The 2016 Silver Sluggers programs is starting out strong with the early-bird special ending on October 1st and the Ports hoping to have their highest participation to-date this coming year. Additionally the Ports will be teaming up with Del Webb Woodbridge again next year, as they bring out nearly 200 members every season. The Ports have also been in contact with Del Web Glenbrooke in Elk Grove and will be holding a Silver Sluggers informational presentation there in January, complete with a visit from Splash.
Baseball by the Books
Beginning in January, the Ports front office and mascot, Splash, will visit around 40 schools to host assemblies on the importance of reading. Additionally, every student who completes the program will receive two ticket vouchers to join the Ports on a reading day, and the Ports will allow schools to select a month to attend, making their vouchers valid for two games, plus an alternate Friday game in June. There will also be a Teacher of the Month award ceremony pre-game, in which the teacher with the highest reading participation for each month will be honored on the field. Students had an opportunity to submit a design of this year’s bookmarks, and the winner will be revealed in December.
CHiPs Toy Drive
Again in 2015, the Ports will collect new toys for the CHP’s annual toy drive. The Ports will accept collections at the office and will encourage Season Ticket Holders to bring an item to donate for the annual holiday party. The toy distribution will be held on Friday, December 18th.
El Concilio Food Basket Collection
The Ports will be assisting El Concilio both leading up to their drive on Saturday, December 19th and during it helping with basket distribution. The team will be collecting non-perishable goods at the office and will donate them to El Concilio for their yearly holiday distribution. Additionally, select members of the Ports front office will be volunteering that morning, and Splash will be in attendance to greet fans.
The Ports donated four Field Box ticket vouchers for the 2016 season to 33 local non-profit organizations for raffles, auctions, and door prizes.
Organizations who have received donations in October include but are not limited to: Banta School PFA; Boy Scouts; Boys and Girls Club of Tracy; Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Holy Rosary Catholic School; John Muir Elementary School; March of Dimes; Make a Wish Foundation; Stockton Shelter for the Homeless.
Splash made his way to a few events in the San Joaquin area prior to his yearly spa trip. Events included:
10/4 – Kaiser Permanente Home Run for Health at Banner Island Ballpark
10/17 – Woodbridge Winery Chili Cook-Off
In October, not only did Splash make the rounds, but members of the Ports front office stopped by the following events:
10/21 – Community Medical Centers Grand Opening
10/21 – Manteca High School Guest Speakers Presentation
10/22 – Commons on Thornton Grand Re-Opening
10/22 – Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Open House
Upcoming events include the Hospice of San Joaquin’s Tree Lightings and the annual Run and Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving at Banner Island Ballpark.
For more information on the Ports’ Community Relations efforts, please contact Community Relations Manager Kellie Ryan at 209-644-1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Pohl, a member of the 2013 Stockton Ports, has recently been named the A’s bullpen catcher. During his time in Stockton, the catcher was a positive presence in the clubhouse, known for his optimistic personality.
Originally from Bakersfield California, Pohl grew up attending Bakersfield Blaze games, and even as a young child, baseball played a major role in his life. “My family used to go to a lot of Blaze games. My brother is a little bit older and played baseball so we grew up a baseball family so with the Blaze being in town we went to the games a lot” said Pohl.” Following his time in Bakersfield, the Pohl family moved to Cooperstown, New York, known as the home of the National baseball Hall of Fame, where he would attend Hall of Fame inductions on a regular basis. Pohl reminisced on Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken’s induction, remembering that “it was the biggest crowd [he’d] seen for an induction.” He also recalled that it was memorable because he had the opportunity to watch both players progress during their careers. “It was a madhouse in town that weekend. I’ll never forget it.”
After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 First-Year Player Draft in the 44th round, Pohl turned down the opportunity to sign to continue his education and attend Clemson University. “I was a young senior coming out of high school. I was 17 years old and I thought at that point in my life it was better for me to go to college right out. Looking back I think I made the right decision.”
Known for his level-headedness, Pohl has a bright future ahead of him working in baseball, and the opportunity to return to the A’s organization as a bullpen catcher was a natural fit.
