MLB released their top 100 prospects list on Wednesday and the A’s had six players on the list, only the Rays and Padres matched that number.
Last season the A’s did not have one player on the MLB top prospect list, although it was only a top 50 list last season, it’s further proof that the off season trades have really strengthened Oakland’s farm system.
Pitcher Jarrod Parker topped the six prospects, coming in at number 26. Parker was obtained from the Arizona Diamonbacks in the Trevor Cahill deal. The right-hander went 11-8 in 26 games last season for Arizona’s Double-A team. He also had a 3.79 ERA with 8.9 SO/9 and 3.9 BB/9.
Parker made his major league debut against the Dodgers in September, he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 4 hits and no runs.
Parker has four pitchers, but uses his mid-nineties fastball the most. He is said to have great command and is expected be a top-of-the-rotation starter.
Michael Choice, who was drafted by the A’s in the first round of the 2010 draft, came in at number 59. The outfielder had 30 HR, 82 RBI and a .285/.376/.542 line in Class A Stockton last season. If Michael Choice lives up to potential, he brings the much needed power bat Oakland has been lacking.
Pitcher Brad Peacock was ranked at number 75, the 23-year old was the main piece that came over from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade. The right-hander went 15-3 in 25 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He had a 2.39 ERA with 10.9 SO/9 and a 3.77 SO/BB ratio.
Peacock made his major league debut for the Nationals in September, he pitched 12 innings and had a 2-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and a 0.67 SO/BB ratio.
The A’s number one draft pick from last season, Sonny Gray, came in at number 85. The pitcher started 5 games in Double-A last season. He went 1-0 with a 0.45 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, 8.1 SO/9 and a 2.30 FIP.
Also obtained through the Gio Gonzalez trade, pitcher AJ Cole, comes in at number 88. The right-hander pitched in 20 games (18 started) last season in Class A South Atlantic, he went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA, 10.9 SO/9 and had a 4.50 SO/BB ratio.
Lastly, coming in at number 94 was Oakland’s 1st round pick in 2009, Grant Green. The once shortstop prospect was moved to the outfield last season, he had a .291/.343/.408 line with 9 HR, 76 runs and a 117 ISO.
It is possible we could see anywhere from a few, to all six prospects up in the majors next season. As A’s fans we should be happy because, contrary to popular belief, we do have something to look forward to in the near future.