The A’s have added a lot of talent over the past 18 months. However, most of the talent has come from trades as they continue to underachieve at the draft table and in the International market. Since they refuse to sign big free agents, they must rely on excellent player evaluation and development. I think they lag when you compare their organization with teams with similar approaches.
As with all systems, there is talent. I continue to be high on Tyler Soderstrom and see him as an offensive-first player who may have to move off catching. Zack Gelof has plus power and should be able to hit enough to become a full-time regular. Their pitching is comprised mainly of acquired players with mostly mid-rotation or number-four starter ceilings.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Tyler Soderstrom
- Biggest Mover: Jordan Diaz
- Emerging Prospect: Carlos Pacheco