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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Fall/Winter Update

How are the Oakland A’s prospects participating in fall and winter leagues faring thus far?

Utilityman Melvin Mercedes / Photo by Chris Lockard
Melvin Mercedes is off to a fast start in the Dominican Republic / Photo by Chris Lockard

Arizona Fall League Notes

Sheldon Neuse: Neuse is off to a fast start with the Mesa Solar Sox. Through four games, he has six hits in 14 at-bats (.375), including two homeruns. Neuse has scored six runs and he has drawn a walk.

Sean Murphy: Murphy is 3-for-10 with a double and and two RBI. He has also walked three times and he has yet to strike out in 10 at-bats.

Tyler Ramirez: Ramirez has only one hit in 17 at-bats, but that hit was a homer. He has also walked three times and scored four runs.

Logan Shore: Shore made his first start of the AFL season on Saturday. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings. Shore struck-out two.

Miguel Romero: Romero had a scoreless relief appearance in his AFL debut. The right-hander allowed two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck-out one and induced a double-play.

Sam Bragg: Bragg allowed a run on three hits in his one inning, 2017 AFL debut. Bragg didn’t record a walk or a strike-out.

Nolan Blackwood: Blackwood had a scoreless inning in his AFL debut. He struck-out two and allowed a hit.

Dominican Winter League Update

Melvin Mercedes: Super Melvin is living up to his nickname in his first two games with the Gigantes del Cibao. He has two hits and four walks in five official at-bats. Mercedes has also scored three runs.

Yairo Munoz: Munoz has two hits in nine at-bats through two games for the Toros del Este. He has scored once, driven in a run and has stolen a base.

Beau Taylor: Taylor is teammates with Mercedes on the Gigantes. In two games, he has a hit and a walk in six at-bats. He has served as the DH in both games.

Mexican Winter League Update

Jake Smolinski: Working to make up for the at-bats he lost to a shoulder injury this season, Smolinski has already racked up 20 plate appearances in five games for the Yaquis de Obregon. He has three hits in 17 at-bats, but all three hits have done damage (two doubles and a homer). He has also walked twice and has had a sacrifice.

Santiago Chavez: Chavez has two hits in seven at-bats in two games for the Charros de Jalisco. Chavez is also working this winter to make the U23 Pan American Games squad for Mexico.

Venezuelan Winter League Update

Jesus Zambrano: Zambrano threw two scoreless innings in his 2017 VWL debut for the Navegantes del Magallanes. Zambrano allowed a hit and two walks and he struck-out one.

Jhenderson Hurtado: Hurtado has appeared in two games in relief for the Bravos de Margarita. In 1.2 innings, he has allowed a hit and he has a strike-out.

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