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Ranking the Oakland Athletics' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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The Oakland Athletics have been a team focused on developing young players rather than signing the top free agents. While money may be a factor, the A's have been able to compete despite the limited star power. With the loss of Jon Lester and Yoenis Cespedes at different points last year, the A's are looking to rebuild again. The future may be bright for Oakland because of their developmental system. Here are the Athletics' top 10 prospects.

10. Max Muncy

Max Muncy
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10. Max Muncy

Max Muncy
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Max Muncy has good plate discipline, hovering around a .275 average during his minor-league career. He hit 25 home runs in 2013, but dropped to seven last season.

Muncy has a great ability to recognize pitches, which helps his walk rate. He had 88 walks in 2013 and 87 in 2014. His OBP was .381 and .385 in those two seasons, respectively. Being more comfortable at first base, Muncy can focus on increasing his power and driving in those runs.

9. Dillon Overton

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9. Dillon Overton

Dillon Overton
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Dillon Overton began the 2013 season as Oklahoma's ace pitcher. He did strain his arm, which required him to change his delivery. The A's drafted him in the second round before it was discovered that Overton would need Tommy John surgery.

Overton has three good pitches with a low 90s fastball, a slider and changeup. He made 12 starts in 2014 and ended up with a 1.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He could be a steal for Oakland if he stays healthy.

8. Kendall Graveman

Kendall Graveman
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8. Kendall Graveman

Kendall Graveman
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Kendall Graveman was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, but he was sent to Oakland as a part of the Josh Donaldson trade. He rapidly moved up the Blue Jays' farm system and made his Major League debut in September.

Playing in four leagues in 2014, Graveman finished with a 14-6 record and a 1.83 ERA with 115 strikeouts. He has a 93 MPH fastball with some sinking action. He throws in a cutter to keep batters guessing.

7. Matt Chapman

The Athletics loaded up on infielders in the last three drafts, with Matt Chapman being one of them. As a third baseman, he fits the profile. He has a power bat and a strong arm. In limited stints on the mound, his fastball has been known to reach 98 MPH.

Chapman just needs to be a little more discipline at the plate. He had 47 strikeouts in 207 at-bats in 2014. With a little more discipline, Chapman has the talent to be a top third baseman.

6. Chad Pinder

While playing in the Cape Cod League, Chad Pinder drew some comparisons to Evan Longoria. That may be a big of an exaggeration, but it's worth noting that he has some raw talent.

He has quick bat speed, which allows him to drive the ball to the opposite field. Pinder can undoubtedly hit double-digit home runs in every season. He can play both shortstop and second base, giving the A's a little bit of flexibility in the infield.

5. Raul Alcantara

Raul Alcantara
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5. Raul Alcantara

Raul Alcantara
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Raul Alcantara came over from Boston for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney in 2011. It looks like the A's got the better of the deal.

After a rough year with the new organization, Alcantara bounced back in 2013. He went 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. Unfortunately, things went south, as he needed Tommy John surgery last spring. If and when he is ready to return, Alcantara will be ready to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter.

4. Renato Nunez

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4. Renato Nunez

Renato Nunez
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Playing alongside Matt Olson, Renato Nunez provided Class-A Beloit with another power hitter. He ranked fifth in the Midwest League with 19 home runs in 2013, and he hit 29 in 2014. Nunez also has quick hands and can drive the ball all across the field.

With the speed he possesses, Nunez has been known to be overaggressive on the bases. If he can be a little more discipline, Nunez would be a good option for power and average.

3. Sean Nolin

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3. Sean Nolin

Sean Nolin
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Another player drafted by Toronto, Sean Nolin made his Major League debut in 2013. He went back to Triple-A in 2014 and was slowed by a groin injury.

Nolin doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he works it with control. His fastball comes in at 90 MPH and his height forces the ball to come in at a downward angle. When he recovers from the groin injury, Nolin will be a solid starter in Class-A. Look for him to be called up sometime this year.

2. Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto is the youngest player on the Athletics' prospect list. He will turn 19 next month, but has shown great promise already. Despite not having a big build, he has a compact swing and quick hands, allowing him to connect with the ball in the sweet spot.

In 73 games last season, he stole 29 bases with a .311 batting average. We won't see Barreto for a few years. But when we do, he'll be a great leadoff hitter for the A's.

1. Matt Olson

Matt Olson
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1. Matt Olson

Matt Olson
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Matt Olson may be the best power hitter playing in the Athletics' farm system. In 2013, he finished second in the Midwest League in home runs with 23 as a 19 year old. He improved on that the following season with 37 home runs.

The batting average does take a hit because of the power. Over the last two seasons, Olson struck out 285 times. If he can stop swinging for the fences all the time, he will be a superstar when he debuts.

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