Each year, the Arizona Fall League holds what is essentially an All-Star Game, showcasing the top prospects in the league. This year's Fall Stars Game will be played tonight (Saturday) at 5 p.m., and it will include three key A's prospects: lefty Sean Manaea and infielders Chad Pinder and Renato Nunez. Better yet, you can watch it on MLB Network, and if you don't get that channel then MLB.com is streaming it for free.
Here's a quick update on the A's winter league prospects. I just did a full update ahead of Thursday's games, so I'll keep this one brief.
Arizona Fall League
The hitters in Arizona didn't light any fireworks the last couple days, but they plugged along. Nunez started both Thursday and Friday and collected hits each day, going 3-for-9 overall. On Thursday, Jaycob Brugman had arguably his best game of the fall so far, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk; he also scored a run when Pinder knocked him in with a single.
On the pitching side, reliever Kris Hall entered in a 2-on, 2-out jam on Thursday. He started out shaky, hitting the first batter to load the bases and then walking the next to cut his team's lead down to one, but he retired the next man to end the threat and then went 1-2-3 in the next frame. Brendan McCurry gave up runs again, and has now done so in 5-of-8 AFL apperances. The overall stats:
Nunez: 19-for-67, 4 HR, 2 2B, 4 BB, 14 Ks, .816 OPS
Pinder: 11-for-35, 4 HR, 2 2B, 3B, 1 BB, 8 Ks, 1.123 OPS
Brugman: 10-for-43, 2 2B, 3B, 4 BB, 13 Ks, .617 OPS
Manaea: 4 starts, 16 ip, 17 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HR, 5.63 ERA
McCurry: 8 games, 9⅔ ip, 9 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HR, 6.52 ERA
Hall: 8 games, 8⅔ ip, 8 Ks, 3 BB, 2 HR, 7.27 ERA
Urlaub: 1 game, 1 ip, 0.00 ERA
Kurcz: 4 games, 4 ip, 6 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HR, 11.25 ERA
Venezuelan Winter League
Not much to report here. Rangel Ravelo has not yet returned from the minor finger injury and suspension that resulted from his benches-clearing brawl last weekend. The injury was reportedly only supposed to keep him out until Friday, but the three-game suspension appeared to be levied on Thursday. If that means that he is suspended for Thu/Fri/Sat, then we could theoretically see him in action again on Sunday. If he started serving it on Friday, then we may not see him until Tuesday (his team isn't playing Monday).
Franklin Barreto's only appearance since our last update was as a pinch-hitter on Friday, and he struck out in that at-bat. The only other noteworthy performance came from pitcher Jesus Zambrano, who made his second start and threw five scoreless innings (2 Ks, 2 BB, 3 hits). The 19-year-old right-hander spent most of 2015 in Arizona Rookie Ball, but he put his name on the map by making two totally decent starts for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds at the end of the year. The overall stats (including outfielder Chad Oberacker, who has joined the league):
Ravelo: .510/.636/.902 (1.538 OPS), 5 HR, 21 BB, 8 Ks, 3 SB
Barreto: .173/.241/.308 (.549 OPS), 2 HR, 4 BB, 13 Ks, 2 SB
Oberacker: 1-for-8, 2B, 1 K
Jose Torres: 7 games, 4⅔ ip, 3 runs, 5 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HR
Carlos Navas: 1 game, 1 ip, 3 runs, 4 hits
Jesus Zambrano: 3 games, 10⅔ ip, 3 runs, 3 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HR
Victor Veliz: 10 games, 5 ip, 5 ER, 2 Ks, 2 BB
Gran actuación del joven Jesús Zambrano quien solo tiene 19 años: 5.0IL, 3HP, 0CP, 2BB, 2K. Hizo 71 envíos. pic.twitter.com/KCPzN7On0C— La Nave Turca (@La_Nave_Turca) November 7, 2015
Other winter league notes
- Max Muncy (Mexican Pacific League) still hasn't returned from an injury to his midsection, having last played Oct. 17. We don't know exactly what the injury is, but Melissa Lockard estimates it involves the ribs or oblique and that sounds like a sensible guess to me.
- New acquisition Andrew Lambo has been playing in the Dominican Winter League, but the numbers aren't pretty. In 11 games, he's 3-for-38 with a home run, a .283 OPS, and 2 walks to 11 strikeouts.