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A’s send Grant Green back to the minors at 0-for-15

Jul 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Grant Green was expected to see regular playing time at second base after the A’s called him up three weeks ago, but instead he started just five of 11 games there while going 0-for-15 and now he’s headed back to Triple-A.

Green was hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A and had just been named Pacific Coast League player of the month, but failed to get on base via hit or walk in 16 plate appearances for the A’s while striking out six times.

He’ll be back at some point, but it’s interesting that the A’s would rather go with light-hitting Eric Sogard as their primary second baseman than give a former first-round pick and far superior prospect in Green an extended opportunity.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    It’s a results based game, and 0-15 wasn’t going to keep him up. Worse than that, almost from the beginning, his demeanor just screamed “pressing.” I rarely saw a good, confident at-bat. The last straw was his defense, or lack thereof. An A’s 2B has to not only field his position but also cover for Lowrie and Moss. That’s a lot to ask. Sogard does this part well, and contributes the occasional hit. The A’s are still looking for middle infield help.

  2. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Bring up Daric Barton. Give him another shot. OBP machine

    • scatterbrian - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Tempted to delete cookies so I can continue thumbing down this idea.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        I bet you thought Bautista and Carlos Gomez were busts

  3. scatterbrian - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Green wasn’t expected to see regular playing time. He was the right-handed batter in a 2B platoon, essentially replacing Adam Rosales in that role (but not playing SS). But as APBA mentioned, his shoddy defense probably played as much into this decision as his lack of hitting did.

  4. rugrat907 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    He looked like he was starting to get settled in at the plate – the 0-15 was obviously bad, but his ABs were getting better and he hit a couple of balls hard on Monday. But is defense was poor, and it’s compounded by the fact that the RH half of the platoon at first that is Nate Freiman is a statue.

    So Rosales is back for now and eventually they’re likely going to make a move of some sort. I’d like to see Brendan Ryan personally – probably won’t cost much, shores up the defense considerably, and allows Lowrie to move to 2B, with Sogard in the utility roles that he’s best suited for.

  5. dhalb34 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    It’s because Sogard is great on defense, and he is hitting .260 something which is not that bad for a guy like him. I was rooting for Green though. Hopefully he will be back.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    His debut was a disgrace to the Green family name, and we will be shunning him.

  7. scatterbrian - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    .264/.332/.373, 98 OPS+, 1.8 bWAR (1.1 oWAR, 0.9 dWAR)

    B. Phillips
    .262/.313/.406, 94 OPS+, 1.7 bWAR (1.2 oWAR, 0.7 dWAR)

  8. memphistigers311 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Ty Scatterbrain you also must watch A’s game because the OP obviously does not. While the “light-hitting” may be true to a degree, anyone who has watched more than 15innings of total A’s games combined clearly sees the far superior defense by Sogy.

    Also his hitting has been better than expected see above comment for stat line. He is 4th on the team in doubles, and 7th in total hits as a platoon player mind you. A upgrade would be great if it is a clear upgrade but it would be foolish for a team 17games over .500 risk letting Texas catch them trying out a “former 1st round pick”.

    If Green had come up hitting .280 with great D, he would be playing right now against every lefty pitcher the A’s face for rest of the season.

  9. dhalb34 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Oh look the light hitting Eric Sogard doubled in Seth Smith and then came home on Crisp’s HR. Give Sogard some love people. Jeez

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