Machin will not be a part of the A's roster for the ALDS against the Astros, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Machin didn't make an appearance during the AL Wild Card Round, so it's not hard to see why he wouldn't be considered an important part of the team for Oakland's next series. Reliever Jordan Weems was added in his place.
Machin is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mariners.
Machin had started in 12 of the Athletics' previous 15 games while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman missed time due to injuries, but the rookie's run of regular playing time looks to be over. Though Chapman has been ruled out for the season after undergoing hip surgery, the Athletics don't appear to be view Machin as a viable everyday option at the hot corner. Instead, look for Oakland to give the newly signed Jake Lamb a trial as the main lefty-hitting option at the position, while the right-handed Nate Orf fills the short side of a platoon. Now on the bench for the second game in a row, the lefty-hitting Machin is somewhat redundant after the addition of Lamb.
Machin is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rangers.
The Rule 5 draftee is hitting .250 with more walks (six) than strikeouts (four) in 32 at-bats this month, and he's coming off a busy Saturday twin bill in which he went a combined 1-for-5 with a double, two base on balls and three runs. While he is sitting in this one, his playing time is trending up with Matt Chapman (hip) and Chad Pinder (hamstring) both potentially done for the season.
Machin drew the start at third base in place of Matt Chapman (hip) in Wednesday's win over the Astros and went 0-for-2 with two walks while scoring the game-tying run.
The versatile Machin had been identified as one of the possible fill-ins for Chapman during his absence, and manager Bob Melvin slotted him in there for Wednesday's contest. Machin has become increasingly productive with his starting opportunities recently -- he's now reached safely in eight straight games dating back to Aug. 26 and is hitting a solid .292 (7-for-24) over that span -- and it's telling that Melvin is apparently intent on keeping his bat in the lineup after Machin's stint as the primary starting shortstop while Marcus Semien was out with a side injury came to a close.
Machin went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a double in a 5-4 loss to the Astros in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Machin hit a leadoff single in the third inning and score on a Tony Kemp sacrifice fly. The double was Machin's first extra-base hit in 15 games this season. He's slashing .237/.310/.263 across 42 plate appearances. He's scored five runs, but he has yet to record an RBI.
Machin, who drew a second consecutive start at shortstop Monday, is also a candidate to see time at third base while Matt Chapman (hip) remains sidelined, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Machin has filled in for Marcus Semien (side) the last two games, but he could also find himself putting in some time at third base in place of Chapman, who, like Semien, isn't expected to require a stint on the injured list. The hot corner is actually a position Machin is more familiar with, having logged five games there already this season, the most of any position.
Machin logged his first major-league start at shortstop in a loss to the Padres on Friday, going 1-for-3.
Marcus Semien (side) isn't expected to be out for an inordinate amount of time, but manager Bob Melvin previously announced he'd utilize Machin and Chad Pinder in a platoon at shortstop until the veteran is ready to return to action. The left-handed-hitting Machin drew the first starting opportunity upon the Athletics' resumption of play Friday with right-hander Zach Davies on the hill for San Diego and managed to hit safely for the third time in his last four starts, a stretch that dates back to Aug. 17.
Machin is expected to form the left-handed side of a platoon with Chad Pinder at shortstop while Marcus Semien (side) remains sidelined, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
While Semien isn't expected to go on the injured list, the discomfort he's feeling could potentially sideline him for multiple contests once the Athletics resume play Friday. Therefore, Machin could be in line for some shortstop duty, a position he's yet to log any time in at the big-league level. Machin garnered a spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring training and summer camp, but he's slashing just .136/.208/.136 across 24 plate appearances thus far in 2020.
Machin started at designated hitter in Saturday's win over the Giants and went 1-for-2 with a run.
Machin put together a solid offensive resume at the upper levels of the minors the last couple of seasons, but he'd yet to collect a hit in sparse playing time with the Athletics until his leadoff hit in the third inning. The 26-year-old eventually scored on Marcus Semien's home run later in the frame, but he's logged just 11 plate appearances overall in the five games he's appeared in thus far.
Machin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.
The Athletics' second-base situation looked to be wide open heading into Opening Day, but manager Bob Melvin has largely leaned on a platoon of Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder at the position thus far. That's left Machin and Franklin Barreto on the outside looking in for playing time, as the duo has combined to make two starts through the Athletics' first 16 games. Machin is still looking for his first MLB hit after getting off to an 0-for-7 start at the dish.
Machin has made the Athletics' Opening Day roster, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The Rule 5 draft pick had done plenty to impress back in spring training, and he was able to continue making a strong enough case during summer camp to nail down a spot. Machin is expected to occasionally work into a second-base rotation with Tony Kemp, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder, but he also has the ability to fill in all over the rest of the infield.
