26-year old switch hitting Cliff Pennington will be the starting SS for the A’s in 2011. He played in 156 games for the A’s last season and he was 127 of 508 (.250 avg, .687 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. The A’s are hoping that Pennington can get his average up to around .270 so that he can fully utilize his speed in 2011. Pennington had 25 errors in 150 games at SS last season for the A’s but he showed outstanding range as he gets to a lot of balls other shortstops only can dream about.
27-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales will back up Pennington when he gets healthy. Rosales had 2 errors in 14 games at SS last season while showing awful range.
27-year old righty swinging Steven Tolleson played in 25 games for the A’s last season and he was 14 of 49 (.286 avg, .748 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He also played in 80 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 97 of 292 (.332 avg, .915 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Tolleson didn’t make any errors in 11 games at SS for the A’s last season but he showed pretty awful range. He will have a shot to make the team this spring as Rosales won’t be ready to start the season.
24-year old lefty swinging Eric Sogard will battle Tolleson this spring. Sogard played in 137 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 154 of 514 (.300 avg, .798 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 5 homers, 65 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Sogard also got a cup of coffee with the A’s last September as he appeared in 4 games in which he was 3 for 7 (.429 avg, .984 OPS). Sogard had 4 errors in 25 games at SS in AAA-ball last season as he is a natural 2B.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE A’S 2B IN 2011: C