Ka’ai Tom continuing to impress A’s while making push for outfield role

Tom impressing A’s while making push for last outfield area initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Pal Reed Program may be briefly sidelined, however the Ka’ai Tom Program is simply starting.

Among the greatest stories in A’s camp this spring surrounds who will take control of the last outfield area on the Opening Day lineup. With Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano, Stephen Piscotty and utilityman Chad Pinder currently factored in on the A’s depth chart, the last function must boil down to efficiency over the next 2 weeks.

It appears Tom got that memo loud and clear.

After a postponed start to the spring, the 26-year-old is more than offseting wasted time. Tom ripped his very first Cactus League crowning achievement Thursday in the A’s 4-2 success over the San Diego Padres, a flourishing solo shot off an offspeed offering from San Diego reducer Michel Baez.

The previous Cleveland Indians possibility has actually played in simply 3 spring video games after missing out on the very first couple of weeks with an oblique stress. Nevertheless, in those 3 contests, he is 5-for-10 with a double and 3 RBI, and has actually showcased some pop not normally typical for a gamer of his 5-foot-9 frame.

“[Tom] does that often in batting practice,” manager Bob Melvin said to reporters. “It was an offspeed pitch he got in front of and he was able to get the barrel on it. That’s part of his game. … It didn’t surprise us.”

Tom’s torrid start could not come at a more appropriate time. While Reed had actually shined, especially defensively, early on, the 25-year-old non-roster guest suffered an ideal quad stress previously in the week and will have to do with “a while” according to Melvin. 

That is difficult news for Reed, who had actually gone far for himself as a human emphasize reel this spring and had actually required the A’s front workplace to seriously consider him as an alternative to complete Oakland’s outfield. 

While Seth Brown most likely stays the preferred to capture the last outfield area, the A’s have another reward in keeping Tom, as he works as Oakland’s Guideline 5 Draft choice. Per MLB guidelines, Tom should be called to the A’s Opening Day lineup and stay there for the totality of the season. If he is not, he should be gone back to his previous club, the Indians.

Since of this, anticipate to see Tom in lots of video game action down the stretch, specifically when considering the video games he missed out on while he was hurt.

“With him being a Rule 5 pick, we want to get as good a look as we can,” Melvin stated previously in the week.

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The A’s preliminary of lineup cuts included other outfield prospects Skye Bolt, Greg Deichmann and leading outfield possibility Luis Barrera all being reassigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. With Reed sidelined for the foreseeable future, the outfield race will boil down to Tom, Brown and Cody Thomas. Brown is 4-for-20 with 2 doubles and a homer in 15 video games, while Thomas is 3-for-13 with a triple in 14 video games.

Tom must amass lots of factor to consider over the last 2 weeks of spring action. If he continues to display his inherent capability to barrel balls, he might discover himself onto a Big league lineup for the very first time in his profession.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.