The Midland Mashers

Not so long ago, any numbers generated by somebody at Double-A Midland had to be taken with a skeptical eye. Adam Piatt, of all people, earned Minor League Player of the Year honors playing there.

But shortly after Piatt left, officials at Citibank Ballpark “turned the stadium around,” A’s director of player personnel Billy Owens said. In other words, a hitter that used to be aided from a Yankee Stadium-like jet stream of wind to the outfield now is often hit with a hard wind blowing in.

“It’s become an extreme pitcher’s park,” Owens said.

That’s what makes what Tommy Everidge and Chris Carter are doing so impressive. Each homered in an 8-3 loss to Tulsa on Sunday. The two have combined for 14 home runs, and 85 RBI, and each ranks in the Texas League’s top five in the latter category. Everidge has a nine-game hitting streak, and Carter has hit in six straight. 

Neither is likely ticketed for the big club this season, but the A’s present is all about 2010 and 2011 these days, and these two are a pair to watch.

We’ll have more from my conversation with Owens tomorrow. In the meantime …

—  Bobby Cramer, who earned Pitcher of the Week honors in the Texas League from May 18-24, gave up seven runs early. Tulsa pounded him for six hits in the first inning, but Cramer also was hurt by a pair of errors from his teammates.

— Mentioned last week how a son of a former Athletic was not having a good year at Single-A Stockton. He’s not the only A’s offspring having a rough summer. But pitcher Jared Lansford did get some good news: His health has improved enough to depart extended spring training. He’ll be with the Rockhounds for the time being.

Elsewhere …


— Speaking of Shane Keough, he hit his first home run Sunday, and it was a big blast. The grand slam lifted the Ports past San Jose 9-6.

— Cal product Tyson Ross makes his ninth bid for his first win today.


— Vince Mazzaro on the hill today as the River Cats look for a four-game sweep against Las Vegas. Matt Carson’s two-run double was the big blow in Sunday’s win.


— The Cougars pounded Beloit 11-4 on Sunday to complete an 18-13 May and move 12 above .500 for the first time. Franklin Hernandez hit two home runs.