Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 6/19-6/25

This week saw the debut of the Oakland A's two short-season minor league affiliates. Find out how the A's newest players fared, as well as how the rest of the system stacked up this week. We have a run-down of the notable performances from the A's minor league system for the week of June 19 inside.

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 38-39
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25

Nate Espy: 6-21, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K. Espy has been as steady as they come for the River Cats since becoming a regular starter in early May. He hit .305 in May and is hitting .304 in the month of June and .304 overall. The off-season minor league free agent acquisition has taken advantage of the playing time that has come from Daric Barton's absence.

John Baker: 6-19, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Baker has had a lot more playing time in June and he has taken advantage of that regular time at the plate. Baker already has 64 at-bats in June after having only 68 in May and a mere 26 in April. The catcher also had a game with three runners caught-stealing this week. He is hitting .291 for the year and .313 in the month of June.

Jason Perry: 5-18, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB. Perry has his AAA batting average up to .266 with 23 RBI in only 37 games. On the season, Perry has hit nine homers and has driven-in 40 runs between AA and AAA. He is hitting .294 against right-handed pitching in AAA and is hitting .329 in June.

D'Angelo Jimenez: 0-8, 1 BB, 1 K. The depleted River Cats welcomed former major leaguer D'Angelo Jimenez on Saturday. Sacramento will have another major league infielder in the mix starting Monday, as Mark Ellis begins his injury rehab assignment.

Richie Robnett: 4-8, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K for Stockton. 1-11, 1 2B, 3 K for Sacramento. Robnett was promoted to the River Cats to give Sacramento a center fielder, as Doug Clark was promoted to Oakland and Hiram Bocachica is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Robnett had a solid first half for Stockton and could end up in AA-Midland after Clark returns to AAA.

Jason Windsor: 1 GS, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 9 K. Windsor achieved his high total in strikeouts in AAA with nine on Saturday. He has been stuck on six AAA wins since June 13. Windsor's K:BB ratio in AAA has been outstanding, as he has whiffed 56 against only 14 walks in 51.1 innings of work. He has struck out six or more in eight straight AAA starts.

Shane Komine: 2 G, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 11 K. After struggling off and on all season, Komine has finally put together two solid outings in a row. His first outing of the season was technically a relief appearance, as rehabbing A's reliever Justin Duchscherer got the start. Komine was the tough-luck loser in that game, but was the winner on Sunday in the River Cats' 1-0 win. He has struck out 67 in 84.2 innings of work this season.

Matt Roney: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 1 W, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Roney has been up and down between Sacramento and Oakland a few times this season, but he has been consistently good for the River Cats this season. He has a 2.41 AAA ERA in 33.2 innings with 39 K and 13 BB and opposing batters are hitting only .227 off of him.

Midland Rockhounds
Second Half Record: 1-3
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25:

Kevin Melillo: 4-16, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Melillo hit his fifth homerun of the season. He also shined in the Texas League All-Star game, doubling and scoring the only run of the game. After a rough May that saw him hit only .216, Melillo has rebounded with a solid June, hitting .288 with eight extra-base hits in 73 at-bats in June.

Kurt Suzuki: 5-14, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Suzuki got the second half of the season off to a rousing start by driving in eight in the Rockhounds' only win of the week. He has 41 RBI on the season and 39 walks against 34 strikeouts this season. He and teammate Travis Buck will be the A's representatives in this year's Futures Game before the MLB All-Star game.

David Castillo: 1-9, 1 2B, 1 K for Midland. 0-2 for Stockton. Castillo was promoted to Midland this week to give the Rockhounds some back-up help behind the plate with Jed Morris hurting. It is his first trip to AA. He also had a brief time with Sacramento this season.

Brad Knox: 1 GS, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 K. Knox was a tough-luck loser on Sunday, as he allowed only three runs but his team was shut-out. He set a season-high for strikeouts in that start and he has his first back-to-back starts of seven or more innings this season.

Jeff Coleman: 1 G, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Coleman's outing on Friday marked his return to AA for the first time since 2004 when he made five appearances for the Rockhounds. He missed all of the 2005 season with injury and had 3.90 ERA in 30 innings for Stockton this season before being promoted this week.

Stockton Ports
Second Half Record: 2-4
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25:

Myron Leslie: 6-23, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Leslie has been the Ports' best hitter in June and he continued that good work this week. He had two homers in one game on Saturday and is hitting .288 on the season. In the month of June, Leslie has a .330 batting average with five homers and 22 RBI in 23 games.

Landon Powell: 5-20, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. Powell will be heading to the All-Star game next week and he will be taking a hot power bat with him. Powell has four homers in the last 10 days and 10 for the season.

