|Cliff Pennington is looking for better health and a good year at the plate in his return to Stockton.|
Stockton fans will be introduced to a number of new faces, as well. Centerfielder Javier Herrera, one of the A's top prospects, will be making his Stockton debut. Herrera was scheduled to play in Stockton last season, but he injured his elbow during spring training and he missed the entire season. Herrera is an exciting five-tool talent who could thrive in the hitter-friendly California League.
The Ports' offense will also get a boost from outfielder Chad Boyd, who hit .346 for Kane County last season. Boyd is only three years removed from high school baseball and is one of the A's best young hitters. Returning outfielders Turner and Blasi will add an element of speed to the Ports' line-up.
|Anthony Recker was a Midwest League All-Star in 2006.|
For the second consecutive year, the Ports should feature an outstanding defense up the middle. Pennington, the A's top pick in 2005, will return to Stockton after a disappointing 2006 season that was cut short by injury. Pennington is an advanced defensive shortstop and, if healthy, he should provide a spark at the top of the Ports' line-up.
|Justin Sellers is a slick-fielding shortstop.|
Third baseman Frank Martinez is making the jump from Kane County to Stockton after an outstanding 2006 season for the Cougars. Martinez had seven homers, 58 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 2006. He will be joined across the diamond by his 2006 Cougars' teammate Steve Kleen, who figures to share time at first and at DH with Everidge. Kleen batted .281 with five homers and 59 RBIs for Kane County in 2006. Everidge hit 20 homers for the Ports in 2006 to lead the team.
|Mike Madsen will be back in Stockton in 2007.|
Left-hander Ben Jukich is the only 2006 draft pick on the Ports' roster and he figures to be a big part of the Ports' rotation. The tall left-hander was outstanding after being selected in the 13th round last season. He went 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 16 appearances (five starts) during his 2006 regular season, which he split between Vancouver and Kane County. Jukich was the Cougars best starting pitcher during the Midwest League playoffs, as well.
|The A's are expecting big things from Ben Jukich.|
Right-hander Luis Ramirez, who was signed as a minor league free agent this off-season, will be another new face on the Ports' pitching staff. He made 23 starts for High-A Frederick in the Baltimore chain last season. Right-hander Rob Semerano is making the jump from Kane County to Stockton after making 26 appearances for the Cougars in relief in 2006. He had four saves and a 4.20 ERA last season. Sullivan, another right-hander, will return to the Ports for a third straight season. He pitched at High-A Modesto in 2004. Landeros is also returning to Stockton for a third consecutive season.