The SF Giants announced on Wednesday that they had traded outfielder Skye Bolt to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations. Just over a month ago, Bolt was designated for assignment by the A’s and claimed off waivers by the Giants. He ultimately did receive a promotion to the big-league roster, appeared in two games, and struck out in his lone plate appearance for San Francisco.
The SF Giants traded OF Skye Bolt to the Oakland Athletics.
Bolt was a switch-hitter drafted by the A’s in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft. Known for his above-average speed, arm, approach, and power potential, Bolt has always been an intriguing prospect, even if it’s never all come together on the field. At 27, it’s hard to see him putting it all together now, but he has all the tools to be a productive fourth or fifth outfielder. His power has never carried over to his upper minors play, but he remains a solid all-around defender.
In 2019, Bolt reached Triple-A for the first time, hitting .269/.350/.459 at the tremendously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Oakland promoted him to their MLB roster for a short stint, where he made his big-league debut, going 1-10 with a walk and three strikeouts in five games. Last year, Bolt spent the entire season at the team’s alternate site in Stockton.
The Giants probably envisioned Bolt having a more prominent role on their outfield depth chart. However, after acquiring outfielder Mike Tauchman from the New York Yankees, he quickly became more expendable. Now he can return to the organization that drafted him, where Bolt will solidify Oakland’s upper minor-league depth.
The SF Giants traded outfielder Skye Bolt to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations, undoing a move both organizations made just under one month ago.