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Oakland A's sending 49 prospects to 2016 Fall Instructional League

The 2016 minor league regular season has ended, but the off-season work will be beginning soon. Later this month, the Oakland A's will open their annual month-long fall Instructional League camp. We bring you an exclusive look at the Instructs roster.

Later this month, the Oakland A's will welcome 49 prospects to their minor league complex in Mesa, Arizona, for their annual Fall Instructional League camp. The A's "Instructs" roster this year features many of their most highly regarded prospects, including newly acquired pitching prospect Grant Holmes, 2016 Day 1 picks A.J. PukDaulton Jefferies and Logan Shore, several members of their highly regarded 2016 international amateur signing class (including Lazaro Armenteros, aka "Lazarito"), as well as 2015 top pick Richie Martin and 2016 top position player selection Sean Murphy.

Time spent in the Instructional League can often be the most valuable of a young player's career. Instructs is designed to provide A's prospects with lots of one-on-one coaching. The A's Instructs team will take on the Instructs clubs from several Arizona-based organizations. The daily schedule for the Instructional League is generally filled with early morning meetings, plenty of conditioning and drills and then games. It can be grueling, but it also plays an important role in helping young players build foundations for the rest of their playing careers.

This year's A's Instructs roster features many young players, including four 16-year-olds and three 17-year-olds. The youngest player in camp is infielder Marcos Brito, who won't turn 17 until March 6, 2017. The oldest player in camp is Tyler Willman, who turns 24 in October. Several players will be making their professional debuts at Instructs, including Lazarito, Brito, Kevin RichardsGeorge Bell and Yerdel Vargas. Right-hander Abdiel Mendoza -- all 5'10'', 135 pounds of him -- will be making his US debut after posting a 2.32 ERA and a 25:9 K:BB in 31 innings in the Dominican Summer League in his pro debut season this year.

Twenty-four members of the A's 2016 draft class will be attending their first Instructs.

There will be plenty of players to watch during Instructs, including the A's top six picks in this year's draft: Puk, Jefferies, Shore, Murphy, Skylar Szynski and JaVon Shelby, who struggled for much of his pro debut season but had a power surge during the final week of the 2016 season with Vermont.

Holmes will have his first one-on-one coaching opportunity with the A's minor league staff after coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a late July trade. Holmes pitched for High-A Stockton after the trade with mixed results. Fellow Stockton right-hander Casey Meisner will be in camp after a long season with the Ports during which he lost his first 12 decisions. Meisner pitched better in the second half before fading during his final few starts of the season and will be looking to build off of a mostly positive second half of the season.

Others to watch include Dustin Driver, who had an injury-plagued 2016 season and will be looking to rebuild his confidence and his command of the strike-zone; Szynski, who made his pro debut in Arizona and threw limited innings after signing an above-slot deal as a fourth-round pick out of an Indiana high school; Dakota Chalmers, who got off to a fast start with Vermont but struggled with command issues late in the year; Martin, who will be looking to build off of a strong month of August and his experience with Double-A Midland in the Texas League post-season; and Skye Bolt, who showed flashes of promise with Beloit this year but was inconsistent. Several other storylines are also likely to emerge from the camp, as they do every year.

Below is the complete roster, as of 9/12/2016. 

Oakland A's 2016 Fall Instructional League roster

 

Pitchers (22)

DOB

B/T

HT

WT

2016 Club(s)

Acquired

Blackwood, Nolan

3/16/1995

R/R

6'5"

175

VT/BEL

2016 (14th round)

Blanco, Argenis

5/23/1996

R/R

5'11"

210

AZL

2012 (FA)

Butler, Brendan

5/2/1993

L/R

6'3"

221

VT/BEL/STO

2015 (30th round)

Chalmers, Dakota

10/8/1996

R/R

6'3"

178

VT

2015 (3rd round)

Damron, Ty

7/28/1994

L/L

6'2"

205

VT

2016 (15th round)

Driver, Dustin

10/11/1994

R/R

6'2"

230

AZL/VT/BEL

2013 (7th round)

Duno, Angel

1/10/1994

R/R

5'10"

207

BEL

2011 (FA)

Gilbert, Will

2/9/1994

L/L

5'11"

172

VT

2016 (8th round)

Highberger, Nick

11/4/1993

R/R

5'10"

187

AZL/STO

2016 (30th round)

Holmes, Grant

3/22/1996

L/R

6'1"

210

RNC/STO

2016 (Trade LAD)

Hurlbutt, Dustin

11/5/1992

R/R

6'1"

223

BEL

2015 (16th round)

Jefferies, Daulton

8/2/1995

L/R

6'0"

177

AZL

2016 (CBA-A)

Meisner, Casey

5/22/1995

R/R

6'7"

196

STO

2015 (Trade NYM)

Mendoza, Abdiel

9/19/1998

R/R

5'10"

135

DSL

2015 (FA)

Puk, A.J.

