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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Winter ball underway

Several Oakland A's prospects have gotten into game action in the winter leagues. We review their early performances and bring other news and notes in the latest edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

Winter League Update

Several Oakland A's prospects made their 2015 winter league debuts over the past week.

  • Rangel Ravelo is suiting up for Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan Winter League this season. He homered in his first game with Lara and is 3-11 with a double, that homer and three RBI. He has also walked twice in four games.
  • Top A's prospect Franklin Barreto is seeing plenty of playing time for Aguilas de Zulia in his native Venezuela. The 19-year-old is 4-17 with a double, a walk and two stolen bases in four games. Barreto played left field on Saturday and Sunday and split his time between left and shortstop on Friday. He is expected to see time at multiple positions this off-season to increase his versatility.
  • Left-hander Victor Veliz has already appeared in four games for Navegantes del Magallanes. He has induced two groundball double-plays and has allowed just a hit in 2.1 innings.
  • Fellow lefty Jose Torres made his debut for Leones del Caracas, and he threw a scoreless inning. He walked a batter but got a groundball double-play to escape the inning unscathed.
  • Right-handers Seth Frankoff and Carlos Navas had rough debuts in the VWL this weekend. Frankoff allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in one-third of an inning for Navegantes del Magallanes and Navas allowed three runs on four hits in an inning for
    Bravos de Margarita.
  • Infielder Max Muncy made his Mexican League debut this weekend. He is 1-6 with a walk in his first two games. Muncy DH'd in his first game and played third in his second game. Like Barreto, Muncy is expected to move around the field a bit this winter.
  • Right-hander Andres Avila recorded a save in his first opportunity for Caneros de los Mochis. He hasn't allowed a hit or a run in 1.2 scoreless innings over two appearances.
  • Right-hander Jake Sanchez made a scoreless debut for Aguilas de Mexicali. He allowed a hit but nothing else in two-thirds of an inning.

Oakland A's Organizational Awards

The A's handed out their season awards, and the winners were Chad Pinder for A's Minor League Player of the Year and Ryan Dull for A's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

OaklandClubhouse also named Pinder and Dull as our Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year.

Pinder won the Texas League's MVP award this season and will be participating in the Arizona Fall League, which begins on Tuesday. Pinder batted .317/.361/.486 with 15 homers in 117 games for Double-A Midland this season. He helped to lead the RockHounds to a Texas League title.

Dull also spent much of the year with Midland, serving as the RockHounds' closer. He played with Triple-A Nashville for the final month of the minor league regular season and then spent September with the A's.

In 61 minor league innings, Dull allowed just 39 hits and five runs. He struck-out 73, walked only 16 and saved 12 games in 12 chances. With the A's, Dull posted a 4.24 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 17 innings. He struck-out 16, walked six (one intentional) and allowed four homeruns.

Sportman to have Surgery

A's prospect J.P. Sportman missed much of the season with a wrist injury. He will be having surgery in the Phoenix area soon to correct an injured hamate bone in the wrist. Sportman was limited to 45 games for Stockton and the AZL A's this season because of the injury. He hit .298/.345/.421 with 13 extra-base hits and 10 stolen bases.

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