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May 13, 2021 03:32 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: On bench Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom isn't starting Thursday's game against the Giants.

Tom had gone 1-for-9 with a run, a walk and four strikeouts across the last three games. Ben Gamel will start in left field and bat seventh.

May 8, 2021 08:04 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Clubs first career homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Saturday's 3-2 loss against the Cubs.

The 26-year-old launched the first homer of his major-league career during the fourth inning Saturday, which accounted for Pittsburgh's only run production of the afternoon. Tom has a .143/.273/.229 slash line with a home run, six walks, six RBI and two runs through his first 17 big-league games.

May 7, 2021 12:20 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Knocks in run Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to San Diego.

He's 3-for-29 split between Oakland and Pittsburgh in 2021. While Tom has just two hits in 13 at-bats for the Bucs, he's walked five times (averaging 4.45 pitches per plate appearance). The 26-year-old has misplayed multiple balls in the outfield and run the bases poorly, but he's likely earned more playing time with his solid at-bats. Furthermore, the Rule 5 pick has little competition in the outfield right now.

May 3, 2021 04:12 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Picks up third straight start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom will start in left field and will bat eighth Sunday against the Cardinals, Jake Crouse of reports.

He'll be picking up his third straight start and has gone 1-for-4 with four walks since joining the Pirates this week after being claimed off waivers from Oakland. Tom will be manning left field in place of Phillip Evans, who is sitting amid a 6-for-54 slide at the plate over his last 15 games. If Tom can continue to get on base at a healthy clip, he could end up unseating Evans for an everyday role.

April 27, 2021 09:48 AM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Gets activated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates activated Tom ahead of Tuesday's game against the Royals.

Pittsburgh claimed Tom off waivers from Oakland last week, but he wasn't immediately added to the 26-man active roster while he waited to clear the COVID-19 intake testing protocols. Now that he's officially in the fold, Tom could be a candidate to pick up at-bats in center field after Pittsburgh recently booted Dustin Fowler and Anthony Alford from its 40-man roster.

April 26, 2021 01:32 AM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Likely to join team Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said he expects Tom to join the team in Pittsburgh ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Kansas City, Jake Crouse of reports.

Tom has yet to join the team since being claimed off waivers from Oakland on Wednesday, presumably for COVID-19 intake testing-related reasons. He won't count against the Pirates' 26-man active roster for the time being, but Pittsburgh will have to clear a spot for him once he's officially in the fold. Tom could end up getting a look in center field after the Pirates already dropped their primary two options at the position -- Dustin Fowler and Anthony Alford -- from the 40-man roster last week.

April 25, 2021 09:32 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Heads to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates placed Tom on the 10-day injured list Friday for an unspecified reason.

The lack of an injury designation could indicate that Tom is being placed on the COVID-19 injured list, but the Pirates have yet to provide any clarity on the matter. The Pirates claimed Tom off waivers from the Athletics two days prior to placing him on the IL, so the 26-year-old may just need to clear COVID-19 intake testing over the next few days before he's eligible to debut for his new team.

April 21, 2021 06:04 PM
Pirates' Ka'ai Tom: Claimed by Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Wednesday.

Tom was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday, but the Rule 5 pick will now join Pittsburgh's 26-man active roster going forward. Tom went 1-for-16 with a run, one RBI and six strikeouts to begin the season. The Pirates have gotten limited production out of their center fielders this season, so Tom could end up pushing Dustin Fowler for the top job at the position.

April 20, 2021 10:36 AM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: DFA'd by A's
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Tom went just 1-for-16 with an RBI and six strikeouts over nine contests in the first few weeks of the 2021 season before being cast off the 40-man roster. This move makes room for the return of Stephen Piscotty from the paternity list. As a Rule 5 draft pick, Tom will be offered back to Cleveland if he clears waivers.

