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Here's a preseason look at the A's farm system

@JimCallisMLB
March 23, 2020

The Athletics are coming off consecutive 97-win seasons, their best back-to-back years since 2002-03, and could get even stronger in 2020. Their system has three legitimate American League Rookie of the Year candidates, all of whom gave a glimpse of their talents as late-season callups a year ago.

Pitching, prospects, OF among A's takeaways

Three reasons for optimism about Oakland's team after Spring Training
@MartinJGallegos
March 16, 2020

OAKLAND -- Spring Training came to an abrupt end for the A’s last week following Major League Baseball’s decision to suspend camp for all 30 clubs due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. At the time play was halted, the A’s were on a hot streak in

Notes: Rainout; progress for Mengden, Puk

@MartinJGallegos
March 11, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The A’s and Angels held out hope to get Wednesday's Cactus League game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in, even postponing the scheduled 1 p.m. PT start by one hour, but a downpour of rain in the Phoenix area led to the official cancellation of the contest. Sean

Inbox: Machin's status; 2B plans; Puk, Luzardo

Beat reporter Martin Gallegos answers questions from A’s nation
@MartinJGallegos
March 10, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- A lot has changed in A’s camp over the past week. Since our last A’s Inbox, the club has trimmed its active roster in big league camp from 57 players to 41. Among those cuts was Sheldon Neuse, Oakland’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, which gives

Luzardo, Pinder, Kemp impress 'mates in camp

Grossman, Deichmann also get clubhouse compliments for efforts
@MartinJGallegos
March 4, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- As we reach the midway point of Spring Training, the A’s have had certain players surprise teammates with their strong play. Others who had high expectations are just living up to the hype, but that doesn’t make them any less impressive.

Injury update: No elbow damage for Jefferies

A's right-handed pitching prospect has strained biceps
@MartinJGallegos
March 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS -- The A’s can breathe a sigh of relief after learning the MRI results for pitching prospect Daulton Jefferies showed no damage to his elbow. Jefferies, the A’s No. 12 prospect and top right-hander, per MLB Pipeline, departed a Cactus League appearance against the Brewers on Feb. 24

Notes: Puk's challenge; Bassitt's baffling curve

@MartinJGallegos
February 27, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- A pitcher’s first couple of Spring Training appearances can get monotonous at times, save when a game breaks out within a game. A.J. Puk engaged in one on Thursday against the Rockies. Making his second Cactus League start in what ended as a 5-2 victory for the

Luzardo peppers zone in sizzling spring debut

February 25, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jesus Luzardo arrived with the A’s last September and he showcased a brief glimpse of the tantalizing potential that rocketed the left-hander up the Minor League ranks, culminating in him entering the 2020 season ranked as the club’s top prospect and No. 12 overall by MLB Pipeline.

Machin eager to seize opportunity at A's camp

@MartinJGallegos
February 17, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- Vimael Machin was expecting to compete for a second-base job this Spring Training. What he did not anticipate was that the opportunity would come with the A’s. Drafted by the Cubs in 2015, Machin spent five seasons in the club’s Minor League system, working his way up

Jefferies headlines A's next wave of young arms

Club's No. 12 prospect aims to continue development in spring camp
@MartinJGallegos
February 15, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- The A’s only began to scratch the surface on their immense depth of pitching with the callups of Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk last season. In addition to those southpaws, there are a few young arms in camp this Spring Training who could make an impact in

One prospect to watch on each team

February 13, 2020

The future is now. As Spring Training gets underway, there will be position battles and players with much to prove. But there will also be highly touted prospects who will be putting their talents on display against Major Leaguers during Cactus League and Grapefruit League action. Here's a guide to

Cotton designated; Jefferies added to A's roster

@MartinJGallegos
November 20, 2019

OAKLAND -- With their 40-man roster filled up and needing to find a spot for one of their promising young pitchers, the A’s had to make a tough decision. Oakland added Daulton Jefferies to its 40-man roster just hours before the deadline to set rosters in order to protect eligible

This is the state of the A's farm system

@JonathanMayo
November 12, 2019

The A’s are coming off back-to-back 97-win seasons that resulted in Wild Card Game appearances. Both rosters were largely built via trades, which should give you an idea of what the current farm system will be used for in the future if the A’s continue to be competitive in the

Athletics Arizona Fall League updates

October 25, 2019

Seven A's prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Shortstop Nick Allen (No. 6), outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), first baseman Alfonso Rivas (No. 25), right-hander Brady Feigl (No. 28), right-hander Daniel Gossett, right-hander Jhenderson Hurtado, and right-hander Jesus Zambrano.

