The Oakland A's had the best team ERA in the American League and the sixth-best bullpen ERA in the AL in 2010. Despite that success the team has continued to add talent to their pitching staff this off-season. That continued on Tuesday when the A's inked reliever Grant Balfour. To make room for Balfour, they had to designate prospect Clayton Mortensen for assignment.
January 18, 2011
Sunday was a disappointing day for two of the Oakland A's affiliates, as the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats saw their spirited comeback fall short in Game Five of the PCL semifinals and the Low-A Kane County Cougars were unable to finish off the Clinton LumberKings in their second round series.
September 12, 2010
With the second-most wins and the 10th best ERA in the league, Clayton Mortensen has been one of the best starters in the Pacific Coast League this season. But what will it take for Mortensen to find success in the major leagues? Nathaniel Stoltz takes a look at Mortensen's major league pitch data and comes to some conclusions...
August 5, 2010
During the off-season, we named our top-50 prospects in the Oakland A's system. Now that we have passed the midway point of the season, we thought it would be a good time to check the progress of those players. In the fifth in our series, we take a look at the progress of prospects 20-11 from our off-season list.
July 21, 2010
On Sunday, we caught up with Oakland A's minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson, who was in Phoenix at the A's minor league complex running the pitchers' side of the mini-camp for the newly signed draft picks. We talked about A's minor league pitchers from those in extended spring training through Triple-A.
June 15, 2010