- Danny Putnam is one of a dozen or so mid-to-late 00’s Oakland prospects that I just loved. Dootlittle, Daric Barton, Swisher, Blanton, Dan Johnson, Brian Snyder, Landon Powell, Brad Knox, Jason Windsor…just so many guys that I remember liking. Not many panned out.
- Danny Putnam was drafted by the Athletics in the 1st round of the 2004 draft. He was considered the most polished bat in the country, with an advanced feel for hitting and elite strike zone discipline. He was not the most athletic player, and he projected to be a fringy left fielder at best…but his bat would be more than enough to compensate for it.
- From 2004-2006 he ranked one of Oakland’s Top 20 prospects. His bat was everything it was advertised, but his lack of power and middling defense hurt his prospect stock.
- He had a weird 2007. He was called up in April to the big league club, got 28 bats, and was sent back down when OF Milton Bradley returned from an injury. He would spend the bulk of the season in AAA–his first time–and struggled, hitting .216/.302/.310.
- He would bounce back in 2008, hitting .276/.384/.494 with 15 HR. But he would not get called up.
- By 2009 his stock had dropped in Oakland, and in July was traded to the Padres. He put up solid, if unspectacular numbers.
- He was released by the Padres for the 2010 season, spent two years in Indy ball, and retired.
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