Five A’s Names to Know
The Oakland A’s are coming off a stellar season, and with AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin leading the team, 2013 could be even better. Here are five players to watch.
Photos by: Michael Zagaris
The investment in the Cuban outfielder before the 2012 season paid off: The team was 82-46 with Céspedes in the lineup. Now, he’s about to break out as one of baseball’s best.
The New Kid:
This year’s big international investment, Japanese shortstop Nakajima, already endeared himself to fans when he called general manager Billy Beane “extremely sexy and cool.”
The Big Bat:
The bearded right-fielder had a breakout season last year—his first as a full-time starter—swatting 32 home runs. Look for him to keep mashing in the middle of the A's slugging lineup.
The newly acquired catcher will play a key role in leading the young but awesome pitching staff.
The lefty pitcher has 68 career starts, making him a seasoned vet compared to most of the team. When he’s healthy, watch out.
The Oakland A’s home opener is April 1 against the Seattle Mariners. oaklandathletics.com.