Oakland A's MLN: May's Best

With the month of May solidly in the books, we take a look at the players in the Oakland A's system who had good performances for the month.

Top Position Players

Sacramento
Nick Blasi, .348 BA, 8 XBH, 12 RBI
Blasi was pressed into action at Triple-A thanks to injury and he excelled. He posted an OPS of 832 and played in 25 games for the River Cats in May.

Jeremy Brown, .303 BA, .429 OBP
It was a rough month for Brown, who was DFA's, but he didn't allow the disappointment of being dropped from the 40-man roster slow down his bat. He had an 853 OPS for the month.

J.J. Furmaniak, 6 HR, 13 RBI
Furmaniak's BA was low (.250), but his HR total was best on the team.

Jason Perry, .333 BA, 3 HR, 19 RBI
Perry has made the most of his second chance at Triple-A after struggling in Sacramento last season. He had a 949 OPS for the month in 20 games played.

Midland
Jeff Baisley, .301 BA, 13:15 BB:K ratio
Baisley had an 845 OPS, thanks in part to improved patience at the plate. He also had 12 extra-base hits.

Eddie Cornejo, 344 BA, .417 OBP
Cornejo made the most of his limited playing experiences, collecting 11 hits and five walks in 32 at-bats.

Gregorio Petit, .327 BA, .405 OBP
Petit had an outstanding month, walking 13 times against 18 strikeouts. He also had three homers and 14 RBI in 25 games.

Brian Snyder, .351 BA, .597 SLG
Snyder continues to standout at Double-A after a disappointing 2006 season. He had a 1072 OPS for the month and a .474 on-base percentage to go along with his 14 extra-base hits and his 20 RBI.

Vasili Spanos, .354 BA, .422 OBP
Spanos almost posted identical numbers to Snyder. He had a .594 slugging percentage and four homers and 22 RBI in 25 games. His OPS 1016.

Stockton
Luke Appert, .297 BA, .467 OBP
Appert finished the month in Midland, but he made his impact in 25 games with Stockton. HE had 22 RBI and 28 walked in 91 at-bats.

Tom Everidge, 5 HR, 25 RBI
Everidge had only a .250 BA, but he had a .391 OBP and an 870 OPS for the month. He led the team in RBI.

Javier Herrera, .333 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI
Herrera shook off a horrific April to post a fine May. He lead the team in homers and OPS (1002).

Cliff Pennington, .279 BA, 19:11 BB:K
Pennington picked up his pace in May, reaching base at a .382 clip and posted a .450 slugging percentage.

Anthony Recker, .321 BA, .560 SLG
Recker had a 953 OPS for the month and he drove-in 22 runs in 22 games.

Kane County
Mike Massaro, .378 BA, .448 OBP
Massaro was a terror at the top of the order for the Cougars, collecting 42 hits in 28 games.

Jermaine Mitchell, .302 BA, .385 OBP
Mitchell drove-in 12 and scored 21 runs in 30 games for the Cougars.

Greg Dowling, 18 RBI, 14:15 BB:K
Dowling was the Cougars' leading run-producer in May. He also had two homers.



Top Pitchers

Sacramento
Jason Windsor, 4-1, 3.64 ERA
Windsor led the team in wins and won a "Pitcher of the Week" award during the month. He struck out 24 in 29.2 innings.

Brad Knox, 1-2, 2.48 ERA
Knox didn't get much run support, but he averaged more than six innings a start and allowed only one homer.

Kazuhito Tadano, 2-0, 1.93 ERA
Tadano made only three starts for Sacramento but they were good ones. He struck out 20 and walked five in 18 innings.

Erasmo Ramirez, 0.84 ERA in 10.2 IP
Ramirez used a productive May to earn a spot in the A's bullpen, at least for now. He allowed only one run and had two saves in May.

Midland
Ben Fritz, 4-0, 3.78 ERA
Fritz was perfect in six May starts. He allowed 32 hits in 33.1 innings and only one homer.

Brad Kilby, 1.15 ERA in 15.2 IP
Kilby has made a smooth transition from Single-A to Double-A. He struck out 16 in 15.2 innings.

Mike Madsen, 3-1, 2.62 ERA
Madsen was unhittable until his last start when he allowed four runs in four innings. He struck out 45 in 34.1 innings and allowed batted to hit only .217 against him.

Steven Sharpe, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SV
Sharpe was light's-out as the Rockhounds' closer. He didn't have a blown save and allowed only 10 base-runners in 10.1 innings.

Stockton
Bobby Cramer, 1-0, 2.16 ERA
Cramer joined the team mid-month and was a solid addition to the rotation. He allowed opposing batters to hit only .190 against him.

Patrick Currin, 1-0, 0.53 ERA, 2 SV
Currin was outstanding at the back of Stockton's bullpen. He converted both of his save opportunities and he allowed only 12 base-runners in 17 innings. He struck out 17.

Kane County
Andrew Bailey, 3.50 ERA, 29 K in 18 IP
Bailey was touched for four homers in 18 innings, but he was otherwise outstanding. Hitters batted only .212 off of him.

Branden Dewing, 1.54 ERA in 11.2 IP
Dewing has been the Cougars' most consistent reliever this season. He struck out nine in May.

Derrick Gordon, 2.57 ERA in 14 IP
Gordon joined the team mid-month and was impressive. He held batters to a .157 BA and he struck out 15 against only four walks.

James Heuser, 3-1, 3.11 ERA
Heuser had a solid month for the Cougars, winning half of his starts and striking out 35 in 37.2 innings.

Scott Moore, 2.25 ERA in 12 IP
Moore hasn't had a lot of save opportunities this season, but he converted five of six in May. He allowed only three hits and four walks in 12 innings and he struck out 10.


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