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Prospect Zach Gelov Prospect as another brick in the wall

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Mark J. Rebellas – USA Today Sports

Zack Geloff It is not viewed as a potential boom or bust. Coming off a season that saw him reach Triple-A at the age of 22, the University of Virginia product is close to performing on the big stage – not as a headliner, but as a solid contributor to a lineup that’s currently being patched with bandages. The low-budget Oakland Athletics need all the help they can get, so getting Gelof – as in a roof-top Tyler Soderstrom Major tournaments have organizational priority.

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Gelov drafted 60th overall in 2021, and batted . 270/. 252/. 463 with 18 home runs last season, with the bulk of his action with Double-A Midland. The right-handed batter has added three more teammates in the Arizona Fall League, and his solid potential is what stands out most to our lead prospect. When I asked Erik Longenhagen for a quick scouting roundup on Gelov, he told me it was “definitely a profile that’s been overpowered at this point,” adding that while his 70% contact rate wasn’t great, his “peak power” and barrel rates were Very encouraging.”

When I asked Gelof for a report on self-exploration, he chose not to mention specific strengths, but rather his overall skill set and desire to improve.

“I would say I am a really competitive player,” the Delaware native told me during his time in the NFL. “But I try not to think about who I am and what people are scouting me for. I just worry about working in every area that I can. I want to play on the court and be the best player I can be.”

When asked if he feels better with the bat or the glove, Gelov said that while he considers offense a strength, he’s also getting better in defense. Recruited as a third baseman and moved to second base last season, Gelof isn’t exactly a wizard with the glove, but he’s proven to be adept at the middle hedge position. This isn’t exactly a surprise. Like most of his pro-ball contemporaries – fellow forwards, so to speak – he grew up playing shortstop. And the former A’s player — the team’s primary shortstop from 2004 to 2008 — plays a meaningful role in the young player’s defensive development.

Our manager is here. Bobby Crosby“I was with him at Midland as well — he was our manager there — and he Gave me a lot of help with this step. A lot of it simplifies actions on things like double-feed, double-turn play. Other than that, it’s just a matter of making sure your hands work with your feet, which every player should do.”

His archer fighting style is similarly simple.

“I love studying multiplication, but in the end, I’m more of a tech-sense guy,” explained Gelov, whose trip to IL cost him nearly six weeks. “I just try to keep finding ways to improve and be tough at the end. I’ll work on things in the cage and have a good process, but when it’s time to play I’ll be in the penalty area. It’s me versus the pitcher.”

Gelov’s emerging strength—he’s only gone over the wall 16 times in three collegiate seasons—is due in part to his carrying. When asked about the modifications, he said that developing more weight change allowed him to do more damage. He’s gotten to raise his leg a bit higher, though this mostly happened rather than by design. As previously he is starting to pull more pitches up front.

“It’s not something I’m trying to do consciously,” Geloff said. “But when you really get the ball, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s it,’ so maybe I’ve moved forward a little bit. At the same time, I never want to take away what I can do in the opposite field. I want to keep that going.” I’m a gap hitter, line to foul pole, line hitters all over the park. If that happens. I just want to be known for being hard.”

Gelov won’t need to produce the power of the Light Tower to chase the ring while wearing the Oakland uniform, but he will have to show up as the tough he aspires to be. Again, he didn’t emerge as a superstar—Eric gave him a 45+ FV—but instead another brick in the wall of a big-league lineup. Considering the status of Rebuild A, it should be part of this foundation in the very near future.

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