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A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan.

Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power and fielding.

Allen has already been traded twice at age 26, going from the White Sox to the Diamondbacks for Tony Pena and then from the Diamondbacks to the A’s for Brad Ziegler. He’s struggled in a few brief big-league stints, but has a strong minor-league track record that includes a .286 batting average, .401 on-base percentage, and .555 slugging percentage in 253 games at Triple-A.

One of the few nice things about the A’s blowing up the roster on the way to what is likely a 90-loss season is that they can afford to give extended opportunities to guys like Allen and, in his case, might end up finding a quality hitter who can stick in the lineup for several years.

  1. Chris K - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I’m a Brandon Allen believer. I’d love to see what he can do with a full season of play.

    • scatterbrian - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      I’d like to be, but I’m a bit dubious about a 26 year old finally breaking out. That said, Oakland 1Bs hit .219/.294/.316 with 7 homers last year, so it won’t take much to improve there.

  2. cup0pizza - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    If Allen makes the most of it in Oakland, when he reaches his prime he can sign a lucrative deal with the yankees, red sox, phillies, rangers or angels like every other player on smaller market clubs does.

    • scatterbrian - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      UUU

  3. El Bravo - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Why didn’t they ask that guy from Parks N Rec to start at 1B? He seemed pretty solid in that movie.

  4. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Waiting impatiently for “Kila didn’t get a fair shake with the Royals” Guy to comment.

    Oh and are we going to get a A’s-Mariners ATH tomorow?

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      He didn’t. Haven’t you been paying attention, or are you that guy who believes Moore is still the second coming?

      • sportsdrenched.com - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        I’m far from thinking Moore is the second coming, but he was right about Kila Ka’aihue

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        If he’d given Kila a chance to play, then he would have been right. He never did, so I’m not sure how you can make that judgement.

        Leaving him sit behind Mike Jacobs is not getting a chance. Getting 100 plate appearances at the begining of the season is not getting a chance. Beating the crap out of AAA pitchers and sitting in the minors is not getting a chance.

        If I’ve missed his “chance”, then let me know when and where?

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