Garrett Acton may not attract much attention in the Oakland A’s system, but he is proving that he deserves a chance.
An undrafted free agent in 2020, Acton has swiftly moved through the ranks as he has emerged as one of the better bullpen prospects in the organization. He has posted a solid 3.84 ERA and a 1.244 WHiP in his 105.1 innings, striking out 161 batters with just 38 walks. Considering that production, it is not a surprise that Acton has gone from A-Ball to Triple-A within two seasons.
Acton has the type of stuff that can succeed at the major league level. His upper 90s fastball is a plus offering and is typically paired with a slider that has plus potential as well. He does also have the vestiges of a changeup but it is far behind his other offerings. However, it could be useful against lefties or to flash occasionally as it continues to develop.
At this point, the A’s have no reason not to give him a look for the rest of the season. Their bullpen has been a revolving door of Quad-A players and anything with a pulse that they can find. Acton may not be a top prospect, but he is someone that could solidify a horrendous A’s bullpen.
The Oakland A’s need to find pieces in their bullpen. Garrett Acton could be a part of the solution.