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Sogard has been money at second in 2013.
I'm not sure many would have guessed Eric Sogard would pretty much be the everyday starter at second base. I know I didn't.
This offseason, the A's signed Hiroyuki Nakajima and traded for Jed Lowrie. Many thought Nakajima to be the everyday shortstop and Lowrie a utility infielder. However, the A's also had Scott Sizemore, Jemile Weeks, Grant Green, Adam Rosales and Andy Parrino as options.
Nakajima failed and opened the door at short for Lowrie to slide over. Sizemore injured himself and went on the disabled list for the year. The moves lessened the competition for Sogard, who ultimately beat out the rest.
It's been fairly smooth sailing since.
In 120 games to date this year, Sogard holds a .265 average with a .320 on-base percentage. His stats aren't much to look at on paper, but he's contributing. According to MLB.com, when his team is behind, his average rises to .275. When the A's are tied with an opponent, Sogard gets even hotter, hitting .293.
His contributions go even further than that. He's had eight opportunities with the bases loaded, and he hasn't disappointed. In those situations, Sogard hits .375.
He's even been slick on defense. Sogard committed just seven errors on the season and has a .986 fielding percentage at second, where he's also turned 67 double plays.
Fangraphs.com's definition of WAR (wins above replacement) lists a "solid starter" as having a 2-3 in the category. Sogard's WAR is 2.3
Clearly the A's believe in him.
The team let both the trade and waiver deadlines pass by without a major move. They acquired Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels on July 31, yet Sogard has still played in the majority of games (34 to be exact).
In quotes obtained by John Shea of San Francisco Chronicle, Sogard appreciates the support:
"It's nice they feel confident in me and I can go out there and give them what they want. I'm having fun."