A's Release Four More Minor Leaguers

Spring Training is a time of optimism and renewal, but it is also a time for difficult roster decisions. The Oakland A's will have a number of tough roster choices to make this spring, as the team has significantly more players at their minor league camp than normal. The cuts began over the weekend. Inside, find out who was let go.

Over the weekend, we reported that Scot Drucker had been released by the organization. We have also learned that four additional players have been let-go: Brad Davis, John Herrera, Eric Sheridan and John Brummett.

Davis appeared in 31 games last season, making 16 starts and 15 relief appearances. The left-hander spent most of the season with High-A Stockton, where he posted a 5.17 ERA in 111.1 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento at the end of the year and made one outstanding start for the River Cats, tossing seven shut-out innings and earning the win. Davis underwent hip surgery during the off-season, but was healthy and participating in camp without restriction.

Davis had a strong 2006 season. He didn't allow a run in 18 innings for Low-A Kane County and then posted a 3.99 ERA in 67.2 innings for High-A Stockton. He had an 0.32 ERA for short-season Vancouver in 2005. Davis was selected in the 14th round of the 2005 draft out of Lewis-Clark State College.

Herrera split the 2007 season between Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton. The 6'6'' right-hander posted a 4.89 ERA in 88.1 innings for the Cougars and posted a 10.57 ERA in 7.2 innings for the Ports. His best season came in 2006, when he posted a 3.90 ERA in 60 relief innings for Kane County. Herrera was a 10th round pick of the A's in the 2005 draft.

Sheridan was signed as a minor league free agent by the A's during the 2006 season. A 15th round pick of Houston in 2005, Sheridan spent one year in the Astros chain before being released and latching on with Oakland in 2006. He made 14 appearances for the A's Rookie League squad, Vancouver and Stockton in 2006. In 2007, Sheridan split the season between Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton. He had a 3.58 ERA in 60.1 relief innings and held opposing batters to a .211 BAA.

Brummett was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the A's in 2006. The catcher spent all of the 2007 season with High-A Stockton, but appeared in only 18 games, collecting seven hits in 48 at-bats. He appeared in 14 games for the Arizona A's and five games for Triple-A Sacramento in 2006. Brummett attended Nicholls State University.

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