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A’s Farm’s 2014 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder leads all A's minor leaguers with a .577 slugging percentage.

Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder leads all A’s minor leaguers with a .577 slugging percentage.

With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A’s system in the first half of 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least 7 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

The asterisks denote players who may have also acquired statistics from other teams this season, though only their statistics from their primary team are listed below. Anthony Aliotti, Kent Matthes, Jose Chavez and Ryan Huck have all had stints with other teams in the A’s system, while Nick Buss and Andy Parrino have both done time in other teams’ systems, and Dan Straily, Evan Scribner and Parrino have all spent time in Oakland. But only the statistics from their primary teams are included below.

It’s also worth noting that long-time River Cats right fielder Michael Taylor was just traded to the White Sox on Saturday. But prior to that, he served in the most regular outfield lineup in the A’s system in Sacramento, along with Shane Peterson in center and Nick Buss left. Meanwhile, Max Muncy has only spent about half his time at first base this season while splitting the rest of his starts between designated hitter and third base. And speaking of third base, with Ryan Huck’s demotion from Beloit, B.A. Vollmuth has recently made the move from third base to first and Luis Baez has now stepped in as Beloit’s regular third baseman.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position below. Then just click on the link below our list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .244 AVG / .400 OBP / .354 SLG / .754 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .246 AVG / .303 OBP / .380 SLG / .684 OPS)

Stockton – Bruce Maxwell (5 HR / .273 AVG / .356 OBP / .392 SLG / .748 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (0 HR / .229 AVG / .292 OBP / .260 SLG / .553 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Nate Freiman (11 HR / .277 AVG / .354 OBP / .485 SLG / .839 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .257 AVG / .376 OBP / .421 SLG / .797 OPS) *

Stockton – Matt Olson (15 HR / .233 AVG / .384 OBP / .465 SLG / .849 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Huck (3 HR / .202 AVG / .312 OBP / .311 SLG / .623 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Tyler Ladendorf (2 HR / .315 AVG / .399 OBP / .455 SLG / .854 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (3 HR / .222 AVG / .332 OBP / .340 SLG / .672 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Pinder (11 HR / .308 AVG / .349 OBP / .577 SLG / .926 OPS)

Beloit – Sam Roberts (1 HR / .244 AVG / .307 OBP / .307 SLG / .614 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (3 HR / .344 AVG / .411 OBP / .452 SLG / .862 OPS) *

Midland – Dusty Coleman (7 HR / .254 AVG / .322 OBP / .408 SLG / .730 OPS)

Stockton – Daniel Robertson (6 HR / .295 AVG / .384 OBP / .425 SLG / .809 OPS)

Beloit – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .259 AVG / .346 OBP / .345 SLG / .691 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .308 AVG / .406 OBP / .384 SLG / .790 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (4 HR / .234 AVG / .281 OBP / .333 SLG / .614 OPS)

Stockton – Renato Nunez (9 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .449 SLG / .770 OPS)

Beloit – B.A. Vollmuth (6 HR / .176 AVG / .263 OBP / .299 SLG / .562 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Nick Buss (2 HR / .305 AVG / .371 OBP / .404 SLG / .775 OPS) *

Midland – Kent Matthes (4 HR / .211 AVG / .248 OBP / .421 SLG / .669 OPS) *

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .257 AVG / .306 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Beloit – B.J. Boyd (4 HR / .220 AVG / .300 OBP / .331 SLG / .631 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (4 HR / .302 AVG / .389 OBP / .408 SLG / .797 OPS)

Midland – Billy Burns (0 HR / .259 AVG / .335 OBP / .333 SLG / .668 OPS)

Stockton – Billy McKinney (7 HR / .228 AVG / .336 OBP / .375 SLG / .711 OPS)

Beloit – Herschel Powell (2 HR / .337 AVG / .449 OBP / .424 SLG / .873 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (5 HR / .243 AVG / .357 OBP / .385 SLG / .742 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (9 HR / .324 AVG / .374 OBP / .537 SLG / .911 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (8 HR / .226 AVG / .298 OBP / .398 SLG / .696 OPS)

Beloit – Tyler Marincov (7 HR / .248 AVG / .345 OBP / .429 SLG / .774 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jose Martinez (3 HR / .267 AVG / .349 OBP / .350 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Max Muncy (3 HR / .268 AVG / .378 OBP / .399 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton – Ryon Healy (7 HR / .242 AVG / .279 OBP / .385 SLG / .664 OPS)

Beloit – Luis Baez (2 HR / .263 AVG / .278 OBP / .384 SLG / .662 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Dan Straily (45 2/3 IP / 36 H / 18 ER / 18 BB / 46 K / 3.55 ERA / 1.18 WHIP) *

Midland – Nate Long (63 2/3 IP / 52 H / 24 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.39 ERA / 1.10 WHIP)

Stockton – Seth Streich (74 IP / 66 H / 25 ER / 17 BB / 78 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.12 WHIP)

Beloit – Kyle Finnegan (75 2/3 IP / 58 H / 24 ER / 32 BB / 35 K / 2.85 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (23 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 6 BB / 31 K / 4.56 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 9 SV) *

Midland – Seth Frankoff (29 2/3 IP / 26 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 42 K / 2.73 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 12 SV)

Stockton – Austin House (29 IP / 29 H / 16 ER / 11 BB / 46 K / 4.97 ERA / 1.38 WHIP / 9 SV)

Beloit – Andres Avila (30 2/3 IP / 31 H / 10 ER / 5 BB / 22 K / 2.93 ERA / 1.17 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

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A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014

Former top pitching prospect Sonny Gray - who will be the next to make it big?

Former top pitching prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to report to spring training camp in just a couple of weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014. We’ve combined half a dozen different A’s prospect lists to come up with a consensus list that reflects a broad base of wisdom where A’s prospects are concerned.

You can find the prospect lists that we used to compile our consensus list at the very end of this piece. Some of the lists we’ve included are from better known sources and some are from lesser known sources, but they’ve all been chosen because they represent intelligent and informed opinions about the A’s system. For the purposes of this list, we’ve looked at the top ten picks from each list and assigned points to each player as follows: 10 points for each first place finish, 9 points for second, 8 for third, all the way on down to 1 point for each tenth place finish.

It’s interesting to note that the A’s 2012 top draft pick, shortstop Addison Russell, was the unanimous choice as the A’s top prospect, and the top five picks on our consensus list – Russell, McKinney, Alcantara, Ynoa and Nunez – were each included on all six lists. Six of the top ten are position players, while only four are pitchers. Half are products of the 2012 draft class. Half will also be 20 years old or younger to start the season, and only two are certain to start out above Class-A (Russell and Muncy, who are both expected to start the year at Midland), with none of the top ten starting out at Triple-A. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2014…

 

A’S FARM’S CONSENSUS TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Addison Russell (SS) – 60 points / 6 lists

#2 – Billy McKinney (OF) – 41 points / 6 lists

#3-4 (tie) – Raul Alcantara (RHP) – 40 points / 6 lists

#3-4 (tie) – Michael Ynoa (RHP) – 40 points / 6 lists

#5 – Renato Nunez (3B) – 37 points / 6 lists

#6-7 (tie) – Daniel Robertson (SS) – 26 points / 5 lists

#6-7 (tie) – Matt Olson (1B) – 26 points / 5 lists

#8 – Bobby Wahl (RHP) – 21 points / 4 lists

#9 – Nolan Sanburn (RHP) – 12 points / 6 lists

#10 – Max Muncy (1B) – 10 points / 3 lists

 

arDSC02922dx#1 ADDISON RUSSELL

(60 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

The unanimous pick as the A’s top prospect, Russell got off to a slow start at Stockton in 2013 as the youngest player in the California League. But the then-19-year-old eventually settled in and put together a solid season both at the plate and in the field. The young shortstop slugged 29 doubles, 10 triples and 17 home runs and committed just 15 errors while playing on some pretty rocky California League fields. Russell’s attitude and his ability to learn and adapt has helped to fuel his fast rise. He’s scheduled to start the season at Double-A Midland but, if he gets off to faster start there than he did last year at Stockton, he could find himself in Sacramento before long. And with A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, Russell could be just a year away from landing in Oakland.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

bmc320x#2 BILLY MCKINNEY

(41 points / 6 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2013 – 1st Round

