As of Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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OAKLAND -- Two-time Daily Post Player of the Year Matt Olson came to an agreement to begin his professional baseball career with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound first baseman/pitcher came to terms on a rookie contract that included a $1,079,700 signing bonus that matches the assigned value for the slot he was selected in during Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft earlier this month according to a published report in Baseball America.
He shared the 2011 Co-Player of the Year with Providence Christian's Christin Stewart and earned the honor for himself this spring in helping Parkview to back-to-back Class AAAAA state championship, including this year's national title.
Olson, who had committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt before being selected with the 47th overall pick by Oakland in the Compensatory A round of this year's draft, hit .407 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs and went 12-1with a 1.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 85 innings on the mound this spring.
He is expected to focus on being a position player as he begins his pro career in Oakland's minor-league system.