21-Year-Old First Baseman – 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, 21, is batting .343 with one home run, six RBI and one steal in his last 10 games for Double-A Midland.
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Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAlcantara, Raul (P)
AAAAnderson, Bryan (C)
AAGranier, Drew (P)
A+Barreto, Franklin (SS)
AHarris, James (OF)
RookieBolt, Skye (OF)
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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.