Subscriber Sneak Peek: Oakland A's 2016 Top-50 Prospects

After much deliberation, we are releasing our 2016 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 2016. 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 2016 Oakland A's top-50 prospects list. As we have done for the past seven years, we are unveiling the entire list to our subscribers first before we release the scouting reports on each of these players. As we did last 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 11th 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://www.scout.com/mlb/athletics/forums/3478-athletics-premium/14277266-2016-top-50-a-s-prospects-subscriber-sneak-peek).

And without further ado, we present to you our 2016 top-50 Oakland A's prospects list…

  1. Franklin Barreto
  2. Matt Olson
  3. Sean Manaea
  4. Matt Chapman
  5. Chad Pinder
  6. Renato Nunez
  7. Jacob Nottingham (*Traded)
  8. Richie Martin
  9.  Yairo Munoz
  10. Dillon Overton
  11. Casey Meisner
  12. Dakota Chalmers
  13. Joey Wendle
  14. Mikey White
  15. Rangel Ravelo
  16. Sean Nolin (*Claimed off waivers)
  17. Ryon Healy
  18. Raul Alcantara
  19. Daniel Mengden
  20. Jose Torres (*Traded)
  21. Heath Fillmyer
  22. Jaycob Brugman
  23. Max Muncy
  24. R.J. Alvarez
  25. Dustin Driver
  26. Brendan McCurry (*Traded)
  27. Bubba Derby (*Traded)
  28. Ryan Dull
  29. Sandber Pimentel
  30. Oscar Tovar
  31. Jesus Zambrano
  32. Colin Walsh (*Lost in Rule 5 draft)
  33. Chris Kohler
  34. Tucker Healy
  35. Jesus Lopez
  36. Dylan Covey
  37. Skye Bolt
  38. Bobby Wahl
  39. Kris Hall
  40. Trace Loehr
  41. B.J. Boyd
  42. J.P. Sportman
  43. Lana Akau
  44. Boomer Biegalski
  45. Carson Blair
  46. Jhonny Rodriguez
  47. Bruce Maxwell
  48. Brett Siddall
  49. Argenis Raga
  50. Brett Graves


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