The A’s most recent 1st-round draft pick, the team went after McKinney because of his sweet swing. And the Texas native lived up to his reputation at the plate, hitting .326 in 215 at-bats in 2013. Though he might not flash a lot of power, his ability to make contact seems solid. The center fielder looked strong in the outfield as well. And a full season facing slightly more advanced pitchers in the Midwest League should tell us a lot more about how fast McKinney will rise in the future.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

raraul-alcantara01b#3-4 (tie) RAUL ALCANTARA

(40 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Acquired from Boston with Josh Reddick and Miles Head in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, with Sonny Gray and Dan Straily now in the majors, Alcantara has emerged as the top pitching prospect in the A’s minor league system. Splitting the season between Stockton and Beloit, the right-hander posted a 3.11 ERA and led all A’s minor league starters with a 1.16 WHIP. Alcantara flashed an impressive changeup and showed solid control – walking just 24 batters over 156 1/3 innings. The A’s might start Alcantara at Midland but, since he just turned 21, they could still take it slow and have him start the season at Stockton.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

myspringtraining22_4599LI-401x600#3-4 (tie) MICHAEL YNOA

(40 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The biggest bonus baby in A’s history, the team reportedly paid Ynoa $4.25 million when they signed him as a flame-throwing teenager out of the Dominican Republic back in 2008. Many injury issues later, Ynoa made it back onto the mound to throw 75 2/3 innings in 2013. The 6’7” right-hander looked impressive at Beloit, posting a 2.14 ERA in 15 starts, but he put up a 7.71 ERA in just 21 innings at Stockton. Ynoa is capable of flashing a mid-90s fastball and possesses tremendous potential, but he still needs to prove that he can command his repertoire and endure a full season on the mound. Ynoa might get the chance to do that at Midland, but he’s more likely to start the season at Stockton.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

rnNunez_480_copy_rvisuyh3_iun9o7x5c#5 RENATO NUNEZ

(37 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 20

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Another international bonus baby like Ynoa, the A’s reportedly signed Nunez for $2.2 million out of Venezuela in 2010. Nunez turned 19 on opening day last year and celebrated by hitting a 3-run homer. His raw power is what originally attracted the A’s to the young Venezuelan, and he notched 19 homers and 27 doubles for Beloit in 2013. Nunez could improve his plate discipline a bit though – he struck out 136 times while drawing just 28 walks last season. The third baseman also led all A’s minor leaguers with 39 errors in 114 games at the hot corner in 2013. But Nunez should get the chance to show off his bat with Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League in 2014. And as long as he continues to hit, the A’s will find a way to work around his glove.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

drdanielrobertson_mlb_display_image2#6-7 (tie) DANIEL ROBERTSON

(26 points / 5 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Drafted by the A’s with their next pick after Russell in 2012, Robertson is currently the second-best shortstop prospect in the A’s system. There was originally some question about his ability to play the position, but Robertson played solely at short last season and showed some ability to stick there. While being able to play short clearly increases his value, with Russell penciled in as the A’s shortstop of the future, Robertson should also start seeing some time at second and third to increase his versatility. The California native hit .277 with 9 home runs and a .353 OBP for Beloit in 2013. He spent part of the year hitting near the top of the lineup and showed some ability to get on base, but it’s hoped that Robertson can also develop a little more pop as his bat matures.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

mo15095_4110106706138_1463379083_n4#6-7 (tie) MATT OLSON

(26 points / 5 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

The next pick by the A’s after Russell and Robertson in 2012, Olson’s raw power potential was what most-impressed scouts. And in his first full season in the A’s system in 2013, he blasted 23 homers for Beloit, which was more than any A’s minor leaguer except for fellow first baseman Max Muncy. Olson also put up 32 doubles to go with 72 walks, 148 strikeouts and a .225 batting average. More than half his hits were for extra bases, putting him in that category of players who walks, strikes out and gets extra-base hits more often than he singles. The Georgia native should have the chance to put his power on display for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California league in 2014. And if the 6’4” first baseman can just cut down on the K’s and put a few more balls in play, he could be a big hit in Mudville.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

bwEP-130529103b#8 BOBBY WAHL

(21 points / 4 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2013 – 5th Round

With more college experience than most of the A’s current crop of pitching prospects, the former Ole Miss hurler could be poised to make a quick rise. Drafted last year in the 5th-round, Wahl signed later than most and only ended up getting into 10 games, all but one with Vermont. The right-hander boasts an impressive slider and clearly was able to fool a few of the NY-Penn League hitters he faced, striking out 27 of them in his 20 2/3 innings with the Lake Monsters. Expect to see him start the 2014 season in Beloit, where the typically chilly Midwest League spring temps could help Wahl put hitters there in a deep freeze.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

nsresized_99261-5csanburn3colbw_47-15782_t728#9 NOLAN SANBURN

(12 points / 6 lists)

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2012 – 2nd Round

The first pitcher taken by the A’s in the 2012 draft, Sanburn is a hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Arkansas. And like Wahl, he’s one of the most promising college pitchers among the A’s current crop of pitching prospects. Sanburn didn’t sign quickly after the draft and only ended up making it into 7 games with Vermont in 2012. And injury issues limited him to just 16 games last year. In his 23 appearances since being drafted, Sanburn’s posted a 2.40 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 48 2/3 innings. And with a mid-90s fastball and a solid curve, the Indiana native could move quickly if he can stay healthy and get his work in on the mound.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

mmDSC02951cx#10 MAX MUNCY

(10 points / 3 lists)

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2012 – 5th Round

Muncy led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs, RBIs, total bases and walks in 2013. The Texas native is a better-than-average defender at first base too. And his 88 walks attest to the fact that he may have the best plate discipline of any current A’s hitting prospect. 21 of his 25 home runs came in the hitter-friendly California League, which tends to exaggerate almost everyone’s power numbers, but it was still a solid season for Muncy. He struggled a bit after making the move to Midland but, after a rough first few weeks, he seemed to settle in and start having productive at-bats again. Muncy should start the 2014 season back at Midland, where he’ll be joined in the infield by shortstop Addison Russell. And of all the A’s top hitting prospects besides Russell, Muncy is probably the most advanced at this point.

Likely To Start 2014 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

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Last Year’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List

 

Baseball America’s Top A’s Prospects

MLB.com’s Top A’s Prospects

Oakland Clubhouse’s Top A’s Prospects

Bleacher Report’s Top A’s Prospects

Prospect 361’s Top A’s Prospects

Grading On The Curve’s Top A’s Prospects

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

1B Anthony Aliotti's sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

First baseman Anthony Aliotti’s sweet swing earned him a promotion to Sacramento this season.

With the 2013 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2013. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2013 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2013. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category, and players no longer with the organization were not included. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 20 starts for each full-season team or at least 10 starts for short season teams, while closers were selected from each team’s season saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Stephen Vogt (13 HR / .324 AVG / .398 OBP / .547 SLG / .945 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .191 AVG / .282 OBP / .266 SLG / .548 OPS)

Stockton – Phil Pohl (9 HR / .228 AVG / .288 OBP / .398 SLG / .686 OPS) *

Beloit – Nick Rickles (7 HR / .261 AVG / .291 OBP / .390 SLG / .682 OPS) *

Vermont – Josh Miller (0 HR / .176 AVG / .239 OBP / .214 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – Andy Paz (2 HR / .228 AVG / .304 OBP / .337 SLG / .641 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (7 HR / .297 AVG / .423 OBP / .430 SLG / .853 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (14 HR / .324 AVG / .416 OBP / .480 SLG / .896 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Muncy (25 HR / .273 AVG / .381 OBP / .476 SLG / .857 OPS) *

Beloit – Matt Olson (23 HR / .225 AVG / .326 OBP / .435 SLG / .761 OPS)

Vermont – Ryan Huck (5 HR / .285 AVG / .378 OBP / .465 SLG / .843 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Gabriel Santana (1 HR / .267 AVG / .305 OBP / .342 SLG / .646 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jemile Weeks (4 HR / .271 AVG / .376 OBP / .369 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (3 HR / .255 AVG / .338 OBP / .382 SLG / .720 OPS) *

Stockton – Antonio Lamas (12 HR / .255 AVG / .304 OBP / .381 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Bostick (14 HR / .282 AVG / .354 OBP / .452 SLG / .806 OPS)

Vermont – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .228 AVG / .331 OBP / .248 SLG / .580 OPS)

