes: Luke Appert hit 2 hr's


Kane County, win 11-4

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 3, 3 rbi, walk, double
Javier Herrera - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, 2 k's, hr

6/12/05

Sacramento, loss 9-6

John Baker - 0 for 3, k
Mike Rouse - 0 for 3

Notes: Keither Ginter was 4 for 4 with 3 doubles. Charles Thomas was 2 for 4 with a double.


Midland, win 4-2

Omar Quintanilla - 0 for 4, k
Andre Ethier - 1 for 2, 2 runs, rbi, 2 walks, double
Dallas Braden - 7 and 2/3 innings, 2 earned, 5 hits, walk, 4 k's

Notes: Braden is 11 and 1 between Stockton and Midland.


Stockton, loss 6-5

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 4, run, walk, k
Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 6, rbi, k
Daric Barton - 0 for 5, run, walk, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 3 for 6, run, rbi, k, double


Kane County, win 3-1

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 3, double
Mike Rogers - 7 and 1/3 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, walk, 4 k's

Saturday, June 11, 2005

TNIP 6/11/05

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Sacramento, postponed


Midland, win 5-1

Andre Ethier - 3 for 3, 2 runs, walk, double
Jason Perry - 1 for 4, k
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 3, run, rbi, walk
Jason Windsor - 7 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, 2 walks, 6 k's


Stockton, loss 12-10

Dustin Majewski - 2 for 5
Daric Barton - 1 for 5, run, k
Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 6, run, rbi, double
Danny Putnam - 3 for 5, 2 runs, 7 rbi, k, 2 hr's
Richie Robnett - 2 for 5, 2 runs, rbi, k, double, hr


Kane County, loss 3-0

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 3
Javier Herrera - 0 for 3, k

A's top 10 prospects

1) Daric Barton
2) Javier Herrera
3) Dan Meyer
4) Andre Ethier
5) Kurt Suzuki
6) Omar Quintanilla
7) Dallas Braden
8) Jairo Garcia
9) Jason Windsor
10) Danny Putnam

Just missing: Richie Robnett, Ryan Webb, John Rheinecker

The system looks mighty thin right now, doesn't it?


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Friday, June 10, 2005

TNIP 6/10/05

Sacramento, loss 10-4

Mike Rouse - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 k's, 2 doubles
John Baker - 1 for 4, run


Midland, loss 3-2

Andre Ethier - 0 for 3, walk, k
Jason Perry - 0 for 3, walk, 3 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4, 2 k's


Stockton, win 8-4

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 2, 2 runs, 2 walks
Daric Barton - 1 for 5, run
Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, run, rbi, walk
Danny Putnam - 0 for 2, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, walk, 2 k's

Notes: Robnett is hitting .231.


Kane County, postponed rain

Notes: Ryan Webb had allowed 6 runs in 3 innings before the game was cancelled.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

TNIP 6/9/05

Sacramento, win 7-3

Mike Rouse - 2 for 4, run, rbi, walk, double
John Baker - 1 for 5, 2 rbi, k
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, k


Midland, loss 9-0

Andre Ethier - 0 for 4, k
Jason Perry - 1 for 4, 3 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4, k


Stockton, win 8-5

Dustin Majewski - 3 for 4, 3 runs, rbi, walk, double, hr
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, run, rbi, 2 walks, double
Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 3, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, run, rbi, walk, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, rbi, walk, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 4-3

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, rbi, walk, 2 k's, double
Javier Herrera - 3 for 4, run, k

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Draft Observation? TNIP below

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I decided not to do a review of the A's draft because there are so many in other places. I don't think I would be able to say anything that you wouldn't see anywhere else. That said, I think I can give a quick opinion on the draft. I like the Pennington pick, though I would have highly considered Matt Torra, the starting pitcher from UMass. I don't like the Buck pick very much, he just doesn't seem that impressive. The one I really like is Craig Italiano. A very high ceiling on the young right hander who hits 98 MPH on the gun. The A's followed up the pick of Italiano by selecting a lot more prep pitchers, something the A's haven't done in upwards of 8 years. There has been a lot of speculation on why the A's went the HS route. I'll give a couple of my ideas.

Something that has been brought up is that the A's don't really need any starters in the very near future. Harden, Meyer, Haren, and Blanton are all likely to be members of the A's rotation for the next 3-6 years. That leaves one open spot in the rotation. While the A's don't have a high profile SP prospect beyond Meyer, of Braden, Windsor, Rheinecker, and Ryan Webb, the A's will probably be able to find their #5 starter from within the system. With this as the case, the A's can take a high risk high reward player. If someone like Italiano pans out, then great, the A's have a very good starter. If he doesn't pan out, it's OK, every rotation spot is already filled.

