3. Robert Pauson
Robert Pauson has yet to actually play a single professional inning, but there is already so much to love about his future.
Signed to a $5.1 million bonus on July 2, Pauson spent the rest of 2019 in Arizona, working with the A’s in their instructional program. He has the potential to be a five tool player, his wiry frame already possessing respectable pop that should only improve as he matures physically.A switch hitter, he shows a knack for putting the barrel on the ball from both sides of the plate, spraying line drives around the diamond.
Defensively, he is lauded for his range and instincts. There is zero question about his ability to remain at short, where his strong arm and impressive fielding will be all the more important.
The A’s certainly feel that the sky is the limit with Pauson. He was a surprise addition to their 60 man roster, even though it is highly improbable that he sees major league action this year. Instead, this will be a test for the youngster, and give the A’s a chance to see what he can do against advanced competition. In fact, this could expedite his development, and get him to the majors even sooner.
Robert Pauson is the future for the Oakland A’s. That future could happen even sooner than expected.