Bob Melvin is going to try to work his magic again for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 23 March 2013 at 9:12 pm

51-year old manager Bob Melvin did an outstanding job for the A’s last year.  The A’s were 94-68 (58%) during the regular season and they were also 2-3 (40%) in the playoffs last year.  The A’s are now 141-120 (54%) during the regular season in Melvin’s first two years on the job.  He is now 634-628 (50.2%) during the regular season in his first 9 years as a major league manager.  He is also 5-7 (41.7%) in the playoffs so far in his career.  I look for Melvin to get the most out of his roster in 2013.

The Oakland A’s have a very talented bullpen ready to roll in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 March 2013 at 11:24 am

The A’s have a very talented bullpen set up for the 2013 season.  35-year old righty Grant Balfour will be the closer for the A’s in 2013.  He pitched in 75 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 3-2 with 24 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 398 games (1 start) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 27-14 with 34 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  25-year old righty Ryan Cook will be the A’s top set-up man in 2013.  He pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-2 with 14 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Cook has now pitched in 83 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 6-3 with 14 saves, a 2.56 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  26-year old Sean Doolittle will be the top lefty out of the pen for the A’s in 2013.  He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.04 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He gave up 40 hits and walked 11 batters while whiffing 60 batters in only 47 1/3 innings for the A’s last year.  Doolittle hasn’t been pitching that long as he is a converted 1B.  Doolittle has good enough stuff to be a closer if needed.  30-year old righty Chris Resop pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 1-4 with 1 save, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Resop has now pitched in 217 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 9-11 with 2 saves, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  26-year old Jordan Norberto and 29-year old Jerry Blevins are solid lefties in the pen for the A’s.  Norberto pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 4-1 with 1 save, a 2.77 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Blevins pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 5-1 with 1 save, a 2.48 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 214 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 8-6 with 2 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  32-year old righty Pat Neshek comes from an odd submarine angle, giving hitters a different look when he comes into the game.  He pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  Neshek has now pitched in 181 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  27-year old righty Evan Scribner pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 2-0 with 1 save, a 2.55 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Pedro Figueroa comes into this season as the A’s #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the A’s last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 2.62 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  37-year old lefty Hideki Okajima is also on hand competing for a bullpen job this spring.  He pitched in 56 games (0 starts) in Japan last year and he was 0-2 with 9 saves, a 0.94 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Red Sox.  Okajima has now pitched in 261 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 17-8 with 6 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B+

The Oakland A’s are going to have a young and potentially outstanding rotation in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Friday 8 March 2013 at 11:28 am

The A’s’ starting rotation projects to be all between 24-26 years old when the 2013 season opens.  25-year old lefty Brett Anderson is going to be the ace, if he can just stay healthy in 2013.  Anderson pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 68 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 25-25 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  24-year old righty Jarrod Parker will likely be #2 in line.  He pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Parker has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 13-8 with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  26-year old lefty Tommy Milone will be the A’s #3 starter in 2013.  He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 36 games (all starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 14-10 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  25-year old righty A.J. Griffin really excelled in his first taste of the majors last year with the A’s.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Griffin also pitched in 17 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last year in which he was 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  The #5 spot will be up for grabs this summer in a competition between 24-year old righty Dan Straily, 39-year old right Bartolo Colon and 30-year old lefty Travis Blackley.  Straily is probably the favorite.  He comes into this season as the A’s #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Straily pitched in 7 games (all starts) in his first taste of the majors for the A’s last spring and he was 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  He also pitched in 25 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball in which he was 9-7 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Colon pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Colon has now pitched in 381 games (375 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 171-122 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Blackley pitched the best ball of his major league career for the A’s last year.  Blackley pitched in 24 games (15 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 36 games (23 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 7-7 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  B+

The Oakland A’s have high hopes for Josh Reddick again in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Friday 1 March 2013 at 10:51 am

26-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Reddick was a huge surprise for the A’s last year.  He played in 156 games for the A’s last year and he was 148 of 611 (.242 avg, .768 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 32 homers, 85 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Reddick played in 136 games (131 starts) in RF for the A’s last year and he had 14 assists and 5 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Reddick has now played in 299 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 241 of 986 (.244 avg, .745 OPS) with 136 runs scored, 42 homers, 122 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  The A’s hope that Reddick’s 2012 season was not a mirage, but a mere glimpse of things to come.  27-year old righty swinging Michael Taylor will have a decent shot of making the team this spring.  He played in 6 games for the A’s last year and he was 3 for 21 (.143 avg, .333 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  He also played in 120 games in AAA-ball last year for the A’s and he was 129 of 449 (.287 avg, .846 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 12 homers, 67 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  Taylor played in 4 games (all starts) in RF for the A’s last year and he didn’t have any assists or errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Taylor has now played in 17 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 9 for 51 (.176 avg, .505 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B+

