The Future of A's Baseball

Sunday, April 30, 2006

TNIP 4/30/06

Sacramento, loss 6-4

Daric Barton - 1 for 4, walk, k
Dan Meyer - 6 innings, 1 earned (2 total), 4 hits, 1 walk, 0 k's
Santiago Casilla - 2/3 innings, 1 earned, 2 hits, 1 walk, 0 k's


Midland, win 4-2

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, k
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, k
Brian Snyder - 1 for 4


Stockton, loss 6-5

Gregorio Petit - 2 for 4, k
Travis Buck - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2 doubles
Richie Robnett - 1 for 5, run, rbi, k, hr
Landon Powell - 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 rbi, walk, k, hr


Kane County, postponed

Saturday, April 29, 2006

TNIP 4/29/06

Sacramento, loss 8-6

Daric Barton - 0 for 4, rbi
Shane Komine - 5 innings, 4 earned, 7 hits, 2 walks, 2 k's
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 k's

Notes: Komine has 13 k's in 29 innings.


Midland, win 2-0, win 3-2

Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 2, walk
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, 2 walks, k
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 6
Brian Snyder - 0 for 6, 3 k's
Jason Windsor - 6 innings, 0 earned, 5 hits, 1 walk, 10 k's


Stockton, loss 4-3, win 7-2

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, walk, k
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 6, run, 3 k's
Travis Buck - 1 for 7, run, 3 rbi, walk, triple
Richie Robnett - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, 2 walks, triple
Landon Powell - 0 for 4


Kane County, postponed

Notes: Jared Lansford was set to make his debut

Friday, April 28, 2006

TNIP 4/28/06

Sacramento, loss 10-3

Daric Barton - 3 for 4, run, rbi, hr

Notes: Marcus McBeth pitched 1 and 2/3 perfect with 2 k's


Midland, postponed


Stockton,

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, run, walk, k
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 5, rbi, 3 k's
Travis Buck - 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, triple
Richie Robnett - 2 for 5, 2 rbi, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 5-2

Justin Sellers - 0 for 3, walk
Vince Mazzaro - 4 innings, 4 earned (5 total), 6 hits, 3 walks, 6 k's

Thursday, April 27, 2006

TNIP 4/27/06

Sacramento, win 3-0

Daric Barton - 2 for 3, walk
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, k

Notes: Marcus McBeth has been promoted to Sacramento


Midland, loss 5-4

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 3, 2 walks, k
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, run
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5
Brian Snyder - 0 for 4, run, walk
Brad Knox - 5 innings, 5 earned, 8 hits, 0 walks, k

Notes: Knox wont be posted any more.


Stockton, loss 5-3

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, walk, k
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 4, k
Travis Buck - 2 for 3, rbi
Richie Robnett - 1 for 5, k, double
Landon Powell - 1 for 3, run


Kane County, loss 8-4

Justin Sellers - 3 for 5, rbi

Notes: Trey Shields allowed 6 earned in 1 inning.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

TNIP 4/26/06

Sacramento, no game


Midland, no game


Stockton, loss 4-3

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, 2 rbi, walk, 2 k's
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 3, walk, double
Travis Buck - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 3 for 5, k
Landon Powell - 1 for 4, run, rbi, k, hr
Ryan Webb - 5 and 2/3 innings, 3 earned, 11 hits, 0 walks, 0 k's


Kane County, win 4-3

Justin Sellers - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Jason Ray - 6 innings, 2 earned, 3 hits, 4 walks, 8 k's

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

TNIP 4/25/06

Sacramento, win 6-4

Daric Barton - 2 for 4, 2 rbi, walk, k
Dan Meyer - 5 innings, 3 earned, 8 hits, 1 walk, 2 k's
Santiago Casilla - 1 and 1/3 innings, 1 earned, 1 hit, 0 walks, 2 k's


Midland, win 9-8

Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, rbi, walk, double
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, rbi, walk, k, double
Brian Snyder - 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 rbi, walk, hr

Notes: Jed Morris was 4 for 5.


