The Oakland A’s need better power numbers out of the 1B in 2011. 25-year old lefty swinging Daric Barton will be the starter at 1B once again in 2011. Barton played in 159 games for the A’s last season and he was 152 of 556 (.273 avg, .798 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 10 homers, 57 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Barton isn’t afraid to take a walk as he had 110 of them in 2010 but he also whiffed 102 times which is too many for a player with very little power. Barton is not a good defensive 1B either as he had 10 errors in 157 games for the A’s last season.
28-year old righty swinging Conor Jackson will be Barton’s backup in 2011. He will get most of his ABs in the outfield and at DH in 2011. Jackson made 0 errors in 3 games at 1B and he’s a slick defender there.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE A’S 1B IN 2011: C-