Oakland A's MLN: Affiliate Status Report

It has been a struggle of late for the Oakland A's four full-season affiliates, as none of the four teams currently has a winning record. We have a progress report for some of the notable performers from each team inside.

Sacramento River Cats
Overall Record: 8-10
Streak: Lost 7 of 8

Notable Performances
Steven Tolleson: Tolleson's seven-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday when he entered the game as a defensive replacement and he didn't have an at-bat. He is batting .333 with a 939 OPS overall and he has a .379 average over the last 10 games.

Corey Wimberly: Wimberly has hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games. During that time, he has stolen six bases in eight chances and he has 11 hits. On the season, he is batting .262 with eight stolen bases in 16 games, but his OPS is stuck at 585 thanks to a .262 SLG.

Vince Mazzaro: Mazzaro has been stellar for the River Cats this season. In four appearances, he has a 1.86 ERA over 19.1 innings. He has 21 strike-outs against eight walks and he has yet to allow a homerun. He allowed four earned runs in one outing; in his other three outings, Mazzaro has not allowed a run and has given up only eight hits in 15.1 innings.

Clayton Mortensen: The right-hander allowed five earned runs in six innings in his first outing, but he has followed that up with two outstanding starts. Over his last two outings, Mortensen has given up one earned run in 12 innings.

Henry Rodriguez: Rodriguez has yet to allow an earned run in 6.1 innings this season. He has struck-out nine, walked two and has allowed only two hits. Rodriguez has also saved two games in three chances.

Michael Taylor: Taylor had three hits on Sunday against Las Vegas, including two doubles. He has hit safely in four out of his last five games. He has a .261 average and nine RBIs in 18 games this season, but he has struck-out 15 times in 69 at-bats.

Trevor Cahill: Cahill has pitched well in two outings with the River Cats. In 8.2 innings, he has allowed only one earned run and he has struck-out eight. The only blemish on his record thus far has been his five walks.

Josh Donaldson: Donaldson has five RBIs over the past three games and he had a two-homer game on Friday. He has 13 RBIs in 16 games, but he is batting only .220 overall.

Chris Carter: Carter hit his second homer of the season on Saturday in Las Vegas. He has 11 RBIs in 16 games and an 805 OPS.

Sam Demel: Demel is tied with Rodriguez for the team lead with two saves. He has struck-out 10 in 8.1 innings, while allowing four walks, seven hits and two runs.

Landon Powell: Since returning from Oakland, Powell has reached base five times in two games with four walks and a hit. He didn't have an at-bat during his brief stay with the A's. Powell played first base on Sunday for the River Cats.

Graham Godfrey: Godfrey has 17 strike-outs in 19.1 innings, but he has walked 12 and has a 6.05 ERA.

Michael Benacka: After not allowing a run over his first six innings, Benacka has given up five runs over his last four innings. Four of those runs came in the ninth inning on Sunday, when he gave-up a walk-off grandslam to Brian Doprick.

Corey Brown: Brown has struggled since being promoted to Triple-A on Thursday. He has one hit in 12 at-bats with six strike-outs.

Mike Affronti: Affronti had a four-hit game on Sunday and he has six hits in 18 at-bats since being promoted from Double-A Midland.

Midland Rockhounds
Overall Record: 8-8
Streak: Lost 4 of 5

Alexander Valdez: Valdez leads the team with a .364 average. He also has 12 RBIs in 15 games and three stolen bases in three chances. He had a 5-for-5 game on Monday and he has four hits in his last 10 at-bats.

Jemile Weeks: Weeks' six-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday. He is batting .297 with an 842 OPS in 16 games. Weeks has three triples and six doubles, but he has only four walks against 14 strike-outs and he has been caught stealing three times in six opportunities.

Pedro Figueroa: The hard-throwing lefty has a 3.18 ERA in his first three starts for Midland. He has allowed 15 hits and seven walks in 17 innings, but he hasn't allowed a homerun and he has struck-out 13.

Carlos Hernandez: After allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings in his first start, Hernandez has allowed only one earned run on six hits and five walks in 11.1 innings over his last two starts. He has also struck-out nine in those two outings. His ERA is 2.30 overall.

Mickey Storey: Storey hadn't allowed a run over his first 6.2 innings pitched this season, but he has given up five runs over his last 6.2 innings. His overall stats are still impressive, however. He has a 13:3 K:BB ratio and he has allowed only seven hits in 13.1 innings.

Jermaine Mitchell: Mitchell has three hits in 12 at-bats since being promoted to Midland. He has three runs scored and two walks, but he has also struck-out four times.

Shane Peterson: Peterson has hit safely in four of his last five games, but he is batting only .229 over his last 10 games. Overall, he has a 707 OPS and only five extra-base hits in 60 at-bats. He has done a good job getting on-base, posting a .357 OBP.

Arnold Leon: Leon had a strong spring, but he has struggled out of the gate. He has allowed three runs in 4.1 innings over his first three appearances. Leon has walked three and struck-out only one and he hasn't pitched since April 16.

Matt Sulentic: Sulentic hit his first homerun of the season on Sunday. He has a modest three-game hitting streak and he has four hits in his last eight at-bats. He has also driven-in six runs in his last four games. Sulentic is batting only .235, but he has a .344 OBP and an even K:BB ratio.

Jared Lansford: Lansford struggled with wildness early last season and while he hasn't been quite as wild in the early going this year, he still has walked four in his first 6.1 innings of work. Lansford has also allowed six hits and three runs, but he has struck-out five.

