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Update from PHX: February 21

February 21, 2013
  • As expected Michael Ynoa arrived in camp today, I believe he was the last remaining person the A’s were waiting on so that makes for a complete camp. He now has added a cutter to his arsenal and anticipates being ready to pitch in a game in about two weeks. 
  • Shane Peterson was called into an infielder meeting meaning his transition from outfield to OF-1B seems a bit more official. Last season was a good one for Peterson who split his time between Midland and Sacramento as he hit .326/.460/.510 with nine dingers in 362 trips to the plate. I don’t see Peterson making a splash and breaking onto this year’s squad, like incumbent Brandon Moss he bats left, as does another candidate for the position Daric Barton. It’d take a series of mishaps to see him in Oakland this April or even this season really.
  • The A’s hosted the “hailed and snowed out” Arizona Diamondbacks in camp today. Their lineup features a few former A’s: Trevor Cahill, Eric Chavez, Kila Ka’aihue, Brandon McCarthy, Cliff Pennington and Brad Ziegler.
  • Susan Slusser in an article with the San Francisco Chronicle suspects the rotation will shape up as Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily with Bartolo Colon supplanting Straily after the first time through as he has five games remaining on his PED suspension. Can’t say anything is particularly surprising there.
  • Bob Melvin exclaimed there is no doubt in his mind that Sonny Gray following an impressive day in camp, is a future MLB pitcher. Thankfully this is the case given he was a college player out of Vanderbilt drafted in the first round, but regardless Gray has sort of become forgotten among A’s fans, or at least it seems so to a degree. Gray spent the vast majority of last season with the RockHounds throwing 148 innings across 26 starts of 4.26 ERA and 3.83 FIP baseball. The low K/9 rate of 5.9 is a bit disconcerting but he had a decent 3.5 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9.
  • Jonny Gomes made an interesting comment in an article posted late last night by Jeff Passan of Yahoo!Sports, “we won the AL West and went to the playoffs without a good team. It wasn’t.” On paper they certainly weren’t. Were they the best players? No. But when you win you win. Just an interesting comment to make.
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