A's Minor League Notes

Thursday was a busy day in the A's farm system as one player was promoted to Oakland, one was named the MVP of his respective Triple-A league, and two more were named short-season league all-stars.

First baseman Dan Johnson, to little surprise, was promoted to Oakland from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. Johnson was batting .314 in 46 games for the River Cats. With the A's in first place in the AL West entering the final month of the season, a player must be on the 25-man roster before Sept. 1 to participate in the post-season.

Also from Triple-A, Cats third baseman Scott McClain was named the Pacific Coast League's 2006 MVP. McClain is batting .252, and has 27 home runs and 106 RBIs in 136 games. He led all PCL third basemen with a .977 fielding percentage and could also earn a September call-up.

Further down the organization ladder in short-season A-ball, two Vancouver players were named to the 2006 Northwest League All-Star team:

Third baseman Alex Valdez is batting .286 in 62 games with three home runs, 15 doubles and 31 RBIs with the team this season, and OF Matt Sulentic, who was promoted to Kane County last month, hit .354 in 38 games with the Canadians after being drafted this past June.

All-Star teams were also announced Thursday in the Arizona Rookie League, but the A's garnered no selections.

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