Category: Spring Training

Spring’s Young Over-Achievers!

Spring training leaves A's manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Spring training leaves A’s manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Well, we’re a little over three weeks into spring training now, and we’ve had the chance to get a good look at a number of the A’s most promising young hitters. There are 13 hitters who are likely to start the season in the A’s minor league system who’ve gotten into anywhere between 4 and 21 major league spring training games thus far – and most of them have performed pretty well!

However, only 3 of the 13 still remain in major league camp – outfielder Shane Peterson along with infielders Andy Parrino and Eric Sogard. They aren’t the only ones to make their mark though. Catcher David Freitas, infielders Jefry Marte, Grant Green and Darwin Perez as well as outfielder Michael Choice all hit the ball well during their time with the major league team.

Below is a list of the 13 players who we’re likely to see starting the year at Sacramento, Midland or Stockton who got at least 10 at-bats in major league games this spring, followed by a profile of a few particular over-achievers…

 

Shane Peterson (OF-1B) 18-for-42 / 6 2B / 1 HR / .429 AVG / .489 OBP / .690 SLG

Michael Choice (OF) 13-for-42 / 2 2B / 1 HR / .310 AVG / .333 OBP / .476 SLG

Eric Sogard (IF) 16-for-31 / 7 2B / 0 HR / .516 AVG / .559 OBP / .742 SLG

Andy Parrino (IF) 12-for-31 / 5 2B / 1 HR / .387 AVG / .457 OBP / .645 SLG

Michael Taylor (OF) 5-for-23 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .217 AVG / .250 OBP / .304 SLG

Grant Green (IF-OF) 9-for-22 / 5 2B / 0 HR / .409 AVG / .409 OBP / .636 SLG

Scott Moore (IF-OF) 4-for-20 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .200 AVG / .304 OBP / .350 SLG

David Freitas (C) 8-for-17 / 1 2B / 1 HR / .471 AVG / .471 OBP / .706 SLG

Luke Montz (C) 1-for-17 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .059 AVG / .105 OBP / .235 SLG

Addison Russell (SS) 4-for-16 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .250 AVG / .294 OBP / .313 SLG

Darwin Perez (IF) 5-for-15 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .333 AVG / .412 OBP / .400 SLG

Jefry Marte (3B) 4-for-10 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .400 AVG / .455 OBP / .600 SLG

Miles Head (3B) 1-for-10 / 0 2B / 0 HR / .100 AVG / .091 OBP / .100 SLG

 

ERIC SOGARD

esEric+Sogard+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+-UWwbavIYEwlWith Hiro Nakajima and Jed Lowrie added to the roster in the off-season and Adam Rosales both out of options and carrying a guaranteed contract, Sogard’s likely to start the season bouncing around Sacramento’s infield. But his spring performance has certainly helped to keep his name in play anyway. In his first 31 at-bats, Sogard is hitting over .500 and leads the team with 7 doubles. He also has just 1 strikeout. And with that kind of performance at the plate, if another infielder is needed in Oakland at some point, Sogard’s name should be quick to come to mind.

 

SHANE PETERSON

sphi-res-7054450_display_imageAt 25, Peterson has yet to see time in the majors. But let’s not forget that he was a 2nd-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2008 before coming over to the A’s in the Matt Holliday deal. With five outfielders already on the A’s roster, there doesn’t appear to be much room for Peterson. But after posting an impressive .460 OBP last season between Sacramento and Midland, he’s definitely opened some eyes this spring by batting .429 in 42 at-bats while bashing 6 doubles. He’s likely to start the season in the Sacramento outfield, along with Michael Choice and Michael Taylor. But Peterson can also play first base, and he’ll undoubtedly see some time there as well, which could help offer him another route to the big leagues.

 

DAVID FREITAS

dfhi-res-7054388_display_imageNo one seemed to pay too much attention to Freitas when he came over from the Nationals last summer in the Kurt Suzuki deal. But they’re certainly noticing him now after he went 8-for-17 this spring, hitting .471 with a home run, a double and just 1 strikeout. Freitas has never played above Double-A though, and he’s likely to start the season at either Midland or Sacramento. But at this point, with the departure of Max Stassi, Freitas appears to be the most promising young catcher in the A’s minor league system.

 

ANDY PARRINO

apAndy+Parrino+San+Diego+Padres+Photo+Day+r2YPnsacmu2lParrino came to the A’s this off-season along with LHP Andrew Werner in the Tyson Ross trade. And much like Sogard, Parrino is another infielder whose chances of making the roster are greatly hindered by the presence of Lowrie, Nakajima and Rosales. He’s likely to start the season playing shortstop at Sacramento, though the A’s have been giving him some time in the outfield this spring as well. But Parrino has put himself on the map with his consistent hot-hitting this spring, going 12-for-31 and hitting .387 with 5 doubles and a home run. And if the shortstop spot proves troublesome for the A’s this season, Parrino could end up earning a shot.

