Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review: 6/26-7/2

In this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we take our weekly trek around the A's system to highlight the best performances from the previous seven days. Inside, find out who swung a hot bat and who pitched well during the week of June 26.

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 41-43
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2

Hiram Bocachica: 6-25, 4 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 SB. Bocachica missed out on being recalled to the majors when Frank Thomas went on the DL because he was nursing an injury of his own, a hamstring strain. However, his .322 average and six homers in only 87 at-bats will likely warrant a call-up the next time the A's need another outfielder.

Jason Perry: 7-27, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K. Perry has pulled himself completely out of the hole he dug during his first two weeks in AAA and is now hitting a respectable .268 for the River Cats in 44 games. He has 14 extra-base hits in 153 at-bats, including five homers, and has moved to the middle of the River Cats batting order.

Keith Ginter: 8-24, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. Ginter had a rough June, hitting only .242 with one homer, but even with that down month, he is still quietly having a nice rebound season for Sacramento. He is hitting .285 with six homers, 20 doubles and 40 RBI on the season.

Mike Rouse: 4-7, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. After an impressive stint in the big leagues, Rouse returned to the River Cats swinging the same hot bat he had in Oakland. He hit his first grandslam of the season on Sunday, leading Sacramento to victory.

Jason Windsor: 1 GS, 1 W, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 10 K. Windsor punctuated his organization-leading 11th win with an impressive strikeout performance, whiffing a season-high 10 batters. He has been impressive with his strikeouts since his promotion to AAA, never striking out fewer than six (save for his first AAA start) and whiffing 19 in his last 12.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 66 against only 17 walks in 57 AAA innings this season.

Shane Komine: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 11 K. Komine had his third straight solid outing and set a season-high for strikeouts in the process, whiffing 11 Salt Lake Bees. He has struggled at times this season, but he held batters to a .250 BAA in June after allowing hitters to bat .352 against him in May, so he may be heading in the right direction.

Ben Fritz: 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 1 BB, 7 K. After a nightmarish first start at AAA, Fritz has settled down and has pitched much better in his last three outings. He deserved a better fate in his last start, pitching even better than his final line score. Even so, he has a 3.24 ERA in his last three starts after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings in his first AAA outing.

Matt Roney: 3 G, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SV. Roney had a big week, as he was named to his first AAA All-Star team and he earned his first save of the season. Roney will be the River Cats' only All-Star representative and he goes into the game with an impressive .229 BAA and a 43:15 K:BB ratio.

Midland Rockhounds
Second Half Record: 5-5
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2

Brant Colamarino: 12-29. 5 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K. To say Colamarino is hot right now would be a huge understatement. The slick fielding first baseman hit .374 in June and is carrying that hot hitting over into July, where he is 3-7. After a very slow start, Colamarino is now hitting .302 on the season with seven homers and 45 RBI in 295 at-bats.

Kurt Suzuki: 8-22, 3 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. Suzuki's impressive run through AA continued this week. He finished the month of June with a .344 batting average for the month and is 3-7 thus far in July. He has a .309 season batting average with six homers and 19 doubles. However, perhaps most impressive is Suzuki's BB:K ratio, which is 44:35 for the year.

Kevin Melillo: 7-29, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K. Melillo has been on a power-binge of late, as he finished the month of June with 12 extra-base hits in 93 at-bats. He has also been a run producer for Midland this season, despite often hitting at the top or the bottom of the order. He has 41 RBI in 78 games played. Melillo is hitting right-handers particularly well, batting .283 with six of his seven homers against right-handers.

Richie Robnett: 5-13, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K. Robnett's AA career is off to a good start, as he has been a steady bat in the Rockhounds' line-up since joining them on Tuesday. He homered off of former major leaguer Zack Greinke, who is on a rehab assignment in AA, and has walked more than he has struck out, a good sign for the free-swinging outfielder.

Brad Knox: 1 GS, 1 W, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 4 BB, 3 K. Knox helped the Rockhounds snap a 13-game losing streak against Corpus Christi, the team that finished first in the South Division in the first half of the season. Knox's performance matched his season high for innings pitched and was easily one of his top two or three starts of the year.

Brad Ziegler: 1 GS, 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Ziegler was stuck with yet another tough-luck no-decision this week, something that has happened to him with frequency this season. He had an outstanding month of June, posting a 2.60 ERA, but only had a 2-2 record for the month to show for it.

Stockton Ports
Second Half Record: 4-6
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2:

Myron Leslie: 5-17, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Leslie has been red-hot for weeks and that has continued in the second half of the season. He now has 10 homers for the season and his batting average is up to .288. His 53 RBI leads the team.

Landon Powell: 4-17, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K. Powell hit his team-leading 11th homerun of the season this week and had an impressive showing at the California-Carolina League All-Star game. He is hitting .275 on the year.

