The Oakland Athletics are finally in an actual rebuilding phase. For years they were always “re-tooling,” but this time it’s the real deal.
The 2017 Oakland Athletics had some exciting prospects who graduated to the majors last season, namely Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, but their farm system was really just right in the middle talent wise at the start of last season.
Their farm system was named the most improved system (according to MLB.com) in the league after the conclusion of the 2017 season. They did what a rebuilding team needed to do, trade their best players for good prospects. They shipped Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals for Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse.
Next they traded their ace Sonny Gray to the New York Yankees for three prospects: the speedy Jorge Mateo, outfielder Dustin Fowler and right-hander James Kaprielian. Both Kaprielian and Fowler were injured but their ceilings are so high that they were worth the risk and the wait.
Oakland added more talent through the draft as well.
Now, let’s take a look at the A’s Top 50 prospects going into the 2018 season and the tiers that were used to rank them. Find the full list on Prospects1500.com.