Oakland A's 2015 Top-51 Prospects

After much deliberation, we are releasing our 2015 Oakland A's top-51 prospects list. Inside, subscribers get a sneak preview of the list, which we will unveil to the general public in early 2015. Over the next several weeks, subscribers will also receive in-depth scouting reports on each of the 51 prospects listed. Click inside for the full list…

Below is our 2015 Oakland A's top-51 prospects list. We have expanded the list from 50 to 51 prospects because one of the prospects on the current list is expected to be the PTBNL in the Jeff Samardzija trade and we didn’t want to short anyone a scouting report. Update: The A's ended up sending cash rather than a player to the Cubs to complete that deal, so you all get a bonus prospect report. Lucky you!

As we have done for the past six years, we are unveiling the entire list to our subscribers first before we release the scouting reports on each of these players. This year, we will be releasing the scouting reports one at a time rather than five at once. More information to read! 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, Twitter, Facebook 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 10th year that we have released a top-50 prospects list and determining this list is never easy (full archive of past lists). We strongly considered more than 70 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 on our top-50 prospects thread on our subscriber-only messageboard (http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=304&f=3478).

And without further ado, we present to you our 2015 top-51 Oakland A's prospects list…

Oakland A's 2015 Top-51 Prospects

1. Daniel Robertson * Traded
2. Matt Olson
3. Matt Chapman
4. Renato Nunez
5. Dillon Overton
6. Dustin Driver
7. Daniel Gossett
8. Bobby Wahl
9. Chad Pinder
10. Yairo Munoz
11. Ryon Healy
12. Raul Alcantara
13. Max Muncy
14. Boog Powell * Traded
15. Chris Kohler
16. Brett Graves
17. Billy Burns
18. Michael Ynoa* Traded
19. Shane Peterson * Claimed off waivers
20. Bruce Maxwell
21. Seth Streich * Traded
22. Dylan Covey
23. Sandber Pimentel
24. Branden Kelliher
25. Jaycob Brugman
26. Tyler Marincov
27. Tucker Healy
28. Brendan McCurry
29. Trace Loehr
30. Seth Frankoff
31. Austin House * Traded
32. Justin Higley
33. Aaron Shipman
34. Arnold Leon
35. Chris Jensen
36. Chris Lamb
37. Jesus Zambrano
38. Edwin Diaz
39. B.J. Boyd
40. Taylor Thompson
41. Tyler Ladendorf
42. Jorge De Leon * Released
43. Robert Martinez
44. Paul Smyth
45. Josh Whitaker
46. Jesus Lopez
47. Koby Gauna
48. J.P. Sportman
49. Joel Seddon
50. Ryan Doolittle
51. Max Kuhn

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