Heading into spring training with five true second basemen, the organization in Oakland had little fears over the well-populated position. Heading into the regular season, the feeling surrounding the position has become uneasy, and a pre-season filled with musical chairs failed to establish an every day starter at 2B.
However, this may prove to be a happy headache for manager Melvin, as his choice is less reliant on who is playing the worst and more on who is playing the best at 2B. At the position, the A’s have possessed Jemile Weeks, Scott Sizemore, Jed Lowrie, Adam Rosales and Andy Parrino from the start of spring training. Since then, a hot start for Weeks went cold after a shoulder injury, and the usually reliable second choice Sizemore has only hit 3 -in- 24, nothing to boast about.
Lowrie, a natural second basemen, finds himself comfortable at all infield positions. And, as a result, will likely become Melvin’s utility man, serving as a consistent substitute for most of the infield.
As for Rosales and Parrino, inexperience is the real issue. But as the A’s showed last season, sometimes youth trumps experience.
Regardless, the A’s need to establish a 2nd basemen before teams of the potent AL West exploit the public issue at the position.