It has not taken long for Zack Gelof to rocket up the Oakland A’s prospect lists. The A’s second round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, he was able to move from Rookie Ball to Triple-A in his first professional season. While that time in Triple-A lasted for just three games at the end of last season, he was more than up for the challenge with seven hits in 13 plate appearances.
Gelof may find himself back in Triple-A sooner rather than later. He was assigned to the Double-A Midland RockHounds to begin the 2022 campaign and is showing that he is ready to take that next step toward the majors.
Zack Gelof continues to impress
Although Double-A is considered a proving ground for prospects, Gelof has easily passed that test. He has produced a .330/.374/.513 batting line in his 123 plate appearances, hitting four homers and seven doubles while stealing four bases.
Gelof has even added some defensive flexibility. While he had spent his first year in the A’s system strictly at third base, he has spent time at second this season, splitting his time evenly between the two positions. That conversion has gone well thus far, as Gelof has made just one error at the keystone while showing solid range.
There are some concerns. Gelof has struck out at a higher rate while walking less than he did last year. However, those are mitigated by the fact that he has a strong approach at the plate and should be able to adjust accordingly.
Even with those early strikeout issues, it is just a matter of time before Gelof returns to Triple-A. Should he perform well there and continue to showcase his all around game, it may be a matter of time before he ends up making his major league debut.
Zack Gelof has hit the ground running in Double-A. It is just a matter of time before the Oakland A’s bring him back to Triple-A.