Oakland A’s top ten prospects for 2020
By David Hill
10. Greg Deichmann
If Greg Deichmann could stay healthy, he would be a lot higher on the list of Oakland A’s top prospects.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case. After an impressive final two years at Louisiana State University and a strong beginning to his professional career, injuries have plagued the young slugger. He has appeared in a total of 138 games between 2018 and 2019.
His showing in the Arizona Fall League was worthy of notice. Deichmann led the league with nine homers, his tantalizing power fully evident. It is that power that is his greatest calling card, although the other aspects of his hit tool have begun to catch up. Due to his injuries, he worked more on flexibility than adding more strength, which has allowed his stiff swing to become more fluid. Deichmann had been able to stay on the ball better, driving the ball with authority rather than relying on his strength.
Defensively, his future home seems set in right field, where his strong arm would be a true asset. However, he does have the speed to play elsewhere, and has spent time in center and left as well. He has also seen limited action at first, which could be his eventual position as he gets older.
Had the 2020 minor league season taken place, Greg Deichmann would have been a fascinating player to watch. Instead, that progress will come on the Oakland A’s 60 man roster, which could lead to a debut this year.