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  1. 1. Tyler Soderstrom | C
    Tyler Soderstrom
    Born: Nov 24, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Turlock, Calif., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Kevin Mello.
    Minors: .306/.390/.568 | 12 HR | 2 SB | 222 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Soderstrom surged into the top tier of the 2020 draft class after a blistering summer on the showcase circuit. His rise culminated with the Athletics drafting him No. 26 overall and signing him for $3.3 million to forgo a UCLA commitment. It was the second-largest bonus ever given to a prep catcher, behind only No. 1 overall pick Joe Mauer's $5.1 million from the Twins in 2001. The A's promptly sent the 18-year-old Soderstrom into a win-now environment at the alternate training site and watched their top pick hit nearly .500 with three home runs in his first week. He continued to dominate at instructional league, where he posted a .441 on-base percentage and earned raves as one of the top hitters in Arizona.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Soderstrom is regularly compared with Eric Chavez and Ben Grieve in terms of high school hitters to pass through Oakland's system, and the A's believe he has the potential to be better than both. Soderstrom already posts exit velocities as high as 108 mph and has an exceptionally advanced approach that belies his youth. He has the physicality reminiscent of a college pick, but there's more physical projection to go and it's easy to envision 30-home run potential with loads of walks and a high OBP. Hardly an all-or-nothing slugger, Soderstrom has a polished lefthanded swing and projects to be a plus hitter. Soderstrom is much less polished defensively behind the plate and mostly succeeded on raw ability as a prep. His skills were tested immediately at the alternate site and he struggled at times, especially blocking and receiving. Still, Soderstrom shows above-average arm strength, solid athleticism and a desire to improve. His father Steve was drafted sixth overall by the Giants in 1993 and pitched one season in the majors. He instilled the work ethic and drive needed to succeed in his son. The A's labeled Soderstrom a “baseball rat” with a meticulous work ethic and say it's too early to consider a move off catcher. He quickly gained the respect of veterans at Oakland's alternate site and picked up a pair of nicknames: “The Kid” and “The GOAT” after his hot start.

    THE FUTURE: Soderstrom's bat is advanced to the point Oakland believes he could jump straight to high Class A in 2021. He's more likely to begin at low Class A, which would put less stress on his defense. The A's will give Soderstrom every chance to develop as a catcher, but a future move to a corner infield or outfield spot can't be ruled out, especially if it allows Soderstrom to jump on a potential fast track to Oakland.

  2. 2. Max Muncy | SS
    Max Muncy
    Born: Aug 25, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .129/.206/.129 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 31 AB

    Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High has had a number of major leaguers come out of its program, including all-stars Kurt Stillwell and Jack Wilson. Wilson, the former Pirates shortstop, is now head coach at the school and helped Muncy grow into a top draft prospect. Muncy, who is not related to the Dodgers star of the same name, is a high-energy player with an athletic, strong body. He shows above-average hitting ability with a knack for driving the ball the other way and has the strong hands and wrists to project 20-plus home run potential. He studies opposing pitchers, has a mature approach and is rarely overmatched. Muncy tinkered with his stance and swing early this season and struggled, getting disconnected between his upper and lower halves and showing a long swing that was late to velocity, but he returned to his previous setup and swing at the end of the year and re-established himself as one of the top prep hitters in Southern California. He finished the regular season batting .452 with nine home runs while mostly facing good high school competition. Defensively, Muncy is an above-average runner with the instincts and footwork for shortstop, although he likely will have to move to third base if he gets bigger. He has the short-area quickness and above-average arm strength for the hot corner and enough athleticism to potentially play second base. Muncy's hitting ability, athleticism and potential defensive versatility put him in top-two rounds consideration. The A's took him No. 25 overall and signed him to a $2.85 million bonus, eschewing his Arkansas commitment.