April 7, 2021 02:36 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: On bench in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom isn't included in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

After making back-to-back starts Sunday and Monday, Tom appeared to be a candidate to fill a strong-side platoon role in right field after Chad Pinder's knee issue forced him to the 10-day injured list. However, after sitting against lefty Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, Tom now finds himself on the bench versus a right-hander (Trevor Bauer) in the series finale with Los Angeles. For now, manager Bob Melvin may prefer to go with a more experienced option in right field in veteran Stephen Piscotty rather than Tom, a Rule 5 pick who has gotten off to a 1-for-10 start to his MLB career.

March 29, 2021 03:00 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Roster spot confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom's spot on the Athletics' Opening Day roster was confirmed by manager Bob Melvin on Monday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tom appeared to be on track for a roster spot when Vimael Machin and Seth Brown were optioned Sunday, and that's now been confirmed by the team. The Athletics had an extra incentive to keep him on the active roster, as his status as a Rule 5 pick meant he'd have to be offered back to Cleveland if he failed to make the team, but he earned the role through his spring performances, hitting .321/.424/.571.

March 28, 2021 08:36 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Appears to win roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom is expected to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Athletics optioned Vimael Machin and Seth Brown to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, and it appears as though Tom is on track to break camp with the major-league club as a result. The Rule 5 draft pick will serve as outfield depth for Oakland after he slashed .375/.483/.667 with one home run and six RBI in 10 Cactus League games this spring.

March 21, 2021 10:12 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Continues making strong case
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, one walk and four runs across his first four Cactus League games.

Tom has quickly made up for lost time after not making his spring debut until March 15 due to an oblique injury. The Rule 5 pick's ability to immediately make an impact is especially critical when considering the rules governing players in his situation, as Tom's rights will revert back to the Cubs organization if he's doesn't start and then subsequently remain on the 40-man roster throughout the entire season.

March 16, 2021 11:40 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Singles in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom (oblique) went 1-for-3 in a Cactus League loss to Cleveland on Monday, a game that marked the Rule 5 pick's spring debut.

Martin Gallegos of reports the Athletics will try to evaluate Tom in as many Cactus League games as possible from this point forward, considering his rights will revert back to Cleveland if he's not included on the Opening Day roster. The 26-year-old is able to play all three outfield spots and has shown a knack for both hard contact and getting on base during his minor-league career, slugging 23 home runs over the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2019 and generating a .360 career OBP in his five professional stops to date.

March 15, 2021 12:44 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Cleared for spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom (oblique) is slated to start in right field and serve as Oakland's leadoff hitter in Monday's Cactus League game against Cleveland.

Tom will be making his spring and Athletics debut after an oblique injury suffered earlier in camp delayed his entry into the Cactus League lineup. Assuming Tom gets enough work in over the next couple of weeks to avoid a stint on the injured list to begin the season, his status as a Rule 5 pick should put him in good position to break camp with the Athletics. Oakland would have to offer him back to Cleveland if the Athletics choose not to include him on the 26-man active roster.

March 8, 2021 11:36 AM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Cleared to take BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tom (oblique) was cleared Monday to take batting practice against the Athletics' coaching staff, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Rule 5 pickup has yet to showcase his skills for Oakland in a game setting this spring, as he's still recovering from the oblique injury he sustained early in camp. Tom's ability to take BP represents a step in the right direction, and if he experiences no discomfort while taking swings against coaches, he could be cleared to face live pitching by the end of the week. The Athletics will likely also want to see how Tom fares in defensive drills before a target date for his Cactus League debut is established.

February 24, 2021 03:52 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Hobbled by oblique injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that Tom is dealing with an oblique injury that could sideline him for the first week of Cactus League play, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Based on Melvin's comments, Tom is likely dealing with a low-grade strain, so he should be able to steer clear of an extended absence. The injury will nonetheless deny the Rule 5 pick some opportunities to make an early impression in his new organization.

December 10, 2020 01:12 PM
Athletics' Ka'ai Tom: Nabbed by Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics selected Tom with the 16th pick of the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

He doesn't have much prospect pedigree, but statistically, Tom is perhaps the most impressive hitter selected in this year's Rule 5 draft. The lefty-hitting outfielder logged a 162 wRC+ at Double-A and a 132 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2019. He typically walks at a high clip and can handle all three outfield spots.

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