Josh Phegley's ceiling as a short-end platoon player is well established as he enters his age-30 season, as he has hit just .207/.249/.343 in 451 career chances against right-handed pitching. His numbers against lefty pitching aren't great, but they are much more respectable (.253/.290/.425). Phegley puts the ball in play often enough (16.1 strikeout percentage last season) and his batting average seems likely to rebound as his .223 BABIP corrects toward the mean. He can also run into one on occasion although the power has dipped in recent seasons as Phegley has battled through a variety of injuries (knee issues in 2016, concussion and an oblique injury in 2017). Even if something were to happen to primary catcher Bruce Maxwell, the A's would likely find a way to avoid expanding Phegley's role too much. He's only worth considering in deep two-catcher formats.
Phegley agreed to a one-year deal with Oakland on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This was the first offseason he was an arbitration-eligible player. In 2017, Phegley slashed .201/.255/.336 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 57 games, and should continue serving on the short-end of the catching platoon with Bruce Maxwell during the 2018 campaign.
Phegley, who went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners, is hitting just .200 over 25 plate appearances across nine games since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1. Phegley missed just over a month with an oblique injury and is just 4-for-20 with two doubles, three RBI, four walks and two runs since returning. The 29-year-old backstop's struggles at the dish haven't just been limited to September, however, as his season average (.204) is a career worst, while his OBP (.258) and slugging (.340) are both his lowest figures during his three campaigns in Oakland.
Phegley (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Phegley is back at full strength, having caught nine full innings with Triple-A Nashville on several occasions in recent weeks. He has struggled to a .205/.246/.346 line in the majors this season, but Dustin Garneau has been even worse since joining Oakland, so it seems likely that Phegley will return to his normal platoon role behind the plate in Oakland.
Phegley (oblique) is set to be activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday's game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Phegley said he felt great after catching nine innings in four games over the past six days, so he'll rejoin the A's ahead of their weekend series against the Mariners. Once he returns, he'll settle back into his role as Oakland's backup catcher.
Phegley (oblique) was pulled from Sunday's rehab game at Triple-A Nashville after a pitch hit his leg, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Fortunately, it doesn't seem as if Phegley suffered a serious injury during Sunday's outing. However, this could slightly delay his activation from the disabled list, as the A's had previously said that Phegley wouldn't be rushed through his rehab assignment. Until he's ready to return, Bruce Maxwell and Dustin Garneau will continue sharing time at catcher.