OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: May
Matt Chapman, 3B, Nashville Sounds
103 AB, .272/.361/.670, 4 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 20 RBI, 15 BB, 22 R
Thanks to a wrist injury, April was a wash for Chapman, but he made up for lost time in a big way with a huge month of May. Chapman was a power-hitting machine, reaching double-digits in homeruns for the month. He also saw a lot of pitches, walking 15 times. The strike-outs were still high (34), but at 27.5%, his strike-out percentage in May was lower than it was for his Texas League MVP season with Midland last year.
Chapman has only 204 Triple-A at-bats on his resume and there are still aspects of his swing that he is working on. Nonetheless, with his prowess on defense already well established, Chapman is likely one more month like this past one away from his big league debut.
Matt Olson, 1B, Nashville: 111 at-bats, .279/.367/.595, 8 2B, 9 HR, 26 RBI, 16 BB
The “other” Matt in the Nashville infield had almost as productive a month as Chapman. Olson had a .315 ISO, punishing Pacific Coast League pitching in May. He always sees a lot of pitches, but he has shown more selective aggression at the plate this season and his swing is shorter to the ball. Like Chapman, Olson is also an asset with the glove. If the A’s trade Yonder Alonso, Olson should take over at first for Oakland.
Max Schrock, 2B, Midland: 89 at-bats, .382/.409/.528, 6 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI
Schrock’s month of May ended on a down note when he was placed on the disabled list with an Achillies/hamstring injury, but the injury was the only thing stopping the Midland second baseman in May. After struggling in April, Schrock found plenty of gaps last month. Always a high-contact hitter, Schrock has an impressive 10.6% K-rate in his first extended look at Double-A pitching. He will continue to be a prospect to watch when he returns from the DL.
Tyler Ramirez, OF, Stockton: 103 at-bats, .330/.439/.476, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 19 BB
Ramirez tore the cover off of the ball in May and he led the A’s organization with 19 walks in the month. Five of those walks came in one game, when he fell a walk short of the Cal League single game record. He leads all A’s minor leaguers with walks this season with 30. Ramirez is off to a fast start in his first full professional season despite skipping Low-A. Another month like this past one and Ramirez will be a leading candidate to spend the second half of his pro debut season in Double-A.
Viosergy Rosa, 1B, Midland: 102 at-bats, .284/.385/.510, 8 2B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 18 BB
The RockHounds’ 2017 post-season hero had a disastrous start to his season, but he pulled himself out of that slump in a big way. The biggest knock on Rosa since reaching Double-A with the Marlins’ organization in 2015 has been his lack of power. He has already matched his 2016 homer total and is one away from his Double-A career-high. One of the most patient hitters in the A’s system, Rosa is tied for second in the organization in walks with 28 on the year.
Nate Mondou, 2B, Beloit Snappers: 109 AB, .330/.395/.431, 10 XBH, 13 BB; Edwin Diaz, IF, Beloit Snappers: 69 AB, .362/.464/.507, 6 XBH, 13 BB; Sean Murphy, C, Stockton Ports: 36 AB, .417/.462/.639, 6 XBH, 10 RBI; Luke Persico, OF, Beloit Snappers: 119 AB, .319/.376/.445, 11 XBH, 23 RBI, 12 BB; Renato Nunez, OF/3B, Nashville Sounds: 92 AB, .239/.304/.576, 9 HR, 18 RBI; Yairo Munoz, IF, Midland RockHounds: 101 AB, .287/.321/.505, 14 XBH, 5/5 SB; Tyler Marincov, OF, Midland RockHounds: 100 AB, .280/.342/.480, 11 XBH, 23 RBI, 10 BB; Luis Barrera, OF, Beloit Snappers: 78 AB, .333/.360/.526, 9 XBH, 13 RBI;
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