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Gil Patterson On A's Short-Season Pitchers

The 2010 draft ushered in another talented group of pitchers into the Oakland A's system. The A's US short-season teams have reflected that talent, as Vancouver leads the Northwest League in ERA and the Arizona A's are third in the AZL in ERA. We recently spoke with A's minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson about the C's, the AZL A's and the DSL A's pitching staffs.

Arizona Rookie League A's On Tyler Vail: "I like him quite a bit. Just a strike-thrower. For a high school kid just to fire strikes, that's impressive. You hate to kind of say a young Trevor Cahill, but very well could be. Sinks the ball, throws the ball in the high-80s, low-90s. Pretty good feel for a change-up and the breaking pitch is coming. He has only thrown it for a short period of time...

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