Top 20 Prospects – Updated July 2014

Following the blockbuster trade that sent the Oakland Athletics top 2 prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney (along with Dan Straily) to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel the Top 20 Prospect list needed to be updated. Here is the updated list as compiled by MLB.com.

New to the list is Tucker Healy at No. 18 who is having a breakout year pitching at three levels with the Stockton Ports (High A), Midland RockHounds (AA) and currently with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA). Arnold Leon returns to the list at No. 19 as he is hiving a strong year posting a 9-2 record with a 4.47 ERA in 17 games for the River Cats.

This list will be changing over the next few months as Draft Pick from the 2014 June Draft are evaluated and other prospects have their seasons re-evalutaed.

1. Daniel Robertson
2. Raul Alcantara
3. Matthew Olson
4. Renato Nunez
5. Bobby Wahl
6. Dillon Overton
7. Billy Burns
8. Nolan Sanburn
9. Michael Ynoa
10. B.J. Boyd
11. Dylan Covey
12. Chris Kohler
13. Max Muncy
14. Bruce Maxwell
15. Chad Pinder
16. Seth Streich
17. Miles Head
18. Tucker Healy
19. Arnold Leon
20. Dustin Driver

To be eligible for the list the player must have rookie eligibility.  Players cannot exceed 130 at bats or 50 innings pitches with a Major League club.  Also the player cannot be on the active roster for more than 45 days during the 25 player limit period.

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Athletics Farmhand Boog Powell Suspended for 50 Games

On Wednesday MLB announced that Oakland Athletics prospect Herschel “Boog” Powell was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s policy on banned substances.

Powell was recently promoted to the High A Stockton Ports after an amazing first half where he batted .335 with 7 doubles and 17 RBIs in 69 games for the Beloit Snappers. He was selected to the 2014 Midwest League All-Star game where he earned MVP honors.

In just 11 games with the Ports, Powell was tearing up the California League batting .396 and 10 RBIs. He was slated to take over the full-time center field role with the Ports after the recent blockbuster trade that sent Billy McKinney along with Addison Russell and Dan Straily to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

“Boog” Powell is not related to former Baltimore Oriole outfielder Boog Powell. However, the former Oriole was a favorite of the young Powell’s father.

 

Athletics Acquire Samardzija and Hammel from Cubs

On the 4th of July the Oakland Athletics set off not one, but two sets of fireworks. The first came in the bottom of the 12th inning when Nick Punto drove a ball to left field that ultimately allowed Derek Norris to score all the way from first base for a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The second set of fireworks came around 7:50 p.m. when the Athletics traded No. 1 and No. 2 prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney with Dan Straily and a player-to-be-named later to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. This is a bold move that highlights the front office’s commitment to the major league team to win.

This season Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 108 innings. Don’t let the win/loss record fool you, Samardzija is coming from the Cubs who own a record of 38-46 and have a team batting average of .236.

Jason Hammel is currently 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA. He has thrown 108.2 innings and has struck out 104 batters. Both pitchers help to bolster one of the best starting rotations in the Majors.

The Chicago Cubs get  3 players who will be a big part of their future. Addison Russell is one of the top prospects in the MLB. Eventhough he has spent most of the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury he is on track to be Major League ready by late-2015. With the Midland RockHounds Addison is batting .333 with 3 doubles and a home run in 13 games.

Billy McKinney was the Athletics first round draft choice in the 2013 June draft. He has spent all season with the Stockton Ports where he was batting .241 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 75 games. Over his past 10 games Billy was starting to put it together as he was batting .314 with 3 doubles and a home run.

Dan Straily struggled with the Athletics early this season going 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 7 starts. Since joining the AAA Sacramento River Cats, Straily has turned his season around posting a record of  4-3 with a 4.71 ERA and striking out 67 in 63 innings pitched. Straily earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors on May 26, 2014.

Good luck to all the players on their new teams!

Addison Russell to Miss At Least One Month

Oakland Athletics’s Top Prospect Addison Russell will miss at least one month due to a grade 3 strain (tear) of the right hamstring. The current injury is believed to be higher up on the leg than the injury that hampered his Spring. Addison came out of Friday’s game with the Midland RockHounds because of a cramp like pain.

Prior to coming out of the game Addison was 5-7, 1 HR and 2 RBIs with the RockHounds. This Spring Addison was 7-25 in 12 games with the major league camp.

The Athletics will take every precaution necessary with Addison as he figures to be the replacement for Jed Lowrie as early as next season. Having watched Addison play most of the season in 2013 I can say he will bounce back. However, don’t expect him to come back early, hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger.

