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2009 In Review: Q&A With Keith Lieppman, P. 1

With the 2009 minor league regular season in the books, we thought it would be a good time to catch-up with Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman to find out his thoughts on the progress of many of the A's prospects, and the system as a whole, this season. In Part One of our conversation, we discuss Chris Carter, Brett Wallace, Jemile Weeks, Adrian Cardenas, Arnold Leon & more.

OaklandClubhouse: How would you assess this year? Keith Lieppman: I think the main focus is our four top clubs – Sacramento down through Kane County – and to really get that development part going. The other two clubs [Vancouver and Arizona], it's really about first-year experiences and trying to get them to understand what it takes to play everyday. At the other levels, we really focused on...

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