  3. 3. Nick Allen | SS
    Nick Allen
    Born: Oct 8, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 166
    Drafted/Signed: HS--San Diego, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Anthony Aliotti.
    Minors: .285/.343/.402 | 6 HR | 9 SB | 323 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 30. Running: 60. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Allen earned a reputation as a defensive wizard as an amateur and signed with the Athletics for $2 million as a third-round pick in 2017, nearly triple the slot amount. He began to progress offensively at high Class A Stockton in 2019 before a high ankle sprain wiped out the second half of his season. Allen returned healthy in 2020 and spent the summer at the alternate training site in San Jose before finishing at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: One of the top defensive shortstops in the minors, Allen is a Gold Glove-type caliber defender who was nicknamed “Magic Man” by his coaches in Stockton. He is a twitchy, instinctive defender who glides to the ball, has superb hands, covers a wide range with his plus speed and has a plus, accurate arm to convert every play. The 5-foot-8 infielder fights a glove-only perception and led the Cal League in doubles before his season-ending injury in 2019. Allen has good hand-eye coordination, and the A's have worked with him to avoid chasing power—and fastballs up in the zone—and instead focus on a gap-to-gap approach, using fellow undersized infielder David Fletcher as a blueprint.

    THE FUTURE: How Allen progresses as a hitter will determine whether he becomes a slick-fielding backup or something more. He is slated to begin the 2021 season in Double-A.

  4. 4. Pedro Pineda | OF
    Pedro Pineda
    Born: Sep 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021

    The A's sent Pineda to the Dominican Summer League in July, and it's easy to envision the 17-year-old outfielder quickly advancing to the Arizona Complex League, although Baseball America's Ben Badler explains here why it may be beneficial for Dominican players to remain there for all of 2021. Much of what made Pineda one of the more coveted 2020 international signings remains true: He shows an impressive combination of power and speed, projectable 6-foot-1 frame and some ability to find the barrel.

  5. 5. A.J. Puk | LHP
    A.J. Puk
    Born: Apr 25, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 238
    Drafted/Signed: Florida, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Trevor Schaffer.
    Minors: 2-4 | 6.04 ERA | 54 SO | 17 BB | 45 IP

    Fastball: 80. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 45. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: For all of Puk's tantalizing ability, he has not been able to stay healthy since the Athletics drafted him sixth overall in 2016. Puk had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2018 season, briefly returned in 2019 and made his major league debut, then missed all of 2020 with a pair of left shoulder strains. He was shut down in September and had shoulder surgery after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Puk showed his upside when the A's deployed the 6-foot-7 lefty out of their bullpen in 2019 while chasing a playoff spot. His fastball sits 96-100 mph and explodes on hitters with unique angle and impressive extension out of his imposing frame. He pairs it with a vicious upper-80s power slider that dives at the back foot of righthanded hitters, and he's gaining confidence in his burgeoning changeup. Puk also features a low-80s curveball that flashes average. Even with just fringe-average control, he generates a ton of whiffs—12.9 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors—and uncomfortable at-bats. Health remains Puk's biggest obstacle. He's thrown just 194.1 innings combined in five professional seasons.

    THE FUTURE: The A's hope Puk will be ready for spring training following his surgery. Injuries have clouded his future, but his arm is too good to give up on.

  6. 6. Daulton Jefferies | RHP
    Daulton Jefferies
    Born: Aug 2, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: California, 2016 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jermaine Clark.
    Minors: 5-1 | 4.91 ERA | 68 SO | 11 BB | 77 IP

    Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: Jefferies battled shoulder woes his final year in college, but the Athletics still drafted him 37th overall from California. He continued to struggle with injuries in pro ball and missed most of 2017 and 2018 after having Tommy John surgery. Jefferies rebounded with a dominant 2019 season that included 93 strikeouts against just nine walks as he rose to Double-A. He turned in an impressive summer at the alternate training site in 2020 and was rewarded with his first big league callup in mid September.

    SCOUTING REPORT: An athletic but undersized righty, Jefferies boasts an impressive fastball/changeup combination and peppers the strike zone with plus command. His fastball sits 92-95 mph as a starter and 94-97 in short bursts, and he locates it deftly to both sides of the plate. Jefferies' plus changeup is his jewel and can make hitters look foolish when it bottoms out. His breaking stuff is less refined—his average slider is sometimes mistaken for a cutter—but can play up because of his command.