I think that very well may be the case. But to me, there is one more major factor that I don't think has been brought up yet. In recent years, with the A's taking a ton of college starters, the A's haven't really found anything beyond the obvious telent that can be found in the 1st round. Of course, there is Dallas Braden and even Jason Windsor that stand out from last season, but beyond that there is not much. Last season, the A's went with college starters Mike Rogers, Derek Tharpe, Steve Sharpe, Scott Drucker and many more organizational fillers until you get to Dallas Braden. In 2003, the A's took college starters Trent Peterson, Matt Lynch, Grant Reynolds, Steve Bondurant and more organizational fillers. In 2002 it was the same. I have noticed, of course without researching this for hours like some may have done, that there are a few things consistant looking around the league at all the very good young starters. It seems as if the pitchers who have had success after being a first round pick are just as likely to be from college as they are high school. Once you get out of the first round though, it's hard to find a very good pitcher from a 4 year university. Here is a list of all the real good young pitchers I can think of that were not a top 30 pick or signed from a foreign country and where they were selected from:

Jake Peavy, 15th round out of high school
Kyle Davies, 4th round of of high school
Rich Harden, 17th round out of junior college
Dan Haren, 2nd round out of college
Brandon McCarthy, 17th round out of community college
Zach Duke, 20th round out of high school
Mike Hinckley, 3rd round out of high school
Chuck Tiffany, 2nd round out of high school
Anthony Reyes, 15th round out of college
Edwin Jackson, 6th round out of high school
Hayden Penn, 5th round out of high school
Mark Buehrle, 38th round out of junior college
A.J. Burnett, 8th round out of high school
Dontrelle Willis, 8th round out of high school
Brad Penny, 5th round out of high scool

Of those 15 players (and I know I'm probably leaving a few out) 10 were taken out of high school, 2 from junior college, 1 from community college, and just 2 from a university. Is it a coincidence that the A's took 5 hs pitchers of the 6 pitchers they took between rounds 2 and 8? Probably. But I think it's very possible they noticed a trend.

After the 8th round they did start taking some college pitchers. While they did that though, they stayed away from major schools. In 2003 it was Peterson and Lynch from Florida St, last season it was Tharpe and Drucker from the U of Tennesse. This year, they took Jimmy Shull from non powerhouse Cal Poly. The next college pitcher was Jason Ray from another small school Azusa Pacific (Calif.) U.

It seems as though the A's may have found that a hidden gem is more likely from either a high school, junior college, or small university. The guys from major schools should have no trouble getting publicity. If they aren't taken very early in the draft then they aren't much because they obviously would have a lot of people watching them play.

That's just my 2 cents. Comments are appreciated. Hopefully you guys were able to read that whole thing without falling asleep.

TNIP 6/8/05

Just 2 games tonight

Midland, loss 3-1

Andre Ethier - 0 for 3, k
Jason Perry - 0 for 4, k
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 3, walk, k


Stockton, win 9-3

Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 2, 3 runs, 2 walks
Daric Barton - 2 for 4, run, rbi, walk
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, 4 rbi, walk, 4 rbi
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, walk, k
Dustin Majewski - 1 for 4, run, double
Brad Knox - 5 innings, 3 earned, 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 k's

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

TNIP 6/7/05

Sacramento, loss 10-7, loss 6-1

Mike Rouse - 0 for 5, run, walk, k
John Baker - 1 for 2


Midland, win 1-0

Andre Ethier - 1 for 3
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, 2 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 2, walk
Dallas Braden - 8 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 7 k's


Stockton, win 6-3

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 3, k
Daric Barton - 0 for 3, walk, 2 k's
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 2, run, 2 walks
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, run, walk, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 4-3

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 k's
Javier Herrera - 1 for 4, run, 3 k's

Monday, June 06, 2005

TNIP 6/6/05

Anything you can do to support the site is appreciated. I seem to be adding readers every day, so thanks.

Only one game tonight. Sacramento postponed, Midland and Stockton off.


Kane County, loss 13-11

Kevin Melillo - 3 for 4, 4 runs, 2 rbi, walk, 2 hr's
Javier Herrera - 1 for 5, run, rbi, k, double
Mike Rogers - 5 innings, 5 earned, 6 hits, 3 walks, 4 k's

Sunday, June 05, 2005

A note on Marcus Mcbeth, TNIP below

A friend of mine on the ESPN A's board informed me that a friend of his saw Marcus Mcbeth pitch the other day. Mcbeth was pitching at 95 MPH, touching 98. I think it's clear that Mcbeth is someone to keep our eye on.

TNIP 6/5/05

Sacramento, loss 8-5

Mike Rouse - 2 for 3, walk
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's

Notes: Brant Colamarino hit his 3rd hr with Sacramento.


