Dustin Garneau has been two different guys over the past three seasons. At Triple-A Albuquerque, he has hit 40 home runs in just under 700 plate appearances and been tough to keep off base. At the major-league level, he has five homers in 277 career plate appearances. Understand, while the park effects at Coors Field are strong, they're stronger in Albuquerque but that is still a rather significant difference in power output. Garneau grades out slightly better than average defensively so he should have a decent chance at sticking around as a second catcher, but needs to make better contact and show that he is more than just another product of friendly minor-league run environments.
Garneau went 1-for-4 with a run in Sunday's season-ending 5-2 win over the Rangers. The veteran catcher slashed just .159/.288/.250 over the 52 plate appearances he logged with the Athletics since an Aug. 4 trade from the Rockies. Garneau is under team control for the next two seasons, but as a journeyman backstop who'll turn 31 during the 2018 campaign, he may serve as no more than organizational depth at Triple-A Nashville while Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell man the catcher position at the big-league level.
Garneau hit a solo home run and walked in his two plate appearances before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Angels. With the San Pedro, Calif. native playing close to home in Anaheim, Garneau delighted his friends and family in attendance with his first home run as a member of the Athletics. Since joining the team following a waiver claim earlier this month, Garneau has recorded just four hits in 26 at-bats while appearing in 12 games. He'll likely remain on the short end of a platoon at catcher with Bruce Maxwell for now, but Garneau will see his at-bats dry up almost entirely once Josh Phegley (oblique) returns from the 10-day disabled list.
Garneau was added to the Athletics' roster Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Oakland claimed Garneau off waivers from Colorado on Friday, seeing him as an upgrade over Ryan Lavarnway at the backup catcher position. Garneau has done very little of note in 68 career games at the big-league level, but he did hit .429/.480/.952 in a small sample against lefties during his time with Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Garneau was claimed off waivers by the A's on Friday. Garneau appeared in 22 games with the Rockies this season, hitting .206/.260/.353 with one home run and six RBI. The catcher has spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Albuquerque, tearing up the competition to the tune of a .964 OPS with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 128 at-bats. He will likely serve as organizational depth for Oakland moving forward at the Triple-A level with Nashville, but could earn a promotion by the time September rolls around.
Garneau was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. With Tony Wolters coming off the disabled list, the Rockies chose to send Garneau back to Triple-A. Garneau has played in 22 major-league games this season, during which he's put together a disappointing .206 batting average.