Oakland A’s Minor League Player of the Month – July
Stats: .373/.444/.783 with six homers, 11:15 BB:K
Very quietly, Marincov has turned himself into one of the A’s most promising outfield prospects. The former North Florida star was an eighth-round pick of the A’s in 2013. A two-sport star in high school, Marincov is an outstanding athlete and was considered a power-and-speed player when he was drafted. He has started to tap into both of those tools, already reaching double-digits in homers and stolen bases. He has a plus throwing arm and the speed and hands to be an asset in right field.
Marincov has been solid all season, with the exception of the month of June when he had a 528 OPS. He cut his strike-outs down considerably in July while also walking a fair amount. The Snappers have one of the more hitter-friendly ballparks in the Midwest League, but an 844 OPS in that league is still very impressive. At the end of the month, he ranked seventh in the league in OPS, fourth in slugging and sixth in homers.
Shane Peterson, Sacramento River Cats .336/.398/.536 with three homers and 12 walks Peterson has been outstanding all season, but the month of July was his best to date. He started in the Triple-A All-Star game and tore through the PCL during the regular season schedule. Peterson leads the PCL in hits and the River Cats in batting average.
Renato Nunez, Stockton Ports: .301/.342/.601 with 10 homers, 31 RBI Nunez had a huge month, and the numbers above don’t even include the hit he had in the MLB Futures Game. The third baseman is coming into his own as a hitter, cutting down his strike-outs and spraying line-drives and booming homeruns to all fields. Nunez faded down the stretch last season, but he has a 1125 OPS since the All-Star break this year.
J.P. Sportman, AZL A’s/Vermont Lake Monsters: .347/.429/.484 with two homers and six stolen bases The A’s 27th-round pick struggled the first few games of his pro career, but he has been red-hot ever since. Sportman made the jump to short-season A late in the month and promptly homered twice over his first nine games. Sportman has a big heart and some pop in his bat for a player of his size 5’9’’. He will be fun to follow during his pro career.
Kent Matthes, Midland RockHounds: .252/.306/.524 with seven homers, 28 RBI Matthes has had quite a power month, homering in four of the final five games of July. He drove-in two month's worth of runs in one month's worth of at-bats. The former Rockies prospect got off to a slow start with Midland, but he is starting to find his footing in the Texas League once again.
Matt Olson, Stockton Ports: .233/.388/.505 with seven homers, 21 RBI, 26 BB Even in a month when the hits weren’t falling with quite the same regularity as they did in previous months, Olson was still a force to be reckoned with. He continued his march towards the Ports’ team record for homeruns by reaching 30 before the end of July. Olson also added to his league-leading walk total. He is now up to 94 on the year. All this while he has been dealing increasingly with extreme defensive shifts that have cut into his BABIP.
Jefry Marte, Midland RockHounds: .313/.397/.455 with a 15:15 K:BB and 6 SB Marte had a poor first half of the season, but he has turned things around in July. He connected on several walk-off hits in July and reached base at nearly a .400 clip. Marte also used his legs more than he has in previous months, swiping six bases.
Ryan Mathews, Beloit Snappers: .306/.370/.458 with three homers; Robert Martinez, AZL A’s: .233/.397/.450 with two homers and 16:23 BB:K; Yairo Munoz, Vermont Lake Monsters: .309/.327/.532 with three homers and three triples