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A's have deal with 1st-round pick (sources)

June 14, 2019

The A’s have agreed to terms with Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson, the 29th overall pick in this year’s Draft, sources tell’s Jim Callis. The deal, which Oakland has not confirmed, is for the full slot value of $2,424,600. Davidson, 21, is the son of former Major Leaguer Mark Davidson,

Luzardo, Puk make season debuts in Stockton

A's top prospects impress in first appearances following injuries
June 12, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Wednesday brought with it exciting news from Class A Stockton, marking the highly anticipated season debuts for the A’s top two prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, Jesus Luzardo (ranked No. 13 in MLB) and A.J. Puk (No. 35) Puk, a first-round Draft pick in 2016 who had

Collegians prominent throughout A’s Draft

P/OF Smith and P Dicochea notable prep selections
June 5, 2019

OAKLAND -- Given the A’s knack for discovering and developing talent, at least two or three members from their 2019 Draft class can be expected to make an impact as Major League performers. However, management isn’t dropping any hints regarding which selections from this year’s draft, which concluded Wednesday, ultimately

Oakland takes 2 catchers on Day 2 of Draft

June 4, 2019

OAKLAND -- The A’s spanned virtually the entire continental United States with their group of selections in Tuesday’s Day 2 of the MLB Draft. • A's select SS Davidson at No. 29 overall The A’s looked east to find Harvard first baseman Patrick McColl. They looked within the west for

A's select SS Davidson at No. 29 overall

Clemson junior 8th shortstop taken in 1st round; Oakland gets Baum at 66
June 4, 2019

OAKLAND -- There wasn’t one specific area of need the A’s were targeting in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft. What general manager David Forst and his scouting team were in search of was an “impact player,” and they believe they found one in Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson.

A's need arms, but may surprise with picks

Oakland has options at Draft, including righty Johnson, infielder Jones
June 3, 2019

OAKLAND -- Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, both first-round selections by the A’s, are prime examples of how the Draft can change the outlook of an organization. The American League Gold Glove Award winners are now viewed as cornerstones of the franchise, and now the club is in search of

Cotton highlights return of A's young arms

Luzardo expected in Minors by end of month; Melvin mixes it up
May 16, 2019

DETROIT -- There’s a reason why the A’s didn’t go out and sign a big-name free-agent starting pitcher in the offseason, despite the predominant thought of a need to do so. They believe their plethora of rehabbing talented young pitchers can stack up with the best in MLB, they just

A's promote OF prospect Skye Bolt

Reliever Dull optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas; Olson nearing return from injury
May 4, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The A’s are looking to ignite their offense, and Skye Bolt, their No. 19 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline, might be just what they need. Bolt was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas before the A’s series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park, the club announced

Olson taking swings, anxious to return

First baseman close to rehab assignment; Luzardo resumes throwing
April 24, 2019

OAKLAND -- By the time the A’s return to the Oakland Coliseum for their next homestand on May 7, their starting lineup could feature Matt Olson somewhere in the middle of it. Olson has advanced in his rehab from right hand surgery to the point where he is now hitting

'Electric' Luzardo could return to Minors in May

A's top lefty prospect and camp standout progressing with rehab program
April 24, 2019

Jesus Luzardo is the top left-handed pitching prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and A's fans certainly welcomed the recent news that he has resumed throwing after a strained left shoulder idled him in March. During a sensational spring in which Luzardo struck out 15 batters and posted a 0.93 ERA

5 AL West prospects to watch early in 2019

April 11, 2019

The Minor League baseball season is under way and now is the time to start monitoring prospects, as many could have an impact this season in the American League West. Of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects, 17 are with organizations in the division, but even those not ranked among the

Starting spots for Athletics' Top 30 prospects

April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the A's Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

A's shut down Luzardo (shoulder) 4-6 weeks

March 21, 2019

TOKYO -- A's top prospect Jesus Luzardo is no longer an Opening Day rotation option. The much-hyped lefty has been shut down with a muscle strain in his left shoulder for four to six weeks, A's general manager David Forst announced prior to Thursday's Opening Series finale with the Mariners

