A little more on Michael Ynoa, other A’s prospects

If you haven’t seen it, click here for the story I did today on some of the A’s top hitting prospects. Here’s some updates on a few other players in the farm system. Some names you might be familiar with, others not so much:

RHP Michael Ynoa: The prize of the 2008 international amateur signing class has been slowed by injuries. The A’s shut Ynoa down over the summer as he had elbow soreness, and he’s recently battled tendinitis in one of his knees. But his elbow is doing better and he’s been on a throwing program for the past month, according to Keith Lieppman, the A’s director of player development. Ynoa, who turns 18 in two weeks, has been back home in the Dominican Republic, but he’ll return to Phoenix and participate in the fall instructional league, which starts in about a week. Considering his age, and the $4.25 million bonus he was signed to, the A’s will treat him carefully.

RHP Tyson Ross: There’s nothing flashy about the stats for Ross, the Cal product the A’s took in the second round in 2008. But Lieppman is enthusiastic about Ross’ development in his first full professional season. He began 2009 with Single-A Stockton and received a promotion to Double-A Midland, going a combined 10-10 with a 4.09 ERA to this point. He’s likely to start next season with Midland.

1B Sean Doolittle: Doolittle was limited to 28 games with Triple-A Sacramento because of a torn patella tendon in his left knee. But his recovery is coming along well, according to A’s GM Billy Beane, and the team is hoping to find a place for him to play winter ball. Doolittle made a nice impression with the club during spring training and should figure prominently in the future mix at first base if he rebounds from his knee injury.

OF Matt Spencer: He was one of three players the A’s received from Philadelphia in the Joe Blanton trade, along with pitcher Josh Outman and infielder Adrian Cardenas. Spencer, who hits and throws left-handed, began the year with Stockton and turned heads after his promotion to Midland, hitting .294 with nine homers and 62 RBI in 93 games with the RockHounds.

RHP Fautino De Los Santos: After the long recovery from last season’s Tommy John elbow surgery, De Los Santos threw a little bit for the A’s rookie league team this summer and will continue rounding into form during instructional league. He was acquired along with Ryan Sweeney and Gio Gonzalez from the White Sox in the Nick Swisher deal.

RHP Andrew Carignan: The reliever was deep in the organization’s thoughts when spring training began, but a right shoulder injury sabotaged his season. He didn’t require surgery, but spent the whole season rehabilitating. Carignan will begin throwing again Oct. 1 during instructional league, Lieppman said.

RHP Mickey Storey: Storey was “nowhere on the radar” when the season began, according to Lieppman, but this reliever is climbing rapidly through the system. He began the season as a closer with low Single-A Kane County but is now in Double-A. His combined season stats: A 1.22 ERA with 71 strikeouts and eight walks. Keep an eye on this guy.

Joe Stiglich

  • Hi, Joe,

    Great posts on the prospects in the A’s system. I’ve been up to about 5 River Cats games this year and have watched Wallace, Cardenas and Carter. They are impressive. As always, there is the question of whether their success can translate into the majors. We’ll just have to see.

    You didn’t mention James Simmons, probably because he is has been on the DL for the last few weeks, and when he came off, he has struggled mightily. He should recover his stuff at the Fall League and be ready to go next Spring. He often gets overlooked as he doesn’t have a mid-90’s fastball, so he is a more of a finesse pitcher. They tend to take longer to develop and spend more time in the minors than guys who can throw heat. Keep and eye on him.

  • So many young pitchers to talk about — and so many that are rebounding from injuries — that it’s easy to leave someone out! I did ask Keith Lieppman about Simmons during our conversation, and the A’s are just hoping for better health for him. He was shut down with a shoulder problem, but it’s nothing considered real serious. The A’s want Simmons to develop an ‘out’ pitch — maybe a cutter or split-fingered fastball — and I’d imagine he spends a lot of the AZ Fall League working on one of those pitches …

  • Jan K Oski

    Could the A’s win the title of the best cellar team in the MLB? They’re 2 games up on the Dibacks. Back to my Golden Bears…