Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 11/19/14
For Bruce Billings, the time is now.  The 27-year old starting pitcher for the Sacramento River Cats is entering his third season (second full season) with the triple-A ball club and trying to make his case for a call-up to their parent club, the Oakland A’s.  Through June 22nd, Billings has posted a 8-4 W-L record (leading the Pacific Coast League in the wins category) with a 4.37 ERA and 1.429 WHIP in 70.0 IP, and has 70:29 K/BB ratio. Originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of San Diego State University, Billings was acquired by the A’s, along with a player to be named later, in a trade that sent second baseman Mark Ellis and cash back to the Rockies in the 2011 season.  He was sent directly to triple-A Sacramento, and has been here ever since. While Billings may not be next in line if an A’s starting pitcher were to get demoted or injured, that honor seems locked up by A’s top pitching prospect, Sonny Gray, there is a path for Billi...
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