A's Organizational Notebook - November 10, 2004

Read this edition of <i>A's Organizational Notebook</i> to learn about how Omar Quintanilla's stock is rising, who is leaving the A's front office, details on some minor league transactions and some news about the 2005 schedule...

Omar Quintanilla continues to be a bright star in the Arizona Fall League. As of Tuesday evening, Quintanilla was hitting an AFL-leading .421. He has shown good power to the alleys, having hit seven doubles and two triples so far this season. He has yet to hit a homerun, however, but his alley power will likely develop into homerun power as he develops as a player. Quintanilla's defense, which was a question mark coming into the AFL season, has been surprisingly solid. He made his fifth error of the season on Monday. However, it was his first error in weeks and scouts have noted that Quintanilla has shown good range and soft hands this fall. If the A's intend to keep the University of Texas product, he will likely be moved to second. However, he may draw interest from teams looking for a shortstop of the future and could become one of the A's best trading chips this off-season.

Dan Feinstein, a scouting assistant with the Oakland A's, was hired by former A's Assistant General Manager Paul DePodesta as the LA Dodgers' coordinator of baseball operations. Feinstein was responsible for all of the scouting videotape for the A's. He was made famous by the book "Moneyball", when his role organizing the videotapes was discussed by author Michael Lewis. The A's have yet to name a new scouting assistant.

The A's have begun to sign a handful of minor league free agents. They signed minor league free agent Seth Etherton to a major league deal. Etherton, a former first round pick by the Anaheim Angels, was signed as depth for both the bullpen and the starting rotation. Etherton will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster in the spring.

The A's also signed a trio of players to minor league contracts. A's farmhands Steve Smyth (a left-handed starting pitcher who pitched for Midland in 2004) and Britt Reames (a right-handed pitcher with major league experience who pitched for Sacramento in 2004) were re-signed by the organization for 2005. Both are expected to provide minor league pitching depth. The A's also reached a verbal agreement with utility infielder Jermaine Clark for a split major league/minor league contract for 2005. The former Vacaville prep star can play in both the infield and outfield and will try to make the A's in the spring as a utility player. If he doesn't make the 25-man roster in the spring, Clark will likely start the 2005 season in Sacramento.

News about the 2005 schedule is slowly leaking out. The A's have yet to announce their regular season schedule officially; however, the Baltimore Orioles have announced their schedule and it indicates that the A's will begin the 2005 season Baltimore. According to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' official schedule, the A's will head to Tropicana Field after their trip to Baltimore. The A's are also scheduled for an inter-league series against the new Washington team at RFK Stadium.

The A's have announced their spring training schedule and it is as follows:

February 19th is when pitchers and catchers report.

Date Opponent Site Time
Mar. 3 Chicago-NL Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 4 Milwaukee Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 5 at Milwaukee Maryvale 12:05 pm
Mar. 6 Anaheim Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 7 Arizona Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 8 Arizona (ss) Tucson 12:05 pm
Chicago-NL (ss)Mesa 12:05 pm
Mar. 9 San Francisco Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 10 Anaheim Tempe 12:05 pm
Mar. 11 Kansas City Surprise 12:05 pm
Mar. 12 Chicago-AL Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 13 Arizona (ss) Phoenix 12:05 pm
San Diego(ss) Peoria 12:05 pm
Mar. 14 Off Day
Mar. 15 Seattle Peoria 12:05 pm
Mar. 16 San Diego Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 17 Chicago-NL Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 18 Milwaukee Maryvale 12:05 pm
Mar. 19 Chicago-NL(ss) Phoenix 12:05 pm
Colorado (ss) Tucson 12:05 pm
Mar. 20 San Francisco Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 21 San Francisco Scottsdale 12:05 pm
Mar. 22 Texas Surprise 12:05 pm
Mar. 23 Texas Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 24 Chicago-NL Mesa 12:05 pm
Mar. 25 San Diego Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 26 Anaheim Tempe 12:05 pm
Mar. 27 Colorado Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 28 Chicago-AL Tucson 12:05 pm
Mar. 29 Seattle Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 30 Milwaukee Phoenix 12:05 pm
Mar. 31 San Francisco San Francisco 7:15 pm
Apr. 1 San Francisco San Francisco 7:15 pm
Apr. 2 San Francisco Oakland 1:05 pm

All times listed are Pacific.
Call (510) 762-BALL for ticket information.
(ss) Denotes split squad

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