Armenteros is slashing .280/.362/.460 with five extra-base hits (three doubles, two home runs) and nine RBI across 58 plate appearances for Low-A Beloit.
The 19-year-old experienced similar success with the Athletics' Arizona League Rookie squad in 2017, and it appears he's handling the slight bump up in level of competition well overall. Armenteros has the potential to provide an appealing speed/power mix, but consistent contact continues to be one of his primary challenges in the nascent stages of his professional career. After striking out at a 26.5-percent clip in the AZL last season, Armenteros has whiffed in 31.0 percent of his plate appearances thus far in 2018. However, his walk rate has also seen a nice bump (8.8 percent to 12.1 percent), an encouraging sign amidst his aforementioned strikeout struggles.
Armenteros will make his full-season debut with Low-A Beloit on Monday.
"Lazarito" opened the season at extended spring training, but the Athletics finally felt comfortable enough sending him up to a full-season affiliate. The 18-year-old Armenteros batted .288 with four homers and 10 stolen bases in the AZL last year. He's hitting second in his inaugural appearance for the Snappers.
Armenteros is opening the season in extended spring training, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
The Athletics are typically pretty aggressive with their prospects, so it's telling that they don't think Armenteros is quite ready for Low-A. He hit .288/.376/.474 with four home runs and 10 steals in 156 at-bats in the AZL last year. Lazarito will likely head to the New York-Penn League when short-season play opens this summer.
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