A's prospect fans, rejoice. Trevor Cahill has finally been called up to the Midland Rockhounds, the A's AA affiliate. In turn, Scott Moore has been sent down to Stockton.
He's a pretty controversial prospect, as their is a differing opinion in the prospect community about his potential as a major leaguer.
Some believe that his amazing numbers indicate ace status: he is among the leaders in the minors in strikeouts, in groundball/flyball ratio, he doesn't walk too many guys, and he is great at limiting hits.
Others believe that his stuff isn't good enough.This is entirely based on his fastball velocity, which sits around 89-92. The counter to that argument is that it has so much sink on it (compared by an A's official to Brandon Webb or Roy Halladay) that it doesn't need to be faster than that.
Anyway, the jump to AA from A+ is usually thought of as one of the best indicators of a prospects true ability. So now we, the fans, can finally find out how his stuff will translate to the next level. I'm excited and confident that he will continue to dominate.
I recall a user comment here suggesting that the A's will have a bunch of minor league roster moves right after the all star break. That sounds about right so far. Danny Borrell was sent down to Midland (edit: thanks, Andeux), in place of Jason Glushon, who was sent back to Stockton. Javier Herrera is also finally back for Midland, taking up an empty roster spot. I haven't found any more transactions yet (cough Craig Italiano to Stockton cough) but I'm hoping they come soon. I'm also looking for an organizational boost of second baseman, pushing Larry Cobb up to Stockton again and Jesus Guzman to AAA.
And by the way, since Brett Anderson has returned to Stockton from his injury: 4 GS, 23.2 innings, 3 ER, 16 hits, 27/1 K/BB (!), and I believe 2 HBP's. As we can see, those horrific outings before going on the DL can be written off to injury
Please post up in this thread any more transactions that you can find.