    THE FUTURE: Building innings and maintaining health is the last step of Jefferies' progression. He did that successfully at the alternate site in 2020 and should compete for a rotation spot in 2021.

  7. 7. Luis Barrera | OF
    Luis Barrera
    Born: Nov 15, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2012.
    Signed By: Raymond Abreu.
    Minors: .272/.343/.391 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 335 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, Barrera is on the doorstep of the majors after a slow climb through the system. A shoulder injury cut his 2019 season short at Double-A Midland, but he returned healthy in 2020 and was one of the Athletics' top standouts at the alternate training site. He hit nearly .450 in camp at San Jose and won the program's batting title on the final day.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Barrera is a bit of a throwback as a dynamic slasher with a fervent passion for the game. He is a line drive-oriented hitter, though the A's believe he has 15-home run potential with a slightly altered approach. Barrera is aggressive, sometimes to a fault, but he makes enough contact to make it work. The A's believe he has developed a bit more selectivity. Barrera's plus speed shows up both on the basepaths and in the outfield, where he's an above-average defender with a strong arm who could play all three positions. Consistency was the missing ingredient for Barrera, but A's officials say they saw much more of it at the alternate site.

    THE FUTURE: Oakland's starting outfield mix is mostly set entering 2021. Barrera could force his way into at least a part-time role if he carries his momentum into spring training.

  8. 8. Brayan Buelvas | OF
    Brayan Buelvas
    Born: Jun 8, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Colombia, 2019.
    Signed By: Tito Quintero.
    Minors: .219/.306/.412 | 16 HR | 17 SB | 347 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The A's invited three teenagers to their alternate training site: Tyler Soderstrom, their 2020 first-round pick; Robert Puason, their $5.1 million international signing in 2019; and Buelvas. Unlike his contemporaries, Buelvas arrived with considerably less pedigree after signing out of Colombia for just $100,000. But all he's done is impress since then, including posting a .300/.392/.506 line as a 17-year-old in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Buelvas does everything well despite lacking an obvious carrying tool. He's an instinctual player with an advanced approach for such a young hitter. Buelvas' 5-foot-11 frame has room for projection, although the A's don't envision much raw power. He has shown a penchant for finding the barrel and taking competitive at-bats against more experienced pitching. Buelvas' arm is average now, with a chance to reach above-average, and his speed gives him a shot to stick in center field. He didn't post gaudy statistics at either the alternate site or instructional league, but the A's love his passion for the game, work ethic and competitiveness.

    THE FUTURE: The A's trust Buelvas' makeup enough to keep pitting him against older competition. Starting 2021 at low Class A isn't out of the question.

  9. 9. Logan Davidson | SS
    Logan Davidson
    Born: Dec 26, 1997
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Clemson, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Neil Avent.
    Minors: .212/.307/.312 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 448 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Davidson displayed big tools but struggled to consistently hit at Clemson. The Athletics drafted him 29th overall in 2019 and sent him to short-season Vermont, where he hit .239/.345/.332 in 54 games to further raise questions about his hitting ability. But Davidson arrived at the alternate training site in 2020 with increased physicality and took some of the biggest strides of anyone.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Davidson has impressive tools with above-average raw power, above-average speed, plus arm strength and excellent throwing accuracy. The question has always been his bat. Davidson has been dogged about his ability to hit with wood dating back to an unimpressive Cape Cod League stint, and there is length in his swing that leads to swings and misses. Davidson displays solid pitch recognition, however, and the A's were impressed with his approach at the alternate site, generating hopes he can be a fringe-average hitter and access enough of his power to play every day. A taller shortstop, Davidson worked to clean up his actions and has the athleticism to stick at the position. He also played second base and third base at the alternate site.

    THE FUTURE: The A's was encouraged by Davidson's gains in a disjointed 2020, particularly hitting from the left side. He is set to make his full-season debut in 2021.

