Taylor Traded To Chicago
After five years in the Oakland A's system, Michael Taylor will finally have a fresh start with a new organization. On Saturday, the A's traded Taylor to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Jake Sanchez.
Taylor spent the majority of the past five seasons with the Sacramento River Cats. He leaves as the River Cats' career leader in games played (511), at-bats (1,900), hits (521) and RBI (325). He was batting .243/.357/.385 with five homers and a 33:50 BB:K in 59 games with the River Cats this year. If Taylor makes it to the big leagues with Chicago, he will be re-united with hitting coach Todd Steverson, who worked with Taylor as a manager and hitting coach for much of the past five seasons.
Taylor played in 26 games with the A's. He had 10 hits in 74 at-bats, including a homerun. He walked seven times and struck-out 26 times. Taylor is a career .289/.374/.464 hitter in the minor leagues.
Sanchez joins the A's from the White Sox's Low-A affiliate in Kannapolis. The 24-year-old has a 2.80 ERA with a 66:14 K:BB in 61 innings. Sanchez has served as a swingman for Kannapolis, starting nine games and relieving in six. He has one complete game.
A native of Brawley, California, Sanchez attended Imperial Valley College and then Iowa Wesleyan. After college, he pitched in the independent Frontier League in 2012 and 2013 and he had a 2.74 ERA in 92 innings for Joliet before signing with the White Sox. He pitched in the rookie Pioneer League after signing last year, posting a 2.87 ERA in 81.2 innings. He struck-out 76 and walked 14. He was the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year.
Sanchez has excellent command of his fastball, and a solid slider and change-up. He is likely to jump up a level with the A's to High-A Stockton once the All-Star break ends for the California League.
Russell Heading Back To Midland
Russell appeared in five games for the Ports. He had three hits and two walks in 16 at-bats with Stockton. Russell returns to Midland after more than two months away. He had five hits in seven at-bats with the RockHounds before he injured his hamstring in April.
Beloit Stuns Kane County...Twice
On Saturday, the Snappers found themselves down, 9-0, in the bottom of the sixth before they scored seven in the bottom of that inning. Then, down 10-7 in the eighth, the Snappers scored four to take an 11-10 lead. When the Snappers lost that lead in the top of the ninth, Phil Pohl hit a two-out, walk-off homer to win the game, 12-11.
Bobby Wahl made his second relief appearance of the year. He allowed one run on two hits. He struck-out three. In those two relief outings, Wahl has six strike-outs and one walk in three innings.
Sunday's comeback was a bit less dramatic, but not much less. Down two in the bottom of the ninth, the Snappers scored twice to send the game into extra-innings. B.J. Boyd had the key hit in the ninth, an RBI double. He would later score the tying run.
The Snappers were down again, 4-3, in the top of the 12th after Jacob Rogers homered to lead off the inning. Two batters into the bottom of the 12th, the Snappers were winners when Brugman singled and Tyler Marincov hit a walk-off, two-run homer.
Powell homered earlier in the game, his third of the season. Baez and Boyd each had two hits, including a double.
Stockton Finishes Off First Half
Berkeley native Chris Lamb tossed six shut-out innings to earn a third win. He allowed six hits and a walk and he struck-out three. Lamb allowed nine runs in his first nine innings with Stockton, but he has allowed just three runs in his last 22 innings.
Midland Splits With San Antonio
The Midland RockHounds split a four-game set with the San Antonio Missions after they won on Sunday, 8-3.
The series began on Thursday with a scary moment when Josh Whitaker was beaned in the head with a pitch. Whitaker didn't lose consciousness but he was motionless for a time before being taken off the field on a stretcher. He will be placed on the seven-day DL on Monday along with outfielder Kent Matthes, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram. Sean Murphy will be promoted from Stockton and Russell will take the other roster spot.
The Frisco RoughRiders clinched the first-half title last week, but Midland has still put together a strong first half. They are 37-32.