What a Farm System . . .

Photos: Courtesy Oakland Athletics (3)

For a moment this summer, the Oakland Athletics boasted a trio of ex-Cardinal stars. Infielder Jed Lowrie, ’06 (left), and right fielder Stephen Piscotty, ’13 (center), were already everyday players when Jeremy Bleich, ’09, got called up in July after a decade toiling in the minors. “We add another Stanford guy,” A’s manager Bob Melvin, a Cal grad, lamented to reporters. “I don’t know how well that sits with me, but that’s OK. . . . It is a great story.” Alas, a week later Bleich was back in Triple A.


Sam Scott is a senior writer at Stanford.