AZL A’s – Joe Bennie (1 HR / .246 AVG / .380 OBP / .369 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (4 HR / .210 AVG / .300 OBP / .302 SLG / .602 OPS)

Midland – Darwin Perez (3 HR / .237 AVG / .326 OBP / .333 SLG / .659 OPS)

Stockton – Addison Russell (17 HR / .269 AVG / .369 OBP / .495 SLG / .865 OPS) *

Beloit – Daniel Robertson (9 HR / .277 AVG / .353 OBP / .401 SLG / .754 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Pinder (3 HR / .200 AVG / .286 OBP / .293 SLG / .579 OPS)

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .239 AVG / .276 OBP / .359 SLG / .634 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Hiro Nakajima (4 HR / .283 AVG / .331 OBP / .367 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (2 HR / .278 AVG / .349 OBP / .380 SLG / .729 OPS)

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (21 HR / .212 AVG / .301 OBP / .408 SLG / .709 OPS)

Beloit – Renato Nunez (19 HR / .258 AVG / .301 OBP / .423 SLG / .725 OPS)

Vermont – Luis Baez (1 HR / .184 AVG / .223 OBP / .230 SLG / .453 OPS)

AZL A’s – A.J. Kubala (4 HR / .147 AVG / .266 OBP / .353 SLG / .619 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Choice (14 HR / .302 AVG / .390 OBP / .445 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (13 HR / .259 AVG / .389 OBP / .421 SLG / .810 OPS) *

Stockton – Rashun Dixon (16 HR / .215 AVG / .349 OBP / .424 SLG / .772 OPS) *

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (14 HR / .260 AVG / .337 OBP / .446 SLG / .783 OPS)

Vermont – B.J. Boyd (8 HR / .285 AVG / .375 OBP / .442 SLG / .817 OPS)

AZL A’s – Justin Higley (6 HR / .275 AVG / .363 OBP / .490 SLG / .853 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (12 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .387 SLG / .745 OPS)

Midland – D’Arby Myers (5 HR / .285 AVG / .320 OBP / .388 SLG / .707 OPS)

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .276 AVG / .343 OBP / .454 SLG / .797 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Vertigan (0 HR / .243 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

Vermont – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .283 AVG / .364 OBP / .344 SLG / .708 OPS)

AZL A’s – Billy McKinney (3 HR / .326 AVG / .387 OBP / .437 SLG / .824 OPS) *

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (18 HR / .281 AVG / .360 OBP / .474 SLG / .833 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (6 HR / .237 AVG / .305 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (21 HR / .210 AVG / .279 OBP / .395 SLG / .674 OPS)

Beloit – John Wooten (20 HR / .257 AVG / .333 OBP / .430 SLG / .764 OPS)

Vermont – Tyler Marincov (3 HR / .215 AVG / .302 OBP / .313 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (2 HR / .213 AVG / .267 OBP / .279 SLG / .546 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jeremy Barfield (12 HR / .213 AVG / .298 OBP / .407 SLG / .706 OPS) *

Midland – Jake Goebbert (22 HR / .262 AVG / .354 OBP / .474 SLG / .828 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (18 HR / .250 AVG / .322 OBP / .428 SLG / .751 OPS)

Beloit – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .289 AVG / .408 OBP / .342 SLG / .750 OPS) *

Vermont – Michael Soto (3 HR / .206 AVG / .258 OBP / .335 SLG / .593 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .246 AVG / .288 OBP / .341 SLG / .628 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Sonny Gray (118 1/3 IP / 117 H / 45 ER / 39 BB / 118 K / 3.42 ERA / 1.32 WHIP)

Midland – Carlos Hernandez (152 IP / 142 H / 45 ER / 41 BB / 106 K / 2.66 ERA / 1.20 WHIP) *

Stockton – Tanner Peters (165 2/3 IP / 167 H / 75 ER / 27 BB / 159 K / 4.07 ERA / 1.17 WHIP)

Beloit – Seth Streich (110 2/3 IP / 114 H / 47 ER / 41 BB / 82 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Brent Powers (95 2/3 IP / 88 H / 33 ER / 29 BB / 85 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ronald Herrera (78 1/3 IP / 86 H / 35 ER / 13 BB / 66 K / 4.02 ERA / 1.26 WHIP) *

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Brian Gordon (63 IP / 61 H / 25 ER / 9 BB / 66 K / 3.57 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 23 SV)

Midland – Kyler Newby (60 IP / 57 H / 18 ER / 19 BB / 59 K / 2.70 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 7 SV) *

Stockton – Jonathan Joseph (64 1/3 IP / 46 H / 25 ER / 28 BB / 76 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.15 WHIP / 6 SV)

Beloit – Ryan Dull (60 IP / 44 H / 16 ER / 9 BB / 78 K / 2.40 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Vermont – Trevor Bayless (24 1/3 IP / 28 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 29 K / 3.70 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV) *

AZL A’s – Travis Pitcher (21 1/3 IP / 19 H / 4 ER / 13 BB / 27 K / 1.69 ERA / 1.50 WHIP / 3 SV)

Click here to see A’s Farm’s 2013 Organizational All-Star Team…

A’s 2013 Organizational Hitting & Pitching Leaders

 

–HITS–

aa515f9f7b7201c.preview-300b160 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

154 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

143 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

141 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

138 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–DOUBLES–

mrRichard, Myrio235 Myrio Richard OF (Sto)

35 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

33 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

32 Ryan Mathews OF (Bel)

32 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

 

–TRIPLES–

cooboberacker412 Chad Oberacker OF (Mid)

10 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

8 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto) / Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n525 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

23 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

22 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

21 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

21 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5249 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

237 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

227 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

221 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

221 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–RBIs–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5100 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

93 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

92 Tony Thompson 1B-3B (Sto)

89 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

89 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–RUNS–

jwJemile+Weeks+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+N9ruLJUyFFkl296 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

90 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

89 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

86 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

77 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac) / Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

 

–WALKS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n588 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

87 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

81 Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

81 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

80 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

bv954719_10151534502031662_1845505909_n161 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

160 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

159 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

148 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

146 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

cbDSC02502xxd25 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

22 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

21 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

21 Brett Vertigan OF (Bel)

20 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

 

–CAUGHT STEALING–

dcdusty-coleman10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

9 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

8 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

8 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–ERRORS–

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato339 Renato Nunez 3B (Bel)

31 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

23 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

22 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

21 Darwin Perez SS-2B (Mid)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

bmc320x.326 Billy McKinney OF (AZL-Ver)

.325 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.324 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.324 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.302 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

dbdaricbartonoaklandathleticsvminnesota7as3wx7nofbl.423 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

.416 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.408 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

.398 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.390 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.547 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.500 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.495 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.480 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.476 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.945 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.896 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.879 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.865 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.857 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

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A’s Farm’s 2013 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Midland's Anthony Aliotti leads all A's minor leaguers in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage

Midland 1B Anthony Aliotti leads all A’s minor leaguers in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

With the California League and the Midwest League both having just had their All-Star breaks and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A’s system have been in the first half of 2013. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s Mid-Season 2013 Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were determined purely on performance, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. Ryan Ortiz, David Freitas, Tyler Ladendorf and Kyler Newby have all had brief stints with Sacramento this season, but only the statistics for their primary teams are included below.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Stephen Vogt (9 HR / .326 AVG / .393 OBP / .553 SLG / .946 OPS)

Midland – David Freitas (8 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .404 SLG / .695 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Ortiz (3 HR / .220 AVG / .354 OBP / .402 SLG / .756 OPS)

Beloit – Bruce Maxwell (2 HR / .293 AVG / .366 OBP / .399 SLG / .765 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (3 HR / .286 AVG / .433 OBP / .422 SLG / .854 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .364 AVG / .462 OBP / .572 SLG / 1.034 OPS)

Stockton – Max Muncy (18 HR / .304 AVG / .414 OBP / .537 SLG / .951 OPS)

Beloit – Matt Olson (9 HR / .240 AVG / .327 OBP / .432 SLG / .759 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Grant Green (8 HR / .299 AVG / .360 OBP / .458 SLG / .818 OPS)

Midland – Darwin Perez (3 HR / .244 AVG / .316 OBP / .350 SLG / .666 OPS)

Stockton – Antonio Lamas (5 HR / .257 AVG / .305 OBP / .373 SLG / .678 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Bostick (9 HR / .283 AVG / .366 OBP / .483 SLG / .849 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (3 HR / .188 AVG / .280 OBP / .312 SLG / .592 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (2 HR / .268 AVG / .351 OBP / .381 SLG / .732 OPS)

Stockton – Addison Russell (7 HR / .249 AVG / .332 OBP / .467 SLG / .799 OPS)

Beloit – Daniel Robertson (4 HR / .282 AVG / .351 OBP / .429 SLG / .780 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Scott Moore (9 HR / .289 AVG / .383 OBP / .500 SLG / .882 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (2 HR / .287 AVG / .352 OBP / .447 SLG / .799 OPS)

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (9 HR / .206 AVG / .282 OBP / .393 SLG / .675 OPS)

Beloit – Renato Nunez (13 HR / .278 AVG / .327 OBP / .496 SLG / .823 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (5 HR / .251 AVG / .364 OBP / .377 SLG / .741 OPS)

Midland – Jake Goebbert (13 HR / .292 AVG / .361 OBP / .515 SLG / .877 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (9 HR / .214 AVG / .303 OBP / .382 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (7 HR / .265 AVG / .346 OBP / .450 SLG / .796 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Michael Choice (10 HR / .282 AVG / .381 OBP / .435 SLG / .816 OPS)

Midland – D’Arby Myers (2 HR / .262 AVG / .297 OBP / .358 SLG / .655 OPS)

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .255 AVG / .306 OBP / .431 SLG / .737 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Vertigan (0 HR / .247 AVG / .351 OBP / .337 SLG / .688 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (7 HR / .299 AVG / .363 OBP / .494 SLG / .857 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (2 HR / .243 AVG / .325 OBP / .380 SLG / .706 OPS)

Stockton – Myrio Richard (5 HR / .233 AVG / .284 OBP / .393 SLG / .677 OPS)

Beloit – John Wooten (9 HR / .285 AVG / .353 OBP / .446 SLG / .799 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jemile Weeks (2 HR / .275 AVG / .401 OBP / .388 SLG / .788 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (2 HR / .196 AVG / .264 OBP / .264 SLG / .527 OPS)

Stockton – Tony Thompson (8 HR / .231 AVG / .302 OBP / .394 SLG / .696 OPS)

Beloit – Sam Roberts (2 HR / .217 AVG / .329 OBP / .358 SLG / .687 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Sonny Gray (82 1/3 IP / 79 H / 24 ER / 27 BB / 83 K / 2.62 ERA / 1.29 WHIP)

Midland – Murphy Smith (90 1/3 IP / 86 H / 28 ER / 23 BB / 53 K / 2.79 ERA / 1.21 WHIP)

Stockton – Drew Granier (83 IP / 71 H / 30 ER / 40 BB / 97 K / 3.25 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

Beloit – Raul Alcantara (77 1/3 IP / 84 H / 21 ER / 7 BB / 58 K / 2.44 ERA / 1.18 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Dan Otero (27 1/3 IP / 14 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 22 K / 0.99 ERA / 0.55 WHIP / 15 SV)

Midland – Kyler Newby (32 1/3 IP / 28 H / 7 ER / 7 BB / 31 K / 1.95 ERA / 1.08 WHIP / 6 SV)

Stockton – Jose Macias (32 2/3 IP / 24 H / 10 ER / 7 BB / 28 K / 2.76 ERA / 0.95 WHIP / 5 SV)

Beloit – Ryan Dull (25 2/3 IP / 16 H / 6 ER / 3 BB / 35 K / 2.10 ERA / 0.74 WHIP / 12 SV)

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

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CATCHER

Stephen Vogt - Sacramento River Cats

(9 HR / .326 AVG / .393 OBP / .553 SLG / .946 OPS)

 

 

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FIRST BASE

Anthony Aliotti - Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .364 AVG / .462 OBP / .572 SLG / 1.034 OPS)

 

 

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SECOND BASE

Chris Bostick - Beloit Snappers

(9 HR / .283 AVG / .366 OBP / .483 SLG / .849 OPS)

 

 

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SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell - Stockton Ports

(7 HR / .249 AVG / .332 OBP / .467 SLG / .799 OPS)

 

 

Scott Moore

 

THIRD BASE

Scott Moore - Sacramento River Cats

(9 HR / .289 AVG / .383 OBP / .500 SLG / .882 OPS)

 

 

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LEFT FIELD

Jake Goebbert - Midland RockHounds

(13 HR / .292 AVG / .361 OBP / .515 SLG / .877 OPS)

 

 

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CENTER FIELD

Michael Choice - Sacramento River Cats

(10 HR / .282 AVG / .381 OBP / .435 SLG / .816 OPS)

 

 

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RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor - Sacramento River Cats

(7 HR / .299 AVG / .363 OBP / .494 SLG / .857 OPS)

 

 

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DESIGNATED HITTER

Jemile Weeks - Sacramento River Cats

(2 HR / .275 AVG / .401 OBP / .388 SLG / .788 OPS)

 

 

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STARTING PITCHER

Raul Alcantara - Beloit Snappers

(77 1/3 IP / 84 H / 21 ER / 7 BB / 58 K / 2.44 ERA / 1.18 WHIP)

 

 

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CLOSER

Dan Otero - Sacramento River Cats

(27 1/3 IP / 14 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 22 K / 0.99 ERA / 0.55 WHIP / 15 SV)

 

 

 

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A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013

Last year's top prospect Jarrod Parker - who will be the next to make it big?

Last year’s top prospect Jarrod Parker – who will be the next to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to report to spring training camp just days from now, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013. We’ve combined a total of eight different A’s prospect lists to come up with a consensus list that reflects the broadest base of wisdom where A’s prospects are concerned.

You can find the prospect lists that we used to compile our consensus list at the very end of this piece. Some of the eight lists we’ve selected are better known and some are lesser known, but they’ve all been selected because they represent intelligent and informed opinions about the A’s system. For the purposes of this list, we’ve looked at the top ten picks from each list and assigned points to each player as follows: 10 points for each first place finish, 9 points for second, 8 for third, all the way on down to 1 point for each tenth place finish.

It’s important to note that most prospect lists were compiled before pitching prospects A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock were dealt away. A few folks have updated their lists since then, but most have not. So rather than have the pair included on some older lists and not on some of the newer ones, we’ve chosen to use the original prospect lists that included them both for the sake of comparison.

Now that that’s clear, the other thing that’s clear is that the list breaks into a few clear groupings. The top group of vote-getters was comprised of young shortstop Addison Russell, right-handed hurler Dan Straily, outfielder Michael Choice and right-hander A.J. Cole, who was dealt back to the Nationals in the John Jaso trade – these four players were included in the top half of most lists. The next group was comprised of pitching prospects Sonny Gray and Brad Peacock along with hitting prospects Grant Green and Miles Head – and these four players were included in the bottom half of most lists.

After that, the selections start to get a little more unpredictable, with infielders Daniel Robertson and Renato Nunez clearly being the most popular vote-getters amongst the next group of players. And since Cole and Peacock are no longer with the organization, we’ve decided to include the next top two vote-getters – Nolan Sanburn at #11 and Chris Bostick at #12 – as bonus additions to the list.

So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013…

 

A’S FARM’S CONSENSUS TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST (+2)

#1 – Addison Russell (SS) – 78 points / 8 lists

#2 – Dan Straily (SP) – 64 points / 8 lists

#3 – Michael Choice (OF) – 63 points / 8 lists

#4 – A.J. Cole (SP) – 61 points / 8 lists *

#5 – Sonny Gray (SP) – 41 points / 8 lists

#6 – Brad Peacock (SP) – 39 points / 8 lists *

#7 – Grant Green (IF-OF) – 32 points / 7 lists

#8 – Miles Head (3B) – 25 points / 8 lists

#9 – Daniel Robertson (SS-3B) – 18 points / 7 lists

#10 – Renato Nunez (3B) – 10 points / 4 lists

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#11 – Nolan Sanburn (SP) – 3 points / 2 lists

#12 – Chris Bostick (2B-SS) – 3 points / 1 list

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* No longer with organization

 

arfPCk2bFI2#1 ADDISON RUSSELL

(78 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Making the top spot on 7 of our 8 lists, the A’s top pick in last year’s draft was not only the star of the A’s 2012 draft class but was also the star of the team’s entire minor league system. And it didn’t take long for Russell to quickly become a favorite amongst A’s fans who had their eyes on the future. The Florida native earned it by tearing through three levels of minor league ball at the age of 18, and he’s currently expected to start 2013 with the Stockton Ports in the High-A California League at the age of 19. In 217 at-bats in the Arizona League, the NY-Penn League and the Midwest League in 2012, Russell had 10 doubles, 9 triples, 7 home runs and 16 stolen bases with an impressive .369/.432/.594 slash line. He didn’t disappoint in the field either, showing nice range and a good arm. The bottom line is that Russell is very young, very talented and very hard-working, and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t rise as quickly as his performance demands.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

dsstraily-dan3#2 DAN STRAILY

(64 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2009 – 24th Round

The former 24th-round draft pick started the season as a bit of an unknown quantity in the A’s system and didn’t make anyone’s top 10 list prior to the 2012 season. But Straily put himself on the map rather quickly last year and didn’t let up, starting the season at Double-A Midland and ending it in Oakland. The Oregon native led all A’s minor leaguers in strikeouts (190), ERA (2.78) and WHIP (1.00) in 152 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, and posted a 3.89 ERA in 7 late-season starts with the A’s. With five starters ahead of him on the team’s current depth chart, Straily’s expected to spend the early part of the season at Sacramento. But like most #6 starters, it likely won’t be long before his services are needed, and we can probably expect to be seeing the right-hander back at the big league level again before long in 2013.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

mcmichaelchoiceoaklandathleticsphotodaynwngr_fbjvxl3#3 MICHAEL CHOICE

(63 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2010 – 1st Round

Big things were expected this year from the A’s 2010 1st-round draft pick after Choice hit 30 home runs at High-A Stockton in 2011. But the right-handed slugger got off to a slow start in the first half at Double-A Midland, showing very little of the power that had garnered him so much attention in the first place. Then just when it looked like he might have been starting to come around, Choice suffered a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch, and that was the end of the outfielder’s season. He finished with 10 home runs and a .287/.356/.423 slash line in 359 at-bats. The A’s still believe in Choice though and currently plan on having him play center field for Sacramento in 2013 and letting him show what he’s capable of doing at Triple-A.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

#4 A.J. COLE

(61 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2010 – 4th Round

When he was acquired from the Nationals last year in the Gio Gonzalez deal, Cole was considered a highly prized prospect. But the big right-hander got off to a horrific start with High-A Stockton, going 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA in 8 starts, before being demoted to Class-A Burlington. He quickly turned it around in the Midwest League though, striking out 102 in 95 2/3 innings while posting a much more impressive 2.07 ERA. Cole’s rough start may have planted enough seeds of doubt in the minds of the A’s front office though that the team was willing to ship him back to Washington as part of the deal to get their mitts on catcher John Jaso.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Potomac Nationals (A-Washington)

 

sgsonnygray_large1#5 SONNY GRAY

(41 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2011 – 1st Round

Just like Michael Choice, Gray was a former A’s 1st-round draft pick whom the team was expecting big things from at Double-A Midland in 2012. And just like Choice, Gray got off to a bit of a shaky start. But the right-hander looked better as the season wore on and he seemed to gain greater command of his stuff. Gray finished up at Midland with a 4.14 ERA in 26 starts before getting one final start at Sacramento, where he’s expected to begin the season as the A’s top pitching prospect right behind fellow right-hander Dan Straily.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

bp140238660_display_image#6 BRAD PEACOCK

(39 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2006 – 41st Round

Peacock came over from the Nationals last year as one of the three young pitchers the A’s received in the Gio Gonzalez deal. He ended up kicking off the season in Sacramento and was looking like he might be just about ready for the big leagues when he hit a horrible stretch for about a month and a half in the summer. Peacock was getting knocked around badly just about every time out, and the word was that his fastball command had completely deserted him. The right-hander seemed to get it back together again during the last month or so of the season, but he still finished the year with an ERA of 6.01 in 134 2/3 innings. Most of that damage to his ERA occurred during that rough month and a half in the summer, but it obviously was enough to make the A’s a little more comfortable including him in the package of players they shipped to the Astros in the Jed Lowrie trade.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA-Houston)

 

#7 GRANT GREEN

(32 points / 7 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Infielder/Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

The fourth 1st-round draft pick to appear on our list, Green was originally selected by the A’s in 2009 as a shortstop but has since been tried at almost every other position on the diamond. Last year, Green started off playing center field before moving over to left. But he spent most of the second half bouncing around the infield, with 19 games at shortstop, 19 games at second base and 11 games at third base. The organization hasn’t felt totally comfortable with Green at any position in the field, but his newfound versatility could aid his chances of eventually making the roster. The southern California native had a bounce-back year at the plate in 2013 after seeing his numbers drop off a bit at Double-A Midland in 2011. Green finished 2012 with 15 home runs and a slash line of .296/.338/.458 in 524 at-bats at Sacramento. And he figures to start 2013 there again, waiting for an opening to finally find his way on to the big league roster.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

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(25 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head was acquired, along with Josh Reddick and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara, from Boston last year in the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox. The big third baseman had an unbelievable first half at High-A Stockton, bashing 23 doubles and 18 home runs in just 267 at-bats while posting a truly impressive slash line of .382/.433/.715. The Georgia native spent the second half at Double-A Midland, where he put up a much more mortal .272/.338/.404 slash line in 234 at-bats. Head will likely get the chance to master the Texas League again in 2013. He played all but a handful of games at third base last year, and the team hopes that Head will stick at third, but it’s still quite possible that he could end up at first base before all is said and done.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

drdanielrobertson_mlb_display_image#9 DANIEL ROBERTSON

(18 points / 7 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop/Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Robertson was the A’s second overall draft pick last year, right behind fellow shortstop Addison Russell. And like Russell, Robertson got off to a solid start in rookie ball, posting a .297/.405/.554 slash line in 101 at-bats. He was pushed to third base while he and Russell were both on the squad but, once Robertson got to Class-A Vermont, he spent most of his time back at shortstop. Robertson had a little more trouble at the plate in the NY-Penn League though, putting up a .181/.238/.234 slash line and striking out about once every three at-bats. Robertson should start the season there again, where his innate talent will undoubtedly allow the 19-year-old to figure things out over the course of the year and do whatever he needs to do to get ready to advance to the next level.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Vermont Lake Monsters (A)

 

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato3#10 RENATO NUNEZ

(10 points / 4 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 19

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The A’s invested heavily in Nunez when the team reportedly gave the young Venezuelan slugger $2.2 million to sign back in 2010. And there’s no question that Nunez seems to have a pretty special bat. Last year in rookie ball, he put up a .325/.403/.550 slash line with 18 doubles in 160 at-bats. But in the field, Nunez made 7 errors in just 30 games at third base, botching 1 in every 10 chances at the hot corner. He’ll move up the chain as fast as his bat can carry him, but the A’s will obviously have to figure out how and where to make sense of him in the field.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Vermont Lake Monsters (A)

 

nsresized_99261-5csanburn3colbw_47-15782_t728#11 NOLAN SANBURN

(3 points / 2 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2012 – 2nd Round

The A’s fifth overall draft pick last year, Sanburn was the first pitcher selected by the A’s in the 2012 draft. A hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Arkansas, Sanburn didn’t sign right away but got off to a good start last year while making it into 7 games with Class-A Vermont. Sanburn posted a 3.86 ERA while maintaining a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and the A’s hope that the 21-year-old has what it takes to move up the ladder quickly.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

cbC.-Bostick2#12 CHRIS BOSTICK

(3 points / 1 list)

Right-Handed Hitting Second Baseman/Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2011 – 44th Round

Bostick was hardly high on anyone’s radar when he was drafted in the 44th-round in 2011, but lots of folks seem to think he does a lot of things the right way – and baseball people like that. Bostick spent most of last season playing second base at Class-A Vermont but also spent a little time at shortstop. His .251/.325/.369 slash line wasn’t remarkable, but he was still just 19 last season. And if Bostick keeps playing the game the right way, he’ll continue to be given the chance to go out there and play and see how far his talents will take him.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

Last Year’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List

 

Baseball America’s Top A’s Prospects

Jonathan Mayo’s Top A’s Prospects

John Sickels’ Top A’s Prospects

Oakland Clubhouse’s Top A’s Prospects

Bleacher Report’s Top A’s Prospects

MLB Dirt’s Top A’s Prospects

Bullpen Banter’s Top A’s Prospects

Prospect 361’s Top A’s Prospects 

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (9 HR / .271 AVG / .329 OBP / .477 SLG / .806 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Lipkin (4 HR / .193 AVG / .222 OBP / .297 SLG / .519 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Stassi (15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (6 HR / .220 AVG / .257 OBP / .328 SLG / .584 OPS)

Vermont – Bruce Maxwell (0 HR / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Phil Pohl (3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .292 AVG / .385 OBP / .426 SLG / .811 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (21 HR / .248 AVG / .382 OBP / .461 SLG / .843 OPS)

Burlington – Max Muncy (4 HR / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS)

Vermont – Jacob Tanis (2 HR / .261 AVG / .333 OBP / .336 SLG / .670 OPS)

AZL A’s – Matt Olson (9 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Eric Sogard (5 HR / .331 AVG / .417 OBP / .484 SLG / .901 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (9 HR / .240 AVG / .324 OBP / .358 SLG / .682 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Pineda (5 HR / .241 AVG / .325 OBP / .367 SLG / .692 OPS) *

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .243 AVG / .300 OBP / .324 SLG / .625 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Bostick (3 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .369 SLG / .694 OPS)

AZL A’s – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (18 HR / .244 AVG / .350 OBP / .506 SLG / .856 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (15 HR / .201 AVG / .284 OBP / .363 SLG / .647 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (9 HR / .256 AVG / .339 OBP / .360 SLG / .699 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (11 HR / .244 AVG / .354 OBP / .389 SLG / .743 OPS)

Vermont – Wilfredo Solano (1 HR / .217 AVG / .263 OBP / .286 SLG / .549 OPS)

AZL A’s – Addison Russell (7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (7 HR / .256 AVG / .327 OBP / .390 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (14 HR / .261 AVG / .336 OBP / .405 SLG / .741 OPS) *

Burlington – Wade Kirkland (8 HR / .237 AVG / .306 OBP / .398 SLG / .705 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Lewis (3 HR / .219 AVG / .271 OBP / .289 SLG / .559 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Renato Nunez (4 HR / .325 AVG / .403 OBP / .550 SLG / .953 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (20 HR / .259 AVG / .325 OBP / .472 SLG / .796 OPS)

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .211 AVG / .292 OBP / .336 SLG / .628 OPS)

Vermont – Austin Booker (0 HR / .253 AVG / .337 OBP / .300 SLG / .637 OPS)

AZL A’s – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .306 AVG / .383 OBP / .315 SLG / .698 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (6 HR / .252 AVG / .345 OBP / .386 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (10 HR / .287 AVG / .356 OBP / .423 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (15 HR / .267 AVG / .336 OBP / .443 SLG / .779 OPS) *

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .206 AVG / .319 OBP / .261 SLG / .580 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS)

AZL A’s – B.J. Boyd (1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (13 HR / .272 AVG / .322 OBP / .415 SLG / .737 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (27 HR / .239 AVG / .310 OBP / .448 SLG / .758 OPS) *

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .369 SLG / .716 OPS)

Vermont – John Wooten (4 HR / .276 AVG / .316 OBP / .391 SLG / .706 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (3 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .378 SLG / .668 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Kila Ka’aihue (15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (9 HR / .280 AVG / .349 OBP / .414 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (11 HR / .276 AVG / .344 OBP / .442 SLG / .785 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (10 HR / .244 AVG / .283 OBP / .377 SLG / .660 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Marte (3 HR / .230 AVG / .275 OBP / .331 SLG / .606 OPS)

AZL A’s – Daniel Robertson (5 HR / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (104 IP / 98 H / 38 ER / 26 BB / 60 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Midland – Sonny Gray (152 IP / 158 H / 72 ER / 58 BB / 99 K / 4.26 ERA / 1.42 WHIP) *

Stockton – Josh Bowman (151 2/3 IP / 164 H / 62 ER / 35 BB / 130 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.31 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

Vermont – Andres Avila (66 IP / 68 H / 28 ER / 16 BB / 60 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Vince Voiro (37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (35 2/3 IP / 26 H / 12 ER / 10 BB / 38 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (62 1/3 IP / 58 H / 26 ER / 18 BB / 50 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 15 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (53 2/3 IP / 57 H / 27 ER / 19 BB / 70 K / 4.53 ERA / 1.42 WHIP / 16 SV)

Burlington – Jonathan Joseph (93 2/3 IP / 93 H / 52 ER / 43 BB / 89 K / 5.00 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Vermont – Austin House (28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP / 5 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dakota Bacus (30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

(3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

(0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

(7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

(23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

(1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

(15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

(162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

(30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2012 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

With the California League and the Midwest League both in the midst of their All-Star breaks and minor league teams right around the halfway points of their seasons, it seems like the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A’s system have been in the first half of 2012. And with that in mind, we’ve decided to name A’s Farm’s  Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, and Class-A Burlington. Offensive starters were determined based on games played at each position, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were determined based purely on performance while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote the four players with combined statistics from two teams, Stockton and Burlington. And players currently on the major league roster were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. Take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections. Is it true that numbers don’t lie? You tell me!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .168 AVG / .300 OBP / .272 SLG / .572 OPS)

Stockton – Max Stassi (5 HR / .272 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .766 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (4 HR / .229 AVG / .277 OBP / .349 SLG / .626 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Chris Carter (11 HR / .275 AVG / .358 OBP / .488 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .291 AVG / .401 OBP / .417 SLG / .818 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (7 HR / .245 AVG / .293 OBP / .403 SLG / .696 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (4 HR / .298 AVG / .378 OBP / .440 SLG / .819 OPS)

Stockton – Nick Leyja (2 HR / .211 AVG / .278 OBP / .304 SLG / .583 OPS)

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .280 AVG / .338 OBP / .383 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Adam Rosales (3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (6 HR / .210 AVG / .273 OBP / .324 SLG / .597 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (2 HR / .202 AVG / .281 OBP / .271 SLG / .552 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (4 HR / .246 AVG / .371 OBP / .366 SLG / .737 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (4 HR / .258 AVG / .338 OBP / .390 SLG / .728 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (6 HR / .251 AVG / .338 OBP / .416 SLG / .754 OPS)

Stockton – Miles Head (18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

Burlington – B.A. Vollmuth (7 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .412 SLG / .747 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (8 HR / .297 AVG / .341 OBP / .461 SLG / .802 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (4 HR / .269 AVG / .408 OBP / .395 SLG / .803 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .250 AVG / .342 OBP / .444 SLG / .786 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (3 HR / .224 AVG / .338 OBP / .357 SLG / .695 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

Stockton – Myrio Richard (0 HR / .249 AVG / .297 OBP / .324 SLG / .621 OPS)

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .217 AVG / .323 OBP / .265 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (7 HR / .291 AVG / .338 OBP / .439 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (7 HR / .263 AVG / .336 OBP / .404 SLG / .739 OPS)

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .274 AVG / .355 OBP / .423 SLG / .778 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Wes Timmons (2 HR / .222 AVG / .333 OBP / .303 SLG / .636 OPS)

Midland – Shane Peterson (2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (16 HR / .252 AVG / .346 OBP / .520 SLG / .867 OPS) *

Burlington – Eliezer Mesa (2 HR / .271 AVG / .286 OBP / .378 SLG / .664 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

Midland – Daniel Straily (85 1/3 IP / 70 H / 32 ER / 23 BB / 108 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.09 WHIP)

Stockton – Sean Murphy (82 1/3 IP / 57 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 86 K / 2.30 ERA / 0.96 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (83 1/3 IP / 82 H / 28 ER / 25 BB / 76 K / 3.02 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (27 1/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 11 BB / 22 K / 3.95 ERA / 1.28 WHIP / 9 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (26 1/3 IP / 29 H / 14 ER / 6 BB / 37 K / 4.78 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 6 SV)

Burlington – Drew Tyson (25 2/3 IP / 28 H / 11 ER / 8 BB / 12 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.40 WHIP / 4 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

CATCHER

Derek Norris

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

 

 

FIRST BASE

A.J. Kirby-Jones

Stockton Ports

(13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Brandon Hicks

Sacramento River Cats

(11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Adam Rosales

Sacramento River Cats

(3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Stockton Ports

(18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Chad Oberacker

Stockton Ports

(7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

 

 

CENTER FIELD

Michael Choice

Midland RockHounds

(6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Shane Peterson

Midland RockHounds

(2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Graham Godfrey

Sacramento River Cats

(59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Evan Scribner

Sacramento River Cats

(33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2012

Former top prospect Jemile Weeks - who will be the next to make it big? (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It seems like there’s a new top prospect list popping up from someone everyday for A’s fans to chew over and debate. There are usually certain similarities amongst them that you can count on, like Jarrod Parker and Michael Choice being somewhere in the top tier. Each of them usually has its own particular peculiarities though, like slotting someone in the top 10 whom no one else even bothers to mention.

