Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 4/23-4/30

In a busy week of baseball, there were a few Oakland A's minor leaguers who made an impression, both good and bad. Find out who had performances to remember during the week of 4/23 - 4/30 inside.

Sacramento River Cats

Season Record: 11-12

Notable Performances, 4/23-4/30:

Daric Barton: 11-27, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K. Barton moved his average up from .302 to .329 this week. He also added his second homer of the season. Barton's .458 OBP leads the team and his .513 SLG is second on the team behind Jeremy Brown's .554. He also leads the team with 19 walks.

Jeremy Brown: 5-18, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 5 K. Brown's production has slowed since his red-hot start, but he still leads the team with a .357 batting average. He is hitting .375 against right-handed pitchers and two of his three homers have come against lefties this season.

Doug Clark: 7-29, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 7 K, 1 SB. Clark has continued to be one of the River Cats' top offensive performers. He is hitting .356 on the year and he leads the team with 20 runs scored. He has four homers and five stolen bases.

Dan Meyer: 2 GS, 11 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. After a disastrous first outing this season that saw Meyer allow six runs in 3.1 innings, he has gone at least five innings in each of his last four outings. He hasn't gotten a lot of hitters to swing and miss (only nine strike outs in 25.1 innings), but he has walked only six. He has struggled against left-handed hitters (.370 BAA), but has kept right-handers to a .270 BAA.

Marcus McBeth: **Note: Numbers for both A-Stockton and AAA-Sacramento.** 4 G, 4 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. McBeth's week had been a dream until Sunday, when he ran into his first trouble all season. McBeth was promoted to Sacramento this week after working 8.2 scoreless innings for Stockton. He had an outstanding debut in AAA – working 1.2 perfect innings – but struggled in his second appearance. Coming on in the eighth inning of a 4-2 game, McBeth walked two and hit a batter while only recording one out. Santiago Casilla relieved McBeth and allowed two doubles to let all three inherited runners score. The runs were the first McBeth has allowed this season and it was the first time he had walked more than one batter in any single appearance.

Midland Rockhounds

Season Record: 14-9

Notable Performances, 4/23-4/30:

Jason Perry: 14-26, 10 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K. After missing most of last week with an ankle injury, Perry was back with a vengeance this week. He leads the Texas League with a .426 batting average and seems poised for a promotion to AAA as soon as there is an opening.

Vasili Spanos: 6-19, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. Spanos leads the team in homers (four) and RBI (19). The corner infielder has brought his average up from .233 on 4/20 to .294 on 4/30. He has a 964 OPS.

Kurt Suzuki: 6-17, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Suzuki is maintaining his outstanding batting average, as he is hitting .362 on the year. On defense, Suzuki has made only one error and he has yet to have a passed ball. He has caught 10 out of 18 would-be base-stealers.

Brad Ziegler: 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K. Ziegler is continuing to shine for Midland. He had a season-high nine strike outs and has 20 strike outs and only six walks in 24.2 innings this season. He has held Texas League hitters to a .202 batting average and has a 1.09 ERA.

Jason Windsor: 1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. Windsor finally put together two straight good outings, as he followed his 4/22 performance of seven innings of one-run ball with his six inning masterpiece on 4/29. Windsor's 10 strike outs were a season-high and he has 31 in 28.1 innings this season. Batters are hitting .233 off of him.

Stockton Ports

Season Record: 11-13

Notable Performances, 4/23-4/30:

Travis Buck: 10-31, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K. Buck leads the Stockton squad with 17 RBI, 17 runs scored and three triples. His .561 slugging percentage is also tops on the team.

Richie Robnett: 10-33, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K. Robnett bumped his average up from .238 to .261 and he hit his second homer of the season. He also made a couple of nifty plays out in centerfield. Robnett should benefit from playing on the road this week. He is hitting .432 away from Banner Island and .145 in the friendly confides of home.

Landon Powell: 6-20, 5 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Powell's homerun power showed this week, as he upped his season total to a team-high four on the year. He is hitting .302 on the year and is continuing to impress behind the plate. Powell has played in 18 of the Ports' 24 games after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Gregorio Petit: 11-31, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K, 4 SB. Petit raised his average from .239 to .269. The defensive wiz has continued to impress at second. He has been striking out too frequently (21 in 24 games), but his six stolen bases lead the team and he is riding a six-game hitting streak.

Michael Rogers: 2 GS, 1 W, 12 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Rogers earned his first win of the season and lasted more than 4.2 innings in each of his starts for the first time this year. Rogers allowed 12 runs in his first nine innings this season, but he has given up only three earned runs in his last 16 innings.

Elvis Avendano: 2 G, 1 L, 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Avendano gave up the game-winning hits in each of his two appearances this week. He has struggled since joining the Ports on April 21, allowing five runs in two innings.

Kane County Cougars

Season Record: 12-10, Kane County's two weekend games were rained out.

Notable Performances, 4/23-4/30:

Craig Italiano: 1 W, 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K. Italiano made the longest start of his career, working six solid innings against West Michigan. He faced only 19 batters and was efficient with his pitch count. For the season, Italiano has struck out 23 and walked nine in 18 innings. He has allowed only one homer and has a 3.50 ERA.

Frank Martinez: 6-22, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K. Martinez's power numbers slowed down this week, but his impressive hit tally continued to grow. Martinez had a hit in each of the Cougars' five games this week and he started each one at second. He is now hitting .316 on the season.

Brad Davis:**Note: Kane County and Stockton numbers** 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Davis was so outstanding, he pitched his way right off of the Kane County roster. Davis was promoted to Stockton on April 28. He finished his time in Kane County with a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings. He struck out 16 and walked one and allowed only six hits. Davis continued his great performance in Stockton, making his debut on Saturday. He allowed only two hits in 3.2 innings of work and he struck out two for Stockton.

Vince Mazzaro: 2 GS, 2 L, 9 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 13 K. Mazzaro's first start of the week was his best, as he went five innings and allowed only one run. He struggled a bit in his second start, allowing four runs in four innings. Mazzaro has ramped up the strike outs this week, as he struck out four more this week then he had the previous two weeks combined. His control has suffered a bit, as his walks jumped from three total before this week to seven this week.


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