Oakland Athletics: A Peek Into Some of the Top Prospects
The Oakland Athletics are potentially on the verge on making it to the playoffs for the second straight season as a wild card team in the American League. Oakland is a good amount of games back to the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West.
The Athletics are trying to catch the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot with the Cleveland Indians in the first spot right now. Oakland has developed a solid foundation within the organization. Who are some of the top prospects in the farm system?
The top prospect in their farm system is left-handed pitcher, Jesus Luzardo. He is currently on the seven-day injured list. Luzardo was a third-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. He was in part of a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madison to Washington a couple of years ago. Luzardo throws in the high 90s and has very good command and polish with his pitches. He also has good sink on pitches as well. Jesus Luzardo has the potential to be a front line starter.
He is 21 years old. Luzardo was projected to reach the majors sometime this season, but it most likely has to wait until next season. He is currently in Triple-A with the Las Vegas Aviators. Jesus Luzardo has not pitched since June 11. His record so far this season in five games pitched is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA. In 19.1 innings pitched, he has given up 17 hits and six runs. Luzardo has only walked two batters and has struck out 25.
The second-best prospect in the Oakland Athletics farm system is left-handed pitcher, A.J. Puk. He was the sixth overall pick in the MLB Draft in 2016. Puk and Luzardo could make a nice one-two punch in the big leagues. Puk is also pitching in Triple-A. He has four quality pitches and A.J. Puk throws his fastball in the high 90s. He is 24 years old and is projected to reach the big leagues in 2020. His record so far this season in 13 games pitched is 2-1 with a 4.87 ERA. In 20.1 innings pitched, Puk has given up 18 hits and 13 runs. He has walked eight batters and struck out nine.
The third-best prospect in Oakland’s farm system is catcher, Sean Murphy. He is 24 years old and is projected to reach the majors at some point before the season is over. Murphy is also in Triple-A. He was a third-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Sean Murphy is a solid hitter and he is also very good defensively. His batting average in 30 games played so far this season is .330 with eight home runs and 23 RBI’s. Murphy’s on-base percentage is .429.
The fourth-best prospect in the Athletics farm system is shortstop/second baseman, Jorge Mateo. He was signed as an international free agent by the New York Yankees on January 28, 2012. Mateo is 24 years old and it is very possible he could be a September call up if the Triple-A team doesn’t make it to the playoffs. Jorge Mateo will be an everyday player somewhere in the majors. He was a part of a trade that sent starting pitcher Sonny Gray to New York a few years ago. Mateo is very fast and he has also developed some pop into his swing. Jorge Mateo has played in 99 games so far this season in the minors. His batting average is .294 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI’s, along with 21 stolen bases. Mateo’s on-base percentage is .333.
The sixth-best prospect in their farm system is shortstop/second baseman, Nick Allen. He is currently on the seven-day injury list. Allen was drafted in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Whatever position Jorge Mateo is being played at in the future, Nick Allen will most likely play the other position. He is currently playing in High-A with the Stockton Ports. Allen is 20 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. In 72 games played in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .292 with three home runs and 25 RBI’s, along with 13 stolen bases. Allen’s on-base percentage is .363.
The seventh-best prospect in the Oakland Athletics farm system is shortstop, Logan Davidson. He was drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Davidson has a ton of upside at the position, but the franchise won’t rush his development. He is 21 years old and Logan Davidson isn’t projected to reach the majors until the 2022 season. He is currently in Single-A Short Season with the Vermont Lake Monsters. In 30 games played with them so far this season, his batting average is .183 with two home runs and five RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Davidson’s on-base percentage is .303.
The eighth-best prospect in the Oakland’s farm system is third baseman, Sheldon Neuse. He is a power hitter ready to make a name for himself in the big leagues but there are two problems for him. The first problem is Matt Chapman is the third baseman and the second problem is that Khris Davis is the designated Hitter. The Athletics have a ton of leverage in what to do with Neuse. He was drafted in the second round by the Washington Nationals in the 2016 MLB Draft. Sheldon Neuse was also a part of the Sean Doolittle trade a couple of years ago. Neuse has played in 103 games in Triple-A so far this season and that is where he is at this point in time.
Sheldon Neuse is 24 years old and he could very well be a September call up as well. His batting average so far this season is .325 with 20 home runs ad 86 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Neuse’s on-base percentage is .391.
The ninth-best prospect in the Oakland Athletics farm system is outfielder Luis Barrera. The A’s signed him as an international free agent on July 3, 2012. Barrera is currently in Double-A with the Midland RockHounds. He is also another player in the farm system that is on the seven-day injury list. Luis Barrera was projected to reach the majors in 2019 as a 23-year-old, but he will probably have to wait until next season to get there. Barrera is a very good line-drive and contact hitter. His batting average in 54 games played in so far this season is .321 with four home runs and 24 RBI’s, along with nine stolen bases. Luis Barrera’s on-base percentage is .357.
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