MANAGER: Bob Melvin

2017 RECORD: 75 – 87

HOME RECORD: 46 – 35

ROAD RECORD: 29 – 52

2018 PREDICTION: 5th American League West



BALLPARK: O.co Coliseum

OPEN: 1968

CAPACITY: 35,067

LEFT: 330


RIGHT: 330


SEASON OPENER: March 29 vs. Los Angeles Angels



2013: 96

2014: 88

2015: 68

2016: 69

2017: 75



2B Jed Lowrie , 14 HR, 69 RBI

1B, Matt Olson, 24 HR

OF Khris Davis, 43 HR, 110 RBI

OF Matt Joyce, 25 HR, 68 RBI

OF Chad Pinder,  15 HR

P Jahrel Cotton , 9 – 10

P Sean Manaea, 12 – 10, 4.37 ERA, 140 K

P Santiago Casilla, 16 SV

P Blake Treinen, 13 SV




INF Franklin Barreto

SS Jorge Mateo

OF Dustin Fowler

C Austin Beck

LHP Jesus Luzardo

RHP Grant Holmes

OF Lazaro Armenteros

SS Nick Allen

3B Sheldon Neuse



52.1% – Khris Davis was one of six players to it more than half their batted balls at 95 miles an hour or harder last year.

57.4% – Matt Chapman’s hits that went for extra bases.

48.8% – percentage of Oakland’s runs produced by home runs, the second – highest mark in major league baseball.

69.6% – Santiago Casilla’s say percentage, the second lowest in major league baseball.

29.8% – Chad Pinder’s strikeout rate, 24th highest in major league baseball.

14.4% – Chad Pinder’s swinging strikeout rate, 28 highest in major league baseball.

21.6% –Jharel Cotton’s soft contact rate on batted baseballs.

4.1% – Emilio Pagan’s walk rate, fifth lowest among qualified relievers last year.

10 – consecutive losing months through August, and Oakland record.

17 – 7 – Oakland’s record to finish out 2018.

7.88 – Matt Olson’s at – bats per home run, the fourth – lowest mark in history among hitters with 200 or more plate appearances in a season.

8 – walk – off home runs by Oakland in 2017, tied for second all – time.

40 –Kris Davis has hit 40 home runs in three straight seasons.

29 –starts by left – handed pitcher Sean Manaea.

2.13 – ERA by closer Blake Treinen after arriving in a trade.

25 – Oakland’s ranking in ERA out of the bullpen.

7 – Santiago Casilla’s blown save opportunities in 2017.

49 – Jed Lowrie’s double total last season, and Oakland record.

537 –Manager Bob Melvin’s wins with Oakland.

1,000 – wins by Melvin, accomplished in July 2017.


Semien back at full health, swinging hot bat

MESA, Ariz. — A’s shortstop Marcus Semien was healthy enough to play when he returned from wrist surgery last season. He wants to make that much clear. But just playing and succeeding at a high level are two different things.


Semien estimates he was at about 90 percent by season’s end, some 5 1/2 months after surgery to repair a fracture of the scaphoid bone and three months after he returned from the disabled list.

“I was able to compete with what I had last year — the bone was healed — it was just about getting the reps and getting the scar tissue out of there,” Semien said this week.

t’s no wonder then that he hit .231 in his final 27 games after a productive .283 in August and .262 in July.


“I was thinking about my wrist and if it would hurt instead of just trying to compete against some of the best pitchers in the game,” he said. “It wasn’t until the offseason that I felt like I was all the way back. Now I’m just able to focus on competing.”

That tunneled focus has produced a fast start this spring. Semien has 11 hits in his first 22 Cactus League at-bats for a .500 average, and some of those outs were hit hard.


He had a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly — robbed of a third hit into the right-center gap by Angels star Mike Trout — on Thursday in a 7-3 win over the Angels at Hohokam Stadium.


“You’d like to see guys start to get hot the last week or so heading into the season,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “But he seems to be swinging the bat really well now. From the minute he got here, it looked like he’s comfortable with his mechanics.”


Semien admitted he actually wasn’t comfortable heading into his first game last month, after the usual time between the report date and Cactus League play was condensed this year. He had two hits that first game.


“Once you hit a couple balls hard, you get comfortable,” Semien said. “I’m just working on timing right now, and it’s going good. You always want to get hits. I’ve been working on timing and rhythm and swing path. So when all those things work together, hopefully to get some line drives and some hits.”


