Casey Tefertiller

Pitching Development Has Become Oakland’s Strength

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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.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Athletics’ Straily Again Proving He Belongs

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

Really, Dan Straily insists, he is not trying to rack up all those strikeouts. The problem is those hitters just keep swinging and missing rather than hitting tame groundouts. The result was an astounding 175 strikeouts in 138 innings split between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento before he was called up to the majors at the beginning of August.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin