A's MLN: Week in Review

In our weekly installment, we review some of the top performances in the Oakland A's system for the past week and then some.

**Statistics/records updated through morning of Sun., Aug. 13.

Triple-A Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 67-54

Doug Clark: Having his best month since April, the Triple-A veteran has gone 16-for-43 in his last 10 games, with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Since August 5, he has five two-hit games, plus he tied a season-high four-hit night two days prior to that on Aug. 3.

John Baker: Splitting time behind the plate with Jeremy Brown, Baker has made the most of his recent opportunities with seven hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .287 average in 69 games out-weighs Brown's .255 mark in 62 contests.

Hiram Bocachica: The outfielder has done nothing but hit all season, and has a six-game hitting streak entering play Sunday. He has seven RBIs over his last five games and is batting .338 with the team after hitting close to .350 when the month began.

Charles Thomas: Another of the Triple-A veterans, Thomas has three straight two-hit games entering Sunday and is batting .407 since August began.

Jason Windsor: The right-hander did it again this past week, winning his third straight start to go to 11-0 since joining the Cats from Double-A in May. He has allowed two runs or less in four straight starts, and six of his last seven overall.

Kazuhito Tadano: The Japanese right-hander hasn't allowed an earned run in his last six appearances. In the past week, he has surrendered just one hit in 5 1/3 innings.

Double-A Midland RockHounds
Second-half Record: 25-23

Brian Stavisky: With the team struggling at the plate recently, Stavinsky has put together six hits in his last 19 at-bats and has hit safely in six consecutive games.

Brad Knox: The starter has won six of his last seven decisions and has yielded three earned runs or fewer in 10 straight starts dating back to June 15. He trails only Windsor for the most wins in the A's farm system this season with 11.

Connor Robertson: The right-hander hasn't allowed a run over his last six appearances in relief, a span of 8 2/3 innings. During that time, he's surrendered five hits for a .179 average against.

Class High-A Stockton Ports
Second-half Record: 24-24

Danny Putnam: The hottest Ports hitter in the past week, and that's saying something. Since coming back from the Arizona League following a knee injury, he has hit safely in five straight games with the Stockton team and six of eight overall with the club. Putnam was at Double-A prior to the injury and may still finish out the season there.

Eduardo Cornejo: The second baseman/shortstop continues to thrive since coming down from Midland at the beginning of July. He is 9-for-22 over his last five games and has batted close to .400 since joining the Ports. He has hits in eight of his last nine games.

Nicholas Blasi: After a rough beginning following a promotion from Kane County, Blasi is hitting an even 50 points better with the Ports at .303 than his first three months with the Cougars. He is seven for his last 18.

Tommy Everidge: Everyone at Stockton is hitting and the first baseman is no different. He's hit only .252 overall this year, but is batting .350 over his past 10 games with three doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Steven Sharpe: Sharpe had only two appearances from the bullpen this past week, but continued his scoreless streak, which now stands at 14 2/3 consecutive innings. The right-hander has six saves and an ERA of 1.00 since coming up from Kane County. He has also scattered one hit or fewer in 11 straight appearances.

Class Mid-A Kane County Cougars
Second-half Record: 28-21

Chad Boyd: Boyd spent all of five games with Vancouver after returning from a knee injury from Extended Spring Training. He has been on a tear since getting the natural late-June promotion to Kane County, where he's hit safely in 10 straight games and gone 11-for-21 in his last five contests. He's also made six straight starts in center after much of his playing time was spent in right field.

Raul Padron: Padron has made the most of his additional starts recently at first base and DH, going 6-for-18 over his last five games. Never known for his bat in his two seasons with the Cougars, he has shown improvement of late.

Brad Kilby: It's been almost two months – a total of 17 consecutive outings to be more precise – since the lefty last gave up an earned run. He has a zero ERA since July began with eight hits allowed over his last 17 1/3 innings.

Randy Rapp: Take away a five-run performance toward the end of July and the right-hander's ERA is even lower than its still respectable 3.48 mark. This is evidenced by his .167 average against.

Class Low-A Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 29-24

Larry Cobb: Cobb wasn't drafted until the 27th round of the draft this past June, but hasn't let that slow him down in his first taste of the professionals. He has a .353 on-base percentage as the team's leadoff hitter and is on the rise following a brief drop-off in July. The center fielder is 8-for-21 over his last five games.

Alexander Valdez: After three straight seasons in the Arizona and Dominican rookie leagues, Valdez is making the most out of his first season in Low-A ball. He has hits in six straight games, during which he's gone 12-for-25, including a four-hit night on Friday in Yakima. He is 11 for his last 20.

Chad Lee: The right-hander threw five shutout innings without allowing a hit in his most recent start against Eugene, marking the second time in his last three starts that he had not given up a run or hit. He has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his nine appearances with the team.

Matthew Manship: He has gone nine straight innings (four games) without allowing a run in relief.

Arizona Rookie League A's
Second-half Record: 7-7

Angel Corporan: The team's hottest hitter with five hits in his last 14 at-bats.

Leonardo Espinal: Five straight appearances from relief without a run and only three hits allowed, a span of 37 batters faced.

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