Now the A’s have given Pohl a chance to start rather than back up Maxwell.
Pohl joined the Ports in May. As of Tuesday, he had played in 26 games. In 95 at bats, he was batting .242 with 19 runs, 23 hits including four doubles and four home runs, and seven RBIs.
Since minor league assignments are fluid, Pohl could still be moved at any time, up or down in the organization. There is still a chance his friends, family and fans can catch him playing for the Lake Monsters in away games at Troy or Auburn or in the Hudson Valley. But it is also possible that Pohl will stay in Stockton or will be promoted to Class AA to play for the Midland RockHounds in the Texas League.
For now, Pohl is in Stockton, the central California town that most baseball historians believe was the location of the fictional Mudville in the poem “Casey at the Bat.” The Ports play in the North Division, and were in third place as of Tuesday. The San Jose Giants have clinched the division title for the first half of the season, and had a five-game lead over Stockton.