Although the A’s did not see any activity during the 2015 postseason, Ports fans still had something to cheer about. Six Ports alumni were represented during this season’s high-pressure playoffs, five as players and one as a manger. Former Ports included four members of the 2008 California League Championship team, Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Chris Carter, and Josh Donaldson, the former A’s top prospect, Addison Russell, and a Gold Glove Award Winner, Mike Matheny.
Brett Anderson, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Anderson, a member of the 2008 California League Championship team, proved to be a reliable starter for the Ports, with a 9-4 record and earning a Pitcher of the Week nod. Since his time with the Ports, Anderson has seen his fair-share of time on the Disabled List, some due to Tommy John surgery in 2011. Following the 2013 season, Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies and picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 season. While with the Dodgers, Anderson became a regular in their starting rotation with a 10-9 record and 3.69 ERA.
Trevor Cahill, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Another 2008 Stockton Port, Trevor Cahill, helped his team during this year’s postseason. The right-handed pitcher concluded his time with Stockton with a 5-4 record and 2.78 ERA. Since playing with Oakland, Cahill has spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and his most recent team, the Chicago Cubs. Cahill signed with the Cubs in August, claiming a 1-0 regular season record and 2.12 ERA in his 11 games.
Chris Carter, 1B, Houston Astros
As the Ports’ all-time season home run leader, Chris Carter made a name for himself in Stockton, where he played in both 2008 and 2011. During his time with the Ports, he accumulated a .262 average with 42 home runs, when he became known for his power-hitting. Prior to the 2013 season, Carter was traded to Houston’s organization, along with other former Port fan-favorite, Max Stassi, after two seasons fluctuating from Sacramento to Oakland, Carter claimed a starting role in Houston, although he ended the season with just below a .200 average in 2015.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
As a key member of the Ports’ 2008 California League Champions, Donaldson led the team in games at catcher that season with an astonishing .330 average. The potential 2015 AL MVP was sent to Toronto as part of the trade in which the Athletics received current number one prospect and 2015 Port Franklin Barreto. After three solid seasons with the A’s, Donaldson, known for his superior defensive skills at third base, found a new home in Toronto, where he .297 with 41 home runs.
Mike Matheny, Manager, St. Louis Cardinals
After being drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round, he joined the Ports in 1992. During his time with the Ports, he held a .989 fielding percentage in 104 games. In 333 plate appearances, he batted .219, with 46 RBIs and six homeruns. Matheny continued his career into the big leagues, accumulating four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards along the way.
Matheny just completed his fourth season with the St. Louis Cardinals and began his managing career in 2012. In 2013, Matheny became the first manager to take the Cardinals to the postseason in his inaugural season since 1946. In all four his seasons managing the Cardinals, Matheny has taken the team to the postseason, most notably in 2013 when he led his squad to the World Series.
Addison Russell, 2B, Chicago Cubs
Russell played an integral part of the Ports’ 2013 team, when he was chosen as the California League’s Rookie of the Year and a postseason All-Star, in addition to representing the US in the All-Star Futures Game that year. In what came as a shock to most A’s fans, Oakland’s 2012 number one draft pick was traded to the Chicago Cubs, alongside other Ports alumni Dan Straily and Billy McKinney, in the Jeff Samardzija deal. Russell became a go-to infielder for the Cubs in 2015 after making his MLB debut in late April. With a successful rookie season in the books, the 21-year old posted a .242 average during the regular season. However, an injury during the ALDS sidelined him for the remainder of the Cubs’ postseason run.
With seven Ports alumni playing in the Arizona Fall League this year, three members of the 2014 Ports squad will represent the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL Fall Stars game, which will take place this Saturday, November 7th in Scottsdale.
