Oakland A's MLN: Signings, Cuts and Rehabs

On Friday, the Oakland A's inked five more draft picks. We take a look at who was signed and we check-in with Keith Lieppman to find out who was cut from extended spring training and how the rehabs are going for Brad Sullivan, James Shull and Shane Keough.

A's Sign Five Draft Picks

On Friday, the A's inked five more draft picks, upping their total to 18 signed picks. RHP Travis Banwart, 1B Dan Hamblin, SS Michael Richard, LHP Aaron Jenkins and OF Herbert Hudson all officially became members of the A's organization on Friday.

Banwart was a fourth round selection out of Wichita State. The 6'3'' right-hander is one of the most polished collegiate pitchers in the A's draft class and he should start his career in Low-A Vancouver.

Hamblin is a favorite of the A's scouting department. The slugging corner infielder was taken by the A's in the ninth round of last year's draft. The A's were unable to come to terms with Hamblin, but the team jumped on the chance to take him again this season, this time in the 10th round. He, too, is likely to start his pro career in Vancouver.

Richard was a shortstop at Prairie View A&M, where he was the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Player of the Year. Richard hit .402 for the Panthers as a senior. He is also a likely candidate for Vancouver.

Jenkins was selected in the 22nd round out of Northern Iowa. The left-handed pitcher set his school's single-season strikeout record with 127 and he had a 3.04 ERA on the year.

Hudson is the first non-four-year collegiate player to sign with the A's this year. He played for Mt. San Jacinto JC and hit .376 for the Eagles. He was a centerfielder in college.

Cuts and Rehabs

According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, OF Carlos Gutierrez has been cut from extended spring trainig. Gutierrez was an undrafted signing last season, but he struggled at the Arizona Rookie League at age 23. The A's are likely to make more player moves once the team has signed more of its draft picks.

Lieppman also indicated that the rehab for OF Shane Keough, who was signed as a draft-and-follow last year, has been going well. Keough missed all of short-season last year due to a bad back. He also missed spring training, but he has been healthy since then and has been playing without restriction at extended spring training.

Former first round pick Brad Sullivan has been out of action since April, when he was with the Stockton Ports. He is rehabbing an injury back home in Houston, TX.

Right-hander James Shull, who was one of the A's most promising young arms in 2005, will officially miss all of the 2007 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Shull missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery for an elbow injury he incurred in April 2006.

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