Athletics Arizona Fall League updates

October 25th, 2019

Seven A's prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Shortstop Nick Allen (No. 6), outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), first baseman Alfonso Rivas (No. 25), right-hander Brady Feigl (No. 28), right-hander Daniel Gossett, right-hander Jhenderson Hurtado, and right-hander Jesus Zambrano.

Here’s a day-by-day look at how Oakland's AFL contingent is faring:

Oct. 25: Mesa 3, Scottsdale 0
Greg Deichmann was ejected after his second strikeout of the game, in the fifth inning, but it couldn’t put a damper on his Fall League season, as he finished with the league lead in home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.658). Nick Allen went 0-for-2 as Mesa’s third baseman, closing fall with a .194 average in 18 games. Jhenderson Hurtado and Brady Feigl each recorded a scoreless inning for the Solar Sox. That’s nothing new for Hurtado, who pitched 11 scoreless innings across eight appearances with 12 strikeouts. Feigl was also stellar, posting a 1.86 ERA in eight outings.

Oct. 24: Salt River 0, Mesa 0
Greg Deichmann, who leads the AFL with nine home runs, didn’t go deep on Thursday, but he did turn in a 1-for-4 performance from the three-hole in Mesa’s lineup. After an underwhelming performance in Double-A (.675 OPS, 11 HR), the A’s No. 17 prospect has been a standout in the Fall League, batting .266 (1.017 OPS) with 12 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 21 games. Nick Allen started at third base for the Solar Sox and went 0-for-3 from the bottom of the lineup. The former third-round pick (2017) is batting just .200 through 17 games, but he’s stood out defensively at both middle-infield spots (and now the hot corner) in the Fall League.

Oct. 23: Mesa 2, Surprise 0
The left-handed-swinging duo of Greg Deichmann and Alfonso Rivas made up the heart of the Solar Sox’s order Wednesday. Both went 0-for-3 and reached base once via a walk. Deichmann continues to lead the Fall League with a 1.044 OPS, while Rivas saw his batting average dip to .306. Jesus Zambrano polished off the victory, working the final two innings for Mesa and earning his second save. Nary a batter reached base against the 23-year-old, who did receive some defensive assistance from a diving catch at third in the eighth and a running grab in center in the ninth. After having yielded runs in two of his previous three outings, Zambrano got back to form with his first multi-inning performance in nearly a month.

Oct. 22: Scheduled off day for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 21: Mesa 4, Surprise 0
Greg Deichmann’s incredible home run tear in the Fall League continued with a fourth-inning solo homer for Mesa on Monday. It marks back-to-back days with a dinger for Deichmann and pushes his AFL lead to nine -- five more than any other batter in Arizona. Only one other player has hit more home runs in an AFL season this decade: Mike Olt, 13, in 2011.

Alfonso Rivas hit an RBI double in the ninth inning to cap a 2-for-4 game, marking the fourth multihit affair in the first baseman’s past five games with the Solar Sox. Jhenderson Hurtado navigated around a hit batter to post a hitless ninth inning, pushing his scoreless appearance streak to seven.

Oct. 20: Mesa 8, Peoria 2
Greg Deichmann, who was in a bit of a funk and entered play hitless (0-for-10) in three straight games, got back on track with a solo homer in the seventh. Deichmann, a second-round pick from the 2017 Draft, hit a career-high 11 homers over 80 games during the regular season and now leads the AFL with eight through 19 games. Deichmann finished 1-for-4. Nick Allen put the finishing touches on Mesa’s offensive explosion with a two-run single in the ninth inning. The hit was the only time Allen, who finished 1-for-4, reached base. Brady Feigl gave up a pair of hits, but managed to get out of the inning unscathed, posting his second straight scoreless appearances. Feigl, who struck out two, has pitched to a 2.08 ERA in Arizona.

Oct. 19: Mesa 5, Peoria 1
Greg Diechmann continued to shine during the Fall League, albeit in a different fashion Saturday, drawing a pair of walks rather than slugging the ball. His second walk plated a run, giving him 18 RBIs, the second most of any player in Arizona. Oakland’s No. 17 prospect now has a .382 on-base percentage and 1.053 OPS through 18 games with Mesa. Nick Allen collected a pair of hits from the No. 9 spot in the batting order, coming around to score his first run in over two weeks. His sharp singles in both the fifth and seventh kept rallies going for the Solar Sox.

