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In Search Of A Shortstop Prospect

In light of all the recent Matt Holliday/Furcal posts, I decided it was time to discuss something new. In order to keep my head from popping from all the supernumerary redundancy that results from the never-ending discussions and familiar conclusions in these posts, I figured that the best place to start was to find something that the A's can do this season. As such, I ventured to see what the A's can get cheaply (i.e. without trade or significant money) at positions of need like SS, which lead me to the minor league free agent list. While having a shortstop prospect in our system soon may be a moot point, considering all the Furcal-to-A's rumors, I found this list and perused it for anything of value at the SS position. What I came up with was Doug Bernier and Kevin Howard. Of course, I didn't take into consideration any players that weren't listed at the SS position since I don't follow the minor leagues close enough to know who can play where. As such, if anyone can think of any other players who may be listed at another position, like 2b, but can legitly play SS, then feel free to list them. Anyway, here are everybody's favorite thing: player stats (hat tip and thanks to minor league splits).

Doug Bernier:

AB     H    2B   3B HR W IW HP K  SH SF GDP AVG     OBP       SLG      OPS     BABIP

329    81    9    4   9   64   3   8   78  4   4   10    0.246    0.378    .380      .758     .298

 

Kevin Howard:

AB     H    2B   3B HR W IW HP K  SH SF GDP AVG     OBP       SLG      OPS     BABIP

262   72   16    0    11 40 1   0   37  4    1    8 0   .275    .370      .462       .832      .285

 

There is also the possibility (and much more satisfying option, in my opinion) of trading for teams' current SS or their SS prospects. This includes the usual possibilities like Escobar 1 (Yunel), Escobar 2 (Alcides), Reid Brignac, and J.J. Hardy. However, I am creating this fanpost with the intention of getting some new dialogue/discussions going as I personally can only talk about Furcal and Holliday so much. Again, if you think of other interesting possibilities for our (lack of) SS situation, be my guest.

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