Yairo Munoz, Franklin Barreto and Max Schrock (left to right) / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Subscriber Sneak Peek: Oakland A's 2017 Top-50 Prospects

After much deliberation, we are releasing our 2017 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 2017. 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 2017 Oakland A's top-50 prospects list. As we have done for the past eight 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 12th 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 roughly 90 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. Note that as a general rule, we haven't included players on this ranking who have yet to make their official professional debuts. Consequently, newly signed players in the July 2nd period this year were not eligible for this list. Players who used up their rookie eligibility in the big leagues in 2016 are also not eligible for this list.

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/1517053...).

And without further ado, we present to you our 2017 top-50 Oakland A's prospects list…

Oakland A's 2017 Top-50 Prospects, as of Nov. 21, 2016

  1. Franklin Barreto
  2. A.J. Puk
  3. Matt Chapman
  4. Grant Holmes
  5. Yairo Munoz
  6. Renato Nunez
  7. Chad Pinder
  8. Frankie Montas
  9. Matt Olson
  10. Richie Martin
  11. Jharel Cotton
  12. Daniel Gossett
  13. Dakota Chalmers
  14. Heath Fillmyer
  15. Bruce Maxwell
  16. Bobby Wahl
  17. Joey Wendle
  18. Jaycob Brugman
  19. Daulton Jefferies
  20. Max Schrock
  21. Sean Murphy
  22. Raul Alcantara
  23. Logan Shore
  24. Skylar Syznski
  25. Paul Blackburn
  26. Dillon Overton (traded to SEA)
  27. Tucker Healy
  28. Corey Walter
  29. Casey Meisner
  30. Dylan Covey (lost in Rule 5 draft - CHW)
  31. Brandon Bailey
  32. Eli White
  33. Rangel Ravelo
  34. James Harris
  35. Tyler Marincov
  36. Brett Graves
  37. Sandber Pimentel
  38. James Naile
  39. Skye Bolt
  40. Chris Iriart
  41. Miguel Mercedes
  42. Nate Mondou
  43. Sam Bragg
  44. Joe Bennie
  45. Joel Seddon
  46. Angel Duno
  47. Evan Manarino
  48. Trey Cochran-Gill
  49. Nolan Blackwood
  50. B.J. Boyd

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