Not many first basemen will be batting ninth in the league, but this is the case for Daric Barton. He struggled tremendously at the bat even though he came in with being one of the complete hitters in the minors and his little time up before the 2008 season began.
He struggled mightily although he did improve his defense, he now needs to show that he can hit the ball. Look for him to improve his average to where it should be around .300 and look for him to not try to pull the ball as much and start hitting the ball into the gaps which was the type of hitter he was in the minors and in the majors when he started off really well at the end of the 2007 season.
I can see him as one of the factors for the A's for them to be successful especially if Eric Chavez isn't 100 percent ready to go to start the season.