So it occurred to me to take a look at a sampling of credible top prospect lists and construct a consensus top ten prospect list for the A’s. I’ve chosen to include half a dozen lists from sources that seem credible to me, including Jonathan Mayo/MLB.com, Baseball America, Oakland Clubhouse/Scout.com, John Sickels, Baseball Prospectus, and Top Prospect Alert. All of them have been updated in the last month to include all the prospects acquired in the deals with the Diamondbacks, Nationals and Red Sox.

For the purposes of this list, I’ve looked at the top ten picks from each list and assigned points to each player as follows: 10 points for each first place finish, 9 points for second, 8 for third, all the way on down to 1 point for each tenth place finish.

You’ll notice that half of the consensus top ten prospects are pitchers, including four of the top five prospects. Half the list is also made up of new players acquired in the deals with the Diamondbacks, Nationals and Red Sox, showing just how much these deals served to rejuvenate the A’s minor league system.

Interestingly enough, all four of the prospects acquired in the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals made the consensus top ten, showing that no matter how reluctant some A’s fans were to accept life without Gio, his trade could really end up forming the basis of a highly effective A’s starting rotation for many years to come.

Since some of these players also appeared in a recent “new prospects” roundup on this blog earlier in the week, some of these player profiles might seem a little familiar to you. But hey, you might as well start getting familiar with these guys ‘cause, with any luck, you’ll be looking at them for a long time to come! So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the A’s consensus top ten prospect list…

 

#1 Jarrod Parker (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

#1 JARROD PARKER

(58 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

Arizona’s first-round draft pick in 2007, Parker missed all of the 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery, but came back in 2011 to post a 3.79 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings at Double-A Mobile. Acquired in the Trevor Cahill trade, the 23-year-old clearly has the stuff to eventually end up as a top-of-the-rotation starter for the A’s, but he could still benefit from a little more seasoning. There’s no need for the team to rush him, but it’d be a surprise if Parker didn’t lay claim to his spot in the A’s rotation by 2013.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

#2 Michael Choice (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

#2 MICHAEL CHOICE

(46 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2010 – 1st Round

The A’s first-round draft pick in 2010, Choice has done little to disappoint since his signing. The 22-year-old hit 30 homers and posted a .285/.376/.542 slash line while playing center field for Class-A Stockton last year. His 134 strikeouts provide the only potential cause for concern. But he’s worked to shorten his swing and, as the best pure power hitter in the organization, the slugging outfielder should be able to quickly move up through an A’s system that’s not currently clogged with power-hitting outfielders.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Midland Rockhounds

 

#3 Brad Peacock (photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

#3 BRAD PEACOCK

(45 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2006 – 41st Round

The lowest draft pick on the A’s consensus top ten prospect list, Peacock was selected straight out of high school by the Nationals in the 41st round in 2006. But he’s definitely found a way to turn heads, posting a stellar 2.39 ERA and striking out 177 in 146 2/3 innings between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg in 2011. Any pitcher who manages to go from the 41st round to the top three prospects of any organization obviously has a pretty good idea what he’s doing out there on the mound, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Peacock in the A’s rotation before the 2012 season is through.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

#4 A.J. Cole

#4 A.J. COLE

(42 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2010 – 4th Round

Another high-school draft pick, the lanky, 6’4” Cole appears to be all arms and legs. But his right arm seems to have the power mesmerize mortal men, striking out batters at a rate of 10.9 per 9 innings over his short minor league career. Acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade, the Florida native could turn out to be the gem of the deal. Like most 20-year-old pitching prospects, Cole still has a few things to work on. But at his young age, he’s got plenty of upside and plenty of time to maximize it.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Stockton Ports

 

#5 Sonny Gray (photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

#5 SONNY GRAY

(37 points / 5 lists)

Right-handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2011 – 1st Round

The A’s first-round draft pick in 2011, Gray has already managed to log 5 starts at Double-A Midland, giving up just 1 run in 20 innings while striking out 18. The 5’11” right-hander has been compared to Tim Hudson in that while he’s not all that physically impressive, his confident, gritty and fearless attitude sets him apart from the competition. With a good fastball and curve, it shouldn’t take long for the tough 22-year-old to fight his way into the A’s starting rotation.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Midland Rockhounds

 

#6 Grant Green

#6 GRANT GREEN

(34 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

The fourth first-round draft pick on the A’s consensus top ten prospect list, Green was selected by the A’s in 2009 as a shortstop but has since been moved to the outfield. Midway through the 2011 season, Green took over in center field for Double-A Midland, where he turned in a .291/.343/.408 slash line. But his home run numbers dipped from 20 at Class-A Stockton in the 2010 season down to just 9 last year. His plate discipline has been an issue too, as he’s struck out three times as often as he’s walked in his minor league career. Still, he hits the ball hard and Green could earn a shot in the A’s outfield before long.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

#7 Derek Norris (photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

#7 DEREK NORRIS

(27 points / 6 lists)

Right-handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 4th Round

The only hitter the A’s picked up in the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals, Norris certainly fits the A’s mold in that he’s a power hitter who has a propensity for drawing walks. His career minor league OBP of .403 no doubt got the A’s attention. But while he slugged 20 home runs at Double-A Harrisburg last season, he managed to hit only .210. If he can just keep his average above the Mendoza line, Norris could serve to bridge the gap between Kurt Suzuki and young catching prospect Max Stassi.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Midland Rockhounds

 

#8 Chris Carter

#8 CHRIS CARTER

(16 points / 5 lists)

Right-handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2005 – 15th Round

Acquired in the Dan Haren deal with the Diamondbacks, it was originally hoped that the slugging first baseman would be anchoring the heart of the A’s lineup by now. He’s put up big power numbers in the minors, clubbing 31 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento in 2010 and posting a career minor league slugging percentage of .540. Carter could finally have a legitimate shot at showing what he can do in the majors at either first base or designated hitter for the A’s in 2012.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

#9 Tom Milone (photo by Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI)

#9 TOM MILONE

(6 points / 3 lists)

Left-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2008 – 10th Round

The oldest and most experienced pitcher on the A’s consensus top ten prospect list, Milone is probably the most ready to step into the A’s major league rotation in 2012. The left-hander was acquired in the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals after he posted a 3.22 ERA in 148 1/3 innings while walking a paltry 16 batters at Triple-A Syracuse last season. Milone won’t blow anyone away with his stuff, but he’s a smart lefty who knows how to make the most of what he’s got, and he should get a shot to show the A’s what he can do in 2012.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

#10 Michael Taylor (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

#10 MICHAEL TAYLOR

(4 points / 2 lists)

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 26

Drafted 2007 – 5th Round

Along with Carter, Taylor had lots of expectations thrust upon him as soon as the A’s managed to pry him away from Philadelphia. And while the 6’5” outfielder put up stellar numbers in the Phillies system, his progress has stagnated a bit since coming to the A’s. But Taylor does still have a .296/.371/.476 career minor league slash line along with some good tools. At 26 though, 2012 may be his last real opportunity to show the A’s just what’s he’s capable of.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

Honorable Mentions: Collin Cowgill (OF) 3 pts. / Jermaine Mitchell (OF) 3 pts. / Yordy Cabrera (SS) 3 pts. / Aaron Shipman (OF) 2 pts. / Renato Nunez (3B) 1 pt. / Ian Krol (SP) 1 pt. / Raul Alcantara (SP) 1 pt. / B.A. Vollmuth (3B) 1 pt.

 

Looking at this list, if the A’s are able to move into a new stadium in 2015, the team could be looking at an extremely talented starting rotation consisting of Jarrod Parker, Brad Peacock, Tom Milone, Sonny Gray and A.J. Cole, along with a promising outfield made up of Grant Green in left, Michael Choice in right and either Josh Reddick or Collin Cowgill in center. And if things go according to plan, that seems like a pretty good plan to me!

