Exhibition Team logoLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim hat dark logoArizona Diamondbacks hat dark logoBaltimore Orioles hat dark logoBoston Red Sox hat dark logoChicago Cubs hat dark logoCincinnati Reds dark logoCleveland Indians hat dark logoColorado Rockies hat dark logoDetroit Tigers dark logoHouston Astros hat dark logoKansas City Royals hat dark logoLos Angeles Dodgers hat dark logoWashington Nationals dark logoNew York Mets hat dark logoOakland Athletics cap logoPittsburgh Pirates hat dark logoSan Diego Padres cap logo on lightSeattle Mariners hat dark logoSan Francisco Giants hat dark logoSt. Louis Cardinals dark logoTampa Bay Rays hat dark logoTexas Rangers cap logoToronto Blue Jays hat dark logoMinnesota Twins hat dark logoPhiladelphia Phillies hat dark logoAtlanta Braves hat dark logoChicago White Sox hat dark logoMiami Marlins cap logoNew York Yankees hat dark logoMilwaukee Brewers cap logo
Gus Varland

Gus Varland

P | B/T: L/R | 6' 1" 205 | Age: 23
Draft: 2018 (Rd: 14, #413, Oakland Athletics) - Concordia University
Maplewood, MN USA
MLB Rankings
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Outs Above Avg
Outfielder Jump
Sprint Speed


2019 2 1 2.39 5 4 0 26.1 27 1.18
Career Minors 2 2 1.54 18 15 0 64.1 77 0.96
2019 5 2-1 2.39 26.1 27 1.18
Career Minors 18 2-2 1.54 64.1 77 0.96

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

2018 3 Teams Minors 0 1 0.95 13 11 0 38.0 23 7 4 1 8 50 0.82
2018 AZL Athletics AZL ROK 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.00
2018 Vermont Lake Monsters NYP A(Short) 0 1 1.02 7 5 0 17.2 14 5 2 0 4 22 1.02
2018 Beloit Snappers MID A(Full) 0 0 0.93 5 5 0 19.1 8 2 2 1 3 28 0.57
2019 Stockton Ports CAL A(Adv) 2 1 2.39 5 4 0 26.1 23 8 7 3 8 27 1.18

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 55 | Overall: 40

Varland spent three years pitching at Division II Concordia University in Minnesota, a six-foot right-hander who put up video game numbers (1.04 ERA, .163 batting average against) as a junior. The A's went a bit over the $100,000 threshold for picks after the 10th round, signing him for $125K in the 14th round of last June's Draft. Varland then pitched his way to full-season ball in his relatively brief pro debut. He tried to work past an elbow issue and had gone to the California League before being shut down in early July after just five outings with a UCL strain.

Varland cranked his fastball up to 95-96 mph at times at Concordia, but largely pitched at 92 mph during his summer debut in the A's organization. He can fill up the strike zone with his heater and get swings and misses with it. He also misses bats with his slider, while he also was able to use the breaking ball and his changeup to get some ground-ball outs. While he has an up-tempo delivery, he's always been a strike-thrower and continued that trend in his first taste of pro ball.

He'll need to find a way to attack left-handed hitters, who hit him a bit better last summer, albeit in a small sample size, and refinement of the changeup could do that. He's reminded some of Sonny Gray in terms of his aggressive demeanor on the mound and body type (though not in pure stuff), with a realistic ceiling as a back-end starter and a life as a reliever more likely.


Team Date Transaction
09/09/2019 Stockton Ports activated RHP Gus Varland from the 7-day injured list.
07/05/2019 Stockton Ports placed RHP Gus Varland on the 7-day injured list.
06/10/2019 RHP Gus Varland assigned to Stockton Ports from Athletics Extended Spring Training.
04/01/2019 RHP Gus Varland assigned to Athletics Extended Spring Training from Beloit Snappers.
02/24/2019 RHP Gus Varland assigned to Oakland Athletics.
08/04/2018 RHP Gus Varland assigned to Beloit Snappers from Vermont Lake Monsters.
06/25/2018 RHP Gus Varland assigned to Vermont Lake Monsters from AZL Athletics.
06/24/2018 RHP Gus Varland assigned to AZL Athletics.
06/15/2018 Oakland Athletics signed RHP Gus Varland.