2006He began the season in Double-A Midland and became the 31st pitcher in Oakland history to start in his debut on July 17. He held the Orioles to three runs (one earned) over five innings and earned a no-decision in the A's 5-3 loss. In four games (three starts) with the A's, he went 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. At Midland, he went 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA before he was promoted to Sacramento on May 9. After winning four consecutive starts in Midland, he went on to win 16 before his first loss of 2006 on Aug. 24. He went 13-1 with a 3.81 ERA in Sacramento. He earned Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week from May 22-28 after going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA.