The Oakland A’s would seemingly have their future at third base already figured out.
Kevin Smith is likely to get another chance to prove himself next year. While he struggled offensively, his defense was as advertised and his bat did start to come alive at Triple-A towards the end of the season. If he does not pan out, then Zack Gelof could be knocking on the major league door by midseason.
Brett Harris making himself part of Oakland A’s future
But there may be another candidate ready to push himself into the conversation for the future at the hot corner. Brett Harris had a breakout campaign in 2022, turning heads as he pushed his way up to Double-A after being a seventh round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Harris started off the 2022 campaign slowly before heating up with the weather. His bat continued to stay hot through the summer as he posted a .290/.375/.475 batting line with 17 homers and 22 doubles while stealing 11 bases over 483 plate appearances between A-ball and Double-A. That type of production certainly turned some heads.
It is also the type of production that may cause his scouting report to change. Harris had been considered a contact oriented hitter with a strong approach at the plate with limited power and average speed. He had an excellent glove and arm, both at third and short, giving him a possible future as a utility man if his bat did not progress enough.
His performance this past year may have changed that. Now, Harris could be a part of the solution around the infield, especially as Gelof had been getting time at second. The A’s future infield could be in place as soon as the start of the 2024 campaign, especially if Harris replicates his performance in 2023.
Brett Harris had an excellent showing in 2022 as he played beyond expectations. He may have forced his way into the Oakland A’s future plans.