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The Oakland Athletics didn’t have a consistent second baseman all last year. Cliff Pennington, Adam Rosales and Jemile Weeks all split time.
Heading into this season, the player that will man second base most frequently still isn’t clear. Rosales and Weeks are in spring training looking to earn the starting role, but Scott Sizemore and Grant Green are also getting the identical opportunity.
Weeks lost the job last year, but comes into 2013 with a clean slate. He played well in the four games he’s gotten into this spring, but has been held out recently due to a bone bruise. If he doesn’t make a speedy recovery, he can kiss the starting job goodbye.
Sizemore is having a poor spring after missing all of the 2012 season due to injury. He probably would’ve been the favorite coming into camp, but has since hit .143/.345/.143 in 21 at-bats. He has struck out nine times, the second-most on the team, thus far.
One of the top prospects in Oakland’s organization, Grant Green is really having himself a great couple of weeks. In 11 games, he’s 8-for-19 with five extra-base hits and five runs. It may be time for the A’s to give the youngster a spot on the team.
Rosales probably has the worst shot at winning the job, but his spring numbers say otherwise. He’s played in 11 games and has gone 5-for-16 with seven runs. What’s also interesting is that he’s drawn seven walks, the most on Oakland.
The Eventual Winner
At the beginning of the spring, I had Sizemore winning the starting second baseman job. But he’s really struggled so for that reason, I’m going to go with the youngster, Green. He should be able to provide a big spark in the lineup and in the field, especially if he keeps up the hot streak he’s been on. Give it to the kid.