Minor League Player Notebook - August 16, 2004

<b>This is a free preview of premium content.</b><br> The ups and downs of the minors are well known. That was especially true this week, as there were several promotions and a demotion to note. We'll take a look at all of the movement in this week's edition of <i>Minor League Player Notebook</i>...

Sacramento -

Quite a blow was dealt to the River Cats as one of the team's offensive leaders, Mike Rose, went to the DL with a fractured wrist. He will be out for at least 2 weeks, and John Baker was called up from Midland to take his place. Baker has been great with the bat this year. Sacramento will miss Rose's ability to get on base, but they will welcome Baker's power. He led Midland in home runs with 15. He is off to a fast start in Sacramento, going 4-9 in 2 games.

Midland -

Ever since Chris Mabeus was promoted to Sacramento early in the year, the Midland bullpen had been very weak. The addition of Huston Street gives them more late game options. He has flown through the system since being drafted with the 40th overall pick this year. He pitched 10 2/3 impressive innings in low-A Kane County and then jumped 2 levels to AA Midland this week. It wouldn't at all be surprising to see him in Oakland next year.

Omar Quintanilla was Street's college teammate at the University of Texas two years ago. They were again united this Thursday when Quintanilla made his first AA start. In Modesto, Quintanilla had a .313/.369/.478 line to go with 11 home runs. He also displayed great fielding range. The question that remains is when he will be converted to second base. Crosby has a lock on shortstop in Oakland, plus Omar he has a somewhat inaccurate throwing arm. He will be playing in the Arizona Fall League this year, and could make the switch to second before the start of 2005.

Modesto –

Quintanilla took over for John McCurdy, who was sent down to Modesto. McCurdy struggled this year in Midland after jumping from Kane County last year. Perhaps it was overly optimistic for the A's to expect much from him in Midland. Last year he posted a .696 OPS. He didn't do any better this year, with a .648 OPS. Even more discouraging were his 100 strikeouts and just 17 walks.

Kane County –

The newest Cougar, Jason Windsor, isn't likely to have a big impact with Kane County. A recent newspaper article mentioned that he would be limited 25 innings this year. He is being controlled so strictly because of a high work load in the College World Series. Windsor still may get the chance to pitch in some high leverage situations. Kane County will be playing in this year's Midwest League playoffs, so maybe Windsor can win two championships this year.

Dallas Braden was a surprise in Vancouver. In 16 1/3 innings he stuck out 26 and walked just 3. He didn't start in any games in Vancouver, but will be starting for Kane County. In his first start on Wednesday, Braden allowed 2 runs over 5 innings and stuck out 8 batters. Braden features a high 80s fastball and a screwball. He may be a player to keep an eye on in 2005.

Brian Durack is the owner and writer of A's Y'all, a blog on the A's minor league system. The blog can be found at http://as-yall.blogspot.com. Brian can be reached at brian_durack@hotmail.com.

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