Archie Gilbert: Among the Rockhounds' regulars, Gilbert is third on the team with an 824 OPS. He has two homeruns and 11 RBIs in 14 games and a .490 SLG.

Anthony Capra: Capra was the A's minor league strike-out leader last season. He has 12 strike-outs in his first 13.1 innings this year. His ERA is 4.05, however, and he has given-up 11 hits and eight walks.

Justin Friend: Friend has had his strike-out pitches working early this season, with 11 K's in eight innings. His ERA is 4.50, however, because he has allowed eight walks and 11 hits.

Ben Hornbeck: Hornbeck's first two starts this season were forgettable, as he allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in 4.2 innings and five runs in four innings in those two starts. He righted himself in his last outing, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings.

Stockton Ports
Overall Record: 7-10
Streak: Lost 5 of 7 games

Notable Performances
Tyler Ladendorf: Ladendorf has six hits in his last 12 at-bats and he is batting a team-best .314. On Sunday, he had three hits and scored two runs to help Stockton earn a win against the rival Modesto Nuts.

Jeremy Barfield: Barfield leads the team with 13 RBIs and is tied for the team-lead in homers with two. He also has 10 walks against 10 strike-outs, but it has been his throwing arm that has been the most impressive aspect of his game thus far this year, as he has already nailed a couple of runners on the base-paths.

Shawn Haviland: The Ports' Opening Day starter has a 2.61 ERA through four starts. He has struck-out 18 and walked only six in 20.2 innings and he has allowed only one homerun.

Grant Green: Green, the A's top pick last season, got off to a fast start at the plate, but he has struggled this week, collecting only four hits over his last 27 at-bats. Green is batting .280 overall, but his OBP is only .316, as he has walked four times against 15 strike-outs. He has also made seven errors at shortstop.

Paul Smyth: Smyth is picking up where he left off last season, when he didn't allow a run in 36.1 innings. He does have an earned run on his record this season, but that run scored after he had left the game. He has allowed only four hits and two walks in 12.1 innings and he has 11 strike-outs.

Petey Paramore: Paramore has struggled to hit since turning pro in 2008, but he has found his stroke thus far this season. He has also hit safely in four out of his last five games. Paramore has an 844 OPS in 14 games and he has walked 15 times.

Justin Murray: Murray has a 3.29 ERA and 11 strike-outs in 13.2 innings over three starts. He hasn't allowed a homer, but he has given up 13 hits and six walks.

Trey Barham: Barham is tied for the team-lead in strike-outs with 13 in only 10.2 innings pitched. The lefty reliever has walked only three, but has allowed four runs on nine hits.

Stephen Parker: Parker leads the team with 17 walks and is tied for the team-lead with two homeruns (both of which came in the same game). After playing mostly first base during his pro debut season last year, Parker has spent much of his time at third base this season.

Jose Pina: Pina has allowed only seven base-runners in 11.1 innings this season and he has an 0.79 ERA. He has struck-out eight.

Kane County Cougars
Overall Record: 8-10
Streak: Lost 5 of the last 7 games

Notable Performances:

Kent Walton: Walton leads the team in average (.299) and OPS (834) and is second on the team in RBIs with 12. He has hit safely in three straight games and is six-for-11 with four doubles over that stretch.

Chris Mederos: In three starts, Mederos has a 1.50 ERA. He has allowed 18 base-runners in 18 innings and has yet to allow a homerun.

Conner Crumbliss: Crumbliss leads the Cougars with a .455 OBP thanks to 23 walks in 18 games. He has also driven-in a team-best 13 runs and has scored a team-best 12 times.

Connor Hoehn: Acting in a long relief role, Hoehn has struck-out a team-high 23 batters in only 16.1 innings. Using a deceptive delivery, Hoehn has limited batters to a .186 average and he has walked only five while posting a 2.76 ERA.

Ian Krol: The young lefty has put together two consecutive strong outings after struggling in his first two appearances. After allowing six runs in his first 5.2 innings, Krol has given up only two earned runs in 9.1 innings with nine strike-outs and two walks.

Anthony Aliotti: Like Crumbliss, Aliotti has been an on-base machine, with a .449 OBP in 14 games. The first baseman hasn't shown much power, however, with only two extra-base hits, but he has been slick with the glove.

Justin Marks: It has been a struggle this season for the A's second pick in the 2009 draft. He has allowed 14 earned runs in 12 innings with 12 strike-outs and 10 walks.

Rashun Dixon: A recent 0-for-eight slump has dropped Dixon's numbers some, but he is still having a fine season with an 813 OPS in 16 games. His plate discipline has faltered of late, as he has struck-out 12 times and walked only four times over his last 10 games after walking five times and striking out only three times in his first six contests.

Daniel Straily: Straily has 20 strike-outs in 20 innings and a 2-0 record in four starts. He has also allowed 20 hits and nine walks.

Myrio Richard: Richard is tied for the team-lead with eight doubles and he has the second-best OPS on the team with an 821 mark. He has also driven-in 10 runs and he has a triple and a homer.

Max Stassi: Stassi has struck-out 25 times in only 60 at-bats, but when he has made contact, he has had an impact. Stassi leads the team with three homeruns and he has 11 RBIs and three doubles. He has also walked nine times and he has a 771 OPS in 16 games. Stassi has reached base at least once in every game this season.

Jose Guzman: Guzman has the Cougars only two saves and he has struck-out seven in 8 innings. He has allowed eight hits and three walks.

Leonardo Gil: Gil has two three-hit games in the last three days and he hit his first homerun of the season on Sunday. The infielder has a .368 average with a 981 OPS over his last 10 games and a 767 OPS overall.

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