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When I first wrote about Matt Olson, he was 20 years old and wrapping up a season where he led the Pacific Coast League with 37 home runs. Three years later, he’s showing off his prodigious power in an Oakland uniform. Since being called up by the A’s in mid June, the sweet-swinging first baseman has gone deep 24 times in 210 plate appearances. His slash line is a McGwire-esque .262/.357/.667.

The bridge between those aforementioned seasons included an impactful mechanical adjustment. Olson has always been strikeout prone, and last September he went just 2 for 21 in his first taste of big league baseball. Some tightening up was in order.

“When I got up here last year, they wanted to address some issues, and my way of addressing them was to move my hands out in front of my body more,” Olson told me recently. “Before, when I would get loaded, I would tuck them back. That was causing me to cut myself off — I was swinging against my body — so I moved them out to where I can go directly to the ball, as opposed to having to kind of spin off to get my barrel there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 24, 2017 at 04:35 PM (#5537754)
Olsen's K% from both last year and this year is around 24%. This year with the A's, it's ~28%. I can't tell if he's just running into a bunch of pitches or if this improvement is real. All I know is that his power is very real.
   2. Sunday silence Posted: September 24, 2017 at 05:10 PM (#5537768)
how is 28% an improvement??
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 24, 2017 at 11:45 PM (#5537860)
how is 28% an improvement??


The 24% was in AAA. There is usually a decline in K rate when a player moves from the minors to the majors.

FWIW, Olson's had a pretty consistent K rate throughout his minor league career, not a whole lot of variation as he's moved up the ladder.

-- MWE
   4. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 25, 2017 at 04:11 AM (#5537900)
how is 28% an improvement??
The improvement is in his overall production. His K% being what it was and is, I can't tell if all these homers are still going to be there next year, or if he's just going to start whiffing at a massive rate.
   5. Sunday silence Posted: September 25, 2017 at 08:06 AM (#5537931)
thank you for explaining that. WHen Mike chimed in in no. 3, I was totally dumbstruck. Reiterating his KO rate and then discussing it some, made it even more confusing. I didnt realize you are talking about ba/slug/obp etc.

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