|Oakland Athletics – No. 28|
May 22, 1986 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 14, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||46|
Eric Sidney Sogard (born May 22, 1986) is an infielder for the Oakland Athletics. From Arizona State University, Sogard was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 2nd Round (81st overall) of the 2007 amateur draft. Sogard's father, Rudy, was also a collegiate baseball player and set the Home Run record for Depauw University in 1975 while playing third base. He is one of the few baseball players to wear glasses.
Eric was the 2003 Arizona Republic's NW Valley H.S. Baseball Player of the Year, the Region Player of the Year, and 1st Team All State Shortstop. He repeated as All State Shortstop in 2004 and represented Arizona in the 2003 and 2004 Sunbelt Classic Baseball Series.
Eric broke numerous Thunderbird school batting records including highest Batting Average, On Base Percentage, and Slugging Percentage. In addition Eric was a star midfielder on Thunderbird's 2002 State Runner Up (21–2) Soccer Team. He received both academic and athletic scholarships from ASU.
Arizona State University
Until June 2007, Sogard played for the Arizona State Sun Devils, having been ranked as the number 7 high school prospect in the state of Arizona in 2004. He played for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies scout teams in 2002 and '03 respectively.
Eric was a two-time 'All American' as a Sun Devil in 2006 and 2007, and was '1st Team All-Pac-10' selection both years as well. He played many positions in '06, but stayed at 2B for ASU in '07.
Sogard finished with the 15th highest career batting average in A.S.U. Baseball history at .371. He is a member of the 'ASU All-Decade Team' of 2000–2009. He was also the 2007 'Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year'.
In 2007 Eric was one of only a few ASU players ever to hit .400 for an entire season, with at least 100 hits. He was among Pac-10 leaders in On Base Percentage as well in 2006 and 2007.
San Diego Padres
Sogard was the first Sun Devil to be selected in the 2007 Major League Draft, going in the second round, 81st overall, to the San Diego Padres. In 2008, Sogard was selected for the Topps' Class-A All-Star Team. In 2009, playing for the San Antonio Missions, Scout.com ranked him as one of the top hitting prospects in the Padres organization. Eric also was a 2009 AA Texas League Mid Season All Star at 2B/DH, and a 2011 AAA Pacific Coast League All Star at shortstop; with the highest fielding percentage in the league.
On January 16, 2010, Sogard was traded along with Kevin Kouzmanoff to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. Sogard ended the 2010 season as one of Sacramento's more consistent players, earning a promotion to Oakland in September. On August 23, 2011, Sogard hit his first career home run off New York Yankees (and current Athletic) pitcher Bartolo Colón.
The A's entered spring training in the beginning of the 2013 season with a battle over the everyday second basemen job. Sogard was put into the competition along with the returning Scott Sizemore after missing an entire season, Jemile Weeks, Adam Rosales, Andy Parrino, and Jed Lowrie. Jed Lowrie was first put into the competition and promised an everyday job but instead took over everyday shortstop due to the struggles and injury of Hiroyuki Nakajima. Sogard then won the second base battle as he was the opening day starting second basemen. He then became the everyday second basemen to start the 2013 season.
- "Three Storm players among Topps All-Stars". scout.com. November 27, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- Savage, Denis (March 9, 2009). "Tool Time: Top Hitters for Average". scout.com. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
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