Monday’s minor-league rundown

News from the farm:


One pleasant thing to report: Vin Mazzaro, the talented 21-year-old pitching prospect, has an 0.75 ERA in his past two starts. Something not-so-pleasant: Daric Barton, who is fast turning into Kelvin Moore and other memorable busts, is in a 3-for-27 (.111) slump.


Tommy Everidge, last year’s Texas League RBI champ, drove in two runs to give the Rockhounds a quick lead, shortstop Adrian Cardenas erased a deficit with a two-run double, and pitcher Arnold Leon struck out Mark Ori to end an uprising in the ninth in a 7-4 win against Corpus Christi.


The Ports (4-14) will take their first two-game winning streak of the season into a three-game series against Visalia. One interesting item: Shane Keough, son of Matt, is hitting .209 in 17 games.


The Cougars hit three more homers Monday, pushing their Midwest League-leading total to 16, as Petey Paramore (solo), Grant Desme (two-run) and David Thomas (two-run) all went deep in a 10-6 win over Beloit. Kane County rallied from 5-1 down to win their sixth straight home game and capture its fifth straight series to start the season, a team record.


  • Bee

    Hi, Rick,

    Love the Minor League Rundown! Great idea. As you know, I think the real game of baseball is played down on the farm.

    My buddies James Simmons and Jeff Gray have been pitching well of late for the River Cats. In his last outing on April 26th, James threw 5 innings, gave up one run and struck out 4. Unfortunately, he had some less-than-stellar outings earlier in the season so his ERA is still over 5. Jeff’s ERA over his last 6 appearances is 1.17 in 7.2 innings pitched. His over all ERA is 1.35. Keep an eye out for them. Jeff’s on the 40-man roster, so I hope he gets another cup of coffee with the A’s soon.

  • Oakland Sí

    any possibility that Barton may be playing hurt?