Luzardo enters '20 looking like an ace

With 12 stellar innings in relief under his belt, lefty set to start
@MartinJGallegos
October 24, 2019

OAKLAND -- Jesus Luzardo embraced the high expectations as MLB Pipeline’s top-rated left-handed pitching prospect that accompanied him to Spring Training. And once Luzardo’s call to the Majors finally came in September, the 21-year-old certainly did not shy away from the spotlight. Luzardo looked more like a poised veteran than

Here are the 7 A's in the Arizona Fall League

No. 6 prospect Allen excited to make up for lost time in AFL
@JonathanMayo
September 26, 2019

It looked like Nick Allen was having a breakout season at the plate with Stockton in the Class A Advanced California League in 2019. The A’s No. 6 prospect, known more for his defensive prowess than his bat, had brushed off a first full season where he hit just .239/.301/.302

A's prospects deliver in walk-off AFL victory

@JesseSanchezMLB
September 23, 2019

MESA, Ariz. – The chants in the home dugout started with one out in the ninth inning and the Mesa Solar Sox trailing by two runs in Arizona Fall League action. Mesa second baseman Nick Allen, Oakland’s No. 6 prospect, could certainly hear it growing louder as he strolled to

Pipeline names A's Prospects of the Year

@MartinJGallegos
September 19, 2019

OAKLAND -- A tough-luck injury prevented Jorge Mateo from reaching the Majors in 2019, but his overall body of work has positioned him nicely as one of the A’s top hitting prospects. Mateo has been named Oakland's Minor League Hitter of the Year by MLB Pipeline, while right-hander Daulton Jefferies

A’s break out the brooms behind Manaea’s gem

Luzardo fires 3 innings of 1-run ball to earn first career save
@alysonfooter
September 15, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Given the A's just won their 90th game of the season, it's fair to say they managed pretty well without Sean Manaea while the lefty was rehabbing from last year's shoulder surgery. But if Manaea pitches as well as he has through his first three outings since being

Luzardo debuts with 3 IP of high-stakes relief

A's top prospect clocked at 98 mph, allows one hit (solo HR)
@MartinJGallegos
September 12, 2019

HOUSTON -- Few debuts in A's history have come with as much anticipation as the fanfare surrounding the one for young phenom Jesus Luzardo. After getting the call to the Majors on Monday, the left-hander finally took a big league mound for the first time on Wednesday night, and he

A's call up No. 1 prospect Luzardo

Peruvian-born lefty likely to come out of bullpen; Mengden recalled, Barrera to 60-day IL
@MartinJGallegos
September 9, 2019

HOUSTON -- It’s the dawn of a new era: The Jesus Luzardo Era. The A's selected Luzardo, their No. 1 prospect and No. 18 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, and also recalled right-hander Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. The left-hander joined the club at Minute Maid

Here's what to expect from Luzardo in the bigs

@JonathanMayo
September 9, 2019

If you had asked anyone within the A’s organization in February about top prospect Jesus Luzardo pitching in the big leagues in 2019, the answer would have been some kind of “when, not if” reply. And most would have put the over/under at some point in the first month or

A's Murphy has memorable big league debut

@MartinJGallegos
September 5, 2019

OAKLAND -- Sean Murphy sat around patiently for three days as he waited to get his first taste of big league action after joining the A’s on Sunday as a September callup. That chance finally came Wednesday, and he wasted no time making an impact. Murphy provided a glimpse into

No. 3 prospect Murphy among A's callups

RHP Blackburn, INF Barreto also brought up from Triple-A
@MartinJGallegos and @ladsonbill24
September 1, 2019

In the midst of the American League Wild Card race, the A's made moves to improve their roster Sunday by calling up catcher Sean Murphy, pitcher Paul Blackburn and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas. Murphy, the club’s No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is expected to see

'Big moment' for Neuse as he makes MLB debut 

@ladsonbill24
August 30, 2019

NEW YORK -- Infielder Sheldon Neuse, the Athletics' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, made his Major League debut in Oakland's 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Friday night, batting eighth as the designated hitter. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. Manager Bob Melvin considered putting Neuse at second