Skye Bolt just keeps coming back to Oakland A’s
By David Hill
One can understand why the Oakland A’s would still be intrigued by Skye Bolt. He has the potential to be a solid all around player – an outfielder with a bit of pop and speed who can play all three positions reasonably well. In a best case scenario, he would be a solid fourth outfielder, someone who could appear in close to 100 games while providing a respectable bat off the bench.
The problem is that Bolt has not been able to be that player. He has gotten several brief chances at the major league level and has not been able to do much with them. Although he has hit a double and a homer in his time in the majors, those are also the only hits he has recorded in his 25 plate appearances.
Oakland A’s keep giving Skye Bolt a chance
Even with those struggles against major league pitching, Bolt is still getting chances. His latest one came on Saturday, as he was recalled from Triple-A when Stephen Piscotty landed on the Injured List with a sprained wrist. Bolt had previously been in the majors when Ramon Laureano was injured, and was just recently sent back down.
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One can see why the A’s maintain hope that he can figure things out at the major league level. Bolt has been tremendous in Triple-A this season, posting an impressive .375/.488/.625 batting line with three homers, five doubles, and two steals in his 80 plate appearances. He has drawn 12 walks while striking out just 15 times, showing the type of potential that he has.
But time is running out for Bolt to make that same sort of impact on the majors. He is already 27 years old and in danger of being viewed as nothing more than a depth piece, someone that will ride the rails between Triple-A and the major leagues as needed.
He can change that perception with a strong showing while Piscotty is sidelined. There is the possibility of more playing time as Piscotty had been platooning with Seth Brown in right. As a switch hitter, Bolt could get a chance at semi-regular playing time if the A’s feel that Chad Pinder is more valuable in his utility role.
Skye Bolt is getting another chance with the Oakland A’s. He needs to do something with one of these opportunities soon.