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Matt Olson

#28 | 1B
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Matt Olson
Name: Matthew Kent Olson
Born: Mar 29, 1994 in Lilburn, Ga. USA
High School: Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 230 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (47th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2012 (signed for $1,079,700)
Olson pitches (righthanded) and hits for Parkview, also known as Jeff Francoeur's alma mater, and has one of the draft's sweeter lefthanded swings. Olson has had a big spring, homering off the nation's top prep lefthander, Max Fried, during the National High School Invitational, and has pitched well also, going 11-0, 1.24. Olson's arm strength would come in handy in the outfield if he could run, and some team might try him in left field, but he's generally considered a plodder and well-below-average runner. His value is in his bat, and scouts think he'll be an above-average hitter for average and power. He shows natural hitting rhythm and a graceful, low-maintenance swing, and his knack for finding the barrel of the bat and good strength help him drive the ball to all fields. Olson is committed to Vanderbilt as a two-way player and could contribute on the mound, but scouts in Georgia aren't convinced he'll be a tough sign and believe he wants to play pro ball. Florida prep first baseman Dan Vogelbach was a second-rounder last year, and while most scouts liked Vogelbach's power potential better, Olson should still go in about the same draft range if teams believe he's signable.
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