Kevin Merrell
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kevin Merrell in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Taken 33rd by A's
2BOakland Athletics  AA
June 12, 2017
The A's have selected Merrell with the 33rd overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
The shortstop from the University of South Florida slashed .386/.468/.569 during a scintillating junior campaign. His power stroke finally arrived, as he managed six home runs in 2017 after hitting just one in his previous two seasons for the Bulls. Speed may be his biggest weapon, though, as Merrell swiped at least 15 bags in each of his three collegiate seasons. Merrell may end up at second base or perhaps even the outfield when all's said and done, but his speed should more than make up for any deficiencies in the field.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A college shortstop with 80-grade speed, Merrell landed in Oakland with the No. 33 pick last year, receiving a slightly under-slot $1.8 million bonus. Given his speed and above-average hit tool, if there were an industry consensus that he would stick at shortstop, he would have come off the board earlier. That's not to say he will definitely be moving to second base or center field, but it is a possibility. Merrell finally started to tap into power as a junior at the University of South Florida, and hit a couple balls over the fence in the New York-Penn League, but will likely top out at around 10-to-15 homers annually in the big leagues. He could hit for a high average, but we won't get a good sense of his upside in that department until he reaches Double-A, likely in 2019. That said, as a college hitter with impact speed and a chance to stick in the middle infield, Merrell should be valued as a top-25 dynasty-league asset from the 2017 draft class.