Zack Gelof was considered a bit of a disappointment during his final season at the University of Virginia. While there was a lot of excitement and interest in his power potential heading into the year, he started off slowly. Eventually, he rebounded enough for the Oakland A’s to select him in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft despite his somewhat disappointing overall numbers.
It turns out that Gelof just needed to get to the professional ranks. He had just one appearance in the Arizona Complex League before moving up to the Stockton Ports, where he has continued to show that potential that scouts were excited about at the start of the season.
Zack Gelof showing early promise
As Gelof has gotten more comfortable in Stockton, the bat has continued to heat up. That was the case last week, as the A’s seventh ranked prospect was on fire offensively. He was 7-18 with four doubles, five walks, and three steals as he was named to the Prospect of the Week team.
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The A’s third base prospect has put together a solid run during his time in Stockton. He has produced a solid .293/.400/.520 batting line in his 90 plate appearances, hitting six doubles and three homers while stealing eight bases. Gelof has also displayed a solid batting eye, drawing 13 walks while striking out 22 times.
While the power has not exactly manifested thus far in his professional career, it may just be a matter of time. He was considered to have some of the best raw power in his draft class, although he can focus too much on hitting homers leading to some swing and miss. He also has surprising speed for his size, leading to extra bases and steals.
Defensively, Gelof is a bit of a question mark. He has the arm strength to play third, but his range is limited. It is possible that will improve as he continues to develop, or he could get moved to a corner outfield position. Nonetheless, if his offense continues to improve, and that power develops, Gelof could be someone to watch.
Zack Gelof has gotten off to a strong start for the Stockton Ports. His performance last week landed him on the MLB Prospect of the Week team.