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Top Matt Olson News

  • Braves' Matt Olson: Slugs sixth spring homer

    Olson went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

    The first baseman took Zach Eflin deep in the third inning, giving Olson six homers on the spring to lead all hitters, in either Florida or Arizona. His 1.549 OPS is also second among players with at least 30 at-bats, behind only the Phillies' Edmundo Sosa. Tiny samples aside, Olson has launched more than 30 homers in each of the last three full MLB seasons and topped 100 RBI in the last two campaigns. The 28-year-old already appears locked in at the plate ahead of Opening Day.

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  • Braves' Matt Olson: Launches two homers Friday

    Olson went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

    Both blasts came off Tanner Houck -- Olson crushed a solo shot to left-center field in the first inning before pulling a massive blast out of the ballpark entirely in the fifth for a two-run shot. The first baseman appears more than ready for Opening Day, hitting .444 (12-for-27) this spring with five homers and two doubles. He has drawn only one walk, but given how well he's been seeing the ball, it's hard to blame him for swinging away.

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  • Braves' Matt Olson: Blistering start to spring

    Olson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

    The first baseman crushed a two-run shot to right field in the first inning off Carlos Rodon, his second homer in as many days and third in five contests. Olson's gone 8-for-12 in total to begin his spring, and while he's never been known as an asset in the batting average category, MLB's new limits on shifting could help the 28-year-old improve on last year's .240 average without costing him any power.

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  • Braves' Matt Olson: Big start to spring

    Olson went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

    He smashed a Kaleb Ort pitch off the top of the wall in right-center field in the third inning, but perhaps more encouraging for his 2023 fantasy value was his first at-bat, in which he snuck a grounder through the right side of the infield that almost certainly would have resulted in an out under the old shift rules. Olson had a .338 wOBA last season against the shift versus a .370 mark when he wasn't hitting into one, offering hope he could see his .240 batting average from 2022 rise somewhat significantly.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Age: 29
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: L, R