Sign A, work Henry Bolte from Palo Alto


Drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics, Henry Bolte had the choice between embarking on his professional career or a scholarship to the University of Texas.

Bolte, a Palo Alto high school alum who said he grew up an A fan, made the choice simple.

“Playing in the major leagues has always been my dream,” Bolte said. “But getting the chance to play for the home team, a team that was my favorite growing up, can’t really pass up that opportunity.”

Bolte, the 56th overall pick in this year‘s draft, signed with the A’s on Monday for a $2 million bonus, The Chronicle confirmed. The slot value for the 56th pick was $1,341,900. Bolte will travel to Arizona on Tuesday to begin his professional career. On Monday, he was at the Coliseum to sign his contract and practice with the A’s ahead of their game against Houston.

From a distance, distinguishing him might have been difficult. Bolte, listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, fired fly balls into center field and showed power in batting practice, hitting several pitches into the top rows of the first tier of the center field bleachers left.

“He fits in perfectly physically,” said A general manager David Forst. “And he’s a good boy. We got to hang out with him when he was at the (draft) combine and obviously a lot of us saw him play because he was so close. So glad we were able to make it happen.

Says Bolte: “It’s a good thing to be around a lot of big leaguers, and the goal is to be here as soon as possible. It’s a memorable day.

On draft night, A’s director of scouting Eric Kubota described Bolte as “all about the ceiling. …He’s got a ton of raw power. He can really run. There’s some development needed with the bat, but if the bat comes, he’s really the kind of guy who can become a five-tool player.

Bolte hit .441 with 13 homers in 33 games during his senior season at Palo Alto. He also had 48 stolen bases, the third most in the state of California.

“I like to go out and put pressure on the other team,” Bolte said. “Big A guy Rickey Henderson steals bases all the time – maybe I’m not as fast as him, he’s a bit special – but he plays that way.”

Henderson, of course, played a little before Bolte’s time. Bolte named Matt Chapman and Josh Donaldson as former A players he liked to watch. And, in an age-defining addendum: “When I was younger, Coco Crisp was also fun to watch. It’s an old one from when I was a little guy that I loved to watch.

Bolte’s family accompanied him on Monday. His mother, Kate Cook, said Bolte had a growth spurt early in high school but “really started to get bigger and stronger” by devoting time to training even though in-person school was limited by the pandemic.

“He has a lot of discipline and a good work ethic,” said Cook, who described Bolte and family on Monday as “incredible.” It’s like a dream come true, for him and for us, I think. He has worked there for many years. »

Briefly: The A’s reinstated infielder Jonah Bride from the injured list and recalled reliever Sam Selman from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. Bride missed 24 games with a strained right shoulder. … Reliever David McKay was moved to Triple-A and first baseman Seth Brown was placed on the paternity list.

Matt Kawahara covers the A’s for The San Francisco Chronicle.


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