 

 

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Spring Training Update – 3/18/13

 

A’s Farm’s update on the third week of spring training and the A’s big round of roster cuts…

 

A’s Spring Training Stats

Grant Green Stats

Michael Taylor Stats

Michael Choice Stats

David Freitas Stats

Scott Moore Stats

Darwin Perez Stats

Brian Gordon Stats

 

 

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Spring Training Update – 3/11/13

 

A’s Farm’s update on the second week of spring training and Shane Peterson’s hot start…

 

Shane Peterson Career Stats

A’s Spring Training Stats

 

 

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Spring Training Update – 3/4/13

 

A’s Farm’s update on the first week of spring training and top prospect Michael Choice’s hot start…

 

Michael Choice Career Stats

A’s Spring Training Stats

 

 

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Spring Has Sprung!

Day 1 of A's spring training camp was a decidedly overcast affair

Day 1 of A’s spring training camp was a decidedly overcast affair (photo from Kate Longworth’s Twitter @KLongworthCSN)

Well, as you may already know, Monday was the big day for A’s pitchers and catchers to report to the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix. As usual, lots of other players chose to show up on Day 1 to join their pitching and catching comrades. The reporters covering the A’s beat showed up as well. And among the news trickling out on the first day of camp thanks to those beat writers…

*The team has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed Japanese reliever Hideki Okajima that includes an invitation to the major league camp.

*Catcher Derek Norris has shed a few pounds and has also made some alterations to his swing.

*New shortstop Hiro Nakajima said that manager Bob Melvin told him not to worry about the Jed Lowrie trade, that he was his shortstop.

*Third base and infield coach Mike Gallego has apparently been working Nakajima out over the past week and is “pleasantly surprised.” He also noted that the shortstop has great hands, above average footwork and an average arm.

*Top prospect Michael Choice is ready to go after missing the second half of last season with a broken hand.

*Pitching prospect Michael Ynoa is still in the Dominican Republic suffering from a case of chicken pox.

*Coco Crisp arrived with a beatbox, and it wasn’t long before the ‘Bernie Lean’ music was blasting in the A’s clubhouse.

 

Here’s a sampling of photos from Day 1 of spring training camp from various A’s beat writers…

A's Manager Bob Melvin holds court on Day 1

A’s Manager Bob Melvin holding court on Day 1 (photo from CSN’s Twitter @CSNAthletics)

Coco Crisp takes a casual approach on Day 1

Outfielder Coco Crisp takes a casual approach on Day 1 (photo from Casey Pratt’s Twitter @CaseyPrattCSN)

Hiro Nakajima: Mr. Popularity!

Hiro Nakajima: The A’s Mr. Popularity! (photo from John Hickey’s Twitter @JHickey3)

Pitcher Tom Milone desperately trying to think of something news-making to say on Day 1

Pitcher Tom Milone desperately trying to think of something newsworthy to say on Day 1 (photo from CSN’s Twitter @CSNAthletics)

Daric Barton shows off his insane facial hair in an attempt to fit in

First baseman Daric Barton shows off his insane facial hair in an attempt to fit in (photo from Jane Lee’s Twitter @JaneMLB)

Derek Norris and Brandon Moss wonder why no one else wants to play catch with them on a cloudy day in Phoenix

Derek Norris and Brandon Moss wonder why no one else wants to play catch with them on an overcast Phoenix day (photo from CSN’s Twitter @CSNAthletics)

 

See what the A’s beat writers have to say in their Day 1 columns…

Susan Slusser/SF Chronicle

Jane Lee/MLB.com

John Hickey/Bay Area News Group

Casey Pratt/CSN Bay Area

 

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Spring Has Sprung!

A’s pitchers and catchers report for the first day of workouts in Phoenix.
(All photos taken from public Twitter feeds and credited below)

The Green & Gold on display in the A's clubhouse in Phoenix (photo from Oakland A's official Twitter feed @Athletics)

A's likely opening day starter Brandon McCarthy (photo from Susan Slusser's Twitter feed @susanslusser)

2011 first-round pick Sonny Gray (photo from Jane Lee's Twitter feed @JaneMLB)

Pitching coach Curt Young observing pitcher Brad Peacock (photo from Jane Lee's twitter feed @JaneMLB)

New catcher Derek Norris gets acquainted with old catcher Kurt Suzuki (#8) (photo from Susan Slusser's Twitter feed @susanslusser)

Former A's infielder Phil Garner talks with catchers Anthony Recker, Josh Donaldson and Max Stassi (crouching) (photo from Susan Slusser's Twitter feed @susanslusser)


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the start of our exclusive two-part interview with A’s GM Billy Beane.


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