Miles Head collected a hit in his first 19 games for high Class A Stockton this season, and though that hit streak got him less than half way to the three-year-old California League record, his offensive exploits indicate that the 20-year-old Athletics farmhand is a prospect of interest.
Following hitless performances on Thursday and Friday, Head made the most of his time in Lancaster, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two doubles on Saturday and then 2-for-5 with a double in Sunday (game log). Through 95 at-bats he's batting .368/.390/.716 with six homers and nine doubles. His slugging percentage leads the Cal League, and he's also tops with 24 RBIs and 18 extra-base hits.
Drafted by the Red Sox as a third baseman in 2009, Head spent the subsequent two seasons playing first base in the Boston system prior to his inclusion on last winter's Andrew Bailey trade. Oakland shifted him back across the diamond with Stockton this season, and while the early power output has been encouraging, he'll need to narrow the gap between his walks (three) and strikeouts (21) and prove himself a capable third baseman.
The power stroke isn't entirely new, however. Head smacked 15 homers in a half-season with low Class A Greenville last year to crack the South Atlantic League Top 20 prospects list, but he cooled considerably after a second-half promotion.
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