The Athletics are building a prospect pool that eventually could help the franchise be a contender in the American League. One of the players they are high on is top prospect Shea Langeliers, who arrived to the organization as part of the Matt Olson trade that sent the first baseman to the Atlanta Braves.
Despite transitioning to a new minor league system, the 24-year-old is batting .270 with 16 homers and 38 RBI for the Las Vegas Aviators. Langeliers spoke to "A's Pregame Live" prior to Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers about how he's handled the switch and views it as an opportunity to hit the ground running with his new organization.
"There's a bunch of great people in the A's organization; it's exciting to come over here, and just a bunch of great guys that made the transition super easy, and I've had a lot of fun doing it," Langeliers said.
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This season has been the best for the catcher throughout his minor league tenure, and he spoke about his approach at the plate, which is resulting in a career-high batting average, and he's on pace to match his home run and runs batted in production from last year.
"I'm just trying to use the big part of the field and stay within myself, and I feel the biggest thing is getting everything started on time," Langeliers said. "If you are on time, you're giving yourself a chance, and if you're giving yourself a chance, that's obviously when you'll succeed the most."
Langeliers' approach at the plate has paid dividends this season, earning him a spot in the Futures Game on Saturday in Los Angeles.
"It's awesome. I'm excited to go out there and represent the A's organization and just looking forward to this upcoming weekend," he said.
The catcher might look to parlay this performance into a possible call-up before the season ends and give the fanbase a taste of what's to come in the future.