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  1. 1. Tyler Soderstrom | C/1B
    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

    Track Record: The Athletics closed the 2010s with multiple misfires at the top of the draft, but going over slot to draft Soderstrom No. 26 overall in 2020 looks like quite a reversal of fortune. Oakland had plenty of familiarity with Soderstrom, the son of 1993 Giants first-rounder Steve Soderstrom. He grew up less than two hours from Oakland in Turlock, Calif., and played for the Athletics’ Area Code team. It didn’t take Soderstrom long to impress A’s brass once he turned pro, either. Soderstrom was one of the most impressive hitters at Oakland’s alternate training site in 2020 despite being just 18 years old. He carried that momentum into 2021, impressing in spring training and crushing Low-A West pitching. His 145 wRC+ with Stockton was tied for fifth-best among all hitters with 200 or more plate appearances. An oblique injury prematurely ended Soderstrom’s season in late July, and a flareup of the same injury kept Soderstrom from participating in the Arizona Fall League after the season.

    Scouting Report: The chorus of praise surrounding Soderstrom only grew louder in 2021. The 19-year-old posted some of the best average exit velocities of any hitter in Oakland’s system, consistently beating Low-A pitching with a swing and approach some scouts believe could handle big league pitching right now. Soderstrom’s picturesque lefty swing stays in the strike zone for a long time and he’s adept at backspinning the baseball, showing plus raw power to all fields. Soderstrom doesn’t fear long at-bats and shows advanced strike-zone recognition, especially with breaking balls, for his age. There’s the occasional overaggressive swing decisions that come with youth, but scouts feel comfortable projecting all those ingredients will add up to a middle-of-the-order big league bat. Which position Soderstrom ultimately plays when he arrives in the majors remains an open question. Soderstrom never caught full-time as a high schooler and was understandably quite raw in his initial professional foray into catching. While he’s far from a finished product, opposing evaluators were encouraged by the gains Soderstrom made in just a year. He shows a surprising amount of lateral agility despite his bigger, strength-based frame, and his arm flashes above-average at times. Many believe Soderstrom’s blocking and receiving will continue to develop with more in-game reps and he’s shown the necessary willingness to work at it. Soderstrom has shown enough athletic ability to suggest he could handle a corner if Oakland eventually moves him off catcher, potentially in either left field or at first base.

    The Future: Soderstrom’s bat is special. He projects to be a potential .300 hitter with 25 or more homers at his peak, and could compete against upper-level pitching in 2022. That will lead to an interesting debate for the A’s. His bat will most likely be ready for the majors long before his glove if he sticks at catcher. The A’s will have to decide if they have the appetite to wait on his defense to develop behind the plate or move him to another position where he could reach the majors more quickly.

  2. 2. Zack Gelof | 3B
    Zack Gelof
    Born: Oct 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Tripp Faulk.
    Minors: .333/.422/.565 | 7 HR | 13 SB | 138 AB

    Track Record: No 2021 Athletics draft pick made a stronger first impression than Gelof, who reached Triple-A Las Vegas by the end of 2021 when the A’s needed infield depth. Gelof was a solid performer in college, serving as the leadoff hitter on a Virginia team that reached the 2021 College World Series. He spent most of his pro debut at Low-A Stockton, posting a .941 OPS.

    Scouting Report: Gelof is physically strong and flashed plus raw power, mostly to his pull side, in college. The A’s believed he could maintain his all-fields approach but unlock that power more regularly as a professional. So far, that’s proving prescient. Gelof did significant damage in his short time in Stockton, approaching average exit velocities of 90 mph, and hit seven homers in just 32 games. Gelof hunted fastballs in college and struggled at times with breaking balls, an area he’ll have to shore up against more advanced pitching. He’ll also have to prove he can stay at third base. Gelof dealt with an elbow injury while at Virginia that affected his throwing mechanics, although the A’s are confident he can stick at the position. He showed an average arm when making throws on the run, but struggled setting his feet and making throws over the top. He’s an above-average runner and athletic enough to handle a corner outfield position if Oakland opts for a change.

    The Future: The A’s believe Gelof has the bat, approach and makeup to jump on the fast track, potentially arriving in Oakland as early as 2023.

  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 Aliosi
    Minors: .288/.346/.403 | 6 HR | 12 SB | 340 AB

    Track Record: It didn’t take Allen long to become one of the minors’ best defensive shortstops after the A’s made him their third-round selection in 2017, giving him a $2 million bonus that was nearly three times his slot value. His bat is now catching up. Allen opened 2021 at Double-A Midland, then started at shortstop for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics. Oakland promoted Allen to Triple-A Las Vegas when he returned, and Allen hit .313 in September after taking some time to adjust.

