When opportunity knocks, one has to be ready to answer. That’s exactly what Buelvas, an athletic outfielder who signed for $100,000 out of Colombia in July 2018, did during his debut summer in 2019. While playing in the Dominican Summer League, Buelvas was summoned to the United States to play in the rookie-level Arizona League just a few weeks after his 17th birthday because they needed more bodies stateside. He then proceeded to hit .300/.392/.506 with 20 extra-base hits in 44 games to jump firmly onto the prospect map.
One of the youngest players in the AZL, Buelvas handled being thrown into the fire with the aggressive assignment with aplomb. The A’s think he has the chance to be a plus hitter in time, with an advanced approach especially given his age and a willingness to draw walks. While he’s likely not going to be a big over-the-fence type of hitter, he did show extra-base authority to all fields and a penchant for going the other way. He may settle into being an average runner over time, but he’s aggressive on the basepaths.
Buelvas has seen time in all three outfield spots, something that’s likely to continue, but he’s a true center fielder who should be able to play there long term. As much as his tools excite the A’s, they also love his makeup and his passion for the game. He won an award for being the most valuable player at instructs after the season, leaving the organization very excited to see what he does for an encore in 2020.