McDonald slugs 3 homers, drives in 7 for Lansing

July 1st, 2022
Jared McDonald established career highs with three homers and seven RBIs.Tim Phillis/Lake County Captains

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McDonald hits homer trifecta for Lansing (June 30)
It took Jared McDonald 61 at-bats to hit his first three homers of 2022, plus an additional 63 to hit another. It took him only five innings to nearly double his home run output.

The Oakland catching prospect went deep in his first three at-bats and drove in a career-high seven runs to power High-A Lansing past Lake County, 10-3, at Classic Park. McDonald, who became the fourth Lugnut to go homer three times in a single game and the first since Jason Dubois in 2001, felt good going in but didn't have any inkling of what was to come.

"Well, it's not something you think about," McDonald said with a laugh. "It was a normal day. Took some early batting practice and looked to get things going in that first at-bat. I've been seeing a lot of breaking balls lately, but I looked fastball and jumped it." Full story »

Soderstrom blasts game-tying homer at High-A (June 29)
Tyler Soderstrom matched his season-high RBIs with just two knocks.

Oakland's No. 2 prospect did everything he could to keep High-A Lansing in the game, but the Lugnuts fell to Lake County 14-10.

The first-round (26th overall) pick in the 2020 Draft keyed a five-run second inning with a two-out, two-RBI double after the Captains took an early lead to start the game. After Lake County went back in front in the third, the 20-year-old launched a two-run blast to left-center in the fourth to tie the score. 

His 2-for-4 performance brought his average to its highest of the season, and the first baseman is currently slashing .241/.297/.463. -- Ethan Sands

Oakland's Tyler Soderstrom raked a game-tying two-run homer for High-A LansingPaul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com

Langeliers sends another shot to the moon (June 24)
Shea Langeliers once again clobbered a tape-measure shot for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Aviators' 12-4 victory over Albuquerque at Las Vegas Ballpark.

The top A's prospect's latest tater traveled a projected 498 feet for a solo shot in the seventh. The deep fly was part of a three-hit performance for Langeliers, who finished a triple shy of a cycle.

The 24-year-old is sporting a .277/.371/.509 slash line with 13 dingers, 43 runs scored and 34 RBIs in 60 games with Las Vegas this season. -- Rob Terranova

Langeliers demolishes 472-foot homer (June 18)
Shea Langeliers continues to hit monster dingers, among other things.

Oakland’s No. 1 prospect demolished a 472-foot homer and added a single and a walk in a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance in Triple-A Las Vegas’ 14-5 win over El Paso. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, the backstop worked a seven-pitch at-bat in the fourth and ended it by unloading on a high fastball for a blast to left-center that traveled off the bat at 110.1 mph. The two-run long ball was the 12th of the year for the 24-year-old.

Langeliers has collected a hit in seven of his past 10 games, slashing .324/.442/.529 with eight walks and 18 total bases in that span. Overall, he's hitting .279 with a .510 slugging percentage in 56 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Soderstrom homers on multihit night with Lugnuts (June 10)
For the first time this month, Tyler Soderstrom went yard -- as part of a two-hit night -- and the backstop helped lift High-A Lansing to a 7-2 victory over West Michigan in Game 2 of a doubleheader at LMCU Ballpark.

The second-ranked A's prospect launched a two-out, two-run jack to right in the fourth inning, his 11th of the year. The blast all but put the game away by giving the Lugnuts a 6-0 lead. The 20-year-old also found the grass in left for a single in the opening frame.

After a brief skid, Soderstrom has hit safely in four straight games -- collecting six knocks with four RBIs in that span. -- Rob Terranova

Muncy goes deep twice, tallies four hits for Ports (June 2)
It was an evening of firsts for Max Muncy, who put together his best performance as a professional. Oakland's fith-ranked prospect tallied the first multihomer game of his career and established a personal best with four hits to lead Single-A Stockton past San Jose, 3-0, at Excite Ballpark.

Muncy opened the scoring with a long home run to center in the opening frame and added his second solo jack of the game and 10th of the season in the fifth. The 19-year-old singled twice and was also hit by a pitch to reach safely in all five plate appearances, improving his slash line to .233/.340/.477 with 22 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs in 46 games. -- Michael Avallone

Criswell tallies career-high strikeouts (May 31)
Jeff Criswell notched his first double-digit strikeout performance at the professional level. 

Oakland's No. 18 prospect was dealing in High-A Lansing's 6-1 win over Cedar Rapids.

The 23-year-old threw five 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while fanning a career-high 11 batters. 

After his most recent performance, the right-hander has the best ERA of his season thus far (3.38). But, his effectiveness shows up more in his opposition's batting averages, which have only gotten as high as .222 and as low as .157 in 2022. 

