3 prospects that disappointed thus far for Oakland A’s
By David Hill
One had to expect some rust from Wandisson Charles. He had not pitched in an affiliated game since 2019 as the pandemic and injuries wiped out the previous two seasons. However, he had looked healthy during his stint in winter ball, leading to the hope that he could move quickly through the Oakland A’s system and find his way into the major league bullpen this season.
But that involved Charles finding success during the minor league season. He absolutely has not done that, posting a horrendous 21.94 ERA and a 3.563 WHiP in his 5.1 innings. While he has struck out five batters, he has also issued nine walks, hit a batter, and uncorked a wild pitch.
Charles, even at his best, is not a control mavin. There are plenty of questions about his ability to command his arsenal, as impressive as it may be. His upper 90s fastball is easily his greatest attribute, but his slider could be a major league average offering if he can improve his command.
Ultimately, that will decide Charles’ fate. He may have impressive stuff and the type of arm that can make an impact, but he has to get the ball over the plate. That is going to be his biggest challenge, and one that he will need to prove he can overcome.
Wandisson Charles has been a disaster to start the season. The Oakland A’s have to hope that he can right the ship and find his form once more.