Apr 19, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Andy Parrino (12) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

360 Degrees of Andy Parrino

Not sure if that’s Andy Parrino…or Adam Rosales.

Squint harder.

Regardless, an open vacancy on the Oakland’s 40-man roster was quickly filled by infielder Andy Parrino who the Athletics quietly snatched back from the Texas Rangers after a roster crunch forced him to be designated for assignment earlier this month. The 28-year old unassumingly occupies the first step of the Rosales career path of the season prior, after being dispatched from Oakland in the middle of spring training and latching on with Texas for a short stay until his aforementioned jettison.

The New York native failed to make the Texas opening day roster, and was exiled to Triple-A Round Rock where he hit a paltry .189/.271/.245 in 59 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. Despite an injury-ravaged infield, Parrino’s poor offensive effort forced Texas to turn to the journeyman trio of Josh Wilson, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and Donnie Murphy for depth as they weathered the storm.

Since returning to the Athletics organization a week ago, Parrino has found greater success with the bat hitting to the tune of a .353/.476/.353 mark in 21 at bats. Small offensive sample size aside, the former Padres appeal comes in the form of his strong defensive metrics and ability to play second, third, and shortstop with considerable aplomb. Showing decent range and a plus throwing arm, Parrino made a cameo appearances with Oakland last season appearing in 18 games, and should be considered a decent bet alongside Jake Elmore to work his way back to the big league level if the Athletics find themselves in need of an injury replacement in the near future.

However, it’s probably best that Andy Parrino avoids signing a long-term apartment lease in Northern California this season.

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