Oakland A's MLN: Extended ST & Other Notes

The Oakland A's minor league spring training camp came to an end over the weekend. Later this week, all four of the A's full-season affiliates will start their regular seasons. Despite the end of spring training, Papago Park is still a busy place. We have the details of the A's extended spring training roster, some injury news and the latest release from the A's system inside...

Stavisky Released
Over the weekend, the Oakland A's parted ways with fan favorite Brian Stavisky. The 2002 sixth-round pick was let go after six productive seasons in the A's chain. Stavisky has been one of the A's top minor league hitters since he was selected out of Notre Dame University. He has a career .310 BA with a .402 OBP and an 873 OPS. The corner outfielder won the California League Most Valuable Player award in 2004, when he hit .343 with a 963 OPS for the Modesto A's.

Stavisky cruised through every level of the A's system until reaching Triple-A in 2006. He struggled to get playing time with the River Cats in 2006 and was sent back to Double-A after hitting a career-low .239 in 33 games. In 2007, Stavisky got another chance at Triple-A, but he was sidetracked by a freak injury when he broke his thumb early in the season diving back into first base. Stavisky missed most of the season, but he returned in time to help the River Cats in the playoffs.

During his time with the A's, Stavisky was a part of three full-season championship teams: the 2004 Modesto A's, the 2005 Midland Rockhounds and the 2007 Sacramento River Cats.

Extended Spring Training Begins
The A's extended spring training camp is underway at Papago Park. There are a number of familiar names that are still in Phoenix. Some of these players are staying back for extra work, while others are rehabbing injuries.

Some of the players finishing with their rehabs include:
- second baseman Kevin Melillo, who is still rehabbing his surgically repaired right wrist,

- left-handed starting pitcher Dan Meyer, who fell victim to appendicitis during spring training and is still regaining his strength,

- outfielder Aaron Cunningham, who is recovering from a broken wrist he incurred during major league spring training,

- outfielder Javier Herrera, who is still working his way back into shape after off-season hamstring problems,

- outfielder Grant Desme, who will start the year on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury,

- outfielder Chad Boyd, who is battling right wrist soreness, and

- pitchers Jason Windsor and Mike Mitchell, who are both working back from shoulder surgeries.

There are also a number of players who are arriving in camp to get extra work in before joining an active roster. 2007 34th round pick Ryne Tacker will be making his Oakland A's organizational debut at extended spring training after signing with the team late in the year. Outfielders J.D. Pruitt, Raymond Rodriguez, Angel Sierra and Jareck West will be working in hopes of landing on one of the A's short-season rosters later in the year. Pitchers Ronny Morla and Hector Garcia are strong candidates for the short-season Vancouver roster after pitching for the A's Rookie League team in 2007.

Below is the entire extended spring training roster, as of March 31, 2008.

Extended Spring Training Roster
Catchers
Love, Dante
Napoleon, Michael
Nunez, Juan
Rivera, Julio

Infielders
Arrieche, Carlos
Frash, Justin
Gil, Leonardo
Luis, Marcos
Melillo, Kevin
Rodriguez, Yunior
Tirado, Francisco
Wentzell, Dan

Outfielders
Boyd, Chad
Cunningham, Aaron
Desme, Grant
Donovan, Todd
Hernandez, Franklin
Herrera, Javier
Hudson, Herbert
Klein, Adam
Macias, Lorenzo
Pruitt, J.D.
Rodriguez, Raymond
Sierra, Angel
West, Jareck

Pitchers
Christensen, Kyle
Collins, Bryan
Deaza, Inoel
Figueroa, Pedro
Garcia, Hector
Garcia, Jose
Gissell, Chris
Glushon, Jason
Gomez, Fabian
Guzman, Jose
Hernandez, Carlos
Kerfoot, Chad
Komine, Shane
Land, Lee
Lee, Chad
Lysander, Brent
McLaughlin, Josh
Meyer, Dan
Mitchell, Mike
Morla, Ronny
Mota, David
Oakes, Earl
Sewell, Lance
Shafer, David
Sharpe, Steve
Shull, James
Tacker, Ryne
Tejeda, Edgar
Villegas, Juan
Windsor, Jason


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