Oakland A's MLN: Brugman Continues To Surge

News and notes from around the Oakland A's organization, including Jaycob Brugman's remarkable power surge.

Brugman's Power Streak Continues

For the 10th time in just 11 games, Jaycob Brugman went deep for the High-A Stockton Ports. The second-year pro has now hit 20 homeruns on the season between Stockton and Low-A Beloit, with half coming during the month of August.

Brugman was the Oakland A's 17th-round pick last season out of BYU. He has played his way firmly onto the A's prospect charts this season. Coming into Monday night's game, Brugman had an 876 OPS and was third in the organization in homeruns behind teammates Matt Olson (35) and Renato Nunez (29).

Brugman's homerun helped lift the Ports to a 7-3 win over the San Jose Giants. Chad Pinder doubled and tripled, Nunez had two hits and Daniel Robertson drove-in two runs in the game. Josh Bowman earned the win with six solid innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck-out seven.

Quick Hits

- Right-hander Lee Sosa was promoted from short-season Vermont to Low-A Beloit on Monday. The hard-throwing right-hander pitched for Beloit earlier this season but struggled (9.75 ERA in 12 innings). He was much improved with Vermont, posting a 2.39 ERA in 26.1 innings. He struck-out 21 and walked eight.

- Justin Higley hit his first homerun since his promotion to Beloit in the Snappers' 6-4 win over Peoria. Higley hit five homeruns in 24 games with short-season Vermont, but he had struggled with Beloit, posting a OPS under 600 over his first 23 games. With two hits on Monday, Higley bumped that OPS up to 604.

- Rehabbing A's outfielder Craig Gentry went 0-for-4 with two strike-outs in his first rehab appearance with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Monday. [insert joke about Gentry being ready for the A's offense here.] Gentry has been out since the end of July with a broken hand sustained when he was hit by a ball while attempting to bunt.

- The AZL A's lost to the AZL Dodgers on Monday night, but shortstop Jesus Lopez had a big game at the plate. He collected four hits in four at-bats, including a double. He drove-in two. The 17-year-old Lopez is batting just .207, but he now has three multi-hit games over his last five appearances.

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