Relaxation Keys Breakout For A’s Crocker
Sometimes, a ballplayer can just try too hard. From the time Bobby Crocker signed with the Athletics after being their fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal Poly, he worked so hard and played with such intensity that he often lost the looseness needed to thrive on the baseball field.
A’s Nakajima Looking To Buck Trend
The Athletics are not a team that shies away from gambles, and the big risk this year comes in the middle of the diamond.
A’s Straily Finds A New Offseason Routine
Last winter, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily were selling shoes for offseason jobs. This winter, they were both preparing to contend for positions in the Athletics' big league rotation—where they finished 2012—as they head to major league spring training for the first time.
Aliotti, A’s Embracing New Approach
When Anthony Aliotti joined the Athleitcs, he seemed to fit right in. He lived by that mantra of taking pitches and working deep counts. But Aliotti, and the Athletics themselves, have been changing.
A’s Peterson Breaks Through With New Approach
From the time Shane Peterson signed a professional contract, he thought that learning to hit home runs would be his key to reaching the majors. About a year ago, that all changed.
A’s Simmons Finds Relief In Bullpen Role
Finally, after all these years, things have started going right for James Simmons.
A’s Green Ready To Compete For Big League Time
There appears to be a big battle brewing for spring training, and Grant Green plans to insert himself right in the middle of the action.
Pitching Development Has Become Oakland’s Strength
When one pitcher went down, another came up. As the Athletics battled into September with their ragtag collection of kids and bargains, part of what kept them fighting was an influx of young arms, immediately ready for big league competition. The likes of A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily, who were never big-name prospects, filled in capably for the experienced veterans. More than anything else, the A's of the first dozen years of the new millennium have been an organization built upon the development of young pitchers.
Tireless Work Ethic Defines A’s New Pitching Coordinator
When farm director Keith Lieppman talks about new pitching coordinator Scott Emerson, the words "energy" and "enthusiasm" are a big part of the conversation.
A’s Give Sanburn Chance To Start
For a guy who went to college expecting to become an outfielder, Nolan Sanburn has emerged as quite a pitcher.
Cowgill Has A Believer In A’s Melvin
It may have taken awhile, but Collin Cowgill has figured out just where he fits on the baseball field.
A’s Norris Breaks Through After Focusing On Defense
During the early years of Derek Norris' career, the questions swirled about whether the converted third baseman could really become a catcher. He had the tools, he just seemed to have trouble putting on the polish. Norris knew there was a problem, and he found the solution in his head.
Athletics’ Stassi Hopes To Squash Injury Bug
It seems every time Max Stassi gets a chance to play, he learns something new and finds a way to improve himself. The problem has been getting that chance to play.
Head, Straily Give A’s Breakout Seasons
Casey Tefertiller selects end-of-season award winners for the Athletics system, selecting the Best Player, Best Pitcher and a player to keep an eye on.
Norberto Still Hopes To Start For A’s
The dream for Jordan Norberto remains that he will someday become a big league starting pitcher. The problem is that he has been pitching so darned well in relief that he may not get that chance.
Choice’s Season Of Adjustments Cut Short
Forget the numbers and make the adjustments. That was the plan, and Michael Choice recognized he had to make some big changes in his swing if he wanted to get to the majors.