According to Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, the A's have parted ways with four minor leaguers: pitchers T.J. Franco, Trent Peterson and Mike Rogers and outfielder Ramiro Mendez. In addition, it has been reported that pitcher Shawn Kohn has been cut.
Franco was selected in the 30th round of the 2005 draft out of the University of San Francisco. Franco split his 2007 season between Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton. He had a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 innings for the Cougars and a 5.73 ERA in 44 innings for the Ports. High-A was the highest level that Franco reached in the A's system in his three years with the organization.
Peterson was a fifth round selection of the A's in 2003 out of Florida State University. He split his 2007 season between High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. Peterson, who was both a starter and a reliever this season, went 8-9 with a 4.31 ERA in 135.2 innings between both affiliates. The left-hander made one appearance for Triple-A Sacramento in 2006. Otherwise, reaching Double-A this season was the highest level he reached during his five seasons in the A's system.
Rogers was a second round pick of the A's in 2004 out of North Carolina State. He won 11 games for High-A Stockton in 2006, but he struggled to the tune of a 7.30 ERA at Double-A Midland at the start of this season. Rogers was sent back to Stockton, where he continued to struggle. In 64.1 innings with the Ports in 2007, Rogers had an 8.95 ERA. In four seasons in the A's system, he had a 5.97 ERA.
Mendez signed with the A's as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2004. The right-handed hitting outfielder never reached higher than Low-A Kane County, where he played 37 games this season. He hit .200 with two homers in 120 at-bats for the Cougars. Mendez also had six hits in 10 at-bats for short-season Vancouver this season. In parts of three seasons with the A's US affiliates, Mendez hit .227 in 415 at-bats.
Kohn had been a part of the A's organization since 2002, when he was selected in the 22nd round out of the University of Washington. Despite not having an over-powering fastball, Kohn found a lot of success as a reliever in the A's system. In 411.2 innings, Kohn had a 3.55 ERA and 436 strikeouts. Kohn spent parts of three seasons with Triple-A Sacramento, including this season. He struggled with the River Cats during the regular season, posting a 6.65 ERA. He was much better with Double-A Midland, where he had a 3.23 ERA. Kohn rejoined the River Cats for the PCL playoffs and was the winning pitcher in Game 5 of the PCL semi-final series.
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