Notes From A's Minor League Camp

PHOENIX -- The Oakland A's minor league spring game schedule got underway on Friday in 100 degree heat. We have a few notes from Papago Park.

The Oakland A's minor leaguers officially started off their game schedule on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels farm system. The Triple-A and Double-A affiliates were on the road, while the High-A and Low-A affiliates were at home at Papago Park. Here are a few notes from Papago Park:

- Oakland A's top pick from the 2006 draft, Trevor Cahill, took the mound for the A's low-A affiliate, Kane County, on Friday. Not surprisingly, since it was the first game of the spring, Cahill struggled a bit with his command, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. However, he showed some good life on his fastball and got a number of swings and misses when he changed speeds.

Low-A A's catcher John Brummett almost put a dent in Cahill's 2007 season. Brummett was attempting to throw out a runner at second base when he held the ball too long and uncorked a throw right at the crouching Cahill. Disaster was averted when the athletic Cahill, who was a shortstop for a time in high school, defty avoided the throw.

- OF Mike Massaro, whose 2006 season with Kane County ended on June 30 when he suffered a broken wrist, is back on the field and swinging without restriction. The speedy outfielder launched a long double to centerfield in High-A Stockton's game on Friday.

- Outfielders Toddric Johnson and Jermaine Mitchell are currently playing with High-A Stockton, but both are expected to start the season in Low-A Kane County, according to Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.

- Lieppman also indicated that outfielder Javier Herrera is likely to start the season at High-A Stockton, although that decision could change at the end of camp. Herrera is currently playing with the Double-A Midland spring squad.

- Matt Sulentic, the A's second pick in the 2006 draft, is currently playing for Kane County's spring squad. After Sulentic played in the infield for a bit during the fall Instructional League, it has been determined that Sulentic will remain an outfielder.

- Right-handed pitcher Kevin Bunch has been slowed by an injured groin early in camp.

- Despite talk that he might start switch-hitting, shortstop Justin Sellers was batting right-handed versus right-handed pitching during the High-A spring game on Friday. He had a line-drive, two-strike hit against a right-handed pitcher and he scored from first on Massaro's double.


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