Stockton, win 5-2

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, run, walk, 2 k's
Gregorio Petit - 0 for 4, run
Travis Buck - 1 for 4, run, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4
Landon Powell - 2 for 4, run, 2 rbi, hr


Kane County, loss 3-2

Justin Sellers - 0 for 5
Craig Italiano - 6 innings, 0 earned (2 total), 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 k's

Monday, April 24, 2006

TNIP 4/24/06

Sacramento, loss 6-0

Daric Barton - 1 for 4, k
Shane Komine - 5 innings, 3 earned, 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 k's

Notes: Aaron Sele shut down the Cats for 7 innings.


Midland, loss 7-5

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 5, run, k
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, run, k
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 5, rbi, 2 k's
Brian Snyder - 2 for 4, run, 2 rbi, walk, k, double, triple


Stockton, no game


Kane County, loss 7-4

Justin Sellers -1 for 4, run, 2 rbi, double

Sunday, April 23, 2006

TNIP 4/23/06

Sacramento, loss 4-1

Daric Barton - 2 for 4, k
Santiago Casilla - 1 and 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 0 k's


Midland, win 2-1

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 3, k
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4

Notes: Ben Fritz - 7 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, 0 walks, 8 k's. Jason Perry hit a walk off solo home run


Stockton, loss 6-4

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 5, k
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 5, 2 runs, k
Travis Buck - 2 for 4, run, 4 rbi, k, double, hr
Richie Robnett - 1 for 4, walk, 2 k's
Landon Powell - 1 for 4


Kane County, loss 2-1

Justin Sellers - 1 for 4, k
Vince Mazzaro - 5 innings, 1 earned, 2 hits, 4 walks, 7 k's

Saturday, April 22, 2006

TNIP 4/22/06

Sacramento, win 6-2

Daric Barton - 1 for 3, run, 2 walks, k, triple

Notes: Barton has 3 triples


Midland, win 7-2

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, 2 runs, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, 2 rbi, triple
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 4
Brian Snyder - 1 for 4, run, 2 k's
Jason Windsor - 7 innings, 1 earned, 6 hits, 0 walks, 6 k's


Stockton, win 7-3

Cliff Pennington - 2 for 3, run, walk
Gregorio Petit - 0 for 3, walk
Travis Buck - 3 for 4, 2 runs, 3 rbi, double, triple, hr
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Landon Powell - 1 for 4, run, rbi, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 7-2

Justin Sellers -2 for 4, rbi

TNIP 4/21/06

Sacramento, loss 8-5

Daric Barton - 0 for 5, 2 k's


Midland, win 7-6

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, walk, k, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, walk, double
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 5, 2 k's
Brian Snyder - 3 for 3, 2 runs, walk, double
Brad Knox - 4 innings, 5 earned, 4 hits, 3 walks, 0 k's

Notes: Snyder has his average up to .250


Stockton, loss 8-0

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 4, k
Travis Buck - 0 for 4, k
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Landon Powell - 0 for 3, walk


Kane County, win 5-4

Justin Sellers - 0 for 3, walk
Jason Ray - 3 innings, 4 earned, 8 hits, 0 walks, 4 k's

Friday, April 21, 2006

Interview with Dan Meyer

A's Future - Can you tell us a couple clear differences between the Braves organization and the A's organization?

Dan Meyer - The A's and Braves are very similar organization as far as how they treat their pitchers and the other aspects of the game like conditioning and lifting as well as philosophy on pitching.....The only real major difference I can tell is similair to what [Tim] Hudson pointed out earlier.. The A's clubhouse is a lot more relaxed and laidback......I think its because of the whole west coast lifestyle which seems to be more laidback


AF - Can you go back and pinpoint the moment you hurt your shoulder, is it hard to remember or was it more gradual?

