Oakland A's MLN: Weekend In Review

Get caught-up on what went down around the Oakland A's minor league system this past weekend in our latest edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

Stockton Notes: Pinder Red-Hot For Stockton; Ynoa To DL

Stockton Ports' infielder Chad Pinder went 0-for-8 during his first two games this season. Since then, he has torn apart California League pitching. Pinder reached base three times on Sunday and he extended his hitting streak to eight games. During the streak, he is 16-for-33 four doubles, one triple, five homers, eight runs scored and 10 RBI. He has also walked four times and he has struck-out just twice.

As was reported on Saturday, RHP Michael Ynoa was placed on the disabled list with bicep tendonitis. Ynoa appeared in Stockton's win on Friday night, but he left after throwing three pitches. All three pitches were in the high-80s, well off of his normal velocity. Ynoa has allowed six runs on four hits, four walks and two hit batters in 2.2 innings. He has struck-out five. Lefty Omar Duran replaced Ynoa on the Ports' active roster.

Ports' outfielder Dusty Robinson has had an eventful homestand thus far. In the Ports' home opener on Thursday, he hit two doubles and walked twice. Robinson also earned the win in that game, which lasted 18 innings. He tossed a scoreless top of the 18th. On Friday, Robinson had three hits, finishing just a triple short of the cycle. He scored three runs. He hit a homerun on Sunday and now has three on the year. Robinson has also walked six times in nine games.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell is also off to a fast start at the plate. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .406/.457/.625 in 32 at-bats. He has two homers and three walks.

Outfielder Billy McKinney is tied for the team lead in homeruns with Pinder at five. McKinney hit two over the weekend. He is batting just .229, but his SLG is .563 and he has scored nine runs in 10 games played.

Shortstop Daniel Robertson has five multi-hit games in 10 games played thus far. He is batting .326/.380/.478 with a 4:5 BB:K. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit his first two homers of the season this week. He has a .298/.340/.532 line in 10 games.

With the exception of Ynoa and right-hander Jonathan Joseph, the Stockton bullpen has been nearly unhittable this season. Tucker Healy has allowed just one hit and no walks in five innings. He has seven strike-outs. Nolan Sanburn and Jeremy Barfield have each allowed just one run on three hits in six innings pitched. Sanburn has an 8:0 K:BB, while Barfield's sits at 8:3. Ryan Doolittle (1.50 ERA) has a 7:0 K:BB in six innings. Kris Hall and Austin House carry identical 2.08 ERAs. Hall has a 7:2 K:BB in 8.2 innings, while House has six strike-outs and no walks in 4.1 innings.

Out of the rotation, Manny Correa (2.77 ERA; 10:2 K:BB in 13 IP), Shawn Haviland (3.38 ERA; 9:1 K:BB in 10.2 IP) and Seth Streich (3.60 ERA; 12:2 K:BB in 10 IP) have pitched well during their first two turns through the rotation.

The Ports are 5-6 through Sunday and are four games out of first place in the Northern Division.

Sacramento Notes: River Cats Sweep; Blanton Retires

Home sweet home has rung true for Sacramento. After an up-and-down season opening roadtrip, the River Cats swept their way through the first four games of the homestand. The last two games came in a scheduled doubleheader on Sunday.

The Sacramento outfield has been very productive. Jake Goebbert (1084 OPS; 7 extra-base hits in nine games), Michael Taylor (995 OPS; 7 extra-base hits and nine walks in nine games) and Shane Peterson (874 OPS; six extra-base hits in 11 games) are all hitting well. Infielders Alden Carrithers (936 OPS; .512 OBP in nine games), catcher Ryan Ortiz (four hits and five walks in six games), infielder Tyler Ladendorf (six walks and 10 hits in 28 at-bats) and second baseman Jose Martinez (11 hits and 10 walks in 38 at-bats) are also contributing well at the plate.