Machin remains a strong candidate to see playing time at second base this coming season despite a logjam at the position, Alex Coffey of The Athletic reports. "Recently, (Vimael) Machin is a machine. His at-bats are terrific right now," manager Bob Melvin said.
For most of spring training and the subsequent three-month-plus shutdown, the prevailing wisdom was that Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp would operate in a platoon at the keystone on the majority of days. The trade of Jorge Mateo to the Padres then seemed to clear a path for Machin to be the third option while also filling in occasionally elsewhere, but Melvin recently clarified the situation isn't as cut and dried. The Athletics skipper confirmed earlier this week that Chad Pinder will also see time at second, and he heaped plenty of praise on both Barreto and Kemp in his comments to reporters Monday, adding that there may not be a "final choice" for the position at any point during the season. For his part, Machin's impressive summer camp, which is an extension of a strong Cactus League stint that saw him hit .333 (10-for-30), his ability to also man all three outfield spots and Melvin's comments all appear to have the versatile 26-year-old in an excellent position to secure an Opening Day roster spot.
Machin appears to have even greater job security with the trade of Jorge Mateo to the Padres on Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Machin's quest to go from Rule 5 pick to a potential Opening Day roster spot received a boost with the move of Mateo, with whom he was in a heated battle when spring training was suspended. Mateo's elite speed notwithstanding, Machin arguably had pulled even with him by hitting .333 over 15 Cactus League games and demonstrating an ability to fill in all over the infield. The easing of a logjam at second base via the trade -- where Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp still project to primarily split time -- appears to leave Machin with solid job security entering summer camp, especially with rosters expanded to 30 players for the first two weeks of the regular season.
Machin is projected by Melissa Lockard of The Athletic to make the expanded Opening Day roster.
Machin was trending toward being one of the team's final cuts, if not snagging the 26th and final roster spot outright, when spring training was suspended. With teams allowed 30-man rosters for the first two weeks of the campaign, the versatile 26-year-old now has exponentially more job security in Saxon's view. Machin is lauded for both his glove and sharp eye at the plate, with both on display during Cactus League play earlier this spring.
Machin, who hit .333 (10-for-30) across 15 Cactus League games, was battling Jorge Mateo for what may have been the final spot on the roster when spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Gallegos notes Tony Kemp and Franklin Barreto appeared set to handle the majority of starts at second base in a platoon arrangement, and he added that one of either Machin or Mateo was highly likely to secure what was projected to be 26th and final roster spot. Machin had demonstrated an ability to play all four infield positions effectively in addition to his strong work at the plate and, as a Rule 5 pick, his rights would revert back to his original organization (the Cubs) if he doesn't make the A's roster, seemingly buttressing his chances. However, with rosters potentially set to expand beyond 26 players as one of the contingency plans for what is shaping up as a unique 2020 regular season, it's conceivable both Machin and Mateo are on the team Opening Day.
Machin, who's competing for the second base job, was impressive while filling in for a resting Matt Chapman at third base during a Cactus League win over the White Sox on Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Gallegos notes Machin made a particularly noteworthy play when he tracked down a Nick Madrigal chopper in the first inning and fired a perfect throw over to first base for the out. Manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Machin doesn't have "a ton of range", but he also praised the 26-year-old for getting to balls wherever he's played on the field. Machin also enjoyed another productive day at the plate against Chicago -- he went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run -- and is now hitting .318 across nine spring contests. If Machin can continue to prove capable of offering solid defense at multiple positions, his chances of nabbing an Opening Day roster spot will naturally only increase, especially because his primary competitors for the keystone job, Jorge Mateo and Tony Kemp, are also hitting well early.
Machin, who was acquired from the Phillies via trade following his selection in the Rule 5 draft, has a chance at securing a second base/utility role this spring, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Machin spent the last five seasons in the Cubs organization, and after hitting .295 with 36 extra-base hits (27 doubles, two triples, seven home runs), 65 RBI and eight stolen bases with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in 2019, it appeared a majors debut this season was a possibility, especially after he excelled to the tune of a .333/.369/.469 slash in the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason. Because he was a Rule 5 pick, the Athletics will need to keep Machin on the roster all season or offer him back to the Cubs, a provision that could further solidify his chances of sticking if he puts together an impressive enough spring.
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|2017||AFX-South Bend Cubs||72||272||46||87||17||1||10||57||24||33||4||2||.320||.371||.500|
|2017||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||45||157||19||43||6||0||1||15||16||31||0||2||.274||.341||.331|
|2018||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||33||110||20||23||6||0||2||14||28||23||1||0||.209||.369||.318|