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.


Vermont Lake Monsters wrap up season today

The Vermont Lake Monsters (33-42) will wrap us the season at home facing off against the Staten Island Yankees (33-41).  Ronald Herrera (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will pitch for the Lake Monsters.  Herrera spent most of the 2013 season with the AZL Athletics.  He was called up to the Lake Monsters after the AZL season ended.  With the AZL Athletics Ronald was 6-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 games, 9 of which were starts.

Billy McKinney has been a spark plug since joining the Lake Monsters.  At the plate Billy is 12 for 31 (.387 avg) with 1 home run and 6 RBI in 8 games.  Billy McKinney was the #1 draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in this year’s draft.