Oakland Athletics 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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Oakland's two prized LHPs, Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk, are both on the 40-man roster already. So are fellow Athletics preseason top 10 prospects in C Sean Murphy, SS Jorge Mateo and 2B/3B Sheldon Neuse. The 60-man player pool also includes RHP Daulton Jeffries, SS Logan Davidson and Nick Allen, who will be at the team's alternate site. Other notable names in the pool include C Austin Allen, OF Skye Bolt, RHP James Kaprielian, RHP Tyler Baum, OF Greg Deichmann and RHP Grant Holmes.
OF Austin Beck is not in Oakland's 60-man player pool, one of the few 2017 first-rounders not included by their teams. Beck hit .251/.302/.411 in 85 games last year in the high Class A California League, so he wasn't expected to make any impact in the major leagues this year, but neither is Allen (a teammate of Beck's last year in Stockton) nor Davidson, a 2019 first-round pick who was in the short-season New York-Penn League last year, and they're both in the player pool. Beck is a tooled-up athlete, but he's still fairly raw with a free-swinging approach. Shortstop Robert Puason, a 17-year-old who signed for $5.1 million last year and is a top 10 prospect in the system, is also not in the player pool, although that's understandable given his age and experience level.
The main players you would expect to see are here, including all the upper-level prospects who helped Oakland reach the postseason last year and are primed to do so again. The quality in the A's farm systems drops off fairly hard after their top few prospects, so it's not the most exciting prospect group out there, but it doesn't have to be with the A's talented group of players in the majors.