Olson, 22, is batting .375 with one home run and four RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Nashville. Mercifully, Olson has finally started hitting. To show how badly his start to the season was, he is only now hitting .221 after 43 games. His power numbers have been curiously sapped over the last season or so. He clubbed 37 home runs in 2014.
Olson has played exclusively in right field at Triple-A Nashville through five games this season. He is hitting .125/.263/.250 with two doubles, three walks and three strikeouts in 19 plate appearances. Olson had been a first base prospect for the majority of his professional career, but a switch to the outfield started to take place last season, and the A's are continuing down that path in 2016. This makes Olson a bit more interesting in dynasty leagues, as his plus power and on-base skills would be a bit more valuable with outfield eligibility. The position change could also expedite his ascension to the big leagues if he can get hot at the plate.
The Athletics made another set of roster moves Sunday, re-assigning the following players to their minor league camp: Matt Olson, Joe Wendle, Brad Mills, Ryan Verdugo, Fernando Rodriguez, Kevin Whelan and Carson Blair, according to MLB.com.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that first-base prospect Matt Olson has been "very impressive" this spring in his first big-league camp, MLB.com reports. "He's been very impressive," said manager Bob Melvin. "Works hard, and you can tell just by watching him take BP that he's our type of hitter. He has the power, he's got a great eye. Even some of the reports I've heard about him pulling the ball, you can see in BP he stays the other way at times and certainly identifies where the baseball is very early." Olson drew the start at designated hitter Wednesday after Billy Butler was scratched due to a stomach bug. The 2012 first-round pick went 0 for 3 at the plate but did notch an RBI on a groundout. Olson hit .262/.404/.543 with 37 home runs and 97 RBI in 512 at-bats with high Class A Stockton last season.
Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson, who suffered a grade three tear of the AC joint in his right shoulder while playing in the Arizona Fall League, is back at 100 percent and is looking forward to his first big-league camp with the club, MLB.com reports. "It's good, 100-percent strength," Olson said. "Occasional soreness, maybe once every two weeks, but it feels good. No setback at all." Olson, considered the organization's top prospect, hit .262 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs in 138 games with Class A Advanced Stockton last year. Although he played all but 10 of his 284 games in the minors at first base, Olson is showing some versatility and has seen some working in the outfield during camp. "Whatever they want me to do," Olson said. "I feel pretty comfortable out there. Whatever gets me in the lineup."