EXTRAS: Taylor impresses, Bill King biography update

EXTRAS: Taylor impresses, Bill King biography update
February 19, 2013, 4:15 pm
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"Michael Taylor is working doubly hard picking up the first base thing and swung the bat very well today and each and every day." -- Bob Melvin (AP)

PHOENIX -- It seems that every player at A's camp either plays multiple positions or is learning how to play a new position. As a result, Melvin called it "Camp Versatility." One player learning a new spot is Michael Taylor, who is working on learning first base.

Taylor can be seen working with the first basemen, then the outfielders, then resuming more infield work. Oh, and he is also spending time hitting.

"Michael Taylor is working doubly hard picking up the first base thing and swung the bat very well today and each and every day," Melvin said. "He's a good athlete and I think there's a chance he can pick this up quickly."

Melvin also noted that he was impressed with Shane Peterson, who is also working out at first base and outfield. He hit .389 with seven home runs, 23 RBI and a 1.102 OPS in 39 games with the River Cats.

"He's a strong kid, I didn't expect him to be that strong," Melvin said. "He actually plays a really good first base. I was talking to him and that was his original position before moving to the outfield."

Ynoa on the way:

The A's 21-year-old pitching phenom Michael Ynoa is still not at camp. The six-foot-seven right-handed pitcher was signed for a then-record $4.25 million when he was 16-years-old.

Ynoa's arrival to big league camp has been delayed because he has the chicken pox. He will spend Wednesday traveling and be at camp on Thursday.

Ynoa underwent Tommy John surgery when he was 18 years old. He pitched in the Arizona Rookie League and Low-A Vermont last season. He was a combined 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA in 14 games while pitching for the first time since 2010.

Holy Toledo!

One person that did report to camp on Tueday, A's radio broadcaster Ken Korach. He is working on a biography about the late Bill King. Korach was happy to report that all of the research and interviews for the book are done. His publisher is hoping it can be ready by mid-season. You can follow the developments of the book on Facebook by liking this page

With Korach present during Melvin's morning Q&A session, I took the time to see if the skipper had any fond memories of King. In addition to hearing King call A's, Warriors, and Raiders games, Melvin actually got to meet him at a very young age.

It turns out that Melvin's godfather was a trainer for the Warriors and that is how a young Melvin met King for the first time.

"Whether it was basketball, baseball or football he made it exciting," Melvin said. "A legend, definitely a legend."

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