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10 Marcus Semien 3B

Oakland Athletics

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
6%2%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
2316.23428303
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014CHW642313054628217030.300.372.234

Player Updates

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Athletics' Marcus Semien stays hot on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics infielder Marcus Semien cannot be stopped this spring.

After going 3 for 3 with two home runs on Tuesday, Semien again reached in all his plate appearances on Wednesday. He wasted no time getting to work, singling in two runs in the first inning. Semien would walk in his next appearance before driving in another run on a single in his final at-bat. 

Semien, who has yet to make an out this spring, downplayed his success, saying "I'm just getting good pitches to hit right now." The 24-year-old hit .234/.300/.372 over 231 at-bats last season. 

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Spring Observations: The legend of Marcus Semien grows
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

This RBI single for Marcus Semien was just the least of his contributions Tuesday. (USATSI)
This RBI single for Marcus Semien was just the least of his contributions Tuesday. (USATSI)

We're always told spring training doesn't matter, that we shouldn't pay attention to it if know what's best for our Fantasy teams.

Well, I think that's a bunch of baloney.

At the very least, it's a cop-out. Sure, most of it doesn't matter. For established players with no threats to their playing time, injury concerns or known mechanical issues, spring training is just a red herring. But spring training was also our first clue last year that Melky Cabrera was back to form and that Jacob deGrom was more than the scouting reports let on. Rather than pick out a few interesting nuggets and risk them being misconstrued as more than just food for thought, it's easier to have a blanket policy for the whole thing. "Nope, none of it matters. Check back again in late May."

Really? This is the first baseball most of us have seen in months. Asking a true fan to ignore it is cruel and, frankly, unrealistic. "If they're going to do it anyway, they can at least do it under adult supervision." That's what all the "cool" parents said in high school, right?

Bad comparison, but you get what I'm saying. So periodically throughout this spring, I'm going to review game action from the day before, picking out the five items that I believe are of greatest concern to Fantasy owners. And I'll do my best to couch them in a responsible way.

1. Marcus Semien makes his presence known.

Semien didn't hit just one home run in his first look as the Athletics starting shortstop, but two, effectively ending whatever competition existed there before it even began. OK, so maybe he goes hitless the rest of spring training and makes us wonder what the hype was all about, but given that he's a breakout for Al Melchior and a sleeper for me, I'm only emboldened by the performance.

2. Aaron Sanchez gets off on the wrong foot.

Depending in part on his performance this spring, Sanchez could begin the year as either the Blue Jays fifth starter or just a bullpen arm. Or I guess their closer, which would probably the best scenario for his own individual value, but it would be a net loss for Fantasy owners since it would eliminate Brett Cecil as a perfectly capable closer while also eliminating Sanchez as a sleeper starter. Sanchez says he was just working on his curveball, but considering the Blue Jays have already said they'll decide his role by mid-March, he doesn't have that luxury.

3. Jung Ho Kang goes oppo boppo.

Observe.

This from a player who hit .356 with 40 home runs in the Korean Baseball Organization. Of course, no one thinks he'll be that good, but how many middle infielders can hit the ball out in that direction with such ease? And oh yeah, he started at shortstop, which is the position nobody seems to think he'll be able to play in the majors.

4. Devon Travis whiffs in his first chance.

The Blue Jays don't have a starting second baseman. They have Maicer Izturis, who has impersonated one in the past, but if they wanted him starting there, they wouldn't have acquired Travis, a major league-ready second base prospect, from the Tigers this offseason. It's a good sign he got the start Tuesday, but it's not so good that he went 0-for-4. If he wins the job, I'm thinking he's at worst a speedier version of Scooter Gennett.

5. More of the same from Ubaldo Jimenez.

Granted, the Orioles don't have an opening in their starting rotation, but for as much as they're paying him and as good as he was two years ago, Jimenez could probably force his way in with a strong spring. Allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings isn't going to make it happen. When Madison Bumgarner says he was just working on his pitches and didn't care about results, you can take his word for it, but Jimenez has a little more at stake.

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Athletics' Marcus Semien homers twice in spring debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics infielder Marcus Semien hit two home runs in his spring debut on Tuesday.

Semien didn't take long to strike. In his first at-bat, Semien crushed an 0-2 pitch from Madison Bumgarner for a two-run shot. He added a solo shot in the fifth inning off Cody Hall. Semien finished 3 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. He's expected to open the season as the team's starting shortstop. 

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Five Athletics competing to bat second in lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Manager Bob Melvin indicated that five players are competing to bat second in the Athletics lineup this season, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Shortstop Ben Zobrist, second baseman Marcus Semien, third baseman Brett Lawrie and outfielders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry are all in the mix for the second spot in the lineup.

The Athletics opened last season with third baseman Josh Donaldson slotted second, but Donaldson has since been traded to Toronto.

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Melvin: Marcus Semien will have to earn A's starting shortstop job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday infielder Marcus Semien will be given every opportunity to win the starting shortstop job. However, Melvin reiterated Semien will have to earn his spot in the starting lineup.

Semien's biggest competition for the starting shortstop job is likely Eric Sogard.

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Position Current Last Week Rating
Third Basemen 37 18.55
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Kansas City3160 .286 .290 .194
vs Ventura (Career)3212.000.750.667
vs RHP142302 .291 .324 .211
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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013CHW21697182712222 .268 .406 .261
2014CHW642313054628217030 .300 .372 .234
Total 853003772835229252 .293 .380 .240
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2013CHW2B31817001.000
2013CHW3B17133853032 .921
2013CHWSS3320713001.000
2014CHW2B26251335178423 .970
2014CHW3B3331961472109 .896
2014CHWSS31303011.000
Total  8074298782031735 .943
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2013CHW402810001
2014CHW1028602106
Total 14211412107
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2011AFX-Kannapolis Intimidat602293558152326225334 .320 .376 .253
2012AFA-Winston-Salem Dash1074188011431514595597115 .362 .471 .273
2013AA-Birmingham Barons1053939011421515498466205 .420 .483 .290
2013AAA-Charlotte Knights321252033111417142440 .338 .464 .264
Total 30411652253197813361511752403814 .364 .456 .274
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/195
Birthdate:
9/17/1990
Age:
24
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Oakland Athletics
College:

MLB Experience:
2
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