July 25, 2021

Oakland A’s Player Profile: Matt Olson (Athletics Nation)


Matt Olson has baseball in him since he was little, growing up in Georgia looking up to his home state’s star, Chipper Jones. Who could have seen back then that Olson would come up to the MLB hidden in a shroud of talented rookies, only to burst free of the pack and win back-to-back Gold Gloves alongside one of his classmates? Seems improbable, but that was the movie-script-esque turn Matt Olson’s life took.

In 2012, Olson had committed to Vanderbilt, but when the call came from the A’s to tell Olson he had been selected with the 47th overall pick in that year’s draft, he opted out of college to go the professional route instead.


Olson started his trek in the Arizona rookie league and spent the next four years chugging up the ladder until the A’s selected his contract on September 12th, 2016 and Olson scooted up to his first MLB game. At the time, Olson emerged hidden among a throng of Ryon Healy, Chad Pinder, Franklin Barreto, and Matt Chapman, at the end of a disappointing season for the team. Try as he might, Olson did not make the impact the others did. Olson put in 28 PA in his first 11 games, accumulating a grand total of 2…

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