(Video of Sean Manaea by Kimberly Contreras)
On the second day of the 2015 Arizona Fall League season, all four of the Oakland A's pitchers made their AFL season debuts. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman also made his debut, leading off and playing centerfield for the Mesa Solar Sox. For the second straight day, the Solar Sox dropped a one-run game, this time by a score of 7-6.
A's top pitching prospect Sean Manaea got the start. After a shaky first inning that saw him allow a leadoff triple to Adam Frazier, Manaea settled down nicely. He went four innings, allowing just that first inning run. Manaea allowed only two hits and he didn't walk a batter. He struck-out four. Manaea, acquired by the A's in the Ben Zobrist deal, had a dominant - but injury-shortened - 2015 regular season. In 74.1 innings split between the Royals and A's organizations, Manaea had a 2.66 ERA and 90 strike-outs. He also threw 15 innings in the post-season and allowed just two runs while striking out 15.
Reliever Aaron Kurcz, another mid-season acquisition by the A's (this time from Atlanta), took over for Manaea and he had a rough AFL debut. The right-hander allowed two hits, including a homerun, and two walks in one inning. He was charged with three runs (two earned).
Reliever Brendan McCurry followed Kurcz and he had a quick scoreless inning in his AFL debut. He needed just 10 pitches (seven strikes) to retire the side. McCurry did allow a hit, but the runner was erased trying to steal second base. McCurry had a 1.86 ERA and 27 saves in 28 chances during the 2015 regular season, which was split between High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. He struck-out 82 in 63 regular season innings.
Right-hander Kris Hall was charged with the loss when he allowed two runs (one earned) in his inning of work. Hall was charged with the error that led to the second run of the inning. He allowed two singles and didn't walk or strike-out a batter.
Brugman played the whole game in center and went 0-for-4 with a walk out of the lead-off spot. He scored a run. Brugman is coming off of a post-season that saw him collect nine hits (including four homers and three doubles) in 21 at-bats.
- John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune reported on Wednesday that the A's fired longtime first base coach Tye Waller. That change guarantees the A's will have two different base coaches on Opening Day 2016 than they did on Opening Day 2015. Third base coach Mike Gallego was let-go mid-season and replaced by Ron Washington. Hickey reported that the A's are expected to retain the rest of their current MLB coaching staff. Waller was on the A's coaching staff since 2006 and he help to lead the A's to the post-season on four different occasions.