Oakland A's MLN: Winter & Fall League Updates

The winter and fall league seasons are all underway, and we have an update on how the Oakland A's prospects who are participating in those leagues are faring thus far.

Arizona Fall League Update

The Arizona Fall League is known as a hitters' league, and that has certainly been true thus far for the Oakland A's prospects who are participating in the AFL. A's hitters are impressing early for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, while the A's pitchers are still feeling their way, for the most part. Here are the stats for the A's prospects in the AFL through Saturday:

Raul Padron: .500 BA/ 1 HR/ 2 RBI/ 1445 OPS
Padron has been very impressive thus far at the plate. A late addition to the AFL roster replacing an injured Anthony Recker, Padron has been one of the AFL's top hitters through the first week of league play.

Jeff Baisley: .316 BA/ 1 HR/ 5 RBI/ 988 OPS
Baisley leads the Desert Dogs in at bats in this early season, and he, too, has been impressive at the plate. He leads the team in extra-base hits, hits, RBIs and total bases.

Cliff Pennington: 1-6 with 1 RBI and 2 SB
Pennington hasn't played much yet, starting two games and pinch-hitting in another. Despite the lack of playing time early, Pennington leads the team with two stolen bases.

Brad Kilby: 0-1, 7.71 ERA in 2.1 innings
Kilby threw a scoreless inning in his first appearance, but allowed two solo homeruns in 1.1 innings in his second outing. The lefty has yet to walk a batter.

Jay Marshall: 0-0, 18.00 ERA in 2 innings
The A's Rule 5 pick in 2007 has struggled in his two outings this fall. The side-armer has allowed four runs on six hits and one homer in only two innings. He has walked a batter and struck out one.

James Simmons: 0-0, 4.50 ERA in 2 innings
Simmons, the A's top pick in 2007, struck out the side in his first outing, but allowed a run in one inning his second appearance. He has struck out four and has yet to walk a batter. His four strikeouts lead the Desert Dogs' pitching staff.

Jeff Gray: 0-0, 9.00 ERA in 2 innings
Gray allowed two runs in one inning during his AFL debut, but recovered to throw a scoreless ninth inning in his second appearance. He has two strikeouts and no walks thus far this season.

Hawaiian Winter League Update

The A's have a trio of prospects participating in the Hawaiian Winter League and they have helped Waikiki stay in first place in their division for much of the early season. Here are the stats for the A's Hawaiian Winter League prospects through Saturday:

Jermaine Mitchell: .318 BA/.444 OBP/854 OPS
Mitchell hasn't hit for much power, but he has been an on-base machine for Waikiki. He has been unsuccessful stealing bases thus far, however, going 0-3 in stolen base attempts.

Justin Sellers: .273 BA/.351 OBP/ 8 RBI
Sellers has been productive for Waikiki, coming up with one walk-off hit and one three-RBI game. He is tied for the team lead in runs scored with nine.

Jared Lansford: 3.12 ERA in 8.2 innings
Lansford has made three starts for Waikiki, and he has been slowly lengthening his starts in every outing. In his last outing, Lansford went four innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He has six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

Venezuelan Winter League Update

The A's have a number of prospects playing for the Caracas Leones this season, including Gregorio Petit, Ben Fritz, Brad Knox and Javier Herrera. Raul Padron and Marco Scutaro will join the team later in the winter. Thus far, only Petit and Fritz have seen game action in the first three games of the winter season. In addition to the Caracas contingent, A's pitching prospect Henry Rodriguez will be pitching for Aguilas de Zuila this winter. Here are the stats for Petit and Fritz thus far:

Gregorio Petit: 1-9 with 2 RBI
Petit has started all three games for Caracas at shortstop.

Ben Fritz: 1 GS, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP
Fritz was outstanding in his VWL debut, allowing only two hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out one and walked one.

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