Staff Photo: John Bohn . Parkview's Matt Olson is senior first baseman and pitcher. Olson will be playing baseball at Vanderbilt University. He has a brother who attends Harvard University.
Matt Olson is still slightly less than a full year into his professional career, but the former Parkview standout has already played in his first minor league all-star game.
Olson, ranked as Oakland's No. 4 prospect by MLB.com, was picked as a reserve for the West in the Class A Midwest League's annual showcase.
The 19-year-old Beloit first baseman went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in a 6-5 loss to the East on Tuesday at Dayton, Ohio. But it was still nice recognition for the 47th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Olson has been able to more than handle his own despite being one of the youngest players in the league. He had 21 doubles, nine homers and 44 RBIs in 69 games for the Snappers in the first half.
The left-handed hitter's average was just .240, but he had a .327 on-base percentage thanks to 33 walks and had posted a .432 slugging mark.
Olson received a bonus of $1,079,700 to sign with Oakland and bypass a scholarship to Vanderbilt, where he would have been a two-way player.
The 6-foot-4 slugger batted and pitched Parkview to two straight state titles and the Panthers were recognized as the No. 1 team in the nation last year by Baseball America. As a senior, he hit .407 with 11 homers and went 12-1 as pitcher.
Olson jumped from the rookie Arizona League to the short-season Class A New York-Penn League last year and hit a combined .292 with nine homers and 45 RBIs in 50 games.
Martin on the mend
Trey Martin, ranked as the Chicago Cubs' No. 19 prospect by MLB.com, is rehabbing after surgery on his left shoulder that knocked him out of action with Class A Kane County in April.
The Brookwood graduate played in just 11 Midwest League games, batting .200.
Martin, 20, was a 13th-round draft pick in 2011 by the Cubs, and played most of last season with Boise of the Class A Northwest League.
The center fielder hasn't had much luck with injuries. He was hit in the face by a pitch last fall during instructional league play in Arizona and suffered a broken cheekbone.
Jacobs off to slow start
Former Parkview two-sport standout Brandon Jacobs hit seven homers in the first half for Salem of the Class A Advanced Carolina League, but batted just .223 with 29 RBIs in 62 games.
The outfielder came into the seasons ranked as Boston's No. 13 prospect by Baseball America, but has struggled in his second season in the Carolina League. His best year was 2011, when he hit .303 with Class A Greenville.
Jacobs, 22, was a 10th-round pick by the Red Sox in 2009 and bypassed a football scholarship offer from Auburn to sign.
Heffley back in Rome
Brookwood graduate Ross Heffley is back where he spent the second half of last season after hitting just .218 in 45 games for Lynchburg of the Class A Advanced Carolina League.
The second baseman, an 18th-round draft pick of Atlanta in 2012 out of Western Carolina University, returned to Rome of the Class A South Atlantic League, where hit .296 in 62 games last season.
Heffley, 23, posted a .345 on-base percentage with Rome a year ago and sparked the R-Braves to a division title in the second half.
Hawkins cold at plate
North Gwinnett graduate Chris Hawkins had a difficult first half in his return to Lansing of the Class A Midwest League this season.
Selected for the all-star game a year ago, the Toronto outfield prospect hit just .216 with a homer and 12 RBIs in 54 games during the first half.
Hawkins, 21, came into the season ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 30 prospect by Baseball America. He was a third-round draft pick in 2010.
Freeman off disabled list
Brookwood graduate and former Kennesaw standout Ronnie Freeman returned to the South Bend lineup after missing six weeks and had a two-hit game on Wednesday. He hadn't played since April 30.
The catcher was a fifth-round pick of Arizona last season and hit .273 in the Class A Northwest League after signing.
Freeman, 22, was hitting .213 with a homer and seven RBIs in 18 games for South Bend this season.