Oakland A's MLN: Early Standouts

The first weekend of games are in the books for the 2011 minor league season. The Oakland A's affiliates are off to decent starts, with the Midland Rockhounds leading the pack at 4-0, followed by the 3-1 Burlington Bees and the 2-2 Sacramento River Cats and Stockton Ports. We take a look at the early standouts inside...

Sacramento River Cats, Record: 2-2

Adrian Cardenas: .455/.538/.545 in 11 at-bats. Cardenas has one extra-base hit (a double) and a walk in three games. He was also hit-by-a-pitch.
Wes Timmons: .400/.538/.400 in 10 at-bats. Timmons has three walks in addition to his four singles in 10 official at-bats. He has yet to strike-out.
Jemile Weeks: .389/.476/.556 in 18 at-bats. The River Cats' lead-off hitter leads the team in at-bats, runs scored, hits and extra-base hits (two). He has also walked three times in four games.
Jai Miller: .364/.462/.727 in 11 at-bats. Miller has one of the River Cats' two homeruns and he leads the team with six RBIs. He has also walked twice in three games.

Yadel Marti: 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K Marti cruised in his first start for a US affiliate.
Willie Eyre: 2 G, 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K Eyre has been the workhorse early out of the bullpen, with two multi-inning appearances in four games.
Guillermo Moscoso: 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K Moscoso is the River Cats' early strike-out leader after a strong first start.
Trystan Magnuson: 2 G, 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K Magnuson's first two Triple-A innings have gone smoothly.

Midland Rockhounds, Record: 4-0

Stephen Parker: .385/.529/.846 in 13 at-bats. Parker has three doubles and a homer and four walks in four games.
Michael Spina: .444/.500/.722 in 18 at-bats. Spina had an Opening Night grand-slam and he leads the team with six RBIs in four games.
Jermaine Mitchell: .412/.500/.647 in 17 at-bats. As the ‘Hounds lead-off hitter, Mitchell has been productive, walking three times and scoring four runs in four games.
Shane Peterson: .308/.550/.538 in 13 at-bats. Peterson has three doubles and five walks in four games.
Grant Green: .313/.400/.625 in 16 at-bats. Green has homered and tripled and carries a 3:1 BB:K ratio through four games.
Matt Sulentic: .364/.462/.455 in 11 at-bats. Sulentic had only 22 extra-base hits in 440 at-bats last season, but he has already doubled only three games into this season.
Jeremy Barfield: .231/.412/.462 in 13 at-bats. The batting average is low, but he has walked three times and has homered. He also has a stolen base after collecting only two over the previous two seasons.
Mitch Canham: two hits and three RBIs in four at-bats. Canham had the winning hit in extra-innings on Sunday for Midland and has excelled in limited playing time thus far.
Tyler Ladendorf: two hits in seven at-bats. Ladendorf's two hits have both gone for extra-bases (a triple and a double).

Shawn Haviland: 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K Haviland had a no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning in his first start in Double-A.
Carlos Hernandez: 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K Hernandez was solid in his first outing for 2011.
Graham Godfrey: 1 GS, 4 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K Godfrey pitched well on Opening Day and was promoted to Triple-A on Monday.
Jonathan Ortiz: 1 G, 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K Ortiz cruised in his first outing as a member of the A's organization.
Mickey Storey: 2 G, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K Storey has been steady as always at the back of the Midland bullpen.
Fautino De Los Santos: 2 G, 1 SV, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K De Los Santos allowed a solo homer, but he has struck-out five of the other seven batters he has faced.
Jared Lansford: 1 G, 2 IP, 0 R, 0H, 1 BB, 1 K Lansford has a strong first outing for 2011.
Trey Barham: 2 G, 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K Barham has been called on to finish out two games thus far.
Paul Smyth: 1 G, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K Smyth earned a win in his only appearance thus far this season.

Stockton Ports, Record: 2-2

Mitchell LeVier: .222/.364/.444 in nine at-bats The Ports are off to a slow start offensively, but LeVier has chipped in with two doubles, two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs in three games.
Jonathan Johnston: .400/.500/.600 Added to the roster after Opening Day because regular catcher Max Stassi has been limited to DH duty due to a sore shoulder, Johnston has collected two hits, including a double, and walked once in two games. He is playing for the first time since 2008, when he was called away from the Kane County Cougars to serve his Navy commitment.
Michael Gilmartin: .250/.333/.500 Gilmartin has taken advantage of limited playing time, tripling and driving in two while adding a walk to his two hits in two games.

Ryan Doolittle: 1 GS, 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K Doolittle was terrific in his first start of the season. The right-hander was a reliever in 2010 after missing all of 2009 with arm problems.
Scott Deal: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K Deal has been effective in two relief appearances. This is his second year with the Ports.
Bo Schultz: 1 G, 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K The submarine right-hander was nearly perfect in his first Cal League appearance.
A.J. Huttenlocker: 1 G, 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Huttenlocker retired all six men he faced in his first outing of the year.
Connor Hoehn: 1 G, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K The hard-throwing Hoehn finished off the Ports' first win of the season on Saturday.

Burlington Bees, Record: 3-1

Douglas Landaeta: .444/.444/.778 Landaeta has four extra-base hits (two doubles and two triples) and has scored a team-high five runs in four games.
Tony Thompson: .500/.500/.778 Thompson has a triple and a homer and has driven-in four in four games.
Royce Consigli: .500/.500/.500 Consigli has six singles in 12 at-bats over three games played.

A.J. Griffin: 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K Griffin was terrific in his first pro start. He was an All-Star closer for Vancouver in 2010.
Blake Hassebrock: 1 GS, 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K The hard-throwing Hassebrock showed excellent command in his first outing of the season.
Zachary Thornton: 2 G, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K The Oregon alum has been nearly unhittable in two relief appearances.
Josh Bowman: 1 GS, 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K Bowman was a little erratic in his first start of the year, but he showed his excellent stuff with seven strike-outs.
Nathan Long: 1 G, 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1, BB, 2 K Long earned a win with a long relief outing in the continuation of the rain-delayed Opening Day game.

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