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Q&A with Keith Lieppman, A's Farm Director

Is Lieppman worried about Rodriguez's struggles?

On Saturday, we caught up with A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, who was in Stockton to get a closer look at the Ports. We spoke with Lieppman about a range of topics. Inside, find out his thoughts on when it is a good time to promote a top prospect, whether he is concerned about Henry Rodriguez's struggles, his impressions of the Kane County pitching staff and more…

OaklandClubhouse: When is it appropriate to promote a top prospect to the next level? Keith Lieppman: We've kind of had a rule-of-thumb where you try to let them dominate a league [before promoting them], but there is no firm, set standard for a promotion. Sometimes it is injuries that create an opening. Sometimes it is a lack of production for a guy ahead of you. Right now, we have a whole...

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