With the end of AAA Nashville's season last night, the A's have officially announced that have called up two major prospects: Matt Olson and Renato Nunez.
#Athletics recall Renato Nuñez from Nashville; select Matt Olson from Nashville— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 12, 2016
Olson, the A's #3 preseason community prospect, hit .235/.335/.422 with 17 HRs in 540 plate appearances (102 wRC+). However, he got better as the season went on, hitting .254/.345/.449 over the last three months. He also mashes RHP, hitting .256/.356/.475 against it for the season. He plays right field and first base, and will be taking Billy Butler's open 40-man roster spot.
Nunez, the A's #6 preseason prospect, hit .228/.278/.412 with 23 HRs in 530 PAs (78 wRC+). He hit also hit three homers in five games during the Sounds' postseason series.
This was the first year he has really struggled as a professional baseball player, hitting a much more palatable .265/.317/.459 over five years in the minors. Nunez is on the 40-man roster already, so despite his issues, there's no reason not to bring him up. He plays third base (badly) and first base. He really fits the same niche as Ryon Healy – a 1B/DH who can fake it at 3B.
Both Nunez and Olson are 22 years old, and both were brought up in the A's organization. Olson was the A's third pick (47th overall) in the 2012 draft, and Nunez was signed out of Venezuela as a 16 year old in 2010.