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OaklandClubhouse 2008 Mid-Season Awards: Ps

OaklandClubhouse 2008 Mid-Season Awards: Ps

With half of the minor league season gone, it is time for us to look back and acknowledge the players who shined during the first part of the season. In the first of a two-part series, we hand out the awards for the top-five starters and top-six relievers in the Oakland A's system, based on their first-half performances.

STARTING PITCHERS Craig Italiano, Kane County Cougars: After two major injuries curtailed his 2006 and 2007 seasons, Italiano has been healthy in 2008 and dominant. The A's 2005 second round pick breezed through the first half of the season to the tune of a 7-0 record and a 1.09 ERA. Italiano struck-out 76 in 66 innings and allowed only two homeruns. He was so good in May that he didn't allow...

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