If there is one position that the Oakland A’s are well stocked at in their farm system, it is shortstop. With Nick Allen, Logan Davidson, and Robert Puason all considered top prospects, it is difficult to stand out at the position.
Max Schuemann is finding a way to do just that. A 20th round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, he has slowly climbed the ladder, advancing exactly one step each year he has been in the A’s system.
This year, he finds himself in High-A, where he has been a sparkplug for the Lansing Lugnuts. Schuemann has posted a .281/.426/.494 batting line in 115 plate appearances, hitting eight doubles and three homers while stealing 19 bases. He has demonstrated solid on base and contact skills, with 15 walks and 24 strikeouts thus far.
Schuemann may not be the A’s future at short, but he could fill a utility role moving forward. He has spent time around the infield and in both corner outfield positions, showing the defensive versatility that the A’s value. Even if he is not a starting caliber player, he could end up as a super utility man going forward.
Max Schuemann has emerged as an excellent on base option in the Oakland A’s system. His emerging power and excellent speed could lead to a major league future.