No one outside of the Bay Area cares about Athletics baseball right now (you know, they’re so bad they’re not in the hunt for the AL WC), but they seem to have an interesting homegrown infield to keep an eye on. Matt Chapman at the hot corner, top prospect Franklin Barreto at short, and big Matt Olson at first.
You might have seen Matt, who wasn’t even ranked in Baseball America’s preseason A’s Top 10 prospect list, crank this bomb off Doug Fister earlier tonight:
That’s 18 home runs in 49 games for Matt, not to mention he’s already up to six HRs this month. Perhaps he has a Giancarlo-type run in him to give the diehards some optimism headed into the offseason? I’d bet on it.
Off the field we have bad news for thirsty A’s fans… Matt is dating fellow Georgia native Nicole Kidder. She’s a recent University of Georgia grad and was a Kappa Delta.