In 2015 and 2016 with Triple-A Nashville, Joey Wendle hit .285 while averaging 11 home runs, 80.5 runs, 59 RBI and 13 stolen bases - useful numbers, to say the least, for someone who hasn't really been considered a top prospect playing in a poor hitters' park. Despite his 6-foot-1, 189-pound frame, he delivers crisp swings. Oakland even tried him in the leadoff spot against right-handed pitching after calling him up in September. There's a lot of Joe Panik in him, for better or worse. It doesn't seem like he'll excel in any single counting category. When a player is heavily reliant on batting average for fantasy value, plenty can go wrong, especially for someone who isn't an automatic .300 hitter or an elite prospect. Wendle may get another shot in 2017, though Jed Lowrie could push him for at-bats if he can recover from foot surgery. He has a slightly intriguing power-speed mix, but not enough to suggest that he's an attractive piece outside of AL-only formats.
Wendle (shoulder) will begin the 2017 in extended spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 26-year-old is set to receive a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder this week, a treatment likely to sideline him for a few days at the minimum. Wendle appeared in just seven games this spring before being shut down and will likely report to Double-A Midland or Triple-A Nashville upon his return to action.
Wendle (shoulder) is playing catch and taking regular BP, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. Wendle has been battling an undisclosed shoulder issue for most of March, and the A's are easing him back into things. He resumed throwing last Thursday and progressed to batting practice Monday. The progress Wendle is showing is promising, but the A's won't rush the 26-year-old back; he's expected to start the year at Triple-A.
Wendle will resume throwing on Thursday after being shut down with a shoulder issue, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. Wendle hasn't appeared in a spring game since March 7 due to an undisclosed shoulder issue, though he recently underwent an MRI that showed no significant damage, which is positive news. The A's likely won't rush the 26-year-old back, as he's expected to start the year at Triple-A.
Wendle is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Wendle will head to the bench with the A's facing lefty Ariel Miranda, as he did the last time the team faced a southpaw. While he continues to lead off against right-handed pitching, Wendle has mostly underwhelmed in the leadoff role with a .324 OBP and .339 SLG from the top spot.
Wendle is out of the lineup Friday against the Rangers. He had started the last eight games for the A's at second base, but is out of the lineup in favor of Chad Pinder on Friday. In those eight games, Wendle hit .294/.342/.382 with one home run in 38 plate appearances. He should be able to compete to be Oakland's starting second baseman next year in spring training.