  10. 10. Jeff Criswell | RHP
    Jeff Criswell
    Born: Mar 10, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rich Sparks.
    Minors: 0-0 | 4.50 ERA | 12 SO | 4 BB | 12 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Criswell's stuff intrigued teams as a high schooler, but most wanted to see him go to school and add strength. He immediately stepped in as a high-leverage reliever at Michigan as a freshman, helped the Wolverines to the College World Series as a sophomore and appeared as their No. 1 starter in the shortened 2020 season. The A's drafted Criswell in the second round in 2020 and signed him for a $1 million bonus. His father, Brian, was drafted by the A's in 1984 and reached Double-A.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A physical righty with impressive arm strength, Criswell already has one of the loudest arsenals in the A's system. His fastball sat at 95 mph and touched 98 in instructional league. He throws both a power curveball and a slider that flash plus and pairs them with a changeup that has average potential. Criswell has long faced reliever concerns because of his effortful delivery and spotty control--he walked 4.5 batters per 9 innings in college--but the A's were impressed with his analytical aptitude, experience working with high-speed video and willingness to make changes to his delivery.

    THE FUTURE: Criswell will need to hone in on his delivery to stay on a starter track. The A's intend to leave him in the rotation for now.

  11. 11. Robert Puason | SS
    Robert Puason
    Born: Sep 11, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Amauris Reyes.
    Minors: .215/.282/.291 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 302 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Running: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: The Athletics signed Puason for $5.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, which tied the Yankees' Jasson Dominguez for the largest bonus that signing period. The coronavirus pandemic thwarted Puason's professional debut, but the A's brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 as one of just three teenagers alongside a mostly older, win-now group.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Puason is tooled up in a way that makes him easy to dream on. He's a twitchy athlete with a wiry, projectable body and has shown a knack for barreling the ball from both sides of the plate. His long levers and projectable frame suggest more power is on the way, too. The A's believe Puason can stick at shortstop in the long run, aided by his athletic ability and 70-grade arm, and he's a plus runner now. While his tools are evident, it's also clear Puason is still a ways away. He struggled at times with the speed of the game at both the ATS and during instructional league. Puason has worked to improve his English since coming to the U.S., including taking classes at Arizona State.

    THE FUTURE: The alternate site was a helpful, eye-opening experience for the 17-year-old Puason. He'll look to take all he learned into his pro debut in 2021.

  12. 12. Zack Gelof | 3B
    Zack Gelof
    Born: Oct 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .310/.405/.556 | 7 HR | 13 SB | 126 AB

    Gelof was a talented two-way player at a strong Cape Henlopen program in Lewes, Del., and was the Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018. He made it to Virginia after the Indians drafted him in the 38th round and has been a consistent offensive presence for the Cavaliers since stepping on campus. Gelof hit .300/.380/.464 with eight home runs in 57 games this spring and has a solid all-around tool set to go with his solid track record as a hitter in the ACC. Gelof has above-average raw power, though most of his in-game homers have gone to left field this spring. That's not to say he's a super pull-oriented hitter, as he has the ability to shoot balls to the opposite field, but for now his power plays mostly to the pull side. Gelof has no issues at all catching up to velocity and hammered fastballs this spring, but has struggled with secondary pitches, particularly recognizing and driving breaking stuff. He does have a knack for the barrel and lowered his strikeout rate this spring, but at times gets off-balance in his swing. Scouts seem split on his defensive ability, with some seeing an above-average defender with average arm strength at the hot corner, and others believing he'll need to move to a corner outfield position in the long term because he's struggled to throw from multiple arm slots. Gelof is an average runner but has good instincts on the bases and went 31-for-38 (82%) in stolen base attempts in his career.

  13. 13. Jordan Diaz | 3B/1B
    Jordan Diaz
    Born: Aug 13, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Colombia, 2016.
    Signed By: Jose Quintero.
    Minors: .288/.337/.483 | 13 HR | 2 SB | 333 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Oakland signed Diaz for $275,000 during the 2016 international signing period on the strength of his bat. He made his professional debut as a 16-year-old, slowly worked his way through the lower levels and posted a respectable .264/.307/.430 slash line as a teenager in the college-heavy New York-Penn League in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Diaz has always possessed hitter-ish qualities dating back to his days as an amateur in Colombia. He has natural bat-to-ball skills and generates a ton of hard contact. He has a thicker build and is close to maxed out physically, inviting questions about both his power potential and ability to stick at third base, where he shows off an average arm but inconsistent footwork. The A's want to see Diaz improve his focus and approach, hoping he can turn in quality at-bats on a more consistent basis.

