Healy goes 5-for-5 in RockHounds win

A's No. 22 prospect homers, knocks in three runs to beat 'Riders

By Danny Wild and Kelsie Heneghan / MiLB.com | July 29, 2015 11:59 PM

While trade rumors were sweeping social media, Ryon Healy found a way to grab some of the spotlight.

The A's No. 22 prospect recorded his second five-hit game of the season on Wednesday night, going 5-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as Double-A Midland held off Frisco, 5-4, at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Healy, a Texas League All-Star, singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run single in the second, led off the fifth with another base hit, slammed a two-out solo homer in the seventh and finished his night with a single in the ninth.

"I think I was seeing the ball really well today and the results speak for themselves. I was getting into good counts and getting great pitches to hit," he said. "I was able to put the barrel on the ball."

The 23-year-old third baseman's other five-hit game came on May 9, when he went 5-for-6 with five runs scored, also against Frisco. Before this season, he posted a pair of four-hit efforts with Class A Advanced Stockton in 2014 and another with Class A Short Season Vermont in 2013.

"I really have to give credit to my coaching staff for helping me stay mentally prepared and to my teammates," Healy said. "The clubhouse is always loose -- everyone is great pitching, defense, hitting-wise. Just the camaraderie we have is really awesome."

Midland jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the second inning, but Healy's solo shot in the seventh off reliever Jesus Pirela ended up being the difference after Frisco (46-56) scored twice in the ninth and brought the potential winning run to the plate. RockHounds reliever Seth Frankoff retired Pat Cantwell on a game-ending grounder to secure his sixth save.

Frisco also lost one of its best bats late in the game when leadoff man Nick Williams was traded to Philadelphia in a package for Phillies ace Cole Hamels. Williams, the Rangers' No. 5 prospect went 0-for-1 with a walk before he was replaced in the eighth by Drew Robinson. Healy saw the left fielder get lifted and it reminded him of last season's trade between the A's and Cubs.

"I've had that happen last year on the Fourth of July when Addison Russell and Billy McKinney left during the game to be traded," he said. "You know it's something that happens, but you don't really realize just how much of a business it really it until you see it happen."

Healy was a 2013 third-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Oregon. He hit .230 with six homers and 29 RBIs in his first Minor League season that summer, then batted .285 with 16 homers and 83 RBIs last year at Stockton.

Midland starter Jake Sanchez (8-7) struck out six and held Frisco to a pair of unearned runs on three hits and a pair of walks over six innings. Brendan McCurry fanned three in two hitless frames before Frankoff worked the ninth.

Chad Bell (3-11) started for Frisco and struck out nine but surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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