Chapman wins Texas League Player of the Year
Matt Chapman may be playing in the Pacific Coast League now, but he hasn't been forgotten in the Texas League. The Oakland A's 2014 first-round pick was named the Texas League's Player of the Year on Wednesday. Chapman takes home the league's top position player award after hitting .244/.335/.551 with 29 homers, 83 RBI and 59 walks. He is the second consecutive Texas League Player of the Year from the Midland RockHounds. Chad Pinder took home the 2015 award.
Chapman currently leads the Texas League in homeruns, slugging percentage and runs (78). He is second in the league in OPS (856), tied for third in walks, second in RBI, eighth in doubles and tied for eighth in triples. He was also considered the best defensive third baseman in the league. Since moving up to Nashville, Chapman is batting .159/.264/.397 with four homers. He has hit homers in each of the past two games.
Several RockHounds take home post-season awards
http://www.scout.com/mlb/athletics/story/1701509-a-s-afl-roster-stacked-... Matt Chapman wasn't the only RockHound to take home post-season honors on Wednesday. Manager Ryan Christenson was named the league's manager of the year. He has guided A's affiliates to the post-season in each of his four seasons as a manager in the A's system and he won a Texas League title with the RockHounds last season. Midland is currently 42-22 in the second half, which is the best second-half record in the league by seven games. The RockHounds are 75-59 overall, which is the second-best overall record in the league.
Shortstop Franklin Barreto and catcher Beau Taylor landed on the Texas League's post-season All-Star squad along with Chapman and Christenson. Barreto batted .281/.340/.413 with 10 homers in 119 games for the RockHounds. He is currently sixth in the league in batting, third in stolen bases (30) and third in hits (130). Barreto hit .337 during the second half of the season.
Taylor currently leads the Texas League in OBP with a .387 mark. His overall line is .285/.387/.409 in 91 games thus far. Taylor is tied for sixth in the league in walks (52) and third in batting. He has thrown out 36% of would-be base-stealers while posting a .997 fielding percentage.
The day after the RockHounds clinched their spot in the Texas League post-season, A's top prospect Franklin Barreto was promoted to Triple-A Nashville. He started at shortstop and hit second in his Triple-A debut. Barreto, 20, is the youngest player to suit up for the Sounds since Prince Fielder played for Nashville back in the day. Barreto took Joey Wendle's spot on the Nashville roster after Wendle earned his first major-league call-up on Wednesday.
The A's also promoted Chris Jensen back to Nashville after he made one start for Midland on Tuesday. Jensen had switched roster spots with Daniel Gossett, who made a start for the Sounds on Tuesday. The move allows the A's to use both Gossett and Jensen in Nashville during the Pacific Coast League post-season.
The A's sent newly acquired second baseman Max Schrock and right-hander James Naile from Stockton to Midland to take the place of Barreto and Jensen on the Midland roster. Schrock played just two games for Stockton before his promotion to Midland. He had two hits in his Double-A debut. Naile will be pitching for Midland for a second time this season. Naile has a 3.38 ERA in 151.2 innings at four levels this season.
The A's trade of Coco Crisp became official on Wednesday. The A's sent Crisp and cash to the Cleveland Indians for left-hander Colt Hynes. Hynes, 31, is on his third organization this season. He began the year in the Toronto organization and was traded to Cleveland in early August. He has a 3.99 ERA in 47.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Hynes has 27 games of major league experience. He has an 8.55 ERA in 20 innings. His minor league ERA is 3.62 in 657 career innings. If he isn't added to the 40-man roster, Hynes will be eligible for minor league free agency this off-season.