Oakland Athletics Top 30
By Emily Waldon
A's fans took a glimpse at the next decade in 2019.
Catcher Sean Murphy (May debut), lefty A.J. Puk (August) and lefty Jesus Luzardo (September) all made the jump to Oakland in 2019, aiding the Athletics to their second consecutive 97-win season and another Wild Card appearance.
Now, it's time for that triumvirate to sustain productive roles if the A's are to take the next step and push forward deeper into the postseason.
You'll find all three headlining an A's system that also includes one of the top international signings of 2019.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Sean Murphy (28)
First Base: Matt Olson (29)
Second Base: Robert Puason (20)
Third Base: Matt Chapman (30)
Shortstop: Marcus Semien (32)
Left Field: Austin Beck (24)
Center Field: Ramon Laureano (28)
Right Field: Stephen Piscotty (32)
Designated Hitter: Sheldon Neuse (28)
No. 1 Starter: Jesus Luzardo (25)
No. 2 Starter: A.J. Puk (28)
No. 3 Starter: Sean Manaea (31)
No. 4 Starter: Frankie Montas (30)
No. 5 Starter: Daulton Jefferies (27)
Closer: Liam Hendriks (34)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Oakland's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Sheldon Neuse
Best Power Hitter: Seth Brown
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Sean Murphy
Fastest Baserunner: Jorge Mateo
Best Athlete: Jorge Mateo
Best Fastball: A.J. Puk
Best Curveball: Miguel Romero
Best Slider: Richard Guasch
Best Changeup: Jesus Luzardo
Best Control: Daulton Jefferies
Best Defensive Catcher: Sean Murphy
Best Defensive Infielder: Nick Allen
Best Infield Arm: Jeremy Eierman
Best Defensive Outfielder: Buddy Reed
Best Outfield Arm: Buddy Reed
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