A’s minor league recap (Monday’s games)

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Monday:


Gio Gonzalez didn’t allow any runs or hits in his first start of the season, but the left-hander’s three-inning stint in the River Cats’ 4-1 win over Portland (Padres) Monday also included some wildness. Gonzalez, who was limited to three innings due to reaching his pitch count, walked three and threw just 19 of his 38 pitches for strikes.

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A’s minor league recap: Cunningham injures shoulder

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Saturday and Sunday:


The bad news from Sacramento isn’t that the River Cats dropped three of four to Tacoma (Mariners) following Sunday’s 6-3 defeat, it was the loss of outfielder Aaron Cunningham, who is out with a separated right shoulder.

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A’s minor league recap (Friday’s games)

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Friday night:


Right-hander Ryan Webb (4th round, ’04) had a decent Triple-A debut, picking up the win in the River Cats’ 5-4 victory over Tacoma (Mariners). Webb’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s. Jeff Gray, who pitched in five games for Oakland after a September call-up, got the save.

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A’s minor league recap for Opening Night

Other than Vin Mazzaro’s dazzling performance, there wasn’t a lot of positive news coming out of Opening Night for the A’s minor league affiliates.

All four A’s farm teams that played on Thursday night lost, including Triple-A Sacramento, which wasted Mazzaro’s eye-opening start.

Here’s a brief look at how the A’s minor leaguers fared:

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Here’s where the A’s top prospects will begin the season

Here’s a quick look at which affiliates the A’s top prospects have been assigned to for the start of the minor league season, which begins Thursday night for most:


Aaron Cunningham, OF
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
Daric Barton, 1B
Sean Doolittle, 1B/OF
Vin Mazzaro, RHP
James Simmons, RHP
Henry Rodriguez, RHP
Jared Lansford, RHP
Cliff Pennington, SS
Anthony Recker, C
Gregorio Petit, SS

MIDLAND (Double-A)

Adrian Cardenas, SS
Chris Carter, 1B
Corey Brown, OF
John Donaldson, C
Sam Demel, RHP
Javier Herrera OF
Arnold Leon, RHP
Josh Horton, SS
Corey Wimberly 2B
Danny Putnam, OF

STOCKTON (High Single-A)

Tyson Ross, RHP
Craig Italiano, RHP
Daniel Thomas, RHP
Matt Spencer, OF

KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)

Brett Hunter, RHP
Jason Christian, SS
Petey Paramore, C
Dusty Coleman, SS
Pedro Figueroa, LHP

Extended spring training (many will head to Vancouver for short-season rookie league)

Jemile Weeks, 2B
Andrew Carignan, RHP
Rashun Dixon, OF
Michael Ynoa, RHP
Fautino De Los Santos, RHP
Jeremy Barfield, OF
Nino Leyja, SS
Matt Sulentic, OF


Ynoa arrives in Phoenix

Michael Ynoa, the 17-year-old right handed Dominican pitcher the A’s signed last summer for $4.25 million, was at the A’s Papago Park complex Monday morning. He threw 25 pitches, mainly fastballs with a few changeups, before a few onlookers as fellow A’s prospects warmed up beside him.

Ynoa, who requested to conduct his interview with reporters in English, admitted he was a bit tired after he arrived in Phoenix from the Dominican Sunday night. But catcher Anthony Recker, who was Double A Midland last year, was impressed with the teenager.

“He was working at maybe 75 percent today, and the ball was still jumping out of his hand,” said Recker, who estimated that Ynoa’s fastball was around the mid-80s. “Great movement. He’s got pretty good mechanics. … He’s defintely well ahead of most 17-year-olds.”

Ynoa said he thinks he could be in the big leagues in two years, although A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman said earlier that the organization is certainly in no rush with Ynoa. But Recker wouldn’t necessarily put it past the kid. 

“That wouldn’t surprise me,” Recker said.

More in tomorrow’s paper.