August's Best Performances: A's MiLB Hitters

The minor league regular season is finally in the books. A number of A's minor leaguers had strong finishes to their seasons. We take a look at the top offensive performances in the A's system during the month of August.

Nick Blasi:
.329/.430/.397 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 SB (SAC)
.393/.414/.429 1 2B in seven games (MID)

Blasi's break-out season finished on a high note, as he hit .475 over his last 10 games of the season and completed the season with a .302 average in 124 games between Stockton (High-A), Midland (Double-A) and Sacramento (Triple-A). The bulk of Blasi's games came with Sacramento, where he hit .316 in 89 games for the River Cats.

Jeremy Brown:
.278/.346/.495 3 2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI

Brown very quietly put together one of his best professional seasons this year. The catcher finished with a .276 batting average and 14 homers in 94 games. Brown established season-highs for homeruns and RBIs in a month in August, with six and 18 respectively.

Jorge Piedra:
.306/.379/.481 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI

August was Piedra's worst month with the River Cats and he still managed to post an 861 OPS. The veteran outfielder finished the season with a .336 BA and 56 RBIs in only 71 games played.

Myron Leslie:
.360/.429/.486 8 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI

After struggling with knee pain for much of the season, Leslie was finally relatively healthy in August and his numbers were outstanding. His .486 slugging percentage was the best he posted in any month this season. After batting only .267 before the All-Star break, Leslie hit .322 after the break. He finished his first season at Double-A with a .288 average and a .386 OBP.

Mike Affronti:
.313/.355/.470 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI

Affronti's first full month in High-A was a good one. Affronti served as the lead-off hitter for the Ports, scoring 13 runs in 20 games. He had a strong finish to his season, batting .318 in July and August for Stockton and Kane County. On the season, Affronti hit .280 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 104 games.

Tommy Everidge:
.372/.455/.547 3 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI (STO)
.269/.269/.385 2 2B in seven games (MID)

Everidge's hot August carried over into September, as he went 6-10 in three September games to close out the season. The first baseman saved what looked like a disappointing season at the midway point with a strong second half. He hit .312 with 16 homers in the second half and finished the year with a career-high 26 homers and 94 RBIs.

Jose Pineda:
.302/.330/.521 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI

Pineda's strong finish helped him establish career-bests in homeruns (20) and batting average (.271) for a season. The career-high in homers came despite playing in only 112 games after missing the first three weeks of the season with an injury. His 817 OPS was also a career-best for the Dominican outfielder.

Lloyd Turner:
.348/.396/.652 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI

Turner spent the year shuttling between Stockton and Sacramento and not playing very much. However, injuries and promotions midway through the month of August opened up regular playing time for Turner and he took advantage of it. He scored 12 runs in 13 games for the Ports and drove-in a season-high 10 runs for the month.

Josh Horton:
.298/.433/.383 5 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI

Horton led the Cougars in on-base percentage for the month of August with his .433 mark. He finished his first pro season with a .419 OBP in 52 games and he walked more than his struck out (36:34 BB:K). Horton hit his only Midwest League homer in August, as well.

Jermaine Mitchell:
.298/.405/.423 7 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 9 SB

All season, Mitchell did a good job of getting on-base and stealing bases and that continued in August. Mitchell had his second consecutive month with an OBP above .400 and he swiped a season-high nine bases in nine chances in August. Mitchell finished the year with a .390 OBP and 24 stolen bases in 32 attempts.

Alexander Valdez:
.310/.367/.552 13 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI

Valdez had easily his best month of the season in August. The infielder had season-highs in batting average, OPS and RBIs. It was part of a strong second half of the season that saw Valdez hit .297 with an 861 OPS.

Corey Brown:
.313/.420/.542 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI

Brown's month was cut short by an injury to his hand that will require off-season surgery. However, he punctuated a strong debut pro season with an excellent month of August before he was injured. The centerfielder had a team-best 962 OPS for the month. He finished the year with a .379 OBP and 11 homers in 213 at-bats.

Danny Hamblin:
.278/.387/.485 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI

Hamblin finished the season tied with Brown for the team-lead in homeruns with 11. Hamblin also led the team with 62 RBI. His .387 OBP in August was a season-best for Hamblin, who was named to the Northwest League Post-Season All-Star team for his efforts.

J.D. Pruitt:
.261/.475/.420 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI

Pruitt finished off a most unusual debut season with a strong August. For the year, the Vancouver lead-off hitter posted a team-best .464 OBP while batting only .210 on the season. He hit .261 in August after batting only .154 in July. Pruitt did a remarkable job of getting on-base all season. He walked 50 times in 60 games played and was hit-by-a-pitch a whopping 34 times. Pruitt was hit 10 times in August.

Julio Rivera:
.280/.393/.580 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI

After struggling to the tune of a .136 batting average in July, Rivera broke-out in August with a solid month at the plate. His .580 slugging percentage was best on the team for the month and he established a career-high for a month for homeruns with three. Rivera had two-thirds of his season RBI total in the month of August alone.

Mike Lissman:
.350/.412/.633 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI

Lissman dominated the Arizona Rookie League during the month of August, posting a 1045 OPS and carrying an otherwise anemic A's offense. The former Oregan State star had 12 RBI in only 17 games in August and two of his three homers for the season. He finished the Rookie League short-season with a .295 BA and 26 RBI in 36 games played.

Adam Klein:
.260/.408/.325 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 11 SB

With 11 stolen bases in August, Klein finished at the top of the leaderboard in stolen bases in the Arizona Rookie League with 33 on the season. Klein also led the AZL in walks with 58 and on-base percentage with a .477 mark.

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