Nice to see that some of the seasons in the A’s organization aren’t going as dismally as the one the big team is enduring. Kane County, the team’s Single-A affiliate clinched the Midwestern League Western Division title for the first half with a 6-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday. Shawn Haviland (5-3) earned the win with six strong innings, and Franklin Hernandez hit a grand slam.
Among the Kane County standouts in the first half:
— RF Jeremy Barfield: The A’s eighth-round pick last season is among the Midwest League leaders with a .302 average and was slugging .467. Yes, he is the son of former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield, and no, his arm isn’t quite what his father’s was. Still, Stockton was calling soon, and you can never discount players with the majors in their genes.
— RF Grant Desme: He has been playing some DH, some LF with Barfield aboard, but he hasn’t stopped hitting. His 11 home runs lead the Cougars and his his 38 RBI trail only SS Dusty Coleman.
— LHP Pedro Figueroa: He has a team-leading seven wins and only Haviland’s 3.66 ERA is better than Figueroa’s, among the starters who have been in the rotation all season.
Meantime, the Northwest League (rookie short season) has gotten started. Here’s a preview on the A’s affiliate in Vancouver.
I’ll have more from the other affiliates tomorrow.