Matt Olson

Position: 1B
Born: 3/29/1994
Height: 6'5
Weight: 230
B/T: L/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (CBA, #47 overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: .235 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs in 131 games at Nashville (Triple-A), adding 34 doubles for a .422 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Nashville on September 12.
MLB Debut Date: 9/12/2016

Debut Details
September 12, in a 16-3 win against over the Kansas City Royals. A late-game entry on defense at first base, he came on in the bottom of the eighth, getting his first at-bat in the top of the ninth. With one runner on and one out and facing Royals reliever Alec Mills, Olson drew a walk on four pitches and eventually came around to score on a two-run double by Arismendy Alcantara.

Player Notes
Arguably the Athletics’ top power prospect (arguable mainly from proponents of the aforementioned Nunez, since both have serious pop), Olson combines power with fine plate discipline, as he has not only been among the top home run hitters in the minors, earning the Joe Bauman Award for most homers in the minors in 2014 when he blasted 37 at Stockton (High A) but he’s also been among the top when it comes to bases on balls, topping 100 walks in both 2014 and 2015. He’s also topped the 30-doubles mark in all of his full-season campaigns. His average could be a little higher, but that might be a quibble. In 2015 at Midland (Double-A), along with being names to the mid-season Futures Game, he hit .249 with 17 homers, 75 RBIs and 37 doubles in 131 games after hitting .262 with those 37 homers, 97 RBIs and 31 doubles the previous summer. One of three first-rounders taken by the A’s in 2012, along with Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson, he’s the only one left in their system now.