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Breaking down A's 2016 Top 30 Prospects

System stocked with fresh faces, impact talent
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Then-general manager Billy Beane tore apart the A's big league roster after the team's painful collapse in 2014, trading away future AL MVP Josh Donaldson as well as Brandon Moss and Derek Norris.  

A slow start and steady descent to the bottom of the AL West in 2015 led to even more trades during the regular season. As a result, the A's Top 30 Prospects list for 2016 is rich with fresh faces and impact talent, many of whom appear poised to contribute in the coming years.

Then-general manager Billy Beane tore apart the A's big league roster after the team's painful collapse in 2014, trading away future AL MVP Josh Donaldson as well as Brandon Moss and Derek Norris.  

A slow start and steady descent to the bottom of the AL West in 2015 led to even more trades during the regular season. As a result, the A's Top 30 Prospects list for 2016 is rich with fresh faces and impact talent, many of whom appear poised to contribute in the coming years.

A's Top 30 Prospects list

The A's landed lefty Sean Manaea, the club's new top-ranked pitching prospect, in the Ben Zobrist deal, and received Casey Meisner, now its top-ranked righty, from the Mets in exchange for Tyler Clippard.

Team Top 30 Prospects lists

Franklin Barreto, the A's prized return in the Donaldson deal, is the team's new No. 1 prospect and MLB Pipeline's No. 23 overall prospect, and he's joined in the Top 100 by Manaea (No. 68) and first baseman Matt Olson (100).

Speaking of Olson, he, along with shortstop Chad Pinder, third baseman Renato Nunez, left-hander Dillon Overton and, later, Manaea, helped lead Double-A Midland to a Texas League title in 2015, and all five players are expected to reach the big leagues sometime in the next two seasons.

Biggest jump/fall
Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2015 preseason list to the 2016 preseason list.

Jump: Ryan Dull (2015: Unranked | 2016: 22)
Fall: Brett Graves (2015: 16 | 2016: Unranked)

Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Top 10 Farm Systems

Hit: Barreto (60)
Power: Olson (60)
Run: Skye Bolt (55)
Arm: Matt Chapman (70)
Defense: Richie Martin (60)
Fastball: Manaea (65)
Curveball: Dylan Covey (55)
Slider: Manaea (55)
Changeup: Dillon Overton (55)
Control: Overton (60)

How they were built
Draft: 20
International: 2
Trade: 8

Breakdown by ETA
2016: 8
2017: 11
2018: 9
2019: 2

Breakdown by position
1B: 2
2B: 1
3B: 3
SS: 6
OF: 2
RHP: 11
LHP: 5

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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