FANTASY BASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS PREVIEW
FANTASY BASEBALL OAKLAND ATHLETICS PREVIEW 2016 MLB SEASON
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Things didn’t work for the Oakland Athletics in 2015. GM Billy Beane must scratch his head and wonder how he didn’t saw this coming, last summer. The idea of trading away Josh Donaldson during that time sounds unimaginable today. Donaldson went on to win the MVP award in his first year with the Toronto Blue Jays. The main return and player to replace him at third base, Brett Lawrie, was a big disappointment, so much so that they let him sign elsewhere this past summer. The only remaining prospects part of that deal, still within the A’s organization, are Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto. Graveman will enter his sophomore season after posting a 6-9 record with 4.05 ERA, while Barreto has just been named the eight best minor league shortstop by the MLB.
Oakland has made the MLB playoffs for three straight years, before finishing last in the American League this past season. In his 18 years as the Athletics general manager, the 2015 season was the worst for Billy Beane.
Three players to watch for:
- Marcus Semien
- Jesse Hahn
- Matt Olson
The A’s remain faithful to shortstop Marcus Semien despite his league-leading 35 errors in 2015, breaking Bert Campaneris’ franchise record. To his credit, his defense improved in the second half. He made three errors in his final 30 games, and the A’s see a defensive progression with Ron Washington on board as the infield coach. Semien showed pop (15 homers, 45 RBIs) but needs to improve his average (.257) and OBP (.310).
26-year-old, Jesse Hahn should be in much better health, this season. He missed half of last year due to different arm problems. The 6-foot-5 righty has an ERA of 3.23 with 13 wins and 10 losses in two MLB seasons.
Given the lack of talent at first and in the corner outfield spots, it wouldn’t be a surprise if 21-year-old Matt Olson finds his way to the majors. He’s one to monitor closely, as he hit 37 home runs in the minors in 2014 while also leading the minors in walks in 2015.
With reports of bad chemistry inside the A’s clubhouse in 2015, the main goal for the team in 2016 will be to find the good vibes and the winning spirit.