The Oakland A’s needed to find a way to add shortstop depth to the roster. However, they just did not have a way to do so, unless a player was injured or they were forced to make a difficult decision when it came to their bench.
Depth should not be an issue for the Oakland A’s. They value defensive versatility, making sure that they have someone capable of playing every position on the diamond waiting in reserve in case something happens.
After a crucial series win over the Astros, the Oakland A’s swept the D-backs in a two-game interleague series. With 16 runs scored in the two games, the A’s bats were hot as they hit .307 in the two games.
During the beginning part of spring training, there had been reports that both Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman were picking the brain of newly acquired shortstop Elvis Andrus in regards to baserunning.
The Oakland A’s did not have a good start to the 2021 season. They were embarrassed at home against the Astros, and had lost their first six games before finally putting a tally mark in the win column.
Matt Chapman appeared to be ready to take his place amongst the best third basemen in the game once again in 2021. He was healthy after undergoing surgery for a torn hip labrum which had hindered his ability at the plate and in the field.
Jaden Hill had been considered one of the top prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft. Despite a relative lack of experience at the collegiate level, he has been regarded as a possible top five pick, with the potential to push Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker as the top overall pick.
Jed Lowrie has always been at home with the Oakland A’s. After a disastrous two year sojourn with the New York Mets, he is back and healthy once again, solidifying second base while proving that he is still an important part of the lineup.
Chad Pinder was not going to be a part of the Oakland A’s outfield puzzle for at least some time. The versatile utility man had sprained his left knee while making a catch, leading to his placement on the Injured List.
The news just keeps getting worse for the Oakland A’s when it comes to Trevor Rosenthal. He had been sidelined just before the start of the regular season due to a sore shoulder, necessitating a visit to noted vascular surgeon Dr.
Chances are, if Ka’ai Tom is going to make his mark in the majors, it will be due to his bat or glove. The Oakland A’s reserve outfielder has intriguing potential, and could get plenty of chances to show what he can do as their fourth outfielder this season.
\Thoracic outlet syndrome is the latest in a series of setbacks for Rosenthal, who broke into the league as one of the game’s most dominant young relievers with the Cardinals but has since struggled to stay healthy.