Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 7/3-7/9

Hiram Bocachica is on a McGwire-like HR pace.

The second-half of the season is in full swing for the Oakland A's full-season affiliates and the A's short-season squads are well underway with their 2006 campaigns. This week saw the debut of a few 2006 draft choices and some top A's prospects rehabbing from off-season surgeries. We have all of the notable performances for the past week inside...

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 44-47
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Hiram Bocachica: 10-28, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Bocachica is certainly making a strong push to be recalled to Oakland. Right now, it would be hard to argue that that A's bench would better off without Bocachica as part of it, especially when you consider the offensive struggles of Marco Scutaro and Antonio Perez this season. Bocachica has 19 extra-base hits in 115 at-bats this season, including an incredible 10 homeruns.

Andrew Beattie: 8-21, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 3 K. Beattie has also been a welcome late addition to the River Cats' regular line-up. The utilityman missed the first two months of the season, but he has driven-in 20 runs in only 31 games since his return and has 20 walks against 22 strikeouts.

Shane Komine: 1 GS, 1 W, 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Komine twirled a complete-game shut-out this week, his first of the season. The right-hander is on a good roll right now, having won his last three starts, a stretch in which he has allowed only one earned run in 23 innings of work. He has a solid 83:29 K:BB ratio this season in 100.2 innings pitched.

Midland Rockhounds
Second Half Record: 8-9
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Kevin Melillo: 6-20, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Melillo reached base in every Midland game this week and had two game-winning hits for the Rockhounds. He also walked three times in Sunday's game, a single-game season-high for the second baseman. Melillo had been struggling all season versus left-handed pitching, but he has raised his season average against lefties by 50 points in the last three weeks and he is now hitting .250 off of southpaws.

Brian Stavisky: 10-24, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K. Stavisky remained red-hot for the Rockhounds this week and he is now hitting .333 in 33 games for Midland. The left-handed hitter is batting .395 versus southpaws in 38 at-bats for Midland. He has a 21:24 BB:K ratio and will likely be the first outfielder promoted back to AAA when there is an opening with the River Cats.

Brad Knox: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Knox is beginning to pitch more like he did with low-A Kane County in 2004 when he was one of the Midwest League's top pitchers. He isn't striking out batters at the same high rate that he did with the Cougars in 2004, but he has been very effective nonetheless, especially lately. Knox has allowed only five runs in his last 22 innings and has four straight starts of seven or more innings. He hasn't missed a turn in the rotation due to injury this season and has seven quality starts in his last 10 outings.

Marcus McBeth: 3 G, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 SV. McBeth was victimized by some poor defense, otherwise he would have had three saves on the week. The converted outfielder is continuing his solid first full season on the mound. The hard-throwing right-hander has struck-out 31 batters in 29.2 innings at AA this season and Texas League batters are hitting only .202 off of him. McBeth may have been rushed before he was ready to pitch in AAA earlier this season, but he should be ready for that level of competition the next time he gets that opportunity.

Jeff Coleman: 2 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Coleman has struck out 10 batters in only 7.1 innings of work since being promoted from High-A Stockton on June 22.

Stockton Ports
Second Half Record: 8-9
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Brian Snyder: 10-19, 7 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 10 BB, 4K. Snyder's demotion to High-A from AA in mid-June was a bit surprising being that Snyder had finally gotten hot at Midland, hitting better than .320 in June before his demotion. In addition, he was reaching base a .370 clip for the Rockhounds despite a very low batting average. Snyder struggled a bit initially after his demotion, but he sliced through California League pitching this past week and it could be only a matter of time before he moves back up to AA. With Myron Leslie seeing a little time in right-field, Snyder has been exclusively at third or DH for the Ports since his arrival.

Luis Perez: 10-21, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 2 K. Perez has seen his playing time increase each month and his production has improved along with that increased PT. In April, he had only 23 at-bats and hit .217. In May, he batted .246 in 57 at-bats, and in June, he hit .273 in 77 at-bats. For the month of July, Perez has a .400 batting average in 25 at-bats through the first week and a half of the month.

Cameron Coughlan: 5-16, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K. Coughlan has played well for the Ports this season. The speedy centerfielder leads the team with 20 stolen bases and he is hitting .290 on the year. Coughlan's homer this week was his second of the season. The biggest flaw of Coughlan's week was that he was caught stealing three times without successfully nabbing a bag. Before this week, he had only been caught five times all season.

Scot Drucker: 3 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SV. Drucker has been converted from a starter to a late-inning reliever by the Ports and he is finding a good deal of success in that role. He finished off two Ports' victories this week, including one in which he earned his first save of the season. Drucker was a successful reliever for much of last season with Kane County and Stockton and could be best suited for that role long-term.

Ryan Ford: 3 G, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Ford is another pitcher who has gone back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen this season. Like Drucker, Ford found some early success as a reliever. On the season, he has allowed only one run in 9.2 innings in relief.

