Although the hits haven't fallen as often as he would like, shortstop Sean Jamieson is finding a way to contribute as a valuable member in the Burlington lineup by becoming an on-base machine.
Oakland's 17th-round selection in last June's first-year player draft was batting just .242 through Thursday in the Midwest League, but his .369 OBP ranks him first among active players on the Bees roster.
Given his patient approach at the plate, Jamieson believes when the hits do start falling that he'll be destined for even bigger things.
"I've been seeing everything really well and am still making some adjustments from college," Jamieson said. "It takes some time. But I'm getting harder contacts and eventually they'll start falling.
"I've taken note of all the pitchers we've seen, especially on the teams we've played a lot. A lot of them are showing consistency in what they do and what they call. Certain teams do certain things. I'm catching a bit of a pattern now that I think I can use in the second half to get some more hits."
When Jamieson does sprinkle in some more hits, he figures to post similar numbers as fellow A's minor-leaguer Conner Crumbliss, the on-base specialist who posted a .271/.421/.371 line over a full season at then-A's affiliate Kane County in 2010. Crumbliss has since climbed the ladder to Double-A Midland.
Both players have preached plate discipline from their days in college – Jamieson at Canisius College, Crumbliss at Emporia State.
"I've always taken my walks when I could get them," Jamieson said. "I do look for my pitch to hit a lot of times. I'll wait until later in the counts to swing the bat, so I can get my pitch. If I don't, then I'll have to get something close and try to put it in play.
"Although I haven't been getting as many hits as I would hope and the ball hasn't been falling all the time, the walks are coming. That's always nice to have, so I can get on base and potentially steal second to get knocked in."
Like Crumbliss, Jamieson is also a threat on the base paths. He's swiped 17 in 19 attempts thus far at Burlington.
Jamieson's patient approach and steady play at shortstop has landed him in next week's MWL All-Star Game at Kane County. It's his second all-star nod in two seasons as a member of the A's organization (he played in the New York-Penn League's All-Star game in 2011).
"It's great to be selected to go to that," Jamieson said.
"It's an awesome feeling to represent Burlington and Oakland on the Western (Division) team. Last year it was a blast and I got to spend time with guys around the league that made the team. It's a great day full of fun events. I'm looking forward to having a good time."
Kane County, located in Geneva, is a Chicago suburb and will afford Jamieson a day of sightseeing around the city.
"It's going to be a great up there," he said. "There is the banquet the night before. We should have some time to go around Chicago a little the day before. The day of the game, you're at the field doing a bunch of stuff like signing autographs. You master your signature after a day like that."