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2022 Player Outlook

Matt Olson is a stud, and honestly, he's continued to get better. In 2021, he posted a career high .271 batting average with career best marks in home runs (39), RBI (111), runs scored (101) and stolen bases (4). His improvements against lefties was huge, especially after he struggled against southpaws in 2019 and 2020. Olson cooled off a bit as the year went on, but he could be even better in 2022 if he keeps that strikeout rate below 20 percent again (16.8% in 2020). Last year's strikeout rate was a pretty significant outlier for Olson, but even if it creeps back up a bit, he turns into a .255 hitter with 40 home run potential instead of a .270-.275 hitter with 40 home run potential. He made far more contact in the zone in 2021, and whiffed significantly less, and one would probably be wise to bank a little regression in there. However, he's staring down the barrel of another productive season, but the Oakland lineup did lose quite a few impactful pieces from last season. Olson should be one of the first three to five first baseman off the board in drafts this season.

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