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Powell Moving In The Right Direction

Powell has learned to use the whole field.

On Thursday, the Oakland A's promoted their top pick from the 2004 draft, Landon Powell, to Triple-A Sacramento. It is Powell's first taste of Triple-A baseball. The former South Carolina catcher has made a quick ascent through the A's system after missing all of the 2005 season with injury. We spoke with A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman about Powell's progress.

When Landon Powell was taken with the 24th overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2004, most scouts believed that he would move quickly through the minor leagues. Powell was a polished catcher coming out of college, with power from both sides of the plate and a good reputation on defense. Unfortunately, those plans were put on hold in 2005 when Powell injured his knee during off-season workouts. He...

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