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Elephant Rumblings: Kyle Muller draws rave reviews

News and notes from the first week of A’s camp

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Left-hander Kyle Muller was one of the big names acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the three-team trade that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta. Muller threw his first bullpen of camp and A’s manager Mark Kotsay compared him to veteran Diamondbacks lefty Madison Bumgarner.

“They share a lot of the same qualities and traits,” Kotsay said. “I know Bum rides horses. I don’t think Muller’s on horses yet. But they both like to hunt. They’re both left-handed and they’re both really big. If Muller can find a way to turn out like Bum, we’ve got something there. We’re excited about watching him throw.”

Muller’s stuff has never been in question. The questions around him have mostly been about his command. He answered a lot of those in Triple A last season and if he can carry that over into the majors, there is no reason to think that he can’t be an effective part of the rotation.

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