    THE FUTURE: Diaz internally draws comparisons to Renato Nunez, another A's international signee who flourished into a power-hitting, everyday player with Baltimore. Diaz will still be just 20 years old in 2021 and should begin the year at low Class A.

  14. 14. Denzel Clarke | OF
    Denzel Clarke
    Born: May 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .316/.409/.579 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 19 AB

    A cousin of Indians outfielder Josh Naylor, Clarke starred for Canada's junior national teams growing up and was drafted by the Mets in the 36th round out of high school. He made his way to Cal State Northridge and began to blossom as a sophomore in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. He got off to a slow start this spring but exploded in the second half to become one of the fastest risers in the draft class. Clarke is a physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has some of the best power potential in this year's draft class. He has huge raw power that is easily plus, and he still has room to get stronger and add even more. Clarke was previously a raw hitter who swung at everything and struggled to keep his swing in sync, but he's improved rapidly the last two years. He now stays on breaking balls, has begun walking more and is doing a better job of keeping his swinging consistent. His improvements to his approach, combined with his natural strength and leverage, give him a chance to be a fringe-average hitter. Clarke has a chance to stick in center field despite his size. He is a plus runner with good instincts and impressive athleticism. His below-average arm will limit him to left field if he has to move. Clarke's swing still gets out of sync and he has to show he can maintain his improved approach against better competition.

  15. 15. Junior Perez | OF
    Junior Perez
    Born: Jul 4, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Felix Perez/Trevor Schumm (Padres).
    Minors: .207/.317/.359 | 8 HR | 24 SB | 329 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres signed Perez for $300,000 in 2017, banking on power potential once he filled out his 6-foot-1 frame. He showed that power as a 17-year-old in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2019, batting .268/.349/.512 with 11 homers in 209 at-bats. The A's took notice and acquired Perez as the player to be named later in a trade for Jorge Mateo.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Perez's ability to make adjustments in the Arizona League impressed the Padres. He stopped chasing as many pitches and did more damage as the year went on, posting a .283/.345/.572 line over his final 36 games while hitting 10 of his 11 homers. He will swing and miss, but not at a disqualifying level for a player his age. His physicality leaves room to dream on even more power to come. Defensively, Perez has experience at all three positions, but he is likely destined for a corner as he continues to mature and slow down.

    THE FUTURE: Perez should reach low Class A at some point in 2021. He'll team with Brayan Buelvas to give the A's a pair of exciting young outfielders in Stockton's lineup.

  16. 16. Colin Peluse | RHP
    Colin Peluse
    Born: Jun 11, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Wake Forest, 2019 (9th round).
    Signed By: Neil Avent.
    Minors: 9-3 | 3.39 ERA | 109 SO | 26 BB | 101 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Peluse epitomizes a player who worked diligently despite the lack of structured player development in 2020. Not assigned to the alternate training site, Peluse committed to an at-home workout plan tailored to increase his leg strength and added 10 pounds of muscle. He arrived at instructional league showing significant velocity gains, much to the A's surprise.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Peluse's fastball sat 96 mph and touched 98 at instructs, a marked increase from his low-90s readings in college. His slider was already a plus pitch, showing late life and more drop than a typical slider. His changeup is firm, sitting at 88-89 mph, and the A's worked to soften it a bit during instructional league. Peluse already possessed one of the better deliveries among Oakland's starting pitching prospects and showed solid command and control during his time at Wake Forest, walking 3.18 batters per nine innings.

    THE FUTURE: The A's hope Peluse sustains his velocity gains. He'll try to show he can in his first taste of full-season ball in 2021.

