The Oakland A’s started off the second half of the season on the right foot with a win against the Baltimore Orioles. However, as the trade deadline draws nearer, the Athletics are still in desperate need of a second baseman. It does not seem as though they would get some of the more big name second basemen like Chase Utley, Ben Zobrist, or Daniel Murphy since the A’s already traded away their top two prospects and young pitching talent. However, perhaps the Oakland A’s are hoping that one of their own can fill the position.
Since Alberto Callaspo went on the disabled list just before the All-Star break, the Oakland A’s have brought up infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the void. Callaspo had recently become the A’s regular second baseman since Nick Punto and Eric Sogard continued to struggle at the plate. But now with Parrino in the mix, could he could potentially stay on as one of the A’s second baseman after Callaspo returns?
He started his MLB career with the San Diego Padres and was traded to the Athletics after the 2012 season. While with the A’s in 2013, he was not very impressive and only hit .118 in 34 at-bats. However, the Athletics definitely see something special in Parrino. Even though Parrino was claimed by Texas Rangers in March after being designated for assignment by the Athletics, the Oakland A’s Parrino claimed back off waivers in April.
Normally, Parrino is a shortstop. However, like many other Athletics, he is a versatile player who can play the middle infield and in the outfield. He has an MLB career fielding percentage of .989 at second base. Additionally, in the last two games with the Athletics, Parrino was a defensive dream at second base.
Since returning from the Rangers, this switch hitter has also demonstrated that he has a powerful bat. While with the Sacramento River cats, Parrino batted .302/.375/.432. This includes seven home runs and 46 RBI. Now, in the two games he has started with the Oakland A’s, Parrino has a .250 AVG with one RBI and two doubles.
If Parrino continues down this path of success, he could most certainly find himself in the Athletics dugout for the rest of the season. Even though the Oakland A’s would need to make a spot for Parrino once Callaspo returns, it would seem reasonable to send Sogard down to the Triple-A purely based on his offensive struggles this year. With Parrino providing both great defense in the field and offense at the plate, the Oakland A’s may not need to make anymore trades for a second baseman.
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