Stock Up, Down for Oakland Athletics’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock Up, Down for Oakland Athletics' Top 5 Prospects

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The Oakland Athletics have cooled off a bit since a blistering 13-5 start to the 2014 MLB season. A recent sweep handed down by the AL West rival-Rangers doesn't change the fact that Oakland is a contender, nor does it alter the Athletics' formula for success. Oakland boasts perhaps the best farm system in the big leagues, which is a product of stellar scouting efforts and an intelligent front office.

5. Max Muncy (1B)

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5. Max Muncy (1B)

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According to Baseball America, Muncy was the Athletics' sixth best prospect at the start of the 2014 MLB season, but his stock has risen since. Muncy is off to a hot start at double-A Midland, where he's compiled an .881 OPS with 19 hits, including five extra-base hits, in 63 at-bats. He features outstanding strike-zone discipline, indicated by his strikeout to walk ratio (18:11). Muncy could possibly make his debut as soon as September.

4. Michael Ynoa (RHP)

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4. Michael Ynoa (RHP)

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The A's are flat out loaded with front line pitching talent. Ynoa is just another example of that, although his stock is down after a rocky start to the 2014 season. Ynoa has posted an ugly 20.25 ERA in three relief appearances at high class-A. He's allowed six earned runs on four hits and four walks in 2.2 innings pitched. Ynoa is a solid talent, regardless. He's touted as the Athletics' fourth best prospect and will eventually prove his worth.

3. Raul Alcantara (RHP)

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3. Raul Alcantara (RHP)

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Alcantara flaunts some of the dirtiest stuff in the Athletics' organization. He's a nasty junk-baller who keeps hitters off balance with an unusually well-developed repertoire of pitches for a 21-year-old pitcher. Alcantara is off to a stellar start at double-A Midland, registering a 2-0 record with a 2.29 ERA while allowing just 22 base runners in 19.2 innings pitched. He could be the future ace of the A's.

2. Billy McKinney (OF)

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2. Billy McKinney (OF)

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McKinney is perhaps the best defensive outfielder in the Athletics' system. He can also hit, although he hasn't excelled at the plate since making the transition from low class-A to high class-A this season. The 19-year-old prospect owns a .216 batting average in 74 at-bats so far in 2014. He combined to hit .326 between the rookie league and low class-A in 2013, his first season of professional baseball, and is bound to turn the corner.

1. Addison Russell (SS)

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1. Addison Russell (SS)

Addison Russell (SS)
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The biggest name in the Athletics' farm system is Russell, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 first-year player draft. Russell's Spring Training stint was cut short due to a hamstring injury, but his stock is back up after recently making his 2014 minor league debut at double-A Midland. Russell has five hits, including a double and home run, in seven at-bats. After proving that he's fully healthy, he'll likely be promoted to triple-A Sacramento.

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