2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Matt Olson
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at the numbers in order to tell fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from the Oakland A's first baseman during the 2019 MLB season.
As trends in draft continue to shift, it’s apparent pitching and stolen bases remain higher on the radar than home runs. This creates value when looking to roster power hitters at a reduced price. Matt Olson rode the wave of his 24 home runs in only 189 at-bats in 2017 to a top-125 selection in NFBC drafts last year. Although his production stabilized, Olson produced 29 home runs, appearing in every game for Oakland with 85 runs and 84 RBI. His slash line did not crater with the exposure, Olson hit .247/.335/.453 over his 580 at-bats during his Age-24 season.
Looking at his batted ball data, Olson traded ground balls for line drives fueling his BABIP growth to .292 last year. He also generated fly balls 43.1 percent of the time with a whopping 47.1 hard hit percentage according to Fangraphs. As a sweetener, Olson improved upon his limited sample in 2017 by reducing his swinging strike percentage over two percent last year while increasing his contact rate by over four...