Jason Ray: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 K. Ray has been one of the brightest young pitching prospects in the A's system this season. The right-hander, who turns 22 this week, blew through the competition in the Midwest League and was promoted to High-A after the All-Star break. Thus far in Stockton, Ray has struggled a little with his command and with the long-ball (four in 18 innings), but he has struck out nearly one California League batter per inning (16 strikeouts in 18 innings) and has kept opposing batters to a .222 BAA. Ray's start on Thursday was his best since the promotion and could be a sign that he is getting acclimated to the higher level of competition.

Kane County Cougars
Second Half Record: 10-8
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Chad Boyd: 9-24, 6 R, 1 2B, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. Boyd has been a solid contributor to the Cougars' line-up since being promoted from short-season A-Vancouver in late June. The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .333 with seven doubles in his first 57 low-A at-bats.

Isaac Omura: 11-29, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K. Omura is working on an eight-game hitting streak and has been one of the biggest surprises on offense for the Cougars this season. The Hawaiian native is hitting .305 for the Cougars this season and is batting .360 in 75 at-bats as the Cougars' number two-hitter.

Jose Pineda: 6-26, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 SB. Pineda has been a double-threat all season for the Cougars, as he is the only player on the team with double-figures in homeruns (11) and stolen bases (16). He has also driven-in 46 runs in 83 games. Pineda has struggled with his strikeouts (82), but has also drawn a decent number of walks (41) and he has been versatile, playing in both right and center with regularity.

Jared Lansford: 1 GS, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Lansford may be finally turning the corner on his command-issues. In his last 12 innings (spread over two starts), Lansford has walked only two batters. Before that, he had walked 29 batters in 59.2 innings. The five strikeouts matched his season-high total which came in his first outing of the season.

Brad Kilby: 3 G, 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Kilby hasn't allowed a hit in his last four outings and he hasn't allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings of work. The left-hander has struck out 49 in 44 innings pitched this season and has allowed opposing batters to hit only .192 off of him.

Ben Jukich: 1 G, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Jukich had quite a debut for the Cougars, throwing five innings during extra-frames in the Cougars' 15-inning win on Thursday. Jukich joins Toddric Johnson as the second 2006 draftee to join the Cougars and will be teaming with Kilby to give the Cougars a fearsome lefty tandem out of the bullpen.

Vancouver Canadians
Season Record: 14-7
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Matt Sulentic: 6-28, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K. Sulentic had two professional firsts this week, hitting his first professional homerun and earning his first professional walk. Sulentic is still striking out too much (16 in 59 at-bats), but he is hitting .302 as an 18-year-old against mostly older competition.

Larry Cobb: 7-28, 5 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. Cobb had three multi-hit games this week and continued to post impressive numbers in his first professional season. The 21-year-old has scored 12 runs in 16 games played for the C's this season.

Jermaine Mitchell: 9-23, 2 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. Mitchell has been steady since the start of the season for Vancouver. He is hitting .324 for the C's and he is sitting on an 11-game hitting streak. Mitchell has been especially good at Nat Bailey Stadium, where he is hitting an even .400 in 45 at-bats.

Andrew Bailey: 2 G, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. The A's sixth round pick finally made his season debut this week, making two appearances out of the bullpen. Bailey was nearly flawless in his two outings, allowing only a triple in 16 at-bats. Bailey is only a year removed from Tommy John surgery, so the A's are bound to be careful with the hard-throwing right-hander this season.

Chad Lee: 2 GS, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Lee made two "starts" this week, although they were more akin to relief appearances. Like Bailey, Lee is coming off of a serious injury (a torn ACL), so the A's will tread carefully with their fire-balling fourth round draft choice this season. Lee doesn't turn 21 until late December.

Scott Moore: 2 G, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 SV. Moore has gotten the call at the end of the game three times for Vancouver already this season and he has converted all three save chances. The Texas native was the A's 23rd round draft choice this year and he has already racked up 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. He has yet to walk a batter. Moore, like Ben Jukich, is old for the Northwest League, so Moore could follow in Jukich's footsteps with an early season promotion to a full-season affiliate if he continues to pitch like he has in his first four professional outings.

Arizona Athletics
Season Record: 5-10
Notable Performances for the Week of 7/3-7/9:

Carlos Arrieche: 6-20, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB. Arrieche is off to a good start for the A's Rookie Ball team, as he has a 1:1 K:BB ratio and six RBI in 12 games.

Marcos Luis: 8-25, 3 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Luis has nine RBI in 10 games this season and is hitting .302 on the year. The infielder won't turn 21 until late November.

Dallas Braden: 2 GS, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Braden, one of the A's top left-handed pitching prospects, is building back his stamina with the A's Rookie League team after missing the first three months of the season following shoulder surgery. Braden should head to AA once he has gotten his pitch count up.

Steven Bondurant: 1 GS, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Like Braden, Bondurant is working his way back from missing three months due to off-season shoulder surgery. He was expected to pitch out of the River Cats bullpen before the injury, so Bondurant could be heading to AAA once his stamina has returned to full strength.

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