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Looking ahead

Quick question: Is it me or does it seem like we’ve been reading or hearing about the A’s offensive struggles for oh, about a dozen years? OK, so it hasn’t been that long. But the team’s three losses to the Giants over the weekend was all too similar to all too many series for all too long. The A’s talled all of 16 hits, hit .172 and scored three runs.

Not sure how you feel, but to these eyes, it’s gotten old. So thought I’d spend Tuesday morning looking at some of the hitters who might be coming down the road for the A’s.

TRIPLE-A SACRAMENTO

Sean Doolittle: His progress has been stalled by a sprained knee, and he hasn’t played since May 8. But he was 6-for-12 in the three games before his injury and remains hight of the team’s prospect list. He’s expected to be back in another two or three weeks.

DOUBLE-A MIDLAND

— Tommy Everidge and Chris Carter: The two continue to be among the top run producers in the Texas League. Everidge has 53 RBI and Carter has 47, ranking them second and third in the league, respectively. I’d sure like to see these guys in September (although, as Daric Barton and Aaron Cunningham have taught us, you can’t get too excited about what you see in September). The consistency these two have shown is something the A’s lineup hasn’t seen in a long time.

— Adrian Cardenas: Can’t wait to get a glimpse of this kid, although he might be at least a year away. But he’s scalding the ball in the Texas League, so it’s only a matter of time until he gets a longer look in Sacramento.

— Matt Spencer: A dark horse for the future; he’s hitting .349 in June.

SINGLE-A STOCKETON

— Jemile Weeks: The A’s top pick in last year’s draft went 5-for-11 with a grand slam over the weekend and has hit safely in all 15 games he’s played.

LOW-A KANE COUNTY

Jeremy Barfield: I generally haven’t seen the right fielder on prospect lists, and Low-A is way too early to start tracking a guy who’s not a No. 1 pick. But he’s the son of a former big leaguer, and he’s hitting .315 through 43 games.

rhurd

  • Oakland Sí

    since when have the A’s been plagued with poor offense, or inability to develop great hitters, or bad luck (or judgment in trading for or signing free agent hitters (except in 2006)?

    Was it due to letting go of Thad Bosely as hitting coach? Losing Grady Fuson as a judge of draft prospects? The end of (at least overt) juicing?