A's Make Nine More MiLB Cuts

The toughest part of spring training has begun at Papago Park in Phoenix, as the Oakland A's have had to make a series of cuts to get their minor league rosters in order for the start of the season. We have the names of nine more players let go inside...

Like last spring, the Oakland A's entered the 2009 spring training with the knowledge that they were going to have to make a number of tough roster decisions in their crowded minor league camp. Last week, the team released right-handers Jason Windsor and Ryne Tacker. Over the weekend, nine more players were let go: Jed Morris, Mike Massaro, Adam Klein, Myron Leslie, Jareck West, Gustavo Rosendo, Brad Hertzler, Keyter Rodriguez and Raymond Rodriguez.

Morris was selected by the A's in the 36th round of the 2002 draft out of Nebraska. The 29-year-old catcher played seven seasons in the A's organization. He missed most of the 2007 season while recovering from cancer, but he played a full year in 2008 for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland and hit a combined .274 with 10 homers in 62 games. For his career, Morris is a .278 hitter with an 816 OPS.

Massaro was a traveling man last season. The 2005 13th round pick spent all of the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Low-A Kane County, but he played at three different levels in 2008 (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A). He hit at least .268 at all three levels and was especially good with Stockton, where he hit .329 in 216 at-bats. In total for 2008, he hit .307 in 95 games, his best campaign as a pro.

Klein was the A's 48th round pick in 2007. He spent most of his 2008 season with Low-A Kane County, where he hit .271 with 18 stolen bases. He also appeared in seven games for Double-A Midland. In one-and-a-half minor league seasons with the A's, the Los Angeles native hit .270 with a .441 OBP and 52 stolen bases in 131 games.

Leslie was once one of the A's top hitting prospects, but his career stalled at Double-A Midland. The switch-hitter began his professional career as a third baseman, but he added versatility along the way, playing at first and in the outfield, as well. In 2006, Leslie drove-in 100 runs for High-A Stockton and hit a career-high 17 homeruns. The Florida native was the A's eighth round pick in 2004. He is a career .268 hitter with a .365 OBP.

West, out of Delta State, was taken by the A's in the 25th round of the 2007 draft. The outfielder never made it past short-season ball. In 2007, he hit .218 with 12 stolen bases in 25 games for the A's Rookie League club. In 2008, he appeared in 59 games for short-season Vancouver, hitting .181 with a .320 OBP and nine stolen bases.

Rosendo, a catcher, was a product of the A's Latin American program. The Venezuelan native played for four seasons in the US. He made it as high as High-A Stockton and is a career .206 hitter in 172 games. He turned 23 on March 1.

Hertzler is another member of the A's 2007 draft class who was let go. The left-hander was the team's 15th round pick that season. He pitched for Vancouver in 2007 and part of 2008 and also saw time in Kane County in 2008. In 46 appearances (17 starts), Hertzler posted a 4.63 ERA in 138.1 innings. He threw a five-inning, rain-shortened perfect game for Vancouver in July of 2007.

Keyter Rodriguez, another native of Venezuela, played only one season in the US. That was last season, when the outfielder hit .265 with two homers in 30 games for the A's Rookie League club. He turned 23 earlier this year.

Raymond Rodriguez was the A's 24th round pick out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in 2007. The centerfielder played two seasons with the A's Rookie League club, hitting .179 in 41 games over those two seasons. Rodriguez was one of the youngest players on the A's Arizona Rookie League teams the past two seasons and he won't turn 20 until August.


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