A's Bringing 44 Prospects To Fall Instructs

The 2014 minor league regular season has ended, but the off-season work has yet to begin. On Tuesday, September 16, the Oakland A's will open their annual month-long fall Instructional League camp. We have the rosters and schedule.

Tuesday, September 16 marks the opening of the Oakland A's 2014 Instructional League camp. This year, the A's have invited 44 players to participate in the camp, which runs until October 15.

Time spent in the Instructional League can often be the most valuable of a young player's career. "Instructs" is designed to provide A's prospects with lots of one-on-one coaching. The A's Instructs team will take on the Instructs clubs from the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the SK Wyverns and the NC Dinos, two teams from the Korean professional baseball league.

The daily schedule for the Instructional League is generally filled with early morning meetings, plenty of conditioning and drills and then games. It can be grueling, but it also plays an important role in helping young players build foundations for the rest of their playing careers.

For a second straight year, shortstop Jesus Lopez, 17, will be the youngest position player in camp. Lopez made his US debut last season during Instructs and spent the 2014 regular season playing for the Arizona Rookie League A's.

The youngest pitcher in camp will be Branden Kelliher, who was drafted by the A's out of high school this summer. Kelliher will turn 19 in December.

The oldest player in camp will be left-hander Matt Stalcup, a 2013 draft pick. He turned 24 on July 6.

The A's top pick Matt Chapman will be at fall Instructs, as will several of his 2014 draft class members. 2014 draft pick Max Kuhn will be trying a new position this fall. An infielder in college at Kentucky, Kuhn played second base, third base, first base and the corner outfield this season for Vermont. This fall, he will try his hand at catching.

Two players will be making their US debuts after spending their professional careers to date at the A's Dominican Academy: catcher Robert Mullen and first baseman Sandber Pimentel.

Roster, as of Sept. 2nd

Pitchers (21)

Derek Beasley
Ben Bracewell
Michael Fagan
Heath Fillmyer
Daniel Gossett
Brett Graves
Jerad Grundy
Koby Gauna
Rob Huber
Branden Kelliher
Brendan McCurry
Corey Miller
Jordan Schwartz
Joel Seddon
Lee Sosa
Matt Stalcup
Cody Stull
Bobby Wahl
Corey Walter
Tyler Willman


Catchers (6)

Iolana Akau
Jose Chavez
Seong-Min Kim
Max Kuhn
Robert Mullen

Argenis Raga


Infielders (10)

Jose Brizuela
Matt Chapman
Edwin Diaz
Branden Cogswell
Trent Gilbert
Trace Loehr
Jesus Lopez
Yairo Munoz
John Nogowski
Sandber Pimentel


Outfielders (7)

B.J. Boyd
Jaycob Brugman
Shawn Duinkerk
Justin Higley
Tyler Marincov
Robert Martinez
J.P. Sportman


Schedule

Sept. 16 Players/Coaches Report; First Workout
Sept.17-19 Workouts
Sept. 20 vs. DBacks (10am)
Sept. 21 Off
Sept. 22 @ DBacks (12:30pm)
Sept. 23 vs. Brewers (12:30pm)
Sept. 24 vs. Dodgers (12:30pm)
Sept. 25 Camp day
Sept. 26 @ Angels (12:30pm)
Sept. 27 @ Giants (10:00am)
Sept. 28 Off
Sept. 29 vs. Rockies (12:30pm)
Sept. 30 vs. DBacks (12:30pm)
Oct. 1 vs. Giants (12:30pm)
Oct. 2 @ SKWY (Talking Stick) (12:30pm)
Oct. 3 @ DBacks (12:30pm)
Oct. 4 @ Giants (10:00am)
Oct. 5 Off
Oct. 6 vs. DBacks (12:30pm)
Oct. 7 @ Giants (12:30pm)
Oct. 8 @ SKWY (Talking Stick) (12:30pm)
Oct. 9 vs. Giants (12:30pm)
Oct. 10 @ DBacks (12:30pm (Chase)
Oct. 11 vs. Angels (10:00am)
Oct. 12 Off
Oct. 13 @ Giants (12:30pm)
Oct. 14 @ NC-Dinos (Peoria) (12:30pm
Oct. 15 vs. Giants (9:00am)


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