Matt Olson

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Matthew Kent Olson

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Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Matt Olson began his professional career in 2012.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the supplemental first round, 47th overall, of the 2012 amateur draft and signed for a bonus of $1,080,000. The signing scout was Matt Ranson.

He began his career playing for the AZL Athletics and Vermont Lake Monsters, hitting a combined .282/.352/.521 with 9 home runs, 45 RBI and 32 runs scored in 50 games. Entering the 2013 season, he was ranked by MLB.com as the Athletics' 5th-best prospect. That year, he hit .225/.326/.435 with 23 home runs, 93 RBI and 69 runs scored in 134 games for the Beloit Snappers, making the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team. With the Stockton Ports in 2014, he hit .262/.404/.543 with 37 home runs, 97 RBI, 111 runs scored and 117 walks in 138 games. He won the Single-A Joe Bauman Home Run Award that year.

Olson hit his first two career homers in the same game, on June 24, 2017 against the Chicago White Sox. In the 10-2 win, teammates Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also connected for their first homers, the first time this had happened since the 1914 Kansas City Packers had pulled off the trick in the Federal League. From September 15-19, he homered in five straight games to push his total over the 20 mark. He was the fifth player in team history to accomplish this, although it was still one game shy of the team mark of six held by Frank Thomas. He finished the season with 24 homers in just 189 at-bats, but just two other extra-base hits, both doubles, for an extremely unusual stat line.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Gold Glove Winner (2018)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2017 & 2018)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Matt Kelly: "Don't expect sophomore slump for Olson: Rookie first baseman made most of his elite contact in 2017", mlb.com, February 5, 2018. [1]

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