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Friday, August 1st: Zach Neal Pitches Cats to Victory as Billy Burns Steals first 2 Bases for Sacramento and Seth Streich Placed on DL for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Albuquerque Isotopes        1 Sacramento River Cats  6 WP – Neal 5-5 / 4.31 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win) RHP Zach Neal turned in a strong start for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just...
Via Athletics Farm
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 31st: Hounds Win with the Help of another Kent Matthes Grand Slam while Deck McGuire Pitches Cats to Victory and Billy Burns Is Sent to Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Corpus Christi Hooks      1 Midland RockHounds  6 WP – Long 10-6 / 3.16 HR – Matthes (11) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam) Midland outfielder Kent Matthes hit his third grand slam in the last three weeks, which was also his sixth home...
Via Athletics Farm
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Burns Is Not Just Another Fast Guy

A former 32nd-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2011, the aptly named speedster Billy Burns has been promoted from Double-A Midland to the Major Leagues. Taking the spot of Craig Gentry, who recently broke his hand, Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin has said that he expects Burns to start in center field against left-handed pitchers for the immediate future. Burns’ stay...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Billy Burns’ Call-Up

Craig Gentry went on the DL with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. The injury is not regarded as serious as he’s expected to only miss 2-3 weeks. No one ever wants to go on the DL, but supposing the hand is healed in two weeks then this is a great time for him to go on the DL because he has been dealing with a sore right knee as well. Coco Crisp has been out of the lineup...
Via Baseball Professor
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Year’s Best Minor-League Base-Stealers, Feat. Billy Burns

Last year, then-Washington outfield prospect Billy Burns produced the most stolen-base runs among every minor-league player in the whole minor leagues — about 12 of them, it would appear, using the major-league linear-weight values for stolen bases and caught stealings*. *Caughts stealing? Now employed by the Oakland franchise — and, indeed, having been promoted to […]
Via Fangraphs
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday, July 28th: Kent Matthes Helps Hounds Win Again as Billy Burns Heads to Oakland

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  8 Frisco RoughRiders         6 WP – Hooker 1-0 / 5.40 HR – Matthes (9) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs) Outfielder Kent Matthes continued his hot hitting for Midland...
Via Athletics Farm
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Burns To Make ML Debut; Gentry To DL

American League catchers beware! The Oakland A's have purchased the contract of centerfielder Billy Burns. Burns replaces outfielder Craig Gentry on the A's roster.
Via athletics.scout.com
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday, July 13th: Zach Neal Solid in Cats Loss as A’s Option Drew Pomeranz to Sacramento and Billy Burns Snatches 44th Base for Midland

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 4 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Reno Aces                          2 Sacramento River Cats  1 LP – Neal 2-5 / 4.80 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 4 K) With the A’s top five affiliates all losing on Sunday, RHP Zach Neal turned...
Via Athletics Farm
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 3rd: Chris Jensen, Billy Burns and Addison Russell Help Hounds Snap Losing Streak while Cats Fall Despite Zach Neal’s Best Efforts

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  3 NW Arkansas Naturals    1 WP – Jensen 5-7 / 3.80 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Chris Jensen (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win) The RockHounds put together some strong pitching, hitting and defensive performances to snap...
Via Athletics Farm
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Saturday, June 28th: Nick Buss’s 4th Hit Helps Cats Win in a Walk-Off while Jake Sanchez Pitches Ports to Victory and Billy Burns Steals 40th Base in Hounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Nick Buss (4 for 6 / Double / RBI / Stolen Base)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Las Vegas 51s                   6 Sacramento River Cats  7 WP – Smyth 3-1 / 2.84 Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Nick Buss (4 for 6 / Double / RBI / Stolen Base) With two outs in the bottom of the 10th and the game tied, left...
Via Athletics Farm
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday, June 4th: Haviland Pitches Hounds to Victory while Snappers Win, Ports Fall & 6 A’s Prospects Named as All-Stars

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Shawn Haviland (7 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Corpus Christi Hooks      0 Midland RockHounds  2 WP – Haviland 3-4 / 3.29 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Shawn Haviland (7 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win) RHP Shawn Haviland continued his impressive return from Tommy John surgery on Wednesday...
Via Athletics Farm
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Texas League April Edition

The Texas League normally plays neutral to pitcher friendly and in some ways serves as more of prospect showcase league than AAA.  Most of the top prospects in baseball tend to skip AAA on their way to the big leagues, so AA is more prone to seeing the 20 and 21-year-old future superstars. Keep in mind, this is not necessarily a top prospect list as much as it is a list of players...
Via Bloguin Best
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Texas League April Edition

