It's that time of the year when we take stock of the Oakland A's organization and analyze the top…
Oakland A's Coaching Q&A: Jimmy Escalante
After six seasons coaching in the Rookie, short-season and Low-A levels of the Oakland A's system, Jimmy Escalante will be making the jump to coaching at the High-A level in 2013. The South Bay resident will be leading the Stockton Ports' pitching staff next season after a successful year guiding the Arizona Rookie League A's in 2012. Escalante was a 36th-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 out of Hagerstown Community College. The 35-year-old spent three seasons as a catcher in the Orioles' minor league system, logging 153 games. In 2000, he was selected in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft by the Angels. Escalante then made the switch from catcher to pitcher. He spent that season pitching in the Angels' chain and then logged time in the independent leagues before switching to coaching. In 2007, Escalante joined the A's organization as a pitching coach for their Arizona Rookie League squad. Since that time, he has coached at the short-season A level (Vancouver...
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