Semien hit .247 with 42 home runs in his first two seasons with the A’s before the wrist injury robbed him of almost half of the 2017 season. He had career highs of 27 homers, 75 RBIs and a .735 OPS in 2016.


“He’s not a guy we’re really worried about,” Melvin said. “He’s fully healthy now, and I know he wants to have a big year.”



Oakland is not expected to contend in 2018, but they have a crop a very young, promising players that will make the future look much brighter. They are rebuilding with players like  Pitchers Sean Manaea and Andrew Triggs. Jharel Cotton and Dan Gossett have good arms. There really isn’t a clear #1 starter and a #2 is a question mark as well. Santiago Casilla has experience as a closer and Blake Treinen showed new life after being acquired from Washington, but neither is a solid closer. Their lineup strikes out too much, but Khris Davis and Matt Olson make up for it with big – time power. Matt Chapman is solid at third. The A’s have an improved farm system, mainly because of prospects acquired in trades last season. This will be a team that is a work in progress, and as always it Oakland, there are reasons to believe they have a very bright future.



#                     Name B/T     Ht       Wt      DOB

50                   Raul Alcantara        R/R     6’4″    220lbs           12/4/92

40                   Chris Bassitt             R/R     6’5″    220lbs           2/22/89

58                   Paul Blackburn        R/R     6’1″    195lbs           12/4/93

52                   Ryan Buchter          L/L      6’4″    258lbs           2/13/87

46                   Santiago Casilla      R/R     6’0″    210lbs           7/25/80

45                   Jharel Cotton           R/R     5’11”  195lbs           1/19/92

35                   Danny Coulombe   L/L      5’10”  190lbs           10/26/89

66                   Ryan Dull                 R/R     5’9″    175lbs           10/2/89

48                   Daniel Gossett        R/R     6’2″    185lbs           11/13/92

49                   Kendall Graveman R/R     6’2″    200lbs           12/21/90

44                   Chris Hatcher          R/R     6’1″    200lbs           1/12/85

31                   Liam Hendriks         R/R     6’0″    200lbs           2/10/89

—                    Jairo Labourt           L/L      6’4″    205lbs           3/7/94

55                   Sean Manaea          R/L     6’5″    245lbs           2/1/92

33                   Daniel Mengden    R/R     6’2″    190lbs           2/19/93

47                   Frankie Montas      R/R     6’2″    255lbs           3/21/93

15                   Emilio Pagan           L/R     6’3″    210lbs           5/7/91

36                   Yusmeiro Petit       R/R     6’1″    255lbs           11/22/84

39                   Blake Treinen          R/R     6’5″    225lbs           6/30/88

60                   Andrew Triggs        R/R     6’4″    220lbs           3/16/89

62                   Lou Trivino               R/R     6’5″    225lbs           10/1/91


#                     Name B/T     Ht       Wt      DOB

12                   Dustin Garneau      R/R     6’0″    200lbs           8/13/87

13                   Bruce Maxwell       L/R     6’1″    250lbs           12/20/90

19                   Josh Phegley           R/R     5’10”  230lbs           2/12/88


#                     Name B/T     Ht       Wt      DOB

1                      Franklin Barreto     R/R     5’10”  190lbs           2/27/96

26                   Matt Chapman        R/R     6’0″    210lbs           4/28/93

8                      Jed Lowrie                S/R     6’0″    180lbs           4/17/84

57                   Jorge Mateo            R/R     6’0″    190lbs           6/23/95

28                   Matt Olson              L/R     6’5″    230lbs           3/29/94

18                   Chad Pinder             R/R     6’2″    195lbs           3/29/92

10                   Marcus Semien      R/R     6’0″    195lbs           9/17/90


#                     Name B/T     Ht       Wt      DOB

20                   Mark Canha             R/R     6’2″    210lbs           2/15/89

2                      Khris Davis               R/R     5’10”  195lbs           12/21/87

11                   Dustin Fowler         L/L      6’0″    195lbs           12/29/94

23                   Matt Joyce               L/R     6’2″    205lbs           8/3/84

56                   Ramon Laureano    R/R     5’11”  185lbs           7/15/94

22                   Renato Nunez         R/R     6’1″    220lbs           4/4/94

25                   Stephen Piscotty    R/R     6’3″    210lbs           1/14/91

3                      Boog Powell            L/L      5’10”  185lbs           1/14/93

5                      Jake Smolinski        R/R     5’11”  205lbs           2/9/89