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Oakland A's Mid-Season Q&A: Gil Patterson

Patterson sees better things ahead for Simmons.

Oakland A's Minor League Pitching Coordinator Gil Patterson just recently finished a 22-day trip around the Oakland A's system. We spoke with Patterson on Wednesday about the progress of a number of A's pitching prospects, including James Simmons, Henry Rodriguez, Tyson Ross, Sam Demel, Arnold Leon, Jared Lansford, Ben Hornbeck, Mickey Storey and more...

Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, July 15 OaklandClubhouse: James Simmons has had sort of an up-and-down year. What are you seeing from him at this point? Gil Patterson: He and Ricky Rod [Rick Rodriguez, River Cats' pitching coach] are working very well together, especially over the last four, five or six starts. He has been able to locate his fastball a bit and his slider has...

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