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Oakland Athletics sending 55 prospects to fall Instructional League

The Oakland Athletics will begin their annual fall Instructional League camp on September 17.

A's prospects work out at Fitch Park / Photo by Chris Lockard
The A's annual Instructs camp runs for almost a month. / Photo by Chris Lockard

On September 17, the Oakland Athletics will welcome 55 prospects to their minor league complex in Mesa, Arizona, for their annual Fall Instructional League camp. The A’s are sending six more prospects to Instructs than they did last year. The roster includes 2017 top pick Austin Beck and 2016 top pick A.J. Puk. The A’s are also welcoming 2017 July 2nd signees Teodoro Ortega and Wilkin Ramos.

Time spent in the Instructional League can often be the most valuable of a young player’s career. Instructs is designed to provide A’s prospects with lots of one-on-one coaching.

The A’s Instructional League program is overseen from the front office by Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Director of Minor League Operations Ted Polakowski and Special Assistant to the General Manager Grady Fuson. A’s minor league field coordinator Aaron Nieckula and A’s Coordinator of Minor League Instruction/Instructional League manager Ed Sprague will run the day-to-day operations. Hitting coaches Eric Martins (Triple-A) and Radhame Perez (DSL) will join A’s minor league hitting coordinator Jim Eppard in running the hitting program. On the pitching side, Bryan Corey (short-season), Fernando Cruzado and David Brito (DSL) will join A’s minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson and A’s minor league pitching rehab coordinator Craig Lefferts. Juan Navarette will run the infield, bunting and baserunning program, Gabe Ortiz will run the catching program and Lloyd Turner will oversee the outfielders. Coaches Scott Steinmann, Luis Baez and Francisco Santana will also be part of the Instructs staff.

The daily schedule for the Instructional League is generally filled with early morning meetings, plenty of conditioning and drills and then games. This year’s A’s Instructs roster features many young players, including 12 players who are 18 or younger. Several players who missed significant parts of the season will be in camp, including Brett GravesJames NaileDustin Driver and Dakota Chalmers. Also of note, Eli White is listed as an outfielder. A shortstop for most of the season, White saw a little time in centerfield with the Stockton Ports after Richie Martin joined the Stockton roster late in the year.

Fifteen members of the A’s 2017 draft class will be attending their first Instructs.

The camp begins when players and staff report on September 17. Workouts begin the next day. The camp runs until October 14 and includes a slate of 15 games against the Instructs squads for the Angels, Giants, White Sox, Rockies, Dodgers, Reds and Brewers.

Below is the complete roster, as of 9/06/2017, as well as the game schedule. Roster is subject to change.

Pitchers (27)

Name
B/T
H
W
DOB
Hometown
2017 teams
How acquired
Aquino, Ismael
R/R
6’2″
170
9/2/1998
Santo Domingo, D.R.
DSL
2016 (FA)
Chalmers, Dakota
R/R
6’2″
174
10/8/1996
Keywest, FL
BEL
2015 (3rd round)
Charles, Wandisson
R/R
6’6″
220
9/7/1996
Peravia, DR
VER
2015 (FA)
Conley, Bryce
R/R
6’3″
200
8/22/1994
Alpharetta, GA
VER
2017 (22nd round)
Driver, Dustin
R/R
6’2″
224
10/11/1994
Wenatchee, WA
DNP – Injury
2013 (7th round)
Duchene, Kevin
L/L
6’2″
220
12/10/1993
Tempe, AZ
AZL
2015 (5th round)
Duno, Angel
R/R
5’10”
199
1/10/1994
Anaco, VEN
STO
2011 (FA)
Evans, Caleb
R/R
6’8″
220
3/4/1995
Ewell, MD
AZL
2017 (32nd round)
Graves, Brett
R/R
6’2″
195
1/30/1993
St. Charles, MO
STO/MID
2014 (3rd round)
Infante, Angello
R/R
6’1″
180
4/16/1999
Maracaibo, VEN
DSL
2015 (FA)
Kelly, Rafael
R/R
6’3″
190
6/9/1997
Samana, D.R.
DSL/AZL
2016 (FA)
Krall, Pat
L/L
6’6″
220
8/27/1994
Marietta, GA
AZL
2017 (28th round)
Marks, Wyatt
R/R
6’3″
205
6/28/1995
Lafayette, LA
AZL/VER
2017 (13th round)
Mejia, Jeferson
R/R
6’7″
195
8/2/1994
Santo Domingo Centro, D.R.
HILLS/KN CNTY/VER
2017 (Trade ARI)
Mora, Jose
R/R
6’3″
185
10/1/1997
Santo Domingo Norte, D.R.
AZL/VER
2015 (FA)
Morbán, Richard
R/R
6’2″
162
12/24/1997
Nigua, D.R.
AZL/VER
2015 (FA)
Naile, James
R/R
6’3″
186
2/8/1993
Charleston, MO
AZL/STO/MID
2015 (20th round)
Ortega, Teodoro
R/R
6’0″
145
3/12/2000
Panamá, PAN
DNP – Signed for 2018
2017 (FA)
Puk, A.J.
L/L
6’7″
225
4/25/1995
Cedar Rapids, IA
STO/MID
2016 (1st round)
Ramos, Wilkin
R/R
6’5″
165
10/31/2000
Santo Domingo, D.R.
DNP – Signed for 2018
2017 (FA)
Reuss, Adam
R/R
6’5″
220
3/14/1995
Gurnee, IL
AZL
2017 (29th round)
Ruiz, Jean
R/R
6’1″
165
9/6/1996
Cartagena, COL
VER
2014 (FA)
Salow, Logan
L/L
5’11”
185
9/27/1994
Ashland, KY
AZL/VER
2017 (6th round)
Sawyer, Dalton
L/L
6’5″
210
11/22/1993
Waconia, MN
BEL/STO/Nashville
2016 (9th round)
Shore, Logan
R/R
6’3″
217
12/28/1994
Gainesville, FL
AZL/STO
2016 (2nd round)
Tovar, Oscar
R/R
6’1″
160
3/19/1998
Puerto La Cruz, VEN
VER
2014 (FA)
Withers, Brandon
R/R
6’1″
205
7/4/1994
Manassas, VA
AZL
2017 (31st round)

