Chapman powers Midland in Double-A playoffs

A's 2014 draftee hits go-ahead homer as RockHounds take series lead

Chapman powers Midland in Double-A playoffs

Third baseman Matt Chapman, the A's first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning Friday, leading Double-A Midland to a 3-2 victory against Frisco in Game 3 of their Texas League semifinal series. The RockHounds now lead the best-of-five series, two games to one.

Chapman, the A's No. 4 prospect, finished the night 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. After not playing in Game 1 against Frisco, he has four hits and has scored two runs in the past two games of the series.

The A's drafted Chapman out of Cal State Fullerton in June with the 25th overall pick. After a brief assignment in the Rookie-level Arizona League, he spent most of the summer with Class A Beloit before moving up to Midland this week. In 54 regular-season games between the three levels, the 21-year old hit .246/.291/.401 with five home runs.

Midland got another boost Friday, as the A's promoted top prospect Daniel Robertson from Class A Advanced Stockton following the Ports elimination from the California League playoffs Thursday night. He hit .310/.402/.471 with 15 home runs in 132 games this season.

Robertson, ranked No. 88 on's Top 100 Prospects list, played second base and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's victory.

The RockHounds will have a chance to advance to the finals for the first time since 2010 on Saturday, when their series against the RoughRiders continues with Game 4. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT. If necessary, Game 5 would be played Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.