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2011 Oakland Athletics season

 

2011 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2011 season was the 44th for the franchise in the Bay Area, as well as the 111th in club history. The team was competing for the American League West Division title after a 4-year absence from playoff contention, with a payroll just above $77 million.

Off-Season/Spring Training

Coaching Changes

Coach Former Since New Former Position
Bench Tye Waller 2009 Joel Skinner Managed AA-Akron Aeros (CLE)
Bullpen Ron Romanick 2008 Rick Rodriguez Pitching coach for Sacramento
Hitting Jim Skaalen 2009 Gerald Perry Hitting coach for AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS)
Pitching Curt Young 2004 Ron Romanick 3 seasons as Athletics' bullpen coach
1st Base Todd Steverson 2009 Tye Waller 2 seasons as Athletics' bench coach

Young declined a 2-year contract offer and became Boston's pitching coach. Steverson becomes hitting coach for Sacramento.

Transaction

Changes in apparel

The A's were known for sporting white jerseys at home and greys for away games. On top of that, the A's wore a black and a green alternate jersey. During the 2011 season, they added a new style. The A's started wearing a gold alternate home jersey to their apparel. Manager Billy Beane referred to the look as "the Canary yellow" jerseys. A's relief pitcher Jerry Blevins said, "It might be hard not to notice us now".[1]

Regular season

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 96 66 .593 52–29 44–37
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 86 76 .531 10 45–36 41–40
Oakland Athletics 74 88 .457 22 43–38 31–50
Seattle Mariners 67 95 .414 29 39–45 28–50


Roster

2011 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log

Legend
  Athletics win
  Athletics loss
  Postponement
Bold Mariners team member
2011 Game Log

Farm System

Minor League Standings

Level
Team League Manager W L Position
AAA Sacramento Rivercats Pacific Coast League Darren Bush
AA Midland Rockhounds Texas League Steve Scarsone
High-A Stockton Ports California League Webster Garrison
Low-A Burlington Bees Midwest League Aaron Nieckula
SS-A Vermont Lake Monsters New York–Penn League Rick Magnante
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Marcus Jensen
DSL Athletics Dominican Summer League Oscar Spencer

Tony DeFrancesco moves to AAA-Oklahoma City RedHawks (HOU) after managing in Oakland's farm system for 16 years (except 2008, was on MLB staff).

Top Prospects

Player Position Baseball America Baseball Prospectus MLB 2011 Levels
Grant Green
SS
1
2
1
Midland RockHounds (AA)
Chris Carter
OF/1B
2
1
2
Sacramento River Cats (Class AAA)[2]
Michael Choice
OF
3
3
3
Stockton Ports (A)
Tyson Ross
P
4
7
--
Oakland Athletics
Jemile Weeks
2B
5
6
5
Sacramento River Cats (Class AAA)[3]
Max Stassi
C
6
9
7
Stockton Ports (Advanced A)[4]
Aaron Shipman
OF
7
--
8
AZL Athletics
Yordy Cabrera
SS
8
5
6
Burlington Bees (Class A)[5]
Ian Krol
P
9
4
4
Michael Taylor
OF
10
11
10
Sacramento Rivercats
Renato Nunez
3B
--
8
9
DSL Athletics
Stephen Parker
3B
--
10
--
Midland RockHounds (Class AA)[6]

MLB.com named 1B Chris Carter (even though being played as an OF), SS Grant Green and 2B Jemile Weeks as No. 8 top prospects as their positions in MLB.com's 2011 Top 50 Prospects report. FanHouse named Grant Green (58), Chris Carter (91), and Michael Choice (94) to their top 100. Baseball America named Grant Green (63) and Chris Carter (91) to their top 100.

Minor League Info

Joselito Adames, who pitched for AZL Athletics in '10 and STK/VAN in '09, was suspended 50-games for violating MiLB's drug policy in January.

References

  • 2011 Oakland Athletics season at Baseball Reference
  • 2011 Oakland Athletics season Official Site
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