Midland, loss 3-1

Andre Ethier - 0 for 3, walk
Jason Perry - 0 for 3, walk, k
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 3, walk, double
Jason Windsor - 5 and 2/3 innings, 3 earned, 4 hits, 4 walks, 5 k's

Notes: Ethier's avg is down to .351, but according to the game log, all 3 of his outs today were line outs.


Stockton, loss 5-3

Dustin Majewski - 1 for 3, 2 walks
Daric Barton - 2 for 5, k, double
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 5, double
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4
Richie Robnett - 2 for 5, run, k, 2 doubles


Kane County, win 16-9

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 6, run, double
Javier Herrera - 2 for 5, run, walk, k

Notes: Melillo made his 6th error while Herrera stole his 11th base. Raul Padron was 5 for 6 with 2 doubles.

TNIP 6/4/05

Sacramento, win 7-3

Mike Rouse - 0 for 3, run, rbi, walk
John Baker - 2 for 4, rbi, 2 k's, double


Midland, win 6-5

Andre Ethier - 0 for 4, walk, k
Jason Perry - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, double


Stockton, loss 10-9

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 2, k
Daric Barton - 0 for 4, walk, k
Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, 2 rbi
Richie Robnett - 0 for 5, 3 k's

Notes: Robnett (5), Suzuki (9), and Putnam (6) each had an error. Luke Appert was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a triple.


Kane County, loss 6-1

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, run, k
Javier Herrera - 0 for 1, 3 walks
Ryan Webb - 7 innings, 6 earned, 7 hits, walk, 4 k's

Notes: Webb allowed 3 HR's pushing his total to 8 in 61 innings. Marcus Mcbeth tossed another 2 scoreless innings.

Friday, June 03, 2005

TNIP 6/3/05

Sacramento, win 6-3

Mike Rouse - 1 for 3, run, k, double
John Baker - 3 for 4, run, 2 rbi, k, 2 doubles

Notes: Kiko Calero pitched a perfect inning with a k.


Midland, win 9-0

Andre Ethier - 1 for 5, run, rbi, 3 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 3 for 5, k, double


Stockton, loss 10-2

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 4, k
Daric Barton - 1 for 3, walk
Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 2, run, 2 walks
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, run, rbi, hr
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 3 k's


Kane County, win 9-3

Kevin Melillo - 0 for 4, 2 walks, k
Javier Herrera - 1 for 6, 2 runs

Notes: Herrera stole 2 bases and is 11 for 12 on the year. Last season he was 23 for 24

Well, you can forget part of that mock

I really wanted the A's to end up with Varvaro too...

St. John’s righthander Craig Hansen, the top closer available in the draft, will start this weekend in the Red Storm’s regional opener against Virginia in Corvallis, Ore. That’s because the Johnnies’ top starter, junior righty Anthony Varvaro, had a difficult bullpen session this week, and the team decided to hold him out with elbow soreness. Now comes word of a memo from the Major League Scouting Bureau that Varvaro will not pitch this weekend and will require Tommy John surgery. Varvaro had moved himself into the first three rounds of the draft with a dominant spring, going 9-3, 2.32 with 115 strikeouts and just 54 hits allowed in 85 innings. Per Baseball America

Thursday, June 02, 2005

TNIP 6/2/05

Sacramento, loss 5-4

Mike Rouse - 1 for 4, k
John Baker - 2 for 4
Jairo Garcia - 1/3 innings, 1 earned, 0 hits, 2 walks, k

Notes: Jairo's ERA in Sacramento this season is 6.0 in 12 innings.


Midland, loss 5-3

Andre Ethier - 2 for 4, run, k, double
Jason Perry - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Omar Quintanilla - 1 for 4, k


Stockton, win 3-1

Dustin Majewski - 0 for 3, walk, 3 k's
Daric Barton - 1 for 3, rbi, walk, 2 k's
Kurt Suzuki - 3 for 4, 2 runs, 3 doubles
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, double
Richie Robnett - 1 for 4, run, k
Brad Knox - 7 innings, 1 earned, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 k's


Kane County, loss 10-8

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, walk, k, hr
Javier Herrera - 1 for 5, 2 runs

Notes: Marcus Mcbeth pitched another scoreless inning allowing a hit.

2005 MLB Mock Draft

I did my best. I dont know if I'll get a pick right outside of Upton at #1, but I tried. Go ahead an correct me if there is an obvious mistake. If you're looking for last nights performances, they're below. I'll post a little more info about some of the players a little later on tonight.

