Oakland A’s need Skye Bolt to find his way
By David Hill
There is no question as to why Skye Bolt continues to intrigue the Oakland A’s. He possesses enough of the lauded five tools where he could be a contributor in every facet of the game should he live up to his potential. Bolt showed that promise in Triple-A this season, going on an impressive run before he was brought back to the majors due to injuries to Ramon Laureano and Stephen Piscotty.
However, Bolt has not come close to replicating that production in the majors. Entering Saturday, he has just five hits in 43 major league plate appearances. While three of those hits have gone for extra bases with two doubles and a homer, the A’s need far more from Bolt.
Skye Bolt has a chance to find his way with Oakland A’s
He is going to have the opportunity to prove that he can be a part of the A’s present and future. With Piscotty and Mark Canha on the sidelines, Bolt will be receiving somewhat regular playing time. He just needs to do something with it.
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There are signs that he is starting to find his way. Bolt had his first career two hit game on June 23, hitting the first two singles of his major league career. While he has not gotten a hit since, he also has not struck out and is starting to show some of that potential.
Sometimes, it takes a while for a player to adjust to the majors. Even if they were a top prospect, or had been dominating in the minors, the major leagues are a completely different ballgame. These players are the best of the best, capable of taking advantage of any minor flaw that someone may have in their game. For some, the majors are just another level and they immediately make an impact. For others, there is an adjustment period. And, for the majority of players, that switch never flips on.
Bolt has not had much of a chance to prove himself as he has just those 43 plate appearances. But he is going to have far more of an opportunity now, as injuries have forced the A’s to shuffle that lineup. Maybe that is all Bolt needs – the chance to prove himself.
Skye Bolt is getting the chance to prove that he can be a viable part of the lineup. It may be now or never for the Oakland A’s outfielder.