OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: April
Sean Murphy, C, Midland RockHounds
84 AB, .345/.382/.595, 12 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 19 R
Murphy hit only .209 with a .288 OBP in 191 at-bats with Midland last season, but he quickly put those struggles behind him in April with a monster month to start the year. He hit for power and average, finishing the month eighth in the Texas League in batting, first in doubles and seventh in RBI.
Murphy accomplished all of that at the plate while also playing well behind it. The A’s 2016 third-round pick is likely to be in Double-A for a while with three catchers ahead of him in Triple-A Nashville. However, look for him to log some Triple-A time by the end of the year and possibly challenge for a spot with the A’s next spring.
Tyler Ramirez, OF, Midland RockHounds: 85 AB, .318/.417/.506, 11 XBH, 13 RBI, 14 BB Ramirez is making the transition from A-ball to Double-A look easy. Going back to last season, he has a .311/.402/.451 line in 293 at-bats with Midland. Ramirez wears out opposing pitchers with his patient approach and then makes an impact on the bases with his strong base-running. Defensively, he plays a near flawless outfield. Splitting his time between center and left, Ramirez didn’t make an error in April and he had four assists.
Mickey McDonald, OF, Beloit Snappers: 61 AB, .377/.433/.443, 4 2B, 6 BB, 9 R McDonald struggled with short-season Vermont last year, but he’s been a spark for the Snappers since Opening Day this season. The San Mateo native had eight multi-hit games in 16 games played, including a stretch of four straight from April 10-13. He only failed to hit safely in three games in April. Considering how many games were cancelled early in the year because of bad weather, McDonald’s consistency is especially impressive.
Eli White, IF, Midland RockHounds: 92 AB, .287/.368/.457, 8 XBH, 10 RBI, 11 BB, 5 SB White dealt with bone chips in his elbow the second half of last season that dragged down his productivity some, but he’s healthy again this year and off to a strong start. White hit for average, power and he used his speed to spark the Midland offense. He also flashed his versatility, logging time at shortstop, third base and second base.
Franklin Barreto, SS/2B, Nashville Sounds (45 AB, .311/.407/.600, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB), Trace Loehr, IF, Beloit Snappers (57 AB, .333/.424/.429, 4 XBH, 9 BB), Jonah Heim, C, Stockton Ports (85 AB, .294/.388/.412, 6 XBH, 12 BB, 37% caught stealing), Dustin Fowler, OF, Nashville Sounds (97 AB, .309/.333/.464, 9 XBH, 6 SB)
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