Stark Truth: Cunningham Promoted to Triple-A


Former South Kitsap standout Aaron Cunningham continues to pound the baseball. The outfielder, obtained by Oakland in the off-season trade with Arizona for pitcher Dan Haren, is having another productive season and there’s a good chance he could wind up with the A’s for the last month of the regular season.

Cunningham, who broke his wrist in spring training, hit .317 with 12 homers and 52 RBI in 87 games at Double-A Midland of the Texas League – good enough to earn a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento. He was moved up Friday and went 5-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and five walks in three games at Las Vegas.

“He’s earned at least a month’s worth of Triple-A at-bats,” A’s assistant GM David Frost told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He hit in the middle of the order in Midland, he played all three outfielder positions, he really had quality at-bats.”

The 22-year-old Cunningham played at Everett CC, where he earned NWAACC North Division MVP honors and was a sixth-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2005.

If he is a September callup, Cunningham will have a chance to play in front of his family and hometown fans. The A’s close out the season at Seattle on Sept. 26-27-28.

Another South Kitsap grad, Tampa pitcher Jason Hammel, was in Seattle this weekend with the first-place Rays. The right-hander pitched the final inning of the Rays’ 11-3 win on Sunday. He wasn’t especially sharp, allowing a couple runs in mop-up duty, but he did throw an impressive off-speed curve that kept hitters off-balance.

Another SK grad, Jason Ellison, was called up by Texas last week. The former Mariners’ outfielder had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. Ellison and the Rangers will be in Seattle on Sept. 9-10.


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