Infielder Chad Pinder is batting .346 with 7 RBI and 3 home runs for the Solar Sox and is currently ranked the A’s seventh top prospect. With an outstanding season in Double-A, Pinder has made a name for himself in the Minor Leagues, claiming his spot in the future of the Athletics’ middle infield with talent at both second base and shortstop. Pinder played a major role in Midland’s postseason run in 2015 with his .317 average, which was good enough to earn him the Player of the Year award for the Texas League. Pinder also helped lead the Ports to a winning record in 2014, as a member of one of the most memorable Stockton teams in recent team history.
Also on the 2014 Ports team was number six A’s prospect Renato Nunez. Nunez was a solid player in Stockton with a .279 average and 29 home runs and continued his success in Midland, posting a .278 average with 18 home runs. The Venezuelan native, who was selected by Ports fans as the team’s All-Time Third Baseman, is proving to be a bright prospect and was a key player in both the Ports’ and RockHounds’ playoff surges. While with Stockton, Nunez and teammate Matt Olson became known at the “Bash Brothers 2.0”, posting 66 home runs as a duo.
Although no longer in the A’s organization, Daniel Robertson, currently ranked the Rays’ fifth top prospect, had the chance to re-connect with a few of his former teammates during the Arizona Fall League playing for the Mesa Solar Sox where he is batting .216. After being drafted in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the A’s, Robertson played two solid seasons for the organization, posting a .310 average with Stockton in 2014 and was a key factor to the team claiming the second-half division title. The prospect, however, was traded to Tampa Bay for Ben Zobrist prior to the 2015 season. Robertson ended the 2015 season with a .274 average with the Rays’ Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits although he missed nearly two months due to a broken hamate bone.
Other Ports alumni in the 2015 Arizona Fall League include pitchers Kris Hall, Brendan McCurry, and Jeff Urlaub and outfielder Jacob Brugman.
Make sure to tune in to the AFL Fall Stars game this Saturday, November 7th at 5:00PM PST on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Stockton Ports 2015 catcher Jacob Nottingham has been named the MiLBY Fan Vote winner for Breakout Player of the Year.
Nottingham joined the Athletics organization as part of the Scott Kazmir deal in late July, when Nottingham and teammate Daniel Mengden walked across the field to join the Ports, which became known as the “Clubhouse Trade”.
The catcher started the season with the Astros’ Class-A affiliate, the Quad City River Bandits, before being promoted to the Advanced-A Lancaster JetHawks. While with the Bandits, he hit an astounding .326 and continued his success in Lancaster, posting a .324 average.
After joining the Ports, Nottingham became Rick Magnante’s go-to person behind the plate, helping to lead the Ports to a playoff run. While with Stockton, Nottingham hit .299 and ended the regular season with a .316 overall average. Additionally, Nottingham had 17 homeruns and 82 RBI, although he posted only one hit in fourteen at-bats during the Ports’ three playoff games.
While with the Astros organization, the catcher was ranked the number 22 prospect and climbed to the seventh top prospect (currently at number eight) after joining the Athletics.
During the 2015 season, the Ports held their 9th annual Pink Night at Banner Island Ballpark to benefit Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services. Festivities included a Free Shirt Friday giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center, a special Pink Night player jersey auction, a memorabilia raffle, and Pink Night rally rag sales. Proceeds from the auction, raffle, and rally rag sales, in addition to $1 from every ticket sold, benefited St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services.
The Ports were honored to welcome breast cancer survivors and their families to the park for a pre-game ice cream social in the Jackson Rancheria Back Porch and pre-game parade around the field. Survivors also acted as Jr. Ports for the evening and joined the team on the field during the National Anthem.
Since its inaugural year in 2007, the Ports have donated over $52,000 to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services. In 2015, Ports fans made Pink Night a success with a over $4,400 donated to St. Joseph’s.
The Ports would like to thank their fans for supporting Pink Night and St. Joseph’s Medical Center. For more information on how you can donate to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, please contact Kellie Ryan at 209-644-1953 or email@example.com.
