FantasySP / MLB / Brandon Belt FantasySP / MLB / Brandon Belt Copyright 2019 5431780 <![CDATA[Camp Observations: Switch-pitcher draws a crowd early on]]> Pablo Sandoval took batting practice with Steven Duggar and Ryder Jones. Brandon Belt played catch on a back field. Mac Williamson shagged fly balls.Sunday is officially reporting day for position players, but nearly all of them have checked in already, well ahead of Mondays first full squad workout.]]> 5431780 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:14:02 EDT CSN Bay Area <![CDATA[The Athletics add Robbie Grossman to a crowded outfield]]>
Earlier this week, the Oakland Athletics added left fielder Robbie Grossman to an already crowded outfield. Grossman will vie for playing time with the A’s other corner outfielders Nick Martini, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Canha, and Chad Pinder. The A’s didn’t need Grossman, but even for a team as stingy as Oakland, there’s no downside to acquiring depth for $2 million. Grossman may even have some untapped upside.

There’s a lot to like about Robbie Grossman as a hitter. In the past three years, his OBP hasn’t fallen below .360. His 13.9 walk percentage over that time is 12th in the majors right between Brandon Belt and Kyle Schwarber. He’s an above-average contact hitter, and a quarter of the balls he puts in play are line drives. His sprint speed is in the 67th percentile]]> 5431750 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:35:01 EDT Beyond the Boxscore