Tommy Everidge hits Oakland
Susan Slusser reports that Tommy Everidge has been called up, with Daric Barton hitting the DL after he did the splits stretching for a ball a few days ago. I saw Everidge play third base and DH on my trip to Midland earlier this year. The main thing I came away with was, "Wow, is he rolly-polly." If he plays third base for this team, the A's are, in the words of lolcats everywhere, "doin it rong".
That said, the 26-year-old former 10th round draft pick can hit. He's hit for good power ever since his second pro year, at 22 in the Midwest League, he put up a .279/.346/.467 line at Midland last year, and he's combined for .338/.402/.552 between Midland and Sacramento this year, including .382/.432/.636 in AAA. He's not a real prospect, given his age and his lack of a defensive home, but I'd like to see the A's give him a shot at first as long as Barton's out to see if he could be a contributor next year, in whatever combination the offensive and defensive exploits of Barton, Brett Wallace, and Everidge determine would be a productive group of corner infield hitters.
He's apparently arrived in Boston already, so, given Bob Geren's love of putting guys in the lineup as soon as they arrive in Oakland, I'd guess we'll see him starting tonight against whiz-kid Clay Buchholz. (One hopes this is true, anyway, given that the other alternative is Bobby Crosby again.)
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