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OaklandClubhouse’s Oakland A’s Minor League Player of the Month: June

Who were the top position player performers in the Oakland A’s minor league system for the month of June?

Brett Siddall / Photo by Chris Lockard
Brett Siddall is hot after a slow start in 2017. / Photo by Chris Lockard

OaklandClubhouse Player of the Month: June

Brett Siddall, OF, Stockton Ports

76 AB, .329/.393/.605, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 6 BB, 3 2B, 13 R

It took awhile for Siddall to get going this season with High-A Stockton, but he has been clicking on all cylinders for the past six weeks. In June, Siddall powered the Stockton offense, leading the team in homeruns. He also hit for average and posted his best walk rate of the season while cutting down his strike-out rate from May considerably.

Siddall has shown flashes of being able to hit for both power and average since turning pro after the 2015 draft. The 2015 13th-round pick hit nine homers for Low-A Beloit last season, but he has already zoomed past that total in 2017 with 12. Siddall has increased his flyball rate by nearly 13% over last year. He is taking full advantage of the short porch in right field in Stockton. Siddall has always had a solid approach at the plate, and he has a chance to reach the 20-homer plateau for the first time in his career.

Runners Up

Renato Nunez, IF/OF, Nashville Sounds: 101 AB, .267/.342/.574, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB

Nunez has been a bit of a forgotten man with all of the recent promotions of top position player prospects from Nashville to Oakland. He has done what he can to keep himself on the radar, however. After a so-so first season in Triple-A last year, Nunez has a .282 ISO in Triple-A this season. In June, Nunez led all A’s minor leaguers in homeruns for the month and he is leading all A’s minor leaguers in homeruns for the year with 21. He had 23 all of last season. Nunez had a strong month while continuing to be a nomad in the field. He saw time defensively at third base, first base and left field in June. He was named to the PCL All-Star team last week.

Sean Murphy, C, Stockton Ports/Midland RockHounds: 85 AB, .341/.363/.576, 5 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI

After missing much of May with a wrist injury, Murphy had a busy June. He hit the cover off of the ball while also making an appearance in the California League All-Star game. Shortly after the ASG, he earned a promotion to Double-A Midland, where he collected six hits in his first nine at-bats. With above-average defensive skills behind the plate and one of the best throwing arms in minor league baseball, Murphy is rounding into one of the A’s top position player prospects in just his first full season in the organization.

Yairo Munoz, IF, Midland RockHounds/Nashville Sounds: 114 AB, .298/.333/.474, 9 2B, 3 HR, 7 SB

Munoz missed the first month of the season with a hamstring injury, but he has been making up for lost time ever since. He hit .348 in June with the RockHounds before earning his first promotion to Triple-A on June 24. Munoz struggled initially with the Sounds, but he has gotten back on track at the plate over the past six games. Munoz has hit for more power this season while also flashing his above-average speed. His defensive talents have been on display, as well, as he has moved all over the field, logging time at shortstop, third base, second base and centerfield.

Yhoelnys Gonzalez, OF, DSL A’s: 66 AB, .409/.494/.500, 11 BB, 10 SB

After three non-descript seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Gonzalez is putting together a breakout season for the DSL A’s. The 20-year-old outfielder led all A’s minor leaguers in batting average and on-base percentage in June. He also led the organization in stolen bases. Gonzalez has 69 stolen bases in 211 career minor league games. He also controls the strike-zone well. This season, he has 11 walks and 12 strike-outs in 73 at-bats. He is currently fifth in the DSL in batting and sixth in stolen bases.

Also considered

Miguel Mercedes, 1B, Beloit Snappers: 94 AB, .298/.356/.436, 2 HR, 8 BB; Tyler Ramirez, OF, Stockton Ports: 89 AB, .281/.385/.438, 2 HR, 15 BB; Eric Marinez, IF, Beloit Snappers: 88 AB, .318/.355/.409; Skye Bolt, OF, Stockton Ports: 85 AB, .247/.333/.482, 4 HR, 11 BB; Tyler Marincov, OF, Midland RockHounds: 74 AB, .297/.338/.459; Beau Taylor, C, Midland RockHounds/Nashville Sounds: 76 AB, .303/.400 /.447, 2 HR, 13 BB

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