Vimael Machin
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Phillies made Machin the 15th pick of the Rule 5 draft, taking him from the Cubs then promptly selling him to the Athletics. Machin spent most the 2019 campaign with Double-A Tennessee before a short stint with Triple-A Iowa to end the season. Oakland is drawn to his ability to play all four infield spots as well as the plate patience that used to characterize the organization, walking 69 times to just 62 strikeouts combined last season. Machin doesn't dazzle in power or speed, but if he can translate his plate skills to the majors, his defensive versatility increases his chances of staying on the Oakland roster and not be offered back to the Cubs. If he has an impressive spring, the 26-year-old left-handed swinger could even be in the mix for regular playing time at second base. If it's clear Machin will spend time at the keystone, he's an end-game candidate in AL-only formats. Read Past Outlooks
Makes strong case in job battle
2BOakland Athletics
April 10, 2020
Machin, who hit .333 (10-for-30) across 15 Cactus League games, was battling Jorge Mateo for what may have been the final spot on the roster when spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of reports.
Gallegos notes Tony Kemp and Franklin Barreto appeared set to handle the majority of starts at second base in a platoon arrangement, and he added that one of either Machin or Mateo was highly likely to secure what was projected to be 26th and final roster spot. Machin had demonstrated an ability to play all four infield positions effectively in addition to his strong work at the plate and, as a Rule 5 pick, his rights would revert back to his original organization (the Cubs) if he doesn't make the A's roster, seemingly buttressing his chances. However, with rosters potentially set to expand beyond 26 players as one of the contingency plans for what is shaping up as a unique 2020 regular season, it's conceivable both Machin and Mateo are on the team Opening Day.
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Defensive versatility a plus
2BOakland Athletics
March 4, 2020
Machin, who's competing for the second base job, was impressive while filling in for a resting Matt Chapman at third base during a Cactus League win over the White Sox on Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Chance to nab roster spot
2BOakland Athletics
February 17, 2020
Machin, who was acquired from the Phillies via trade following his selection in the Rule 5 draft, has a chance at securing a second base/utility role this spring, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Scooped by Phillies
2BOakland Athletics
December 12, 2019
The Phillies selected Machin with the eighth pick of the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the A's for cash.
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