4/25/1995

L/L

6'7"

253

VT

2016 (1st round)

Sanchez, Miguel

11/27/1995

R/R

6'3"

182

DSL/AZL

2015 (FA)

Sawyer, Dalton

11/22/1993

L/L

6'5"

213

VT

2016 (9th round)

Shore, Logan

12/28/1994

R/R

6'2"

221

VT

2016 (2nd round)

Szynski, Skylar

7/14/1997

L/R

6'2"

200

AZL

2016 (4th round)

Tomasovich, Andrew

9/24/1993

L/L

6'2"

212

BEL

2015 (21st round)

Tovar, Oscar

3/19/1998

R/R

6'1"

209

AZL

2014 (FA)

Willman, Tyler

10/8/1992

R/R

6'5"

212

VT/BEL

2014 (12th round)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catchers (5)

DOB

B/T

HT

WT

2016 Club(s)

Acquired

Costa, Jarrett

4/23/1993

R/R

5'11"

225

AZL/VT

2016 (33rd round)

Gonzalez, Roger

11/2/1993

S/R

5'9"

185

AZL/BEL

2016 (22nd round)

Murphy, Sean

10/4/1994

R/R

6'3"

220

AZL/VT

2016 (3rd round)

Theroux, Collin

5/10/1994

R/R

6'1"

215

AZL/BEL

2016 (32nd round)

Weber, Skyler

6/6/1995

L/R

5'10"

187

AZL

2016 (18th round)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infielders (12)

DOB

B/T

HT

WT

2016 Club(s)

Acquired

Bell, George

1/3/2000

R/R

6'2"

170

Signed for ‘17

2016 (FA)

Brito, Marcos

3/6/2000

S/R

6'0"

165

Signed for ‘17

2016 (FA)

Iriart, Chris

10/7/1994

R/R

6'2"

225

AZL/BEL/STO

2015 (12th round)

Marinez, Eric

9/12/1995

S/R

6'1"

192

VT

2012 (FA)

Martin, Richie

12/22/1994

R/R

5'11"

200

STO/MID

2015 (1st round)

Mercedes, Miguel

9/12/1995

R/R

6'2"

263

VT

2013 (FA)

Mondou, Nate

3/24/1995

L/R

5'9"

198

AZL/VT

2016 (13th round)

Quintin, Christopher

6/7/1999

R/R

6'0"

174

DSL/AZL

2015 (FA)

Shelby, JaVon

5/6/1995

R/R

6'1"

189

AZL/VT

2016 (5th round)

Vargas, Yerdel

2/17/2000

R/R

6'0"

170

Signed for ‘17

2016 (FA)

Vidales, Josh

8/6/1993

S/R

5'9"

165

AZL

2016 (28th round)

White, Eli

6/26/1994

R/R

6'3"

190

AZL/VT

2016 (11th round)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfielders (10)

DOB

B/T

HT

WT

2016 Club(s)

Acquired

Armenteros, Lazaro

5/22/1999

R/R

6'0"

182

Signed for ‘17

2016 (FA)

Bennie, Robert

1/20/1994

R/R

6'1"

208

AZL/VT

2016 (24th round)

Bolt, Skye

1/15/1994

S/R

6'3"

178

BEL

2015 (4th round)

Churlin, Anthony

5/27/1997

R/R

6'1"

193

AZL

2016 (16th round)

McCray, Jeramiah

3/3/1998

R/L

5'10"

160

AZL

2016 (25th round)

Nowlin, Kyle

3/4/1994

R/R

6'0"

237

AZL

2016 (21st round)

Persico, Luke

10/4/1995

R/R

6'3"

175

AZL/VT

2016 (12th round)

Ramirez, Tyler

2/21/1995

L/L

5'9"

188

AZL/VT

2016 (7th round)

Richards, Kevin

1/8/2000

R/R

6'2"

162

Signed for ‘17

2016 (FA)

Terrell, James

1/10/1997

R/R

5'11"

167

AZL/VT

2015 (11th round)


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