Oct. 18: Scottsdale 4, Mesa 0
Nick Allen went 0-for-2 with a walk from the bottom of Mesa’s lineup, dropping his average to .180. Jesus Zambrano gave up a two-out solo homer in the ninth to Logan Warmoth (Blue Jays) but otherwise pitched a clean frame. He’s pitched to a 4.00 ERA, but has now allowed runs in two of his past three outings.

Oct. 17: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 16: Scottsdale 3, Mesa 0
Greg Deichmann, Alfonso Rivas and Nick Allen all got the start for Mesa, yet combined to finish 0-for-9. The Solar Sox had just three hits, but Rivas was able to draw one of the three walks. Deichmann still owns a 1.069 OPS through 17 fall games, while Rivas, the club’s No. 25 prospect, is batting .310 and has six hits in his last four contests. Jhenderson Hurtado’s dominant AFL stretch continued as he struck out the first two batters that he faced, displaying wicked offspeed action. He got the third batter to pop out to end the frame and secure his ninth scoreless inning during the Fall League.

Oct. 15: Glendale 4, Mesa 3
Nick Allen hit his first AFL double and improved his average to .200 with a 1-for-4 performance from the bottom of Mesa’s lineup.

Oct. 14: Glendale 9, Mesa 5
Brady Feigl has thrown well in Arizona and that trend continued Monday as he fired a scoreless ninth. The Mississippi product retired the side in order, striking out two in the process, and lowered his ERA to 2.35 through six appearances. Greg Deichmann went 0-for-4, but is still have a strong campaign, batting .310 through 16 games. Alfonso Rivas turned in his third straight multihit performance, going 2-for-4 in Mesa’s loss to Glendale. Rivas, who is batting .325 in Arizona, also scored a pair of runs. Nick Allen went 0-for-4 and saw his AFL average dip to .195.

Oct. 13: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 12: East 4, West 2
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Oct. 11: Mesa 3, Salt River 2
Greg Deichmann nearly went deep in his first at-bat for Mesa, hitting a deep drive to right field that would have cleared the fence if not for a strong wind. The A’s No. 17 prospect took the wind out of the equation in the fifth inning, though, as he blasted an opposite-field solo shot for his AFL-best seventh homer. Overall, the 24-year-old outfielder has slashed .333/.422/.786 with 17 RBIs in 15 Fall League contests. Alfonso Rivas (No. 25) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single in his second straight multihit performance for the Solar Sox. Shortstop Nick Allen had a strong game defensively but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts from the leadoff spot. 

Daniel Gossett fired three no-hit innings on 43 pitches (32 strikes) against Salt River in his fifth AFL start. He struck out two batters and issued one walk in the outing. The 26-year-old right-hander lowered his Fall League ERA to 2.57 with the scoreless performance, and he’s now allowed one run or fewer in four straight turns for the Solar Sox. Jesus Zambrano gave up back-to-back singles in the seventh inning but rebounded to complete a scoreless frame and notch his first AFL save.

Oct. 10: Mesa 9, Salt River 3
Jhenerson Hurtado has now thrown eight scoreless frames (five appearances) in the Fall League after working two hitless frames with a pair of strikeouts in Mesa’s win over Salt River.

Oct. 9: Surprise 12, Mesa 10
Greg Deichmann hit his Arizona Fall League-leading sixth home run in Wednesday’s matchup, a solo blast as part of his 3-for-4 day. The outfield prospect also tripled, walked once, scored three runs and drove in three. Alfonso Rivas notched two doubles in a 2-for-4 outing, in which he scored two runs, walked once and notched two RBIs. Brady Feigl came on in the sixth for the Solar Sox and the 23-year-old right-hander completed 1 2/3 scoreless frames, walking one and fanning three Saguaros batters.

Oct. 8: Surprise 6, Mesa 1
The A’s No. 6 prospect Nick Allen notched one of Mesa’s four hits as part of a 1-for-3 day, singling and striking out once. Greg Deichmann, Oakland’s No. 17 prospect, had a rare 0-for-4 day, lowering his fall average to .298 in the loss. Jesus Zambrano came on for the final frame for Mesa, and the right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in his inning.