DM - I hurt it in the weightroom about 2 weeks into spring training and felt it immediately, but because of all the pressure and expectations plus my own drive, I wanted to try and push through it and be that guy everyone was expecting


AF - After your first DL stint you came back and struggled a little more before being shut down for good. Was your shoulder still bothering you, or was it more rust?

DM - Little bit of both. It felt better but I never restrengthened it like I should have. I got my flexibility back but lost a lot of arm strength. Now I feel tons better but need to work on that arm strength


AF - How are things feeling for you as opposed to how they felt at this point last season?

DM - Things are a lot better.. I had a good spring and I need to carry that into this season here in Sac so when my number is called I can do what it takes to help Oakland win


AF - Have you gotten back some of the velocity that you lost last season? How are your secondary pitches feeling right now?

DM - I have gotten some velocity back but I'm not all the way back. I have my days where it is up and down but I feel like thats all a part of this process and it's something I need to work on. It goes back to arm strength and working hard to get back to where I was.


AF - Do you feel any pressure as being the key piece in a trade for a pitcher of Tim Hudson's caliber?

DM - Yeah of course, but pressure is a part of the game and you cant let it get to you too much or it will be tough to be a successful baseball player or to have a successful career.


AF - Have the A's told you what they're limitations for you will be this season?

DM - Not really, just keep pitching


AF - What are your expectations and goals for the coming season?

DM - My goals are to keep working hard and getting back to where I was 2 years ago. It's going to be a tough and grueling process but I put myself here so I need to get myself out. I need to improve and learn from every outing so I can help the big team.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

TNIP 4/20/06

Sacramento, win 7-3

Daric Barton - 0 for 3, run, 2 walks
Dan Meyer - 6 innings, 2 earned, 5 hts, 0 walks, 4 k's
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walk, 1 k

Notes: Jeremy Brown was 3 for 4


Midland, loss 5-2

Danny Putnam - 0 for 3, walk
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, 2 k's


Stockton, loss 2-1

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 5, walk, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 6, 2 k's
Travis Buck - 1 for 4, walk, k
Richie Robnett - 0 for 5, 4 k's
Ryan Webb - 7 innings, 0 earned (1 total), 6 hits, 0 walk, 11 k's


Kane County, win 5-4

Justin Sellers -2 for 5, 2 k's, 2 doubles
Craig Italiano - 4 innings, 2 earned (3 total), 7 hits, 3 walks, 4 k's

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

TNIP 4/19/06

Sacramento, loss 3-2

Daric Barton - 2 for 4, run, triple
Shane Komine - 7 and 1/3 innings, 2 earned, 6 hits, 1 walk, 6 k's


Midland, loss 5-4

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, k
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 rbi, k, double
Brian Snyder - 0 for 2, run, 2 walks, k


Stockton, win 2-1

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 3
Gregorio Petit - 0 for 3, walk, k
Travis Buck - 2 for 4
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, k
Landon Powell - 2 for 2, rbi, walk

Notes: Marcus McBeth saved his 6th game. In 6 and 2/3 innings, he hasn't allowed a run on 1 hit, 1 walk and 11 k's


Kane County, win 7-5

Justin Sellers - 2 for 5, 2 runs

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

TNIP 4/18/06

Sacramento, loss 7-1

Daric Barton - 0 for 3, 2 walks
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 1 earned, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 k's


Midland, loss 4-2

Kurt Suzuki - 0 for 4
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, rbi, k
Brian Snyder - 1 for 4, double, rbi, k


Stockton, win 4-2

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 4, eun, 2 rbi
Gregorio Petit - 0 for 4
Travis Buck - 1 for 4
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4
Landon Powell - 1 for 3, walk


Kane County, win 10-3

Justin Sellers - 1 for 5, 2 rbi
Vince Mazzaro - 5 innings, 3 earned, 5 hits, 1 walk, 4 k's

Monday, April 17, 2006

TNIP 4/17/06

Sacramento, loss 7-1, win 2-0

Daric Barton - 1 for 3, 2 runs, 3 walks, k

Notes: Jeremy Brown went 2 for 3 with a double off of top 10 prospect Chad Billingsley. Chad Gaudin tossed 6 and 1/3 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.52 in 17 innings.


