Matt Chapman

Oakland Athletics
Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum in Oakland was already a great day for the Oakland Athletics long before Matt Olson stepped up to the plate to face Baltimore Orioles’ closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Oakland Athletics were already up by the score of 8-3 and were on the verge of getting a much needed win in front of the home crowd.  After falling behind the Orioles and starter Jeremy Hellickson 2-0, the A’s came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring five runs. The biggest three of those runs coming off […]

A’s rookie Matt Olson hits rare homer off Orioles’ closer ...

hustle, Marcus Semien, infield
The Oakland Athletics have a number of very talented and MLB-ready prospects who will be looking to break into the big leagues either in September or next season. Quite a few of them have been discussed already–the outfielders, the guys to watch for as potential members of the starting rotation and now it’s time to take a look at the infield. The A’s have more infield prospects ready for the majors than they do outfielders or pitchers, meaning choosing the infield next season could be a mess. The A’s may already have a better idea of who is staying, who is […]

A’s 2017 infield already overcrowded

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, Billy Butler, currently one of the Oakland Athletics’ hottest hitters, was injured Friday night in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia. When Butler was out of the lineup over the weekend, the team maintained that Butler was suffering from nausea and vomiting. Yet A’s skipper Bob Melvin did say that Butler did not have the flu. Luckily, in a way, the A’s are out of contention this season so if Butler loses playing time, with what is being speculated as a concussion given the symptoms, the A’s will not be in any […]

Clubhouse incident could negatively affect both Valencia and Butler

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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In recent years the Oakland A’s have almost become synonymous with trading away their star players for prospects. They’re always building towards the future. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst have made countless trades that sent all-star players to other teams in exchange for prospects. After the 2014 season the A’s brass traded away five of their seven 2014 all-stars. Most notably was the trade of third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for major league third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects; pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman and shortstop Franklin […]

The future A’s fans have been waiting for may finally ...

danny valencia, altercation
Danny Valencia can be an asset to the A’s after this season Danny Valencia has an interesting path through the major leagues, but it finally appears that the A’s third baseman may have found a home in Oakland. However, whether or not the A’s intend to keep him (he’s under team control through next season) or trade him to a team that needs a third baseman is completely up in the air. Valencia’s major league adventures began when he was drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 draft by the Minnesota Twins. He finished his 2011 rookie season third in […]

The A’s should hang on to Danny Valencia

Matt Chapman
Where should Matt Chapma end up after spring training? Oakland A’s prospect Matt Chapman is having a good spring. Actually, he’s having what some might call an incredible spring, and it’s not going unnoticed. Everyone has noticed the sixth-ranked prospect in the A’s organization. It started with the fans and even his teammates, who line up to watch his batting practice everyday, to manager Bob Melvin, who is now giving Chapman quite a lot of playing time this March. “He’s impressed us beyond what we expected at this point. I didn’t expect him to get this many at-bats,” Melvin said. […]

A’s prospect Matt Chapman proving himself this spring

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

  The Oakland A’s have officially come to terms with their top pick of the 2014 MLB draft. The A’s took Chapman as the No. 25 pick in the first round.  Chapman was drafted as a third baseman but rumor has it he can also pitch, having a dominant fastball. Chapman comes to the A’s from Cal State Fullerton. In 54 games during his junior year he batted .312 with .412 on-base percentage, hit six home runs and drove in 48 runs.  Chapman was named to the All-America third team by Baseball America. He was also named to the third-team […]

A’s sign top draft pick Matt Chapman