    Scouting Report: Allen’s glove is major league ready now, and he could compete for Gold Gloves one day. His deft hands, instincts and footwork at shortstop allow him to make exceptional defensive plays look easy, and he made the routine plays more consistently in 2021 as well. Whether the 5-foot-8 shortstop reaches his everyday ceiling hinges on the incremental development of his bat, which took another step forward in 2021. The A’s worked diligently with Allen to avoid chasing power and instead employ a flighted, gap-to-gap approach more suited to his inside-out bat stroke. Allen has average bat speed and opposing evaluators are concerned he’ll struggle against premium big league velocity. He displays a solid understanding of the strike zone, and the A’s believe he made progress laying off high fastballs.

    The Future: Allen profiles as a second-division regular at shortstop who could easily handle a Nick Punto-esque super-utility role if needed. He should compete for Oakland’s starting shortstop job in 2022.

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

    Track Record: Muncy’s path to Oakland was representative of the unusual nature of scouting during a pandemic. With their travel limited to essentially as far as they could drive, the Athletics saw plenty of the California native in the spring leading up to the 2021 draft, including during the state’s high school playoffs in June with the draft pushed back to July. They went slightly over slot to sign Muncy to a $2.85 million deal after selecting him No. 25 overall. He made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League in early August.

    Scouting Report: Muncy stands out for his athleticism and high-energy style of play. He showed above-average hitting ability as an amateur and the A’s were impressed by the rotational acceleration in his swing. Muncy tinkered with his setup and swing early in his high school season, losing connectivity between his upper half and lower half that led to an uptick in strikeouts. He reverted back to his previous form by the end of the season, shortening his swing and allowing his strong hands and wrists to work in his favor. Defensively, Muncy is a solid-average defender at shortstop and the A’s believe he’ll stick there long-term, though he’ll need to continue to clean up his actions. A move to third base isn’t out of the question if he continues to grow into his wiry frame.

    The Future: Muncy, who is not related to the Dodgers slugger of the same name despite sharing the same Aug. 25 birth date, is commended for his makeup and has a chance for above-average tools across the board, though he has a long way to go to get there.

  5. 5. Pedro Pineda | OF
    Pedro Pineda
    Born: Sep 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Juan Carlos de la Cruz.
    Minors: .258/.403/.403 | 1 HR | 3 SB | 62 AB

    Track Record: The Athletics first became enamored with Pineda as a 14-year-old in the Dominican Republic. He made his professional debut this year in the Dominican Summer League, displaying the same enticing mix of raw tools that made him one of the top international prospects in his class. Oakland moved Pineda up to the Arizona Complex League in late July and he ranked as the league’s No. 5 prospect.

    Scouting Report: Pineda is a dynamic athlete growing into his 180-pound frame, and there’s more projection left. That strength helps him already generate aggressive, violent bat speed that leads to easy plus raw power, including at least one memorable opposite field homer in extended spring training as a 17-year-old. There’s some lift to Pineda’s swing that leads to swings and misses in the strike zone, but he has worked to cut down the length of his swing. He shows advanced pitch recognition for his age and impressed scouts in Arizona by his selectivity. Pineda is a plus runner with an above-average arm right now, making it easy to dream on his potential as a center fielder, but he will need to refine his routes and instincts. A shift to a corner outfield spot isn’t out of the question if he slows down as he packs more strength onto his frame.

    The Future: Still quite raw, Pineda has one of the highest ceilings in Oakland’s system but his path to the big leagues will be a slow burn. He’s expected to return to the ACL to begin 2022.

  6. 6. 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: 2-5 | 6.10 ERA | 58 SO | 19 BB | 49 IP

    Track Record: Puk ranked as the top prospect in the 2016 draft and was the first college pitcher drafted when Oakland selected him sixth overall. He still hasn’t thrown 300 career innings because of a slew of injuries that include both Tommy John surgery and a shoulder surgery. That trend continued in 2021. Puk missed a month early in the season with a left biceps strain and pitched almost primarily in relief upon returning, splitting time between Triple-A Las Vegas and Oakland.

    Scouting Report: Puk’s velocity dipped to 92-94 mph and the A’s deployed him cautiously early in the season, avoiding throwing him in back-to-back games out of the bullpen. Puk lowered his arm slot in early June and his fastball velocity crept back up into his accustomed 96-97 mph range. He pitched better from that point onward, and the A’s called up Puk to Oakland to aid their bullpen in mid August. When healthy, Puk’s arsenal still looks potent. The A’s like the extension Puk gets on his fastball and his plus upper-80s slider generated a 46.4% whiff rate in the big leagues. He flashes a plus changeup at 89-91 mph, but struggled to find the feel for it at times out of the bullpen. Oakland believes Puk made subtle improvements to the lower half of his delivery in the second half of 2021.

    The Future: Puk will be 27 years old in April and has yet to make a big league start. There are evaluators, both internally and externally, who believe a future as a mid-rotation starter is possible while also acknowledging a high-leverage relief role is a more likely outcome considering his injury history.

