This was supposed to be a temporary assignment. Zach Logue was back in the majors because Cole Irvin was placed on the Injured List. He was a body that the Oakland A’s could use in that spot, someone that could fill in and be sent back to the minors.
Logue’s first start was solid. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in his five innings, with both runs coming via solo homers. He struck out five batters in that outing, a respectable enough performance for a rotation that has had its share of issues.
Zach Logue staking claim to larger role with Oakland A’s
He ended up getting another turn in the rotation as Irvin was not ready to be activated. That second opportunity was all that Logue needed to show that he deserves a much longer look. Logue fired seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits as he struck out six batters in the victory.
As a whole, the A’s rotation has been relatively solid. Frankie Montas has continued to be himself, showing flashes of brilliance with bouts of inconsistency. Paul Blackburn and Cole Irvin have been revelations thus far, giving the A’s hope that they can be part of the future core.
But the A’s have struggled to find pieces in the back of the rotation. Adam Oller just could not get outs. Daulton Jefferies has struggled thus far while James Kaprielian does not look ready to be a part of the rotation as he comes back from injury. There are, in theory, openings.
Logue certainly deserves more of a look. Even if he struggles in his next outing or two, he has given the A’s more than either Kaprielian or Jefferies have thus far. While both of those pitchers are expected to be key pieces moving forward, Logue could be putting himself into that conversation as well.
Zach Logue deserves a longer look in the Oakland A’s rotation. He has done nothing but pitch well when he has been given the chance in the majors.