Triple-A Infielder Of The Week: Joey Wendle
It’s no secret that the Oakland A’s have struggled the past few seasons and to revamp their squad they have called upon some of their most talented prospects. With the likes of the young LHP Sean Manaea already called upon this season the A’s are definitely in the position to make addition calls before season’s end and second baseman Joey Wendle has the potential to be that guy.
The twenty-six year old is currently in his second season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League and this past offseason was added to the A’s 40-Man roster.
Although he his hitting just .241 so far this season, he has hit six homers, and twelve double along with 28 RBIs. He has had at least one hit in nine of the last ten games including three games that he had three or more hits.
On May 26, he was 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs, on May 28 he went 3 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBIs and on June 4 he went 3 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBIs giving him a .419 batting average in his last ten games.
Last season with the Sounds he maintained a .289 batting average with ten homers and 57 RBIs a solid season for his first season in the PCL. After the season he earned the Post-Season All-Star Honor for the Pacific Coast League.
Wendle was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft while playing at West Chester University. In December 2014 he was traded to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Brandon Moss.
He is currently ranked as the A’s 13th best prospect, entering the 2016 season.