Acquired: Drafted in 1st round, 2005.
Contract: One year thru 2009. Eligible for arbitration after 2010.
Position: Starting RF (Really?)
Projected BA/OBP/SLG: (.262/.343/.417)
Over/Under: I generally take anything I read on the A's official website with a grain of salt. Paraphrasing Lisa Simpson: I think their site is a flimsy hodgepodge of merchandise, inert analysis and
By the Numbers: 5 – The age of my son, Jalen. Y'see, he's got two favorite Oakland A's: (1) Whoever happens to be wearing the jersey number that matches his age and (2) Bobby Crosby(!). Last year, when he was four, I had to watch more Eric Patterson video-on-demand highlights off of mlb.com than I'd care to remember. (There were, like, three, and we'd just watch 'em over and over.) At least I get more than a full calendar year before my son's world stops for #6 Travis Buck and his regular groundouts to SS.
Surefire '09 Prediction: Suppose I should go out on a limb at least once, so here goes: this'll be Buck's last season in Oakland. The A's have Ryan Sweeney who brings Buck's exact same skill set plus the ability to play a passable CF. Meanwhile, OF prospect Aaron Cunningham is on the horizon. He's got more pop than Buck and benefits of being a right-handed option in the A's lefty-leaning line-up. Damn liberals.