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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: .267/.324/.501 | 29 HR | 0 SB | 505 AB

    Track Record: The Athletics' decision to go above-slot in the 2020 draft to lure Soderstrom away from a UCLA commitment with a $3.3 million signing bonus continues to look like a major coup. Oakland was plenty familiar with Soderstrom, a Northern California product who is the son of Giants 1993 first-rounder Steve Soderstrom. Oakland believed Tyler's bat rivaled some of the best prep hitters to come through its system over the last 30 years, including the likes of Eric Chavez and Ben Grieve. Those parallels seem apt. Soderstrom hit a system-best 29 homers across three levels and he finished with a .267/.324/.501 line. That included a dreadful April with High-A Lansing where Soderstrom hit just .159 and struck out 33% of the time as he contended with a hand injury. Soderstrom eventually turned it around, earning a promotion to Double-A Midland in early August, then ending his season with nine games at Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Scouting Report: Evaluators are hard-pressed to find holes in Soderstrom's beautiful lefthanded swing. It's geared for damage to all fields, and he accesses his plus raw power as frequently as any hitter in Oakland's system. He posted average exit velocities north of 91 mph in 2022, the second-best mark among all A's minor leaguers, and he has continued to add strength to his frame since turning pro. He also has above-average contact ability and an advanced feel for the barrel. Soderstrom is hard to beat within the strike zone and shows solid pitch-recognition skills. He needs to tighten his plate discipline after more advanced pitchers exploited his aggressive nature. Soderstrom's early-season struggles may have impacted his approach both at the plate and defensively, but the A's believe he displayed a marked improvement in maturity as the season progressed. Soderstrom's bat remains far ahead of his catching. He didn't have much exposure to high-level pitching as an amateur. Evaluators note that he's athletic enough to handle the position and has made strides, especially with his blocking and receiving, but fringe-average catching ability remains a best-case scenario. Soderstrom essentially split time between catcher and first base in 2022. The A's believe he became more comfortable at first base with the additional reps throughout the season. Evaluators have long wondered whether Soderstrom, who has above-average arm strength could handle third base, or perhaps even a corner outfield spot, but Oakland hasn't tried it yet.

    The Future:
    Soderstrom possesses the ingredients teams seek in a potential middle-of-the-order hitter. A return to Triple-A Las Vegas appears in order, where the A's hope he'll show a more discerning approach. If he does, his bat could force his way to Oakland at some point in 2023, even if his defensive position remains an open question.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55

  2. 2. Kyle Muller | LHP
    Kyle Muller
    Born: Oct 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Dallas, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.
    Minors: 6-8 | 3.41 ERA | 159 SO | 40 BB | 135 IP

    Track Record: The Braves signed Muller for $2.5 million in the second round of the 2016 draft after he added velocity as a high school senior. He pitched his way to Double-A as a 20-year-old in 2018 and made his MLB debut in 2021 but has spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Athletics acquired Muller in December as the centerpiece of the three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to the Braves and William Contreras to the Brewers.

    Scouting Report: Muller has a four-pitch mix headlined by a fastball that sits 93-95 mph and tops out around 97-98. While the pitch has ordinary life and shape, it plays up thanks to his extension. The Braves encouraged Muller to attack the zone aggressively with his fastball, both to get ahead in counts and to make hitters swing. He did just that in 2022, throwing his fastball for strikes more than 70% of the time. Muller throws a firm, upper-80s slider that averaged nearly 87 mph in the majors and put him among the top 25 hardest-thrown lefthanded sliders. Muller's slider has earned plus scouting grades, while his low-80s curveball is another quality breaking pitch with horizontal and vertical bite. His curve spin rate is in the 2,400 rpm range, though he threw the pitch in the zone less frequently than any of his offerings. Muller's firm, upper-80s changeup is his fourth pitch and is exclusively used against righthanded hitters. The movement and velocity separation on his changeup don't suggest it'll be anything more than a fourth offering.

