Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review 7/10-7/16

In our weekly review of the previous seven days of games in the Oakland A's system, we review the most notable performances for the week of July 10. Find out who was hot over the past week in the Oakland A's system inside...

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 47-47
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

Dan Johnson: 4-8, 5 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K. It seemingly hasn't taken long for Johnson to regain his stroke after a surprise demotion from the A's line-up to AAA on Thursday night. He wasted no time joining the River Cats and was a big part of both of their weekend wins.

Hiram Bocachica: 6-14, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. It is clear that the River Cats' record would be much better at this point in the season if Bocachica had been healthy all season. He has made a big difference in the Sacramento line-up since returning in late May and is batting .345 with 12 homers, 32 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 35 games for the River Cats this season.

John Baker: 2-9, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 K. Baker returned from an All-Star appearance (his third such appearance in his professional career) to hit his first homerun since June 11. Baker has four homers on the year and 28 RBI in 54 games for Sacramento this season.

Nate Espy: 6-10, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K. Despite Johnson's return to AAA and Daric Barton's nearing return to the River Cats' line-up, Espy is bound to continue to see at-bats if he continues to hit as he has this season for Sacramento. The first baseman is hitting .325 in July and is batting .291 with eight homers in 70 games for the River Cats this season.

Scott McClain: 5-14, 4 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 2 BB, 3 K. McClain caught Jeff Baisley for the A's minor league lead in homeruns this week by hitting his 15th and 16th of the season. He also has 21 doubles in 356 at-bats for Sacramento.

Shane Komine: 1 GS, 1 W, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 K. Komine won his fourth straight outing this week, evening his record at 7-7 on the season and lowering his ERA to 4.32. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 15.2 innings of work.

Adam Pettyjohn: 1 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SV. Pettyjohn returned to the River Cats and to the A's organization for the first time since 2004 this week. The left-hander was with Long Beach of the Golden Baseball League last season and signed with the Seattle Mariners in the off-season. He appeared in 17 games for the AA-San Antonio Missions in 2006, posting a 2.91 ERA in 52.2 innings, before being released by Seattle on June 16. He then landed with Long Beach again before signing on with Oakland this week. The veteran appeared in 16 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2001, going 1-6 with a 5.82 ERA. He was the Tigers second round pick in 1998 out of Fresno State.

Midland Rockhounds
Second Half Record: 12-11
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

Lloyd Turner: 4-12, 3 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Turner has played all over the field for the Rockhounds this season and has been a valuable member of a team that has been, at times, hamstrung by injuries. Turner is hitting only .203 on the season, but he has seven homers, five triples and three doubles in 232 at-bats. He has also stolen 10 bases.

Brant Colamarino: 9-25, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 SB. Colamarino's run of good play continued this week, as he raised his season RBI total to 59 and his homerun total to nine. He now has 41 extra-base hits on the season in 346 at-bats.

Kevin Melillo: 7-19, 3 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K. Melillo is in the midst of a fine month of July, as the second baseman is hitting .314 with 12 RBI in 15 games. He has also improved his BB:K ratio this month, as he has walked nine times against 11 strikeouts after walking only six times and striking out 16 times in June.

Kurt Suzuki: 7-26, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K. Suzuki did a little bit of everything during the Rockhounds' 15-inning win on Wednesday. Not only did he score three runs, but he made a terrific diving play over at first base to preserve the tie in extra-innings. Suzuki was one of several Rockhounds who had to play out of position in that five and a half hour battle and he showed some fine form at first. It was his only appearance at a position other than catcher or DH thus far this season.

Matt Allegra: 7-21, 6 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 BB, 8 K. The normally impatient Allegra was a walking machine this week, as he racked up three straight games with two walks. He also had a game-tying, ninth-inning homerun in the 15-inning game. He now has nine homers on the season and is hitting .318 at home at Citibank Field.

