Oakland A's MLN: Changes In AFL Rosters

The Arizona Fall League rosters have shifted since they were originally announced back in late August. The Oakland A's, in particular, have seen a few changes in list of players that they are sending to the prospect showcase. We have the details on the A's new AFL contingent inside…

On August 27, the Arizona Fall League released its initial rosters for the 2007 season. The league noted that rosters were subject to change, and a number of players have been added and removed from the various rosters for a variety of reasons since that time. Back in August, we detailed the original list of seven A's prospects heading to Arizona. However, we have learned from Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman that that list has changed over the last few weeks.

Originally, the A's were planning to send Jerry Blevins, Jeff Gray, Jay Marshall, James Simmons, Anthony Recker, Jeff Baisley and Cliff Pennington to the AFL to compete for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Since that time, Blevins and Recker have been removed from the Phoenix roster and Brad Kilby and Raul Padron have been added in their place.

Blevins was removed from the roster so that he can compete for Team USA this winter. The lefty is in the middle of a breakout season and he made his major league debut over the weekend after striking out 102 batters in 77.1 innings during the minor league season. Recker was removed from the Phoenix roster due to injury. The catching prospect broke his hamate bone during the waning days of the 2007 regular season. It usually takes roughly two-to-three months to recover from an injury of that type, which rendered Recker unavailable for the duration of the AFL season. He should be at full strength for spring training.

Replacing Blevins will be left-handed reliever Brad Kilby, who is coming off a strong season for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. Kilby began the year in Stockton, where he had a 3.24 ERA and he struck out 16 in 8.1 innings of work. He was then promoted to Double-A, where he made 47 appearances. In 65.2 innings for the Rockhounds, Kilby had a 2.88 ERA, and he struck out 69 batters. Kilby held lefties to a .237 BAA with Midland. On the season, Kilby whiffed 85 batters in only 74 innings. A 29th round selection out of San Jose State in 2005, Kilby had a 1.63 ERA in 60.2 innings for Low-A Kane County in 2006. He has struck out 196 batters in 162.1 professional innings for his career.

Replacing Recker will be Padron, who shared time with Recker behind the plate in High-A Stockton at the start of the season. Padron spent the entire season with the Ports, and he batted .223 with a career-high 13 homers in 96 games. Padron is a Venezuelan native who turns 23 today. He was scheduled to play for the Leones de Caracas this winter in the Venezuelan Winter League. It isn't clear whether he will compete for Caracas after the AFL or not.

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