The Oakland Athletics have announced the 2012 Opening Day roster for the Single-A Stockton Ports. Twenty-two players on Ports' squad were originally drafted or signed by the Athletics and eight played with the Ports last season.
Leading the way for the Ports is right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole. Cole is tabbed as the fourth best prospect in the Athletics organization was acquired in the Gio Gonzalez trade to the Washington Nationals. He was 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 18 starts for Hagerstown (Low-A) in 2011.