OAKLANDCLUBHOUSE PITCHER OF THE MONTH: July
Daniel Gossett, RHP, Midland RockHounds
38 IP, 2.13 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 35:7 K:BB
Last season, things couldn’t have gone less smoothly for Gossett, who never looked like himself during a rough year in Low-A. Gossett looked recharged this spring and that has carried over into a rebound campaign in 2016. After a hot start in High-A, Gossett earned an early season promotion to Double-A. He has actually improved since jumping up a level. In July, he was the best starter on a RockHounds’ staff that impressed all month.
Gossett is getting good movement on his two-seam fastball and cutter and good velocity on his four-seam. His change-up and breaking ball have also been very effective all season. In July, Gossett pitched into the sixth inning in every start but one and he didn’t walk a batter in each of his final two starts of the month (14 innings). He hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in a start since July 7th. His August got off to a strong start on Tuesday when he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with one run allowed on two hits in six frames. He lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.62 and his season ERA to 2.90 in 114.2 innings pitched.
Evan Manarino, LHP, Beloit Snappers, 38 IP, 1.89 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, 33:6 K:BB
Manarino has been a regular part of these lists this season. Next month, he will finally have an opportunity to prove his wares at a higher level, as he was promoted to High-A Stockton on Tuesday. In July, Manarino was his typical efficient self for the Snappers. He worked at least six full innings in all but one start and walked more than one batter only once. He leaves for Stockton with a 2.15 ERA in 121.2 Midwest League innings.
Joel Seddon, RHP, Midland RockHounds, 37.1 IP, 2.17 ERA, 27:12 K:BB, 1.18 WHIP
Seddon’s season couldn’t have gotten off to a rougher start, but he has quietly righted the ship. Seddon has allowed more than two runs only once since June 19 and he has lowered his season ERA from 7.48 to 5.14 during that span. In July, Seddon worked six full innings in all but one start and worked into the sixth inning in all of his starts. In seven starts since the Texas League All-Star break, Seddon has a 1.79 ERA and a 30:14 K:BB in 45.1 innings.
Xavier Altamirano, RHP, Vermont Lake Monsters, 27.1 IP, 0.99 ERA, 0.775 WHIP, 23:4 K:BB
After struggling to start the season with Low-A Beloit, Altamarino has been one of the top starters in the New York-Penn League since the start of the short-season. He was brilliant in July, allowing just three runs in 27.1 innings of work. He walked only four and held opposing batters to a .177 average. The 22-year-old could return to Beloit’s rotation at some point this August.
Argenis Blanco, RHP, AZL A’s, 27 IP, 1.33 ERA, 19:6 K:BB, 1.18 WHIP
It’s not easy to pitch in the sweltering Arizona heat, but Blanco has been as steady as they come for the AZL A’s this season. The 20-year-old right-hander was solid for the AZL A’s last season, as well, and could be positioning himself for a shot at full-season ball in 2017. He is an extreme groundball pitcher who also commands the ball well for a pitcher his age. Blanco has allowed just one homerun in 175.2 career innings and he has walked just 53.
Brendan Butler, RHP, Vermont Lake Monsters / Beloit Snappers, 34 IP, 2.38 ERA, 30:10 K:BB, 1.11 WHIP
Butler got a taste of full-season ball with a short stint in Stockton earlier in the year, but he spent most of the first half in Extended Spring Training. The hard-throwing right-hander opened the short-season in Vermont’s rotation and pitched his way into a promotion to Beloit in mid-July. He has continued to dominate for the Snappers since arriving in the Midwest League. Butler has plenty of arm strength and has begun to learn to locate his pitches. He will be a pitcher to watch heading into next season.
Casey Meisner RHP, Stockton Ports (22 IP, 3.18 ERA, 20:5 K:BB, 1.26 WHIP); James Naile, RHP, Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports (37.2 IP, 3.11 ERA, 35:9 K:BB); Ben Bracewell, RHP, Midland RockHounds (18 IP, 1.00 ERA, 11:4 K:BB, 1.05 WHIP); Andres Avila, RHP, Midland RockHounds (17.1 IP, 1.04 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 14:5 K:BB); Sam Bragg, RHP, Midland RockHounds (17 IP, 1.59 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 14:3 K:BB)