Zack Gelof flew under the radar when the he was the Oakland A's second round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft. Those days are over.
Gelof had begun to attract attention shortly after he was drafted as he found himself in Triple-A at the end of the 2021 season. He continued that strong showing in 2022, moving onto top 100 prospect lists when they were updated at midseason.
Zack Gelof another highly ranked prospect for Oakland A's
His performance has also garnered attention at his position. Originally drafted as a third baseman, Gelof began spending time at second base, to the point where all of his appearances in the Arizona Fall League came at the keystone. He is already ranked as the fifth best second base prospect in the game according to MLB.com.
Gelof is a solid player who does everything well. He is considered to have at least average tools in every facet of the game, although his raw power and knowledge of the strike zone allow him to perform at a higher level than one may expect. Such was the case last season as Gelof posted a .270/.352/.463 batting line in 440 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 18 homers and 17 doubles while stealing ten bases.
Chances are, Gelof will start the 2023 season in Triple-A. A torn labrum in his non throwing shoulder cost him time in 2022 and may have been the only reason that he has not already made his major league debut. However, if he continues to perform at the level he has thus far in his professional career, that debut will happen at some point in the coming season.
Zack Gelof has forced prospect hounds to pay attention. That has continued as he has been ranked as the fifth best second base prospect in the game.