OaklandClubhouse.com Pitcher of the Month: August
Matt Stalcup, Stockton Ports
6 GS, 34 IP, 2.12 ERA, 30 K, 9 BB, .192 BAA
Very quietly, Stalcup has been a significant part of the Stockton Ports run into the California League post-season. The left-hander began the year in extended spring training and didn’t join the Stockton roster until early May. He allowed five runs in 1.2 innings in his season debut and has allowed just 25 runs in 82.1 innings since then. As a starter, Stalcup has been particularly good, posting a 2.69 ERA and a 58:18 K:BB in 63.2 innings.
In August, Stalcup made six key starts for Stockton. He held opposing batters to a .192 average and struck-out nearly a batter an inning. He also allowed only two homeruns. Stalcup was the A’s 9th round pick in 2013. Injuries have limited him some the past two seasons, but he has been effective when healthy, posting a career 3.48 ERA with 162 strike-outs in 202 innings.
Sean Manaea, Midland RockHounds: 5 GS, 29.2 IP, 2.73 ERA, 29 K, 15 BB, 3 HR
Manaea has been as advertised since coming over to the A’s in the Ben Zobrist deal. In his first full month with the A’s organization, Manaea helped to fuel the red-hot RockHounds towards a second-half division title. He continued to pitch well into September, striking out a career-high 13 in six innings on September 3.
Bubba Derby, Vermont Lake Monsters: 6 G, 18 IP, 0.50 ERA, 25 K, 5 BB, .119 BAA
The A’s have been careful with Derby’s innings in his first professional season, but he has been very impressive in the innings he has pitched for the Vermont Lake Monsters. The A’s 2015 sixth-round pick has allowed just five earned runs all season (37.1 innings) and only three runs in 34.1 innings for Vermont. He has a nearly 5:1 K:BB and a 0.91 WHIP for the year. In August, he really ramped up his game, allowing just 12 base-runners in 18 innings.
Heath Fillmyer, Beloit Snappers: 5 GS, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA, 22 K, 13 BB, .180 BAA
This year has been a learning experience for Fillmyer, who has one of the best arms in the A’s system but is still learning to pitch after spending most of his amateur career as a position player. Fillmyer has been significantly better the second half of the season and August was his best pro month to date. He will be a pitcher to watch going into next season.
Casey Meisner, Stockton Ports: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 3.29 ERA, 20 K, 7 BB, .221 BAA
Acquired from the Mets for Tyler Clippard, Meisner took a little while to find his stride with his new organization, but he has been outstanding of late. The 20-year-old allowed a combined two runs over his final three starts of August (15 innings). He didn’t walk a batter in any of those three starts and he struck-out 15. Meisner is young for his level and still has some physical development left to do, but he already shows an ability to use his off-speed stuff effectively.
Jose Torres, Beloit Snappers: 10 G, 15.2 IP, 1.15 ERA, 20 K, 3 BB, .115 BAA
An arm injury slowed Torres’ progress through the A’s system the past two seasons, but the lefty is now healthy and showing why the A’s were so excited about him when he signed as a teenager out of Venezuela. He can touch 96 MPH with his fastball and has a good feel for pitching despite being only 21. Torres dominated in August for the Snappers, allowing only 11 base-runners in 15.2 innings and striking out 20. Torres earned a promotion to Stockton for the final week of the regular season and should start next year with the Ports.
Dillon Overton, Midland RockHounds (5 GS, 25 IP, 2.52 ERA, 13 K, 8 BB, 1 HR); Brendan McCurry, Midland RockHounds (11 G, 12.2 IP, 19 K, 5 BB, 1.03 WHIP, 5 SV); Jake Sanchez, Midland RockHounds (4 GS, 1 CG, 23.2 IP, 1.90 ERA, 15 K, 10 BB); Ryan Dull, Nashville Sounds (10 G, 12 IP, 0.75 ERA, 14 K, 3 BB, .186 BAA); Koby Gauna, Beloit Snappers (11 G, 14 IP, 1.93 ERA, 9 K, 8 BB, 2.33 GO/AO); Corey Walter, Stockton Ports (11 G, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB, .167 BAA, 7 SV); Ben Bracewell, Stockton Ports (12 G, 11.2 IP, 1.54 ERA, 10 K, 2 BB, 2 SV); Sam Bragg, Stockton Ports (10 G, 19.2 IP, 1.83 ERA, 24 K, 3 BB, .186 BAA); Corey Miller, Vermont Lake Monsters (6 G, 20 IP, 1.80 ERA, 10 K, 4 BB); Ivan Andueza, Arizona A’s (6 G, 24 IP, 2.25 ERA, 19 K, 4 BB)
Video: Matt Stalcup during the Oakland A's 2014 Fall Instructional League. Video by Kimberly Contreras