Catchers (6)

Name
B/T
H
W
DOB
Hometown
2017 teams
How acquired
Devencenzi, Jordan
R/R
5’11”
195
6/26/1993
Tracy, CA
VER
2015 (26th round)
Rivas, Jose
R/R
5’11”
190
8/5/1998
Cabudare, VEN
DSL
2014 (FA)
Sanchez, Santis
R/R
6’0″
196
8/21/1998
Las Piedras, PR
AZL
2017 (5th round)
Theroux, Collin
R/R
6’2″
230
5/10/1994
San Mateo, CA
BEL
2016 (32nd round)
Weber, Skyler
L/R
5’10”
176
6/6/1995
Gainesville, GA
AZL
2016 (18th round)

Infielders (11)

Name
B/T
H
W
DOB
Hometown
2017 teams
How acquired
Allen, Nick
R/R
5’9″
155
10/8/1998
Mesa, AZ
AZL
2017 (3rd round)
Arruda, Aaron
R/R
6’3″
215
6/21/1995
Clovis, CA
VER
2017 (12th round)
Brito, Marcos
S/R
6’0″
165
3/6/2000
San Pedro de Macorís, D.R.
DSL/AZL
2016 (FA)
Diaz, Jordan
R/R
5’10”
175
8/13/2000
Montería, COL
DSL/AZL
2016 (FA)
Gridley, Ryan
R/R
5’8″
180
5/4/1995
Milton, GA
VER
2017 (11th round)
Lage, Jesús
R/R
6’1″
155
12/1/1997
Valencia, VEN
VER
2014 (FA)
Mariñez, Eric
S/R
6’1″
185
9/12/1995
San Cristóbal, D.R.
BEL
2012 (FA)
Medina, Alonzo
R/R
6’2″
190
2/2/1999
Santo Domingo, D.R.
AZL
2015 (FA)
Mercedes, Miguel
R/R
6’2″
248
9/12/1995
Boca Chica, D.R.
BEL
2013 (FA)
Toffey, Will
L/R
6’2″
205
12/31/1994
Barnstable, MA
VER
2017 (4th round)
Vargas, Yerdel
R/R
6’0″
170
2/17/2000
Santo Domingo, D.R.
DSL/AZL
2016 (FA)

Outfielders (11)

Name
B/T
H
W
DOB
Hometown
2017 teams
How acquired
Armenteros, Lazaro
R/R
6’0″
182
5/22/1999
Santo Domingo, D.R.
DSL/AZL
2016 (FA)
Beck, Austin
R/R
6’1″
200
11/21/1998
Clemmons, NC
AZL
2017 (1st round)
Churlin, Anthony
R/R
6’1″
190
5/27/1997
Cape Coral, FL
Vermont
2016 (16th round)
Deichmann, Greg
L/R
6’2″
190
5/31/1995
Metairie, LA
Vermont
2017 (2nd round)
Gonzalez, Yhoelnys
R/R
6’0″
170
10/30/1996
Caracas, VEN
DSL
2013 (FA)
McCray, Jeramiah
R/R
5’10’’
160
3/3/1998
Riverside, CA
AZL/VER
2016 (25th round)
McDonald, Mickey
S/R
6’4’’
180
6/2/1995
San Mateo, CA
AZL/VER
2017 (18th round)
Richards, Kevin
R/R
6’2’’
160
1/8/2000
La Romana, D.R.
DSL
2016 (FA)
Rincones, Rafael
S/R
6’0’’
159
7/1/1999
Valencia, VEN
DSL RSX/DSL ATH
2017 (Trade BOS)
Shelby, JaVon
R/R
5’11’’
175
5/6/1995
Lexington, KY
BEL
2016 (5th round)
White, Eli
R/R
6’3’’
188
6/26/1994
Piedmont, SC
STO
2016 (11th round)

 

Instructional League Game Schedule

SUN
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
23-Sep
CAMP DAY
24
OFF DAY
25
LAA
26
@ SF
27
CAMP DAY
28
@ LAA
29
CIN
30
SF
1-Oct
2
AZ
3
@ COL
4
CAMP DAY
5
LAD
6
MIL
7
@ SF
OFF DAY
8
OFF DAY
9
@ MIL
10
CWS
11
CAMP DAY
12
@ CWS
13
@ SF
14
SF
(9:00am)
Weekday games start at 12:30pm and Saturday games start at 10:00am unless otherwise noted. All game times are subject to change without notice.

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