The Future of A's Baseball

Thursday, September 29, 2005

DONATION TIME

Juuuuuuust kidding. I wouldn't do that to you guys. But I have posted what I think is a pretty sweet auction for Ebay. I think you guys should check it out if I can hawk my own thing for a minute. At first I thought it would be pretty lame to post it here, but I figured it can't be any lamer than asking for donations or over charging for merchendise. Plus I thought you guys might actually like it being sports people.

Ebay auction

Daily posts are coming soon. Keep supporting the site any way you can. Make sure you check that auction if you're interested. Thanks

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Season Over

I wish I could say I was satisfied with this season but I really wasn't. The Angels are not 6 games better than the A's but the A's played poorly enough in September to make it seem like it. I think it's safe to say the best part of the year was watching the rookies and even Danny Haren learn on the job and become very good players early in their career. As I've said, contunue checking back here all off season. I will have BaseballAmerica's top prospects for the Cal, Texas and Coast Leagues as soon as they're out. Starting on October 1st I will have a top 31 prospect countdown. Thanks for reading. Keep supporting the site.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Midwest League Top 20 Prospects

from BaseballAmerica

4. Javier Herrera, of, Kane County
5. Cliff Pennington, ss, Kane County
6. Travis Buck, of, Kane County

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Arizona and NorthWest League top 20

from BaseballAmerica

Arizona:
3. Craig Italiano, rhp, Athletics
6. Jared Lansford, rhp, Athletics
15. Ramon Alvarado, of, Athletics

Vancouver:
11. Jimmy Shull, rhp, Athletics
18. Jason Ray, rhp, Athletics
19. Justin Sellers, ss, Athletics

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Justin Sellers

Position: SS
Born: 2/1/86
Height:: 5'10"
Weight: 155
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Marina located in Huntington Beach, CA
Drafted: 2005, 6th round, 191st overall
Bonus: $150,000

In a draft that saw the A's make headlines by selecting Craig Italiano, Jared Landsford and Vince Mazzaro with consecutive picks in the first 3 rounds, Justin Sellers was the first prep position player taken. Sellers was the earliest prep position player taken by the A's since Austin Nagle also went 191st in 2001.

Sellers from the outside didn't have that great of a pro debut. He hit a decent .274 with a solid .368 OBP, but his SLG was just .331 with 8 doubles and a triple in 175 at bats. It turns out, Sellers actually did pretty well for himself in Vancouver. Prep middle infielders often take time to adjust to professional pitching:

Matt Bush, the first overall pick in 2004 posted much worse numbers in his pro debut, even with the majority of his time spent 1/2 a level lower than Sellers. In 96 at bats Bush posted a .195 BA, .304 OBP, .265 SLG with 4 doubles and a triple. Bush to the surprise of many was terrible in 2005 as well, but he's still seen as a top prospect.

CJ Henry was the first prep middle infielder taken in 2005. While playing 1/2 a level lower than Sellers, hit .249 with a .333 OBP and .381 slugging with 9 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs in 181 at bats.

Paul Kelly was the 54th pick last season and spent the majority of his time 1/2 level lower than Sellers. Kelly hit .277 with a .358 OBP and .365 SLG in 137 at bats

PJ Phillips went 74th last season and played 1/2 a level lower than Sellers. Phillips hit .291 with a .328 OBP and .407 SLG in 182 at bats.

Sellers has slightly lesser numbers than his listed 2005 peers, but he was the only of the four to spend all his time above Rookie Ball. Sellers is by no means a top prospect at the moment, but the numbers he posted in Vancouver look fairly impressive in contrast to similar players. Sellers will likely start next season in Kane County, but considering the A's were willing to start him in Vancouver right off the bat, there is a slight chance we may see Sellers start the year in Stockton.

To finish, here is BaseballAmerica's scouting report:

Sellers is a tremendous baseball player in a small package. His tools, instincts and style of play compare to former Arizona State All-America shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who pound-for-pound may have been the best player in college baseball in 2004 and is rapidly climbing the ladder in the Red Sox system. Scouts say Sellers is the best defensive shortstop in Southern California, combining sure, soft hands with excellent range. At the plate, he’s wiry strong and swings the bat well, but his power potential is negligible, especially with wood. He was hitting .407-4-16 in 86 at-bats this spring. Beyond his tools, his greatest strength is an advanced knowledge of how to play the game—not surprising because his father is former big league pitcher Jeff Sellers, who played for the Red Sox from 1985-88. Sellers is considered signable in spite of his commitment to Cal State Fullerton.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

In the coming months

Aside from updates on fall and winter ball, I will make posts on the following:

Jason Ray
Justin Sellers
Jeremy Brown

Possible trades involving:
Washington
Florida
Los Angeles
Arizona

Surprising players
Disappointing players
'Need more time' players

October will be top 31 prospect month. Starting at #31, every day in Octobers will feature a different prospect until Halloween day.

