At The Ballparks: A’s Prospect Edition

When the opportunity presents itself to take a baseball road trip, you take it. I don’t mess around, so I hit three parks in three days. Sacramento River Cats at Fresno Grizzlies on July 19th for #TTT8 (Taco Truck Throwdown if you didn’t know), Lancaster JetHawks in Stockton to visit the Ports on July 20th, and finally the Visalia Rawhide hosted the JetHawks on July 21st. The only challenge was how to prepare and how to focus on what to write.

So as I prepared for this trip through the Central Valley, I picked a few players that I planned to scout. The switch hitting catcher Jonah Heim caught my eye at the Cal League All-Star Game and I wanted to learn more. As fate would have it, he has performed well and was promoted to AA on July 10th. Then there was Nate Mondou: promoted July 15th.

Jonah Heim:

G AB R H HR RBI OBP SLG AVG
Stockton 80 312 41 91 7 49 .353 .433 .292
Midland* 13 44 6 10 0 4 .286 .250 .227

Nate Mondou:

G AB R H HR RBI OBP SLG AVG
Stockton 88 344 64 100 8 61 .361 .448 .291
Midland* 11 41 4 7 0 1 .292 .195 .171

*Data through Wednesday, July 25th.

Jonah Heim
The dearly departed Jonah Heim at the Cal League All-Star Game.

Luckily, promotions open up spots for other prospects and Chase Calabuig, this year’s 27th round draft pick for the A’s, was promoted to Stockton and made his California League debut on July 8th. His only hit of the night was a single in the first, but he made a couple of nice plays in center field. He seems to have no trouble hitting Single-A pitching and if he keeps it up, could start next year at Midland. Fun fact: Calabuig went to San Diego State and is a second cousin of former A’s catcher Ron Hassey.

G AB R H HR RBI OBP SLG AVE
AZL A’s 16 32 7 13 0 5 .487 .563 .406
Stockton 17 67 16 22 0 9 .392 .448 .328

Coming into the game, Sandber Pimentel, an A’s 2012 free agent signing, had hit home runs in his previous two at bats. In his first at bat of the night, he hit another home run.  The Cal League record for home runs in consecutive at bats is four and was set by George Springer, so all eyes were on Pimentel during his next at bat. Unfortunately, tonight was not the night and he grounded out. He hit a double later in the game and ended the game 2-4 with a run and two RBIs. His defense still needs some work (he dropped an easy pop-up near first base) and that could slow him down from progressing. Pimentel was injured for a few months in 2017 and got a late start in 2018, so we don’t have a lot of recent data to gauge his performance. He appears to be a power hitting/low average type of player.

G AB R H HR RBI OBP SLG AVE
’16 Stockton 117 417 61 99 21 66 .342 .436 .237
’17 Stockton 70 244 40 68 14 42 .374 .484 .279
’18 Stockton 50 182 27 42 14 42 .327 .527 .231

It was nice to see Pimentel pull in Prospect of the Week honors for A+ hitter (week of 7/16-7/22) for his 6 games, .440/.481/1.160, 3 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI. I’ll have to figure out which players to scout on my next trip and hopefully that gives them some sweet #POTW mojo.


Featured image of Sandber Pimentel – via Stockton Ports on Twitter

About Gail Verderico 7 Articles
Gail is Bay Area born and raised. She was conflicted on which side of the Bay to root for early on, but eventually made the right choice and sided with the A’s. Gail now lives in Southern California and enjoys travelling around the country visiting as many ballparks as she can. She’s close to completing visiting all the ballparks in the Major Leagues, PCL and Cal League. Follow her on Twitter @1baseballchick.

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