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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Trio take home pitching honors

Three pitchers earned awards from Minor League Baseball, and more in this edition of Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook.

James Naile / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
James Naile hasn't allowed a run in three starts for Nashville. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Three A’s pitchers honored with weekly awards

The Oakland A’s were well represented in the first week of Minor League Baseball’s weekly awards program. James Naile (Pacific Coast League), Parker Dunshee (California League) and Bryce Conley (Midwest League) all took home their league’s weekly honor for top pitcher.

Naile has yet to allow a run this season through three starts. In 17 2/3 innings, the Nashville Sounds’ right-hander has given up just 15 hits and two walks. He has struck out 15 and posted a 1.27 GO/AO. Naile is 3-0 in those three starts. In his last outing, he threw a seven-inning complete game in a doubleheader game against Omaha.

Dunshee is also working on a scoreless streak. In two five-inning starts for the Stockton Ports this season, he has allowed only three hits, one walk and one hit batsman. Dunshee has 14 strike outs. The right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in 48 2/3 regular season innings, dating back to last season with short-season Vermont. The minor league record is 57 scoreless innings.

Conley has not only not given up a run, he hasn’t allowed a hit this season. In 10 innings stretched over two starts, the Beloit Snappers’ right-hander has allowed just two base-runners (both walks). He threw the first six innings of the Snappers’ nine-inning no-hitter against the Burlington Bees last Thursday.

Other News and Notes

— The A’s expect shortstop Richie Martin to be ready to join the Midland RockHounds within the next week. Martin had been rehabbing a strained lower back at Extended Spring Training.

— Right-hander Logan Shore is also making progress in his rehab from a strained right pectoral muscle. He is building up his pitch count at Extended Spring Training and is expected to be activated around May 1.

— Right-hander Trevor Cahill is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday and make the start for the A’s. It will be Cahill’s first start for his original franchise since the end of the 2011 season. He was the A’s top pick (second round) in 2006.

— Stockton shortstop Kevin Merrell had four hits and finished just a home run short of the cycle on Monday night. He has a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .333/.373/.479 with three triples and a double in 48 at-bats.

— The Beloit Snappers had their Tuesday contest against the Cedar Rapids Kernals cancelled due to cold weather. Thanks to cancellations and scheduled days off, the Snappers haven’t played since Friday.

— Stockton infielder Edwin Diaz has eight walks in his last eight games and is sporting a .429 OBP in nine games this season.

— The Sounds won on Monday on a walk-off wild pitch, moving their record back to .500 at 6-6. All four of the A’s affiliates are currently at .500 or better.

— B.J. Boyd scored the winning run for Nashville and had two hits and three RBI in the win. He is batting .353 with a .421 OBP in nine games this season.

— The RockHounds fell to the Tulsa Drillers on Monday, but Sean Murphy had two more hits, including his third home run of the season. He’s batting .343, second on the team to Tyler Ramirez who had two more hits to raise his average to .366 on the year.

— Review the week that was in the Oakland A’s system in my weekly notebook for The Athletic ($)(

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