Possible options for DH next season.

Then of course in early April TNIP will start right back up.


Keep supporting the site. I think you guys will enjoy the pieces I write during the offseason

Friday, September 16, 2005

Texas League Champions

Their first in 30 years, the Midland Rockhounds

win 6-5

Daric Barton - 2 for 4, run, walk
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 4
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, k

Notes: Jeremy Brown hit another HR. The winning hit was a Francis Gomez double scoring Daric Barton in the 8th.

The season actually is over now, unlike the last time I said it. Like I've been harping though, keep checking back as I will make frequent updates over the offseason. Thanks for reading all year.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

TNIP 9/15/05

Midland, loss 4-3

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, k
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, run, rbi, double, hr
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4

Notes: Jeremy Brown homered off of Jered Weaver as did Daric Barton, who also doubled off Weaver.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

No Game

Midland will continue their series tomorrow up 2-0 in the series.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

TNIP 9/13/05

Midland, win 8-7

Daric Barton - 0 for 3, run, walk
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 5, run, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 3, 2 rbi, walk, double

Notes: Jeremy Brown was 3 for 4 with a double

Another 9/12/05

I sadly forgot about Midland, who just finished up game 1 of the title series:

Midland, win 7-1

Daric Barton - 0 for 2, run, rbi, walk
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 3, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 0 for 2, run, walk

Monday, September 12, 2005

TNIP 9/12/05

Vancouver loss 8-3

Jason Ray - 2 innings, 1 earned (2 total), 2 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's

Notes: Vancouver loses game 5 of the best of 5.


This was the last game of the year for the A's minor league teams. Keep coming back though and supporting the site. As I said yesterday, I will update frequently during the offseason. Thanks for reading all year, I appreciate it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

TNIP 9/11/05

Even as the season comes to an end, keep checking back often. Over the offseason I will update with Fall League stats as well as stories/articles on Justin Sellers, Jeremy Brown, Jason Ray and more. Keep supporting the site and I'll try my best to make it worth your while.

Sacramento, loss 5-2

Andre Ethier - 3 for 5, run, k
Jairo Garcia - 2/3 innings, 2 earned (3 total), 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 k

Notes: Jermaine Clark hit a 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 2. Sacramento is eliminated.


Vancouver, loss 2-0

Jason Ray - 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 k

TNIP 9/10/05

Sacramento, loss 5-4

Andre Ethier - 0 for 2, 3 walks
Mike Rouse - 0 for 1, k
Jairo Garcia - 0 innings, 1 earned, 0 hits, 2 walks, 0 k's


Midland, win 12-2

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 6, run, rbi, 2 k's
Daric Barton - 2 for 5, 2 runs, k, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, run, 2 k's


Vancouver, win 6-0

Notes: Mike Madsen went 7 scoreless.

Friday, September 09, 2005

TNIP 9/9/05

Sacramento, loss 7-4

Mike Rouse - 0 for 3, walk
Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, run

Notes: Jack Cust was 3 for 4 with a home run and is 8 for 12 in the postseason.


Midland, loss 5-1

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4
Daric Barton - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Jason Perry - 0 for 1, 2 walks


Vancouver, loss 6-1

Thursday, September 08, 2005

TNIP 9/8/05

Sacramento, win 7-4

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, k
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 k's

Notes: Sacramento has won the first 2 games of the best of 5 semi finals.


Midland, win 5-2

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 k's
Daric Barton - 1 for 5
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, walk, k

Notes: Midland moves on to the championship series. Jeremy Brown had 2 walks and 2 hits including a home run.


Stockton, loss 10-3

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, run, 2 rbi, double, hr
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 4 k's
Travis Buck - 1 for 5, run, 2 k's
Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, 2 k's
Dustin Majewski - 0 for 4, 2 k's

Notes: Stockton I believe is eliminated. Cliff Pennington and John McCurdy made 2 errors each.


Vancouver, win 7-1

Notes: Vancouver up 1-0 in the Northwest League Championship series.

