SOGARD, ERIC

Position: Infield

DOB: May 22, 1986

Height: 5’9″ / Weight: 180

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Free Agent (December 15, 2016)

Profile: Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round out of Arizona State way back in 2007, Sogard spent his first three seasons in the Padres organization, reaching Double-A San Antonio before being traded to Oakland in January of 2010.  He made his MLB debut with the A’s that same season, then spent the following three seasons bouncing between Triple-A and the big leagues.  Sogard spent the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons in Oakland, but missed almost all of 2016 with a knee injury.  He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in 2017, and opened up the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs before earning a promotion to Milwaukee, where he finished out the season with the Brewers.  A grinder who gets the most out of what he has, Sogard will work a count and take a walk, resulting in a decent on base percentage.  Best fitted for second base, he can also fill in at third or shortstop in a pinch and has some limited experience in the outfield as well.

2007:  Sogard signed with the Padres for a bonus reported by Baseball America to be worth $400,000, and he split time between short-season Eugene and Low-A Fort Wayne, appearing in a combined 54 games, also logging one at Triple-A Portland.  He wound up hitting .251 with four home runs and drove in 33.

2008:  The Padres moved Sogard up to High-A Lake Elsinore in 2008 and he saw action in 133 California League games.  He wound up hitting .308 with 42 doubles, three triples and ten home runs en route to being selected to the California League All-Star team.

2009:  Making the jump up to Double-A San Antonio in 2009, Sogard again earned All-Star honors, this time in the Texas League.  Appearing in 117 games, he wound up hitting .293/.370/.400 with 25 doubles, three triples and six home runs while driving in 51 runs and scoring 79.

2010:  Traded to Oakland in January along with Kevin Kouzmanoff in exchange for outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Scott Hairston, Sogard spent the bulk of the 2010 season at Triple-A Sacramento, batting an even .300 over 137 games.  That earned him his first promotion to the big leagues, where he saw action in four games with the A’s as one of the team’s September call-ups.

2011:  Despite his success a season earlier, the A’s opted to have Sogard return to Triple-A to begin the 2011 season.  He hit .298./381/.410 in 79 games and was selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.  That earned him another call to the big leagues in July, but he wound up hitting just .200 in 27 games with Oakland.

2012: The 2012 season brought about more of the same for Sogard, as he spent the year bouncing between the disabled list, Triple-A and the major leagues.  He hit .331 in 37 games at Sacramento, but didn’t have the same success at a higher level, batting just .167 in 37 contests there.

2013:  Sogard finally got his shot with the A’s in 2013, spending the whole season there, appearing in 130 games.  He wound up hitting .266/.322/.364 with 24 doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs and knocked in 35 runs while scoring 45.

2014:  The A’s again carried Sogard on their 25-man roster in 2014, but he again struggled at the plate, batting just .223/.298/.268 with ten doubles and one home run.  With his playing time limited, he drove in 22 runs and scored 38 for Oakland.

2015:  With more opportunities in 2015, Sogard put up slightly better offensive numbers, but still had a tough time with big league pitching.  He saw action in 120 games, logging over 400 plate appearances for the A’s, but finished the year with an OPS of .598, putting up a line of .247/.294/.304 with 12 doubles, three triples and one home run.

2016:  Sogard opened up the 2016 season on the big league disabled list with a shoulder injury suffered during the spring.  He made a pair of rehab appearances at High-A Stockton, but then underwent knee surgery.  Originally reported to be an eight week recovery time, Sogard wound up missing the remainder of the season and elected to become a free agent following the season.

2017:  Signed by Milwaukee to a minor league deal in the offseason, Sogard was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the 2017 season.  He hit .330 in 24 games there and received a promotion to join the Brewers in May.  He got off to a scorching start with Milwaukee, but suffered an ankle injury in July that knocked him out for a few weeks.  Once he returned to the lineup, his hot streak was over and he wasn’t the same player the rest of the year, finishing with a .273 average in 94 games with the Brewers.