We continue our mid season organization reviews with a look at the
Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index
for other team reviews can be found here.
This list was originally published January 9th, 2017.
1 Franklin Barreto, INF, Grade A Age 21, hitting .270/.316/.418 with
19 walks, 101 strikeouts in 311 at bats in Triple A; hit .190 with a
pair of homers in 42 MLB at bats during brief trial; showing good pop
and steady glove but hitting approach has deteriorated in Triple A; I
think he’ll adjust but he needs more time.
2 A.J. Puk, LHP, Grade B Age 22, first round pick from University of
Florida in 2016; 3.97 ERA in 79 innings between High A and Double A,
117/33 K/BB, 60 hits; blistering stuff but command remains erratic;
stock steady, high upside.
3 Jharel Cotton, RHP, Grade B/B Age 25, 20th round pick by the
Dodgers in 2012 from East Carolina University, traded to Athletics in
Josh Reddick and Rich Hill deal; 14 starts in MLB with 5.17 ERA in 77
innings, 67/32 K/BB, on disabled list with blister right now;
inconsistent but I still like his chances to be an above average starter
if they remain patient with him.
4 Matt Chapman, 3B, Grade B/B Age 24, first round pick in 2014 from
Cal State Fullerton; hit .257/.348/.589 in 175 Triple A at bats,
promoted to majors and hitting .200/.273/.440 so far in 50 at bats;
excellent defense with power http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/jake-smolinski-jersey-c-24.html, don’t expect much batting average but the superb glove buys him a lot of slack.
5 Frankie Montas, RHP, Grade B Age 24, acquired from Dodgers in the
Reddick/Hill deal; 6.91 ERA in 29 major league bullpen innings with
30/15 K/BB; that got him sent back to Triple A where he’s moved back
into a starting role; still has high long term potential and like Cotton
he needs innings and experience to adjust.
6 Grant Holmes, RHP, Grade B/B Age 21, first round pick by Dodgers
in 2014 , another part of the Hill/Reddick deal; 4.92 ERA in 97 Double A
innings, 117 hits, 96/38 K/BB; results haven’t matched the stuff due to
command and mechanical inconsistency http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/billy-butler-jersey-c-25.html, still quite young of course.
7 Daniel Gossett, RHP, Grade B/B Age 24, second round pick in 2014
out of Clemson, strong in Triple A 3.41 ERA in 61 innings, 54/19 K/BB
promoted to majors and has varied between very good and very bad, 5.79
ERA in 37 innings with 23/6 K/BB overall; like Cotton and Montas, he has
the ability to be an above average starter but needs to find his legs.
8 Matt Olson, 1B OF, Grade B Age 23, hit .267/.363/.554 in Triple A,
promoted to majors and hit .184/.310/.449, back in minors now but will
return to MLB later in the year, no real change in profile,
power/patience mix remains intriguing.
9 Renato Nunez, 3B 1B, Grade B Age 23; Hitting .250/.308/.534 in
Triple A with 24 homers, 26 walks, 102 strikeouts; more serious contact
issues than Olson and less patient but matches or even exceeds http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/john-axford-jersey-c-1.html him in raw power; stock steady.
10 Norge Ruiz, RHP, Grade B Age 23, Cuban right hander signed for
2,000,000 in December; just getting into action in the California League
with 2.81 ERA in 16 innings, 12/5 K/BB over three starts, will be key
guy to watch in the second half.
11 Logan Shore, RHP, Grade B Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from
University of Florida; limited to 35 innings in High A by a lat strain,
3.12 ERA with 32/6 K/BB, showing expected polish; he was looking ready
for Double A until getting hurt.
12 Daulton Jefferies, RHP, Grade B Age 21, comp round pick in 2016 from University of California; made two starts in Billy Burns Jersey High A then had Tommy John surgery in late April.
13 Max Schrock, 2B , Grade B Age 22, 15th round pick in 2015 by
Natonals from University of South Carolina, traded to Athletics last
August; hitting .300/.357/.412 with 22 walks, 27 strikeouts in 260 at
bats in Double A; very reliable defense with only two errors; needs more
attention than he’s received.
14 Raul Alcantara, RHP, Grade C Age 24, made team out of spring
training but got crushed and gave up 15 runs in seven innings; out
righted to Triple A then ended up on the disabled list, just started
rehab work in rookie ball; given arm strength he’ll get more chances.
15 Lazaro Armenteros, OF, Grade C Age 18, Cuban signed last summer
for 3,000,000; just getting started in rookie ball, hitting
.305/.385/.508 in 59 at bats so far, obviously a good start; has the
tools to rank much higher once we get a better idea how those tools
translate into performance and how much he needs to refine skills; I’m
rather high on him.
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16 Bruce Maxwell, C, Grade C Age 26, second round pick in 2012 from
Birmingham Southern; hitting .282/.386/.380 in 71 major league at bats;
very strong defense; this looks legitimate to me.
17 Chad Pinder, INF, Grade C Age 25, hit .234/.289/.490 in 145 major
league at bats until going down with hamstring injury; this seems like
his true level of skill, good power with versatile defense and poor OBP.
18 Richie Martin, SS, Grade C Age 22, first round pick in 2015 from
University of Florida; hitting .209/.293/.310 in Double A with 10
steals; impressive defense and can swipe a base but extreme lack of
power/strength hold him back; utility role in the future unless the
19 Heath Fillmyer, RHP; Grade C Age 23, fifth round pick in 2014
from Mercer Junior College; 4.01 ERA in 92 innings in Double A, 68/39
K/BB, 104 hits; not a great season; stuff may play up if he moves to
bullpen down the road.
Ask questions about any of these guys, anyone else not written up
pre season, and 2017 draftees and I’ll answer in the comments section.
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