Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 12:04 pm in A's minor league news.
A quick post today before heading out to catch the big club at the Coliseum later this afternoon:
— The River Cats used Adrian Cardenas at second base in a 5-3 win over Reno last night, and Cardenas made the defensive play of the night, going behind second base to start a 4-6-3 double play. Keep an eye out to see if he also sees time at shortstop. The A’s are going to need somebody at that spot down the road.
— Cardenas still isn’t hitting. But infielder Yung Chi Chen, the other prospect promoted recently, continues to scaled the ball. Chen, who hit .324 (with a .798 on base-plus-slugging pct.) at Double-A Midland, is 7-for-14 since moving up a level. He played third base last night and added the game’s key hit. so maybe at some point, he’ll be an option for the big club.
— Ben Copeland, who went 4-for-9 at Single-A Stockton to start the year before garnering a promotion, went 2-for-4 in his Sacramento debut.
— Pitcher Jared Lansford — Carney’s kid — was sent to extended spring training.
— Don’t think offensive issues are limited to Oakland. Sacramento enters today’s game second-to-last in the Pacific Coast League in hitting (.230) and fourth-to-last in runs (107).
— Catcher Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer in the Rockhounds’ 13-6 win over San Antonio. He’s off to a quick start.
— Home-grown offense for the A’s may be coming soon. Tommy Everidge, who drove in four Monday, and Chris Carter, the Cal League homer champ last year with Stockton, are tied for second in the Texas League with 24 RBI. Everidge has driven in runs in six straight games. Overall, four Rockhounds are in the top 10 in that category.
— Outfielder Danny Putnam, who I mentioned in the blog the other day, is hitting .420 with with seven homers, five doubles, 22 runs and 19 RBI in his past 16 games.
— The good news: Cal product Tyson Ross is off the disabled list. He’ll start tonight for the first time since April 19. And Matt Spencer had two more RBI Monday and has 14 in his past 12 games.
— The bad news: Stockton fell to 6-19 with a 6-4 loss to Bakersfield on Monday. The Ports stranded 10 runners and have left 38 on base in their past four games. That’s very A’s-like, isn’t
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— Starter Shawn Haviland allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings and struck out nine in a 6-1 win over South Bend. He’s 3-1. Haviland’s 30 strikeouts are second in the Midwest League.
— David Thomas is tied for third in the MIdwest League with four homers, and Jason Christian is fourth with 19 RBI.