A's farm still strong in OF despite loss of Murray

March 14, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- No question, losing Kyler Murray to the NFL was a blow to the Athletics, who spent the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 Draft and a $4.66 million bonus on him last June. They got most of their money back but lost the pick and an

After adjustments, A's Beck focused on power

March 14, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Professional baseball has required a series of adjustments from Austin Beck. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 Draft by the Athletics, Beck earned a $5,303,000 bonus on the basis of his five-tool promise. But he had a rude introduction to pro pitching that summer, going

Luzardo makes his case for final rotation spot

March 10, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Jesus Luzardo won’t be accompanying the A’s to Tokyo this week, but there’s a good reason for it. Oakland still considers him in play for the final rotation spot, so Luzardo will remain in the desert to stay on his regular throwing schedule. Upon the club's return,

Prospect Luzardo fans 6, continues strong camp

A's left-hander hasn't allowed an earned run in 5 2/3 spring innings
March 5, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- A’s top prospect Jesus Luzardo continues to impress, as he struck out six of the 10 batters he faced in 2 2/3 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Rangers at Hohokam Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The wondrous lefty worked around baserunners with ease -- including

Here are the Athletics' 2019 Top 30 Prospects

February 22, 2019

A lot of things went right for the A's in 2018. After three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A's won 97 games and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2014. Most of the playoff roster came via trades (though Matt Chapman and Matt Olson

Luzardo not feeling heat to win A's starting spot

Cotton, Puk progress in Tommy John recoveries; Chapman takes swings
February 12, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's most-talked-about prospect toed the rubber Tuesday for his first bullpen session of the spring, yet again prompting the big question:Will Jesus Luzardo be in the A's Opening Day rotation? :: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::Oakland, which had a strong showing watching Luzardo

Kyler Murray commits to becoming NFL QB

A's reportedly not giving up on convincing QB to come back to baseball
February 11, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's won't be seeing Kyler Murray in camp on Friday, or anytime soon for that matter.Murray has opted to forgo a future with the A's in favor of one with the NFL, voicing his decision to pursue a career as a quarterback in a tweet Monday

Prospect Kaprielian experiences lat discomfort

February 10, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Long-hyped pitching prospect James Kaprielian continues to be stymied by injury.A's manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander will be behind schedule this spring after experiencing lat discomfort during a bullpen session Friday."It looked like he was throwing good before that, but just a little something came up,

Luzardo out to earn A's starting spot this spring

Oakland prepared to start southpaw in Majors if deemed ready
February 9, 2019

OAKLAND -- One of baseball's top pitching prospects will soon descend upon the A's spring complex in Mesa, Ariz., and he'll warrant a stream of attention for weeks to come.Lefty Jesus Luzardo hopes to prove the hype is real. It just might land him a spot in Oakland's Opening Day

Murray to officially attend NFL combine

February 7, 2019

OAKLAND -- Kyler Murray is due in big league camp with the A's next week. Oakland's 2018 ninth-round Draft pick is also now due to leave camp -- assuming he shows up at all -- for a week-long stay in Indianapolis that could provide this two-sport standout clarity on his

Murray mum on baseball or football decision

A's prospect doesn't commit to attending Spring Training on press tour
February 1, 2019

As sports fans wait to see what kind of uniform Kyler Murray dons in the coming months, the two-sport phenom kept the intrigue high during a press tour on Friday.Murray appeared on several studio shows from Atlanta as part of a Super Bowl week press tour. That included a lengthy

Luzardo eyed as potential member of rotation

January 25, 2019

OAKLAND -- A's general manager David Forst mentioned five candidates Friday for the season-opening starting rotation before he named Jesus Luzardo as part of the competition.Forst obviously wasn't listing the pitchers in order of ability.The path to success seems astonishingly clear for Luzardo, who's widely acknowledged as one of the