Double-A Midland completed a dominant series sweep in convincing fashion Friday night, cruising past Northwest Arkansas, 7-0, as the RockHounds captured their second straight Texas League championship.
Oakland's Double-A affiliate cruised to a Game 3 victory behind a three-hit shutout from starter Parker Frazier. The 26-year-old right-hander, an eighth-round Draft pick by the Rockies in 2007, struck out nine batters and only walked two while facing only three batters over the minimum 27.
Frazier had plenty of support from his lineup Friday night, as the RockHounds pounded out 11 hits and saw seven of their nine starters record at least one hit.
Designated hitter Renato Nunez, the A's No. 6 prospect, finished a strong series by going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The 21-year-old hit .407 during Midland's postseason run.
The RockHounds jumped out to a sizable lead against the Naturals by scoring four runs in the fourth inning. They added three more in the sixth, including one on a solo homer by left fielder Josh Whitaker, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the clinching victory.
Matt Olson, Oakland's No. 2 prospect, went 1-for-5 with an RBI on Friday. Center fielder Jaycob Brugman, the A's No. 21 prospect, led the way atop the RockHounds' order, batting .429 in the playoffs. Brugman also showed off his power in the postseason, homering in four straight playoff games heading into Friday's contest.
Midland won Game 1, 5-2, on Tuesday, led by eight strong innings from No. 3 A's prospect Sean Manaea, a lefty starter acquired in the Ben Zobrist trade earlier this year. The RockHounds didn't let up Wednesday as they won Game 2, 8-6.
Northwest Arkansas, meanwhile, saw its season come to a disappointing end. Shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi, the Royals' No. 1 prospect, hit just .231 in the postseason for Kansas City's Double-A affiliate, while No. 5 prospect Bubba Starling batted .211. No. 12 prospect Hunter Dozier hit .318 but went 0-for-3 in Friday's season finale.
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