The Oakland A’s are set up really well in CF for the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Friday 1 March 2013 at 10:44 am

33-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp is going to be the starting CF for the A’s once again in 2013, and they hope he can stay healthy.  Crisp played in 120 games for the A’s last year and he was 118 of 455 (.259 avg, .742 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 11 homers, 46 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.  He played in 97 games (94 starts) in CF for the A’s last year and he had 4 assists and 2 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Crisp has now played in 1,163 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 1,199 of 4,382 (.274 avg, .736 OPS) with 651 runs scored, 86 homers, 465 RBIs and 257 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Chris Young will likely be the A’s #4 outfielder in 2013.  Young played in 101 games for the Diamondbacks last year and he was 75 of 325 (.231 avg, .745 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He played in 87 games (84 starts) in CF for the D-Backs last year and he had 4 assists and 2 errors there while showing above average range.  Young has now played in 885 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 758 of 3,173 (.239 avg, .755 OPS) with 453 runs scored, 132 homers, 408 RBIs and 112 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  B+

What will Yoenis Cespedes do for an encore for the Oakland A’s in 2013?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Friday 1 March 2013 at 10:39 am

27-year old righty swinging Yoenis Cespedes will likely split his P.T. between LF and DH in 2013.  He played in 129 games as a rookie for the A’s last year and he was 142 of 487 (.292 avg, .861 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 23 homers, 82 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Cespedes played in 56 games (all starts) for the A’s in LF last year and he had 6 assists and 3 errors there while showing slightly below average range.  He also played in 48 games (46 starts) in CF for the A’s last year and he had 3 assists and 0 errors there while showing outstanding range there.  If Cespedes stays healthy in 2013, I see him having a huge season with the bat for the A’s.  25-year old righty swinging Grant Green could make the A’s as a backup outfielder this spring.  He played in 125 games in AAA-ball last year for the A’s and he was 155 of 524 (.296 avg, .796 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 15 homers, 75 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  He has now played in 388 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 489 of 1,621 (.302 avg, .810 OPS) with 258 runs scored, 44 homers, 227 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  29-year old Chris Young could also get in on the action for the A’s in LF in 2013, but he is a natural CF.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  A

The Oakland A’s are likely to platoon at DH in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 12:36 pm

30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Seth Smith will likely start at DH against righty starting pitchers in 2013.  He played in 125 games for the A’s last year and he was 92 of 383 (.240 avg, .754 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 52 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Smith has now played in 612 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 446 of 1,668 (.267 avg, .815 OPS) with 255 runs scored, 65 homers, 233 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Chris Young and 33-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp could get some P.T. at DH against left-handed pitchers.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  C

The Oakland A’s are banking on Josh Donaldson at 3B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 3:31 pm

The A’s are hoping that 27-year old righty swinging Josh Donaldson is ready to take over full-time at the hot corner in 2013.  He played in 75 games for the A’s last year and he was 66 of 274 (.241 avg, .687 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 9 homers, 33 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Donaldson played in 71 games (all starts) at 3B for the A’s last year and he made 12 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Donaldson has now played in 89 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 71 of 306 (.232 avg, .666 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales’ versatility could help him win a backup spot on the A’s this spring.  He played in 3 games (1 start) at 3B for the A’s last year and he didn’t make any errors while showing out of this world range there.  28-year old righty swinging Scott Sizemore missed all of last year due to injury, but he started quite a few games at 3B for the A’s in 2011.  26-year old lefty swinging Eric Sogard is also in line to compete for a bench job this spring.  Sogard played in 37 games for the A’s last year and he was 17 of 102 (.167 avg, .480 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 14 games (12 starts) at 3B for the A’s last year and he had 2 errors while showing outstanding range there.  Sogard has now played in 68 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 34 of 179 (.190 avg, .539 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers, 11 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  C

The Oakland A’s are going to have a new look at SS in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 9:37 am

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

The Oakland A’s will likely have a three man battle for 2B this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 9 February 2013 at 5:20 pm

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+

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