Our 2010 Year in Review series continues, with a move from the mound to the plate. We take a look at…
Oakland A's Top-50 Prospects: 45-41
45. Michael Spina Spina had to learn first base on the fly. Spina was the A's 11th round pick in 2009 out of Cincinnati and he made a good first impression as a pro, batting .255 with seven homers and a 776 OPS in 52 games for Low-A Kane County. Spina made the jump to the California League for the 2010 season and put together a solid year at the plate while also dealing with the difficult task of changing defensive positions. The all-time homerun leader for the Cincinnati Bearcats showed consistent power for the Ports in 2010. Spina overcame a poor April, during which he hit .247 with a 680 OPS, to lead the team with 23 homers and finish third with 88 RBIs (he was seventh and eighth in the league, respectively), while posting a .253/.348/.444 line over 135 games. Dating back to college, Spina has always been a run producer and it is a role that he embraces. He was at his best with runners on-base (860 OPS) or in scoring position (848) and he helped the Stockton offense finish...
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