Through October 1, 2000
& Scouting Report
Right Field, Center Field, Left Field, Designated Hitter
February 1, 1972, Aurora , Illinois
Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the 1990 free-agent draft.
Rich Becker landed in Oakland, his fifth team in three seasons, via a mid-August trade with Milwaukee for a player to be named. He gave the Athletics an experienced, lefthanded-hitting center fielder to platoon with Ryan Christenson. Becker also batted .279 as a pinch-hitter last year, connecting for 12 hits with five RBI.
Hitting, Baserunning & Defense
Displaying occasional power, Becker is a gap-to-gap hitter. He's patient but often takes too many pitches. He continues to struggle with high, inside pitches and with lefthanders. Because of his troubles versus southpaws, Becker has been labeled a strict platoon player. He's capable of stealing 20-plus bases over the course of a full season, but he doesn't justify enough playing time to make that happen. That speed helps him get to balls in the outfield. His arm isn't strong, but it's accurate.
With center-field prospects Mario Encarnacion and Terrence Long getting closer to the majors, Oakland decided not to tender Becker a contract. His best bet is catching on as a platoon player or a fourth outfielder.
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