  7. 7. 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

    Track Record: Shoulder injuries beset Jefferies’ final year of college at California in 2016 and Tommy John surgery wiped out nearly all of the ensuing two years of his professional career. He reached Double-A upon returning in 2019 and walked just nine batters in 79 total innings. He impressed the A’s at their alternate training site in 2020 and was in contention for their final starting rotation spot out of spring training in 2021, but ultimately spent most of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He dealt with both right biceps tendinitis and a right flexor strain in his elbow during the season.

    Scouting Report: Jefferies relies on his advanced command and throws a variety of fastballs. Both his four and two-seam heater sit in the 92-94 mph range and he’s comfortable throwing his cutter, which is a tick slower, to both righties and lefties. Jefferies can move his fastballs around the strike zone but doesn’t miss many bats with them. His best swing-and-miss offering is an upper-80s changeup with considerable horizontal break that tumbles away from lefthanders. He’s shown the ability to manipulate the changeup, sometimes getting it to behave more like a splitter. He has yet to land on a consistent breaking ball. He featured a slurvy low-80s pitch that generated an average amount of whiffs but he threw less than 15% of the time.

    The Future: If Jefferies can stay healthy, he profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter who can compete for innings in Oakland in 2022.

  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: Buelvas signed for less than $100,000 out of Colombia in 2018, but he turned heads in his Arizona League debut the following year in 2019, hitting .300/.392/.506 as a 17-year-old. Buelvas was one of three teenagers invited to Oakland’s alternate training site in 2020, joining Tyler Soderstrom and Robert Puason, and spent all of 2021 at Low-A Stockton, where he was again one of the youngest players at 19 years old.

    Scouting Report: Buelvas’ barrel accuracy, strike-zone awareness and sneaky power bely his understated frame. He hit 16 home runs for Stockton, albeit while hitting for less average than some expected. Buelvas is still trying to find the right balance of contact and power, at times lengthening his swing and expanding his approach as he chases power Opposing evaluators mostly envision Buelvas settling into an above-average hitter with more of a gap-to-gap approach once he finds that balance. Buelvas is an instinctive defender who impresses the longer you watch him. Solid throwing accuracy allows his average arm to play up and he’s capable of playing all three outfield positions, but his average foot speed may ultimately be better suited in a corner as he continues to fill out physically.

    The Future: Buelvas lacks an obvious carrying tool, but those most bullish on him see a hit-over-power everyday corner outfielder.

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

    Track Record: Butler elevated his stock as much as any prospect in Oakland’s system in 2021. The A’s tabbed Butler as a developmental project out of high school and he struggled mightily with strikeouts in his first two professional seasons. That changed in 2021, when he broke out in his first taste of full-season ball, posting the second-best isolated power (.236) of any qualified hitter in Low-A West with Stockton. He ended the year hitting .340 in 14 games with High-A Lansing.

    Scouting Report: Butler’s combination of power and speed is mesmerizing. His powerful, lofted swing produces 70-grade raw power with exit velocities maxing out north of 110 mph, putting him among the most powerful hitters in Oakland’s system. Like many long-levered young power hitters, Butler fights a tendency to lengthen his swing, leaving him susceptible to swings and misses. There are concerns about his 33% strikeout rate, but that represented an improvement compared to his pro debut. Butler isn’t a hacker—if anything, he can be overly deferential and his swing rates were among the lowest in Oakland’s system. He’s an instinctive, plus runner who stole nearly 30 bases in 2021 and spent time at all three outfield positions in addition to first base. Butler may be better suited for first base in the long run as he matures, but his athleticism gives him a shot to handle a corner outfield position. He also receives raves for his competitiveness and makeup.

    The Future: A return to High-A Lansing is likely for Butler as he continues to prove he can make enough contact to allow his head-turning power to play.

  10. 10. 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: A dismal 5.52 ERA hurt Peluse’s draft stock as a junior at Wake Forest in 2019 and he entered the A’s system as an unheralded ninth-round selection. Peluse added considerable strength to his lower half during the 2020 shutdown and surprised the A’s by touching 98 mph in short bursts at instructional league that fall. He carried that momentum through 2021, posting a 3.66 ERA in 86 innings at High-A Lansing before being promoted to Double-A Midland to end the season.

    Scouting Report: Peluse’s fastball settles into the 94-95 mph range with decent shape in a starting role. He deploys it aggressively, throwing it for strikes roughly 70% of the time, and hunts the first-pitch advantage in a manner more like a reliever than a starter. Peluse’s secondaries are less refined. He worked with the A’s analytics department, including staff astrophysicist Samantha Schultz, to reshape his slider, seeking a pitch with more late life that could miss more bats, and also tinkered with the pitch’s grip. Peluse’s third offering is a changeup with decent arm-side run that he doesn’t always trust. He shows average command and a feel to pitch.

