Oakland A's MLN: Hot Starts

The 2010 season is four games old and a number of Oakland A's prospects are already filling up the stat sheet. We take a look at which prospects are getting 2010 off on the right foot inside...

Steve Kleen: Five hits in 10 at-bats, with two homers and seven RBIs Kleen only appeared in three games but he did big damage for Double-A Midland. He homered twice in one game and drove-in three runs in another. Kleen is picking up where he left off last season when he hit .342 with seven homers in 70 second-half games for High-A Stockton.

Rashun Dixon: Six hits in 13 at-bats, with four runs scored The 2009 season was forgettable for Dixon, who never really got on track with short-season Vancouver. The five-tool outfielder has hit safely in every game for Low-A Kane County and his three extra-base hits (two doubles and one triple) put him only six extra-base hits short of his 2009 season total.

Jermaine Mitchell: Six hits in 15 at-bats, with four runs scored Mitchell has been looking to break-out after two-plus seasons with Stockton. He is off to a good start, posting two multi-hit games and walking four times in his first four games.

Mickey Storey: 2 G, 3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 SV Storey is out to show that his break-out 2009 campaign was for real, and he is off to a good start. Storey has retired all nine batters he has faced and he struck-out four of six batters in his first save opportunity on Saturday.

Daniel Straily: 1 GS, 1 W, 6 K, 5 IP Straily won his first start for Kane County on Saturday, scattering five hits, two runs and walking only one in five strong innings.

Matt Carson: Seven hits in 15 at-bats, with five runs scored Carson was one of the River Cats' top hitters last season and he is producing early on in 2010. He reached base four times and scored twice on Saturday. Carson currently has a four-game hitting streak.

Jeremy Barfield: Six hits in 18 at-bats, with seven RBIs After playing in the Northwest and Midwest Leagues, Barfield has been looking forward to playing in the hitter-friendly California League. Thus far, he is taking advantage. He has already homered once and has driven-in at least one run in all four games. Barfield also threw out a runner on the bases.

Vince Mazzaro: 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 2 BB, 7 K Only a pitch-count restriction could impact Mazzaro on Opening Night, when he dominated the Portland Beavers. Mazzaro has tossed 8.1 hitless innings over the last two Opening Nights for Sacramento.

Grant Green: Eight hits in 18 at-bats, with four runs scored The A's 2009 top pick has had three straight multi-hit games after an 0-4 Opening Night. He has two doubles and one triple and has driven-in two. His defense hasn't matched his bat, however. Green has four errors already.

Myrio Richard: Five hits in 12 at-bats, with four runs scored Richard has not only racked up the hits his first four games, he has also collected six walks against only one strike-out. Richard has two doubles and his OPS currently sits at an eye-popping 1194.

Chris Mederos: 1 GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 0 ER Mederos was given the start for Kane County's home opener and he gave the Cougars six strong innings in earning the win. The cutter specialist struck-out four and allowed only four hits.

Kenneth Smalley: 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 ER Smalley was among the leaders in ERA for the Midwest League last season and he is off to a good start in the California League. Smalley struck-out four in his start, but was hung with a tough no-decision.

Michael Taylor: Six hits in 15 at-bats, with five runs scored Taylor, in his first games as a member of the A's organization, wasted no time showing why he is a top prospect. He collected a double, a triple and a homerun and posted an .800 SLG.

Jemile Weeks: Six hits in 16 at-bats, with three runs scored Weeks was an igniter for Midland during the first weekend of games. He had a .412 OBP and a .750 SLG, as Weeks had two doubles and two triples.

Josh Donaldson: Four hits in 13 at-bats, with six RBIs The A's may be rich in catching talent, but Donaldson is making sure that no one forgets his place on the depth chart. Donaldson hit safely in all four games, homered once and walked twice.

Other Notable Achievements

- Steven Tolleson hit a grandslam and drove-in six runs for Sacramento.

- Kent Walton also hit a grandslam and he stole two bases for Kane County.

- Corey Wimberly stole two bases for Sacramento.

News And Notes

- Chris Carter returned to the line-up for Sacramento on Sunday after missing two games with a bruised hand. He was hit by a pitch during Thursday's opener and suffered a contusion.

- Jai Miller and Jack Cust made their debuts for Sacramento on Sunday. Miller struck-out in all four of his at-bats and Cust went 0-2 with two walks and a strike-out.

- To make room for Cust and Miller on the River Cats' roster, Tyler Ladendorf was sent to Stockton and Corey Brown was sent to Midland.

- Midland (3-1) is the only A's affiliate with a winning record. Stockton, Sacramento and Kane County are all 2-2.

- A's rookie and 2008 second-round pick Tyson Ross picked up his first major league save on Sunday when he worked three innings in the A's 9-4 win over the Angels. Ross allowed a run in those three innings and has allowed just a run on three hits and two walks in 5.1 innings for the A's thus far. He has struck-out four.

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