The Texas League normally plays neutral to pitcher friendly and in some ways serves as more of prospect showcase league than AAA.  Most of the top prospects in baseball tend to skip AAA on their way to the big leagues, so AA is more prone to seeing the 20 and 21-year-old future superstars. Keep in mind, this is not necessarily a top prospect list as much as it is a list of players...
Via The Outside Corner
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects

The Oakland Athletics do not have a deep farm system. If it weren’t for super prospect Addison Russell, there is a solid chance this would be the worst system in baseball. Russell should become a star and McKinney and Alcantara could become good players. None of the other prospects on this list project as above average Major League players. The rest of the players are either flawed...
Via Batting Leadoff
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

A 2 RBI Sac Fly... The Guy On Second Is Fast...

((HT: milb.com))Oakland prospect Billy Burns was on second base for the Midland RockHounds as they were going against NW Arkansas last night...And this happened showcasing his speed all over again...Not bad for being fast, eh...???
Via Online Sports Guys
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Prospect Scores on Sacrifice Fly From Second Base (Video)

Billy Burns lived up to his last name and then some on Tuesday. The 24-year-old speedster, who currently plays for the Oakland A’s Double-A affiliate Midland RockHounds, turned on the burners in the second inning against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to score on a sacrifice fly. A seemingly routine play, except for the fact that he scored from second base. Burns used his wheels...
Via NESN.com
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A's prospect Billy Burns scores on a sac fly ... from second base (VIDEO)

Billy Burns' name matches his play on the basepaths. The minor league outfielder stole 74 bases in 81 attempts while splitting time between Nationals' Class-A and Double-A affiliates last season. Burns was traded to the A's at the end of 2013 seems to be blazing a trail to the big leagues.The 24-year-old prospect — playing for the Midland Rockhounds —already has people...
Via The Other Paper
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s are built for long-term success

                                                            Getty Images D.J. O’Connor Oakland A’s writer One of the best parts of spring training is that it gives the baseball world a glimpse into the future of the game as young prospects get playing time on the same field as proven veterans and superstar players. Down in Arizona, the Oakland A’s...
Via TopSportsReport
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Rule V Draft results

Major League Baseball’s Rule V Draft was held today.  Washington had no selections in the Major League phase of the draft due to the fact they have a full 40 man roster.   The Nats did lose one prospect, but gained two players in the Triple AAA phase of the Draft. For background purposes, for the MLB phase, eligible players can be selected and placed on the 25-man roster for...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Billy Burns and Hamilton Share a Thing Besides a Name

While managing editor Dave Cameron will typically find any manner of excuse to dissuade the present author from providing transaction analysis to these hallowed and electronic pages, he’s made an exception in the particular case of the Jerry Blevins-Billy Burns trade, it appears, between Oakland and Washington, on account of the latter of those players is one upon whom I’ve waxed...
Via Fangraphs
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

A’s Hope Drew Pomeranz Can Thrive Away From Coors Field

A day after the Oakland A’s shipped left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and minor league righty Chris Jensen, the club traded left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to Washington for speedy outfield prospect Billy Burns. For Pomeranz, the transaction represents a change of scenery he hopes will return him to the prominence he built...
Via Baseball News Source
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Nats acquire Jerry Blevins from Oakland; Blevins updates his Twitter avatar with makeshift Nats uni

And so, you can check off another box on Mike Rizzo's Winter to-do list. On Wednesday, the Nats traded speedy CF prospect Billy Burns to the A's for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins (oh, hey, he and Craig Stammen were teammates at Dayton!). Shortly thereafter, Blevins updated his Twitter avatar with a makeshift Nationals uniform.  I needed to update my avi without notice...
Via Nationals Enquirer
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jerry Blevins traded to Nationals for speedy minor league prospect

Just when you thought Billy Beane might be done wheeling and dealing, he has to go off his crazy pills. The latest A’s player to suddenly become a former A’s player? Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins, who was shipped to the Nationals today. In return the A’s are getting a pretty attractive prospect in outfielder Billy Burns, which we swear is his real name and not some type of porn...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

A’s Notes: Jerry Blevins Traded to Nationals for Billy Burns; Mark Mulder Making a Comeback

At some point Billy Beane is going to get some sleep and quit trading A’s players, right? Following the expected departure of Brett Anderson to the Colorado Rockies yesterday in exchange for Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen, the A’s dealt away their longest tenured player in left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins on Wednesday to the Washington Nationals. Blevins has been with the...
Via BaySportsNet
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland deals Blevins to Nats for Burns

Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics' fifth trade in 10 days. Blevins was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games this year and has a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA in 281 big league games over seven seasons, all with the Athletics. He's averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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