 

A’S CONSENSUS TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Jarrod Parker (SP) – 58 points / 6 lists

#2 – Michael Choice (OF) – 46 points / 6 lists

#3 – Brad Peacock (SP) – 45 points / 6 lists

#4 – A.J. Cole (SP) – 42 points / 6 lists

#5 – Sonny Gray (SP) – 37 points / 5 lists

#6 – Grant Green (OF) – 34 points / 6 lists

#7 – Derek Norris (C) – 27 points / 6 lists

#8 – Chris Carter (1B) – 16 points / 5 lists

#9 – Tom Milone (SP) – 6 points / 3 lists

#10 – Michael Taylor (OF) – 4 points / 2 lists

 

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The Kids Are Alright! – The Low-Down On The A’s Hot New Prospects

As every A’s fan who doesn’t spend the winter hibernating already knows, the A’s acquired a major haul of young prospects in this off-season’s deals that sent away popular players Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney. In return, the A’s restocked their organization with six young pitchers and four young hitters, not a one over the age of 25.

But who are these talented youngsters that the A’s are pinning their future hopes and dreams on, and where will they end up in the coming year? Well, wonder no more! Without any further ado, let’s meet this year’s freshly-minted Athletics…

 

Crafty lefty Tom Milone (photo by Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI)

TOM MILONE

Left-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2008 – 10th Round

The oldest and most experienced of the A’s young pitching acquisitions, Milone had a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A Syracuse and a 3.81 ERA in 5 major league starts for the Nationals in 2011. A master of control, the California native walked a paltry 16 batters in his 148 1/3 Triple-A innings last year. At this point, he’s probably the most ready to step into the A’s major league rotation. The talented Mr. Milone is certainly not going to blow anyone away with his stuff, but he’s a smart lefty who knows how to pitch. And how many guys have had a very long career with that kind of profile? Paging Mr. Jamie Moyer, please pick up the crafty lefty courtesy phone!

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

Strikeout machine Brad Peacock (photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

BRAD PEACOCK

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2006 – 41st Round

Of all the young hurlers the A’s acquired who pitched above Single-A last year, Peacock had the lowest ERA and the best strikeout rate of them all, turning in a stellar 2.39 ERA and striking out 177 in 146 2/3 innings between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg last year. He earned a late-season call-up with the Nationals and gave up only 1 run in 12 innings of major league action. The lowest draft pick of the bunch, the Florida native seems to be another smart pitcher who’s figured out how to put it all together. And it’d be surprising if he didn’t get a chance to be pitching in the majors before the season’s through.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

Future star Jarrod Parker (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

JARROD PARKER

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

Probably the most talented of all the A’s young pitching acquisitions, Parker was a first-round draft pick in 2007 who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and ended up missing all of the 2010 season. He returned to Double-A Mobile in 2011 and turned in a 3.79 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 112 in 130 2/3 innings. After earning a late-season call-up with the Diamondbacks, he gave up no runs in his only major league start. Parker should eventually end up as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher for the A’s, but he could probably benefit from a little more seasoning. And if the A’s are going to treat any of their new young pitching prospects with kid gloves, it’ll probably be Parker.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Sacramento Rivercats

 

Young stud A.J. Cole

A.J. COLE

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2010 – 4th Round

Along with Parker, Cole is considered one of the best raw pitching talents in the A’s off-season prospect haul. At 6’4”, the young right-hander appears to be all arms and legs. But his right arm seems to have the ability to mesmerize mortal men, striking out batters at a rate of 10.9 per 9 innings over his short minor league career. Like most 20-year-old pitching prospects, he needs to work on developing his secondary pitches. But the lanky right-hander has tremendous potential and, at his young age, plenty of time to achieve it.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Stockton Ports

 

International man of mystery Raul Alcantara

RAUL ALCANTARA

Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 19

Signed As International Free Agent

The youngest of all the A’s new pitching prospects, the team was reportedly willing to include Ryan Sweeney in the Andrew Bailey deal in order to get their mitts on this talented youngster, who checks in at just 19 (let’s hope his Dominican birth certificate checks out!). Alcantara’s shown impeccable control for his age, walking just 20 batters in 125 2/3 minor league innings. Like Cole, he needs to work on his secondary pitches. But he’s another hurler with tremendous upside and plenty of time to get where he needs to go.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Burlington Bees

 

Man in the middle Ryan Cook (photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

RYAN COOK

Right-handed Relief Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2008 – 27th Round

The only reliever the A’s grabbed in their off-season prospect haul, Cook turned in a nifty 2.21 ERA while striking out 62 batters in 61 innings between Triple-A Reno and Double-A Mobile last season. The Fresno-area native struggled a bit in his brief audition in the Diamondbacks bullpen last year, giving up 6 runs in his 12 appearances. But Cook did manage to strike out 7 major league batters over 7 2/3 innings. He throws hard and could ultimately prove to be an effective set up man behind future A’s closer Fautino De Los Santos.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

Hustler Josh Reddick (photo by Kelly O'Connor/SittingStill.net)

JOSH REDDICK 

Left-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2006 – 17th Round

The key piece of the Bailey deal with Boston, Reddick compiled a .280 batting average while playing in 87 games for the Red Sox last year, primarily as a right fielder. Reddick has shown good power in the minors, clubbing 14 homers in just 191 at bats at Triple-A Pawtucket last season. And he did manage to hit 18 doubles in a part-time role with the Sox last year, so he could be counted on to chalk up a few more two-baggers in the slightly more spacious Coliseum. He does tend to strike out a lot more than he walks though. The Georgia native has been characterized as a gritty, go-go, Eric Byrnes type of player, as well as a colorful character – and he does seem to be slightly fond of crazy hair! Reddick will be given the first shot at spending the 2012 season as the A’s primary right fielder, so he should get a chance to win over the A’s faithful and show the A’s brass just what he’s capable of.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

Over-achiever Collin Cowgill (photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

COLLIN COWGILL

Right-handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2008 – 5th Round

A speedy right-handed hitting outfielder who throws with his left hand? Could it be the second coming of Rickey? Probably not. But Cowgill could end up finding a spot in the A’s outfield this season, even if it’s just as the A’s fifth outfielder. The team has had their eye on Cowgill for quite a while, attempting to draft him and trying to trade for him once before. He hits for average, steals bases and has shown surprising pop for his 5’9” / 185 lb. stature. Cowgill hit .354, stole 30 bases and hit 13 home runs for Triple-A Reno last season. And the good news is his numbers have improved each of the last few years as he has moved up the ladder from South Bend to Visalia to Mobile to Reno, his OPS rising from .705 to .819 to .825 to .984 last year at Triple-A. He got 100 at bats in the Diamondbacks outfield last season, turning in a .239 batting average in his time with Arizona. Cowgill should get a chance to come to the plate more often for the A’s in 2012, most likely serving as the fifth outfielder and getting some starts in right field behind Josh Reddick.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Oakland A’s

 

Walk machine Derek Norris (photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

DEREK NORRIS

Right-handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2007 – 4th Round

Norris certainly fits the A’s mold in that he’s a power hitter who has a propensity for drawing walks. He has a career minor league OBP of .403, which no doubt got the A’s attention. But while he clubbed 20 home runs at Double-A Harrisburg last season, he managed to hit only .210. The previous year in the Single-A Carolina League, he hit just .235. In each of the last two seasons though, Norris managed to chalk up more walks than hits, so he’s found his way on base one way or another. Expect him to try to improve on his batting average at Double-A Midland this year. If Norris can just keep his power numbers up and manage to get on base enough, he could serve to bridge the gap between current A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki and the A’s even younger catching prospect, Max Stassi.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Midland Rockhounds

 

Young slugger Miles Head (photo by John Sullivan/Daily News)

MILES HEAD

Right-handed Hitting Third Baseman/First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head is a talented, but still very young, hitter whom the A’s decided to target in the Bailey trade with Boston. Last year while playing in Single-A, he opened eyes by hitting .299 with 37 doubles and 22 HRs to go along with an .887 OPS. Originally drafted as a third baseman, he’s spent most of his time in the Red Sox system playing first base, but the A’s are planning to return him to third. Some are skeptical about the 6-foot / 215-pounder’s ability to stick at third, but it can’t hurt to give it the ol’ college try! Just 20, Head’s still a few years away from making an impact at the major league level, but if he continues to hit, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to move up through the A’s system pretty quickly regardless of his ultimate position.

Likely To Start 2012 With: Stockton Ports