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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: A’s sign 17 international free agents

The Oakland Athletics announced 17 international free agent signings, Norge Ruiz and Nate Mondou starred for Stockton, Mark Canha had a walk-off hit, the Vermont Lake Monsters worked overtime and more…

A's prospects work out at Fitch Park / Photo by Chris Lockard

A’s ink 17 international amateur free agents

The Oakland A’s announced that they had come to terms with 17 amateur international free agents. The A’s are under penalty for going over their international bonus pool allotment last season, so they couldn’t sign any player for more than a $300,000 bonus. However, the A’s still had an international bonus pool this season of more than $5 million.

The A’s class includes players from seven different countries. The players are:

Albert Avila, OF, Dominican Republic

Givaine Basilia, SS, Curacao

Jose Bonilla, OF, Dominican Republic

Marshall Cantillo, OF, Colombia

Geykler Davila, C, Venezuela

Gabriel Delgado, RHP, Venezuela

Kelvin Garcia, OF, Dominican Republic

Carlos Leandro, LHP, Venezuela

Hansen Lopez, C, Mexico

Davonn Mackey, OF, Bahamas

Jose Mujica, C, Venezuela

Jose Pastrono, SS, Venezuela

Jhoan Paulino, SS, Dominican Republic

Edwin Rojas, RHP, Venezuela

Dereck Salom, SS, Venezuela

Saul Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic

Joshwan Wright, 2B, Panama

Other Notes

— Norge Ruiz earned his first win for the High-A Stockton Ports and Nate Mondou had four hits in a 9-2 Stockton win over the Lancaster JetHawks. Ruiz, pitching in the most hitter-friendly park in the Cal League, was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. He struck-out three. Mondou had four of Stockton’s 12 hits. Three of the four hits went for extra-bases (two triples and a double). He also had a walk. Mondou is batting .386 since being promoted from Low-A. Eli White hit his second homer of the season, and Sandber Pimentel and Argenis Raga each had two hits. Pimentel also walked. Brandon Bailey threw the last three innings to earn the save. He allowed one run on two hits (including a solo homer) and no walks. He struck-out one.

— Mark Canha singled home Joey Wendle in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nashville Sounds a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds. Ben Bracewell got the start in the place of Chris Smith, who will make the start for the A’s on Saturday. Bracewell pitched very well, allowing just a run on three hits in six innings. He struck-out four and walked three. Yairo Munoz and Wendle each had two hits. Munoz hit his first Triple-A homer and Wendle had a lead-off double in the ninth that led to the game-winning run. Matt Olson returned to the line-up after missing a game with a sore knee after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday.

— The Midland RockHounds blew an early 4-0 lead but pulled out a 5-4 win over the Springfield Cardinals. Max Schrock had two hits and a walk and J.P. Sportman had three hits to pace the Midland offense. Joel Seddon allowed three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Aaron Kurcz and Carlos Navas each threw two scoreless innings in relief to secure the win.

— It took 15 innings, but the Vermont Lake Monsters finally scored a run and put to an end a marathon game against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Jack Meggs singled home Ryan Gridley with two-outs in the bottom of the 15th to give the Lake Monsters their 11th win of the season. Abdiel Mendoza had his best start of the season. In seven innings, he allowed just four hits. He struck-out seven. Jean Ruiz (two innings), Logan Salow (two innings), Branden Kelliher (one inning) and Marc Berube (one inning) threw 13 scoreless innings before third baseman Javier Godard took the mound and got in on the party. Godard earned the win by scattering two hits and one walk in two innings of shutout pitching. Meggs had three hits in the game to lead the Vermont offense. He’s batting .389 on the season. Manager Aaron Nieckula earned his 700th career win.

— The Beloit Snappers managed just three hits in a 5-1 loss to the Kane County Cougars. Luis BarreraMiguel Mercedes and Kyle Nowlin all singled to account for the Beloit offense. Kyle Twomey got the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings. Jesus Zambrano threw three scoreless innings in relief. Zambrano has thrown seven scoreless innings over his last two outings.

— The DSL A’s fell behind 9-0 in the second inning and lost, 14-8, to the DSL Dodgers 1. Iraj Serrano had two hits and two walks. He has a .545 OBP in six games this season.

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