Oct. 7: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 6: Mesa 4, Peoria 2
Greg Deichmann led off Mesa’s seventh inning with his AFL-best fifth home run. The A’s No. 17 prospect, who started the game in center field, has reached that total in just 12 games this fall after hitting 11 homers in 80 games at Double-A Midland during the regular season. To go along with his Fall League power surge, Deichmann is also batting .326 with 13 RBIs.

Oct. 5: Mesa 2, Mexicali 1
Six of Oakland’s seven Fall Leaguers made it into Saturday night’s matchup against Mexicali, with No. 17 prospect Greg Deichmann and No. 6 Nick Allen, each going 1-for-1 with singles. Deichmann added two walks and scored a run, bringing his fall OPS up to 1.118, while Allen walked once. Alfonso Rivas went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Daniel Gossett allowed one run on four hits in three innings in his fourth Fall League start for Mesa. The 26-year-old right-hander, who lost most of his 2019 campaign to Tommy John surgery, struck out two batters and did not issue a walk while throwing 26 of 36 pitches for strikes. In 11 innings this fall, Gossett has compiled 3.27 ERA. Gossett was relieved by Jhenderson Hurtado, who tossed a scoreless frame to remain unscored upon in six innings this fall. Jesus Zambrano would later add a scoreless inning of his own in relief.

Oct. 4: Scottsdale 6, Mesa 5
Greg Deichmann, who started Friday’s game in center field, was held hitless for just the second time in 10 games this fall, finishing 0-for-5. The A’s No. 17 prospect is having a strong campaign in the desert, batting .316 with four homers and 12 RBIs. Alfonso Rivas (A’s No. 25) went 1-for-4 and scored a run from the eight-spot in Mesa’s lineup. Brady Feigl (No. 28) gave up a leadoff double but retired the next three batters he faced en route to a scoreless inning out of Mesa’s bullpen.

Oct. 3: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams

Oct. 2: Surprise 8, Mesa 7
Nick Allen extended his AFL hitting streak to four games with a 1-for-5 night at the plate. The second base prospect is now hitting .207 through seven Fall League contests. Alfonso Rivas went 1-for-3, but reached base three times as he also drew a pair of walks. Rivas is batting .261 in Arizona and has hits in six of the seven games he’s played.

Oct. 1: Mesa 4, Salt River 0
Greg Deichmann’s incredible Fall League campaign continued Tuesday as the A’s No. 17 prospect picked up a pair of hits in five at-bats, scoring a run and hitting his second double of the fall. He’s currently on a six-game hitting streak, a span during which he has four homers, seven runs scored and 11 RBIs. Deichmann played a career-high 80 games this season for Double-A Midland, hitting 11 home runs and picking up 10 doubles while batting .219. Jesus Zambrano  tossed a scoreless eighth inning, picking up a strikeout while retiring the side in order. Neither of the balls put into play by Glendale left the infield.

Sept. 30: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Sept. 29: Mesa 7, Obregon 0
A’s No. 6 prospect Nick Allen tallied a run-scoring single in four at-bats for Mesa. He’s hit safely in three straight games after going 1-for-11 across his first three AFL contests. Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett tossed three scoreless frames to pace the Solar Sox in their shutout of Obregon. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 30 of his 40 pitches for strikes, as he mixed two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Gossett was relieved by Jhenderson Hurtado, who struck out two batters after allowing a leadoff single.

Sept. 28: Salt River 10, Mesa 3
Serving as the designated hitter, Greg Deichmann hit his fourth homer of the Fall League, a sixth-inning solo shot that would cut the deficit to 4-3. The A’s No. 17 prospect already led the AFL in homers entering the game, but with the Twins’ Royce Lewis also going yard, he’s still only one ahead of second place. His 12 RBIs also pace the league, with Lewis also second in that category.

Nick Allen went 2-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. The A’s No. 6 prospect is batting only .200 so far in the AFL. Alfonso Rivas finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, earned on a second-inning groundout. The first baseman is batting .275 so far this fall.