  17. 17. Kyle McCann | C
    Kyle McCann
    Born: Dec 2, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia Tech, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Jemel Spearman.
    Minors: .166/.283/.275 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 320 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The A's drafted McCann (no relation to Brian) out of catching factory Georgia Tech in 2019, where he started behind the plate as a junior after spending his first two seasons at first base in deference to Joey Bart. McCann flashed plenty of power to go along with plenty of strikeouts in his pro debut with short-season Vermont in 2019. He was assigned to Oakland's alternate training site in 2020, where he was aided by the tutelage of veteran catcher Carlos Perez.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The A's labeled McCann as one of their biggest risers at the alternate site, a welcome development after he struggled mightily in his pro debut. Massive all-fields power is McCann's calling card, albeit with limited contact. He has a tendency to get pull-happy at times and projects as no more than a below-average hitter. It was strides he made defensively that impressed the A's the most. He showed an increased attention to detail and a willingness to improve his blocking, mobility and receiving. Those developments lead the A's to believe he could still develop into an adequate defensive catcher. He also plays an average first base right now.

    THE FUTURE: The 2021 season will be revealing for McCann. He still must prove he's the player the A's saw at the alternate site instead of the one who floundered in his pro debut.

  18. 18. Michael Guldberg | OF
    Michael Guldberg
    Born: Jun 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 171
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia Tech, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jemel Spearman.
    Minors: .259/.347/.420 | 5 HR | 11 SB | 174 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The A's drafted Guldberg, a favorite of area scout Jemel Spearman, in the third round of the shortened 2020 draft. Missed developmental time because of a 2018 shoulder injury and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic meant Guldberg had less track record than a typical college hitter, but he did rank second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .355 batting average as a sophomore. He was a top performer at instructional league before a minor leg injury shut him down.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The A's believe Guldberg can stick in center field despite playing mostly left field in college. He's a quick-twitch, wiry athlete who pairs quality defensive instincts with his plus running ability. He has experience playing second base and the A's may eventually get him occasional reps there, too. Guldberg takes a contact-oriented approach to the plate from the right side and has impressive bat speed. He lacks physicality but the A's say he showed sneaky raw power in batting practice.

    THE FUTURE: Guldberg fits the mold of a versatile utilityman. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.

  19. 19. Jorge Juan | RHP
    Jorge Juan
    Born: Mar 6, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 1-3 | 5.40 ERA | 40 SO | 13 BB | 27 IP

    Juan is massive, standing 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, and he unleashes an impressive 94-98 mph fastball with downhill plane on hitters. He pairs it with a big, breaking 12-6 curveball and a work-in-progress changeup. The 22-year-old repeats his delivery surprisingly well for a pitcher of his size and relative inexperience, sometimes struggling to find the release point with the curveball. He mostly overwhelmed Low-A hitters through his first four starts of the season, posting a 39.2% strikeout rate compared to a 7.8% walk rate. Like Daniel Palencia, Juan represents one of the higher ceilings of any pitcher in the A's system, but there's reliever risk here and plenty of development to go.

  20. 20. Tyler Baum | RHP
    Tyler Baum
    Born: Jan 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: North Carolina, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Neil Avent.
    Minors: 0-3 | 12.08 ERA | 11 SO | 20 BB | 13 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Baum was a three-year starter at North Carolina before the A's made him a secondround pick in 2019 and signed him to a $900,000 bonus. He posted a 4.70 ERA over 30.2 innings for short-season Vermont after signing and was assigned to the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Baum was lights out his first week of the alternate site, running his fastball up to 96 mph and stymying older A's hitters. But his stuff faded over the duration of camp, leading the A's to wonder if he simply ran out of gas. When he's on, Baum features a 92-94 mph fastball with plenty of movement. His curveball has enough shape and tightness to project as a potential out-pitch, but it sometimes blends with his average slider. He also flashes an average changeup. Baum worked to cut his walk rate in college and carried those improvements over to pro ball, but he still has fringy control and his command remains a concern.

    THE FUTURE: Baum is one of many A's pitching prospects toeing the starter vs. reliever line. The A's will look for him to iron out his velocity and command fluctuations in 2021.