The 2015 season proved to be another historical year in Ports baseball for several reasons. Aside from celebrating the 10th year of Banner Island Ballpark’s existence, 7 former Ports made their big league debuts. Beyond call ups to the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and Washington Nationals, the Ports had representatives on their rosters. Here is a recap of the call-ups and their contributions to their 2015 big league rosters:
AJ Cole (2012)
Debut: April 28, 2015 for the Washington Nationals
Originally drafted by the Washington Nationals prior to joining the A’s organization, Cole eventually found his way back to the Nationals where he made his Major League debut. Cole split his time between the Nationals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, during 2015. While with the big league team, the twenty-three year old appeared in three games, one of which he started, and posted a 5.79 ERA with a 0-0 record.
Dusty Coleman (2009, 2010)
Debut: July 3, 2015 for the Kansas City Royals
At age twenty-eight, Coleman made his Major League debut for the Kansas City Royals in 2015. The infielder struggled at his five at-bats, only getting on base as a pinch runner. Coleman ended the 2015 season with the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers.
Ryan Dull (2013)
Debut: September 1, 2015 for the Oakland Athletics
As a September call-up, Dull amazed A’s fans during his first few outings with the Major League team, posting an ERA of 0.00 during his first eight appearances on the mound. Dull ended the season 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA for the A’s.
Arnold Leon (2008, 2012)
Debut: April 22, 2015 for the Oakland Athletics
The Mexican native appeared in 19 games for the A’s during the 2015 season for a total of 26.2 innings pitched. Leon finished with an 0-2 record along with a 4.39 ERA and 19 total strikeouts.
Tyler Ladendorf (2010)
Debut: April 8, 2015 for the Oakland Athletics
Ladendorf made a splash for the Athletics in his first game along with Max Muncy who also made his debut the very same game. The pair combined for 4 hits, 6 RBI, and 8 total bases. Ladendorf finished the season for the A’s with a .235 batting average, 2 RBI, and a .278 OBP in 9 games played.
Addison Russell (2013, 2014)
Debut: April 21, 2015 for the Chicago Cubs
Before becoming the everyday short stop for the Chicago Cubs and contributing to a wild card berth, Russell enjoyed an immensely successful first full-length season of professional baseball in Stockton. After an injury riddled 2014 season, Russell began the2015 season in Triple-A before being called up to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Russell’s impact was immediate as he took over the starting reigns at second base and played in a total of 142 games and batted .242 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI. Russell eventually switched over to his natural position at short and has been an everyday contributor with his glove and bat in the lineup.
Max Muncy (2013)
Debut: April 25, 2015 for the Oakland Athletics
A standout on the Ports’ 2013 squad, Muncy made
his debut for the Oakland Athletics after Ben Zobrist was placed on the 15-day DL. Muncy began the season swinging a hot bat and hit his first career home run off of former A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija on May 17th. By season’s end, Muncy finished with a .206 batting average along with 3 home runs and 9 RBI.
In August, the Ports were proud to announce that Vic Zapien was honored with the award for 2015 California League Clubhouse Manager of the Year during his 11th season with the Ports. The Stockton native has been selected to represent the Ports as the California League All-Star Team’s clubhouse manager in 2007, 2011, and 2013 and has previously been named California League Clubhouse Manager of the Year in 2010, the first year the award was presented in the California League.
Zapien took a few minutes to sit down with the Ports Front Office to reflect on the 2015 season and his time with the Ports, along with what he is most looking forward to during the offseason.
1. What are you looking forward to most during the offseason?
Spending time with my family after all the long hours and parties I missed.
2. What was your favorite part of the 10th anniversary of Banner Island Ballpark celebrations?
The Opening Day ceremony when our players and staff came out of the police cars.
3. What is your most memorable moment of your time with the Ports?
Winning my first California league Championship in 2008 as a clubhouse manager.
4. You won the Clubhouse Manager of the Year for the second time in 2015. How did it feel to be honored with the award this time around?
It’s always nice to see the California League recognize the clubhouse managers and see how hard we work to run a team.
5. What has been your favorite promotion the Ports have done (theme night, giveaway, etc.)?
The best giveaway was the Nunez/Olson shirt, and the best theme night had to be SOA Night.
