Athletics

Athletics

Here’s a forecast for how the A’s Opening Night 25-man roster will shake out when final cuts are made Saturday:

Pitchers

John Axford

R/R -- 6-foot-5 -- 220 pounds

Comment: A closer in past seasons, he’ll pitch as early as the seventh

Chris Bassitt

R/R -- 6-foot-5 – 218 pounds

Comment: Offseason spent training with Sonny Gray has him confident and ready

Sean Doolittle

L/L -- 6-foot-2 – 210 pounds

Comment: Closer is sharpening off-speed stuff, but return of velocity would help

Felix Doubront

L/L -- 6-foot-2 – 240 pounds

Comment: Emerged as fifth starter when Jesse Hahn was sent down

Ryan Dull

R/R -- 5-foot-9 – 175 pounds

Comment: Won a bullpen job with 8 scoreless outings to begin spring

Kendall Graveman

R/R – 6-foot-2 – 202 pounds

Comment: : It’ll be good news if he adds effective changeup to sinker and cutter

Sonny Gray

R/R -- 5-foot-10 – 190 pounds

Comment: Can rest of the rotation follow lead of the Cy Young contender?

Liam Hendriks

R/R – 6-feet – 198 pounds

Comment: Grant Balfour fans rejoice – another hard-throwing Aussie arrives!

Rich Hill

L/L – 6-foot-5 – 220 pounds

Comment: After erratic spring, will veteran hit his stride when games count?

Ryan Madson

R/R – 6-foot-6 – 225 pounds

Comment: A’s need to soak up championship aura from the ex-Royal

 

Fernando Rodriguez

R/R – 6-foot-3 – 232 pounds

Comment: First time in four seasons with A’s he’ll make Opening Night roster

Marc Rzepczynski Just pronounce that last name “Lefty Specialist”

Catchers

Josh Phegley

R/R – 5-foot-10 – 230 pounds

Comment: One of A’s unheralded bright spots in 2015

Stephen Vogt

L/R – 6-feet – 225 pounds

Comment: He shouldn’t need to be The Man in improved A’s offense

Infielders

Yonder Alonso

L/R – 6-foot-1 – 220 pounds

Comment: Slick-fielding 1st baseman needs to be gap hitter at Coliseum

Mark Canha

R/R – 6-foot-2 – 210 pounds

Comment: He’d also fit in under “outfield” category … and “DH”

Jed Lowrie

S/R – 6-feet – 180 pounds

Comment: Since 2012 he’s been with both A’s and Astros -- twice

Marcus Semien

R/R – 6-feet – 195 pounds

Comment: Doesn’t need to be great at shortstop, just steady

Danny Valencia

R/R – 6-foot-2 – 210 pounds

Comment: Third baseman finally finds a home in starting lineup

Outfield

Billy Burns

S/R – 5-foot-9 – 170 pounds

Comment: If he stays healthy, he’ll surpass last year’s 26 steals

Chris Coghlan

L/R – 6-feet – 195 pounds

Comment: See “Canha, Mark” – utility guy will play everywhere

Coco Crisp

S/R – 5-foot-10 – 185 pounds

Comment: If healthy, he’ll be A’s version of NBA sixth man

Khris Davis

R/R – 5-foot-10 – 195 pounds

Comment: February gift for Bob Melvin – power-hitting left fielder

Josh Reddick

L/R – 6-foot-2 – 195 pounds

Comment: Can his play overshadow talk of his contract status?

Designated hitter

Billy Butler

R/R – 6-feet – 260 pounds

Comment: His bat showed signs of life in spring – will it carry over?

It's tricky with this team because of all the platoons they have, and they could face four lefties out of the gate, which jumbles things up.

But this will be their most common 'A' lineup.

A’s PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP (this will be primary lineup against right-handers):

CF Billy Burns

2B Jed Lowrie

RF Josh Reddick

3B Danny Valencia

C Stephen Vogt

LF Khris Davis

DH Billy Butler

1B Yonder Alonso

SS Marcus Semien

STARTING ROTATION

RHP Sonny Gray

LHP Rich Hill

RHP Chris Bassitt

RHP Kendall Graveman

LHP Felix Doubront