    The Future: Some evaluators see Peluse as a multi-inning battering ram out of the bullpen, while others believe he has the upside of a No. 4 starter if he improves his secondaries.

  11. 11. 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 was an All-Big Ten first-team selection at Michigan in 2019, logging 106 innings primarily as a starter until the College World Series, where he starred in a relief role. He was expected to anchor Michigan’s rotation in 2020, but the pandemic ended his season after 24 innings. He has pitched sparingly since. Criswell missed nearly all of 2021 dealing with arm trouble, throwing just 12 innings for High-A Lansing, but pitched in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Criswell teases the potential for four potential above-average offerings, but he needs to prove he can sustain them in a starting role. His fastball touched 98 mph in shorter instructional league outings in 2020 and sat 93-95 mph in the AFL in 2021. He pairs his fastball with a vertically-breaking mid-80s slider that he commands well and a low-80s changeup that dives off the plate. Both pitches flash plus and generate swings and misses, although he struggled to command them in his limited AFL time.Criswell occasionally features a solid-average curveball as a fourth offering, too. He has ample arm strength, but his effortful delivery and inconsistent foot strike concern evaluators who watch him.

    The Future: Criswell’s professional debut hasn’t allayed fears of reliever risk, but those highest on him still see a potential mid-to-back of the rotation arm.

  12. 12. Brent Honeywell | RHP
    Brent Honeywell
    Born: Mar 31, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Walters State (Tenn.) JC, 2014 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Brian Hickman (Rays)
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.97 ERA | 67 SO | 24 BB | 82 IP

    Track Record: Honeywell ranked in the Rays top 30 seven consecutive seasons, reaching Tampa Bay’s No. 1 spot in 2018, but missed three consecutive seasons returning from a trio of elbow surgeries. Honeywell returned in 2021 and finally made his big league debut for the Rays, but pitched mostly in a bulk-innings role for Triple-A Durham. Squeezed for 40-man roster spots, the Rays traded Honeywell to the Athletics in November.

    Scouting Report: There is hope that another year removed from injury will allow Honeywell’s stuff to further regain its crispness. Honeywell always relied on a deep arsenal and he turned to all of his pitches in 2021. His fastball velocity is nearly back, sitting 93-96 mph, and he occasionally uses a low-90s cutter as well. Honeywell still throws two distinct breaking balls, a mid-80s slider and a slower curveball, although he trusted the slider more in 2021. Honeywell continues to flash a plus changeup and sprinkles in his putaway screwball as a fifth offering. All of his secondaries miss an average amount of bats, but his command isn’t always consistent.

    The Future: The Athletics saw oft-injured righthander James Kaprielian settle into their rotation in 2021. A similar redemption story for Honeywell represents a best-case scenario.

  13. 13. Denzel Clarke | OF
    Denzel Clarke
    Born: May 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Dillon Tung
    Minors: .316/.409/.579 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 19 AB

    Track Record: Clarke surged up draft boards following a strong second half at Cal State Northridge, and the A’s made him their fourth-round selection in 2021, coveting his power-speed potential and makeup they ascertained during pre-draft conversations. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League, appearing in seven games. Clarke’s mother, Donna, was an Olympian heptathlete for Canada in 1984 and he is cousins with the Guardians’ Naylor brothers, Josh and Bo.

    Scouting Report: Clarke boasts enormous tools, headlined by easy plus raw power that allows for home run potential even on fly balls he doesn’t barrel. He rebuilt his swing mechanics following his freshman year in college, working with several instructors, including hitting coach Craig Wallenbrock, to find a solution that allowed him to access his power more consistently. He reduced his leg kick and adopted more of a simplified, balanced approach. He still has swing-and-miss concerns, and at times he struggles to sync his upper and lower half when he gets overly aggressive, but he now shows fringe-average hitting potential. Clarke is a plus runner who shows good defensive instincts, although his fringe-average arm may push him to left field. Clarke’s impressive frame still has room to add more strength, too.

    The Future: It’s a risk-reward profile, but Clarke is one of Oakland’s most intriguing prospects as he enters full-season ball in 2022.

  14. 14. Jordan Diaz | 1B/3B
    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: Diaz has consistently demonstrated advanced hitting ability since he signed with the A’s out of Colombia for $275,000 in 2016. That continued in 2021 with High-A Lansing. Diaz finished fourth in batting average (.288) and tied for 10th in wRC+ (121) among qualified High-A Central hitters despite being one of the league’s youngest hitters at 20 years old. He also appeared on Colombia’s Olympic qualifying roster. The A’s added Diaz to their 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: An innate feel for the barrel and a solid swing path allows Diaz to consistently hit for average, and his power is slowly catching up. Diaz likes to deploy his hitting ability and swings the bat freely. He owned one of the highest swing percentages in the A’s system and also posted one of its lowest walk rates (6.8%), but his contact skills so far have allowed him to maintain a manageable strikeout rate. Diaz’s future defensive home has yet to crystallize. Diaz’s stocky frame has raised concerns in the past, although he looked a bit more spry in 2021. He flashes the ability to handle third base, but still needs to clean up his footwork. The A’s shifted Diaz to first base more in 2021, but he’s undersized for the position, and also briefly tried him in left field, where his foot speed was tested.

