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Elephant Rumblings: Zack Gelof making a solid first impression

News and notes from a busy Saturday around Major League Baseball.

Oakland Athletics v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

There hasn’t been a whole lot to get excited about with the Oakland Athletics for the 2023 season, but rookie Zack Gelof’s debut is something to pay attention to. Gelof homered for the second straight day Saturday in the A’s big win over the Colorado Rockies. He also added two stolen bases, giving him five over the first 13 games of his career.

Gelof is slugging .529 and has a 130 wRC+ over his first 56 plate appearances. He was one of Oakland’s top prospects when he was promoted to the majors and is showing why with his well-rounded skills. Gelof seems to have fit seamlessly into the clubhouse and looks like a building block for the next good A’s team.

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Mark Kotsay on Paul Blackburn’s outing Saturday night