Oakland selected Deichmann in the second round of last year’s draft after an impressive college career at LSU. The left-handed hitter profiles as a power-first bat on an outfield corner. The A’s showed confidence in Deichmann’s polish by skipping him over Class A Beloit to start his first full pro season in 2018. Instead, he’s playing right field every night in the Cal League, hitting in the middle of Stockton’s lineup.
His only plus tool is 60-grade raw power, able to drive the ball with over-the-fence loft to both fields in BP. Deichmann makes explosive contact when he barrels one up, impacting the ball with serious exit velocity and carry. His left-handed power fits a corner profile with ease, though the question is how much of it Deichmann will be able to bring into games: a collapsed backside creates the uphill plane he needs to put the ball in the air, but there isn’t much barrel control through the zone. He crushes mistakes, but well-placed fastballs–especially ones elevated at the letters–create contact issues for a lengthy uppercut.While he’s likely to come with a healthy dose of swing-and-miss, Deichmann shows the patience and approach to take walks and draw himself into fastball counts. Defensively, he can remain in right field and moves well enough to play in either corner. He won’t add value with the glove, but he’s a playable defender with average range. The likely role is a power bat off the bench or playing everyday on the strong-side of a platoon.