6. If you didn’t work in sports, what would you be doing?
What every kid’s dream is: to be a police officer or a firefighter.
7. What is your go-to karaoke song?
I’ve got to go with Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel.
As the 66th season of Stockton Ports baseball came to a close on Friday and we look ahead to the 2016 season, the Ports’ young team of up and coming Athletics certainly left a strong impression in the history books.
What started out as a team struggling to find an identity and put together a string of wins, ultimately finished as one of the California League’s most pleasant surprises. Even though the Ports finished short of capturing a 12th league title, the season proved to be a success beyond reasonable doubt for the young Stockton team.
The Ports finished the regular season 8 games above .500 with a record of 74-66, a feat many fans most likely did not see coming early on in the season when the Ports struggled just to stay at .500. This paired with the fact that their roster was constantly shuffling due to many different circumstances (promotions, injuries, trades, etc.), and the season can be viewed as even more of a success.
As the Ports kicked off the season on the road against Inland Empire and Lancaster, fans got their first glimpse of the team upon returning home to host the Visalia Rawhide on April 16th. At that point, not many fans knew what quite to expect from the young team.
The season before, fans were treated all year long by a plethora of young stars including the likes of top prospects Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, and Renato Nunez, among many others. While the team was swept by the Rawhide in the first round of the playoffs, their final record stood at an amazing 85-55 mark, good for one of MiLB’s best records.
Following up 2014 with many players that fans knew little about, the jury was still out on where the Ports would finish in their division which featured many impressive rosters from teams such as the Modesto Nuts and San Jose Giants.
While the roster makeup was still questionable, one player did seem to garner attention early on, shortstop Franklin Barreto. Barreto was part of an interesting offseason for the Athletics in which star third baseman and current MVP candidate Josh Donaldson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. With many A’s fans surprised by the deal, the Athletics ultimately acquired the 19-year old Venezuelan native, and Barreto was assigned to Stockton.
During the previous season Barreto played for the Blue Jays’ short season squad, the Vancouver Canadians, and had a breakout year in his first season of professional baseball. However, for the month of April and into parts of May, the jump from short season to high A proved to be a bit of a difficult transition for Barreto. At the end of April, Barreto was struggling tremendously at the plate and was hitting only .171.
Barreto’s slow start was not just confined to him however, as the Ports as a whole struggled in April and bounced around the .500 mark for the month as well as May. Early breakout stars came in the form of outfielders B.J. Boyd, Brett Vertigan, and Tyler Marincov. Boyd provided a strong bat as well as speed on the base path, while Vertigan led the California League in batting average for the majority of the first half of the season. Marincov also provided a power surge for the Ports and helped the team remain competitive. On the mound, Dylan Covey was consistently putting together winning campaigns for the Ports and closer Brendan McCurry proved to be unhittable and a threat to opposing hitters.
By mid-May, Barreto broke out of his early season slump and became one of the California League’s best hitters. By season’s end, the shortstop was able to finish at a .302 mark to compliment his 13 home runs and 47 RBI.
While April and May seemed to be a
period of time when the Ports were still trying to gel as a team, the addition of top prospect and third baseman Matt Chapman helped put the wheels in motion for a winning formula. After a slow start in May, Chapman helped provide a source of power the Ports were missing all season. Clubbing homers at will, Chapman helped lead the Ports to an impressive 9-game winning streak to close out the first half of the season and finish 38-32. In the end, the Ports finished just 4 games back of the first-half champion Visalia Rawhide who dominated the North Division all season long.
Heading into the second half of the season, the Ports struggled early on and rivals such as the Modesto Nuts and San Jose Giants began to catch up. Now, the Ports were losing ground and playoff outlook did not seem as bright as it once was. With late season injuries to Barreto and Chapman, as well as promotions to players like McCurry, Beau Taylor, and Dillon Overton, the Ports began to lose ground. While the team slumped in July and parts of August, the big league squad at the Major League level faced a tough season of their own.