    The Future: Opposing teams have coveted Diaz in trade talks in the past. His pure hitting ability may be good enough to make up for the defensive ambiguity.

  15. 15. Logan Davidson | SS/3B
    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

    Track Record: Davidson’s blend of all-around performance, power potential and defense made him the 29th overall pick out of Clemson in 2019. Those tools haven’t translated to production so far in pro ball, and he posted a .620 OPS with Double-A Midland in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Even as an amateur, Davidson’s lack of wood bat success raised questions about his pure hitting ability. Those concerns followed him into pro ball. He struck out 30% of the time in 2021, although it’s worth noting he bypassed the Class A levels completely because of the canceled 2020 minor league season. The A’s have worked with the switch-hitting Davidson to shorten his swing and tighten his approach, helping him learn which pitches he can hunt in the strike zone. Davidson still shows above-average power potential and averaged a nearly 90 mph exit velocity in 2021. He is much more impactful from the left side and hit all seven of his home runs lefthanded while posting just a .359 OPS righthanded during the season. Defensively, Davidson has the footwork, actions and instincts to play an average shortstop. He makes most of the routine plays and he has an accurate throwing arm. Most evaluators agree he could handle third base or a multi-positional infield role.

    The Future: The A’s are still waiting for Davidson’s bat to come around, but his defensive chops should allow him to reach the big leagues as a versatile infield defender with power off the bench.

  16. 16. Mason Miller | RHP
    Mason Miller
    Born: Aug 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Neil Avent
    Minors: 0-1 | 1.50 ERA | 9 SO | 3 BB | 6 IP

    Track Record: Miller weighed just 155 pounds and his fastball sat in the mid-to-upper 80s at Division III Waynesburg (Pa.) when doctors discovered he had Type 1 diabetes, explaining confounding weight loss early in his college career. His velocity returned—and then some—as he incrementally gained weight, and he dominated his final two seasons. Miller transferred to Division I Gardner-Webb in 2021 and led all Big South Conference pitchers with 121 strikeouts. The A’s made him their third-round selection, and he briefly debuted in the Arizona Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Miller’s fastball touched triple digits at instructional league and settles in at 94-96 mph as a starter. The pitch isn’t shaped like the bat-missing, vertically-oriented fastballs currently en vogue. Instead, Miller relies more on its horizontal break and his solid command of the pitch. His low-80s slider plays off his fastball and generates more whiffs thanks to its two-plane break as it dives out of the zone. He also features a mid-80s changeup that showed signs of improvement upon getting to pro ball. A starter throughout college, Miller repeats his delivery well and has prototypical size, although he fought his control at times early in his career at Waynesburg.

    The Future: Miller turns 24 in August and has the look of a potential fast-riser. He could arrive in the majors as a power reliever before settling into a mid-rotation starting role.

  17. 17. 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

    Track Record: The A’s signed Puason to a $5.1 million bonus in 2019, tied with Yankees outfielder Jasson Dominguez for the largest bonus in that year’s international class. Oakland sent Puason to their alternate training site in 2020 with the pandemic delaying his official pro debut until 2021. The A’s opted for Puason to bypass rookie ball and sent him to Low-A Stockton, where he was the league’s youngest qualified hitter at 18 years old. He was mostly overmatched, striking out more than 40% of the time.

    Scouting Report: Puason is a toolsy, gifted athlete capable of the occasional jaw-dropping feat, but most observers felt he wasn’t ready for full-season ball after seeing pitchers expose both his swing and approach. His steep, uphill swing doesn’t stay in the strike zone very long, leading to a significant amount of swings and misses and a nearly 60% groundball rate when he does make contact. He also lacks a consistent approach, chasing pitches at one of the highest clips in the A’s system. Defensively, Puason shows glimpses of excellence, displaying a plus throwing arm and impressive range at shortstop. But the game speeds up on him at times and he struggles to consistently make the routine play (29 errors in 2021). Puason is a plus runner but he’s still developing the necessary instincts to translate his speed on the basepaths.

    The Future: Puason will likely repeat Low-A after an erratic start to his pro career. His physical skills are impressive, but his development arc will be a long, slow burn.

