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Gil Patterson On A's MiLB Pitchers

Banwart has excelled this season.

Gil Patterson has visited with all four of the Oakland A's full-season minor league affiliates and the team's extended spring training complex since the start of the regular season. He lends us his insight on a number of the A's pitching prospects.

Low-A Burlington Bees On Blake Hassebrock (3-1, 1.46 ERA, 51 K in 55 IP, 2.29 GO/AO): He's throwing 93-96 [MPH] with diving bombing sinkers and a good slider. And, of course, the change-up is coming. On Hassebrock's increase in velocity and whether it came from a mechanical change: I think it was just a result of a nice off-season. An off-season of rest and not having to play fall baseball. On...

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