Midland, win 12-9

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, walk, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 2, run, 2 walks, k
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 3, run, walk, k
Brian Snyder - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 6 rbi, k, triple, hr
Jason Windsor - 4 innings, 5 earned (6 total), 6 hits, 3 walks, 4 k's


Stockton, loss 4-2

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, 2 k's
Gregorio Petit - 0 for 3, walk, k
Travis Buck - 0 for 4, k
Richie Robnett - 1 for 3, walk, k
Landon Powell - 2 for 4, rbi, double

Notes: Pennington was dropped to 9th in the order.


Kane County, win 4-0

Justin Sellers - 0 for 2, run, walk, k

Notes: Trey Shields tossed 7 shutout innings.

A Popular Question

and finally an answer

I asked Kevin Bunch why he, along with Landsford and Deal, aren't pitching in Kane County

Bunch - Lansford had a little shoulder inflamation so they shut him down the last week during spring training. He'll probably head out to Kane sometime late this week or early next week. I dont know the reason with Deal. They never told him or they did and he didn't tell me. As for me, I pulled my groin about 6 days before we were supposed to break camp. I'll probably be on the mound throwing in games in three weeks. That's if my groin holds up.

I followed up by asking if that was the same groin problem he had in Arizona last season, and if so, how big of a problem might it be.

Bunch -
Last year I strained it. This time I actually pulled it. It's healed rather quickly. I'm throwing off the base of the mound tomorrow. Then if it goes good I'll throw off the top. Then three more pens, a simulated game, and finally a real game. I'm concerned about it, but not enough to worry me, if that makes any sense. I'm doing a lot of exercises to make it strong.


So there you go. Lansford will probably be in Kane County soon while Deal and Bunch look like they'll start in Vancouver.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

TNIP 4/16/06

Don't miss 4/15 below as today's log is up a bit early.

Sacramento, postponed


Midland, win 20-10

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 5, 2 runs, 3 rbi, walk,
Danny Putnam - 4 for 5, 2 runs, 4 rbi, walk, 2 doubles
Kevin Melillo - 6 for 7, 2 runs, rbi, k, 2 doubles
Brian Snyder - 2 for 5, run, walk, double
Brad Knox - 5 innings, 4 earned, 8 hits, 3 walks, 3 k's

Notes: Jason Perry hit for the cycle.


Stockton, win 11-4

Gregorio Petit - 3 for 5, 2 runs, rbi, 2 doubles
Travis Buck - 1 for 2, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 walks, double
Richie Robnett - 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 walks

Notes: Scot Drucker got the win to go to 2-0


Kane County, no game

TNIP 4/15/06

Sacramento, win 17-4

Daric Barton - 2 for 3, 2 runs, 4 rbi, 2 walks, hr
Dan Meyer - 5 innings, 3 earned, 5 hits, 3 walks, 3 k's

Notes: Jeremy Brown was 3 for 5. Daric Barton has 4 errors. Barton is hitting .357 with an OPS over 1.000. Keith Ginter hit his first hr of the year.


Midland, win 5-1

Danny Putnam - 0 for 4
Kevin Melillo - 3 for 5, run, 2 rbi
Brian Snyder - 1 for 3, k


Stockton, win 6-3

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, run, walk, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 4
Travis Buck - 1 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, k
Richie Robnett - 3 for 4, 2 runs, 3 rbi, hr
Landon Powell - 1 for 4
Ryan Webb - 4 and 2/3 innings, 2 earned, 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 k's


Kane County, loss 4-1

Justin Sellers - 0 for 2, walk
Jason Ray - 5 and 2/3 innings, 0 earned (2 total), 0 hits, 3 walks, 7 k's

Friday, April 14, 2006

TNIP 4/14/06

Sacramento, win 4-3

Daric Barton - 1 for 3, run, walk, k, double
Shane Komine - 5 and 1/3 innings, 3 earned, 8 hits, 0 walks, 3 k's
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 k's

Notes: Andre Ethier was 2 for 4 for Vegas. Doug Clark hit 2 hr's.


