Posted on February 4, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Oakland Athletics, in a move to bolster their major league roster, acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros in exchange for catching prospect Max Stassi and former top prospects Chris Carter and Brad Peacock.
The Oakland A’s signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to be their shortstop in 2013 but, before the trade, were slated to give second base duties to Scott Sizemore and third base duties to Josh Donaldson. With none of the three players mentioned above having a proven track record of success in the majors, adding someone like Lowrie, who can play all three positions, was something Billy Beane needed to do for his contending club.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Billy Beane, Brad Peacock, Chris Carter, Fernando Rodriguez, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Houston Astros, Jed Lowrie, Jeff Lunhow, Josh Donaldson, Max Stassi, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Scott Sizemore, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 29, 2012 by mlbdirtstaff
The Oakland Athletics were one of the biggest surprises last year as they took the AL West by storm, beating out the loaded Rangers and Angels for the division title. Prior to last season, the A’s shipped off a lot of major league arms and the team relied on a lot of young players. The system lost a lot of notable players who graduated to the majors but it still has a nice mix of pitchers close to the majors as well as raw potential impact players in the lower minors. Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy. -Michael Schwartze
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, A.J. Cole, Addison Russell, B.A. Vollmuth, Brad Peacock, Dan Straily, Daniel Robertson, Grant Green, Ian Kroll, Matt Olson, Max Stassi, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Michael Ynoa, Miles Head, Nolan Sanburn, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Renato Nunez, Sonny Gray, Stephen Parker | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 9, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
A couple weeks ago I began a series of posts as I take look at rookies in 2012. I have been going division by division taking a look at rookies who I think will have an impact in 2012 for each team. I’ve been making my pick for the guy who I think will have the biggest impact and note other names that could have an impact as well. So far I have taken a look at the NL West, NL Central, and NL East. I now present to you my 2012 rookie watch for the American League West.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Liddi, Alexi Amarista, Brad Peacock, Chance Ruffin, Danny Hultzen, Erasmo Ramirez, Eric Sogard, Garrett Richards, James Paxton, Jarrod Parker, Jesus Montero, Josh Donaldson, Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Taijuan Walker, Texas Rangers, Tom Milone, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 20, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
I present to you my 2012 top 100 prospect list. I have ranked the players evaluating ceiling, how likely a player reaches that ceiling, risks that come with a player, experience, and all the other stuff along those lines. I hope to hear what you guys think whether it be in agreement or disagreement. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2012 Top Prospects, A.J. Cole, Aaron Sanchez, Addison Reed, Allen Webster, Anthony Gose, Anthony Rendon, Anthony Rizzo, Archie Bradley, Arodys Vizcaino, Billy Hamilton, Blake Swihart, Brad Peacock, Brett Jackson, Bryce Harper, Bubba Starling, Carlos Martinez, Casey Kelly, Chad Bettis, Chelsor Cuthbert, Christian Yelich, Cory Spangenberg, Daniel Norris, Danny Hultzen, Dellin Betances, Devin Mesoraco, Drew Pomeranz, Dylan Bundy, Eddie Rosario, Enny Romero, Francisco Lindor, Garin Cecchini, Gary Brown, Gary Sanchez, George Springer, Gerrit Cole, Hak-Ju Lee, Jacob Turner, Jake Marisnick, Jake Odorizzi, James Paxton, Jameson Taillon, Jarred Cosart, Jarrod Parker, Javier Baez, Jean Segura, Jed Bradley, Jedd Gyorko, Jesus Montero, Joe Ross, John Lamb, Jonathan Schoop, Jonathan Singleton, Jonathan Villar, Jorge Alfaro, Jose Campos, Josh Bell, Julio Teheran, Jurickson Profar, Justin Nicolino, Leonys Martin, Manny Banuelos, Manny Machado, Martin Perez, Mason Williams, Matt Harvey, Matt Moore, Matt Szczur, Michael Choice, Miguel Sano, Mike Montgomery, Mike Olt, Mike Trout, Nick Castellanos, Nick Franklin, Noah Syndergaard, Nolan Arenado, Oscar Taveras, Prospects, Randall Delgado, Robbie Erlin, Rymer Liriano, Shelby Miller, Sonny Gray, Starling Marte, Taijuan Walker, Taylor Guerrieri, Taylor Jungmann, Travis d'Arnaud, Trevor Bauer, Trevor May, Tyler Skaggs, Wil Myers, Wilin Rosario, Will Middlebrooks, Wily Peralta, Xander Bogaerts, Yasmani Grandal, Yonder Alonso, Zach Lee, Zack Cox, Zack Wheeler | 17 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Oakland A’s system is loaded with talent that is Big League ready this year and some upside plays in the low minors thanks to trades involving Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2012 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2012 Top Prospects, A.J. Cole, Aaron Shipman, Andrew Bailey, B.A. Vollmuth, Brad Peacock, Chris Carter, Collin Cowgill, Derek Norris, Gio Gonzalez, Grant Green, Jarrod Parker, Josh Donaldson, Max Stassi, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Renato Nunez, Sonny Gray, Tom Milone, Trades, Trevor Cahill, Vicmal De La Cruz, Yordy Cabrera | 10 Comments »
Posted on January 11, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
Earlier this morning I posted an article on the best pitching prospect duos in baseball. The list included the 10th-6th best duos with scouting reports. The list looked as follows:
10. Casey Kelly and Robbie Erlin, Padres
9. Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, Yankees
8. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, Mets
7. Jarrod Parker and Brad Peacock, Athletics
6. Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino, Braves
Here is the rest of my list with my ranks of the top 5 best pitching prospect duos in baseball.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Arodys Vizcaino, Brad Peacock, Carlos Martinez, Casey Kelly, Danny Hultzen, Dellin Betances, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jarrod Parker, Julio Teheran, Manny Banuelos, Martin Perez, Matt Harvey, Pittsburgh Pirates, Robbie Erlin, Seattle Mariners, Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals, Taijuan Walker, Texas Rangers, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Yu Darvish, Zack Wheeler | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 11, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
Jim Callis, executive editor of BaseballAmerica, is always great about answering prospect questions on Twitter. The other day he was answering questions on prospect pitching duos. There are a lot of teams right now with some very good pairs of pitching prospects in the system, so I thought I would rank them.
