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Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects series: An introduction

An introduction to our Oakland A’s 2018 top-50 prospects list series.

A's prospects work out at Fitch Park / Photo by Chris Lockard

Today marks the beginning of our Oakland A’s top-50 prospects list countdown for the 2018 season. Over the next few months, we will be releasing scouting reports of each prospect, starting from 50 and moving up the list. If the A’s wind-up making a number of trades this off-season that impact this prospect list, we will release the original list alongside a revised version.

This is the 12th year that we have released a top-50 prospects list and determining this list is never easy. We strongly considered more than 80 players for this list and, undoubtedly, there will be players who just missed this list who will make us look foolish next season for leaving them off. At the end of our scouting report series, we will release a list of players who just missed making this ranking.

We are often asked about our methodology in choosing these prospects and their ranking order. It is, without question, the most difficult task we undertake each year. Guessing the future value of a player is a subjective and unscientific proposition, at best. That being said, it is something that we take very seriously and put a lot of time and effort into.

We base our evaluations on the following criteria: 1) talent/ceiling (does this player have an unusual set of talents that, should he reach his maximum potential, would allow him to be a star?); 2) chances of having a big league career (is this player a future major league regular?) 3) projection (is this player likely to reach his maximum potential, whatever that potential may be?); 4) results on the field (did this player produce numbers that indicate he will have future success?); 5) age relative to level (did this player compete against age-appropriate competition last season and is he still young enough to have a long career in the big leagues?); 6) make-up (does this player project the temperament, intelligence and work ethic to succeed on a big stage?); 7) position (a middle infielder, centerfielder or catcher might be considered more valuable in the long run than a corner outfielder or infielder; same goes for a potential starting pitcher as opposed to a reliever).

Our assessments for all of these players are borne out of discussions throughout the season with baseball executives, scouts, players and other media members, as well as our staff’s own personal observations of the players being analyzed, where we have had opportunities to watch them play on numerous occasions.

As each player’s profile is released, we will update the list below and will include hyperlinks to each of their scouting reports, so bookmark this page.

We hope you enjoy the series!

Oakland A’s 2018 top-50 prospects

1. Franklin Barreto, SS/2B

2. A.J. Puk, LHP

3. Jorge Mateo, SS

4. Jesus Luzardo, LHP

5. Dustin Fowler, CF

6. Yairo Munoz, UT (traded to St. Louis)

7. Austin Beck, OF

8. Grant Holmes, RHP

9. Lazaro Armenteros, OF

10. James Kaprielian, RHP

11. Sean Murphy, C

12. Logan Shore, RHP

13. Renato Nunez, IF/OF

14. Sheldon Neuse, IF

15. Greg Deichmann, OF

16. Max Schrock (traded to St. Louis)

17. Nick Allen, SS

18. Heath Fillmyer, RHP (traded to Kansas City)

19. Daulton Jefferies, RHP

20. Kevin Merrell, SS

21. Miguel Romero, RHP

22. Joey Wendle, IF (traded to Tampa Bay)

23. Tyler Ramirez, OF

24. Dakota Chalmers, RHP

25. Bobby Wahl, RHP

26. Luis Barrera, OF

27. Will Toffey, 3B

28. Norge Ruiz, RHP

29. Nolan Blackwood, RHP

30. Brandon Bailey, RHP (traded to Houston)

31. Casey Meisner, RHP

32. Brett Graves, RHP (lost in the Rule 5 draft)

33. James Naile, RHP

34. Santis Sanchez, C

35. Richie Martin, SS

36. Lou Trivino, RHP

37. Wandisson Charles, RHP

38. Skylar Szynski, RHP

39. Dalton Sawyer, LHP

40. Eric Marinez, IF

41. Abdiel Mendoza, RHP

42. B.J. Boyd, OF

43. Skye Bolt, OF

44. Jean Ruiz, RHP

45. Anthony Churlin, OF

46. Oscar Tovar, RHP

47. Ryan Gridley, IF

48. Brian Howard, RHP

49. Eli White, SS/CF

50. Parker Dunshee, RHP




  1. Jorge morales

    December 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Wow just seeing the guys listed 41-50 have me excited for future. I bet it could easily be argued that we have the best prospects listed 30-50 and prob have the most with potential to reach the Show. Last year I was all in on Boyd and he did not disappoint…to bad he will be gone and Jake Smolinski holds his spot.. I say there is a 1% chance he is not rule 5 pick

  2. Jorge morales

    December 30, 2017 at 9:04 am

    So I’m back, I do hope logan Farrar makes cut…I’m losing hope now that we down to 33. He was a few PA short of leading new York Penn league in hitting and showed ability to get xbh. He should start in High A, considering how thin the of depth is. He may start in Beloit, but I just think his bat and age suggest AAA. His game is future for midland and upon reaching AA in future I think his stock will rise.

  3. Steve

    January 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

    This is a great series in some ways but a disaster in others. What I like is the detailed analysis of the prospects. Great work.

    Problems: lack of a schedule and irregular release dates of the reports. There was almost a 2 week break between reports during the Holiday and not knowing when the next one will be released has broken me from the habit of checking in. You have completely ruined the “anticipation” of the next report. Right now I just don’t care. I’ll check in once every two weeks. I also think the order should be released. This would give us some anticipation for the next report. Kind of like a teaser. As it is, there is nothing holding me on for the next report.

  4. Steve

    January 11, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Lefty pitchers. How cool would it be to spend an entire draft on only lefties? If a draft puts 3 players in the MLB it was a good draft. You can’t have too much pitching. Only one star SS can exist on a team. You can have Ace starting pitchers and a handful of Ace relievers on a roster and they all get their usual work. Draft Left Handed Pitchers. The rarest commodity in baseball.

  5. morales

    February 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Guess Ramon Laureano and Renato Nunez are going to make it higher than most other sites. I agree with Ramon being top 15 if he return to ’16 form we found a diamond in rough. It was a rough year for many last year with all the hurricanes, lots of our guys who had somewhat rough seasons that were hurricane affected should bounce back nicely.

    • Melissa Lockard

      February 8, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Ramon wasn’t part of the organization when the initial list was created. He will be added when we re-rank after the rundown is complete. Stay tuned for Renato…

  6. JBoot

    February 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

    What’s up with Shore not having a write up attached to him?

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