The Oakland Athletics have recalled first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville prior to the start of Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners. The starting pitcher of Thursday night’s game, right-hander Cesar Valdez, was optioned to Nashville in his place.
Olson made his major league debut with Oakland last season, appearing in 11 games and finishing the year 2-for-21 (.095). He would score 3 runs, hit a double, and even draw 7 walks, which allowed him to finish his short stint with a .321 on-base percentage.
To start the 2017 season, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound left-handed swinger has spent much of his time at first base. He’s hitting .216/.322/.353 with a pair of home runs and 4 RBIs in his first 14 games.
Last season was Olson’s first full year at Triple-A, heading into the year with the distinction of being the No. 100 overall prospect in baseball as ranked by MLB.com. He had slotted as high as No. 73 prior to 2015 when he made his debut in Double-A.
During the 2016 year, Olson hit .235, but drew 71 walks, which helped him finish the year with a .335 on-base percentage. That walk total was nowhere near as prodigious as the one from 2015 at Double-A Midland, where as a 21-year-old, he walked 105 times (while also striking out 139). He finished that year with a .249 batting average, but a .388 on-base percentage.
Olson was selected in the first round (47th overall) by the Athletics in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Lilburn, Ga. Over his first six minor league seasons, he has hit 105 home runs, while owning a .363 on-base percentage.