In these rankings both of the pitchers for the team, should land in a vast majority of top 50 prospect lists, if not in the top 75. I will be counting them down starting with 10 but some duos that just missed the cut for me were Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi (Royals), and Zach Lee and Allen Webster (Dodgers). Check out the rankings for 10-6 with scouting reports after the break. The top 5 rankings will be up later this afternoon.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: A.J. Cole, Allen Webster, Arodys Vizcaino, Atlanta Braves, Brad Peacock, Casey Kelly, Dellin Betances, Jake Odorizzi, Jarrod Parker, Julio Teheran, Manny Banuelos, Matt Harvey, Mike Montgomery, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Randall Delgado, Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres, Zach Lee, Zack Wheeler | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 6, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
It is obvious that the Athletics are in a rebuilding process. They have dealt Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey this offseason for prospects in return. In an article I wrote the other week, I took a look at the Athletics potential future rotation with all the pieces in the organization. There are many top prospects and young pitchers that could make for one of the best rotations in the league. Well a handful of these guys are close to the big leagues and once ready, it could make for quite the logjam in the rotation. In the article I mentioned above I also took a shot at projecting the A’s opening day rotation which is as follows:
1. Brandon McCarthy
2. Guillermo Moscoso
3. Dallas Braden
4. Brad Peacock
5. Tom Milone
That rotation is solid looking but there are still a lot of guys that are very close to being major league ready; Jarrod Parker, Tyson Ross, and Sonny Gray. Brett Anderson should also be back in the rotation by the middle of the season. Well with those guys knocking at the door, some space may need to be cleared in the rotation. The perfect opportunity for that: The Trade Deadline.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adeiny Hechavarria, Albert Pujols, Brett Anderson, Mat Latos, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Scott Rolen, David Freese, Grant Green, Jarrod Parker, Derek Norris, Chris Carter, Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden, Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Brandon McCarthy, Brad Peacock, Collin Cowgill, Zack Cozart, Gabriel Rosa, Tom Milone, Guillermo Moscoso, Tyson Ross, Sonny Gray, Josh Reddick, Michael Choice, Zack Cox, Juan Francisco | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 24, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
Year in and year out the Athletics’ rotation has been very solid. Last year’s rotation featured a handful of young starters including Brandon McCarthy, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Guillermo Moscoso.
This offseason though, the Athletics have entered rebuilding mode and they traded off two of these pitchers. First, the A’s traded Trevor Cahill (and Craig Breslow) to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill, and Ryan Cook.
Another move was made the other day when they traded Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals and received A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. The addition of those pitchers to the pitchers already in the system projects for a very good future rotation in Oakland.
There are already a handful of young pitchers in Oakland that have a couple years of major league service under their belt. The list includes Brandon McCarthy, Guillermo Moscoso, Josh Outman, Brett Anderson, and Dallas Braden.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Derek Norris, Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden, Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A's, Brandon McCarthy, Brad Peacock, Collin Cowgill, A.J. Cole, Tom Milone, Guillermo Moscoso, Craig Breslow, Ryan Cook, Josh Outman, Tyson Ross, Sonny Gray | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 23, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Washington Nationals, looking to bolster their rotation, added Gio Gonzalez in exchange for a package of four legitimate prospects, three of which have made most top 10 prospects lists for the Nationals.
In Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals get a 26 year old left hander who is coming off of back-to-back seasons of 200+ innings and sub-3.30 ERAs where he has been worth 6.7 fWAR and 9.2 rWAR. Both numbers are very solid but the difference in those WAR totals are what divide some people on Gio.
Gio has a career K/9 of 8.59 thanks to one of the best curveballs in the game and a fastball that sits 91-94. He also has an average change up that helps him keep right handers from sitting on his fastball. Gio does have some issues with both control and command as he has walked 4.44 per nine innings in his career and led the American League in walks last year with 91 after walking 92 the prior year.
Some fear that the ballpark in Oakland aided in Gio’s performance. He has a career 3.56 ERA at home and 4.32 on the road. Oddly, though, he has allowed more homeruns at home and has a slightly lower HR/9 on the road than at home and his career xFIP is also better on the road than at home. And his reputation as a fly ball pitcher is a bit misleading as he has a 47.5% career groundball rate.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Dallas Braden, Derek Norris, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Oakland A's, Prospects, Stephen Strasburg, Tom Milone, Trades, Washington Nationals | 1 Comment »