32-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp is shifting from CF to LF in 2012 for the A’s to make room for rookie Yoenis Cespedes. Crisp played in 136 games for the A’s last year and he was 140 of 531 (.264 avg, .693 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 8 homers, 54 RBIs and 49 stolen bases. He has now played in 211 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 221 of 821 (.269 avg, .724 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 16 homers, 192 RBIs and 81 stolen bases. Crisp has now played in 1,043 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,081 of 3,927 (.275 avg, .735 OPS) with 583 runs scored, 75 homers, 419 RBIs and 218 stolen bases. Crisp didn’t play in any games in LF last year, but he should be outstanding defensively there. Crisp played in 133 games in CF last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error while showing good range there.
31-year old righty swinging Jonny Gomes will likely back up Crisp in LF in 2012. Gomes played in 120 games for the Nationals & Reds last year and he was 65 of 311 (.209 avg, .714 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 14 homers, 43 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has now played in 781 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 573 of 2,367 (.242 avg, .780 OPS) with 343 runs scored, 118 homers, 364 RBIs and 45 stolen bases. Gomes has whiffed 726 times already in his career, so his power also comes with some holes in his swing. Gomes played in 73 games in LF last year and he had 1 assist and 2 errors while showing poor range there. Gomes could also get some ABs at DH for the A’s this year.
26-year old righty swinging Michael Taylor comes into this season as the A’s #6 prospect according to Baseball America. Taylor played in 11 games for the A’s last year and he was 6 for 30 (.200 avg, .614 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. He also played in 93 games in AAA-ball last year and he is 95 of 349 (.272 avg, .816 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 16 homers, 64 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Taylor played in 3 error-free games for the A’s in LF last year. He is likely going to start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.
Seth Smith. Josh Reddick and Collin Cowgill could also see time in LF for the A’s in 2012. Smith played in 25 games in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 4 assists and 0 errors while showing awful range there. Reddick played in 21 games in LF for the Red Sox last year and he had 1 error and 1 assist while showing off excellent range. Collin Cowgill played in 18 games in LF for the Diamondbacks last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors while showing off out of this world range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR LF IN 2012: B