  18. 18. 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: .276/.348/.393 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 341 AB

    Track Record: The A’s hoped Barrera’s strong performance at their alternate training site in 2020 portended another step forward in 2021, nearly a decade after they signed him. The A’s briefly summoned Barrera for his big league debut, a four-game stint in late May, but he spent the majority of 2021 with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he didn’t hit for much impact and finished with a .741 OPS.

    Scouting Report: Barrera fits the classic hit-over-power slasher profile. His flat bat path is geared toward contact, which allows his plus speed to play on the basepaths, but his swing doesn’t produce much in-game power. Most aspects of Barrera’s game are aggressive, especially his approach. He swung at nearly 48% of all pitches he saw in 2021. He makes it work thanks to his pure hitting ability, but he would benefit from a bit more selectivity. Barrera is a solid thrower who plays all three defensive positions, although he’s a bit stretched in center field.

    The Future: Barrera’s speed, defense and contact ability should allow him to compete for a part-time role in the A’s outfield in 2022, but the clock is ticking.

  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

    Track Record: Juan was a virtual unknown outside of the A’s organization until his breakout 2021 season. He struck out 31 batters in 21 innings with Low-A Stockton and earned a quick promotion to High-A Lansing. An arm injury ended his season in mid-August, but the A’s still added him to their 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: Juan is built like a throwback NBA power forward. He is listed at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds and likely weighs closer to 250 pounds. His fastball velocity has gradually increased as he’s added strength to his hulking frame. His heater now sits in the mid 90s and touches 99 mph with unique angle. Juan snaps off a mid-80s power breaking ball with considerable vertical break that flashes plus. He generates plenty of whiffs when he buries it as chase pitch, but needs to locate it in the strike zone more consistently. Juan’s third pitch is a 90 mph changeup with lateral run that he uses infrequently. Throwing strikes is an ongoing battle for Juan, but he surprises evaluators with his ability to repeat his delivery despite his height, giving him a chance to start. He’ll need to show he can locate his changeup consistently to engender more confidence that he can remain in the rotation.

    The Future: The A’s decision to protect Juan suggests he could move quickly if shifted to a relief role. His injury clouds his 2022 outlook, but he has become a power arm to watch in the system.

  20. 20. 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

    Track Record: Thomas was a two-sport athlete at Oklahoma and competing with Baker Mayfield for quarterback reps before turning to baseball full-time in 2016, his only full season of college baseball. The A’s acquired Thomas and reliever Adam Kolarek from the Dodgers in a Feb. 2021 trade that sent Sheldon Neuse to Los Angeles. Thomas spent all season with Triple-A Las Vegas and hit 18 homers in its hitting-friendly environment until an Achilles injury ended his season in late July.

    Scouting Report: Evaluators marvel at Thomas’ raw power, but question how consistently he’ll access it. His 90 mph average exit velocity with Las Vegas ranked among the highest marks in Oakland’s system, although he played in just 59 games. As with several of their most prolific power hitters, the A’s asked Thomas to work on shortening the length of his swing. His heavy pull-side approach and swing-and-miss concerns (36% whiff rate) limit his pure hitting potential to fringe-average. Defensively, Thomas is a capable corner outfielder, although his arm is just average despite his quarterback background.

    The Future: The A’s added Thomas to their 40-man roster in November. He draws some comparisons to A’s outfielder Seth Brown because of his age and offensive profile.

  21. 21. 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: Guldberg’s college career was shortened by a shoulder injury as a freshman and the canceled 2020 season, but he hit .374 when in the lineup for Georgia Tech. He impressed the A’s immediately in instructional league after they drafted him in the third round in 2020 and began the 2021 season with High-A Lansing. Hamstring and shoulder injuries limited Guldberg to just 49 games.

    Scouting Report: A lean, wiry athlete, Guldberg’s speed and solid instincts allows him to play a plus defensive center field and cover plenty of ground. He played almost exclusively in center for Lansing and his average arm should allow him to stick there, but past experience at left field and second base allows for the A’s to envision a potential super-utility role if his bat can take another step. Guldberg makes plenty of contact and shows decent bat speed, but his swing isn’t geared toward in-game power. The A’s believe there’s the potential for fringe-average power as he adds strength to his frame.

    The Future: The A’s are encouraged by the glimpses they’ve seen from Guldberg, but he needs to stay healthy. His defense, speed and versatility allows for at least a potential part-time big league role.

