Tag:Mark Ellis
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:42 pm
 

A's Weeks latest prospect to get the call

Jemile WeeksBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

The prospects are coming! The prospects are coming!

Isn't that what Paul Revere said? Oh, right, it was something different. But forget Paul Revere. This is much more interesting.

Now that it's June and many teams believe they're free from allowing a top prospect to earn Super Two status (if it indeed exists in the next CBA), the prospects are heading to the big leagues.

The Dodgers called up Dee Gordon Monday, and then the A's called up Jemile Weeks. Unlike Gordon, Weeks was in the lineup right away, leading off and playing second. Gordon is in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday night.

Weeks, the younger brother of Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, was a first-round pick of Oakland in 2008 out of the University of Miami. He was hitting .321/.417/.446 with three home runs and 10 stolen bases at Triple-A Sacramento.

The A's also called up lefty Bobby Cramer, putting Brett Anderson and Mark Ellis on the disabled list. To make room for Weeks on the 40-man roster, Dallas Braden was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Other prospects who could be coming any day include San Diego's Anthony Rizzo, Seattle's Dustin Ackley and Toronto's Brett Lawrie.

Ackley's another second baseman, and he's hitting .302/.420/.492 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 59 games. He could add some sock to an anemic Mariner offense.

Lawrie was expected to be called up last week but was placed on the minor-league disabled list after being hit in the wrist on Sunday. The move is retroactive to Thursday. The minor-league DL is only seven days, and Lawrie suffered just a bruise, so he may be called up as soon as early next week. Lawrie has reportedly improved defensively at third base, where the team has gotten very little production.

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Rizzo was "close" to being called up but that no decision has been made. He's hitting .363/.444/.715 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI for Triple-A Tucson. Brad Hawpe has been the team's first baseman, and he has been struggling (.238/.305/.366), and he's also been working in right field to make way for Rizzo.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 3:53 pm
 

A's Ellis out with inner ear problem

UPDATE: Ellis entered Thursday's game with the Blue Jays in the eighth inning. After the game he said he'll be able to fly with the A's tonight.

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mark EllisAnyone up for a road trip?

The A's are considering finding a ride for second baseman Mark Ellis to get from Toronto to Minnesota because it's unclear if he can fly with an inner ear problem that has kept him out of Thursday's lineup.

The drive would be, according to Google maps, around 16 hours, not including the stop for customs.

"That doesn't sound like a lot of fun," Ellis told MLB.com.

Ellis said he has a feeling of fullness in his left ear and is also suffering from dizziness. He went 0 for 4 in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Ellis also said he feels "like a two-year-old missing a game because of an earache."

Andy LaRoche will start at second base for the A's after playing shortstop on Tuesday and third base on Wednesday. The A's have a charter flight from Toronto to Minnesota after Thursday afternoon's game.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:06 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Oh, as we complain again and again about the Baseball Writers Association of America and their votes for MVP and Cy Young, the coaches and managers once again show they're not a better committee to choose the biggest awards in the game.

Exhibit A: Derek Jeter, Gold Glover.

Derek Jeter Yep, Jeter won the Gold Glove again on Tuesday in a vote from American League coaches and managers. Derek Jeter with a -5.4 UZR/150, -13 runs saved and -17 plus/minus, was determined by the coaches and managers to be the best defensive shortstop in the American League. Among qualified players, only Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett (-13.8) and Kansas City's Yuniesky Betancourt (-9.2) had a worse UZR/150.

Sure, Jeter had just six errors, but the idea that errors tell you much about a player's defense is preposterous. It tells you who is able to make the routine plays best. That's well and good, but it has little to do with the best all-around defensive player. Jeter has the range of, well, a mediocre 36-year old defensive player. (You know how many times you see Jeter go into the hole and doing that leaping throw, but doesn't quite get the runner? Oh, what a gutty play, he doesn't get an E. Thing is, most other shortstops don't have to make that jump and get the runner.)

Who would be a better choice? Well, who wouldn't?

The Fielding Bible Awards had Chicago's Alexei Ramirez as its third-place finisher, and best among AL players. Ramirez's UZR/150 was 10.1, he had 16 runs saved and a 20 plus/minus.

In UZR/150, Ramirez was trailed by Oakland's Cliff Pennington (8.8), Baltimore's Cesar Izturis (5.8) and Texas' Elvis Andrus (0.3), among qualified players.

The Gold Gloves have been one of those openly mocked selections since a designated hitter won one in 1999 (Rafael Palmeiro). Defense, even in this day and age of advanced statistics, is still highly subjective, with reputation playing more of a role than production. That's what the Gold Glove tells us every year. It also tells us the coaches and managers have as much of a Yankee bias as the media is accused of having.