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects: 2014 Pre-Season Edition

Here is the list of the Top 20 Prospects of Oakland Athletics coming into the 2014 season as compiled by MLB.com.  To be eligible for the list the player must have rookie eligibility.  Players cannot exceed 130 at bats or 50 innings pitches with a Major League club.  Also the player cannot be on the active roster for more than 45 days during the 25 player limit period.

1. Addison Russell
2. Billy McKinney
3. Daniel Robertson
4. Raul Alcantara
5. Matthew Olson
6. Renato Nunez
7. Bobby Wahl
8. Dillon Overton
9. Billy Burns
10. Nolan Sanburn
11. Michael Ynoa
12. B.J. Boyd
13. Dylan Covey
14. Chris Kohler
15. Max Muncy
16. Ronald Herrera
17. Bruce Maxwell
18. Chad Pinder
19. Miles Head
20. Dustin Driver

One for the more notable jumps came from Billy McKinney who jumped from 7th to 2nd on the list. Interestingly enough Dillon Overton has jumped from 13th to 8th eventhough he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and has not played a game in the Oakland system.

New names on the list include the speedy Billy Burns, Bobby Wahl, Chris Kohler, Ronald Herrera and Dustin Driver. Off the pre-season list are Arnold Leon, Drew Granier, Vicmal De La Cruz, Anthony Aliotti and Blake Hassebrock. The prospects taken off the list are not necessarily any worse than they were last year. This is a highly competitive list and there is not room for everyone.

Spring Training Prospect Update 03/26/2014

With the Cactus League wrapping up today I thought I would wait until this time to do the final update for Oakland Athletics Prospects. The Athletics finish with a Cactus League record of 13-13-5. While there are some prospects who will be travelling to the Bay Area to play in the Bay Bridge Series, this will essentially be the final Spring Training Update.

Position Players
Anthony Aliotti, 1st base: 1-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI in 6 games
Billy Burns, outfield: 22-71, 12 runs scored, 10 stolen bases in 25 games
Chris Giminez, catcher: 8-33, 3 2B, 3 RBI in 25 games
Jose Martinez, 2nd base: 6-27, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored in 19 games
Bruce Maxwell, catcher: 1-4, 1 2B in 4 games
Billy McKinney, outfield: 5-13, 1 2B, 2 RBI in 12 games
Luke Montz, catcher: 7-24, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 13 games
Max Muncy, 1st base: 1-1, 1 run scored, 1 RBI in 1 game
Ryan Ortiz: 1-3 in 4 games
Shane Peterson, outfield/1st base: 2-12, 4 walks, 1 RBI in 10 games
Daniel Robertson, shortstop: 5-23, 1 RBI in 17 games
Addison Russell, shortstop: 7-25, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 stolen base in 12 games
Michael Taylor, outfield: 17-62, 5 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBIs in 26 games

Pitchers
Raul Alcantara: 4 IP, 2 SO
Ryan Dull: 27.00 ERA, 5 ER, 1.2 IP, 2 SO
Seth Frankoff: 1 IP, 1 SO
Arnold Leon: 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 11 SO
Sean Murphy: 4.1IP, 2 SO
Zach Neal: 1 W, 3.2 IP, 6 SO
Drew Pomeranz: 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 11 IP, 18 SO
Nolan Sanburn: 16.20 ERA 1.2IP, 1 SO
Paul Smyth: 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1 SO
Jeff Urlaub: 1-1, 8.10 ERA, 3.1 IP
Michael Ynoa: 3 IP,9.00 ERA, 3 SO

Spring Training Prospect Update 03/19/2014

So I’m a couple of days late for this update, but that’s okay. In Spring Training the Oakland Athletics are 10-8-5 heading into play today. Dan Straily will take the mound as the Athletics take on Danny Salazar and the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 at Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians’s Spring Training home. Here is how the Athletics prospects are progressing this Spring.

Position Players
Anthony Aliotti, 1st base: 0-3 in 3 games
Billy Burns, outfield: 14-52, 10 runs scored, 8 stolen bases in 18 games
Chris Giminez, catcher: 4-23, 3 walks in 19 games
Jose Martinez, 2nd base: 6-25, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored in 16 games
*Bruce Maxwell, catcher: 1-4, 1 2B in 4 games
Billy McKinney, outfield: 4-10, 1 2B, 2 RBI in 9 games
Luke Montz, catcher: 7-24, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 13 games
*Max Muncy, 1st base: 1-1, 1 run scored, 1 RBI in 1 game
Ryan Ortiz: 1-2 in 2 games
Shane Peterson, outfield/1st base: 2-12, 4 walks, 1 RBI in 10 games
Daniel Robertson, shortstop: 4-17, 1 RBI in 13 games
*Addison Russell, shortstop: 7-25, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 stolen base in 12 games
Michael Taylor, outfield: 14-48, 3 5B, 3 HR, 9 RBIs in 20 games

