The A’s are built on platoons; everyone knows that. A player most are unfamiliar with is Tyler Ladendorf. Ladendorf is a utility player with the Sacramento River Cats. According to Baseball Reference, Ladendorf is listed as a second baseman, shortstop and centerfielder. This year, the River Cats have also been playing him at third base.
His ability to wear many gloves could land him in Oakland before long. Eric Sogard is struggling mightily, batting .181 in 105 ABs. This could lead to Ladendorf getting a look in Oakland. Ladendorf is a righty that has been destroying left-handed pitchers this season. He’s hitting .389 against southpaws, with an OBP of. 477. Overall, he’s hitting .302 in Sacramento with a .418 OBP. This spring, he hit .267 in 15 ABs with the A’s.
Of his 38 hits thus far, 13 have been for extra bases. This includes 11 doubles, a triple and a home run.
Whether or not the A’s will option Sogard to take a chance with Ladendorf is the question. This could work out either way for the Athletics if you think about it. If Ladendorf excels, then it was the right move. Heck, if he hits higher than .181, it was the right move.
The other side is if Ladendorf doesn’t perform well, but Sogard regains some of his stroke in Sacramento, then the players could be swapped for one another yet again.
While the Athletics don’t need to demote Sogard, if they were going to make the move, Ladendorf would be a very viable candidate to fill his spot.