Drew Millas makes Prospect of the Week team
By David Hill
It is easy for a young catcher to get lost in the Oakland A’s system. With Sean Murphy establishing himself in the majors, and backstop Tyler Soderstrom ranks as the team’s top prospect, it is difficult to get attention. However, Drew Millas was able to do that over the past week.
He had been one of the hotter hitters in the game over the past week. He had ten hits, including two homers and two doubles, in his 23 plate appearances to be named to the Prospect of the Week team.
Drew Millas earns place in spotlight
Millas struggled through May, but his bat has begun to heat up with the weather. The former seventh round pick has now put together a .279/.402/.413 batting line over his 127 plate appearances, hitting two homers and six doubles.
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He has been viewed as a defense first backstop, having been considered the top defensive catcher in the 2019 draft class. With a strong arm and soft hands behind the plate, he is the type of catcher that pitchers love throwing to. Add in his impressive blocking and receiving skills, and he would have been considered to, at minimum, have a possible future as a defensive oriented backup option.
But Millas has begun to impress with his bat as well. He displayed a good approach during the instructional league and during his time at the major league portion of spring training. That has carried over as Millas has drawn 22 walks with just 17 strikeouts. He has also started to develop some pop as well, showing the potential to become more than a defensive oriented backstop.
Even with this solid showing, Millas’ future in the A’s organization is cloudy. Not only is Soderstrom ranked above him, but Kyle McCann has impressed as well. Add in Murphy’s presence in the majors, and it is possible that Millas ends up being a trade chip for the A’s moving forward. But that is a question that the team can answer in the future if needed.
Drew Millas has impressed in being named to the Prospect of the Week team. His strong showing has overcome what was an extremely slow start.