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Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Ryan Hughes

TROY, NY - Vermont Lake Monsters' reliever Ryan Hughes is a hard man to miss. The son of former NFL lineman Ernie Hughes looks more like he would suit up for the Golden State Warriors than the Oakland A's. Hughes stands 6'7'' and weighs 245 and is an intimidating presence on the mound. Donald Moore caught-up with the A's 2010 16th-round pick last weekend for a Q&A.

When evaluating pitchers, arm strength is usually the first thing an evaluator talks about. As a high school record-holder in shot-put and discus, Ryan Hughes has arm strength in spades. Although Hughes is 23 years old, he is a newcomer to pitching. An all-state track star at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, Hughes didn't play baseball in high school. He began his pitching career...

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