OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: August
Jason Pridie, Nashville Sounds
.370/.468/.587, 11 XBH, 17 BB, 1:1 K:BB, 5 SB
Pridie was terrific all season for Nashville, but he saved his best month for the final month of his minor league season. He posted his best monthly batting average and OPS. He also walked 17 times against 17 strike-outs and he stole five bases in five chances. Pridie finished the season with an 894 OPS and 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. He was the first 20/20 player for Nashville since 2003. Pridie also collected a team-best 89 RBI. Pridie parlayed his red-hot August into a September call-up with the A’s. He will have an opportunity to try to stick on Oakland’s 40-man roster through the off-season.
Ryon Healy, Midland RockHounds: .364/.386/.529, 3 HR, 11 2B
Healy has had an incredible second half of the season for Midland. He is batting .344 in the second half and .368 with a 921 OPS since the All-Star break. In August, Healy topped his best monthly total for doubles by four and he drove-in 21 runs. He may get lost in the prospect hype with fellow corner infielders Matt Olson and Renato Nunez on the same roster, but Healy has plenty of prospect buzz in his own right.
Colin Walsh, Midland RockHounds: .308/.504/.418, 35 BB
Walsh has been ridiculously good all season, and he had another outstanding month in August. He didn’t hit for as much power as he has in some other months this season, but Walsh was an on-base machine. He reached base in more than half of his plate appearances and drew more than one walk per game. Walsh leads the Texas League with 116 walks and he has a 919 OPS for the season.
Joe Bennie, Beloit Snappers: .324/.351/.648, 8 HR, 11 2B
Bennie has quietly put together a very solid second half and his August was his best month of his season. He went on a power barrage, more than doubling his season homerun total in August. He also established a season-high for doubles in a month and he drove-in 19. Bennie has a solid .267/.361/.424 line in his first season in a full-season league.
Chad Pinder, Midland RockHounds: .333/.367/.556, 5 HR, 11 2B
In an MVP season, Pinder saved his best for last. He posted his best OPS for any month this season and established a monthly best for extra-base hits. He drove-in 25 runs in 27 games and had 39 hits. Pinder earned the Texas League’s Player of the Year award and he will lead the A’s contingent in the Arizona Fall League.
Joey Wendle, Nashville Sounds: .328/.353/.492, 15 XBH, 6 SB
The A’s may add Wendle to their roster later this month, and if they do, he will be joining the A’s on a hot streak. Wendle has been very good during the final months of the PCL season, posting a .340/.366/.492 line after the All-Star break. In August, he established a season-high for extra-base hits in a month and reached the 40-double plateau for the season.
Matt Olson, Midland RockHounds (.281/.417/.500, 4 HR, 9 2B, 23 BB, 20 RBI); Max Kuhn, Beloit Snappers (.301/.336/.505, 3 HR, 10 2B); Wade Kirkland, Midland RockHounds (.381/.412/.540, 2 HR, 4 2B); Ryan Roberts, Nashville Sounds (.267/.348/.554, 7 HR, 13 BB); Rangel Ravelo, Nashville Sounds (.312/.360/.429, 17 RBI); Yairo Munoz, Stockton Ports (.319/.350/.491)