2023 Player Outlook
Oh, gee. What do you know? Another elite bat changes teams in the preseason and doesn’t skip a beat. Sure, the batting average wasn’t where we want to see it — .240 — but everything else was just fine. And speaking of that batting average, his BABIP in 2022, .274, was higher than his mark in 2021, .269, despite hitting 31 points higher his last year in Oakland. In fact, his xBA (Expected Batting Average) was .256 last year, or higher than his career average for xBA. So what do we expect for Olson this year? More of the same really, well almost. The power and run production isn’t going anywhere with him firmly entrenched in the middle of the Braves lineup but the average should rebound. Prior to last year, the lowest full-season average for him was .247 but there were also two at .267 and .271 so there’s room for improvement. He should once again be in the conversation for top-tier fantasy first baseman.