Although not officially listed on the team's non-roster invitee page yet, first baseman Matt Olson has been invited to the Oakland A's big league camp. OaklandClubhouse confirmed that Olson is on the NRI list with A's Assistant General Manager David Forst.
Olson enters the 2015 season as the A's top prospect a year after he led all minor leaguers in walks and hit an organization-best 37 homeruns. Olson had a 947 OPS for the High-A Stockton Ports in 2014 and followed that up with an impressive showing during the Arizona Fall League. Olson homered four times in 11 games and posted a 1120 OPS in the AFL. His AFL season was cut short when he injured his right shoulder on a play at first base. Olson's invitation to big league camp is a good indication that his off-season rehab has gone well.
Olson was the A's third overall pick in 2012, coming in the supplemental first round. The Georgia native has 69 homers over his first 322 minor league games. He has also walked 208 times.
Olson is an excellent defensive first baseman who dabbled some in the outfield last season. He could see a little time in right field in 2015, as the A's look to increase his versatility as he moves closer to the big leagues. Olson will turn 21 in late March and he is expected to start the season with Double-A Midland.
The first base position will be crowded in A's camp this spring, as Ike Davis, Billy Butler, Mark Canha, Nate Freiman, Rangel Ravelo and Max Muncy are all part of big league camp. Stephen Vogt could see some time at first to keep that part of his game fresh, as well.