Oakland A's MLN: Award-Winners Abound

We have all of the news and notes from around the Oakland A's system on July 21, including award-winners, two new signees and more...

Muncy, Peterson, Lamb Take Home Weekly Awards

The Oakland A’s system was well feted on Monday, as three prospects took home their leagues’ weekly honors. Max Muncy and Shane Peterson earned player of the week awards for the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues, respectively, while Chris Lamb captured the California League’s pitcher of the week honor.

Muncy hit two grandslams last week and he drove-in 16 runs during the week. He walked 10 times and posted a .606 OBP. Muncy is batting .284 with a 921 OPS for the month of July.

Peterson followed up his appearance in the Triple-A All-Star game with a big week at the plate. He accumulated 21 total bases in just three official games played. Peterson homered three times in one of those games and he drove-in eight. He had a three-hit and a four-hit game during the three-game stretch. Going into Monday’s game, Peterson was batting .320 with a league-leading 124 hits this season.

Lamb, a Berkeley High alum, made one start last week, but it was good enough to earn the award. He struck-out 11 in six scoreless innings, although he was stuck with a tough no-decision. Lamb didn’t walk a batter and he allowed just six hits. In 12 starts with Stockton this season, Lamb has a 3.30 ERA. His K:BB is 54:25 and he has allowed just two homeruns in 62.2 innings. Lamb began the year with Low-A Beloit and he has a 3.15 ERA and 88 strike-outs in 88.2 total innings this season. The 88.2 innings are a career-high.

A’s Ink DeVoss, Atherton

The A’s added two minor league free agents to the Stockton Ports’ roster on Monday: outfielder Zeke DeVoss and right-hander Tim Alderson. DeVoss was recently released by the Chicago Cubs. He was a Cubs’ third-round pick in 2011 out of Miami. Alderson was recently released by the Baltimore Orioles. He was a first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2007.

DeVoss had a strong debut for the Cubs in 2011, batting .311 with an 845 OPS in 38 games for Boise of the Northwest League that year. His OBP was .458 and he stole 14 bases. The next season DeVoss suited up for Low-A Peoria, and he hit .249 with a .382 OBP in 125 games. He swiped 35 bags, although he was caught 16 times.

In 2013, DeVoss jumped to High-A Daytona, where he continued to get on-base at a terrific pace. In 117 games, he posted a .393 OBP and walked 80 times. He stole 39 bases in 49 chances. This season, DeVoss appeared in 43 games with Daytona and 23 games with Double-A Tennessee. He couldn’t get on-track with either club, batting a combined .155 with a .296 OBP. He stole 12 bases in 18 chances.

DeVoss has above-average speed and excellent plate discipline. He doesn’t have much power, but the switch-hitter can make things happen with his legs. DeVoss is 24. He went 2-for-3 with a walk in his Stockton debut on Monday.

Alderson looked destined for stardom when he pitched in the Cal League in 2008. The right-hander was selected out of high school, but the Giants were aggressive with his development, sending him to San Jose for his first full professional season. He had a 2.79 ERA and a 124:34 K:BB in 145.1 innings for the Giants that season. Alderson earned the league’s Pitcher of the Year award for his efforts. In 2009, he split the first half of his season between San Jose and Double-A Connecticut before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the deal that brought Freddy Sanchez to the Giants. Alderson finished the 2009 season with a 3.93 ERA in 137.1 innings, although his K:BB fell to 84:30.

The 6’6’’ right-hander’s career stalled in 2010. In 128.1 innings between Double-A and High-A in the Pirates’ chain, Alderson posted a 6.03 ERA and a 84:40 K:BB. He allowed 15 homers. The Pirates moved Alderson to the bullpen in 2012 and he split his time between the rotation and the bullpen in 2013. In 2013, he was traded to Baltimore midway through the season for Russ Canzler. Alderson finished the 2013 season with a 3.86 ERA in 88.2 innings. He had an 81:22 K:BB.

This season, Alderson returned to the Triple-A Norfolk bullpen. He struggled, however, posting a 6.12 ERA and a 37:19 K:BB in 50 innings. Alderson allowed six homeruns. Despite having a lengthy minor league career under his belt, the Phoenix native is still just 25 years old. He allowed three runs in four innings of relief work in his Stockton debut on Monday. He struck-out five, walked none and allowed two solo homeruns.

Player Movement

There were several player transactions within the A’s system on Monday. In Stockton, the A’s placed catcher Ryan Lipkin on the disabled list and promoted outfielder Chad Oberacker back to Double-A Midland. Lipkin was batting .344 with two doubles in 10 games for Stockton this season. He has battled knee problems all year. Oberacker spent 10 days with the Ports. He hit .235 with a .350 OBP in six games before he returned to Midland. Oberacker was batting .222 with a 599 OPS in 67 games for Midland at the time of his demotion to Stockton.

In Sacramento, the A’s placed infielder Colin Walsh on the disabled list and optioned infielder Andy Parrino from Oakland to Sacramento. Walsh is batting .316/.419/.430 in 25 games for Sacramento this season. Parrino appeared in three games with the A’s during his most recent stint in the bigs. He had two hits and a walk in six at-bats. Parrino is batting .302 with an 807 OPS with Sacramento.

The A’s promoted 2014 draft pick J.P. Sportman from the AZL Rookie League to the New York-Penn League. Sportman hit .321 with an 807 OPS and a 9:5 BB:K for the AZL A’s. He went 0-for-4 and had an outfield assist in his Vermont debut on Monday. Sportman joins Brett Graves, Seong-Min Kim and Trent Gilbert as players promoted from the AZL A’s to Vermont in the past week.

Quick Hits

- The Midland RockHounds dropped a 6-1 decision on Monday night. With a lopsided score in the ninth and a scheduled double-header on tap for Tuesday, the RockHounds used right-fielder Jeremy Barfield for an inning of work on the mound in the loss. Barfield, who started the game in the field, tossed a scoreless inning in his Double-A pitching debut. He struck-out two. Barfield went 0-for-4 at the plate. He is batting .244 with six walks in 12 games since making the switch back to the outfield from the mound.

- Vermont fell, 3-2, to Hudson Valley on Monday night. Corey Miller had a strong start, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings. He struck-out five and walked one. Jose Brizuela went 2-for-4 with his third homerun, while Ryan Huck also had two hits.

- Luis Baez hit his sixth homerun in a 7-3 Beloit loss on Monday. Dylan Covey had another tough-luck outing. He allowed five runs in six innings, but he struck-out seven and walked just one. Covey allowed just one extra-base hit and recorded six groundouts but still managed to allow the five runs. Tyler Marincov had two hits, his third straight multi-hit game. He is batting .324 with three homers and a 1149 OPS over his last 10 games.

- Zach Neal tossed five shut-out innings and the River Cats cruised to a 6-1 win over El Paso on Monday. Neal allowed just two hits and no walks. He struck-out three. Josh Whitaker hit his third Triple-A homer and had two hits, while Nick Buss also had two hits and Jose Martinez had three. Daric Barton drove-in three runs. Andy Parrino had a double in his return to Sacramento.

- Stockton pounded the Inland Empire pitching staff for 11 runs, seven walks and 14 hits in a 11-4 win on Monday. Renato Nunez hit his 24th homer and he had three hits. Jaycob Brugman, Daniel Robertson, Bobby Crocker and Zeke DeVoss each had two hits.

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