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Ripon grad playing for As affiliate in Sacramento
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Ripon High School grad Adam Heether focused on a pitched ball during batting practice before an exhibition game between his Sacramento River Cats and the Stockton Ports at the Banner Island Ballpark. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Oakland A’s minor league player Adam Heether has worked his way back to California from the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.

In an exhibition game Wednesday, he was competing with his Triple-A Sacramento River Cats against Stockton Ports, the A’s Single-A affiliate, at Banner Island Ballpark.

Heether’s mom, Terry – activities director at Ripon’s Bethany Home – was watching Wednesday’s game from the front row near the visitors’ dugout. She watched her son put a high fly out into center field up against the fence. Due to a cold snap she was hunkered down in a man’s heavy jacket in an attempt to keep warm.

Heether’s team scored only one run in the evening exhibition game at the Stockton Ballpark, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t extremely focused on the matchup.

The 2005 Ripon High School graduate was drafted once and then a second time by the Colorado Rockies over two years – 2000 and 2001 – but he didn’t run with the offers. In the 2003 amateur draft he was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was that draft that launched his career in the minor leagues as he played first in the Brewers’ Rookie League, AZL Brewers, and the Class-A Beloit Snappers – returning to Beloit for the following season in 2004.

Heether was advanced to the club’s Class-A advanced Brevard County Manatees and then to their Double-A Huntsville Stars. And it was during that year he was named to the Florida State League All-Star team – continuing through 2006.

Following the 2007 season in Huntsville, Heether was assigned to the Nashville Sounds Triple-A team just before the opening of the 2008 season. He returned to Huntsville after the beginning of the season for a few weeks, returning to Nashville for what has been described as a “solid” series of games throughout that year.

During the 2009 season he again posted solid numbers hitting over a .340 batting average at one point — becoming a free agent at the end of the season in Nashville. In early June, Heether was reportedly claimed by the Oakland A’s and optioned to the River Cats.