Across his first four batters faced, Brady Feigel allowed three hits to Salt River, including an RBI single. Then, Royce Lewis followed suit with a sac fly to cap two runs charged to the 23-year-old righty, who also punched a strikeout.

Sept. 27: Salt River 6, Mesa 1
Greg Deichmann batted 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts as Mesa’s center fielder. He also cut down Geraldo Perdomo at second base for an outfield assist. Alfonso Rivas went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Sept. 26: Thursday's game between Surprise and Mesa was rained out and will not be made up.

Sept. 25: Mesa 15, Los Mochis 2
Greg Deichmann is off to a fast start in Arizona and showing no signs of slowing down. The Athletics’ No. 17 prospect drove in four runs and finished 2-for-3 with a homer. Deichmann, 24, has homered three times through six games with the Solar Sox, leads the league with 11 RBIs and is hitting .381. Nick Allen drove in a pair of runs -- both coming on an RBI single in the second inning -- and finished 1-for-5 at the plate. Jesus Zambrano struck out three and surrendered two hits in two scoreless innings of relief.

Sept. 24: Mesa 8, Scottsdale 4
Greg Deichmann connected on a two-run homer in the seventh inning as part of a 2-for-4 performance for Mesa. The homer was the A’s No. 17 prospect’s second in five games in the Fall League, during which he has a .333 average and seven RBIs. Alfonso Rivas (A’s No. 25) hit an RBI double down the left field line to put the Solar Sox on the board in the second inning and finished the game 1-for-3. Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett tossed three innings of one-run ball to earn the win. He mixed two hits with one walk and struck out three while throwing 22 of 41 pitches for strikes. Jhenderson Hurtado pitched well in relief of Gossett, delivering two scoreless frames.

Sept. 23: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Sept. 22: Mesa 7, Glendale 6
Greg Deichmann headlined Mesa’s offense with his 3-for-4, four-RBI showing. The 2017 second-round Draft pick hit a two-run homer, his first of the fall, in the fourth inning, came through with an RBI double in the eighth and then tied the game up with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Following Deichmann’s sacrifice fly, Alfonso Rivas sent everyone home with a two-out, walk-off double. Rivas, who is hitting .300 in the AFL, finished just 1-for-4, but that hit was obviously a big one. Nick Allen’s bases-loaded walk brought home a pivotal run in Mesa’s four-run ninth-inning. Allen, who is hitting .091, finished 0-for-3.

Brady Feigl gave up two hits to begin the ninth, but was able to escape the frame unscathed. Those ended up being the only two hits Feigl allowed as he struck out three and threw two scoreless innings. More »

Sept. 21: Mesa 4, Peoria 1
Jesus Zambrano earned the win on the mound for Mesa, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a strikeout against Peoria. It was a bounce-back effort for the Venezuelan, who allowed two runs on three hits in his first AFL outing while recording just two outs.

Sept. 20: Peoria 5, Mesa 1
Nick Allen served as the designated hitter for Mesa and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. First baseman Alfonso Rivas walked twice and singled while batting eighth for the Solar Sox.

Sept. 19: Salt River 4, Mesa 1
No. 6 prospect Nick Allen went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts for Mesa on Thursday. Allen started at second base for the Solar Sox after making 24 starts at that position for Class A Advanced Stockton in 2019 compared to 45 at shortstop**.** No. 17 prospect Greg Deichmann, hitting just ahead of Allen and starting in center field, went 0-for-3 with a walk. Deichmann’s walk came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, giving him an RBI.

A rehabbing Daniel Gossett got the start for Mesa and gave up two runs on two hits in two innings. He also struck out two and threw 28 pitches (21 strikes).

Sept. 18: Scottsdale 5, Mesa 4
No. 17 prospect Greg Deichmann started in right field on Wednesday for Mesa and went 1-for-3 with a walk. No. 25 prospect Alfonso Rivas was 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and a run scored.

Jhenderson Hurtado fired 16 of his 23 pitches for strikes and cruised through two scoreless frames. The 23-year-old lefty retired six of the seven batters he faced, striking out three and yielding just one hit. He was followed out of the bullpen by two more A’s in No. 28 prospect Brady Feigl, who threw a scoreless inning with one walk, and Jesus Zambrano, who allowed two runs on three hits – including a pair of home runs – while recording just two outs.