Oakland A's MLN: Omura Let Go

As the start of the minor league season draws closer, the Oakland A's are continuing the difficult task of trimming their minor league ranks. The A's latest cut was a middle infielder who was a prospect on the rise after the 2006 season.

Over the weekend, the Oakland A's announced that they had released middle infielder Isaac Omura. The Hawaii native was coming off of a disappointing 2007 season that saw him hit only .195 with one homer in 60 games for Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton. He also missed the final six weeks of the season with a broken thumb.

Omura was selected by the A's in the 17th round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Hawaii. The Honolulu native had what looked to be a break-through season in 2006 with Low-A Kane County. In 92 games, the middle infielder hit .297 with a .355 OBP and a .401 SLG. We named Omura the A's 47th best prospect going into the 2007 season.

The 2007 season started off poorly for Omura, who was sent back to Kane County to start the season despite his good numbers there in 2006. He managed only a .194 average in 108 at-bats for the Cougars. He was promoted to High-A Stockton in June, but he didn't find much more success in the California League. Omura hit only .195 in 77 at-bats for the Ports. He broke his thumb on July 25th and missed the rest of the season.

Omura is the A's sixth minor league cut since last weekend. Former major leaguers Brad Halsey and Matt LeCroy have also been let-go. LeCroy asked for his release after he didn't make the team out of spring training. Halsey hasn't pitched since injuring his shoulder early last season. He filed a grievance with the A's last year claiming that he was sent to the minor leagues while injured so that the team could avoid paying him major league salary.

Rosters Not Set Until Sunday At Earliest

The A's front office will be working right up to the deadline to set their minor league rosters this season. According to Keith Lieppman, the A's director of player development, the team won't set the rosters for the A's full-season affiliates until Sunday at the earliest. Those decisions could drag into Monday, depending on when the A's make their final decisions for their major league roster.

The A's minor leaguers hit the road a week from today to travel to their affiliate cities. The Stockton Ports and Sacramento River Cats will square-off for a home-and-home exhibition series on April 1st and 2nd for the second year in a row. The A's extended spring training roster will be announced early next week.


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