Vimael Machin making positive impression heading into offseason
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s have long been intrigued by Vimael Machin’s minor league performance and ability to make contact. That is finally beginning to translate into major league production.
Machin had yet another productive day at the plate in the A’s 9-5 loss on Thursday. He was 1-4 with a walk, continuing to get on base and make solid contact at the plate. In fact, his double on Thursday, his seventh of the month, tied him for the second most doubles in the American League for September.
Vimael Machin making case for 2023 role with Oakland A’s
Machin has not done this alone. As Jessica Kleinschmidt pointed out on Twitter, his run began when he started using Ramon Laureano’s bat. Maybe all it took was for a different model bat for him to show the potential he displayed in the minors.
It certainly has been working. Machin has had a strong September, posting a .281/.373/.404 batting line in his 67 plate appearances. While his seven doubles are his only extra base hits, he has also struck out just nine times while drawing eight walks. Machin has also taken over as the A’s primary third baseman since being called back up in June, these past few months being his first stint with extended playing time in the majors.
His overall numbers may not be stellar, but Machin is starting to find success at the major league level. If this can continue over the final few games, he may force his way into an expanded role going forward. Add in his ability to play anywhere around the infield, and he may finally reach his potential as a solid utility player for the A’s.
Vimael Machin has been on a solid run in September. This strong showing could lead to his forcing his way into the Oakland A’s future.