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Athletics Michael Choice and Shane Peterson impressing early

Mar 3, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

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Though neither player has a very good shot at making the 25-man roster when the Athletics open up the regular season, outfielders Michael Choice and Shane Peterson have the potential to leave a lasting impression if their early performances are any indication.

Choice, a 23-year-old who reached Double-A for the first time last year, is hitting .550 in the eight games in which he has appeared. Of his 11 hits, four have gone for extra-bases.

Peterson, a 25-year-old who posted a .970 OPS between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento last year, is hitting .429 in his nine games. Of his nine hits, five are doubles and one is a home run.

Choice is unlikely to make the cut simply because he has yet to reach Triple-A, and the jump from Double-A to the Majors is cavernous. With the A’s outfield already packed between Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, and Chris Young, there isn’t much room for Peterson. He could play first base, but the similarly left-handed Brandon Moss, who hit .291 with 21 home runs last year, is already slated at the position. At designated hitter, the left-handed Smith is expected to get the lion’s share of at-bats.

The game of baseball is very unpredictable, so at the very least, both players are setting themselves up for potential promotions in the event of an injury or trade.

  1. rwpsych16 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Nice problem to have for Oakland.

    • aceinthehole12 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Yes..I’m loving the outfield depth !

  2. BigBeachBall - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Choice sucks.

    • clydeserra - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      care to say more?

  3. muscles1331 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Choice has always impressed me, never really thought that much of Peterson but it’s awesome for A’s fans to have as many OF options as they do. Perhaps the Mets would be willing to move some of their young guns for an OF or two.

    Also, I feel like the jump from A ball to AA is the biggest leap. AA to Majors happens often enough that I don’t think it is as daunting as people like to think. AAA seems to be reserved for “tweeners” (good minor league stats but can’t hack it in the show) and minor league signings of veteran guys waiting for a call-up.

    • bh192012 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Hey, we already gave the Mets Cowgill…. I liked Cowgirl, she has hustle.

  4. joelwrobinson - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Pennant hunt.

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