A’s Announce AFL Roster
The A’s are now affiliated with the Mesa Solar Sox and today announced the players that will participate in the Arizona Fall League. A few names of note are going to be suiting up.
Ryan Dull, RHP was drafted last year in the 32nd round of the draft out of UNC-Asheville. A reliever, he has split 2013 between the Beloit Snappers, Stockton Ports and Midland RockHounds. He has thrown a combined 56 2/3 innings, with a 2.54 ERA in 43 games along with 19 saves. He has thrown 12.2 K/9, 1.3 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 for a pretty strong second professional season. He has consistently had an FIP far lower than his ERA though with an MiLB career ERA of 2.55 he is no slouch. He has struggled a bit at Midland (6.48 ERA, 4.40 FIP) but has kept up the strikeout pace (11.9 K/9) and limited the walks (2.2 BB/9) his big problem there being the long ball (2.2 HR/9) in his eight and a third innings.
Omar Duran, LHP was signed out of the Dominican Republic and has slowly moved up the ladder to Stockton, where has seen the hill this year in split time between there and Vermont. He has a combined 3.90 ERA, in 35 relief appearances spanning 55 1/3 innings. He has shown a penchant for achieving strikeouts (14.3 K/9 this year) but has had trouble finding the strike zone (6.7 BB/9) while also limiting home runs (0.3 HR/9). There is a lot going on in his numbers at Stockton this year, where he sports a messy 4.32 ERA in an even 50 innings with bizarre peripherals: 14.4 K/9, 7.0 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 giving him a surprisingly solid 2.92 FIP and nearly breaking the sabermetric machine which doesn’t know what to do with him.
Seth Frankoff, RHP was a product of UNC-Wilmington when the A’s used their 27th round pick in 2010 to obtain him. He has spent his entire 2013 summer with the Stockton Ports as a reliever, though prior to this season he spent a good portion of his time starting. In 72 2/3 innings on the bump he has thrown 11.4 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and allowed 0.7 HR/9 for a strong 2.86 FIP to match his strong 2.48 ERA, which is somewhat impressive for the notoriously offensive minded Cal League. Among pitchers with at least 72 2/3 innings pitched no one bests his ERA and his FIP ranks fourth.
David Freitas, C came to Oakland in the trade that sent Kurt Suzuki to Washington. When the A’s needed a catcher this year they did not look to Freitas but instead went back to Washington to reacquire Suzuki. That isn’t to say Freitas hasn’t played well this year, but he hasn’t exactly been spectacular either with a combined .231/.304/.372 slash line in 345 plate appearances during which he has slugged 10 home runs. Interestingly he has performed better at Sacramento where he has a healthy .273/.354/.398 slash line with a .344 wOBA and 102 wRC+ albeit in just 99 trips to the plate.
Max Muncy, 1B was Baseball America’s sixteenth ranked Oakland A’s prospect this winter. He was twice drafted first out of high school by the Indians in 2009 in the 41st round before truly improving his lot and becoming a 5th round pick in 2012 out of Waco’s Baylor University. He has split 2013 between Stockton and Midland hitting a combined .270/.378/.461 with 23 home runs in 595 plate appearances. He has an attention grabbing 14.1% BB% and at Stockton, where people aren’t particularly concerned about winning the game he was intentionally walked a league high nine times (for reference’s sake, second place is a nine-way tie at two). Muncy’s .390 wOBA at Stockton is good for seventh in the Cal League as is his 134 wRC+ and his home runs are seventh too despite everyone ahead of him having far more plate appearances. The success hasn’t travelled with him to Midland just yet, (.233/.323/.349 with two home runs in 167 plate appearances with a .308 wOBA and 94 wRC+) but he has had a heck of a year.
Addison Russell, SS was Baseball America’s top Oakland A’s prospect in the 2013 Prospect Handbook after being Oakland’s first round pick (11th overall) out of high school in the 2012 draft. At just 19 he has had a great year at Stockton hitting .279/.372/.518 with 17 home runs in 486 plate appearances. He also played for the Americans in the Futures Game at Citifield as a part of the All Star festivities. Advanced metrics love Russell who has a .386 wOBA (9th in the Cal League) 131 wRc+ (9th in the Cal League), .518 slugging percentage (6th in the Cal League) all the while being the youngest player in the league among qualified hitters (only two are younger and both combined for a mere 19 plate appearances).
Jeff Urlaub, LHP represents a cautionary tale in opting not to go pro as he was originally drafted in the 26th round of the 2005 draft by Tampa Bay out of high school in Scottsdale, Arizona to in 2008 falling to the 47th round when chosen by the Marlins out of UNLV, his third crack at the draft, in 2010 saw him rebound to 30th as the A’s plucked him out of then playing at Grand Canyon University. This year he has spent his time toiling under the hot Texas sun with the RockHounds where he has pitched entirely in relief posting a 3.86 ERA and 3.09 FIP in 44 1/3 innings of 7.7 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 baseball. He has a high BABIP of .311 but thats offset by a high strand rate of 70.7%.