As the Oakland Athletics remained in last place around the trade deadline, GM Billy Beane began to focus on the future of the organization. Beane traded closer Tyler Clippard to the Mets for young pitching prospect Casey Meisner who was sent to Stockton by way of Port St. Lucie. In another big trade, the A’s sent star pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Astros for prospects Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham. Both players were sent to the Ports in what was known as the “Clubhouse Trade”.
The Ports at the time of the trade were playing on the road in Lancaster (Houston Astros Advanced-A Affiliate) which prompted both players to leave the home clubhouse and make their way over to the visiting clubhouse as members of the Ports.
When it was all said and done, both trades helped the Ports nab two top pitching prospects and a strong catcher, areas that the squad so desperately needed improvement on.
The shuffling of players on the roster was not done just yet, however, as late season call-ups from Beloit occurred with pitching prospects Jose Torres, Carlos Nava, and infield prospect Yairo Munoz helping position the Ports to make a strong push for the playoffs.
Munoz played phenomenal for the Ports and proved to be an effective fill in for Barreto dow
n the stretch by providing solid defense and hitting well over .300 for the Ports.
Eventually, the Ports got back on the right track and with a little late season help from the Bakersfield Blaze and Lake Elsinore Storm, capturing the second overall seed for the 2015 playoffs.
With the Ports received home field advantage for in the first round of playoffs, they started off on the road against San Jose. After dropping the first game by a score of 7-2, the Ports came back strong at home and defeated the Giants 4-2 to force a decisive game three with a beyond an impressive pitching performance from Daniel Mengden.
In game three, the Ports jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Giants tied the game in the 8th inning with a two-run homer. From that point on, the Ports and Giants would play another seven innings of baseball before the Giants eventually walked away with a 5-3 victory after 15 innings of play.
While the loss may have been a tough one to swallow, the fact that the Ports were even in the position was a success in its own right. Starting out the season slow, only to come together then lose star players to injuries and promotions while coming back and finishing the season strong, was a true testament to the team’s fighting spirit.
With a new organizational makeup, the future looks bright for the Oakland Athletics, in large part due to the success of young talent that was represented in Stockton this season. Ultimately, the Ports finished short of a title, but the winning tradition of Ports baseball was restored in 2015 and will certainly bring a new hope to the outlook of the Athletics for years to come.
Standout Position Players:
Franklin Barreto, IF
.302, 13 HR, 47 RBI
As a key part of trade sending Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays, the new A’s number one prospect did not disappoint in Stockton prior to joining the Disabled List in late July. While he stared off with a rocky April, he redeemed himself by hitting .367 in the second half of the season prior to the wrist injury.
B.J. Boyd, OF
.277, 5 HR, 52 RBI
As the go-to left field for the Ports in 2015, Boyd posted a.277 batting average with 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases. The Bay Area native quickly became a fan-favorite and excelled during the last week of the regular season, with a .417 average and a .625 slugging percentage.
Matt Chapman, IF
.250, 23 HR, 57 RBI
Currently ranked the A’s number five prospect, Chapman led the team with 23 home runs after facing two injuries, an injured knee in April and an injured wrist in August. Chapman shined not only at the plate, but also in the infield as the Ports’ preferred third baseman, making him a prospect to watch in the coming years.
Tyler Marincov, OF
.257, 14 HR, 75 RBI
Marincov was no stranger to Stockton when he started the season with the Ports after having a short stint with the team to end the 2014 season. The right fielder led the team in RBI and was second in both runs (79) and home runs.
Jacob Nottingham, C
.299, 3 HR, 22 RBI
Nottingham joined the Ports, alongside fellow Lancaster JetHawk at the time Daniel Mengden, as part of the Scott Kazmir deal with Houston. The catcher is ranked as the A’s number eight prospect and was a steady hand at the plate during the second half of the season before going 1-14 with six strikeouts during the Ports’ playoff run.
Brett Vertigan, OF
.286, 4 HR, 48 RBI
After joining the Ports in early May from the Low-A Beloit Snappers, Vertigan quickly proved to be an asset for Stockton and led the team in batting average for the majority of the season, ending with .286. In addition to his steady bat, the California native was a force to be reckoned with on the base path, posting a team-leading 24 stolen bases and 80 runs.
