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Cochran-Gill acquired by A's

By Michael Butler

Trey Cochran-Gill turned 23 last week. The Tallassee native and pitcher with the Seattle Mariners organization might have gotten his birthday wish with a call he received on Tuesday night.

"The Mariners GM said, 'We've just traded you to A's. You'll have a good opportunity with them. You've pitched really good with our organization,'" Cochran-Gill recalled. "He said, 'They really like you and hopefully we'll see you down the road.'"

Cochran-Gill is headed to the Oakland A's in exchange for Evan Scribner, a relief pitcher with five years of Major League experience.

"I'm not really sure what to expect," Cochran-Gill noted. "It'll probably be according to how spring training goes."

Spring training will be in Arizona where Cochran-Gill spent time prior to last season. He pitched in four spring games. Cochran-Gill got a spot start in Triple-A and finished his season with Double-A Southern League team Jackson.

It was a busy season last year with Cochran-Gill pitching more than 80 innings. "That's the most I've pitched ever," he said.

The numbers in 70 appearances were good with an 11-5 record and a 2.91 ERA. He has not given up a homer in his professional outings.

"I try to keep the ball low, let my two-seam work and throw a few sliders," he said. "Now, the main thing is being more consistent. They say there's not much difference between Double-A to the big leagues. The guys in the big leagues are a little more consistent."

The 5-10 Cochran-Gill has been working out in the off season. He started throwing again last week. "I threw Monday and Wednesday. It feels pretty good so far."

On the upcoming season, Cochran-Gill is excited. "It's a great opportunity because they traded me for a big league guy. As long as I go to spring training ready and start off pretty good at the beginning of the season, it sounds like I might get an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues soon."

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