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By The Numbers: Ian Krol

Ian Krol's 1.98 ERA with the Low-A Kane County Cougars has opened a lot of eyes, much the same way that current Oakland A's starters Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill opened eyes with their 2007 Midwest League performances. But does Krol's strong season compare to those 2007 efforts from Cahill and Anderson? Nathaniel Stoltz examines the numbers to find out...

The Midwest League can certainly be a turning point in a minor leaguer's career. Some short-season studs flail in the league, while others really take off, zooming up the prospect map. In 2007, two pitchers currently on the Oakland A's—Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill—did the latter, going from moderate prospects to potential aces. Anderson and Cahill both entered the Midwest League (Cahill for...

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