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Oakland Athletics: Grading Each Position Player's 2012 MLB Season so Far

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Oakland Athletics: Grading Each Position Player's 2012 MLB Season so Far
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For years, the Oakland Athletics have had one of the worst offenses in baseball.

The 2012 A's have not reversed that trend, ranking at the bottom of the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, while sitting just above Kansas City in runs scored.

The only reason the A's aren't dead last in runs is their prowess on the base paths; Oakland leads the AL with 51 steals.

However, the A's bats have been red-hot as of late: They are second in the AL with a .283 team average in June, and first in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Over the past four games, the A's have been even hotter; their 36 runs are the most they've scored in a four-game span since 2004.

The combination of Oakland's dreadful season-long numbers and their awesome June numbers seems to make this a perfect juncture to evaluate the A's early-season offense with a level head.

Here's a look at how each player is hitting relative to what is generally expected out of their position and what the A's were expecting from them heading into the season.

A small evaluation of defense is also included, but each player's offensive performance is the driving force behind the grades I give them.

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