Thursday, March 12, 2009
30 A's in 30 Days – Jack Hannahan
Acquired: Traded from Detroit Tigers (August 14, 2007).
Contract: One year thru 2009. Eligible for arbitration after 2010.
Position: Ersatz Eric Chavez
Projected BA/OBP/SLG: (.237/.333/.367)
Over/Under: A case could be made that Hannahan (.647 OPS) was the worst everyday hitter in baseball last year. And, how great is it for A's fans that the only other rational candidates (Bobby Crosby (.645) and Daric Barton (.675)) were with Oakland in '08 as well? Hannahan raised expectations among some of our more simple-minded fans with a fluky-fluke-fluke 144 at bats at the end of '07 (.793 OPS) and a "quadruple-A breakout" for the then 27-year-old at AAA-Toledo. Swing is not unlike a more upright Phil Plantier. Take the way UNDER. Dude's a terrible hitter.
By the Numbers: 87 – The overall selection in the 2001 MLB amateur draft. For those scoring at home, Hannahan went 231 picks ahead of 2008 ROY Geovany Soto and 251 picks before Dan Uggla. If Sparky Anderson were still managing the Tigers he could've given Hannahan the full-on Torey Lovullo treatment
Surefire '09 Prediction: Jack will have ample time to hone his dizzy bat race and cow milking skills as he makes another circuitous run through America's finest minor leagues cities.