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Baseball Prospectus & MLB Pipeline can’t agree: Nottingham or Olson?

Baseball Prospectus favors Jacob Nottingham, while MLB Pipeline thinks Matt Olson is the better choice

When Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline released their lists of the top 100 (or in the case of BP the top 101) prospects in Major League Baseball on Friday, four of the Oakland Athletics’ prospects combined to make it onto the lists.

Franklin Barreto, the number one prospect in the A’s organization, was ranked the highest coming in at number 26 and number 23 respectively. Left-handed strikeout machine Sean Manaea also donned both lists first at number 45 for Baseball Prospectus and number 68 on MLB Pipeline’s list. However, that was where the two lists diverged – at least when it came to A’s prospects.

Matt Olson
Matt Olson. Getty Images.

Baseball Prospectus ranked recently acquired catching prospect Jacob Nottingham 66th on their list. MLB Pipeline ranked first baseman Matt Olson, a home grown A’s product, as their 100th prospect.

Interestingly, in the A’s farm system, Baseball Prospectus has Nottingham ranked third and Olson fourth but there were enough other prospects out there that Olson did not even make their top 101. MLB Pipeline actually has Olson rated as the Athletics’ number two prospect and Nottingham as the A’s eighth top prospect. Their positions on the top prospects lists were somewhat similar to how they were ranked on each list just within the A’s system.

Obviously, MLB Pipeline sees something in Matt Olson that Baseball Prospectus does not see. Baseball Prospectus likes the qualities that Jacob Nottingham possesses.

To read the rest of my column follow the link below to Today’s Knuckleball:

Prospect Lists differ on Nottingham and Olson, but both have much to offer A’s

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