  21. 21. Austin Beck | OF
    Austin Beck
    Born: Nov 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Lexington, N.C., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Neil Avent.
    Minors: .198/.251/.369 | 10 HR | 3 SB | 268 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The A's drafted Beck sixth overall in 2017, banking on his athleticism despite a torn ACL that wiped out his senior showcase summer. After a solid if unspectacular first full season in 2018 at low Class A Beloit, a quad injury limited him to 85 uneven games at high Class A Stockton in 2019. Beck was not invited to the alternate training site in 2020 but did accrue at-bats during the fall at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Beck boasts impressive athleticism across the board, highlighted by his potential plus raw power, plus arm strength and plus speed, the latter of which allows him to play an above-average center field. Beck has lightning-fast hands at the plate, which can sometimes work against him when he struggles to keep his bat in the strike zone long enough to make contact. Beck made adjustments to his swing in search of more launch angle which, combined with subpar pitch recognition, led to a 34% strikeout rate with Stockton in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: Beck hasn't lived up to his draft status, but he has consistently been young for his level and didn't have a long track record against top pitching as an amateur. He's in need of consistent at-bats after a lost 2020.

  22. 22. Cody Thomas | OF
    Cody Thomas
    Born: Oct 8, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 211
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma, 2016.
    Minors: .289/.363/.665 | 18 HR | 0 SB | 218 AB

    Thomas' development arc is slower than the average 26-year-old after not focusing on baseball full-time in college because he was a backup quarterback at Oklahoma. He's performing well in hitter-friendly Las Vegas this year, posting a 1.028 OPS through 59 games, and shares the same power-over-hit profile of current Athletics 1B/OF Seth Brown and recently-departed OF Greg Deichmann. Thomas' swing-and-miss concerns hamper scouts' optimism on his hit tool, and most see him as another fourth outfield type with some lefthanded pop off the bench.

  23. 23. Jack Weisenburger | RHP
    Jack Weisenburger
    Born: Oct 8, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 4-1 | 3.76 ERA | 74 SO | 36 BB | 53 IP

    Weisenburger is a fast-rising relief option. He opened the year at High-A Lansing and earned a promotion to Midland after 13 outings. The reliever has dazzled with a wicked fastball-slider combination, striking out 46 batters over his first 29 innings across the two levels. The fastball, which was 90-93 in college, is up to 97 now and he pairs it with a sharp slider that has plenty of horizontal break that generated a 48% whiff rate as of mid July.

  24. 24. Brady Feigl | RHP
    Brady Feigl
    Born: Nov 27, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Kelcey Mucker.
    Minors: 8-9 | 4.71 ERA | 123 SO | 46 BB | 123 IP

    Feigl is one of the more consistent arms in Oakland's system, attacking hitters with a five-pitch mix headlined by a sinking fastball that averages 93 mph. He also features two distinct breaking balls, a curve and a slider that he throws roughly the same amount, as well as a cutter and changeup. It's not an overwhelming arsenal and he doesn't miss a ton of bats, but at his best Feigl limits hard contact (.727 opponent OPS through his first 13 starts) and has generated groundballs north of 50% of the time in each of his three professional seasons. He projects as a rotation depth for Oakland relatively soon.

  25. 25. Lawrence Butler | 1B/LF
    Lawrence Butler
    Born: Jul 10, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .273/.367/.504 | 19 HR | 29 SB | 385 AB

    The A's took Butler as a long-term developmental project as a 17-year-old sixth-rounder in 2018, dreaming on his sizable power potential and projectable 6-foot-3 frame. That power has shown up this year in his first foray into full-season affiliated ball with Low-A Stockton and caught the attention of rival evaluators. Butler routinely reaches exit velocities of 105+ mph and his 10 homers through 57 games tied for seventh best in Low-A West alongside teammate Tyler Soderstrom. The question facing Butler is whether his hit tool will ever allow him to reach his power enough. There is ample swing-and-miss (34% strikeout rate) but Butler is a fairly selective hitter, posting one of the league's better walk rates (14.7%). He's a fringy left fielder right now and is likely destined to a first base profile, putting even more stress on the bat, but the power can't be ignored.