  22. 22. Jonah Bride | 1B/3B/C
    Jonah Bride
    Born: Dec 27, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .265/.407/.424 | 9 HR | 2 SB | 264 AB

    Track Record: Bride was an unheralded senior sign in 2018 after starting every game for South Carolina in each of his final two seasons. He climbed to Double-A Midland in 2021 and was one of the league’s most consistent performers. Bride walked as frequently as he struck out, his 17.1% walk rate was best among Double-A Central qualified hitters. The A’s sent him to the Arizona Fall League after the season and added him to their 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: If there’s a defensive position open, chances are Bride is willing to try it. He spent time at first, third and second base this year with Midland, then went to the AFL to learn how to play catcher. Offensively, Bride’s swing is a bit unorthodox, beginning with a slightly open stance before closing his stride and stepping almost toward first base, but was impactful at Double-A. He rarely swings and misses, especially on fastballs in the strike zone, and he has excellent strike-zone discipline—his 17% chase rate was among the best of all A’s minor leaguers. Bride doesn’t have a loud carrying tool, and he’s the type of player who tends to impress evaluators over longer periods of time instead of short looks.

    The Future: Bride is a classic skills-over-tools versatile performer in the mold of Austin Nola or Kyle Farmer. He could reach the majors in 2022.

  23. 23. 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

    Track Record: The A’s selected Feigl in the fifth round of the 2018 draft, signing him to a $300,000 bonus after he performed well as Mississippi’s Saturday starter. He’s been a reliable year-over-year option since. Feigl spent most of 2021 with Double-A Midland, posting the league’s fourth-best expected fielding independent ERA (3.85) of any pitcher with 70 or more innings. Still, the A’s did not protect Feigl ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: Feigl’s pitch mix isn’t overpowering, but his deceptive delivery, command and pitchability allows him to minimize damage. His fastball averages nearly 93 mph with natural cut and sink, enhancing his groundball-oriented approach. Feigl throws the pitch with deceptive angle and can command it to any quadrant of the strike zone, but it generates a below-average amount of swings and misses. He also displays feel for spin, throwing an above-average mid-80s slider with late life and a curveball that’s a beat slower. Feigl’s two breaking balls tend to blend together, and the A’s want to see more distinction between the two pitches. He also mixes in a fringe-average changeup. A’s player development staffers believe the pitch could improve even more with better sequencing.

    The Future: Feigl largely projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his arsenal may play up in a relief role like long-time A’s stalwart Yusmeiro Petit.

  24. 24. Hogan Harris | LHP
    Hogan Harris
    Born: Dec 26, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Kelcey Mucker.

    Track Record: Harris missed all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery before returning to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. The lefthander has logged just 54.2 career innings, all coming in 2019. Oblique injuries at Louisiana-Lafayette hampered his 2018 draft stock and he didn’t make his pro debut that season because of an elbow strain.

    Scouting Report: Harris is still working his way back and threw mostly fastballs and changeups in his return in the AFL. His fastball sits in the low 90s with late sink and has touched 95 at its best. His above-average changeup sits in the mid 70s and can miss bats at the bottom of the strike zone. Harris throws a slow, arcing low-70s curveball sparingly, and has shown an ability to manipulate a slider in the past. Harris’ strike-throwing looked tentative in his return—he walked 14 batters in 10 innings—and command has been an issue in the past, but some of that should be expected as he eases back to health. Harris used his rehab time to clean up his body, and he’s also made a series of changes in pro ball to alleviate timing issues in his delivery that leads to bouts of erraticism.

    The Future: Harris has the ceiling of a back-end starter if he can remain healthy. His primary goal is just to make it through a full season in 2022.

  25. 25. Brady Basso | LHP
    Brady Basso
    Born: Oct 8, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 213
    Minors: 2-2 | 4.71 ERA | 26 SO | 7 BB | 21 IP

    Track Record: Basso flashed premium stuff but erratic control at Oklahoma State, walking 6.5 batters per nine innings in his draft year. The A’s gave him $75,000 in the 16th round and he pitched well out of the bullpen in a limited rookie ball debut. The A’s moved Basso to a starting role in 2021 and were encouraged with the results until an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery ended his season in mid June.

    Scouting Report: Basso worked with Oakland’s pitching development staff to smooth out his delivery, unlocking more consistent velocity. His fastball sat 94-95 mph and touched 97 mph with good spin and shape from the left side before he got hurt. He threw a hard slider in college that has morphed into a low-90s cutter as a professional. The gem of his arsenal might end up being his hammer of an upper-70s curveball, which High-A hitters whiffed on nearly 80% of the time in a small sample. Basso also features a work-in-progress changeup. There’s some length in the back of Basso’s arm stroke and he needed to prove he could maintain the changes to his delivery over time, even before elbow surgery.

    The Future: The A’s believed they had unlocked a potential gem in Basso, but his injury clouds his future. Basso has yet to pitch above High-A and turns 25 in October.

  26. 26. Mickey McDonald | OF
    Mickey McDonald
    Born: Jun 2, 1995
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .305/.402/.390 | 2 HR | 18 SB | 364 AB

    Track Record: McDonald posted a .607 OPS across three levels in 2019 when teams last saw him in his age-24 season, but he re-emerged an improved player in 2021 and reached Triple-A Las Vegas. He he hit .333 at the minors’ highest level and showed intriguing defensive versatility.

