OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: April/May
Stats: .328/.431/.439, 34:27 BB:K, 15 SB, 36 R
Since the start of the season, Brett Vertigan has been nothing short of spectacular. He got off to a fast start with the Beloit Snappers, posting a .293 BA with a .421 OBP in 26 games before earning a promotion to the California League. Since arriving in the Golden State, Vertigan has taken his game to another level. Through Sunday, he was batting .364/.441/.545 with two homers, three triples and nine stolen bases in 22 games. He has also played outstanding defense in centerfield. Vertigan could be in-line for another promotion in the coming weeks.
Chad Oberacker, Midland: .309/.375/.488
Oberacker’s May came to an end on a down note, as he was placed on the disabled list on Sunday. Up until then, Oberacker was putting together his best season since 2012. Often at the top of the Midland line-up, Oberacker has been an on-base force and has added some power to his game, as well. He has also held down centerfield.
Carson Blair, Midland: .310/.436/.513
Blair has been a revelation in his first season in the A’s system. The former Boston Red Sox’s prospect had a .385 OBP in April, but he really turned on the heat in May. Blair hit .356/.466/.575 in May with 20 RBI in 22 games.
Sandber Pimentel, Beloit: .275/.369/.506
Hitting for power in the Midwest League is supposed to be difficult, but don’t tell that to Pimentel, who leads the A’s system in homeruns with nine. Despite never having played a regular season game in the US before this year, the 20-year-old Pimentel has had little trouble adjusting. He leads the Midwest League in homers, and he is fifth in the league in slugging.
Alden Carrithers, Nashville: .322/.418/.391
Back for a second season in the A’s system, Carrithers has flashed his impressive on-base skills once again. He has walked (19) more than he has struck-out (13) and is third in the A’s system in OBP behind Blair and Vertigan. Carrithers has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and has helped to jump-start the Sounds’ recent run of success.