Miguel Olivo: Probably an unknown catching
prospect as of know, especially with more "high profile" ones like Ben
Davis, Ben Petrick, Jayson Werth, and Eric Munson. Olivo is not the hitter
that these are, but in he field, he is as good, if not better, than most
Miguel was signed as a Free agent by the A's in 1996 out of the
Dominican Republic. At 6 foot 1, and about 180 pounds, this righthander is
overshadowed by the likes of Ramon Hernandez and A.J. Hinch in the Oakland
system. No matter,I feel that Miguel was the top catching prospect in the
California League during 1999 while playing for Modesto. The question
regarding him was his ability to hit. Well, for the second consecutive
season, Miguel hit over .300. His final stats at Modesto in 1999 were:
.305 in 243 AB's, 74 runs scored, 13 doubles, 6 triples, 9 HR's, 42 RBI, 4
steals, 21 BB's, 60 K's.
In 1998, Olivo hit .311 while playing for the Athletics Rookie league
team. In his 164 AB's, Miguel had 2 HR's, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 23 RBI,
30 runs scored, 8 BB's, 43 K's, and 2 steals in the Arizona League. He
needs to continue to work on improving his selection at the plate.
Whats going to eventually get Olivo to the majors is his Ivan
Rodriguez-type arm he possess along with his overall defensive ability at
blocking balls in the dirt, framing pitches, etc. Once, a throw of his was
clocked at 90 MPH to 2nd base, pretty impressive without a windup.