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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Oakland A’s

Future feature: Grant Green…and others.

1. Addison Russell, ss
2. Michael Choice, of
3. A.J. Cole, rhp
4. Brad Peacock, rhp
5. Sonny Gray, rhp
6. Dan Straily, rhp
7. Miles Head, 3b/1b
8. Grant Green, 2b/of
9. Daniel Robertson, ss/3b
10. Matt Olson, 1b

In a departure from its “Moneyball” history of eschewing high school players, Oakland took prepsters with each of its three 2012 draft picks before the second round. The A’s hadn’t used their top choice on a high schooler since taking Cahill in the second round in 2006, and hadn’t expended a first-rounder on one since selecting Jeremy Bonderman 26th overall in 2001.

Shortstop Addison Russell was the 11th overall pick and the highest-drafted A’s prepster since Eric Chavez at No. 10 in 1996, and he already ranks as the organization’s No. 1 prospect after hitting .369/.432/.594 and reaching low Class A in his pro debut. Shortstop/third baseman Daniel Roberston and first baseman Matt Olson, both supplemental first-rounders in June, are two of the system’s most promising hitters.

Repoz Posted: December 01, 2012 at 08:35 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4314004)
Lots of depth, but I'm not particularly excited by anyone other than Russell.
   2. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4314005)
Lots of depth, but I'm not particularly excited by anyone other than Russell.

I know he's just a HS pick, but he had 10 errors in 48 games in his first pro season. Is he seen as a long term shortstop?
   3. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4314009)

I haven't heard anyone say Russell will need to move because he can't handle the position, and I follow Russell closely. I have heard he may outgrow SS; he lost a bunch of weight in order to to improve his draft stock as a high school SS.
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4314018)
I know he's just a HS pick, but he had 10 errors in 48 games in his first pro season. Is he seen as a long term shortstop?


That was with three different teams; it is really hard to settle in when you are moved around as much as he was. And that's really not a huge number of errors for the minors anyway. To take one example - Nick Ahmed, a prospect in Atlanta's system, had 26 in 128 games at high A this year, which is roughly the same games-per-error as Russell, and I have seen no one suggest that Ahmed is likely to move off the position even though he's already 22 and bigger than Russell. Let's see where we are in a year or two.

-- MWE

   5. Guapo Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4314031)
Derek Jeter had 21 errors in 57 games in his first pro season. Followed by 56 errors in 126 games in his second pro season.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4314036)
I think Choice is at least 4 spots too high. I'd rather have all the pitchers.
   7. bob gee Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4314046)
straily looks real good. don't know how you can rate peacock , gray or cole above him...
   8. AROM Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4314056)
That's not a large error total at all considering:

1. Field quality is worse
2. Young players generally get more sure handed with experience

Andrelton Simmons made 28 errors in 129 games in A+ ball, 2011. It seems the Braves are OK with him sticking at the position.
   9. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4314057)
JJ1986,

What you're saying is that you're not pro-Choice?
   10. greenback, tyrant of bakers Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4314066)
1. Field quality is worse

This is true in general, but the fields today at A-ball are in better shape than the major league grass fields of yesteryear. The Arizona League plays its games at spring training complexes, so it's probably even more so the case.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:58 PM (#4314071)
Derek Jeter had 21 errors in 57 games in his first pro season.

Also his eyes were described as "jittery."
   12. Danny Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4314124)
FTFA:
Russell has eliminated questions about whether he can stay at shortstop. He's a quality athlete with good range, particularly to his left. His actions could stand to be a little cleaner, but he's already a reliable defender who made just 10 errors in his first 48 pro games.

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Lots of depth, but I'm not particularly excited by anyone other than Russell.

Generally agreed, but Cole is kinda exciting.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4314132)
Generally agreed, but Cole is kinda exciting.

Ya, Cole, Choice and Gray could be really good, but they all had pretty mediocre years in 2012. I'm not expecting all-star seasons from them, and I'd be happy if two of them became average MLB starters.

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