Live from Phoenix: Meyer Impresses

PHOENIX -- The Oakland A's dropped a close one to the Los Angeles Angels, but a number of the A's top prospects had impressive outings in the 10 inning affair. Dan Meyer and Jered Weaver squared off in this match-up, a possible preview of future AL West battles. Both pitching prospects put on a show in the low-scoring affair. A full report inside...

Dan Meyer entered camp as arguably the biggest wild card for the A's. Meyer's stock dropped dramatically after an injury-plagued 2005 season. The A's signed Esteban Loaiza to fill their starting rotation, taking the pressure off of the left-handed Meyer who will concentrate on recapturing the magic he had in the Atlanta Braves organization at AAA-Sacramento this season.

Entering today's game, Meyer had made two appearances in game action this spring. He threw two scoreless innings versus South Africa and then allowed two runs in two innings versus the Kansas City Royals. Meyer was allowed to go longer this outing. The lefty used an outstanding change-up and a good fastball to handcuff the Angels' line-up. He allowed only two Vladimir Guerrero doubles in four innings, walking none and striking out two. Meyer also induced a number of pop-ups and weak grounders. He was aggressive in the strike zone, throwing a number of first pitch strikes. Weaver allowed two hits to the first two batters and didn't allow another runner for the next five innings. He finished with five strikeouts.

Meyer left with the game tied 0-0. The A's wasted a first inning scoring opportunity when the first two runners reached on singles. However, Mark Ellis was picked off of third to end that rally. The A's would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Marco Scutaro singled home Doug Clark with two-outs. Randy Keisler was unable to hold the lead, however, as he allowed a two-out single to Angels prospect Kendry Morales to drive-in the tying run.

The A's had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth when Freddie Bynum led-off the inning with a triple that just missed going out. The Angels prevented the A's from scoring the winning run by using a five man infield. Anaheim would win the game in the top of the 10th.

The Angels may have won in regulation if not for the defense of Charles Thomas in center. Thomas threw out a runner at home in the seventh inning and made two diving catches to keep the Angels off of the bases.

Minor League Camp

Spring Training is in full swing for the Oakland A's minor league players. The A's minor league teams took part in their first games on Thursday, squaring off with the San Francisco Giants organization. The A's took on the Giants squads again on Friday and will face San Diego on Saturday. Sunday will be an inter-squad day.

The A's have broken down their minor leaguers into four teams representing the A's four full-season minor league affiliates. The rosters for each affiliate are likely to change once all of the players who don't make the A's 25-man roster are sent down to minor league camp. Currently, top infield prospect Kevin Melillo is playing with AAA-Sacramento and top outfield prospects Richie Robnett and Javier Herrera are playing with AA-Midland. Outfield prospects Steve Stanley, Brian Stavisky, Danny Putnam and Jason Perry are on the AAA-Sacramento roster. Pitching prospects Brad Knox and Brad Sullivan are with Midland, and Ryan Webb, Jimmy Shull, Michael Rogers and Mike Madsen are on the A-Stockton roster at the moment.

Health Notes

--2004 first round pick Landon Powell is back in camp after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Powell spent the off-season working at Athletes Performance in Tempe, AZ, and he has been participating in all of the normal catching drills. He is currently on the A-Stockton roster.

--Melillo is at full strength after undergoing off-season knee surgery. The second base prospect played in Thursday's AAA game and tested the knee with full-speed running and sliding. He showed no ill effects and expects to be 100% for the start of the season.

--First base prospect Eddie Kim is coming off of an injury-plagued season with low-A Kane County, but he is hoping for better health in 2006. The slugger said that he feels great at the moment. He is currently on the Stockton roster.

--Pitchers Ben Fritz and Jason Windsor finished 2005 injured, but both pitchers are back in camp and are on the AA-Midland roster.

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