A little news today involving two of the players the A’s received in the Rich Harden/Chad Gaudin deal. Outfielder Matt Murton was sent down and 2B/OF Eric Patterson was called up from Triple-A. Bob Geren had two lineups sitting in front of him before the game — one with Patterson in the leadoff spot and one without Patterson — depending on whether Patterson arrived from Round Rock, Texas, in time for Sunday’s game. Patterson did make it and he’s starting today in left field.
Not a shocker Patterson got the call. There’s no use for the A’s to wait until rosters expand to see what some of these minor leaguers can do. That’s the reason Brooks Conrad was called up last week. Patterson has seen his most action playing second base this season, but Geren mentioned before the game Patterson will get his immediate playing time in left field.
More than anything, I think the A’s want to give this guy a chance in the leadoff spot, which has been a revolving door situation. The A’s will say they don’t always utilize a prototypical leadoff guy like most teams. True, but you at least need to identify someone you want in that spot on a daily basis. Patterson has some speed (16 steals in the minors this season) and a little pop in his bat. One scout told me after the Harden trade that Patterson projects as a better player than his older brother, Corey, who plays for the Reds. And look for the A’s to get Patterson a little time at second base. Might as well see if he’s capable of holding down that position in case Mark Ellis isn’t re-signed. I know fans are getting fed up with the young, anonymous players shuttling in and out of the lineup. But now that the A’s have committed to this direction, they might as well see what kind of hand they’ve been dealt with some of these guys.