32-year old righty swinging Mark Ellis is the kind of player every team likes to have on the roster. He gets dirty and hustles both in the field and when he is batting. His problem is just staying healthy as he has only played in more than 124 games twice in his 7 years with the A’s. Ellis played in 105 games for the Athletics last season and he was 99 for 377 (.263 avg, .708 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 10 homers, 61 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Ellis has average range in the field but he only made 5 errors in 105 games at 2B for the A’s last season. Look for him to have another solid season for the A’s as long as he can stay away from the D.L.
26-year old lefty swinging Eric Patterson looked really solid for the A’s last season and he will likely be Ellis’ backup in 2010. He played in 39 games for the A’s last season and he was 27 for 94 (.287 avg, .767 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Patterson has all of the ability to keep hitting like he did last season as long as he remains focused at the job on hand. He made 1 error in only 5 games at 2B for the A’s last season but he showed good range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: B-