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A’s power-hitting prospect one to watch in AFL All-Star Game


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The Oakland A’s representative at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game is somewhat of an unknown entity.

Outfielder Greg Deichmann will join some big-name prospects in Saturday’s game. His five home runs leads the Arizona Fall League this year. He’s slashing .333/.426/.692 with a 1.118 OPS. Or, in simpler terms, he’s knocking the life out of the baseball in Mesa.

You can watch the live stream on mlb.com/afl at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 12.

Injuries had dimmed Deichmann’s prospect status since the A’s picked him in the second-round pick (43rd overall) out of Louisiana State University in 2017. But he is healthy, not only hitting his way into an All-Star lineup featuring big prospect names like Angels’ Jo Adell, Giants’ Joey Bart (who will miss the game and the next few weeks with a fractured thumb, though) and Twins’ Royce Lewis — but finessing his way into a potential invitation to A’s spring training.

#Athletics No. 17 prospect Greg Deichmann regained sole possession of the @MLBazFallLeague home run lead, launching his fifth this fall. The 7th-inning drive gave Mesa its first lead of the game vs. Peoria.

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— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 7, 2019

Deichmann is unknown, at least, to the outside world relative to the names that surround him within his organization and out of it. But, for the A’s, Deichmann is quite the known entity.

As a left-handed power presence otherwise sparse on the big league club (Matt Olson excluded), Deichmann is someone A’s fans might need to keep track of.

“If somebody looked at our prospect list a number of years ago he would have been Top 10 based on his draft status,” Assistant Director of Player Development and Coordinator of On-Field Analytics Ed Sprague said. “But he’s fallen off because of injuries. And other guys, because of their draft status, put numbers up above him. Maybe it fuels him, maybe it doesn’t. At the end of the day, it’s what do you do on the field and what are you going to do at the major league level. If you’re Prospect One or Prospect 30, it’s really about what you do with it when you get the opportunity.”

The A’s 2017 second-round pick out of Louisiana State’s first steps into professional baseballs were stumbles into major injuries. He first succumbed to a hamate fracture in 2018, then a shoulder injury incurred on a dive in the outfield in 2019. Those injuries were compounded by a rough debut in High-A Stockton — where he batted .199 with six home runs — and hasty push to Double-A Midland, where he hit .219 with 11 home runs.

Deichmann’s injuries curbed his ability to make necessary tweaks to his swing, instead forcing him to adjust on the fly. A healthy Deichmann worked with Midland hitting coach Tommy Everidge on controlling the barrel through the zone a little better, keeping the ball on line to opposite field with backspin to his pull side.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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