28-year old switch-hitting Jed Lowrie, 26-year old switch-hitting Jemile Weeks and 28-year old righty swinging Scott Sizemore will likely duke it out for the starting 2B this spring for the A’s. Lowrie is likely the favorite as the A’s gave up a lot to get him from the Astros. Lowrie played in 97 games for the Astros last year and he was 83 of 340 (.244 avg, .769 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 16 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He didn’t play in any games at 2B for the Astros last year. He did play in 93 games (90 starts) at SS for the Astros last year and he had 8 errors while showing decent range. Lowrie has now played in 353 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 287 of 1,148 (.250 avg, .743 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 35 homers, 159 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Jemile Weeks took a step back last year for the A’s. He played in 118 games for the A’s last year and he was 98 of 444 (.221 avg, .609 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 2 homers, 20 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Weeks played in 113 games (112 starts) at 2B for the A’s last year and he had 11 errors while showing off horrible range. Weeks has now played in 215 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 221 of 850 (.260 avg, .681 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 4 homers, 56 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. Sizemore got hurt in spring training last year and he missed the entire 2012 season. He last played in the majors in 2011 for the Tigers and A’s. He has now played in 158 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 122 of 511 (.239 avg, .711 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 14 homers, 70 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013: C+