  26. 26. Jeremy Eierman | SS
    Jeremy Eierman
    Born: Sep 10, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri State, 2018 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Al Skorupa.
    Minors: .247/.335/.448 | 10 HR | 9 SB | 223 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Eierman surged up draft boards as a sophomore at Missouri State, but his power numbers dropped as a junior and led him to fall to the supplemental second round. Eierman's offensive regression has continued in pro ball. He hit just .208/.270/.357 with 177 strikeouts at high Class A Stockton in 2019, the fourth-most strikeouts in all of minor league baseball.

    SCOUTING REPORT: It's easy to take notice of Eierman's plus raw power in batting practice, but an inability to make consistent contact has hampered his ability to unlock that power regularly. Eierman has tinkered with his mechanics often over the last three years and Oakland spent time remaking both his approach and his stride. The early returns were encouraging--he walked as much as he struck out in a limited instructional league sample size--but there is still concern over his ability to make consistent contact. Even with a more mature, filled-out frame, Eierman is an above-average defender with a plus arm capable of playing multiple infield positions.

    THE FUTURE: A return to high Class A could be in order for Eierman, where the A's hope he continues to display a better hitting approach.

  27. 27. Mason Miller | RHP
    Mason Miller
    Born: Aug 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 0-1 | 1.50 ERA | 9 SO | 3 BB | 6 IP

    Miller is older for the class after spending four seasons at Division III Waynesburg, and he'll turn 23 shortly after the draft, but he has a big arm and pitched well this spring for Gardner-Webb in the Big South. Miller led the Bulldogs in innings pitched (92.2) and posted a 3.30 ERA over 14 starts, while striking out 121 batters (11.8 K/9) and walking 30 (2.9 BB/9). That walk rate was easily the best of his collegiate career, so there is bound to be some skepticism about whether or not his control has taken a step forward, but it was solid this spring. Miller throws a fastball that sits in the 94-96 mph range fairly consistently and runs the pitch up to 99 at his best. He generated a lot of whiffs with a low-80s slider that showed hard, two-plane break out of the zone and also mixed in a mid-80s changeup. Miller has a solidly built, 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame and throws from a three-quarter arm slot with solid downhill plane thanks to his height and long levers.

  28. 28. Brian Howard | RHP
    Brian Howard
    Born: Apr 25, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'9" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Chris Reilly.
    Minors: 6-4 | 6.11 ERA | 91 SO | 39 BB | 105 IP

    Some of Howard's 5.81 ERA through 13 games at Triple-A Las Vegas can be explained away by the harsh environment he pitches in every fifth day. Oakland used Howard as a starter this year but experimented with the 6-foot-9 righty in a multi-inning role out of the bullpen in his last two starts. That's likely Howard's role in the big leagues, where the angle of his low-90s fastball can frustrate hitters and play up in shorter bursts.

  29. 29. Wandisson Charles | RHP
    Wandisson Charles
    Born: Sep 7, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 263
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015

    Charles showcased arguably the best fastball of any A's pitching prospect at either the alternate site or instructs in 2020, occasionally touching 100 mph. Oakland added Charles to its 40-man roster and some within the organization thought he'd be a potential bullpen piece by the second half of 2021 if he could clean up his delivery and improve his bottom-of-the-scale control. But Charles suffered a lat injury during an alternate site appearance in late April and hasn't pitched in a game this year, and it's unclear when he'll return.

  30. 30. Buddy Reed | OF
    Buddy Reed
    Born: Apr 27, 1995
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Chris Kelly (Padres).
    Minors: .255/.367/.363 | 1 HR | 3 SB | 102 AB

    Reed continues to confound. The 26-year-old outfielder was one of the best stories at the start of A's spring training and looked like someone who could help in a bench role at some point in 2021, until a right quad strain in March derailed the rest of his spring. Reed hasn't carved out regular at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas this year and is again dealing with injury. When healthy, he still oozes tools, easily projecting as a plus defender in center field with a plus arm, but he has yet to show much feel to hit from either side of the plate to unlock his ample power.

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