The Oakland A's announced their first cuts from major league camp this spring on Thursday. The team has optioned catcher Landon Powell to Triple-A Sacramento and reassigned pitchers Arnold Leon, Jay Marshall, Ryan Wing and Brad Ziegler to minor league camp.
Powell, a switch-hitting catcher, has yet to appear in a major league spring game as he works his way back from a torn ACL he suffered last July. He could still see some time in a major league game later in camp, but by being in minor league camp, the A's will be able to get Powell more situational work. Powell is likely to play for Triple-A Sacramento this season.
Leon, a right-handed pitcher, was the youngest player in the A's camp this spring. He was acquired from Saltillo of the Mexican League this off-season. A's coaches were impressed with the 19-year-old's stuff in his first exposure to baseball in the US. He allowed two runs in one inning in game action this spring. Leon will either start the season with High-A Stockton or Double-A Midland.
Marshall, a side-arming left-handed reliever, spent the entire 2007 season in the A's bullpen after making the team out of spring camp as a Rule 5 pick. He had a 6.43 ERA in 51 games for the A's in 2007. Marshall was in camp as a non-roster player this time around. Although he has a year of major-league experience, Marshall has never been to Double-A or Triple-A. He allowed two runs in one inning of work this spring.
Wing, a left-handed pitcher, was signed as a minor-league free agent this off-season from the Chicago White Sox chain. The former top White Sox prospect has battled injuries throughout his career, but he is coming off of his first healthy season in nearly four years. Wing has been a starter for much of his career, although he did make 17 relief appearances in 2007 at Double-A. He didn't allow a run, but walked two, in his one inning of spring work.
Ziegler, a submarine right-hander, was in his first major league camp. The reliever allowed four runs in two innings of spring work. He is coming off of a strong season as a reliever in 2007 for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento. Ziegler is likely to start the season back in Triple-A with the River Cats.
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