Oakland A's MLN: Who's Hot?
Simmons has been outstanding for Midland.
Simmons has been outstanding for Midland.
Senior Editor
Posted Jul 31, 2007


Monday featured a light schedule for the Oakland A's minor league affiliates, making it the perfect time to pause and take a look at the players who have been performing at a high level recently within the A's system. We have a look at the hot pitchers and hitters inside...

Pitchers

James Simmons: Simmons may be only two months removed from college, but he is pitching like a veteran for the Midland Rockhounds. The A’s top pick in this year’s draft has been working out of the bullpen for the Rockhounds and he has been nearly unhittable. In 12.2 innings, Simmons has allowed six hits and two walks. He has 11 strikeouts and has allowed only one run. According to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Simmons will stay in the one-to-two innings per appearance range for the rest of this season in order to limit his total innings for the season. Simmons threw 123.2 innings for UC-Riverside this year.

Dan Meyer: After a rough June, Meyer has been red-hot in July. The left-hander has a 2.05 ERA in five starts. In his last three starts, Meyer has allowed only nine hits and two runs in 19.2 innings. On July 20, Meyer struck out 11, matching a season-high. On the season, Meyer has 81 strikeouts in 94.2 innings.

Trevor Cahill: The A’s top pick in the 2006 draft has been light’s-out during his last three starts. He has allowed only three runs, 10 hits and five walks in 19 innings. He has struck out 17 over that span. These three starts came after his worst outing of the season on July 13, when he allowed seven runs in two innings. On the season, Cahill has a 3.80 ERA in 68.2 innings and he has struck out 73.

Bobby Cramer: Cramer has been nearly perfect since joining the Rockhounds’ staff on July 4th. He was moved into the starting rotation on July 22nd. In two starts, Cramer has allowed only nine hits and one walk in 12 innings. He has eight strikeouts and two wins in those games. In 21 innings for Midland, Cramer has allowed only 17 base-runners.

Jason Fernandez: Fernandez has been solid all season for Kane County. He has spent most of the season in the bullpen, making 20 relief appearances for the Cougars. However, he was moved into the starting rotation recently and he has responded well to the challenge. In his last two starts, Fernandez has allowed only one earned run in 12 innings. On the season, he has a 2.75 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 72 innings.

Brad Hertzler: Hertzler has been outstanding in his first six pro outings. He has a Vancouver team-best 1.57 ERA and a 21:3 K:BB ratio in 23 innings. The C’s starter threw a five-inning perfect game on July 18 and he has not allowed a run in four of his six appearances.

Derrick Gordon: Gordon has been the ace of the Cougars’ bullpen of late. The left-hander has thrown seven scoreless innings in a row, during which he has allowed five hits and no walks. He struck out six over that span. On the season, Gordon has a 1.70 ERA in 37 relief innings. He has a 35:10 K:BB ratio and opposing hitters are batting .159 against him this season.

Kyle Christensen: The 19-year-old right-hander got off to a rough start to his season with the A’s Rookie League team, but Christensen has been pitching very well as of late. Over his last three starts, Christensen has allowed only four runs in 18 innings. In his last start, he allowed only one hit in six innings. He has struck out 19 in those 18 innings.

Inoel Deaza: Deaza was awful for Kane County earlier in the season, but he has been outstanding for Vancouver. The right-hander has a 2.00 ERA in five starts for the C’s. Over his last three outings, Deaza has allowed only two runs in 17.1 innings. He has 14 strikeouts and three walks over that span.

Ronny Morla: Morla has been one of the best pitchers on the staff of the A’s Rookie League team this season. The 19-year-old has a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings and a solid 25:6 K:BB ratio. He allowed four runs in his first outing in 3.1 innings of work, but since that time, he has given up only three runs in 27.2 innings.



