Oakland A’s could have plenty of power next year
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s do not exactly have a major league caliber lineup from top to bottom. That is particularly evident when it comes to their power numbers.
The A’s have hit 131 homers entering Monday, a total that ranks 12th in the American League. They are 14th in slugging percentage (.348) and OPS (.631). Even when they get a solid showing from the pitching staff, it typically goes for naught as the A’s are unable to provide enough offense to have that performance stand up.
Hints of power starting to show in Oakland A’s lineup
That may not be the case next year. While Sean Murphy, who is second on the team with 18 homers, is likely to be traded, the A’s have a power hitting replacement already in house. Shea Langeliers has hit three homers in his brief time in the majors and hit 41 homers over the last two seasons in the minors. He could replace Murphy’s production.
Seth Brown is not going anywhere. Not only has he had a breakout showing with 25 homers, but he is also not yet eligible for arbitration. His ability to play at first or either corner outfield position makes him an extremely valuable asset going forward. And one that could anchor the lineup moving forward.
There is no questioning Dermis Garcia’s power. When he gets a hold of a pitch, he sends it a long way. His tape measure blasts have generated plenty of attention in his brief time in the majors. If he can improve his contact rate, he could be another powerful part of the future.
Conner Capel could also be another power option moving forward. He has three homers in 39 plate appearances between the Cardinals and A’s, showing that he could potentially be a part of the future as well. While he did not have a spot in St. Louis, he will have plenty of opportunities on Oakland.
There is plenty of power on the cusp of the majors as well. Tyler Soderstrom has belted 29 homers this season while Kyle McCann has 24. Zack Gelof has 16 home runs on the year. It would not be a surprise to see that trio in the majors by the end of 2023.
The Oakland A’s have not had much power this season. That could change by the end of next year as several powerful prospects are making their way to Oakland.