    The Future: Muller graduates from prospect eligibility with just four more outs. He has the upside of a No. 4 starter and should spend most of 2023 in Oakland's rotation.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 45

  3. 3. Zack Gelof | 2B/3B
    Zack Gelof
    Born: Oct 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Tripp Faulk.
    Minors: .270/.352/.463 | 18 HR | 10 SB | 389 AB

    Track Record: Gelof was a stalwart at Virginia and performed well at the 2021 College World Series. He carried that momentum into his professional career after the Athletics drafted him No. 60 overall and in the second round that summer. Gelof hit so well in his pro debut that Oakland felt comfortable sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas in late September for a brief stint. He performed again in 2022, hitting .270/.352/.463 with 18 homers between Double-A Midland and Las Vegas, though he missed roughly six weeks with a left shoulder injury sustained while diving for a ball.

    Scouting Report: Gelof's simple, strength-based swing allows for an abundance of hard contact, and he averaged nearly 90 mph in average exit velocity for the second consecutive season. His power continues to play best to the pull side, though he's capable of shooting balls to right field as well. Gelof is physically strong and has raw power, but his swing is fairly flat and will likely lead to above-average power potential. He has a solid approach but will chase at times and fights a tendency to offer at the first pitch of at-bats. Gelof was a third baseman in college, but he battled arm issues and throwing inconsistency during his draft year. The A's transitioned him more to second base in 2022, where they believe his arm slot is better suited. They also aren't ruling out a potential role in the outfield. Gelof is one of the better runners underway in Oakland's system and he appeared in one game in center field with Midland.

    The Future: Gelof needs to fine-tune his approach and aggressiveness, but he is nearly ready for the big leagues and should reach Oakland during the 2023 season. He has a chance to develop into a solid-average regular for the rebuilding A's.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50

  4. 4. Mason Miller | RHP
    Mason Miller
    Born: Aug 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Neil Avent
    Minors: 0-2 | 3.86 ERA | 25 SO | 3 BB | 14 IP

    Track Record: Miller dealt with confounding weight loss early in his college career until a doctor diagnosed him with Type I diabetes at 20 years old. His strength returned following the discovery and his velocity has steadily risen since. Oakland drafted Miller in the third round in 2021 and he made three brief appearances in the Arizona Complex League. He missed nearly all of the 2022 season with a right shoulder strain, returning in late August to pitch 16 innings, including a brief stint with Triple-A Las Vegas. Miller then dazzled scouts in an extended look in the Arizona Fall League, where he touched 102 mph and emerged as one of the circuit's most impressive arms.

    Scouting Report: Miller has two premium pitches--his fastball and slider--and another intriguing offering could be on the way in 2023. His four-seamer sits 97-99 mph with solid carry and a bit of armside run. He pairs it with a sweeping mid-80s slider that profiles as a plus swing-and-miss offering that he throws to both sides of the plate. Miller has also flashed a firm low-90s changeup, but it's more of a developmental pitch. Miller is expected to reintroduce his upper-90s cutter in 2023. He didn't throw the pitch in 2023 as the A's approached his return from injury cautiously, but it's been a weapon for him in the past. Miller has a starter's frame and his delivery is fairly simple despite a bit of effort, but he'll need to demonstrate he can withstand the rigors of regular rotation turns and maintain his fiery arsenal throughout a full season.

    The Future: There are some evaluators who believe Miller's arsenal could play in a big league bullpen right now. Should the A's remain patient, Miller has the ceiling of at least a No. 3 starter if he harnesses his four-pitch mix and stays healthy.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Cutter: 60. Control: 55

  5. 5. Ken Waldichuk | LHP
    Ken Waldichuk
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Tyler Robertson.
    Minors: 6-4 | 2.84 ERA | 137 SO | 36 BB | 95 IP

    Track Record: The Yankees signed Waldichuk for $307,000 as a fifth-rounder in 2019. He added strength to his 6-foot-4 frame and worked with New York's pitching development program to enhance his slider during the shutdown in 2020. He returned a different pitcher, striking out 163 batters over 110 innings in 2021 while reaching Double-A. Oakland acquired Waldichuk from the Yankees along with three other players in a deadline deal for Frankie Montas. Waldichuk made his MLB debut shortly after, posting a 4.93 ERA across seven starts.