A's likely sign their last

The last pick signed of the 2005 draft is 3rd rounder Vince Mazzaro

Here is BA's scouting report:

Vincent Mazzaro RHP Rutherford (N.J.) HS NJ
New Jersey had three premium high school arms that jockeyed much of the spring for the distinction of being the first player drafted, and Mazzaro looks like the winner. Not only was his power stuff slightly more appealing than the others, but Mazzaro is considered far more signable. He has a live arm, with a fastball at 88-92 mph that touches 93. He gets exceptional movement on the pitch because he throws across his body from a high three-quarters angle. He has a difficult time controlling his slider from that slot, but it’s also a potential put-away pitch. Mazzaro has had several high-pitch games this year, which is a concern to scouts, and his makeup bothers some. But he was 7-1, 0.27 with six walks and 91 strikeouts in 52 innings. While he has committed to St. John’s, he is expected to sign if he's drafted in the first three to five rounds

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

TNIP 9/7/05

Sacramento, win 7-3

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, 2 rbi
Jairo Garcia - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's


Midland, win 6-3

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 3, run, 2 rbi, walk, k, hr
Daric Barton - 2 for 3, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, run, rbi, k


Stockton, loss 4-2

Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 4
Richie Robnett - 1 for 4, run, 2 k's, double
Dustin Majewski - 1 for 3, rbi, k
Travis Buck - 0 for 3, rbi
Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, k
Brad Knox - 4 innings, 4 earned, 7 hits, 2 walks, 3 k's


Vancouver, loss 4-2

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

TNIP 9/6/05

Midland, loss 3-2

Kevin Melillo - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Danny Putnam - 2 for 4, run, 2 rbi, k, hr
Daric Barton - 1 for 4, 2 k's
Jason Perry - 0 for 3, 3 k's


Vancouver, win 2-1

Jason Ray - 1 and 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 3 k's

TNIP 9/5/05

Keep supporting the site as the season nears an end. I'm fairly certain that I'll be able to make consistant posts after the season.

Sacramento, loss 5-2

Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, k


Stockton, loss 7-6

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 5, run, k
Danny Putnam - 1 for 2, walk
Dustin Majewski - 0 for 3, run, walk


Kane County, loss 5-0

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Travis Buck - 0 for 4, k
Javier Herrera - 0 for 3


Vancouver, loss 3-2

Sunday, September 04, 2005

TNIP 9/4/05

Sacramento, loss 3-2

Mike Rouse - 0 for 4
Andre Ethier - 1 for 4


Midland, win 8-6

Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 4 rbi, k, double, hr
Daric Barton - 2 for 5, ruin, rbi, k, 2 doubles
Jason Perry - 1 for 2, run, 2 walks, double


Stockton, loss 11-6

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


Kane County, win 8-5

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, run, rbi
Travis Buck - 1 for 4, rbi
Javier Herrera - 0 for 4, run, 2 k's


Vancouver, win 7-3

Saturday, September 03, 2005

TNIP 9/3/05

Sacramento, win 2-0

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


Midland, loss 11-5

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, run, rbi, hr
Daric Barton - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, 2 k's, hr
Jason Perry - 2 for 4, k

Notes: Brad Ziegler allowed 10 earned in 3 innings.


Stockton, win 5-2

Richie Robnett - 1 for 3, 2 runs, rbi, walk, 2 k's, hr
Danny Putnam - 0 for 3, walk
Dustin Majewski - 2 for 3, run


Kane County, win 6-5

Cliff Pennington - 2 for 5, run, rbi
Travis Buck - 2 for 3, run, rbi, 2 walks, k, double
Javier Herrera - 1 for 4, 2 k's. double


Vancouver, win 5-1

Jason Ray - 2 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 6 k's

Friday, September 02, 2005

9/2/05

Sacramento, loss 6-1

Andre Ethier - 0 for 3, walk, k
Mike Rouse - 0 for 3, 3 k's

Notes: This was Ethier's Sacramento debut.


Midland, win 6-2

Kevin Melillo - 0 for 5, 2 k's
Daric Barton - 0 for 4, k
Jason Perry - 1 for 4, run, 3 rbi, k, hr


Stockton, loss 8-1

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, double
Richie Robnett - 1 for 3, rbi, k
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, k, double
Dustin Majewski - 0 for 3, walk, k
Brad Knox - 3 innings, 3 earned (6 total), 6 hits, 5 walks, 3 k's


Kane County, loss 4-2

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 5, 2 k's
Travis Buck - 0 for 3, walk
Javier Herrera - 1 for 4


Vancouver, win 2-1

Thursday, September 01, 2005

TNIP 9/1/05

Sacramento, win 8-4

Notes: Hiram Boccachica played his first game for the Rivercats and went 4 for 4 with a double and 2 hr's.


Midland, win 9-4

Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, walk, k
Andre Ethier - 1 for 4, run, rbi, triple
Daric Barton - 1 for 4, run, rbi, walk


Stockton, win 10-0

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, hr
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, run, 2 doubles
Dustin Majewski - 1 for 5, 2 runs, k

Notes: Marcus McBeth debuted for Stockton and pitched 1 inning with 2 k's. The Ports only allowed 1 hit.


Kane County, loss 2-0

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, 2 k's
Travis Buck - 0 for 4, k
Javier Herrera - 1 for 3


Vancouver, loss 4-2