The River Cats' pitching staff is off to somewhat of a slow start, although several relievers are pitching well. Paul Smyth has yet to allow a run in 5.2 innings. Philip Humber has 10 strike-outs in 7.1 innings. Rehabbing A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez has allowed one earned run in four innings. He has four strike-outs and one walk.

The Sacramento rotation will have a new member in the coming days. Veteran Joe Blanton announced his retirement on Sunday after just two starts with the River Cats. He pitched well in his final outing with Sacramento, allowing just a run in 5.2 innings. He struck-out 10 and walked only three in 10.2 innings with Sacramento. His ERA was 5.06.

Through Sunday, the River Cats are 7-5 and in first place in the Pacific Northern division by a half game.

RockHounds Notes: Alcantara Shining Early

Through two starts, Raul Alcantara is making the jump from High-A to Double-A look easy. In 14.2 innings, the A's top pitching prospect has allowed just two runs on 11 hits and two walks. He has also hit two batters. Alcantara went eight innings in his first outing and went 6.2 innings in his second start. He is the only RockHounds' starter to reach the seventh inning in each of his first two outings. After striking out just one in his first start, Alcantara whiffed seven in his second appearance.

Right-hander Chris Jensen is also making the jump from High-A to Double-A, and he, too, is faring well during his first exposure to the Texas League. In two starts, Jensen has a 2.31 ERA and a 9:4 K:BB in 11.2 innings. Jensen was acquired from the Colorado Rockies this off-season in the Brett Anderson deal.

Although he has only thrown five innings in each of his first two starts, Zach Neal has arguably been the RockHounds' most impressive pitcher thus far. Neal has yet to allow an earned run. He has 11 strike-outs, three walks and six hits allowed in 10 innings pitched. He is a strong candidate to replace Joe Blanton in Sacramento.

In the bullpen, relievers Jeff Urlaub (5 IP; 4:1 K:BB), Seth Frankoff (4 IP; 7:2 K:BB), Jesus Castillo (4 IP; 4:1 K:BB) and Frank Gailey (1.1 IP, 2:0 K:BB) have yet to allow a run. Murphy Smith, in a relief role for the first time in his career, has allowed a run in 5.2 innings pitched. He has a 7:1 K:BB.

Without top hitter Addison Russell for at least a month, the RockHounds are still hitting well as a team. Dusty Coleman has moved into the shortstop spot and he has a 1.067 OPS through 10 games. He has homered twice and has scored 11 runs. Outfielder Josh Whitaker has 11 hits in 33 at-bats and a team-leading 10 RBI. D'Arby Myers finished a double short of the cycle on Sunday. He is batting .324/.415/.529 with four stolen bases. First-baseman Max Muncy has an 867 OPS and a 9:5 BB:K, while centerfielder Billy Burns leads the team with seven stolen bases and he has a .404 OBP. In his first game with Midland, newly signed infielder Colin Walsh picked up two hits and two RBI in five at-bats.

The RockHounds are 6-4 and two games out of first place in the Southern Division through Sunday.

Snappers Notes: Marincov Hot

Outfielder Tyler Marincov is from Florida, but the cold Midwest spring hasn't phased him thus far. In eight games, he has a .296/.424/.556 line in 27 at-bats. His BB:K is 6:9 and he has two stolen bases. Before he was placed on the DL, Melvin Mercedes was red-hot at the plate. He had six hits in 15 at-bats.

On the mound, 18-year-old Ronald Herrera has a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. He has just six strike-outs, but he has walked only two and he has allowed 12 hits. Right-hander Kyle Finnegan is also off to a fast start. He has allowed just a run in 10 innings.

Relievers Chris Lamb (0.00 ERA; 9:0 K:BB in 5 IP), Sam Bragg (1.23 ERA; 5:0 K:BB in 7.1 IP) and Brent Powers (1.80 ERA; 6:2 K:BB in 5 IP) are off to good starts.

Catcher Iolana Akau, who joined the team this weekend when Phil Pohl was promoted to Sacramento, is day-to-day with a bruised thumb.

The Snappers are 4-6 through Sunday and three games back of first in the Western Division.

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