Pitchers
*Raul Alcantara: 4 IP, 2 SO
*Ryan Dull: 67.50 ERA, 5 ER, 0.2 IP, 1 SO
*Seth Frankoff: 1 IP, 1 SO
Arnold Leon: 2.79 ERA, 9.2 IP, 7 SO
Zach Neal: 1 W, 3.2 IP, 6 SO
Drew Pomeranz: 0-1, 4.26 ERA, 6.1 IP, 11 SO
Paul Smyth: 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1 SO
*Jeff Urlaub: 1 W, 1.1 IP
*Michael Ynoa: 3 IP,9.00 ERA, 3 SO

*Reassigned to Minor League Camp.

Addison Russell out with Hamstring Injury

Top prospect Addison Russell has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. He is projected to be out for at least a week. Addison suffered the injury as he was running out a double in the Top of the 8th inning of Monday’s Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Addison is the 12th ranked prospect by MLB.com and was batting .280 this spring with 3 extra base hits before sustaining the injury. In the interim, Hiroyuki Nakajima has been brought over from the minor league camp to fill in for Addison.

Addison is a key component of the Oakland Athletics’s future and they will be cautious about giving him enough time to recover. After a successful 1st full season with the Stockton Ports in 2013, he will likely start with the Midland RockHounds in 2014. Barring any injuries to any of Oakland’s shortstops, we will see Addison in Oakland towards the end of the 2015 season.

Spring Training Prospect Update 03/10/2014

For the second time in two days the Oakland Athletics ended the game in a tie. Sunday was a 2-2 tie with the Chicago White Sox and today was an 8-8 tie against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Here is how the Athletics’s Prospects are faring this Spring.

Position Players
Anthony Aliotti, 1st base: 0-2 in 2 games
Billy Burns, outfield: 9-35, 7 runs scored, 7 stolen bases in 12 games
Chris Giminez, catcher: 2-15, 3 walks in 12 games
Jose Martinez, 2nd base: 5-20, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored in 11 games
Bruce Maxwell, catcher: 1-4, 1 2B in 4 games
Billy McKinney, outfield: 1-3, in 4 games
Luke Montz, catcher: 3-14, 3 RBI in 9 games
Max Muncy, 1st base: 1-1, 1 run scored, 1 RBI in 1 game
Shane Peterson, outfield/1st base: 2-12, 4 walks, 1 RBI in 10 games
Daniel Robertson, shortstop: 2-5, in 7 games
Addison Russell, shortstop: 7-25, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 stolen base in 12 games
Michael Taylor, outfield: 10-31, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBIs in 13 games

Pitchers
Raul Alcantara: 4 IP, 2 SO
Ryan Dull: 0.2 IP, 1 SO
Seth Frankoff: 1 IP, 1 SO
Arnold Leon: 7 IP, 6 SO
Zach Neal: 1 W, 1.2 IP, 2 SO
Drew Pomeranz: 0-1, 8.10 ERA, 3.1 IP, 4 SO
Paul Smyth: 1 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1 ER
Jeff Urlaub: 1 W, 1.1 IP
Michael Ynoa: 3 IP,9.00 ERA, 3 SO

This feature will be updated every Monday through Spring Training.

Spring Training Prospect Update 03/03/2014

After today’s 7-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics now have a record of 4-1-1. Here is how the prospects are progressing this Spring.

Position Players
Billy Burns, outfield: 5-16, 4 runs scored, 5 stolen bases in 6 games
Jose Martinez, 2nd base: 3-10, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored in 5 games
Bruce Maxwell, catcher: 0-1, in 1 game
Billy McKinney, outfield: 0-1, in 1 game
Luke Montz, catcher: 2-4, 1 walk in 4 games
Shane Peterson, outfield/1st base: 2-8, 2 walks, 1 RBI in 6 games
Daniel Robertson, shortstop: 0-1, in 1 game
Addison Russell, shortstop: 2-12, 1 RBI, 1 stolen base in 6 games
Michael Taylor, outfield: 2-15, 1 walk, 2 RBIs in 6 games

Pitchers
Raul Alcantara: 2 IP, 1 SO
Ryan Dull: 0.2 IP, 1 SO
Arnold Leon: 2 IP, 2 SO
Zach Neal: 1 W, 1.2 IP, 2 SO
Drew Pomeranz: 1 IP, 2 SO
Paul Smyth: 1 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1 ER
Jeff Urlaub: 0.1 IP
Michael Ynoa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 SO

This feature will be updated every Monday through Spring Training.