Ray Aguilar: 1 GS, 1 W, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, 0 K. After the 15-inning contest zapped the Rockhounds' bullpen, Midland needed a long start the next day to keep its pitching staff afloat. Aguilar delivered, working 7.2 strong innings in Midland's 9-3 win. He didn't have his best stuff, as evidenced by the zero strikeouts, but he did enough to stay deep in the game. On the year, Aguilar is 8-5 with a 3.99 ERA.

Brad Knox: 1 GS, 1 W, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 5 K. Wet grounds on Sunday delayed Knox from extending his streak of great pitching at least one day. However, he was outstanding in his one start this week, winning his third straight outing and going eight innings for the second time in three starts. He has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts.

Connor Robertson: 3 G, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 K. Robertson earned the win in the Rockhounds' 15-inning game, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings in the contest. The right-hander has a 3.34 ERA and 59 strikeouts and 15 walks in 56.2 innings out of the Midland bullpen this season.

Stockton Ports
Second Half Record: 11-12
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

John McCurdy: 7-17, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K. The A's 2002 first round draft pick is quietly putting together a nice season for the Ports. Through 66 games, McCurdy is hitting .301 with 10 homers and 12 doubles. He has been particularly hot in July, batting .429 with five of those homers.

Gregorio Petit: 4-17, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K. Petit's performance this week was most notable for his position as it was for his hitting. He has been gaining steady playing time at short as of late after spending the first three months of the season at second. Since July 5, Petit has played in 10 straight games at short.

Myron Leslie: 5-24, 4 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K. Leslie is now in sole possession of the Ports' team lead in homeruns with 13 and RBIs with 64. He already has four homers in only 59 at-bats in July. Leslie has struggled a bit in July (.237 BA), but that may be due to a position change, as he has converted from third to right-field this month.

Trent Peterson: 3 G, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 K. After a brief stint in AAA-Sacramento, Peterson returned to Stockton this week and continued his fine work out of the Ports' bullpen. On the year, Peterson has a 3.79 ERA in 59.1 innings of work. He has allowed only three runs in his last 29.2 innings of work for Stockton.

Jason Ray: 1 G, 1 W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 K. Ray's outing on Tuesday was technically a relief appearance, as he came into the game after A's reliever Jay Witasick threw an inning as part of his rehabilitation program. Nonetheless, Ray was once again outstanding. After allowing seven earned runs in his first 11 innings at High-A, Ray has given up only one run in his last 13 innings. His statistical line on the official MilB.com website is a little off, however, as a boxscore mistake resulted in Ray getting "credit" for Jeff Gray's efforts on Thursday (a 2.1 inning outing where Gray allowed two hits and a run and earned the loss).

Steven Sharpe: 2 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 SV. After an All-Star first-half of the season with Kane County, Sharpe has continued to pitch well in High-A Stockton in the second half of the season. He has appeared in seven games for the Ports, allowing only two runs in 9.2 innings of work and he has two saves. If Mike Mitchell stays in Sacramento, Sharpe could be the Ports closer.

Kane County Cougars
Second Half Record: 15-9
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

Isaac Omura: 11-27, 5 R, 5 2B, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Omura is quickly becoming a regular on this list with his outstanding hitting since May 1. The second baseman is riding a 14-game hitting streak and is now hitting a robust .319. He also has a solid 18:25 BB:K ratio. Omura has been hitting so well that he was batting out of the third slot on Sunday.

Chad Boyd: 8-22, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Boyd finally broke into the homer column and he put together another outstanding week for Kane County. The outfielder has a seven-game hitting streak and is hitting .342 for the Cougars.

Jeff Baisley: 7-25, 5 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K. Baisley broke a month-long homer drought with a blast on Friday and then followed that up with another on Sunday. He is tied with Scott McClain for the A's minor league lead in homeruns with 16 and he leads the A's organization in RBIs with 79. Baisley is batting a blistering .425 in 80 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this season.

