Braves Find Plenty Of Production From Farm System In Recent Years
CHICAGO–Their offseason acquisitions of the Upton brothers notwithstanding, the Braves don’t make a lot of flashy moves and they don’t throw a lot of money around. In the past four [...]
2013 Organization Talent Rankings: Cardinals Rank No. 1
As a cap to our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30. Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth [...]
Relaxation Keys Breakout For A’s Crocker
Sometimes, a ballplayer can just try too hard. From the time Bobby Crocker signed with the Athletics after being their fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal Poly, he worked so hard and played with such intensity that he often lost the looseness needed to thrive on the baseball field.
What does the voting breakdown look like for the players who made the Top 100 Prospects? Where would Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima fit on an updated Athletics Top 10 Prospects list? What did Jim Callis' three-years-in-advance predictions look like for 2012 and 2013?
A’s Nakajima Looking To Buck Trend
The Athletics are not a team that shies away from gambles, and the big risk this year comes in the middle of the diamond.
A’s Straily Finds A New Offseason Routine
Last winter, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily were selling shoes for offseason jobs. This winter, they were both preparing to contend for positions in the Athletics' big league rotation—where they finished 2012—as they head to major league spring training for the first time.
Aliotti, A’s Embracing New Approach
When Anthony Aliotti joined the Athleitcs, he seemed to fit right in. He lived by that mantra of taking pitches and working deep counts. But Aliotti, and the Athletics themselves, have been changing.
A’s Peterson Breaks Through With New Approach
From the time Shane Peterson signed a professional contract, he thought that learning to hit home runs would be his key to reaching the majors. About a year ago, that all changed.
A’s Simmons Finds Relief In Bullpen Role
Finally, after all these years, things have started going right for James Simmons.
A’s Green Ready To Compete For Big League Time
There appears to be a big battle brewing for spring training, and Grant Green plans to insert himself right in the middle of the action.
Tireless Work Ethic Defines A’s New Pitching Coordinator
When farm director Keith Lieppman talks about new pitching coordinator Scott Emerson, the words "energy" and "enthusiasm" are a big part of the conversation.
A’s Give Sanburn Chance To Start
For a guy who went to college expecting to become an outfielder, Nolan Sanburn has emerged as quite a pitcher.
Cowgill Has A Believer In A’s Melvin
It may have taken awhile, but Collin Cowgill has figured out just where he fits on the baseball field.
A’s Norris Breaks Through After Focusing On Defense
During the early years of Derek Norris' career, the questions swirled about whether the converted third baseman could really become a catcher. He had the tools, he just seemed to have trouble putting on the polish. Norris knew there was a problem, and he found the solution in his head.
Athletics’ Stassi Hopes To Squash Injury Bug
It seems every time Max Stassi gets a chance to play, he learns something new and finds a way to improve himself. The problem has been getting that chance to play.
Head, Straily Give A’s Breakout Seasons
Casey Tefertiller selects end-of-season award winners for the Athletics system, selecting the Best Player, Best Pitcher and a player to keep an eye on.