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AL West Minor Leaguers set for big impact

@kennlandry
May 6, 2021

The American League West is loaded with star power at the big league level, and it’s no different in the Minor Leagues. Each club has a number of top prospects on track to make it to the The Show sooner than later. We take a look at which of those

Where A's Top 30 prospects are starting '21

@JonathanMayo
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 season getting started, here's a look at where the A's Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

Fun facts for every Low-A West team

California-based league home to beloved churros, ordained bears and reptile ghosts
@BensBiz
April 30, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 11th -- and final -- edition of a league-by-league article

A's Minor League Spring Training report

@JonathanMayo
April 28, 2021

No one has any idea of what the 2020 shutdown will do long-term in terms of impacting player development. How will players deal with a full season of Minor League games after a year off? Will there be more injuries and fatigue? How will teams work to offset any of

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

A's place Puk on IL with left biceps strain

@MartinJGallegos
April 8, 2021

It’s been a roller coaster of a week for A.J. Puk. Just days after turning in the best outing of his Major League career against the Dodgers on Monday, the left-hander was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Wednesday) prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros with a

Puk pristine in debut; is rotation spot near?

@MartinJGallegos
April 6, 2021

OAKLAND -- The A’s have long anticipated the emergence of A.J. Puk as an anchor to their starting rotation since drafting him sixth overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. After multiple setbacks, he might finally be ready to live up to that tantalizing potential. Puk, the A's No. 2 prospect

A's call up No. 2 prospect Puk; Pinder to IL

@MartinJGallegos
April 5, 2021

OAKLAND -- The A’s are calling upon one of their most exciting young arms for help. Left-hander A.J. Puk, who is rated Oakland’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was called up from the club’s alternate training site in Stockton, Calif., on Monday prior to the start of a three-game

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 10 Triple-A West teams

Explore a league populated by zombies, rockers, insects and iconic Homers
@BensBiz
April 1, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the second in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

A's take notice of Jefferies' gritty start

Righty battling lefties Irvin, Puk to replace Fiers in rotation
@MartinJGallegos
March 28, 2021

Lauded for his pinpoint command all spring, Daulton Jefferies suddenly lost control of the strike zone in the second inning of Sunday’s 9-3 A’s victory over the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. He issued three walks -- which matched his walk total in 13 innings entering the day -- to load

Puk delivers in final bid for rotation

Aramis Garcia earning backup catcher duties leads roster moves
@MartinJGallegos
March 27, 2021

A.J. Puk knew the heat was on. He knew after watching fellow A’s starting rotation contender Cole Irvin toss a scoreless gem with 10 strikeouts the previous night that he needed to turn around his slow start to spring with a strong outing on Saturday. Puk needed to show the

Notes: Jefferies locked in; Laureano returns

@MartinJGallegos
March 23, 2021

Daulton Jefferies immediately ran into trouble Tuesday by surrendering a leadoff triple to Josh Fuentes in the second inning against the Rockies. The A’s right-hander has admitted that such a situation would fluster him in the past. But this is a different Daulton Jefferies. Refusing to allow the inning to

3 candidates for Fiers' spot in A's rotation

@MartinJGallegos
March 23, 2021

We know the A’s will line up their starting rotation with some combination of Jesús Luzardo, Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas for the first four games of the regular season. That quartet, however, still needs a fifth member for a complete rotation. With veteran right-hander Mike Fiers expected

A's top performing prospects this spring

@MartinJGallegos
March 20, 2021

The absence of a Minor League season in 2020 was not ideal for the many top prospects in the A’s farm system seeking to take the next big step in their development. However, some of those young players are now benefitting from last year’s situation. To compensate for their games

Puk 'feeling great' in spring debut

@MartinJGallegos
March 17, 2021

When the A’s called up A.J. Puk for his Major League debut in August 2019, he wowed the Oakland Coliseum crowd with fastballs that flirted with triple digits on the radar gun. That velocity was missing on Wednesday, but the results were satisfactory, nonetheless. Appearing in a game for the

Impressive Reed out with quad injury

@MartinJGallegos
March 17, 2021

The Buddy Reed Show might have to go on a temporary hiatus this spring. Before Wednesday’s game against the Royals, A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed that Reed -- who has put the big league staff on notice with his impressive start to camp -- is dealing with a right quad

A's narrow OF competition; Reed still in mix

@MartinJGallegos
March 15, 2021

With so few holes to fill on the roster, the battle for the fourth outfield spot has become one of the main storylines of A’s camp. The list of players in contention for that outfield spot is narrowing down. Prior to Monday’s game against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., the

Buddy Reed one ... AL MVP Abreu zero

A's prospect robs White Sox slugger of extra bases with leaping grab
@MartinJGallegos
March 14, 2021

The Buddy Reed Show continues to be one of the most entertaining in baseball this spring, and the latest episode brought another eye-opening highlight play. During the fourth inning of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the White Sox at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., Reed -- the A’s No. 21 prospect

A's prospect Davidson learning from Crosby

@MartinJGallegos
March 13, 2021

For some top prospects, the lack of a Minor League season in 2020 could have stunted their development. That was not the case with Logan Davidson. Participating in the A’s alternate training site in San Jose, Calif., last summer, Davidson -- Oakland’s No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline -- utilized

A's Inbox: Top 30 prospects edition

Answering fans' questions as MLB Pipeline releases 2021 team rankings
@MartinJGallegos
March 8, 2021

There’s a different feel to the A’s Top 30 Prospects list this year. For much of the past three years, top names like Jesús Luzardo and Sean Murphy were on the cusp of a breakthrough at the big league level. Now that both have graduated and emerged as key pieces

Rosenthal (groin) scratched from debut

Allen soaking up playing time; Lowrie, Romo set for first game action
@MartinJGallegos
March 8, 2021

On a day the A’s would like to quickly forget (as they were on the wrong end of a 10-3 loss to the Royals in Surprise, Ariz.), Monday's biggest development came off the field.

Here are the A's 2021 Top 30 prospects

@MartinJGallegos
March 8, 2021

One of the downsides to teams seeing multiple top prospects graduate to the next level is how thin it can leave a farm system. For the A’s, the recent emergence of some former top prospects now contributing in Oakland leaves them redeveloping their next crop of young talent. After brief

Reed reveling in eye-opening spring for A's

No. 23 prospect racks up feats in first four Cactus League games
@MartinJGallegos
March 3, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After dazzling with his arm and bat through the A’s first three Cactus League games, Buddy Reed decided to show what he can do with his legs on Wednesday. Reed, Oakland’s No. 23 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, continued his impressive spring in a 10-7 loss to the

Notes: Reed stays hot; Dunshee blanks Crew

@MartinJGallegos
March 2, 2021

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The A’s easing most of their stars into Cactus League play has opened up a window for some of their younger players to make a good impression early on in spring. Buddy Reed is taking advantage. In the three games Oakland has played this spring, Reed has