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The 2017 Oakland A’s Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Matt Chapman, 3B                                             Born: 04/28/93 Age: 24 Bats: R Top CALs: Jerry Sands, Jonathan Greene, Brandon Burgess,…

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The 2016 Oakland A’s Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here! And for those wondering what CALs are, here’s an article on the Comparison And Likeness program I designed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Sean Manaea, LHP                                                        Born: 02/01/92…

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Oakland A’s Top MiLB Tools

With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here. Oakland A’s Top Prospects for 2013 [pullquote]   Hit Tool:…

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Next Great Wave of Shortstops

The late 1990s to the early 2000s was arguably the golden era for offensive shortstops. The group, spearheaded by the trio of Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter, also featured Edgar Renteria, who peaked in 2003, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin also chipped in back-to-back five-win seasons…

Prospect Digest All Minor League Team

With the major league rosters expanding to 40 and the minor league regular season officially over, here’s a look at the first annual Prospect Digest All Minor League Team. To qualify, a position player must have accumulated 350+ plate appearances, a starting pitcher needed 130+ innings, and the relievers with 30+ innings were considered.  …

An Early Look at the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year

One year removed from one of the more dominant rookie seasons by a 20-year-old (Mike Trout) and perhaps the most hyped debut of prospect in quite some time (Bryce Harper), this season’s rookie class, with a handful of exceptions, has been incredibly weak. Here’s a look at the top 10 rookies from the American League….

College Draft Profile: Austin Wilson

  Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford University Class: Junior; Height: 6-5; Weight: 245; B/T: R/R Updated: 06/02/13 Wilson’s preseason awards list speaks for itself: Preseason First Team All-America (Perfect Game), Preseason First Team All-America (Baseball America), Preseason Second Team All-America (Louisville Slugger), and Golden Spikes Award Watch List. Wilson, who was nabbed in the 12th round…