Midland, win 6-2

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, k
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 4, 2 runs, double
Brian Snyder - 0 for 3, rbi, walk, 2 k's

Notes: Brian Snyder is 2 for 23


Stockton, win 2-1

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 4, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 4, run, k
Travis Buck - 2 for 4, run, k, double
Richie Robnett - 2 for 4, 2 rbi, double
Landon Powell - 1 for 3, walk, k
James Shull - 6 and 1/3 innings, 1 earned, 4 hits, 0 walks, 11 k's

Notes: Pennington is 3 for 28. Richie Robnett has k'ed just 4 times in 28 ab's. Marcus McBeth k'ed 3 in 1 and 1/3 for his 3rd save.


Kane County, win 16-3

Justin Sellers - 2 for 4, 2 runs, rbi, 2 doubles
Craig Italiano - 4 innings, 1 earned (3 total), 4 hits, 1 walk, 6 k's

Notes: Italiano has 14 k's in 8 innings. Sellers made 2 errors giving him 4 in 8 games.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

TNIP 4/13/06

Sacramento, postponed


Midland, loss 6-4

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 3, run, 2 walks
Danny Putnam - 2 for 5, run, 2 rbi, double
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 4, walk, 2 k's
Brian Snyder - 0 for 2, rbi, 2 walks, k

Notes: Ben Fritz allowed 5 runs (4 in the first) in 5 and 1/3 innings.


Stockton, loss 7-3, loss 6-3

Cliff Pennington - 1 for 5, run, 2 walks, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 8, k, double
Travis Buck - 0 for 5, run, walk
Richie Robnett - 1 for 6, run, 2 k's
Landon Powell - 1 for 3, run, rbi, k, hr


Kane County, up 7-2, play suspended

Justin Sellers - 2 for 3, run

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

TNIP 4/12/06

Sacramento, win 5-1

Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's

Notes: Juan Dominguez threw 5 scoreless. Bobby Kielty hit a hr.


Midland, win 2-0

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 3, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 1 for 4, rbi, walk
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 3, rbi, walk, 2 k's
Brian Snyder - 0 for 4
Jason Windsor - 6 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 k's


Stockton, postponed


Kane County, win 8-6

Vince Mazzaro - 5 innings, 5 earned, 7 hits, 1 walk, 3 k's

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

TNIP 4/11/06

Sacramento, win 8-3

Daric Barton - 2 for 3, 3 runs, walk, k


Midland, no game


Stockton, postponed


Kane County, loss 6-3

Justin Sellers - 0 for 4

Monday, April 10, 2006

TNIP 4/10/06

Sacramento, win 8-4

Daric Barton - 1 for 4, run, walk, triple

Notes: Jeremy Brown hit his 3rd hr in 12 ab's


Midland, loss 6-5

Kurt Suzuki - 3 for 4, run, rbi, walk, double
Danny Putnam - 1 for 5, 2 rbi, triple
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 3, walk, 2 k's
Brian Snyder - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, k, double
Brad Knox - 5 and 1/3 innings, 5 earned, 8 hits, 1 walk, 3 k's


Stockton, win 3-1

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 3, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 k's
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 4, walk, k, double
Travis Buck - 0 for 3, run, 2 walks, k
Richie Robnett - 3 for 5, rbi
Landon Powell - 0 for 4, k

Notes: The Ports stole 5 bases - Pennington stole 2 while Petit, Buck and Tommy Everidge stole 1 each. Scotty Drucker went 6 innings without allowing an earned run.


