Shea Langeliers has already established himself as one of the best prospects in the game. The Oakland A’s catcher showed why during the MLB All Star Futures Game on Saturday.
Langeliers has been noted for his impressive power and strong arm behind the plate. He showed both off during the exhibition, throwing out Diamondbacks prospect Corbin Carroll as he attempted to steal third during the first inning. Then, in the fourth, he launched a Jared Shuster changeup to left for a home run.
Shea Langeliers counting the days until major league debut
That all around performance generated plenty of attention. Langeliers was named as the Futures Game MVP, an honor that the A’s are hoping will be a sign of what is to come.
It may not be much longer until the A’s find out if that will be the case. Langeliers has essentially proven everything he needed to at Triple-A, posting a .870 OPS with 16 homers and 13 doubles in his 321 plate appearances in Las Vegas. While the Pacific Coast League may be an offensive haven, Langeliers’ production still stands out.
At this point, the only thing that may be keeping him in the minors is a lack of consistent playing at the major league level. Sean Murphy is a Gold Glove catcher in his own right and has plenty of power. Unless he is traded at the deadline, Langeliers may not have a chance to establish himself in Oakland until 2023.
But he is a sign of hope. There is a chance that the A’s have a future star just waiting in the wings, someone they could hypothetically build a core around. It is just a matter of whether or not his production in the minors can translate to the major league level.
Shea Langeliers took home the All Star Futures Game MVP. The Oakland A’s are hoping he earns more hardware in the coming years.