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

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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