ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 17: Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Field on August 17, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Because of how he was acquired, Shea Langeliers, the catcher for the A’s, has been under pressure ever since he came in Oakland. Langeliers was possibly the main component of the Oakland A’s trade of fan favorite Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2022 season.

That season, the backstop would make his big-league debut. After the team moved Sean Murphy to Atlanta prior to the 2023 season, the backstop assumed the role of starting catcher for the team. In the previous season, he had a lot on his plate. He had to contend with a pitching staff that was all attempting to establish themselves in Major League Baseball, in addition to trying to live up to some of the expectations that were placed on him. In the end, he struck out 29.2% of the time while hitting.205 with a.268 OBP and an 87 wRC+ (100 is the league average).

Although the bat’s overall averages through 10 games this season aren’t quite there, it has shown sparks early on. With a.250 OBP, 62 wRC+, and a.179 batting average, he is averaging less than four percent of strikeouts. There is reason to think that Langeliers has more in store for the following 152 games, as he was cited as the breakthrough selection this season by several individuals in the clubhouse. However, it is still early.

Although Langeliers hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm with his breakthrough, it appears like he will make progress this season. Aledmys Díaz’s comparison of him to Realmuto prior to the season is appropriate, as he currently has a genuine opportunity to be that kind of catcher by the conclusion of it.

By Fafa T

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