The Oakland Athletics once had one of the better farm systems in baseball. It was filled with prospects like shortstop Addison Russell and centerfielder Billy McKinney, now traded away for players like starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Last season the A’s were in “win now” mode, going into the second half of the season with the best record in baseball. As we know now even trading away big league left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for coveted starter Jon Lester didn’t help the A’s, who completely collapsed in the second half and ended up being eliminated in the one game A.L. Wild Card by the Kansas City Royals.
Recently ranked with the 26th (out of 30) best farm system in baseball by ESPN’s Keith Law, the A’s farm system is for the first time in a while is light on top prospects, especially so on good pitching.
However the top two prospects on this list Matt Olson and Franklin Barreto both made the Law’s Top 100 Prospects list coming in at number 81 and number 95 respectively. It could be worse for Oakland but things do not look great.
They did grab some big league ready talent, who rank in the organization’s top ten, when they traded superstar third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason. So let’s take a look at the Oakland A’s top ten prospects of 2015.
For the list of prospects use the link below to go over to Baseball Hot Corner: