Last week, we delved into the Oakland A's depth chart at the Triple-A level and highlighted that the middle infield, especially shortstop, was an area that had been thinned thanks to injuries. The A's addressed that issue on Monday when they claimed Andy Parrino off of waivers from the Texas Rangers.
Parrino, of course, is a well-known commodity within the A's organization, having played for Oakland and Sacramento in 2013. Parrino began spring training on the A's 40-man roster, but he was designated for assignment midway through camp to make room for infielder Jake Elmore on the roster. Parrino was subsequently claimed by the Texas Rangers, and he had been playing for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate until he was designated for assignment by Texas on Friday.
One of the reasons the A's were thin at shortstop in Triple-A is that Elmore, who essentially replaced Parrino on the A's depth chart this March, is on the disabled list with a strained quad. In Elmore's absence, Tyler Ladendorf has put together one of the best starts of anyone on the River Cats' roster. He is batting .364/.500/.477 in 16 games. However, Ladendorf is the only current member of the River Cats' roster who would be trusted to play shortstop at the major-league level with the A's. The River Cats other middle infielders -- Jose Martinez, Alden Carrithers and Hiroyuki Nakajima -- project more as second or third basemen. With Parrino on-board, the A's now have two viable options defensively at the Triple-A level to replace a shortstop should an injury impact the A's major-league shortstops.
Parrino was originally acquired by the A's along with LHP Andrew Werner from the San Diego Padres for Tyson Ross and A.J. Kirby-Jones before the 2013 season. Parrino played the bulk of the 2013 season with Sacramento, although he did appear in 14 games with the A's last year. He played in 55 games with San Diego in 2012 and 24 games with the Padres in 2011.
A switch-hitter, Parrino is known more for his glove than his bat. He is a career .186 hitter at the major-league level (194 at-bats) and a career .260/.359/.386 hitter in the minor leagues. He was batting .189 in 13 games for Triple-A Round Rock this season.
Parrino is a plus defender at short and he can also handle second base, third base and left field. He has appeared in a handful of games as a right fielder, centerfielder and first baseman, and he has one career appearance on the mound.
The A's have optioned Parrino to Sacramento, but he has a few days to report to the River Cats.