Matt Olson
Matt Olson
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Olson burst onto the scene in 2017, blasting 24 homers in 59 games. Hitting just two doubles in that span was a warning Olson would be hard-pressed to maintain that pace. Sure enough, his extra-base hit ratio normalized as he swatted 29 long balls with 33 two-baggers last year, a more realistic baseline expectation. Olson made strides with his plate skills, walking a tick more while shaving his K% down a few points to 24.7%. His hard contact ranked sixth on the Statcast exit velocity leaderboard along with a respectable 42nd-place finish in barrel rate. Olson was seen as a below-average defender as a prospect, but has improved in that regard. Entering just his age-25 campaign, he is young enough to improve his contact and his ability to hit southpaws (45 of his 53 career blasts have come off right-handed pitching). By playing all 162 games last season, Olson displayed durability, adding to his growing resume. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in September of 2016.
Homers to extend hit streak to 11
1BOakland Athletics
July 17, 2019
Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a victory over Seattle on Tuesday.
Olson went back-to-back with teammate Matt Chapman in the fifth inning, blasting a 387-foot homer to right field. The long ball extended his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he has gone 13-for-46 with four homers and eight runs batted in.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .785 345 40 16 44 2 .253 .330 .455
Since 2017vs Right .886 794 115 57 125 0 .250 .343 .544
2019vs Left 1.012 81 14 8 16 0 .293 .346 .667
2019vs Right .851 182 23 12 24 0 .239 .335 .516
2018vs Left .701 211 18 4 22 2 .251 .332 .369
2018vs Right .830 449 67 25 62 0 .244 .336 .494
2017vs Left .758 53 8 4 6 0 .196 .302 .457
2017vs Right 1.081 163 25 20 39 0 .280 .368 .713
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .794 576 74 33 75 1 .236 .313 .482
Since 2017Away .919 563 81 40 94 1 .267 .366 .553
2019Home .723 149 15 7 16 0 .218 .302 .421
2019Away 1.138 114 22 13 24 0 .307 .386 .752
2018Home .747 326 39 14 36 1 .227 .307 .440
2018Away .829 334 46 15 48 1 .266 .362 .467
2017Home 1.045 101 20 12 23 0 .290 .347 .699
2017Away .961 115 13 12 22 0 .229 .357 .604
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Stat Review
How does Matt Olson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A lot was made of the power displays exhibited by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, but if you prorate Olson's numbers over a full season, we're looking at something north of 60 homers. Of course, he only played 59 games, so Olson would have been hard pressed to keep hitting a homer every nine plate appearances in a full campaign (Stanton was one per 11.7 PA while Judge was one per 13 PA). Further, Olson's HR/FB was a ridiculous 41.4 percent. There have been only four players in history with a seasonal mark over 35 percent, two of which were Stanton and Judge in 2017. Olson's power earned him the full-time first base spot, enabling the Athletics to deal Ryon Healy. When the dust settles, the lefty-swinging slugger will be another high-power, high-strikeout hitter with a risky batting average. There's a chance he gets exposed versus southpaws over a full season.
Regardless of their flaws, young left-handed bats with an enticing power tool can establish their own market. Olson (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has proven as much in his early professional career, with 37 home runs at High-A Stockton and 17 at each of his two stops since. Throughout his farm work, he's kept an equally attractive 15.2 percent walk rate, but Olson's prospect appeal has slipped as he's advanced closer to the big leagues. The A's have avenues at first base, outfield and designated hitter to test the potential middle-of-the-order stick. Olson turns 23 in March, though, and like many hackers, he has holes in his swing. His strikeout rate has hovered in the 23-24 percent range in his time at Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville, and logic doesn't say to expect immediate improvement in the big leagues as he adjusts to top-level pitching.
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 and saw his ISO drop to .189. The good news is that his impressive walk rate stayed stable at 17.9 percent even though his strikeout rate did bump up a touch to 23.8 percent (21.6 percent in 2014). Olson is 22, and while he is still a top-five prospect in the organization, his bit of a downturn upon seeing Double-A pitching likely ended any chance of his starting 2016 with the A's. He has a chance to make it up to the majors in the second half of 2016 and could be the A's starting first baseman (or right fielder if Josh Reddick is moved) to begin 2017.
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.
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Crosses plate thrice in win
1BOakland Athletics
July 14, 2019
Olson went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a double, a walk and three runs in a win over the White Sox on Saturday.
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Continues power surge
1BOakland Athletics
July 8, 2019
Olson went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a victory over Seattle on Sunday.
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Blasts solo shot
1BOakland Athletics
July 6, 2019
Olson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners.
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Connects on 17th homer
1BOakland Athletics
July 3, 2019
Olson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Tuesday in the Athletics' 8-6 win over the Twins.
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Two homers in win
1BOakland Athletics
June 28, 2019
Olson went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI in Friday's 7-2 win over the Angels.
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