If the 2008 season will be remembered for anything around Oakland, it will be for a series of deals…
By The Numbers: Josh Outman, LHP
With the Oakland A's playoff hopes gone for 2008, the team has turned increasingly to new faces in an attempt to find talent that can contribute in 2009 and beyond. One player who has opened some eyes is left-hander Josh Outman, acquired in the Joe Blanton trade with Philadelphia. Since being acquired in July, Outman has moved from the Double-A Midland bullpen to the Oakland rotation in just two months, and he threw five strong innings in his first major league start on Saturday. With so much uncertainty in the rotation, it's worth investigating Outman's chances of continuing his success. Josh Outman was a 10th round draft pick of the Phillies in 2005. In 11 games (four starts) for short-season Batavia that year, the Central Missouri State alum pitched impressively, posting a 2.76 ERA that was only slightly a product of luck. Given Outman's college pedigree prior to being...
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