A Journey Through Rookie Breakouts

Jorge Soler has been an absolute Bad Dude during his first go-round in the majors. His 176 OPS+ is 8th among post-Integration rookies with 80 or more PA. Let’s look at the 10 best seasons to see what company Soler is in. 1. Willie McCovey – .354/.429/.656, 219 PA Willie McCovey is a HOF, who played 22 years and put up a 147 OPS+ in that span. McCovey won the ROY award in 1959...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Saturday, August 30th: Ryon Healy Hits Game-Winning HR in 11th for Ports while Daric Barton Drives in 3 to Help Cats Win and Nate Freiman Homers in Beloit Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Ryon Healy (Home Run / Double / GWRBI)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports  5 Modesto Nuts     4 WP – House 3-4 / 3.46 HR – Healy (16) Farmhand Of The Game: Designated Hitter Ryon Healy (Home Run / Double / GWRBI) With the game tied in the top of the 11th, designated hitter Ryon Healy led off the inning...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, August 28th: Luke Montz Hits 3 HRs as AZL A’s Win Finale while Daric Barton & Tyler Marincov Both Homer Twice for Cats & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)   ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season) AZL Cubs  3 AZL A’s    6 WP – Navas 6-5 / 3.30 HR – Montz 3 (5) Farmhand Of The Game: Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs) After missing most of the season, catcher Luke Montz appears to be raring to go down in the desert. Montz smashed 3 home runs...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, August 14th: D’Arby Myers’ 9th-Inning HR Helps Hounds Win while Jaycob Brugman Hits 7th HR in His Last 7 Games for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  3 Tulsa Drillers                     2 WP – Dull 5-5 / 3.20 HR – Myers (2) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double) RockHounds outfielder D’Arby Myers doubled and scored the Hounds’ second run of...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday, August 8th: Drew Pomeranz Pitches Cats to Victory while Daric Barton Homers and Hounds and Ports Both Go Down to Defeat

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Sacramento River Cats  4 Reno Aces                           2 WP – Pomeranz 2-0 / 3.12 HR – Barton (6) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / Win) LHP Drew Pomeranz turned...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday, August 3rd: Chris Lamb Pitches Ports to Victory while Kent Matthes Helps Hounds Win and Daric Barton Homers in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Chris Lamb (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports   7 San Jose Giants   2 WP – Lamb 4-2 / 3.09 HR – Olson (32) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Chris Lamb (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win) LHP Chris Lamb turned in an impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 2 hits...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 24th: Tommy Milone Earns 1st Win for Sacramento while Daric Barton Drives in 3 and Evan Scribner Gets Recalled by A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Sacramento River Cats  13 El Paso Chihuahuas            2 WP – Milone 1-0 / 5.40 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win) After enduring a rough outing his last time out, former A’s LHP...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday, July 2nd: Daric Barton Doubles Home Winning Run in 15th to Give Cats 11th Walk-Off Win while Addison Russell Has 3 Hits in Best Game since Return to RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Fresno Grizzlies                 2 Sacramento River Cats  3 WP – Humber 3-4 / 3.74 HR – Parrino (6) Farmhand Of The Game: First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI) First baseman Daric Barton’s double in the bottom of the...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Status Added to 2014 Team Pages – Baseball-Reference.com

Per a user suggestion (keep the good ideas coming), we added some roster denotations to the current season team pages. Take a quick scan of this screen capture of the 2014 A's batting stats. We've always had this data on the 40-man roster pages, but this brings it to the main team pages. Bold players are on the current active roster (should be 25 per team), then for the inactive...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Saturday, May 31st: Buschmann & Atherton Pitch Cats & Ports to Victory while Snappers Win in Extras and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Sacramento River Cats  12 Fresno Grizzlies                    3 WP – Buschmann 4-0 / 4.28 HR – Taylor (5), Vogt (3), Barton (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win) RHP Matt...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Begin Another Season of Roster Roulette

