Who would have thought that former backup catcher Josh Donaldson has put himself in position to be an MLB all-star third baseman for the Oakland Athletics? Not only has Donaldson produced with his bat by batting over .300, but he has been a gold glove-caliber third baseman.
Donaldson began to emerge as a premiere third baseman during his second stint in Oakland last season. It was partly because of his strong play the Athletics were able to clinch the AL West. Many analysts didn’t believe that Donaldson could carry his momentum into this season, but that is exactly what he has done. In fact, he is the only infielder on the team that is not in a platoon situation.
With the injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Redick and Coco Crisp, the Athletics have been struggling, but Jed Lowrie and Donaldson have kept the Athletics afloat this season. Both Lowrie and Donaldson have the same batting average of .303.
During last week’s 19 inning game, it was the third baseman’s spectacular barehanded play that got the Athletics into the bottom of the 19th. All season long, Donaldson has shown that he has a cannon for an arm.
The Athletics have the team’s best corner infielder duo in Brandon Moss and Donaldson since the days of Jason Giambi and Eric Chavez. If Donaldson continues to carry the Athletics offense over the next six weeks, it would be absolutely criminal if he were not an All-Star this year.
Look out, baseball world, the Oakland Athletics have another great third baseman protecting the hot corner in white cleats.
Jorge Contreras is an Oakland Raiders writer for RantSports.com. Follow Jorge on Twitter @jraycontreras