Oakland A’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month – July
Stats: 6 GS, 2.41 ERA, 37.1 IP, 36 H, 43:12 K:BB
Nate Long narrowly beat out Stockton starter Chris Lamb for the top monthly honors. Long has been a stud for Midland all season, taking on a starter’s role after Midland lost several of the top starters to injuries or promotions early in the season. Since becoming a starter in mid-April, the UT-Arlington alum has a 3.00 ERA and a 99:40 K:BB in 114.
Long’s best month this season thus far was July, when he struck-out more than a batter an inning and gave up fewer than a hit per inning. Long isn’t over-powering, but he mixes his stuff well, locates on both sides of the plate and has an excellent change-up. He is a big part of why the RockHounds are in a strong position to make the post-season.
Chris Lamb, Stockton Ports: 6 G, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 23 H, 34:8 K:BB Lamb was terrific for Stockton all month and could easily have taken home this award but for a poor emergency outing for Sacramento (not included in the stats above). The Berkeley High alum is having a breakout season, finally staying healthy and locating his pitches to both sides of the plate. Lamb struggled in his first couple of outings with Stockton, but since then has arguably been the team’s most consistent starter. He got off to a good start in August, too, with seven shutout innings versus the Giants. The lefty has a 3.18 ERA and a 100:38 K:BB in 100.2 innings this season.
Chris Jensen, Midland RockHounds: 6 GS, 1.66 ERA, 38 IP, 30 H, 1 HR, 19:15 K:BB Jensen isn’t striking out a lot of batters, but he has otherwise been very solid for Midland all season. The right-hander has allowed just three homeruns all season in 134.1 innings. He induced a lot of groundballs in July, just as he has all year, and the Midland defense helped him breeze through a terrific month.
Dillon Overton, AZL A’s: 6 GS, 19 IP, 1.42 ERA, 17 H, 27:3 K:BB, 0 HR Overton’s return from Tommy John surgery is continuing down a good path, as the left-hander has pitched very well in his rehab appearances with the AZL A’s. Overton’s velocity is still in the mid-80s (down from his 89-92 before the surgery), but his command has looked good and his secondary pitches have been sharp. The A’s won’t push Overton, but he could reach 50 innings by the end of the year.
Austin House, Stockton Ports/Sacramento River Cats: 0.00 ERA, 16 IP, 14:5 K:BB, 6 H, 5 SV The Stockton closer got a cameo with Sacramento and still kept his month run-free, as he tossed 16 scoreless innings between the two clubs. The right-hander has had an excellent sinker and change-up all season and is one of the organization’s most promising relief prospects.
Jeremy McBryde, Sacramento River Cats: 0.00 ERA, 15 IP, 15:5 K:BB, 1.00 WHIP In almost any other organization, McBryde would likely have received a shot in the big leagues by now. The right-hander had a rough April, but he has been brilliant ever since. He had a flawless July, not allowing a run in 11 appearances and he lowered his season ERA to 2.21. Opposing batters are hitting .169 against McBryde this season.
Ryan Dull, Midland RockHounds: 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 8 H, 13:1 K:BB Dull had an adjustment period in Double-A, but the right-hander has been every effective since the end of May. In July, Dull saved three games and allowed only nine base-runners in 13.2 innings. He has a 46:13 K:BB in 45.2 innings for Midland this season and a 3.35 ERA.
Seth Streich, Stockton Ports: 6 GS, 3.68 ERA, 28 IP, 28:5 K:BB, 2 HR Streich’s month came to an awful end, as he left his last start in the first inning with a right shoulder injury that could cost him the rest of the season. He is currently waiting on MRI results. Before the injury, Streich had allowed nine runs in 27.2 innings (he was charged with three runs in one-third of an inning in that injury-shortened start). Streich has been the best pitcher in the A’s system this season, and, if healthy next year, should start the season in Double-A with an outside chance of reaching the big leagues in 2015.
Brendan McCurry, Beloit Snappers: 12.1 IP, 0.73 ERA, 6 H, 19:3 K:BB A 22nd-round pick of the A’s this season, McCurry is looking like an early candidate for draft steal, as he has dominated the Midwest League thus far. Opponents hit only .150 against him in July and he struck-out well more than a batter an inning. McCurry has a slew of pitches he can use to attack hitters and an aggressive mentality that should serve him well in a relief role.
Paul Smyth, Sacramento River Cats: 1.80 ERA, 15 IP, 15:3 K:BB, 9 H; Joe Savery, Sacramento River Cats: 1.38 ERA, 13 IP, 6 H, 14:3 K:BB; Drew Pomeranz, Sacramento River Cats: 4 GS, 3.68 ERA, 26:6 K:BB, 22 IP; Fernando Rodriguez, Sacramento River Cats: 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 14:3 K:BB; Nolan Sanburn, Stockton Ports: 2.25 ERA, 16 IP, 21:4 K:BB; Junior Mendez, Beloit Snappers: 6 GS, 3.06 ERA, 35.1 IP, 34 H, 20:8 K:BB; Dawson Brown, AZL A’s: 12.2 IP, 1.42 ERA, 11:1 K:BB