Team OBP 2007
Sacramento -- .361 OBP (2nd in PCL in OBP; 6th in PCL in runs scored)
Midland -- .341 OBP (tied for 1st in TX League in OBP; 4th in the TX League in runs scored)
Stockton -- .342 OBP (5th in Cal League in OBP; 5th in Cal League in runs scored)
Kane County -- .329 OBP (4th in MID League in OBP; 8th in MID League in runs scored)
Vancouver -- .357 OBP (3rd in NW League in OBP; 6th in NW League in runs scored)
AZL A's -- .349 OBP (4th in the AZL in OBP; 5th in the AZL in runs scored)
Oakland A's -- .338 OBP (6th in AL / 10th in MLB in OBP; 19th in MLB in runs scored)
Organizational Total: .344 OBP
Although the A's had a down year offensively in the major leagues, many of their minor league affiliates finished in the top halves of their respective leagues in OBP and runs scored. The A's 2007 draft class did a particularly good job of getting on-base this season, as is demonstrated by the strong OBP for the Vancouver Canadians this season.
For comparison's sake, let's take a look at how the A's affiliates fared in 2006.
Team OBP 2006
Sacramento -- .357 OBP (tied for 2nd in PCL in OBP; 3rd in PCL in runs scored)
Midland -- .363 OBP (1st in TX League in OBP; 3rd in TX League in runs scored)
Stockton -- .355 OBP (3rd in Cal League in OBP; third in Cal League in runs scored)
Kane County -- .348 OBP (1st in MID League in OBP; 1st in MID League in runs scored)
Vancouver -- .318 OBP (5th in NW League in OBP; 4th in NW League in runs scored)
AZL A's -- .332 OBP (8th out of nine in AZL in OBP; ninth (last) in AZL in runs scored)
Oakland A's -- .340 OBP (7th in AL / 10th in MLB in OBP; 16th in MLB in runs scored)
Organizational total: .347 OBP
Now let's take a look at the top-five individual on-base machines in the A's system in 2007.
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Minimum of 90 games played
1. Luke Appert -- .424 OBP in 125 games for STO and MID
2. Jermaine Mitchell -- .390 OBP in 122 games for KCC
3. Daric Barton -- .389 OBP in 136 games for SAC
4. Myron Leslie -- .386 OBP in 108 games for MID
5. Brian Snyder -- .379 OBP in 111 games for MID
None of the players on this top-10 list are a surprise. All five have established themselves as above-average players when it comes to getting on-base over the course of their minor league careers. In 2006, Appert had a .439 OBP, Mitchell was at .460, Barton was at .384, Leslie was at .365 and Snyder was at .374.
Now let's look at the top-five 2007 A's draft picks and non-drafted free agent signings in OBP this season.
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1. Adam Klein -- .477 OBP in 45 games for AZL A's
2. J.D. Pruitt -- .460 OBP in 61 games for VAN
3. Josh Horton -- .419 OBP in 52 games for KCC and VAN
4. Michael Richard -- .400 OBP in 61 games for VAN
5. Mike Lissman -- .397 OBP in 36 games for AZL A's
Some of the newest A's players were remarkably good at getting on-base during their pro debuts. Klein led all minor leaguers, while Pruitt and Richard teamed to be a formidable duo at the top of the Canadians' line-up for much of Vancouver's season. Horton reached base at better than a .400 clip at both short-season and Low-A. Lissman was an undrafted free agent signing, and he had a very productive pro debut and could be a sleeper.