Oakland A’s: Three biggest surprises thus far

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics makes a diving catch taking a hit away from Nathaniel Lowe #30 of the Texas Rangers in the top of the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 24, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics makes a diving catch taking a hit away from Nathaniel Lowe #30 of the Texas Rangers in the top of the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 24, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Stephen Piscotty

It was questionable as to how much of a role Stephen Piscotty would have with the Oakland A’s in 2022. While they would love to part ways with his contract, he needed to be on the diamond and show that he can be a viable piece in the lineup.

It has still been difficult to pencil Piscotty in daily. Between a bout of COVID this year and his ongoing wrist issues, playing time has been difficult to come by over the years. The hope had been that wrist surgery at the end of last year would alleviate those problems and allow him to get back to being the player he was.

There is hope that is happening. While Piscotty has just 25 plate appearances thus far, he has been the best hitter on the A’s. He has a double and a homer amongst his six hits, drawing three walks and even stealing a base. Piscotty is hitting the ball harder than he has since his rookie season, leaving it possible that he can return to form.

If that is the case, the A’s may actually be able to find a taker for Piscotty at the trade deadline. Teams are always looking for depth in their lineup, and if they can find a solid bat at a relative bargain, they are going to jump at the chance. Piscotty could be the player if the A’s start to slide back in the pack by the deadline.

The Oakland A’s were hoping that Stephen Piscotty could return to form in 2022. It may be a small sample size, but so far, he has.

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