The A’s are likely to go with 30-year old righty swinging Hiroyuki Nakajima as their starting SS, as long as he looks good this spring. He played in 136 games in Japan last year and he was 155 of 499 (.311 avg, .833 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 13 homers, 74 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He will have competition though as 28-year old switch-hitting Jed Lowrie is going to push him for the job. Lowrie played in 93 games (90 starts) at SS last year for the Astros and he had 8 errors while showing off good range. Lowrie will also be competing for the 2B job this spring. 29-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales is going to try to win a bench job this spring for the A’s. He played in 42 games for the A’s last year and he was 22 of 99 (.222 avg, .631 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. He played in 11 games (9 starts) at SS last year for the A’s and he didn’t have any errors while showing pretty solid range. Rosales has now played in 251 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 152 of 674 (.226 avg, .630 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 15 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. 27-year old switch-hitting Andy Parrino will also compete for a backup job this spring. Parrino played in 55 games for the Padres last year and he was 24 of 116 (.207 avg, .592 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 26 games (22 starts) at SS for the Padres last year and he had 6 errors there while showing off pretty good range. Parrino also played in 65 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 77 of 235 (.328 avg, .864 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Parrino has now played in 79 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 32 of 160 (.200 avg, .576 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: C