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5 Oakland Athletics Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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5 Oakland Athletics Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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With the 2014 MLB regular season fast approaching there is only one thing on the minds of the Oakland Athletics and their fans. They all want a three-peat of American League West division titles. Going into the spring season it does seem like something of an uphill battle if you look at the personnel on the other teams compared to theirs. Anyone who knows the A’s knows never to look at the odds on paper though.

The success that the Athletics have enjoyed over the past few seasons is not about having the biggest name dress in your colors. It isn’t about getting the MVP award handed to your best player or having the most players elected to the all-star team. As a matter of fact the A’s generally are the most shunned team in all of baseball when it comes to all-star nods. It doesn’t matter because it’s not about that for the A’s; it’s about effort and heart.

I think they must ingrain in their minor league players that the game is a team sport and that they must give their dead-level best every single time they dress for their team. Sure most teams try to instill those qualities in their players but the Athletics must be somewhat better at it than other teams. Whatever the reasons, their minor league system works consistently well to help the MLB club win.

That could be in a trade where a minor leaguer goes elsewhere to bring a good player in but more than likely we are talking about the players that come up through the system and shine brightly in their collective MLB debuts. There is a group of minor leaguers coming to spring camp this year. Though some are new to the A’s system for one reason or another, they all will have equal opportunity to shine.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Darwin Perez

Darwin Perez Spring Training
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We all know who the best infield prospect in the Athletics system is. Somewhere not too far back there is Perez however. He is not going to blow many away offensively this spring but he tends to be a strong defensive infielder and can stretch to other positions if need be. Look for some interesting things from him this spring.

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4 – Jose Flores

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You might not have heard that much about Flores but he was picked up recently by the A’s organization. Most recently his minor league stats include time as a closer and a strikeouts per nine innings of 11.8. We all know the A’s have a closer this year but keep an eye on this guy anyway.

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3 – Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell Spring Training
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Maxwell is the 20th ranked prospect for the A’s and their top catcher coming to spring training from the minor league ranks. He is very likely to do some things this spring that will at least put him on someone’s radar for the next year or so.

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2 – Billy Burns

Billy Burns Spring Training
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Burns came over from the Nationals via trade and what a great deal it was. This outfielder has a ton of speed on his side. He doesn’t have much of a power stroke but everything else is going his way. It was a great pick-up for them and he certainly is someone to watch.

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1 – Addison Russell

Addison Russell Spring Training
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This really shouldn’t be a surprise. Russell is not going to start the season with the big league club unless something happens with the guys at the MLB level. It will not be very long however before this kid is ready to take that big next step. The A’s don’t want to rush him but an awesome spring might tempt them to change their minds a little bit.