Oakland A's 2013 Top-50 Prospects

After much deliberation, we are releasing our 2013 Oakland A's top-50 prospects list. Inside, subscribers get a sneak preview of the list, which we will unveil to the general public in early 2013. Over the next several weeks, subscribers will also receive in-depth scouting reports on each of the 50 prospects listed. Click inside for the full list…

Below is our 2013 Oakland A's top-50 prospects list. As we have done for the past four years, we are unveiling the entire list to our subscribers first before we release the scouting reports on each of these players. The scouting reports will be released five players at a time. At the end of the scouting reports series, we will make the full list available to all readers. Until that time, we ask that you please not post this list to any messageboards or other websites. If the A's wind-up making a number of trades this off-season that impact this prospect list, we will release a revised version before the start of spring training.

This is the eighth year that we have released a top-50 prospects list and determining this list is never easy. We strongly considered more than 60 players for this list and, undoubtedly, there will be players who just missed this list who will make us look foolish next season for leaving them off. At the end of our scouting report series, we will release a list of players who just missed making this ranking.

We are often asked about our methodology in choosing these prospects and their ranking order. It is, without question, the most difficult task we undertake each year. Guessing the future value of a player is a subjective and unscientific proposition, at best. That being said, it is something that we take very seriously and put a lot of time and effort into.

We base our evaluations on the following criteria: 1) talent/ceiling (does this player have an unusual set of talents that, should he reach his maximum potential, would allow him to be a star?); 2) chances of having a big league career (is this player a future major league regular?) 3) projection (is this player likely to reach his maximum potential, whatever that potential may be?); 4) results on the field (did this player produce numbers that indicate he will have future success?); 5) age relative to level (did this player compete against age-appropriate competition last season and is he still young enough to have a long career in the big leagues?); 6) make-up (does this player project the temperament, intelligence and work ethic to succeed on a big stage?); 7) position (a middle infielder, centerfielder or catcher might be considered more valuable in the long run than a corner outfielder or infielder; same goes for a potential starting pitcher as opposed to a reliever).

Our assessments for all of these players are borne out of discussions throughout the season with baseball executives, scouts, players and other media members, as well as our staff's own personal observations of the players being analyzed, where we have had opportunities to watch them play on numerous occasions.

We recognize that these rankings will be controversial and we welcome your feedback. Next week, we will have a subscriber-only live chat on this site where we invite you to discuss these rankings with us, as well as any questions about the upcoming scouting reports. Stay tuned next week for the exact date and time of this chat.

And without further ado, we present to you our 2013 top-50 Oakland A's prospects list…

Oakland A's 2013 Top-50 Prospects

1. Addison Russell
2. Dan Straily
3. Michael Choice
4. A.J. Cole
5. Sonny Gray
6. Grant Green
7. Brad Peacock
8. Miles Head
9. Daniel Robertson
10. Max Stassi
11. Renato Nunez
12. Ian Krol
13. Pedro Figueroa
14. Michael Taylor
15. Vicmal De La Cruz
16. Matt Olson
17. Nolan Sanburn
18. Arnold Leon
19. Beau Taylor
20. Raul Alcantara
21. David Freitas
22. Bruce Maxwell
23. Jermaine Mitchell (DFAd)
24. Conner Crumbliss
25. Andrew Carignan
26. Max Muncy
27. Bobby Crocker
28. Blake Hassebrock
29. Michael Ynoa
30. Blake Treinen
31. Chris Bostick
32. Shane Peterson
33. B.A. Vollmuth
34. B.J. Boyd
35. Aaron Shipman
36. T.J. Walz
37. Tyler Vail
38. Seth Streich
39. Andrew Werner
40. James Simmons
41. Josh Bowman
42. Drew Granier
43. Anthony Aliotti
44. Graham Godfrey (TRADED TO BOSTON)
45. Bruce Billings
46. Chad Oberacker
47. Dakota Bacus
48. Josh Whitaker
49. Jose Torres
50. Stephen Parker

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