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Oakland A's Q&A: Pitching Coach Jim Coffman

TROY, NY - When the Oakland A's signed Yoenis Cespedes, the signing had an impact not only on the A's at the major league level but also on their short-season squad. Ariel Prieto was scheduled to be the Vermont Lake Monsters' pitching coach, but the A's had him stay in Oakland to work with Cespedes. Luckily, the A's had an ace-in-the-hole ready to step in and take Prieto's place in Vermont.

The Oakland A's tabbed longtime scout and minor league pitching coach Jim Coffman to take Prieto's place in Vermont. Coffman served as a scout in the Northwest region for the A's for the past five years, but before that he had been a pitching coach in the A's organization. Under Coffman's tutelage this season, the Lake Monsters have struck-out more than a batter per inning (611 in 604.2 innings...

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