Lawrence Butler

A's promote top prospect Lawrence Butler; Kemp to paternity list

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The Athletics have called up another exciting top prospect.

Top outfield prospect Lawrence Butler officially was promoted to the big leagues Friday, the team announced. In a corresponding move, infielder Tony Kemp was placed on the paternity list.

Butler will make his MLB debut Friday against the Washington Nationals. The 23-year-old is playing right field and will bat eighth against Joan Adon.'s Martín Gallegos first reported Wednesday that the A's were calling up Butler.

In 89 games between the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, Butler hit .284/.350/.475 with 15 home runs, 70 RBI and 21 stolen bases to go along with an .825 OPS.

A sixth-round pick by the A's in 2018, Butler started turning heads in 2021 after blasting 19 homers and stealing 29 bases in Single-A. Butler primarily has split time between center and right field this season and should receive an extended look after the team designated longtime outfielder Ramón Laureano for assignment Saturday.

Butler joins a growing list of A's top prospects who have broken through to the major league level this season and helped coin the term "The New Oakland" earlier in spring training.

With Butler's promotion, five of the A's top seven prospects have played in the majors this season, including catcher Tyler Soderstrom (No. 1), right-handed pitcher Mason Miller (No. 2), infielder Zack Gelof (No. 3) and right-handed pitcher Freddy Tarnok (No. 5).

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