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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Ryon Healy stars at Futures Game

Ryon Healy's breakout season continued with a strong showing in the 2016 MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Healy shines in Futures Game 

The Oakland A’s had only one prospect in this year’s MLB Futures Game, but Ryon Healy made sure the A’s were well represented. Playing the entire game as the US team’s DH, Healy went 2-for-3 with a double, a single, a walk and a strike-out. Healy’s double came against St. Louis Cardinals’ prospect Alex Reyes, who is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. 

Healy’s strong Futures Game performance wasn’t enough for Team USA, which fell to Team World, 11-3, in San Diego. The World squad scored twice in the eighth and seven times in the ninth to secure the win. 

Healy now enters the Triple-A All-Star break in the midst of a breakout season. Already a solid prospect entering the season, Healy has taken his game to another level, adding power and patience to a bat that hit .302 in Double-A last season. Going into the break, Healy is batting .325/.382/.560 in 84 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He has 14 homeruns and 28 doubles, putting him within shooting distance of his season-long career-highs with half the season left to play. His 31 walks this season are already a career best. He also has a career-high four triples. 

Healy was the A’s third-round pick in 2013 out of Oregon. He is vying to be the first position player from the A’s 2013 draft class to reach the big leagues. The corner infielder has split his time in the field between third base and first base since turning pro. This season, Healy has appeared in 21 games at third and 44 games at first. The A’s are getting plenty of production at third base offensively from Danny Valencia, but Oakland could move him at the deadline. Healy could also replace either Billy Butler or Yonder Alonso at first base should Oakland move either of those players this month.

The A’s finished the first half at 38-51 and only a game out of last place in the AL West and are likely to be sellers at the deadline, which should open up some opportunities for younger players at the big league level. 

Sounds finish first half on an up note

The Nashville Sounds snapped a four-game losing streak with a convincing 8-2 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs. The win sends the Sounds into the Triple-A All-Star break with a 49-42 record and three game lead in the American Southern Division.

Dillon Overton earned his 10th win of the season by going seven strong innings. He allowed just two runs on eight hits. Overton struck-out six and didn’t walk a batter. Overton lowered his ERA to 2.98 and finishes the first half with 81 strike-outs in 94 minor league innings. He made two big league starts and threw 8.2 innings in those outings.

Arismendy Alcantara had three hits out of the lead-off spot and the bottom third of the Sounds’ order (Colin Walsh, Matt Olson and Bruce Maxwell) combined to go 5-for-7 with 6 RBI, 5 runs scored and four walks. Walsh had two singles and two walks and scored three times, while Olson walked twice and had a single and Maxwell drove in four and had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double. 

Maxwell goes into the break with a .282/.358/.429 line, by far his best batting line in any half season of his pro career.

Midland rocks Arkansas with nine-run seventh

Down 5-0 in the bottom of the first, the Midland RockHounds stormed back and scored 17 runs – including nine in the seventh – to beat the Arkansas Travelers, 17-6. Midland had 21 hits, including five hits from Viosergy Rosa.

Rosa connected on two homeruns and two doubles and finished a triple short of the cycle. He drove-in four and pushed his average up to .267 for the season. Matt Chapman hit his 22nd homerun of the season and also drove home four. Chapman has seven hits over his last 10 games, but four of them are homeruns. His 22 homers lead the Texas League.

Every Midland hitter had at least one hit. J.P. Sportman and Beau Taylor each had three hits, while Josh Rodriguez had two hits and two walks. Yairo Munoz had two hits and a walk and Wade Kirkland and Danny Oh each had two hits.

A day after being hit on the knee with a pitch, Franklin Barreto didn’t play. He is listed as day-to-day with a contusion. Barreto is batting .395 over his last 10 games.

Snappers clip Bees in 5-4 win

Led by Brett Siddall’s homer and double, the Beloit Snappers edged out the Burlington Bees in a 5-4 win on Sunday. Siddall hit his fifth homer and 14th double of the season.

Edwin Diaz also homered, his fourth of the year. Justin Higley had two hits from the lead-off spot. It was Higley’s second straight two-hit game.

Angel Duno threw three scoreless innings in his second start back from the disabled list. Duno allowed two hits and he struck-out one. Dustin Hurlbutt took over in the fourth and he allowed four runs four innings. He struck-out four, walked three and allowed six hits. Hurlbutt got the win, his second of the season. Tyler Willman worked two scoreless innings to record his second save of the season.

Ports blow late lead in loss to San Jose

The Stockton Ports coughed up a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, dropping a heartbreaker to the San Jose Giants, 5-4.

Carlos Navas allowed three runs to the Giants, including the game-winning run, which came with two-outs on a balk.

Sandber Pimentel hit his 14th homerun of the season and Joe Bennie had three hits to lead the Stockton offense. Bennie is batting .375 over his last 10 games and has raised his season average to .303 and his season OPS to 818. 

Matthew Sergey allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings, striking out eight. The independent league signing has 14 strike-outs in 11 innings over his first two starts for Stockton. Corey Miller threw 1.2 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.20.

Late rally falls short for Vermont

The Vermont Lake Monsters scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but fell a run short in a 6-5 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs.

Steven Pallares had two hits and two walks from the lead-off spot. He also stole two bases. Nate Mondou also had two hits, including a double, and he drove-in two.

Jordan Schwartz got the start and he allowed a run in two innings of work, walking two and striking out one. Dakota Chalmers took over in the third. He allowed three runs in the third, but only one was earned, as the Vermont defense committed three errors in the frame. Chalmers didn’t allow a hit in his four innings, walking one and striking out two. Chalmers has a 2.53 ERA and a 21:7 K:BB in 21.1 innings for the Lake Monsters.

Szynski pitches well but AZL A’s fall to AZL White Sox

A’s 2016 fourth-round pick Skylar Szynski had a solid three inning start, but the AZL A’s dropped a 6-3 decision to the AZL White Sox. Szynski allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in those three frames. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out five.

Kevin Duchene took over for Szynski and he allowed three runs on six hits in four innings. The rehabbing southpaw struck-out two and walked one. Kevin Ferreras allowed the sixth run of the game in one inning of work.

Robert Martinez had a big game, collecting a double, a single and a walk. Carlos Hiciano, Charley Gould and Robert Bennie had the A’s other three hits.

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