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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Early camp standouts

We caught-up briefly with Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman to find out who the early standouts have been in A's minor league camp. The Midland RockHounds also took home some bling on Monday night.

A week into the Oakland A's minor league spring training game schedule, several players have stood out in the early going, according to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman. Outfielder B.J. Boyd homered on Monday and has had "solid at-bats all spring, as well as a few stolen bases," according to Lieppman. Lieppman also noted that 2016 seventh-round pick Tyler Ramirez has had a solid camp thus far. Ramirez has homered twice and has run the bases well and played good defense, according to Lieppman. Chris Iriart, who finished third among A's minor leaguers in homeruns last year, has picked up where he left off last year with his power and already has two home runs.

On the pitching and defense side, Ben Bracewell, who had a 2.70 ERA in 93.1 innings last season, is "chewing them up with all pitches," according to Lieppman. "He's had a strong spring." Lieppman also said that A.J. Puk has continued to dominate since returning from big league camp. Fellow 2016 draftee Logan Shore pitched well against the Rockies over the weekend. Lieppman also noted that infielder Edwin Diaz is "showing off major-league defensive skills."

RockHounds receive their bling

Before the Oakland A's spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, the A's honored the members of the 2016 Midland RockHounds, who won the Texas League championship. The RockHounds' title was the team's third straight championship. 

A's 2016 minor league player of the year Ryon Healy was one of the RockHounds to earn a ring, pictured below:

The RockHounds used Facebook Live to stream the ceremony, which can be viewed below:

Several members of the 2016 RockHounds' squad played for the A's big league squad in Oakland's 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks, including Healy, Matt ChapmanDanny OhJ.P. Sportman, Sam BraggBrett VertiganRichie Martin, Lou Trivino, Aaron Kurcz and Tyler Marincov.

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