In the past two years, the Oakland A’s have won their division using a formula in which they get the most out of their entire roster and have some players make frequent trips up and down I-80 from Oakland to Triple-A Sacramento.  If that was the key ingredient to winning two consecutive division crowns, the A’s are looking poised for a three-peat. Oakland recently shuffled the...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s solidify place at top of AL West with convincing sweep of Rangers

With a month of the 2014 regular season now in the books, those devoted to the endless debate concerning baseball’s best club can finally support their unofficial nominations with 25 games of evidence, and on Wednesday night, the Oakland A’s threw their hat into the ring with a 12-1 thrashing of the Texas Rangers to complete the three-game sweep on enemy soil. In a series that...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Solving the Daric Barton problem

Daric Barton One of the Oakland A’s first baseman, Daric Barton, is not starting out the year well. With a .149 batting average and only seven hits in 47 at-bats, people are starting to wonder why the Athletics are keeping him in the lineup at all – especially when there are two other qualified first basemen in the dugout. However, since Brandon Moss and Alberto Callaspo have...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Several A’s who could go to Triple-A

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland A’s had a rough spring training session down in the desert and had several injuries to deal with once they got to Opening Day.  They lost starting pitchers A.J. Griffin for for the foreseeable future and Jarrod Parker for the year while also starting the season with setup-man Ryan Cook and outfielder Craig Gentry on the disabled list...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Opinion: Sam Fuld Has Earned The Right To Stay On A’s Roster

A combined total of 47 at bats amongst three players is hardly a sample size that you any manager or general manager would want to base an important roster decision. While that sample size will grow slightly before Bob Melvin, Billy Beane and the brain trust of the Oakland A’s, the fact that remains that Oakland will soon be dealing with a roster decision that will send out a player...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #1: Indians 2, A's 0

Hours and hours of rain in Oakland threatened to take Opening Day away from us, but Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow the game. And what a game it was. Masterson in familiar form If any Indians fans wondered whether or not Justin Masterson's failed extension negotiations were going to affect him on the mound, they quickly found out that it appears to be a non-issue for...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

New Season, Same Results. A’s Lose on Opening Day… Again.

The A’s made history Monday night by setting a new Major League record, albeit a record that they wanted no part of. For the tenth consecutive Opening Day Oakland found themselves on the losing end of the contest, wasting a solid starting performance from their young ace Sonny Gray in an eventual 2-0 loss at the hands of the Indians. “You don’t talk about it, you obviously...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum takes line drive off left knee

With just three days before opening day, it looked as if the Giants might have lost one of their top starting pitchers. Facing the A’s Friday night, Tim Lincecum took a line drive by Daric Barton off his left knee in the fourth inning and had to be helped off the field. Lincecum said he didn’t believe he was seriously hurt at the time because Barton’s liner hit him on a fleshy...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum takes liner off leg, x-rays negative

getty images San Francisco Giants right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum left his final start of the spring after taking a liner off his left leg. Lincecum pitched four innings against Oakland but it was a liner off the bat of Daric Barton that forced him from Friday’ game. Second baseman Brandon Hicks picked up the ball after it hit Lincecum and threw Barton out on a close play to...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics injury notes: Derek Norris, Daric Barton, Craig Gentry, Addison Russell

The Oakland Athletics received encouraging news on injured players Derek Norris, Daric Barton and Craig Gentry. However, top prospect Addison Russell is now also sidelined. By Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsSusan Slusser of the SF Gate delivered all the latest relevant injury news for Oakland.Norris is hitting .273/.333/.636 in five games played this spring, but hasn't played...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A's Daric Barton suffers hamstring strain

Saturday afternoon, Athletics’ first baseman, Daric Barton, left their Cactus league game against the Colorado Rockies with a strained hamstring and the club says he will be held out on Sunday, at the least. He didn't last the first inning after injuring it in his first at-bat of the game. ShashiBellamkonda via Wkimedia Commons (cropped)The injury was first reported by Susan...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A's sign Barton to one-year contract

The Oakland Athletics have signed first baseman Daric Barton to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration with their longest-tenured player. After playing in 159 games for the A's in 2010, Barton hasn't been in more than 67 in a season since. He batted .269 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 37 games this year, while spending most of the season with Triple-A Sacramento....
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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