Ben Bracewell, RHP
6-2, 2.89 ERA, 56 IP, 54K, 7 SV/8 SVO
After the Ports’ star closer Brendan McCurry was promoted to Double-A Midland, Ben Bracewell took over as the Ports’ closer and kept up with the pace. Saving seven out of eight games, Bracewell was by far the team’s most effective pitcher out of the bullpen.
Dylan Covey, RHP
8-9, 3.59 ERA, 140.1 IP, 100 K
As the A’s #20 overall prospect and the Ports lone All-Star during the 2015 season, Covey spent the first half of the season as the team’s ace. With his fastball reaching speeds as high as 95 MPH, Covey was effective as a ground ball pitcher each outing and proved to be someone the Ports could count on down the stretch. Covey stayed healthy all season long and showed his true iron man spirit by only missing one start after being hit with a line drive ball during an outing at home in August.
Casey Meisner, RHP
3-1, 2.78 ERA, 32.1 IP, 24 K
The A’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets for Meisner proved to be a huge benefit to the Ports. Meisner made an immediate impact for Stockton with hitters batting just .220 against the 6’7’’ righty. Meisner was shut down at the end of the season due to a career high 143.1 IP during the 2015 season, but his presence in the clubhouse was still felt as he remained with the team during the playoffs. Meisner currently sits as the A’s #11 overall prospect.
Daniel Mengden, RHP
4-2, 4.25 ERA, 42.1, 41 K
After a rocky start with the Ports, Mengden settled down and proved to be one of the Ports’ best pitchers, especially on the road in hostile environments. Starting the season in low-A, Mengden combined to finish 2015 with a 10-4 record and a 3.72 ERA. Mengden was the only Ports pitcher to win a playoff game when the Ports defeated the Giants in do-or-die fashion at home 4-2 in game two. Mengden ranks as the A’s 25th overall prospect.
Matt Stalcup, LHP
3-6, 3.24 ERA, 89 IP, 77 K
After a call up to Stockton on May 6th from Beloit, Stalcup continued where he left off with the Snappers and proved to be a solid starter for the Ports. Consistently throwing strikes and getting crucial outs, Stalcup helped solidify the Ports’ starting rotation.
Dear Stockton Ports Fans:
As the 2015 season comes to a close I would like to thank you for your passionate support of the Stockton Ports. The season has been a joyous and successful one in many ways – on and off the field.
As the only Oakland Athletics affiliate located in California we have a unique opportunity of seeing both future and current A’s players up close in our community. You have clearly demonstrated your high level of dedication and commitment this season, showing why you are the best fans in the California League. I am joined by our ownership and all of our front office, on-field personnel, and game day staff when I say thank you for your support this season.
The 2015 season included amazing achievements on the field, like our current push for the postseason, our exhibition game against Delta Community College, Franklin Barreto’s performance as one of the youngest players in the League, Matt Chapman’s home run surge, Dylan Covey’s Mid-Season All-Star nod, A’s organization debut for three trade acquisitions (Casey Meisner, Daniel Mengden, and Jacob Nottingham), MLB debuts for six former Ports (A.J. Cole, Dusty Coleman, Ryan Dull, Tyler Ladendorf, Arnold Leon, Max Muncy, and Addison Russell) and extra-inning walk-off wins.
In addition to these exciting performances and happenings we have made several exciting strides off the field. The Ports Anchor Fund generated over $19,000 this season from the generous support of fans at various events. Every cent of those funds will go to support child and health-based community outreach programs in Stockton and San Joaquin County.
Additionally, we are proud to serve our community by partnering with various local and national entities to utilize Banner Island Ballpark for other events above and beyond Stockton Ports games. These events generate national attention and significant local economic activity for our community. It’s been a pleasure to serve you and to bring the best family entertainment in our region to Banner Island Ballpark!
Thanks for coming to the ballpark this year, and I look forward to seeing you back in 2016!