Riding an early winning streak, the A's look every bit the team GM Billy Beane envisioned. They have ridden to more than just good starting pitching and depth in their outfield and middle infield to jump out faster than they have in a decade.
That said, injuries to Josh Reddick and Scott Sizemore have only further emphasized the need to have a deep team from spots 1 to 25. More specifically, with the position players, having guys that can fill gaps will only serve to increase the strength of the team overall, even as some parts may not seem to help the sum of the club individually.
So let's take a look at some of the strengths each contributing player has displayed in this early 2013 season.