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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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.

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects (as of January 8, 2014)

Here is the list of the Top 20 Prospects of Oakland Athletics 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. Michael Ynoa
3. Renato Nunez
4, Daniel Robertson
5. Matthew Olson
6. Raul Alcantara
7. Billy McKinney
8. Miles Head
9. Nolan Sanburn
10. B.J. Boyd
11. Arnold Leon
12. Drew Granier
13. Dillon Overton
14. Vicmal De La Cruz
15. Max Muncy
16. Anthony Aliotti
17. Blake Hasebrock
18. Chad Pinder
19. Dylan Covey
20. Bruce Maxwell

After the Winter Meetings and trades made by the Athletics organization this is how the Top 20 Prospect list shapes up.  Off the list are #2 Prospect Michael Choice and #17 Prospect Chris Bostick who were both traded to the Texas Rangers for Chris Gentry. Back on the list is Catcher Bruce Maxwell and new to the list is Dylan Covey who was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 Draft.

Snappers win Game 2 advance to 2nd Round

The Beloit Snappers defeated the Clinton LumberKings on Thursday night by the score of 6-2.  With the win the Snappers sweep the 1st Round of the Midwest League Playoffs and advance to the 2nd Round.  The Snappers will take on the Quad Cities River Bandits starting on Saturday in Quad Cities.

Dylan Covey earned the win as he allowed just 1 earned run in 6 innings pitched.  The offense was led tonight by John Wooten who doubled in 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th putting the Snappers up 5-1.  John would score two batters later when Brett Vertigan reached on an error by the shortstop Brock Hebert.

The pitching match up for Round 2 has yet to be decided.  Games 2 & 3 will be played at Pohlman Field home of the Snappers.

Game Notes: The regular season series between the Beloit Snappers and the Quad Cities River Bandits is tied 7-7.  The most recent series was August 31-September 2.  Quad Cities won that 3 game series 2-1.

Snappers win Game 1 in 10 innings

The Beloit Snappers won game 1 of the 1st round of the Midwest League Playoffs over the Clinton LumberKings 9-6.  The offensive charge was led by Chris Bostick who was 4 for 5 with a double, home run and 4 RBIs.

After scoring 3 runs in the top of the 9th, the Snappers took a 5-2 lead going into the bottom half of the inning, but the LumberKings would not go quietly.  They scored 3 times in the bottom of the 9th off Snappers’s reliever Austin House to tie the game.  In the 10th inning the Snappers’s bats would come alive once again.  The Snappers would load the bases with no outs on 2 singles and a walk.  Second baseman Chris Bostick smashed a double to left field scoring Daniel Robertson, Matt Olson and John Wooten.  With 2 outs Nick Rickles would single to drive in Bostick.  Austin would pitch the 10th to, this time, wrap up the game for the Snappers.  The only hiccup for Austin in the bottom of the 10th was a solo home run hit by Marcus Littlewood.

The series continues tonight in Beloit at Pohlman Field at 6:30 p.m. CT.  It’s the battle of the Dylans to night as Dylan Covey (1-1, 4.75 ERA) takes the mound for the Snappers.  He will face off against Dylan Unsworth (4-1, 2.32 ERA) gonig for the LumberKings.

Notes: The Beloit Snappers won the regular season series against the Clinton LumberKings 9-8