Cameron Coughlan: 8-23, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 SB. Coughlan leads the Ports with 19 stolen bases this season and he has his average up to .279 for the year. The homer was his first of the season.

Tom Everidge: 6-22, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K. Everidge is third on the team in homers with nine and he has 43 RBI for the season. All but one of his nine homers have come at home.

Gregorio Petit: 5-23, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Petit stole his 17th base of the season this week and collected his third triple.

Brian Snyder: 6-24, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K. Snyder was demoted to High-A this week after hitting .205 in the first half for AA-Midland. The normally patient Snyder had a tough first week in Stockton, failing to draw a walk and striking out eight times.

Ryan Webb: 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K. Webb won his second consecutive start to move his record back over the .500 mark at 5-4. He has matched a season-high in walks with three on Monday and has walked only 14 in 58.1 innings this season.

Scot Drucker: 1 G, 1 W, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K. Drucker has moved from the rotation to the bullpen and he has won his last two relief decisions. He leads the team with seven wins for the season.

Jason Ray: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 4 K. Ray made his High-A debut on Saturday. He had a shut-out through four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. He was uncharacteristically wild, walking a season-high five in the outing and he gave up a grand-slam.

Kane County Cougars
Second Half Record: 3-1
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25:

Isaac Omura: 9-14, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K. Omura had a monster week, raising his average from .250 to .300 in four games played. He had a four-hit game on Friday and a three-hit game on Sunday.

Frank Martinez: 4-16, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K. Since a red-hot month of April, Martinez has been struggling at the plate. He hit his first homerun since April on Thursday, his fourth of the season.

Steve Kleen: 4-17, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. Kleen has struggled in June, but he does have two of his three homers of the season this month. He has driven-in 37 runs in 68 games for the Cougars this season.

Chad Boyd: 7-18, 4 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 SB for Vancouver. 1-5, 1 K for Kane County. Boyd made his season debut with Vancouver on Monday and then was promoted to Kane County on Sunday. The 21 year-old has played some first and some outfield thus far this season.

Vince Mazzaro: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Mazzaro moved into the team-lead for wins with seven with his win on Sunday. Mazzaro is in the middle of a great June. He has gone 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four starts in June.

Jared Lansford: 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Lansford was the only Cougar at the Midwest League All-Star game not to appear in the contest, but he made up for that disappointment by earning his sixth win of the year on Thursday. In his first full professional season, Lansford has held opposing hitters to a .213 BA.

Joe Piekarz: 1 GS, 1 W, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K. In only his second start of the season, Piekarz spun a gem against Wisconsin. He has 54 strikeouts in 55.1 innings this season, mostly in long-relief, and he is holding opposing batters to a .204 BA.

Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 4-3
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25:

Jermaine Mitchell: 9-26, 3 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 5 SB. Mitchell had an excellent first week as a professional. He flashed the speed and hitting skills that made him a star for UNC, Greensboro and a fifth round pick for Oakland this year.

Toddric Johnson: 10-27, 7 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 SB. Johnson, another toolsy outfielder, teamed with Mitchell to show the Northwest League that Vancouver could potentially have a dominant outfield this season. Johnson was the lead-off hitter for the Canadians this week and he reached base better than 40% of the time.

Mike Affronti: 8-26, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 SB. Affronti hit well and flashed a great glove at shortstop this week, making a number of dazzling plays in the field.

Matt Sulentic: 1-7, 1 RBI, 2 K. Sulentic, the A's highest signed draft choice from 2006, skipped the Arizona Rookie League and headed right from high school to Vancouver. He made his debut on Saturday and played in both weekend games.

James Heuser: 2 GS, 1 W, 10 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 12 K. Heuser, coming off of a year lost to injury, had an impressive debut for the 2006 season. He may not be long for the Northwest League with performances like the ones he had this week.

Inoel Deaza: 2 GS, 1 W, 12 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 7 K. Deaza made two starts for the Canadians and had a tough-luck no decision in his second outing after a win in his first outing.

Scott Deal: 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Deal, a 2005 draft pick out of high school, made his 2006 debut a memorable one.

Arizona A's
Season Record: 1-2
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/19-6/25:

Carlos Gutierrez: 4-11 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Gutierrez was expected to start his professional career in Vancouver, but instead he was making an impact in the Arizona Rookie League.

Lorenzo Macias: 3-11, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K. The younger brother of Drew Macias, Lorenzo had a strong first week as a professional. The 28th round pick was selected out of Mt. San Antonio Junior College.

Angel Sierra: 1-9, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB. Sierra, at age 17, is the youngest player on the A's Rookie League team. He is also probably the fastest player on the team.

Jose Guzman: 1 G, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Guzman had the longest outing of any pitcher on the A's Rookie League team this week.

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