A’s, River Cats’ & RockHounds’ Roster Projections

Will Hiro have to be a hero in Sacramento?

Will Hiro still be smiling in Sacramento?

We’re now less than a week away from opening day, and Jemile Weeks has been optioned to Sacramento, Adam Rosales has been placed on the disabled list, and Hiro Nakajima has been struggling and is now dealing with a strained hamstring. And thanks to these recent developments, it looks like the A’s opening day roster may now be rounding into shape – and along with it, the Sacramento River Cats’ and Midland RockHounds’ rosters too. Of course, plenty can still change and nothing is etched in stone. There haven’t been any official announcements from the team yet and there probably won’t be until about 24 hours before opening day, but below are our projected opening day rosters for the A’s and their Triple-A and Double-A affiliates based on what we think we know at this point…



Derek Norris

Derek Norris


John Jaso C

Derek Norris C


Brandon Moss 1B

Nate Freiman 1B

Eric Sogard 2B

Scott Sizemore 2B

Jed Lowrie SS

Josh Donaldson 3B


Yoenis Cespedes OF

Coco Crisp OF

Josh Reddick OF

Chris Young OF

Seth Smith OF

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson


Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tommy Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP


Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP


Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP


(Bartolo Colon – SUSPENDED)

(Fernando Rodriguez – DL)

(Adam Rosales – DL)



Michael Choice

Michael Choice


Luke Montz C

David Freitas C

Hiro Nakajima SS

Jemile Weeks 2B

Andy Parrino SS-3B-OF

Grant Green 2B-3B-OF

Josh Horton 3B-SS-2B

Scott Moore 1B-3B-DH

Shane Peterson OF-1B

Conner Crumbliss OF-2B

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray


Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP


Evan Scribner RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

James Simmons RHP

Arnold Leon RHP


Hideki Okajima LHP

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP



Miles Head

Miles Head


Beau Taylor C

Ryan Ortiz C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy


Carlos Hernandez LHP

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Sean Murphy RHP

Jacob Brown LHP


Brian Gordon RHP

Carlos Fisher RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Nate Long RHP

Sergio Perez RHP


Frank Gailey LHP


***UPDATE: In something of a surprise, the A’s have designated LHP Travis Blackley for assignment. This opens a spot in the A’s bullpen for either Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa, Mike Ekstrom or Hideki Okajima. Their spot in the River Cats bullpen will be filled by RHP Danny Otero, who was claimed off waivers.


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11 comments for “A’s, River Cats’ & RockHounds’ Roster Projections

  1. Matt Manera
    March 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Looks right to me. The only one, is do you really think it’ll be Resop over Scribner?

    • March 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Absolutely – Resop hasn’t allowed a run all spring, and he’s out of options, so they probably couldn’t send him down without losing him.

  2. JP
    March 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This is old. Huntenlocker was released

  3. March 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    • March 29, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Don’t think he’ll make it – they’re already going to have Weeks & Green there.

  4. March 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I’m thinking Crumbliss be at Midland to start.

    • March 29, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Crumbliss is almost certain at Sac.

  5. March 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Well the surprise news today was that Travis Blackley was designated for assignment! That opens a spot in the A’s bullpen for either Scribner, Figueroa, Ekstrom or Okajima. Their spot in the River Cats bullpen will be filled by RHP Danny Otero, who was claimed off waivers.

    • April 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      milb now has the A’s minor league rosters up.

      • April 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        Yep, been reporting on them all day on Twitter.

  6. August 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Francis is definitely a risk, but I think there is some reoasn to think that he could be a useful part. He was impressive in his rookie season and improved for two consecutive seasons before 2008 when he was injured and 2010 when he was recovering. If he can return to his 2007 form or even slightly improve on that he would be a good get. His K/9 that year was 6.9 and his BB/9 rate minus intentional walks was 2.3. Those aren’t bad at all. Considering the fact that he’s lefty and Banuelos won’t be ready in 2011, if the Yankees can get him cheaply, I’d like to see them try.

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