A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?


A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?

The LineupJemile Weeks, 2B
Seth Smith, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B
Brandon Inge, 3B
Coco Crisp, CF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisAs predicted, Yoenis Cespedes makes his left field debut for the Oakland Athletics. His arm plays much better in left. He played all three of his games with the River Cats in left, and threw out a baserunner at second in his third game in that position. Cespedes has a much stronger throwing arm than Crisp, and he will have more chances to gun down runners in left, which improves the A's defense. Crisp also has better range than Cespedes in center field. It is a win-win. It is worth noting that Daric Barton hasn't been receiving much playing time lately. The A's already sent down pitcher Tyson Ross, so they will probably have to send down a position player when they clear roster space for Brandon McCarthy. Barton is a candidate to be sent down because he has one option left. He is hitting .198, with one homer and four RBIs in 37 games. Those numbers don't cut it in a corner infield position, or really any position for that matter. The other option could be Collin Cowgill, who manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with. Top of the Order Seth Smith moves up to the second spot in the batting order. He hasn't started a game there all season. Smith is a patient hitter and could work well in that spot. Smith is good at getting on-base, he walks in 14.56 percent of his plate appearances, ranking him eighth in the American League. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick seems motivated for the game tonight. Tweeting the following: Let's end this losing streak TONIGHT. SHREDDICKTIME josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) June 1, 2012Reddick who has 14 homers, could benefit greatly with Cespedes returning to the fourth spot in the lineup. A's clean up hitters batted just .185 in Cespedes' absence. Bottom of the OrderCoco Crisp moves up to the seventh spot in the lineup. He batted eighth in the previous game. Crisp is starting to swing the bat a little better, he has three hits and a stolen base in his last two games.

A's option catcher Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A; 37 players remain in camp

A's option catcher Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A; 37 players remain in camp

The A's optioned catcher Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A Nashville Sunday, the club announced

Maxwell, 26, went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in the A's 11-1 win over the Brewers Sunday. Both home runs were his lone of the spring. 

In 2016, Maxwell played in 26 games with the A's after his promotion from Triple-A. He hit .283 with one homer. 

The 2012 second-round draft pick is a career .266/.346/.370 hitter in the minors with 25 home runs. Maxwell is the A's No. 10 prospect by Baseball America. 

The A’s now have 37 players in big league camp. 

A's option RHP Hahn to Triple-A; LHP Detwiler opts out of deal

A's option RHP Hahn to Triple-A; LHP Detwiler opts out of deal

MESA, Ariz. —The A's optioned starter Jesse Hahn to Triple-Nashville on Sunday and announced that lefty Ross Detwiler has opted out of his minor league contract to become a free agent.

Hahn’s demotion brings Oakland's rotation into focus, with Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara lined up as the fourth and fifth starters, respectively, behind Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton. Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list.

Hahn got off to a strong start this spring but struggled mightily in his last two starts, giving up 12 earned runs combined. It’s the second spring in a row that he’s entered camp looking to lock down a rotation spot before getting sent down, but the right-hander believes he’s better equipped to handle this setback.

“It’s disappointing for sure, because I set a goal this spring and that was to make the rotation,” Hahn said. “I didn’t do that, but I can’t get down on myself. I have to stay positive. I think I did a lot of positive things this spring. … I’m not going to let this one get me down. I’ve been through that situation last year. I learned from it. So I’m not going to make the same mistakes that I did last year.”

Gray’s injury, a strained lat muscle that’s expected to sideline him most of April, left two spots at the back of the rotation. The A’s are turning to right-handers Triggs and Alcantara, who have combined for just 11 big league starts between them.

Certainly with Triggs, this scenario had been developing for a while. Front office officials had talked him up since the beginning of the offseason as a rotation possibility. He's posted a 5.06 ERA in five exhibitions (three starts), but he looked very sharp in his last outing Wednesday against the White Sox.

Alcantara is out of minor league options, and the A’s wanted to keep him whether it was in a starting or relief role. His ERA is 4.50 over six appearances (three starts), but like Triggs, his most recent start was his most effective.

“Both of these guys will get an opportunity they haven’t had before,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Sunday’s developments could have a trickle-down effect with other parts of the roster. The A’s are in a better position now to keep five outfielders if they want and go with the standard seven relievers. Going with eight relievers and four outfielders seemed more likely when Alcantara was still a bullpen consideration just to keep him from hitting the waiver wire.

Non-roster invitees Alejandro De Aza and Jaff Decker, who is slated to return Monday from an oblique injury, are the primary candidates to be the fifth outfielder, although Chris Parmelee, another non-roster player, has quietly had a good spring.

The seventh bullpen spot could go to Daniel Coulombe if the A’s deem it important to have a second lefty, or they could go with impressive right-handed prospect Frankie Montas, who would be more of a multi-inning reliever asked to get both lefties and righties out. Of course, they could still opt for an eight-man ‘pen if they want a second lefty and think it’s necessary to keep Montas as a length guy.

Detwiler was on the fringe of the rotation competition and also could have been a bullpen consideration. But he posted an 11.88 ERA over eight appearances. The lefty is now free to sign with any club, though Melvin didn’t rule out the chance of Detwiler returning at some point.


Khris Davis, out recently with right quad soreness, will play in a minor league game Sunday along with Decker. If Davis comes out of it well, Melvin said he will DH on Monday.

In another injury update, third baseman Trevor Plouffe is doing OK after tweaking an abductor muscle in his groin. Melvin is aiming to get him in one more game before the A’s fly north Wednesday, and then Plouffe will have the Bay Bridge Series to make sure he’s ready.