Will Straily be the first Oakland prospect to make the leap in 2013?
The Oakland A's were not going to be the biggest players in free agency this winter. So far, they have made a nice move to acquire Chris Young, but mostly the status quo remains in effect. A lot of that is due in part because of the fact that the majority of the major parts are locked up and young (Anderson, Cespedes, Reddick and Parker).
But that does not mean the A's don't have the potential to make roster moves in 2013. However, the chances appear greater that those moves will be within the organization. There are a likely trio of players who have the opportunity to contribute to Oakland's season out of AAA Sacramento.
Acquired in the Gio Gonzalez deal along with A.J. Cole, Tom Milone and Derek Norris, Peacock was considered a candidate to make the big league roster in 2012. Instead, he was beaten out in spring training by Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey. His struggles carried into a forgettable 2012 year that saw him post an ERA of 6.01 in AAA.
That said, the departure of Brandon McCarthy enables someone like Peacock a chance to make a splash in Arizona in the spring. His stuff has potential to be good, but Peacock is likely to be stuck in the minors unless there is an injury or he is dealt.
Straily emerged out of the blue in 2012, posting absurd numbers in the minor leagues before debuting with the A's August 3rd. He pitched okay but was not the difference maker some thought he had the potential to be, ultimately being sent down to the minors before the playoffs.
Like Peacock, Straily will have a chance to make the big league roster as there will be competition for the fifth starter. But like Peacock, I think Straily may get lost in the shuffle for a spot. That said, if he pitches lights out in Arizona, Straily's chances of sticking are better at this point than Peacock's. I just don't think they will be good enough.
Who should be the first prospect the A's call up be?
There's only so long Grant Green can be made to wait in AAA before the A's have to play him at the big league level. His bat is probably ready, and yes, the A's can still use a hitter or three.
The conventional thinking is that Green doesn't have a position, which is why the organization played him as the ultimately utility man in 2012 (Green played 49 games in left field, 30 in center, 19 at shortstop, 19 at second and 11 at third).
But like I said, Green hits. And has always been a very good hitter. Even if he begins as the utility man, Green is a better option than Eric Sogard and/or Adam "Skolnick" Rosales.
And oh yeah, he's 25. The A's don't have much more time to waste with Green. His time is going to be now, whether it is with the A's, or he gets dealt somewhere. My thinking is that he starts the year with the club and gets his chance to stick.