Kane County, win 6-3

Justin Sellers - 0 for 4
Jason Ray - 4 innings, 2 earned (3 total) 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 k's

Notes: It looks like Jason Ray will be given a chance to make it as a starter.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

TNIP 4/9/06

Sacramento, loss 11-4

Daric Barton - 1 for 3, run, walk, k
Dan Meyer - 3 and 1/3 innings, 6 earned, 9 hits, 1 walk, 0 k's
Santiago Casilla - 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 k's


Midland, win 5-3

Danny Putnam - 0 for 3, 2 walks, k
Kevin Melillo - 2 for 5, run


Stockton, loss 5-3, win 3-0

Cliff Pennington - 2 for 6, 2 runs, k, double
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 6, 3 rbi, double
Travis Buck - 1 for 4, rbi, walk, 2 k's
Richie Robnett - 2 for 6, run
Landon Powell - 0 for 3, k
James Shull - 5 innings, 2 earned, 5 hits, 2 walks, 5 k's
Ryan Webb - 5 and 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 k's


Kane County, loss 8-4

Justin Sellers - 0 for 3, run, walk, k
Craig Italiano - 4 innings, 4 earned, 4 hits, 3 walks, 8 k's

TNIP 4/8/06

Sacramento, win 13-2

Daric Barton - 2 for 5, 3 rbi
Shane Komine - 6 innings, 2 earned, 2 hits, 3 walks, 0 k's

Notes: Matt Watson hit his 3rd hr. Jeremy Brown hit his 2nd hr


Midland, loss 4-3

Kurt Suzuki - 1 for 4, run, walk
Danny Putnam - 0 for 4, 3 k's
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, 2 rbi, k, double
Brian Snyder - 0 for 2, 2 k's

Notes: Brian Snyder has 6 k's in 10 ab's


Stockton, loss 16-1

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 5, k
Gregorio Petit - 1 for 4, 3 k's
Travis Buck - 2 for 2, run, 2 walks, rbi, double, hr
Richie Robnett - 0 for 3, walk
Landon Powell - 2 for 4, k

Notes: Mike Rogers allowed 7 runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. Brad Sullivan allowed 5 earned in 1 and 1/3 innings.


Kane County, loss 4-0

Justin Sellers - 0 for 2, k

Friday, April 07, 2006

TNIP 4/7/06

Sacramento, loss 11-6

Daric Barton - 0 for 3, walk

Notes: Jeremy Brown was 2 for 3 with a walk and a hr. Matt Watson hit his 2nd hr.


Midland, win 14-6

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 5, 3 runs, 2 rbi, walk, double, hr
Danny Putnam - 3 for 4, 2 runs, 5 rbi, 2 doubles, hr
Kevin Melillo - 0 for 3, run, walk, k
Brian Snyder - 0 for 5, walk, 4 k's

Notes: Brant Colamarino was 4 for 6 with a double and a hr. Ben Fritz allowed 2 earned in 4 innings.


Stockton, Postponed


Kane County, win 8-6

Justin Sellers - 3 for 4, rbi
Vince Mazzaro - 5 innings, 2 earned, 4 hits, 1 walk, 2 k's

The Night in Prospects 4/6/06

Sacramento, loss 6-4

Daric Barton - 1 for 4, run, k
Santiago Casilla - 2/3 innings, 1 earned, 2 hits, 0 walks, 0 k's

Notes: Chad Gaudin went 5 scoreless innings with 2 hits, 2 walks and 5 k's


Midland, loss 4-2

Kurt Suzuki - 2 for 4, rbi, walk
Danny Putnam - 0 for 5, 3 k's
Kevin Melillo - 1 for 4, run, k
Brian Snyder - 0 for 3, walk
Jason Windsor - 5 and 1/3 innings, 4 earned, 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 k's


Stockton, loss 5-2

Cliff Pennington - 0 for 5, rbi, 2 k's
Gregorio Petit - 2 for 4, k
Travis Buck - 0 for 3, walk, k
Richie Robnett - 0 for 4, 2 k's
Landon Powell - 2 for 4, rbi, k, 2 doubles


Kane County, win 6-3

Justin Sellers - 2 for 4, run, 2 rbi, k

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

My interview with A's prospect Ryan Webb

A's Future - What are your feelings about the 2005 season?