Jose Pineda: 7-18, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K. Pineda has a modest five-game hitting streak going and is batting .333 in the month of July. He has alternated good and bad months this season and is batting .270 with 12 homers and 16 stolen bases in 88 games for Kane County.

Justin Sellers: 6-22, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Sellers had a good power week, collecting five extra-base hits, bringing his total to 20 on the season. He has 38 walks to 39 strikeouts on the season and is batting .302 in 53 at-bats in the second place in the line-up this year.

Jared Lansford: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 2 K. After a rough June, Lansford has rebounded with a solid July, going 2-0 with a 1.42 in his first three starts of the month. He has a 9:5 K:BB ratio for the month so far. If he maintains that pace, it will be his first month where he has struck out significantly more batters then he has walked this season.

Vince Mazzaro: 2 GS, 1 W, 10 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 8 K. It was the tale of two starts for Mazzaro this week, as he struggled in his first outing on Monday, but rebounded with a solid effort on Sunday. Mazzaro's season has been as up and down as his week was, but he has shown signs of being a solid pitcher. He has particularly struggled at home, posting a 6.20 ERA at Elfstrom Stadium while having a 3.19 ERA on the road.

Ben Jukich: 1 G, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K. Jukich made his second relief appearance for the Cougars on Monday, and has now worked eight scoreless relief innings for Kane County since being promoted to low-A on July 5. He will be moving into the Cougars starting rotation on Monday, as he will make his first professional start against the Lansing Lugnuts at Elfstrom Stadium.

Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 16-11
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

Jermaine Mitchell: 9-16, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K. Even a bad plate of calamari couldn't stop Mitchell this week, as he pushed his batting average up to .367 despite missing two games with an allergic reaction to that calamari. He is 20-47 with 11 walks in 13 games in July and could be heading up the promotion ladder soon.

Matt Sulentic: 10-23, 8 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K. Sulentic had his first week with more walks than strikeouts this week and continued to blister Northwest League pitching. The young outfielder is batting .337 over his first 22 professional games.

Andre Piper-Jordan: 4-11, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Piper-Jordan hasn't had a lot of playing time this season, but he had some regular time this week and took advantage of the opportunity. The speedster is hitting .286 in 14 games this year.

Chad Lee: 1 GS, 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K. The A's are bringing Lee along slowly, as he was a reliever this season for Barton CC after returning from a torn ACL the previous season. Lee has thrown four innings in each of his last two starts and he has seven strikeouts and four walks in 11.2 innings this season.

Inoel Deaza: 1 GS, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 3 K. Deaza has quietly been very effective for the Canadians this season. The 20 year-old right-hander has 16 strikeouts and seven walks in 35.1 innings for Vancouver on the year and a 3.06 ERA.

Arizona Athletics:
Season Record: 9-11
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/10-7/16:

Ramiro Mendez: 7-21, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 SB. Mendez is off to a good start this season. In 74 at-bats, he is hitting .297 with seven extra-base hits and a 13:15 BB:K ratio. He also has seven stolen bases.

Lorenzo Macias: 5-21, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 SB. The speedy Macias already has six stolen bases and three triples on the season. His average slipped below .300 for the first time in three weeks (.298) but he added to his team-leading total of 16 RBI this week.

Marcos Luis: 9-24, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K. Luis had a three-hit game and a four-hit game this week and is hitting .328 on the year. He is 17-49 in the month of July (.347).

Dallas Braden: 1 GS, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 6 K. Braden made his last appearance with the A's Rookie League team a good one. He will be heading to Stockton next week to start for the Ports on Wednesday. In three appearances this season, Braden has allowed six hits in nine innings and no runs. He has struck out 12.

Steven Bondurant: 2 GS, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 5 K. Bondurant had a rough outing on Tuesday – allowing three runs in 2.1 innings of work – but recovered to toss four scoreless innings on Sunday. He should be close to a return to full-season ball.

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