Tom Everidge: 5-17, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K. Everidge hit his 10th homer of the season this week and is second on the team with 46 RBI. He had a solid month of June in the power department, collecting 11 extra-base hits in only 90 at-bats.

Mike Mitchell: 2 G, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 2 SV. Mitchell had a scoreless inning in the Cal/Car. League All-Star game and he saved two more games this week. He has 16 saves on the season despite not being the Ports closer for the first three weeks of the year. He has struck out 38 batters in 39 innings this season.

Steven Sharpe: 2 G, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Sharpe arrived in Stockton just before the All-Star break and is off to a good start for the Ports. He has yet to walk a batter in three outings and has struck out six in 5.2 innings.

Kane County Cougars
Second Half Record: 6-5
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2:

Jeff Baisley: 11-29, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. After a small dip in production, Baisley is back to punishing Midwest League pitching. He has a six-game hitting streak and has his average back above the .320 mark. His 14 homers and 65 RBI lead the A's minor leagues.

Justin Sellers: 5-17, 5 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Sellers is quietly turning in a solid season for the Cougars. The 20-year old is more than holding his own against older competition, posting an impressive 33:34 BB:K ratio. He used a .297 batting average in June to get his season average back above .250 and he has stolen 10 bases on the season while flashing great range at short.

Anthony Recker: 8-27, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K. Recker is second on the team with 10 homers and he has 36 RBI. He had six homers in the month of June after hitting only three in April and May. The only blemish in Recker's season thus far has been his strikeout total, which is at 66 for the season.

Toddric Johnson: 4-13, 4 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB for Kane County; 2-9, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 BB, 2 K for Vancouver. Johnson became the first A's 2006 draft pick to move into full-season baseball with a hot start in Vancouver. The speedster appears to be a lead-off man in the making.

Chad Boyd: 9-28, 3 R, 6 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K. Boyd missed the first half of the season with injury, but he came back strong and has already had an impact on the Cougars' line-up. He has six doubles in only eight games played and is 3-7 versus left-handers despite being a left-handed hitter. The 21 year-old Boyd was a 2005 pick.

Jared Lansford: 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Lansford has struggled at times on the road this season, but he put together a solid start in Beloit this week to earn his seventh win of the year. After a terrific May, he struggled in June, posting a 7.66 ERA in five starts.

Brad Kilby: 3 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 SV. Kilby earned his first save of the season and was outstanding throughout the week in relief. He has been very good for the Cougars this season, posting a 2.45 ERA and striking out 43 against only 15 walks in 40.1 innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting only .207 against the left-hander.

Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 9-5
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2:

Matt Sulentic: 12-31, 6 R, 4 2B, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 SB. Sulentic has jumped into professional ball feet first and has definitely made an immediate splash. After going one for his first 11, he has been on fire, going 11-21. Sulentic hasn't shown much plate discipline yet, but that is a small quarrel when you consider that he is only 18 years old.

Jake Smith: 5-22, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Smith had a momentous week, wining the Johnny Bench award given to the best collegiate catcher. He is off to a somewhat slow start to his professional career, but he does have three doubles in his last two games.

Larry Cobb: 10-32, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 SB. Cobb has spent some time at DH, LF and in CF this season and his time in the outfield is bound to increase with Toddric Johnson in Kane County. Cobb is a spark-plug hitter who has .370 on-base percentage so far this season.

Scott Deal: 2 GS, 2 W, 12 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Deal has been very impressive so far this season. He missed the first half with nagging injuries, but his early performance could earn him a trip to a full-season affiliate in the near future. He has won all three of his starts and opposing batters are hitting .172 off of him.

Chad Lee: 1 G, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Lee, who was the second pitcher that the A's selected in this year's draft, made his professional debut this week. He flashed his mid-90s fastball in the outing.

Pascual Manzueta: 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 5 K. Manzueta had a tough no-decision this week, as he allowed only one hit in his outing. In two starts, he has allowed eight hits in 10 innings and two runs.

Arizona Athletics
Season Record: 4-5
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/26-7/2:

Lorenzo Macias: 9-25, 5 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Macias is off to a nice start at the plate as a professional. The junior college pick is second on the team in hitting and he has hit well against both lefties and righties so far this season.

Matt Singleton: 5-11, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. The undrafted free agent signee has hit well in the early going for the Rookie League A's. He is old for this league, so look for him to move up some time this season.

Carlos Morales: 9-27, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K. Morales had a big game on Monday, going 5-5 and falling only a homer short of the cycle.

Wilber Perez: 7-15, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. Perez has bounced around the lower levels of the A's system the past couple of years, but he is off to a nice start in Rookie ball thus far this season.

Jose Guzman: 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 K. So far this season, Guzman has been nearly unhittable. In 12 innings pitched, he has allowed only seven hits and two earned runs.

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