1. Diamondbacks - Justin Upton, SS
2. Royals - Alex Gordon, 3B
3. Mariners - Mike Pelfrey, SP
4. Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Brewers - Cameron Maybin, OF
6. Blue Jays - Luke Hochevar, SP
7. Rockies - Andrew McCutchen, OF
8. Devil Rays - Chris Volstad, SP
9. Mets - Craig Hansen, RP
10. Tigers - Troy Tulowitzki, SS
11. Pirates - Jay Bruce, OF
12. Reds - Mark Pawelek, SP
13. Orioles - Ricky Romero, SP
14. Indians - Jeff Clement, C
15. White Sox - C.J. Henry, SS
16. Marlins - Ryan Braun, 3B
17. Yankees - Wade Townsend, SP
18. Padres - Matt Torra, SP
19. Rangers - Brian Bogusevic, SP
20. Cubs - Jacoby Ellsbury, OF
21. Athletics - Trevor Crowe, OF
22. Marlins - Cesar Carrillo, SP
23. Red Sox - John Mayberry, 1B
24. Astros - Taylor Teagarden, C
25. Twins - Chaz Roe, SP
26. Red Sox - Mark McCormick, SP
27. Braves - Brandon Snyder, C/SS
28. Cardinals - Cesar Ramos, SP
29. Marlins - Michael Bowden, SP
30. Cardinals - Cliff Pennington, SS

31. Diamondbacks - Cody Satterwhite, SP
32. Rockies - John Drennen, OF
33. Indians - Tyler Greene, SS
34. Marlins - Colby Rasmus, OF
35. Padres - Henry Sanchez, 1B
36. Athletics - Joey Devine, RP
37. Angels - Tyler Herron, SP
38. Astros - Jed Lowrie, 2B
39. Twins - Bryan Morris, SP
40. Dodgers - Stephen Head, 1B
41. Braves - Craig Italiano, SP
42. Red Sox - Justin Bristow, SS
43. Cardinals - Travis Buck, OF
44. Marlins - J. Brent Cox, RP
45. Red Sox - Lance Broadway, SP
46. Cardinals - Jacob Marceaux, SP
47. Red Sox - Sean O’Sullivan, SP
48. Orioles - Daniel Carte, OF

49. Diamondbacks - Josh Lindblom, SP
50. Royals - Clay Buchholz, SP
51. Dodgers - Brett Hayes, C/OF
52. Rockies - Josh Wall, SP
53. Athletics - Anthony Varvaro, SP
54. Twins - Ryan Mount, SS
55. Rockies - Sean West, SP
56. Devil Rays - Trevor Bell, SP
57. Red Sox - Matt Garza, SP
58. Angels - David Adams, SS/3B
59. Pirates - Ryan Tucker, SP
60. Reds - Aaron Thompson, SP
61. Orioles - Robert Ray, SP
62. Indians - Garrett Olson, SP
63. Yankees - P.J. Phillips, SS
64. Marlins - Paul Kelly, SS
65. Yankees - Austin Jackson, OF
66. Padres - Matt Green, SP
67. Rangers - Brian Matusz, SP
68. Cubs - Jeremy Hellickson, SP
69. Athletics - Chris Mason, SP
70. Cardinals - Kyle Russell, OF
71. Angels - Eli Iorg, OF
72. Astros - Vance Worley, SP
73. Twins - Miers Quigley, SP
74. Dodgers - Drew Thompson, SS
75. Braves - Justin Smoak, 1B
76. Padres - Seth Johnston, 2B/SS
77. Braves - Josh Zeid, SP
78. Cardinals - Ryan Mullins, SP

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

TNIP 6/1/05

Keep supporting the site any way possible. Tomorrow morning I'll post my 2 round, 80 pick mock draft. Try not to be too harsh, just my best guesses. I'm sure there are many things I'm unaware of that you guys can correct me on.

Sacramento, win 5-4


Mike Rouse - 2 for 3, run, 2 rbi, walk, k, double
John Baker - 0 for 1
Jairo Garcia - 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, k

Notes: Kiko Calero started his rehab and threw 19 pitches in 1 inning allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with a k.


Midland, win 5-2

Andre Ethier - 2 for 4, run, rbi, hr
Jason Perry - 1 for 3, 2 rbi
Omar Quintanilla - 2 for 4
Dallas Braden - 7 innings, 1 earned, 5 hits, 2 walks, 8 k's


Stockton, win 19-7

Dustin Majewski - 3 for 3, 3 runs, rbi, walk, 2 doubles
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, 4 runs, 3 rbi, 3 walks, 2 doubles
Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 2, 4 runs, 3 walks
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, rbi, walk
Richie Robnett - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 3 rbi, walk, k, double


Kane County, win 4-2

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 3, run, walk
Javier Herrera - 0 for 4
Mike Rogers - 7 innings, 0 earned (1 total) 6 hits, 3 walks, 6 k's