Ryan Webb - 2005 with Kane County was a great way to be introduced to "full season" professional baseball for me. It was a learning process from day 1 all the way through the season. As far as performance, I worked on alot of different things i needed to do to get better, so i dont dwell on stats. Inconsistancy was my biggest problem in 05 and that had alot to do with working on certain aspects of my game while trying to still compete between the lines. All in all I feel im entering 06 more prepared, more improved, and more confident, making my 2005 season a success for me.

AF - You got off to a quick start last year only to struggle a bit as the season wore on. Do you have an idea of why that was?

RW - Most of the answer to this question is in my first reply. The further into the season you go the more you have to work on making it hard to get in a groove.

AF - Before the 2004 draft, what round were you told to expect to be taken in?

RW - I had heard alot of different things anywhere from round 2 thru 7. 04 was loaded with great pitching so I could have ended up anywhere but I couldn't have been selected by a better organzation.

AF - What other teams had interest in you?

RW - Most of them had talked to me and I filled out questionaires for all 30 teams

AF - What were your thoughts when the Oakland "we don't take high school righties" A's drafted you?

RW - I wasent even aware of Oaklands policy and I was blindsided by them taking me. I also didn't think much about it until I realized i was the youngest guy in the organization by like 3 years, and the other guys didn't let me forget that.

AF - How involved were you in the contract negotiation process with your agent and the A's?

RW - It was fairly simple yet still stressfull for my faimly and I. My dad handled the negotiations with my scout and there was no agent involved. It was important to me to sign early and get a full rookie ball season in instead of holding out for a few extra $$.

AF - Word was that the A's drafted you with hopes that you'd increase your velocity. How was your velocity in Kane County last year? How is it now?

RW - My velo was around the 87-91 range in KC last year sitting at about 88-89. When I went to [Instructional League] all the work I had done came together and something clicked after a 120 inning season and I saw it jump to 89-93.. So far this spring I've been in the 88-92 range throwing mostly around 90-91. Hopefully as I build up arm strength my velo will increase more. I've also got a better direction and arm angle going to the plate which is giving me some more sink on my pitches, something that should come in handy at Stockton.

AF - Can you tell us a little about your repertoire of pitches?

RW - My change up has improved a lot with my new mechanics and I'm not as tenative to throw it anymore. I have tightened up my slider and added a knuckle curve to mix in to the lefties this year. Right now I have a good feel for 4 pitches now I have to figure out the best ways to use them to the hitters I face.

AF - How has spring training gone thus far?

RW - I feel better than I ever have and I got good experience pitching with the AA Midland team most of spring training. I've thrown good sides and had good games and had the chance to pitch to much more experienced hitters and even to some big league guys that came down for extra AB's. After spring my feeling is that I'm confident I can pitch this year at the AA level so I need to keep improving and throw well in Stockton to earn that promotion sometime during the year.

AF - What were the limitations the A's put on you last season with innings and pitch count?

RW - Last year I was shut down after 120 innings and no more than 90 pitches in a game.

AF - Have they told you what they'll be limiting you to this season?
RW - I'd guess around 140 innings and 100 pitches a game. But it will probably be less.

AF - What are your goals for 2006?

RW - We have a great team going to Stockton and I think we will be very competitive, so one of my goals is to be a significant contributer to a winning team. Of course a goal is to stay healthy all year, and keep improving on the things I've learned. And one of my biggest goals is to earn a promotion to AA and hopefully get invited to the Arizona Fall League at the end of the season. Another long term goal is to pitch


I'd really like to thank Ryan for his time and well thought out answers.

