Oakland A's MLN: AFL Hitters Thriving

Notes on how the Oakland A's farmhands participating in winter and fall league baseball are faring.

Arizona Fall League

Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell and Matt Olson continue to put up impressive numbers at the Arizona Fall League. The 2012 draft class members are among the league leaders in several offensive categories.

Robertson is currently second in the league in batting with a .407 average through eight games. He leads the league in OBP with a .543 mark and is 11th in the league in slugging at .519. Robertson hit his first homerun of the AFL season on Tuesday and had three hits. He has walked eight times and has struck-out just three times in 27 official at-bats.

Powell – who lead minor league baseball in OBP during the regular season – is currently second in the league behind Robertson in that category (.467). He is also fourth in the league in batting (.385) and is tied for sixth in homeruns (2). Powell has just five strike-outs in 26 official at-bats.

Olson led all A’s hitters in homeruns in 2014 with 37 and he currently leads the AFL in slugging percentage with a .667 mark. Olson, the Cal League leader in walks, has drawn seven walks in eight games and sports a .414 OBP. His three homers are tied for second-most in the league. Three of Olson’s four hits this AFL season have left the park.

On the pitching-side, reliever Ryan Doolittle continues to shine. He has yet to allow an earned run in five innings pitched spread over three outings. He has struck-out three and has walked none.

Tanner Peters has allowed two earned runs in six innings pitched over three appearances. He has six strike-outs and two walks and has allowed one homerun.

Austin House allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first outing, but he has had three strong outings since then. Over his last three outings, House has allowed just a hit and a walk in three innings. He has three strike-outs.

Drew Granier allowed five runs in his first outing, but he has also shown some improvement since then. Over his last three appearances, Granier has given up two runs in 4 innings on two hits and one walk. He struck-out one.

Mexican League

Nick Buss, Luke Montz and Shane Peterson are all off to good starts in the Mexican Winter League. In nine games with Culiacan, Buss is batting .314/.368/.457 with a homer and two doubles. He has stolen three bases in three chances and is currently riding a four-game hitting streak.

Montz and Peterson are teammates with Mexicali. Montz has three homers and nine walks in his first nine games for the Aguilas. He has a .226/.415/.581 line. Peterson has tripled three times in his first nine games and he sports a .306/.342/.472 line. He has five hits over his last 12 at-bats.

Arnold Leon made his 2014 Mexican Winter League pitching debut last week. The right-hander lasted into the fourth inning in his first start for Culiacan. He allowed five runs on five hits, but none of the runs were earned. Leon struck-out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Andres Avila has continued to pitch well in relief for de los Mochis. In five appearances, Avila has allowed just a run in 4.1 innings. He has walked three and struck-out four. Jesus Castillo has pitched 3.2 innings for Hermosillo and he has allowed a run on two hits and two walks in 3.2 innings.

Venezuelan Winter League

Renato Nunez has seven hits in his first 31 official at-bats for Aragua and two of those hits have left the park. Nunez drew his first walk in his eighth game. He has 10 strike-outs. Jose Martinez is batting .344 with three walks in nine games for Aragua. He has three doubles.

Manny Correa has two strong starts in the books for Aragua. He has allowed two runs in 12 innings of work. Correa has allowed seven hits and two walks.

Midland closer Jose Flores made his VWL debut on Tuesday. He allowed a run in one inning for Magallanes. Left-handed pitching prospect Jose Torres has two innings in over three appearances for Caracas. He has allowed a solo homerun and two unearned runs.

Dominican Winter League

The Dominican Winter League season is underway. Thus far, infielders Jefry Marte and Melvin Mercedes are the two A’s farmhands participating. Marte has a hit in his first five at-bats and Mercedes struck-out in his first at-bat.

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