Another former Sacramento River Cat is turning heads, and this time it is Josh Donaldson. Putting in the time in the minor leagues doesn’t always pan out, but for this converted catcher it looks like he has for the moment found security in the Oakland green and gold.
After spending most of his time behind the plate in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Triple-A Sacramento, the 27-year-old was planted at third base to start 2012. And while the Athletics were optimistic that Donaldson would be their everyday guy at the hot corner, he did find his way back to the minors for some more fine-tuning while waiting for another opportunity.
An arm injury to starting third baseman Brandon Inge opened the door for Donaldson again in mid-August. That proved to be a stretch run, a full-ride into the play-offs and possibly a huge confidence booster.
Fast forward to the first 54 games of the 2013 campaign and he’s leading his team in batting average, on base percentage, slugging and RBIs. His current eight home run total trails only teammate Yoenis Cespedes who has nine.
What has many screaming all-star candidate might be for his remarkable defense though? Newsreel type leaps and dives are happening regularly for the seemingly comfortable rising star. With less than 30 games to the midway point and the Athletics heating up too as a team, Donaldson might just find himself playing in the Mid-Summer Classic.
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