Deep Dive: The Former Top Prospect Mashing the Ball Nine Years Later

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When Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, and Sean Manaea were traded, we figured that the Oakland A’s would be pretty bad, even though they always manage to outperform expectations. Thus far, it looks like we were right. The A’s are sitting at a 22-43 record, which is the worst in all of baseball. They might have three productive starters at the top of their rotation, but a terrible bullpen and lackluster offense have made them fall in the standings. Only two of their hitters have an OPS+ over 100. One is Ramon Laureano, who has a .684 OPS. The other? Christian Bethancourt. Big Rise, Big FallBethancourt…

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