Cespedes Wins The Home Run Derby
Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes predicted he would win the All-Star Home Run Derby and he backed up that prediction with a stirring victory. Cespedes stole the show in the first round of the derby, hitting 17 homeruns. That one round total was enough to get him into the finals, although he added on six more in round two to give the American League the team home run derby win.
The finals pitted Cespedes against Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. Both Cespedes and Harper were rookies last season. Harper went first and hit eight homeruns. Cespedes bested Harper's total easily, blasting the Derby-winning ninth homer an estimated 455 feet.
Hernandez, Alcantara Take Home Awards
Midland left-hander Carlos Hernandez and Stockton right-hander Raul Alcantara earned their leagues' pitcher of the week awards for the week of July 8th.
Hernandez had a 0.00 ERA over 12 innings last week. The Santa Clara native struck-out nine and allowed just 10 hits in his two outings. Hernandez has put together a solid season for the RockHounds. He has a 2.78 ERA with a 70:30 K:BB in 97 innings this year. He has split his season between the rotation and the bullpen.
Alcantara recovered from an outing in which he left in the second inning after being struck in the knee by a line-drive to toss two gems last week. He allowed just one earned run in 13 innings. Alcantara struck-out 16, walked four and allowed five hits. For the season, the 20-year-old has a 2.29 ERA and a 79:14 K:BB in 102 innings between High-A Stockton and Low-A Beloit.
California League pitchers are breathing a bit easier this week, as first baseman Max Muncy was promoted to Double-A Midland. Muncy appeared in 93 games for the Stockton Ports. He hit 21 homeruns and posted a 907 OPS. Muncy drove-in 76 runs for Stockton.
In his first two games for the RockHounds, Muncy is 3-for-6 with two walks and a double.
The Midland Rockhounds announced on Monday that infielder Michael Fabiaschi had retired from professional baseball. Fabiaschi had been on the disabled list for most of the season.
The James Madison alum was one of the most well-liked players in the A's organization during his time with the team and many have pegged him as a future coach. He had a 788 OPS in 43 at-bats between High-A and Double-A this season. The 2010 38th-round pick played for Vancouver, Vermont, Burlington, Stockton and Midland during his three-plus seasons in the A's system.
Ynoa, Russell Appear In Futures Game
On Sunday, Oakland A's prospects Addison Russell and Michael Ynoa got their crack at the All-Star stage when they took part in the Futures Game. Russell was the US Team's starting shortstop, while Ynoa pitched an inning for the World Team in relief.
Neither player had particularly memorable performances in the game. Ynoa was the losing pitcher, as he allowed a two-run homer to Arizona prospect Matt Davidson in his inning of work. He gave up three hits and a walk. Ynoa did face-off with Stockton teammate Russell and he struck Russell out. Russell had two at-bats and struck-out in both.