A's MLN: Week In Review

Reviewing some of the top performances in the Oakland A's farm system for the past week and then some.

**Statistics/records updated through morning of Tue., Aug. 29.

Triple-A Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 76-61, 10 GB

Charles Thomas: The outfielder has hit safely in eight straight games and 11 of his last 12 overall, bringing his average to .375 in August and .281 overall. Thomas now has eight home runs and counting this month after only one previously. His .281 average is his best mark since early June.

Nate Espy: The first baseman has cooled off since hitting over .300 in his first month with the team following the promotion from Stockton, but has hit safely in four straight games, and recorded a three-hit night recently. His .274 average is somewhat disappointing for his age, and he's bounced between first base and DH.

Shane Komine: The right-handed starter hasn't lost since June 19, with eight consecutive winning decisions. He closed out July with a 0.31 ERA before going on the DL and has held opposing hitters below a .200 average since July began. Since returning from the DL, he has won both of his starts and allowed three earned runs and nine hits in a span of 13 2/3 innings.

Mark Watson: A little too old for "prospect" status, the left-hander has nonetheless gone eight consecutive appearances without a run.

Double-A Midland RockHounds
Second-half Record: 37-26, 1st place, 2.5 up

Mark Kiger: The third baseman is riding an eight-game hitting streak and batting .378 over his last 10 games to lead the Hounds' playoff push. Moreover, he's batting a whopping .456 (26-for-57) against left-handers this season.

Ray Aguilar: The southpaw has won his last three starts, allowing four runs in a span of 19 innings. He now has 11 victories despite a 4.69 ERA this season.

Brad Knox: The only starter with more wins on the staff than Aguilar, he received a no-decision in his last outing despite throwing seven shutout innings. Knox has a 2.00 ERA since July began.

Class High-A Stockton Ports
Second-half Record: 32-31, 5 GB

Nick Blasi: The outfielder has 10 hits in his last 22 at-bats, highlighted by a career-high five-hit performance last week. He's batting .355 (33-for-95) in August, by far his best month of the season. Despite batting .253 in 75 games for Kane County, Blasi is hitting .320 with the Ports since his promotion in late June.

Luis Perez: Joining Blasi on the list of hot-hitting A's outfield prospects, the 23-year-old has a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .500 (21-for-42) over his last 10 games.

Eduardo Cornejo: Making sure we don't forget about the infielders, the shortstop is batting .370 since coming down from Midland on July 1. Cornejo has six multi-hit games in the past week and is doing equal damage against both lefties and right-handers with the team.

Class Mid-A Kane County Cougars
Second-half Record: 37-25, .5 GB

Steve Kleen: Kleen has been "clean as a whistle" at the plate this past week. He has two three-hit games and is batting .300 since July began.

Anthony Recker: The Cougar catcher has hit safely in seven straight games and 11 of his last 12 overall.

Randy Rapp: Another semi-solid week in relief for the right-hander, who would have an ERA below two if not for a rare five-run explosion on July 31. He's held opposing hitters to a .163 average against with the team in 15 appearances.

Class Low-A Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 35-32

Alexander Valdez: The third baseman is one of the few bright spots in a lineup that has struggled recently. He has 11 hits in his last 30 at-bats and has picked up three multi-hit games since Aug. 20.

Scott Moore: The right-hander had nine saves and a 1.45 ERA in 16 appearances before earning the promotion to Kane County earlier this week. He allowed more than one run for the first time all season in his farewell outing with the Canadians.

Phoenix A's (Arizona Rookie League)
Second-half Record: 13-13, 5.5 GB

Angel Corporan: A six-game hitting streak for the 19-year-old infielder who's seen playing time at second, third and short this season. He has 10 hits in his last 29 at-bats over his last eight games.

Cliff Pennington: The A's top 2005 draft choice has appeared in nine games for the team and has hits in his last seven of them, going 13-for-28 overall. The 22-year-old was with Stockton previously this season, but struggled with a .203 average in 46 games. He left the Ports with a nine-game hitting streak and a hamstring injury.

Dallas Braden: With the team since early July, Braden has a sub-one, 0.86 ERA in six starts. He recently allowed his first runs with the Arizona League team in his last start, yielding two in five innings for a victory. The left-hander has 36 strikeouts to three walks with the team.

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