Skye Bolt gets another chance with Oakland A’s

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 26: Skye Bolt #49 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 26, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Mariners 7-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 26: Skye Bolt #49 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 26, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Mariners 7-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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The inevitable has happened. Ramon Laureano has been placed on the Injured List, his troublesome groin and hip unable to heal in just a few days. He had taken batting practice on Monday to test his injury, and needless to say, that did not go well at all.

With Laureano on the IL, the A’s needed another body in the majors. This means that Skye Bolt is getting another chance.

Skye Bolt gets another shot with Oakland A’s

The fact that Bolt is even getting this chance with the A’s is a bit of a surprise. He had been placed on waivers and was claimed by the Giants on April 5. His time in San Francisco lasted for all of one plate appearance across two games before he was sent to the alternate site, eventually traded back to the A’s for cash considerations.

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Bolt had been on fire since the start of the Triple-A season. He had produced a surprising .375/.488/.625 batting line in 80 plate appearances, hitting three homers and stealing two bases. Bolt had been making decent contact, with 15 strikeouts, while showing an improved batting eye with 12 walks.

Even if Laureano was not injured, Bolt had done his part for another look at the majors. He has hardly impressed during his previous stints, with just one hit and a walk over 12 plate appearances, striking out four times. It is not the type of production that makes one think that he would have a viable major league future.

He does have a place on the roster while Laureano is out. His ability to play all three outfield positions makes him a valuable bench option, as does hit potential to hit for some power. His speed is also useful, either defensively or as a pinch runner. But this may be his last chance to show that he can be anything more than that.

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Skye Bolt is getting another look in the majors. His performance in Triple-A says he deserves it, but this may be his final chance.

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