22-Year-Old Outfielder – Oakland Athletics
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Olson moved up to Double-A in 2015 and took a step back from his big 2014, when he had 37 home runs and 111 RBI with a .281 ISO. Olson hit .249 with 17 home runs in his first full season in Double-A a...
Matt Olson Contract Information:
Agreed to terms with the Athletics in June of 2012.
Olson, 22, is batting .375 with one home run and four RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Nashville.
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Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAlcantara, Arismendy (2B)
AAAAnderson, Bryan (C)
AAAlcantara, Raul (P)
A+Erwin, Zack (P)
ABolt, Skye (OF)
RookieChalmers, Dakota (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Olson had a monster 2014 in the power department at High-A Stockton, leading all A's minor leaguers with 37 homers and 97 RBI over 512 at-bats. The 20-year-old also had a nice boost in his batting average, hitting .262 (along with a huge .947 OPS) after hitting merely .225 in 2013. In addition, he added a lot of walks to his resume, walking 45 more times than he did in 2013. The A's sent Olson to the Arizona Fall League after the season to give him a look against other top prospects, but his stint there was cut short by a shoulder injury, suffered in a collision at first base. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training, and Olson will likely begin the season as the starting first baseman in Double-A, with a legitimate chance to join the A's in 2016.
Olson spent the 2013 season at Low-A Beloit and while the power numbers were impressive (23 homers and 93 RBI), Olson struggled to make contact, hitting only .225 and striking out 148 times. The 19-year-old possesses the power upside from the left side of the plate that teams drool over, but he will look to improve upon his contact in High-A in 2014. If he's able to cut back on the whiffs, Olson could make a significant push up the prospect charts as he ascends the Oakland system.