As Memorial Day hits, the A’s are 22-28 thus in 4th place in their division and it is time to asses the current status quo of the club.
Before the season began, the A’s front office hoped to patch up their roster holes and improve the team by bringing in some stopgap veterans while their top prospects would continue to develop and improve at Triple A. Former A Rajai Davis was brought in to man the gaping hole in center field. Vet Matt Joyce was signed to play right field and Trevor Plouffe was signed to man the hot corner.. However all three of these veterans have underperformed both at the plate and in the field which makes me think its time for a change.
The A’s currently have about 12 more errors than any other MLB team and their outfield defense is especially problematic(Joyce). Their pitching has been decent however a rash of injuries has hit the rotation and bullpen recently. However, Sonny Gray is back and appears back on track to returning to his ace like self.
Regarding offense, the A’s have been mostly one dimensional with the main thing the A’s consistently doing being hitting home runs. Khris Davis and Ryon Healy have continued their slugging ways and Jed Lowrie is having his best season at the plate since two years ago. Yonder Alonso has been the one surprise on the A’s so far this season as he’s come out of nowhere to become an power hitting force when he comes up to bat.
To improve the A’s both offensively and defensively thus giving them a better shot at surprising the rest of MLB, I say-let the youth movement commence. The new and improved lineup should be as such
Leftfield-Khris Davis-best player despite very weak throwing arm in left field.
Center field-Jaycob Brugman (A’s top outfield prospect who’s solid at everything and doesn’t make mistakes).
Right Field-platoon of Matt Olson(A’s pick in 2012-high walk rate and great ability to hit home runs-can play first and corner outfield) and Mark Canha.
Catcher-for now Vogt and Phegley. If possible, trade Vogt at deadline and replace him with Bruce Maxwell(top catcher in minors-only if Maxwell healthy).
1st base-Alonso-sign to extension since really good now.
2nd base-maybe trade Lowrie while he’s having a good year and put at this position-Franklin Barreto(A’s top prospect who’s a middle infielder acquired in the Donaldson trade with a great hitting ability and is raking in Triple A) if he is ready to man second.
Shortstop-Marcus Semien who will hopefully continue to improve in all facets of his game once he hopefully returns healthy from wrist surgery.
Third Base-Matt Chapman-A’s 1st round pick in 2014 who is considered a potential Gold Glove defender at the hot corner. Also has a ton of power and is in triple A.
Super utility-Chad Pinder.
This is a team that I want to see the A’s have by next year at the latest since I feel it will improve them on both sides and help them get back to the playoffs. Now all Billy Beane has to do is make it happen.