Four players out of Oakland's highly touted farm system took part in Sunday's 10th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, which featured many of baseball's top prospects.
Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Cliff Pennington all played at least one inning in the game as members of the U.S. team, which was handed a 3-0 defeat by the World Team that boasted the A's Henry Rodriguez.
Anderson, of Double-A Midland, walked one and allowed a hit in one scoreless frame, while fellow Rockhound, Cahill, the Minor League strikeout leader, allowed one hit and fanned two in an inning. Meanwhile, Triple-A Sacramento's Pennington was 0-for-2 while getting a couple innings of playing time at second base.
"I saw Anderson pick a couple runners off," said Oakland manager Bob Geren, who was able to catch some of the game before the A's took on the Angels at McAfee Coliseum. "He pitched perfectly and is well on his way up in the organization."
Going up against his fellow Oakland prospects was Class A Stockton pitcher Rodriguez, who wowed just about everybody with his mind-blowing pitch speed. The Venezuelan pitched one inning, walking one and striking out three. He threw 17 pitches, among them one that flashed 100 mph on the radar gun with six showing 99 and five reaching the plate at 98.
"It's nice to see a couple of them get recognized," Geren said. "That kind of environment is just another stepping-stone."
The affair was part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, the first of three days of All-Star events at Yankee Stadium, culminating with the 79th All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Jane Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.