Season starts tomorrow so daily postings will once again begin. I may or may not have an interview with Dan Meyer coming up soon. It was all set, then I kind of talked crap about Bill Shanks (Braves front office guy, real jackass) and I think it might have angered Meyer a bit. We'll see.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

My interview with A's prospect Brian Snyder

AF - Word was that the A's were impressed with how well you did in instructional league, how much do the A's let you know their feelings on your performance?

BS - I think the A's were impressed with playing although I know they were dissappointed in my wieght gain and how i was out of shape. They let you know if you are doing well or not. They are pretty open with letting you know where you stand.

AF - What did the A's have you working on?

BS - really just playing again and getting in shape since i missed so much time last yr

AF - Prior to the draft were you aware of the A's interest in you?

BS - Not so much they were at some of my gmes but for the most part they kept there interest level a secret

AF - What other teams expressed interest?

BS - Blue Jays, Red Sox and Angels

AF - I read that you played some second in college. Third is blocked by Eric Chavez for another half decade, has there been any talk of you moving you back to 2nd, or even anywhere else?

BS - Well if there has been any talk about me moving to second i have not been apart of those discussions

AF - Can you give us a little rundown of your strengths and weaknesses at the plate and in the field?

BS - Strengths I would have to say would be me getting on base and my gap to gap power. My weakness I would say sometimes I get pull happy and take too many pitches and might strike out at too many times. I think in the field I have really made huge strides with my defense and making myself a solid 3rd baseman

AF - What are your goals for the 2006 season?

BS - Just to stay healthy and have a solid year stat wise at wherever I may start the year.


I of course would really like to thank Brian on taking his time out to answer a few questions.

If you missed it, an interview with A's righty Brad Knox is below.

Monday, April 03, 2006

My Interview with A's Prospect Brad Knox

A's prospect Brad Knox was kind enough to answer a few questions for me recently


A's Future - You went to the same college as Rich Harden, during your time at Central Arizona were you aware of Harden? If so, what was it like being drafted by the same team?

Brad Knox - I wasn't that aware of Harden when I went to Central but I did know who he was.

AF - You've been drafted 3 times, the first 2 times by the Kansas City Royals. Can you tell us a little bit about what made you decide to turn KC down.

BK - Well the first year I got drafted by Kansas City was out of high school. They offered me little money and I had already signed with the University of Houston and Blinn Jr. College. The 2nd year I think it was 2 rounds worse, so...And that was the year we won the Jr. College World Series and I pitched in and won the championship game. The next morning after the game we were on the bus back to Arizona and they had contacted me and said that they were going to let me go back in the draft. I was shocked that I didn't get any kind of offer.

AF - No offence to KC, but Oakland is clearly a superior organization. Was it a bit better feeling when they drafted you as opposed to KC?

BK - I was at a friends house listening to the draft and was surprised. And yes I was very happy to get to play for the A's. I still am.

AF - How involved were you in negotiating your contract along with your agent and the A's?

BK - Well, I didn't have an agent at the time I signed. John Keuhl was the scout that drafted me. We met late one night at Clint Myers' home, the Central manager at the time, He made me an offer of some money and school. Then I contacted my dad to discuss. Negotiations were short and sweet. I asked for more money and they only raised the offer $2,500. They told me I could have held out to see what guys wouldn't sign and I could get more money, but I didn't want to wait 2 months until the season was over to double what they offered. Looking back I wish I would have now.

AF - What are your thoughts on your 2005 season?

BK - 2005 was frustrating. I was going to be a starter in Midland but then my arm bothered me and I got held back in extended spring training. While getting paid AA money I was in extended spring until about May 7th I think. Then I got some good quality starts in Stockton. I kind of looked at it as a year to get healthy and to work on some things.

AF - Have you been working on anything specific this offseason?

BK - Past off season I lost 25 pounds and feel great. My back is holding up nicely.

AF - What is the main difference in competition between the Midwest League and the California League?

BK - It seperates the men from the boys.

AF - What are you hoping to accomplish in 2006?

BK - To have a great year and end up on the 40 man [roster]

AF - Thanks so much for your time Brad. I really appreciate it.