Eric Sidney Sogard
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School Arizona State University
- High School Thunderbird High School
- Debut September 14, 2010
Eric Sogard came to the majors in 2010. His brother Alex Sogard made his pro debut the same year.
Sogard was named his team's MVP as a high school sophomore after hitting .418. His junior year, he hit .547 with 34 RBI in 64 AB and a 1.047 slugging percentage, winning 4A All-State honors. He fell to .450 as a senior and again was 4A All-State. He set school records for career hits (115), average (.466) and OBP.
As a college freshman, Sogard was just 4 for 22. He had a solid summer with the Liberal BeeJays at .347/.436/.516. As a sophomore, Eric improved to .353/.432/.625. He was third in the Pacific-10 Conference in slugging and tied Ike Davis for the team lead with nine homers. He made All-Conference as an infielder. In the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League that summer, he led with a .347 average, 38 walks and a .513 OBP. Baseball America named him the league's #5 prospect.
Sogard continued to improve his junior year, batting .394/.489/.623 with 17 steals and 74 runs. Baseball America named him second-team All-American at second base behind Tony Thomas. He then went 7 for 14 in the 2007 College World Series. He was second in the Pac-10 in average, .004 behind leader Brett Wallace and was one run behind Wallace as well. He was named All-Conference at second and was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year.
Eric was taken by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft with a pick that was compensation for the loss of Woody Williams to free agency. He was signed by scout Dave Lottsfeldt and had an unimpressive pro debut, split between the Eugene Emeralds (.256/.354/.376), Fort Wayne Wizards (.253/.308/.349) and Portland Beavers (0 for 3, BB, 3 K).
With the 2008 Lake Elsinore Storm, the Phoenix native improved to .308/.394/.453 with 16 steals in 23 tries, 42 doubles, 97 runs and 87 RBI. He then batted .467 with 10 runs and six RBI in seven playoff games. He led the California League in doubles,was second in hits (trailing Cedric Hunter by 21), was second in walks (79, 2 behind John Whittleman), was third in runs (97, four behind Chris Carter) and fourth in RBI and OBP. He also led the league's second basemen in fielding (.973), putouts (200), assists (348) and double plays (58). He led Padres prospects in doubles. He was named the California League's All-Star second baseman. He was 6th in the affiliated minors in doubles.
With the San Antonio Missions in 2009, Sogard remained strong at .293/.370/.400 with 79 runs. He was 9th in the Texas League in average and led the loop's second sackers in putouts (223) and errors (15). He lost out All-Star honors to Daniel Descalso.
In January 2010, the Padres dealt Sogard and Kevin Kouzmanoff to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. He batted .300/.391/.407 with 75 walks and 82 runs for the Sacramento River Cats, earning a September call-up to the majors.
In his bis league debut, Eric pinch-hit for Mark Ellis in the 4th against Zack Greinke. He drew a walk. After staying in the game at second base, he was retired his next time up, then singled off Dusty Hughes for his first MLB hit.