Franklin Barreto

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People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s ...

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**Seven Oakland Athletics’ prospects have been named to play in this year’s Arizona Fall League with the A’s affiliate the Mesa Solar Sox. Four pitchers and three** infielders will represent the Athletics on the Solar Sox, one of six teams in the league. Each team consists of prospects from five big league clubs. They will play alongside prospects from the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. The Solar Sox will face off beginning on October 11 with the Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, Scottsdale Scorpions, Salt River Rafters and the Surprise Saguaros. The league runs through […]

Seven* A’s prospects to play in Arizona Fall League

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics called up their ninth-ranked prospect, shortstop Chad Pinder. The assumption by many was that he was going to take over immediately at second base for Jed Lowrie, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a foot injury. Marcus Semien has a stronghold on the team’s shortstop position this (and probably next) year and Pinder can play second. It seemed the logical way to go. The A’s need to look at as many of their MLB ready prospects as possible as this season ends. There will be decisions that need to be made in the […]

To prepare for ’17, A’s need to take long look ...

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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 […]

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

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Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline release top prospects lists Every year prior to spring training many institutions, writers, websites, random people – it doesn’t really matter – rank the top 100 prospects in professional baseball or as is the case with Baseball Prospectus, the 101 top prospects. The results of these top prospects lists were released on Friday by both Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline with some interesting results. I focused mainly on the American League West for two reasons: one because well, I’m an A’s fan of coursse and, two because it’s part of my job at Today’s Knuckleball. […]

Four from A’s farm system make top 100 prospects lists

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Why can’t the A’s just start over and begin rebuilding? Many people have questions about the moves that the Oakland Athletics have made in this and in offseasons past. It makes sense to question them.  Why don’t the A’s just tear everything down and rebuild? That would seem like the way to go. It’s worked out well for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros who had quite a few poor seasons and are now powerhouses in their respective leagues. They stayed at the bottom to collect high draft picks and they waited for those prospects to develop and now we […]

A’s find own unique way of rebuilding

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This is a (733 words!!! WHAT??!) comment on a story about the A’s and the Josh Donaldson trade and why it will look better in the long run. You can find the story on Today’s Knuckleball … by clicking HERE. I think it could have been a bit more thorough, however, the overall sentiment is what I have been saying about all the trades, only to hear people whine and complain. I’m kind of sick of it to be honest.  That said, I understand people’s frustration but not their shortsightedness!!! My response is directly cut and pasted from where it was […]

Oakland’s future looks bright, sooner than you’d think

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This is in case you missed it because, well, I did. I admit it. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser wrote on Friday, “It’s also a strong bet that the A’s will follow the trend of other teams in recent years and promote Beane to a team-president-level title and assistant general manager David Forst to general manager this winter, with Beane still maintaining overall control of major baseball decisions.” Beane became the A’s GM in late 1997. He’s guided the A’s to win the division six times, finish second in the division six times and taken them to the postseason […]

ICYMI: A’s GM Billy Beane may be up for a ...

The Oakland Athletics built for the future this trade deadline. What does that future actually look like, and when will it be? Step into our time machine. Chances are, if you’re a fan of the Oakland Athletics you are a bit sick of losing and not too happy that Billy Beane has, for all intents and purposes, thrown up the white flag and given up on the 2015 season. However, it doesn’t appear that you’ll have to wait long for the team to be back in contention. It’s true, the Oakland Athletics are rebuilding. General manager Billy Beane has done […]

Forecasting the future Oakland Athletics

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. Another promising shortstop, Daniel Robertson was traded away in order for the A’™s to acquire super utility man Ben Zobrist. Last season the A’s were in “œwin 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 […]

A’s top ten prospects of 2015