Nashville Starter Zach Neal currently leads all A’s minor leaguers in wins with 10. The 26-year-old posted 3 wins with Midland before notching 7 more with Nashville. His control has been his biggest asset, and Neal has walked an average of just 2 batters per 9 innings this season. 22-year-old Beloit RHP Brett Graves was the A’s 3rd-round draft pick last year, and a good fastball and solid command have enabled him to be a steady winner for the Snappers this season. Midland RHP Jonathan Joseph started the season in the Stockton bullpen before moving up to Midland and getting a shot in the RockHounds rotation. The 27-year-old took to it like a duck to water and, between the bullpen and the rotation, the veteran minor leaguer has managed to put up 9 wins so far this season.
One of the things that’s helped Stockton RHP Joel Seddon be so effective for the Ports this year is his incredibly low walk rate. Seddon has walked just 14 batters over 96 innings so far this season. And when you don’t give yourself any more base runners to worry about than you have to, then life becomes an awful lot easier for you as a pitcher. RockHounds LHP Dillon Overton spent most of the season at Stockton with Seddon before moving up to Midland and, like Seddon, has done a good job of not making trouble for himself by keeping runners off base, and Overton has issued just 18 walks in 91 1/3 innings so far this season. Nashville RHP Zach Neal started the season at Midland before joining the Sounds but, wherever he’s been, Neal has always done a good job of keeping the walks to a minimum. And so far this season, he’s walked 27 over 124 1/3 innings of work.
Starter Zach Neal allowed 3 runs on just 3 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win for the RockHounds, while RHP gave up 1 run while striking out 5 in 2 innings of relief to close things out on Sunday. Shortstop collected 3 hits, including his 5th home run, and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder had a double and a 2-run homer. Catcher had a triple and a pair of singles and drove in 3, and first baseman and designated hitter each hit his 1st home run for the Hounds.
Surkamp will return to the Athletics’ rotation and make the start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Zach Neal will rejoin the organization’s Triple-A rotation for the time being. Surkamp will face Tyler Duffey Tuesday in Oakland.
Zachary Neal Stephens, 26, of Russell Springs, died Sunday, March 2, 2014
of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born November 16, 1987
in Campbellsville, Ky to Barry Neal & Tracy Lynn Acree Stephens. He was
an employee of Liberty Tank Company and a member of Whites Chapel
Separate Baptist Church.
parents: Barry & Tracy Stephens, Russell Springs
maternal grandparents: Jimmy & Delores Acree, Russell Springs
paternal grandfather: Teddy & Betty Stephens, Russell Springs
paternal grandmother: Alverta Stephens, Russell Springs
Host of other family members also survive
Funeral service for Zachary Neal Stephens will be 2 PM. Thursday,
March 6, 2014 at the Bernard Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny
Davis and Rev. Michael Lee officiating.
Friends may call after 10 AM. Thursday.
Burial in the Whites Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Brandon York, Nathan Acree, Jonathan Stephens, Nick Stephens
Bradley Stephens, Bill Garner
The family requests that memorials be made to the Zachary Neal Stephens
Mmeorial Fund. These can be made at the funeral home.
Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs in charge of arrangements.