Herschel Mack "Boog" Powell IV (not related to former MLB first baseman of same name)...originally signed by OAK scout Rick Magnante…graduated from Mission Viejo HS (CA)…attended Orange Coast College (CA) and led OCC in batting average (.398), hits (76) and runs (49) on his way to First-Team State and All-Conference honors in 2012... earned Midwest League All-Star MVP honors in 2014...originally nicknamed "Little Mack," but his parents began calling him "Boog"…met his namesake on Aug. 22, 2017 on the A's trip to Baltimore.
Made his first-career Opening Day roster and split the season between OAK and Nashville (AAA), making a rehab stint with Stockton (A) ...Started the season with OAK (3/29-4/6) and played seven games, going 4-for-24 (.167) with one 2B and one 3B...Stole his first-career base at the ML level on 4/4 vs. TEX...Placed on the 10-day DL on 4/8 with a knee strain...Posted a .344 OBP between STK and NAS with 28 BB, and his 6.75 PA/BB was the second best in a season his career (6.23 PA/BB in 2014).
Batted .282 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 52 games in his Major League debut…began the season in the Seattle organization and hit .194 with two RBI in 23 games over three stints… was traded to the A's organization for Yonder Alonso Aug. 6 and was recalled by Oakland Aug. 11…hit .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 29 games with the A's…made 28 of his 29 starts against right-handed pitchers…batted .287 (31-for-108) with all three of his home runs against right-handers and was just 2-for-9 (.222) against left-handers…batted .327 on the road and .302 in the Coliseum…hit .143 at Safeco Field…two of his three home runs came in the eighth inning and the other came in the ninth inning…10 of his 12 RBI came in the seventh inning or later… batted .339 against American League West competition and .327 during the day…hit .429 with a .487 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…had two of his three home runs in that situation…started 22 games with the A's (all in center field) after making seven starts with the Mariners (four in left field, three at designated hitter)…also played one game in right field with Seattle…committed one error in 28 games overall in the outfield (center field with the A's)…went 3-for-9 (.333) with a walk as a pinch hitter.
MAJORS: Was recalled by Seattle on April 29 from Triple-A Tacoma and made his ML debut that day at Cleveland…was announced as a pinch hitter for Mike Zunino, but when the Indians made a pitching change, he was pinch hit for by Carlos Ruiz…started in left field the next day against the Indians and went 0-for-3…was 0-for-4 in three games when he was optioned to Tacoma May 4…returned May 16 and collected his first big league hit and RBI that day against Oakland with a pinch hit RBI single off Santiago Casilla in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Mariners 9-6 loss…was batting .208 in 17 games during his second stint and .179 overall when he was sent back to Tacoma following the game on June 10…his third stint lasted 15 days from July 2-16 but he appeared in just three games, going 2-for-8 (.250)…was traded to the A's Aug. 6 and moved from Triple-A Tacoma to Triple-A Nashville…was recalled by Oakland Aug. 11 and hit .433 with a .500 on-base percentage and eight runs scored over his first 10 games with the A's through Aug. 23…collected his first extra base hit, a double, on Aug. 15 against Kansas City…had his first career three-hit game Aug. 20 at Houston…hit his first ML home run Aug. 21 at Baltimore, a solo shot off Brad Brach to lead off the eighth inning…logged his second three-hit game Aug. 23 at Baltimore but then went 1-for-18 (.056) over his next eight contests…finished August with a .311 batting average and .404 on-base percentage…then hit .333 with a .583 slugging percentage in September…had two hits in both games of the Sept. 9 doubleheader against Houston…drove in two runs in the first game and had a career-high three RBI in the second contest…had eight of his 12 RBI for the season in that four-game series against the Astros…went 11-for-19 (.579) with nine runs, a double, two home runs and eight RBI in six games overall against Houston…hit .224 in 46 games against everyone else…did not play after Sept. 16 following a knee injury.
MINORS: Batted .340 with six home runs and 33 RBI in 58 games with…also went 4-for-16 (.250) in three games with Triple-A Nashville and combined to hit .333 with six home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 61 minor league games…added 29 walks for a .408 on-base percentage… slugged .477 for an .885 OPS…hit .354 (62-for-175) with all six of his home runs against righthanded pitchers, .255 (12-for-47) against left-handers…batted .379 with a .461 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…had a .400 batting average in the seventh inning or later…hit .270 with runners in scoring position but that dropped to .148 with RISP and two outs…appeared in 26 games in center field, 25 in right field and 10 in left field…committed three errors in 60 games overall in the outfield (.976 fielding percentage)…hit in every spot in the order except cleanup and saw his most action with 25 games batting leadoff…missed the first five games of the season as he finished his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program…was reinstated April 12…stole a base in each of his first three games and had five stolen bases total over his first nine contests…struck out just once over a stretch of 21 Triple-A games from April 21 to June 13 (65 plate appearances)…had his first of two four-hit games April 24 at Albuquerque…the other also came at Albuquerque July 20…was batting .261 with 13 walks (.424 on-base percentage) in 14 games when he was recalled by Seattle the first time on April 29…returned on May 4 and hit .333 with seven walks (.471 on-base percentage) in nine games before rejoining the Mariners May 16…went 3-for-3, scored a season-high four runs and had his lone two-steal game of the season in the second game of a May 13 doubleheader against Round Rock…batted .381 with a .406 onbase percentage in 18 games during his third stint with the Rainiers from June 10-July 1…drove in a season-high four runs June 28 against Las Vegas…was optioned to Tacoma for the final time July 17 and hit .357 with a .394 on-base percentage over his final 17 games…had a season-best 11-game hitting streak from July 18-28 (18-for-45, .400)…had his second four-RBI game of the season July 23 against Sacramento…switched clubhouses following the Aug. 6 trade and went 4-for-16 (250) with a walk in three games with Nashville at Tacoma Aug. 7-9 before the A's called on Aug. 11.
Hit .270 with 39 runs, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 27 RBI, 22 walks and 10 stolen bases in 64 games with Triple-A Tacoma…hit safely in 44 of 64 games with 19 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games…was suspended for 80 games on June 23 after testing positive for a banned substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program…played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League following the season and hit .246 with six RBI in 42 games.
Combined to hit .295 (131x444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage with AA Montgomery and AAA Durham… Began season with Montgomery and was named to Southern League AllStar team after hitting .328 (78x238) with 44 runs, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games… At time of promotion to Durham June 26, he ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408)…Hit .25 7 (53x206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI in 56 games with AAA Durham.
Led the Oakland system with a .343 batting average and a .451 on-base percentage…was named to the Midwest League Midseason All-Star Team and won Top Star honors, going 1-for-3 with a two-run double, three runs and two steals (stole home in the first inning)…was promoted to Advanced Single-A Stockton from Single-A Beloit June 23…served 50-game suspension for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and returned in late August…was chosen by Baseball America as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Midwest League after the season…played for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season and hit .300 with two home runs, 10 RBI and 12 walks (.402 on-base percentage) in 21 games.
Spent the season with Short Season Single-A Vermont…led the club in total bases (73), stolen bases (14) and sacrifice hits (6)…was named to the New York-Penn League Midseason AllStar Team.
Made his professional debut for the AZL Athletics, appearing in 35 games.