Alex Rodriguez was the only Yankee infielder not to be awarded, even though the advanced statistics liked Oakland's infield much more.

Mark Teixeira won at first base, even though Oakland's Daric Barton was likely the best choice. Mark Ellis had the top UZR/150 among second basemen (12.7), but the winner was Robinson Cano (-0.9).  Also deserving at second would be Minnesota's Orlando Hudson (12.0 UZR/150). Hudson was the top AL vote-getter in the Fielding Bible Awards, while Ellis was behind him.

As for the outfield, that's probably where a Yankee was actually left off. Left fielder Brett Gardner had the best UZR/150 of any qualified outfielders with a 27.9. He also won the Fielding Bible Award in left field.

American League Gold Glove winners
P Mark Buehrle, White Sox
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Ellis hoping A's bring him back

Mark Ellis Mark Ellis has spent 10 years with the Athletics after being picked in the 1999 draft by the Royals and being shipped to Oakland in the Johnny Damon trade.

If Ellis has his way, he'll make it an 11th year. His two-year, $11 million contract is on the verge of expiring, and it's unlikely his $6 million team option will be picked up given Ellis hasn't made gains with a bat that showed promise from a three-year span from 2005-07.

In those three years, Ellis appeared in a combined 396 games, hitting .280/.345/.435. However, since, the 33-year-old is at .253/.322/.374 in 324 games, missing a lengthy period of time in his most recent three seasons. Even with an impeccable fielding reputation, $6 million in the current environment seems a bit steep for the righty.

"They're going to do what they want to do," Ellis told the San Jose Mercury News of the A's. "Obviously I like it here. This is where I want to be. I just do what I can to help the team win, and that stuff will work itself out."

Even if the A's decline Ellis' option, they may want him back regardless with no clear-cut replacement. Adam Rosales is viewed as a utilityman by the club and there are no prospects knocking on the door.

"We need him," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "He's consistent defensively, and he's going to hit and provide leadership. I definitely want him back."

Ellis' leadership and work ethic is another check in his favor, as assistant GM David Forst says "Mark's value has been more than what he does on the field."

Oakland has just $11.5 million guaranteed next season, although most of the unguaranteed deals come from players with arbitration eligibility. Even so, there is plenty of cash for the A's to play with especially with Eric Chavez and Ben Sheets coming off the books as the two make a combined $22.5 million in 2010 for what amounted to no value.

One thing that may stand in the way of Ellis' return is a need to increase the power output of the team .

One certain power-hitter who is on the verge of his fourth straight 30-homer campaign (and his rookie year coming in at 27 blasts) is a second baseman and is available for the right price -- Dan Uggla. Making $7.8 million, Uggla has one more year of arbitration before hitting free agency and may be just what the doctor ordered for Oakland.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:50 am
 

Power will be priority for A's

Coco Crisp
How many times have we heard that a team is "a bat or two away" from contending? The A's think they really are, and finding players with power will be their top priority this winter, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A's have by far the best ERA in the American League (3.55) and are a little below average in batting for average and getting on base (ninth in both). Where they fall clearly short is power. No team in baseball has hit fewer home runs, and they are second-worst in slugging percentage. Their top home run hitter, Kevin Kouzmanoff, has just 14. Their starters at first base, third base and designated hitter have combined for 32. No matter how well they pitch, that's not going to cut it.

"The game is changing. There aren't guys who can hit 50 homers, but you still have to have two guys in the lineup who are threats to hit the ball out of the ballpark," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "That would make everyone else better, too. But they're not easy to find."

General manager Billy Beane says he'll be looking, and Beane will have a little money to work with as $22 million comes off the books with Ben Sheets and Eric Chavez.

Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Carlos Pena, Jayson Werth and possibly David Ortiz (who has a club option) will be among the power hitters available this winter.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 am
 

Braves holding breath on Prado

Martin Prado
The Braves say X-rays on All-Star second baseman Martin Prado's right pinky finger were inconclusive Friday night, and he'll undergo further tests Saturday.

Prado injured the hand sliding headfirst into home, scoring the final run in the Braves' 6-4, 10-inning victory. It appeared that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez stepped on Prado's hand.

Losing Prado for any length of time would be a blow to the Braves, who have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East. He's batting .316/.357/.487 with a NL-leading 137 hits, and has 13 homers and 42 RBI.

If the Braves get bad news on Prado on Saturday, they might have to move fast to get someone to fill in (Brooks Conrad is Prado's backup, batting .238 but with some pop). The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ty Wigginton is still available, and they might be able to get in on the Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Oakland's Mark Ellis are more expensive options whose availability is not clear.

-- David Andriesen

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