The glaring issue with Criswell's performances has been walks and hit-by-pitches. In the win over the Kernels, he walked three batters and hit two. Through nine appearances, he's only had one game where he didn't walk anyone and walked as many as five batters on May 18 vs. Great Lakes. 

If the 2020 58th overall Draft pick can limit the free bases, his outings will improve. -- Ethan Sands

Muncy heating up at plate for Ports (May 18)
After a slow start to the month of May, Max Muncy's bat is coming alive.

Oakland's No. 5 prospect homered for the second time in his last three games and added a double, driving in five runs for Single-A Stockton.

Muncy ran his modest hitting streak to five games on the first pitch he saw, clubbing a first-inning offering from Modesto starter Joseph Hernandez and depositing it over the wall in center for a three-run homer. After a strikeout in the third, Muncy walked in the sixth before doubling to right field to drive in two more in the bottom of the seventh.

Over his first seven games this month, Muncy went just 4-for-28 (.143) with a pair of doubles and no runs batted in. In seven games since, the shortstop has gone 9-for-28 (.321) with two homers, a triple and three doubles, tallying nine RBIs.

Soderstrom homers twice on three-hit day (May 15)
Three days after blasting a walk-off grand slam for Lansing, Oakland's top prospect had another four-RBI day.

Tyler Soderstrom tallied his second multihomer game of the season with a pair of long balls and drove in four as part of a strong finish to High-A Lansing's home series with Dayton.

Baseball's No. 54 overall prospect started quickly with a solo homer to right in his first trip to the plate in the bottom of the second. After an RBI single up the middle in the third, Soderstrom grounded out in his next two at-bats but drove home a run while bouncing out to short in the seventh. The backstop then capped his afternoon with another big fly in the ninth, launching a solo shot to left-center.

Though Lansing fell in a 10-8 final, Soderstrom continued a resurgent month. After batting just .159/.232/.317 through 18 games in April, the 20-year-old now owns a .260/.345/.580 line with four homers and 11 RBIs in 13 May contests. Soderstrom also tallied two hits, including the second triple of his pro career, in the penultimate game of Lansing's series with Dayton and has five hits in his last nine at-bats. -- Tyler Maun

Soderstrom sends Lansing home happy on walk-off slam (May 12)
“That might be the greatest walk-off in Lansing Lugnuts history!”

A grand slam from the top prospect in the organization? Yeah, that qualifies.

It came courtesy of Tyler Soderstrom, whose game-winning blast led Lansing to its thrilling 7-3 victory over Dayton at Jackson Field. The Lugnuts also received a run-scoring hit from No. 17 prospect Lawrence Butler and five one-hit innings from No. 18 righty Jeff Criswell to capture their second win in as many nights.

The star, though, was Soderstrom, the A’s first-round pick in 2020 and No. 1 prospect (No. 54 overall). The 20-year old was off to a slow start at Single-A, hitting .174 with three homers in his first 27 games. He was also hitless in four plate appearances before coming to the plate with one out in the ninth, the bases loaded in a tie game. Soderstrom fouled off Jake Gilbert’s first pitch then crushed his second, sending it over the wall in right-center field to send the Lugnuts home happy in dramatic fashion. -- Joe Trezza

Gelof homers twice for RockHounds (May 8)
Zack Gelof
provided some offensive firepower for Double-A Midland in a slugfest.

Oakland's No. 3 prospect knocked in five runs with a 2-for-3 afternoon. The 22-year-old belted a third-inning two-run homer to right field that put the first runs on the board for the RockHounds. The shortstop's second hit was also a big fly in the fifth to right-center, this time bringing in three runs as Midland fell to Amarillo, 18-9.

The 60th overall pick in the 2021 Draft is on a seven-game on-base streak with three consecutive multihit games. The two homers against the Sod Poodles doubled his previous total for the season, and he's sitting with an even 20 RBIs. -- Ethan Sands

Diaz homers twice, drives in six (May 7)
In a contest that saw 23 total runs between Double-A Midland and Amarillo, it was Jordan Diaz who stood out from the rest.

The A’s No. 13 prospect hammered two home runs and a double in a four-hit effort, driving in a career-high six runs in the RockHounds' 12-11 win. It was the second four-hit and multihomer game of Diaz’s career.

The 21-year-old is slashing .273/.326/.523 with a .849 OPS in 22 games at Double-A. Diaz has five homers, seven doubles and 16 RBIs in 95 plate appearances, building off his 2021 breakout season that saw him post a .820 OPS in 90 games. -- Nick Trujillo