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Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Sam Demel, RP
Good relievers are hard to find, but the Oakland A's have assembled quite a stable of good bullpen arms of late. In particular, the A's have found success with relievers from the state of Texas. Closer Huston Street, set-up man Keith Foulke and former All-Star reliever-turned-starter Justin Duchscherer all grew up in the Lone Star State. The A's are hoping that another Lone Star reliever will follow in the footsteps of Street, Foulke and Duchscherer. Sam Demel, a hard-throwing right-hander, was selected in the third round by the A's out of Texas Christian University last season. After signing last season, Demel was sent to High-A Stockton, where he struggled in his first pro action. He walked 15 in 14 innings with the Ports before being sent to Low-A Kane County. Demel pitched much better for the Cougars, allowing only one earned run in 9.1 innings and...
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