Ravelo Joins Midland
It has been a long time coming, but the Oakland A's are finally going to get a long look at prospect Rangel Ravelo. Ravelo was part of the package the A's received for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa this off-season. Ravelo suffered a wrist injury during spring training and had surgery to correct the problem.
Ravelo joined the Arizona A's Rookie League club at the start of the short-season on a rehab assignment. He appeared in nine games in the AZL and had 14 hits in 25 at-bats. Ravelo also walked seven times and struck-out just three times during the rehab stint.
With Ryon Healy on the DL and corner infielders Matt Olson and Renato Nunez temporarily away from the team to participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, the RockHounds were in need of corner infield help and Ravelo arrived from Arizona on Saturday to fill that void. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in his Midland debut on Saturday and followed that up with a three-for-four outing on Sunday.
Ravelo, a native of Cuba who was the Chicago White Sox's sixth-round pick in 2010 out of a Florida high school, hit .309 with an 859 OPS in Double-A for the White Sox last season. He entered the 2015 season ranked as the A's 16th-best prospect.
'Hounds Spin Two Straight Shutouts
The Midland RockHounds broke a three-game losing streak in style this weekend, winning two straight over Northwest Arkansas by the identical scores of 2-0.
On Saturday, it was Jonathan Joseph who had the brilliant start for Midland. In seven innings, Joseph allowed just five hits and a walk. He lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.45 and his overall 2015 ERA to 2.35. Joseph has been in the A's system for 10 seasons and this is his first stint above the A-ball level. In 58.2 innings for Midland, Joseph has a 1.23 WHIP and a 50:20 K:BB.
RockHounds' super relievers Tucker Healy and Ryan Dull finished off the Saturday shutout. Each tossed a scoreless inning. Healy lowered his ERA to 1.86 and Dull lowered his to 0.46. Dull's save with his eighth of the year.
On Sunday, it was Jake Sanchez's turn to dazzle as the RockHounds' starter. Sanchez allowed just five hits, a walk and a hit batter in 6.2 innings. He left the game in the seventh with two-on and two-outs. Healy recorded the final out to maintain the shut-out. Bobby Wahl tossed his second scoreless inning since returning from the DL and Dull struck-out two in a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save.
Sanchez struck-out six in his outing. He has a 72:27 K:BB and a 4.70 ERA in 103.1 innings for Midland this season.
Chad Pinder had a double on Sunday to stretch his hitting streak to seven games. He is batting .297/.356/.444 with eight homers and a 22:67 BB:K in his first season at the Double-A level.
Draft Picks Continue to Swing Hot Bats for Vermont
The Vermont Lake Monsters lead the New York-Penn League in several offensive categories -- including team batting average, homers and OPS -- and the A's 2015 draft class is a big reason why Vermont's offense has clicked so well early.
Draft picks Richie Martin (1), Mikey White (2), Chris Iriart (13) and Ryan Howell (15) have all homered twice already. Martin's homers have all come in his first 10 games as a pro. He is batting .302/.400/.558 with two triples, a double and six walks to go along with those homers. White leads the current roster with a .348 BA in 18 games. He has a .348/.452/.536 line that includes seven doubles and 11 walks. Seth Brown (19th-round) is batting .341/.428/.439 with 10 RBI and seven walks in 11 games.
Iriart leads the team with 18 RBI. He has 11 walks and seven doubles and an 845 OPS in a team-high 19 games. Steven Pallares (10th-round) leads the team with 13 walks in 19 games.
- A's number one starter Sonny Gray won't be eligible to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star game, but he made his Sunday start well worth that sacrifice. Gray tossed a two-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians, outdueling reigning AL Cy Young award-winner Corey Kluber in the A's 2-0 win. The win sends the A's into the All-Star break eight games under .500 and on a two-game winning streak. Gray leads the AL with a 2.04 ERA. Fellow All-Star Stephen Vogt accounted for all of the A's offense with a two-run homerun off Kluber.
- Stockton third baseman Matt Chapman hit his 15th homerun of the season and added his 15th double in the Ports' 11-7 loss on Sunday. Chapman had three hits and a walk in the game. Tyler Marincov also homered in the game, his 11th on the year.
- Stockton shortstop Franklin Barreto stretched his hitting streak to 10 games with a hit in four at-bats on Sunday. He also walked. Barreto has a 970 OPS since the Cal League All-Star break. He is batting .294 on the season.
- Max Muncy heads into the Triple-A All-Star break on an upswing. He homered in two straight games this weekend and reached base three times on Sunday. Muncy has three homers in his last nine games for Nashville. He has an 824 OPS in 11 games since being sent down to Triple-A.
- Reliever Dan Otero re-joined the A's from Triple-A on Sunday. Otero took Chris Bassitt's spot on the A's 25-man roster. Bassitt, who was sent back to Nashville after another strong start with the A's on Saturday, will re-join the A's rotation on July 25th, but Oakland won't need a fifth starter until then. Bassitt has a 2.93 ERA for the A's thus far this year. Otero made nine appearances for Nashville after being sent down and he allowed 15 hits and two walks in 16.2 innings. Seven of those hits came in his first two appearances for Nashville (4 innings). He struck-out 13 for the Sounds. Otero had a 6.29 ERA in 23 appearances for the A's this season.
- Argenis Raga had three hits and Justin Higley his his fifth homer for Beloit (ninth overall) in the Snappers' 6-5 win over Wisconsin. The Snappers earned two straight 6-5 wins over the Timber Rattlers this weekend. Brett Graves allowed just one run in the first five innings on Sunday, but he allowed four in the sixth. Kevin Johnson and Jose Torres combined to toss four scoreless innings to secure the win.
- A's 2015 third-round pick Dakota Chalmers had a solid outing on Sunday. Chalmers allowed just an unearned run in two innings. He struck-out three and walked one. In three two-inning outings, Chalmers has allowed eight hits and four walks in six innings, but only two earned runs. He has struck-out four. Ryan Gorton -- the A's catcher-turned-pitcher - threw two scoreless innings in relief. Gorton struck-out three. Argenis Blanco got the loss in the AZL A's 4-3 defeat to the AZL D-backs, but he pitched well. He allowed only three runs in five innings. Blanco struck-out three and walked none. The 19-year-old has a 21:3 K:BB in 25 innings for the AZL A's this year. This is his first season pitching in the US after two seasons in the Dominican Summer League.
- A's international prospects Luis Barrera and Jhonny Rodriguez had big games at the plate for the AZL A's on Sunday. Barrera had two hits to raise his season average to .349, while Rodriguez had a double and two singles to raise his average to .286. Both are making their US debuts after spending the last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League.
- A's prospects Matt Olson and Renato Nunez represented the A's in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. Olson had a single in two at-bats. He also reached after a strike-out on a wild pitch. Nunez went 0-for-2.