Hitters:

Brant Colamarino: Over the last four games, Colamarino is 9-12 with six runs scored, two doubles, three homers and eight RBI. He also walked three times and did not strike out. Colamarino has had a rough season, but he has been hot during the month of July. In 18 games, Colamarino is batting .281 with three of his eight homers and an 847 OPS.

Jason Perry: With a 2-3 outing on Monday night, Perry extended his multi-hit game streak to four games. He is 9-15 with four runs scored, one triple, two homers, three RBI and two walks during his four-game run. Perry has 21 homers this season for Sacramento and Midland and a .540 SLG. He has a 917 OPS in 330 at-bats this season.

Jorge Piedra: Piedra is working on an eight-game hitting streak. Over the past 10 games, Piedra is batting .380 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Since signing with the A’s in June, Piedra has been an offensive force for Sacramento. The outfielder is batting .365 with a 1059 OPS in 40 games for the River Cats.

Luke Appert: Appert has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and he is batting .410 over that span. He has also driven-in eight runs and has five extra-base hits. Appert is batting .306 in 48 games for Midland this season (.328 overall) and he has a .325 BA with an 891 OPS in 22 games in July.

Jermaine Mitchell: Despite a four-strikeout game on Saturday, Mitchell has been swinging a good bat over the last 10 games. The outfielder is 11 for his last 32 with three extra-base hits and nine walks. He has also stolen three bases. Mitchell has a .423 OBP for the month of July.

Tom Everidge: Everidge had two hits and a walk in three official at-bats on Monday, extending a good streak at the plate for the Ports’ first baseman. Over the past 10 games, Everidge has blasted four homers and has driven-in 10 runs. He has alternated good months and bad months this season. He had a 581 OPS in April, an 870 OPS in May, a 704 OPS in June and a 918 OPS in July. Everidge’s 22 homers are the most of any A’s minor leaguer this season.

Richie Robnett: After a mediocre April and a poor May, Robnett has been solid in June and July. In June, Robnett hit .286 with four homers and an 808 OPS. He has stepped it up even more in July. Robnett is batting .290 with five homers and 16 RBI and a .530 SLG for the month. Over the past 10 games, Robnett is hitting .325 with two homers and six runs scored.

Mike Affronti: Affronti was promoted to High-A Stockton on July 26 and he has been filling in at short for the injured Justin Sellers ever since. In five games with the Ports, Affronti is 8-21 with five runs scored, two doubles and two walks. Affronti hit .264 with five homers and 29 RBI in 78 games for Kane County before his promotion.

Marcos Luis: Luis is working on a seven-game hitting streak for the A’s Rookie League team. The shortstop has scored six runs and he has three doubles and a homer during that seven-game streak. On the season, Luis is batting .312 for the AZL A’s.

Jon Zeringue: Zeringue went 2-3 for Stockton on Monday to extend his hitting streak to eight games. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fifth in six games. Over the past 10 games, Zeringue is batting .384 with three homers and 13 RBI. Since joining the Ports in early July, Zeringue is batting .348 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 24 games.

Corey Brown: The A’s second round pick in this year’s draft is batting only .200 over the last 10 games, but he has still been very productive. He has three homers, five runs scored, seven RBI and six walks over that span. On the season, Brown is batting only .246, but he has a team-best 925 OPS and 21 extra-base hits in 35 games.

Chad Boyd: Boyd has had an up-and-down season, but he has been in a good grove for much of the month of July. In 20 games in July, Boyd is batting .319 with an 867 OPS. Over the last 10 games, Boyd has a .351 BA with a homer, two RBI and a 6:5 BB:K ratio.

Adam Klein: Klein is putting together one of the more interesting stat lines of any player in the A’s system. The outfielder has a meager .315 SLG for the A’s Rookie League team, but he has an eye-popping .522 OBP and 19 stolen bases in 23 games. Over the past 10 games, Klein has reached base 22 times in 37 official at-bats. He has stolen 12 bases in 14 chances during that stretch.



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