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John Wasdin heads to Baltimore; Don Schulze joins Midland staff

The Oakland A's tweak their coaching staff as John Wasdin takes a minor league pitching coordinator role with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Oakland A's are re-shuffling their minor league pitching staffs with the news that John Wasdin is leaving the organization to become the minor league pitching coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles. Wasdin had been set to serve as the Double-A Midland RockHounds' pitching coach for a third-straight year. Don Schulze, who was the Midland pitching coach from 2011-2014, will return to the RockHounds in Wasdin's stead. Schulze had been set to serve as the Low-A Beloit Snappers' pitching coach. The A's will fill that vacancy at a later date. Wasdin spent six seasons as a pitching coach in the A's system. His clubs made the post-season in all six years and he won titles with the RockHounds in each of the past two seasons. Wasdin also served as the pitching coach for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League in 2013.

A first-round pick of the A's in 1993, Wasdin spent four seasons pitching in the A's organization, including two years at the major-league level. He threw 793 major-league innings in his career and had a 5.28 ERA. He will head up an Orioles' minor league pitching system that has had several top prospects waylaid by injuries in recent years.

Schulze spent last season as the Beloit pitching coach and he has served as a pitching coach at every level in the A's system except for short-season A. Schulze has been a coach with the A's since 2006. He won a league title in 2014 with Midland. Schulze pitched parts of six seasons in the big leagues, posting a 5.47 ERA in 339 innings.

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