Saturday, March 6, 2010
30 A's in 30 Days – Daric Barton
Acquired: Traded from St. Louis (with SP Dan Haren and RP Kiko Calero) for SP Mark Mulder (December 18, 2004).
Contract: One year thru 2010. (Not yet eligible for arbitration.)
Position: Starting 1B
Projected BA/OBP/SLG: (.261/.366/.413)
Over/Under: For the third time in Barton's short and increasingly star-crossed career, he posted terrific numbers (.306/.402/.469) in September last season. In fact, Barton has a lifetime September OPS of .944 in nearly 300 plate appearances. During the other five months of the season, his career OPS is .617. He was reportedly the epitome of the "entitled rookie attitude" in 2008 and tanked like the 20th anniversary of Gregg Jefferies' first full season.
Last spring, the A's opened the season with Giambi Blutarsky at first. Barton got his job back after Giambi was put to sleep in July (three months after Jason's bat was evidently euthanized). I really like the projection, but I'll keep taking the UNDER until Barton has more than one good month in a season.
By the Numbers: 120 – The difference between Barton's career minor league OPS (.862) and career Major League OPS (.742).
Surefire 2010 Prediction: This will be Barton's last chance at the everyday first baseman gig if he doesn't take a step forward on offense this season. Oakland has top power prospect Chris Carter waiting in the wings at AAA-Sacramento and he could be ready for The Show by the All-Star Break.
Tupac Track for the Season: Under Pressure