After dealing away top prospect Addison Russell in the typical Billy Beane move – a calculated risk – another shortstop, Daniel Robertson, gets pushed to the top of the minor league heap. There’s a collection of promising power bats. Don’t sleep on second round pick Daniel Gossett.
For a look at the club’s Top 10 Prospects heading into the year click HERE
1. Daniel Robertson, SS, Age: 20
The 20-year-old shortstop slides atop the Oakland prospect hierarchy with the departure of Addison Russell, who was taken 23 picks before Robertson in the opening round of the 2012 draft. Robertson is in the midst of a breakout year, which should help ease the loss of his former org-mate, hitting .301/.404/.476 with a career high 12 homeruns.
2. Matt Olson, 1B, Age: 20
Nabbed after the selections of Russell and Robertson, Olson is in the mold of the famed Moneyball hitters – great plate discipline, questionable strikeout totals, and above-average power potential. He’s already slugged a career high 24 homeruns, though some of that is thanks to Stockton’s HR-friendly confines.
3. Max Muncy, 1B, Age: 23
The older version of Matt Olson, Muncy has topped the league average offensive production by 30% en route to hitting .274/.386/.402. Now the bad news: his power has pulled a vanishing act. After slugging 25 homeruns between high Class A and Class AA, Muncy has hit just 3 in his first 68 games this year. His last homerun was May 25th.
4. Renato Nunez, 3B, Age: 20
Arguably the club’s biggest riser this year, Nunez has topped the league average production by 31% en route to hitting .287/.357/.541. His 18 homeruns are just one behind his previous career high of 19.
5. Nolan Sunburn, RHP, Age: 22
Still unsure whether the A’s will try and convert the former collegiate reliever into a fulltime starting pitcher – I’m hoping they do. He’s finished 17 games, but has pitched at least one inning in 18 of his first 27 appearances. The floor of a power bullpen arm with an intriguing ceiling.
6. Daniel Gossett, RHP, Age: 21
7. Chad Pinder, 2B/SS, Age: 22
Enjoying the confines of the hitter-friendly Cal League, Pinder is hitting .298/.341/.538 – a level of production that more or less falls in line with his work at Virginia Tech. Still a bit skeptical. He needs to prove he can do this in a more neutral league.
8. Matt Chapman, 3B, Age: 21
A major reach in the first round this year, Chapman, whom I ranked as the #71 collegiate player, never really hit much during his time at Call State Fullerton, owning a career .285/.380/.413 line. For Chapman’s full pre-draft analysis click HERE.
9. Billy Burns, OF, Age: 24
One of my favorite players in the minor leagues, the speedy Burns, who topped the league average production by 34% last season, has failed to replicate that type of offensive numbers in a repeat in Class AA. No power, plus-plus speed, solid patience.
10. B.J. Boyd, OF, Age: 20
Boyd, a fourth round pick in 2012, looked like a budding top prospect after an impressive showing in the New York Penn League last season (.285/.375/.442). His work this season, however, has been downright depressing (.224/.306/.328).
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