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Oakland A's 2013 Top-50 Prospects
Below is our 2013 Oakland A's top-50 prospects list. As we have done for the past four years, we are unveiling the entire list to our subscribers first before we release the scouting reports on each of these players. The scouting reports will be released five players at a time. At the end of the scouting reports series, we will make the full list available to all readers. Until that time, we ask that you please not post this list to any messageboards or other websites. If the A's wind-up making a number of trades this off-season that impact this prospect list, we will release a revised version before the start of spring training. This is the eighth year that we have released a top-50 prospects list and determining this list is never easy. We strongly considered more than 60 players for this list and, undoubtedly, there will be players who just missed this list who will make us look foolish next season for leaving them off. At the end of our scouting report series, we will release a list of players who just missed making this ranking. We are often asked about our methodology in choosing these prospects and their ranking order. It is, without question, the most difficult task we undertake each year. Guessing the future value of a player is a subjective and unscientific proposition, at best. That being said, it is something that we take very seriously and put a lot of time and effort into. We base our evaluations on the following criteria: 1) talent/ceiling (does this player have an unusual set of talents that, should he reach his maximum potential, would allow him to be a star?); 2) chances of having a big league career (is this player a future major league regular?) 3) projection (is this player likely to reach his maximum potential, whatever that potential may be?); 4) results on the field (did this player produce numbers that indicate he will have future success?); 5) age relative to level (did this player compete against age-appropriate competition last season and is he still young enough to have a long career in the big leagues?); 6) make-up (does this player project the temperament, intelligence and work ethic to succeed on a big stage?); 7) position (a middle infielder, centerfielder or catcher might be considered more valuable in the long run than a corner outfielder or infielder; same goes for a potential starting pitcher as opposed to a reliever). Our assessments for all of these players are borne out of discussions throughout the season with baseball executives, scouts, players and other media members, as well as our staff's own personal observations of the players being analyzed, where we have had opportunities to watch them play on numerous occasions. We recognize that these rankings will be controversial and we welcome your feedback. Next week, we will have a subscriber-only live chat on this site where we invite you to discuss these rankings with us, as well as any questions about the upcoming scouting reports. Stay tuned next week for the exact date and time of this chat. And without further ado, we present to you our 2013 top-50 Oakland A's prospects list… Oakland A's 2013 Top-50 Prospects 1. Addison Russell 2. Dan Straily 3. Michael Choice 4. A.J. Cole 5. Sonny Gray 6. Grant Green 7. Brad Peacock 8. Miles Head 9. Daniel Robertson 10. Max Stassi 11. Renato Nunez 12. Ian Krol 13. Pedro Figueroa 14. Michael Taylor 15. Vicmal De La Cruz 16. Matt Olson 17. Nolan Sanburn 18. Arnold Leon 19. Beau Taylor 20. Raul Alcantara 21. David Freitas 22. Bruce Maxwell 23. Jermaine Mitchell (DFAd) 24. Conner Crumbliss 25. Andrew Carignan 26. Max Muncy 27. Bobby Crocker 28. Blake Hassebrock 29. Michael Ynoa 30. Blake Treinen 31. Chris Bostick 32. Shane Peterson 33. B.A. Vollmuth 34. B.J. Boyd 35. Aaron Shipman 36. T.J. Walz 37. Tyler Vail 38. Seth Streich 39. Andrew Werner 40. James Simmons 41. Josh Bowman 42. Drew Granier 43. Anthony Aliotti 44. Graham Godfrey (TRADED TO BOSTON) 45. Bruce Billings 46. Chad Oberacker 47. Dakota Bacus 48. Josh Whitaker 49. Jose Torres 50. Stephen Parker
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