Chris Carter sent down, Eric Sogard called up; Grant Green debuts in center field for Double-A Midland

The second half of the season appears a great time for the A’s to get their top young prospects some major league exposure. But on the first day after the All-Star break, the A’s sent Chris Carter  the other direction, optioning the first baseman to Triple-A Sacramento and recalling middle infielder Eric Sogard. It’s a clear sign that the A’s brass doesn’t regard Carter as part of the solution for the team’s current offensive woes. At this point, you have to wonder where Carter fits into the A’s thoughts at all. He hit .133 with no RBIs in 10 games during his call-up and hardly distinguished himself with the glove.

I’ve been of the opinion that the A’s need to draw a conclusion on Carter by season’s end – is he a part of this team’s future or is it time to look for another young 1B/DH type? Perhaps the A’s have already made that decision. Manager Bob Melvin was careful to point out Carter’s biggest strength. “One of the attributes he has that we don’t have a whole lot of here is power.” But Melvin’s other comments were more telling. “I think confidence plays in it for him, and he’s gonna have to find a way to believe in himself,” Melvin said.

–Sogard has played strictly shortstop all season for Sacramento, but Melvin said he’ll get work at second, short and third. If he doesn’t debut in Saturday’s doubleheader, he will surely play Sunday. Melvin said Cliff Pennington may play shortstop in both games tomorrow and get Sunday off.

–A noteworthy development at Double-A Midland: Shortstop Grant Green, the A’s top prospect according to Baseball America, played center field for the first time Friday night. He’ll get more time there in the future. “We’re going to explore it,” general manager Billy Beane said. “We think it’s something he could take to very well. It’s a big void in the organization right now. We’ve thought his bat would get him to the big leagues quicker than his glove. It’s a way to merge the two and address an organizational need.” Green’s defense has been rough at shortstop since being drafted in the first round out of USC in 2009. He’s made 58 errors since the start of the 2010 season.

Tonight’s lineups:

A’s – Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Sizemore 3B, DeJesus RF, Jackson 1B, Suzuki C, Pennington SS; McCarthy RHP.

Angels – Aybar SS, Hunter RF, Abreu DH, Wells LF, Kendrick 2B, Callaspo 3B, Trumbo 1B, Mathis C; Trout CF; Haren RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Jan K Oski

    Glad to see Carter is sent a quick message of contribute or get out of the way. This team needs positive energy, a la Weeks, not lackluster play.

    Guess we won’t be seeing that other 3B man but another utility player? I hope he can field and properly execute.

    Another player drafted who can’t play their desired position? I’m beginning to think there’s a serious organization problem in teaching these kids. Are the wealthier clubs robbing the A’s and smaller markets team of qualified coaches, too? If so, MLB will be losing this life-time fan, so long as that idiot continues to be commish. Of course, MLB doesn’t care, since they still don’t know they lost the title of America’s past-time.

  • Scott No2

    Chris Carter has a better chance at being a windmill than a baseball player. WHIFF! WHIFF! WHIFF! your out!

  • Marc

    Let Green play cf for a month every day and then call him up. I don’t care if it’s too soon. When the A’s traded Haren they got in return-left-handers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith; infielder Chris Carter; and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez….Take a HARD look at that. Anderson-Tommy John surgery, Smith is out of baseball, Carter is a turd, Eveland and Cunningham are done and Genius traded Cargo for Holliday. The bottom line is the scouting department appears to have taken a huge hit in talent evaluation. At the end of the day it is a direct reflection on Beane. He is part owner and isn’t going to fire himself so we have to hope he can turn it around. I think the best way to get a young ready bat is to trade Cahill. It may not be popular, but who else do you trade for actual talent? Gio is off limits IMO. Beane traded Huddy, mulder and Haren, so why not Cahiill….Let’s just hope we strike gold if Beane does it. We need bats and we have plenty of pitching. Get er done! What do you guys think?

  • Raider Bong

    the a’s have strength and depth at SP. they have a huge need for a bat. trading someone like a cahill for a proven bat should work wonders. cahills signed on for a fairly cheeap (all things considered) extension, so that could make him attractive. the problem is, it seems that there are a lot of “cahills” in the league (guys like ricky romero, joulys chacin, it seems like every staff now has at least 2-3 SPs who can give an ERA hovering around 3) as opposed to a young bat (a la mike stanton type, young and can guarantee 30-40 bombs).

    so simply looking at the economics of the game, it may be hard to deal a SP for a bat straight up, unless the A’s take on an expiring contract and are able to re-sign that player. all in all, the hope was for Carter and Taylor to step up to the majors by the end of the season, and be the legitimite 3-4 guys in our lineup. sadly, that wont be the case.

  • Jan K Oski

    Raider Bong, you obviously read the same article on yahoo sports as I did this morning. There’s zero chance of scoring a big bat in trades unless someone is blind. Then again, that’s the state of MLB, so I’ve got my finger crossed.