    Scouting Report: McDonald fits the A’s mold as an older, under-the-radar performer without an obvious carrying tool. He ditched switch-hitting in 2021, choosing instead to hit solely from the left side, and his success surprised opposing evaluators. He showed a compact swing and a contact-oriented approach, putting the ball in play enough to allow his above-average speed (18 steals) to play on the bases. McDonald’s gets on base, but he doesn’t have much power potential. He is a solid defender who can handle all three outfield positions, and McDonald also played some third base.

    The Future: McDonald played his way into the A’s logjam of outfielders vying for a part-time role in the majors. His lack of power puts pressure on his hitting ability, but McDonald’s speed and defense help his chances.

  27. 27. Max Schuemann | 2B/SS
    Max Schuemann
    Born: Jun 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 186
    Minors: .271/.372/.388 | 7 HR | 52 SB | 446 AB

    Track Record: Schuemann starred at both Portage (Mich.) Northern High and Eastern Michigan, so it’s only fitting his breakout season began at High-A Lansing in 2021. He vaulted three levels up to Triple-A and tied for fifth among all minor leaguers with 52 steals, tormenting opposing pitchers and catchers in the first year of MLB’s experimental pickoff rules in High-A.

    Scouting Report: Schuemann is a plus runner, but his base-stealing ability benefits from strong baseball instincts that show up across several facets of his game. He’s stretched a bit thin at shortstop, his natural defensive position, but he’s added versatility, playing second base and all three outfield positions with Double-A Midland. Schuemann showed impressive bat-to-ball skills but modest impact at the plate. His below-average power potential puts more strain on his hit tool, and he’ll need to continue to hone in his approach against veteran pitching.

    The Future: After adding more versatility to complement his running ability, Schuemann has the ceiling of a versatile up-and-down utility player.

  28. 28. 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 A’s acquired Perez from the Padres in 2019 as the player to be named later for Jorge Mateo on the strength of Perez’s strong debut showing in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Perez failed to replicate that success in his first taste of full-season ball, striking out 37.6% of the time with Low-A Stockton in 2021 en route to a .207/.317/359 slash line.

    Scouting Report: Perez’s plus power remains his calling card, although he now faces heightened concerns about his ability to make enough quality contact for it to show up. He struggles to time pitches and his rotational, lofted swing doesn’t stay on plane for very long, leading to lots of swings and misses in the strike zone. When Perez does make contact, it’s loud. His exit velocities max out north of 110 mph. Perez was more of a power-speed threat as an amateur, but he’s already started to slow down as he’s grown stronger. He now projects to be a future fringe-average runner and is likely destined for a corner.

    The Future: Perez showed some ability late in the season to make adjustments and cut down on his swings and misses. He’ll have to do so again in 2022 after a difficult Low-A debut.

  29. 29. Angel Arevalo | SS/OF
    Angel Arevalo
    Born: Oct 2, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160

    Track Record: Arevalo was the A’s most impactful Venezuelan signee in their 2020 international class. He initially signed as a long-term physical projection candidate and has incrementally added strength. He made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and hit a promising .297/.438/.473 with nearly as many walks (18) as strikeouts (19).

    Scouting Report: The A’s were encouraged by Arevalo’s diligent work during the 2020 coronavirus shutdown, and his strength gains showed this summer. Arevalo begins his swing with a wide stance at the plate and employs a modest leg kick and occasional toe tap as a timing mechanism. His swing isn’t necessarily geared for in-game power right now, but he has average power potential because of his strength. Initially signed as an outfielder, Arevalo played mostly shortstop in his debut. He is an above-average runner and thrower, and the A’s hope he can stay up the middle at either position.

    The Future: Arevalo is promising but a long way away. He should make his U.S. debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022.

  30. 30. Brett Harris | 3B
    Brett Harris
    Born: Jun 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 208
    Minors: .238/.347/.381 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 84 AB

    Track Record: Harris’s season in 2021 at Gonzaga made him a favorite of Northwest area scouts. He hit .350 for the Zags, leading them to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and was named the West Coast Conference’s defensive player of the year at third base. The A’s drafted him in the seventh round and signed him for a below-slot $120,000.

    Scouting Report: Harris will turn 24 in June, but he’s the type of player Oakland’s player development program tends to maximize. He’s a plus defender at third base with impressive hands and instincts, and has the versatility to handle either shortstop or second base in a pinch. Harris showed quality pitch recognition in college and the A’s were enthused by his all-fields approach and low-maintenance swing that give average hitting potential. Harris’ power potential remains in question. He posted a .148 isolated power in a limited debut at High-ALansing, but amateur scouts predicted below-average power out of the draft.

    The Future: Harris’ glove and hitting ability make him an intriguing potential utility infielder. He’ll make his full-season debut back at Lansing in 2022.

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