    Scouting Report: Waldichuk's fastball velocity now sits in the mid 90s and his four-seamer carries well to the upper half of the strike zone. The low-80s slider he developed with the Yankees is a true sweeper that dives at the back foot of righthanded batters and is one of the better breaking balls in Oakland's system. Both pitches play up because of the deception in his funky delivery. Waldichuk also throws a solid-average low-80s changeup almost exclusively to righthanded hitters, and some evaluators believe it has a chance to keep improving. He rounds out his four-pitch mix with a mid-70s curveball that he'll occasionally flash early in counts. While Waldichuk's lefthanded arsenal is potent, he's more control--he has a fair walk rate of 3.6 per nine innings in the minors--than command at this point, sometimes missing his spots within the strike zone. The lower half of his delivery can fall out of sync at times. Still, his ability to miss bats given his stuff allows for a bit more margin of error.

    The Future: Waldichuk has the ceiling of a midrotation starter as he continues to tighten his delivery. He'll compete for a spot in Oakland's Opening Day rotation in spring training.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  6. 6. Max Muncy | SS
    Max Muncy
    Born: Aug 25, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Dillon Tung.
    Minors: .229/.336/.422 | 19 HR | 19 SB | 472 AB

    Track Record: The Athletics followed their 2020 first-round selection of Tyler Soderstrom by again drafting a California prep prospect with their first-round pick in 2021, taking Muncy 25th overall and signing him for $2.85 million. They sent Muncy to Low-A Stockton to begin his age-19 season in 2022, where he hit 16 homers through 81 games before a promotion to High-A Lansing in late July. Muncy slashed .229/.336/.422 between the two levels, showing big power (19 homers) while also leading Oakland's system in strikeouts (169).

    Scouting Report: Muncy tested out as one of the system's better overall athletes prior to the season and continues to add strength to his frame. He uses his strong hands and wrists to generate ample bat speed and began to consistently flash plus raw power potential in 2022. The power gains came with more swing-and-miss than expected. Muncy's strikeout rate hovered around 30% in 2022 and he tends to overswing at times, even with two strikes. Opposing evaluators noted his setup at the plate can get inconsistent, though he made a subtle change that helped him use the opposite field more later in the season. The A's were also encouraged by Muncy's walk rate and pitch recognition. Muncy made 32 errors at shortstop. He has solid hands, but needs to continue to clean up his actions and become more comfortable throwing from various arm slots. Some evaluators wonder whether his range and arm would be better suited for second base as he continues to grow into his frame.

    The Future: Muncy projects as an offensive-minded infielder who could hit 20-25 homers a year, though he'll need to harness his approach to define the quality of his hit tool. The A's felt comfortable challenging Muncy in his first full pro season, and he should return to High-A Lansing to begin 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  7. 7. Daniel Susac | C
    Daniel Susac
    Born: May 14, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 218
    Minors: .298/.354/.404 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 104 AB

    Track Record: Susac is the younger brother of Andrew Susac, who has spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues. Daniel, like fellow California native Tyler Soderstrom, was a prominent amateur prospect, landing at No. 118 on Baseball America's draft ranking in 2020. Susac instead opted to attend Arizona, where he hit .352 with 24 homers over 125 games. He played for Chip Hale, a former Athletics bench coach, in 2022 and was the top player remaining on Oakland's draft board this summer when they selected him No. 19 overall and signed him for $3,531,200. He spent the majority of his first professional season with Low-A Stockton.

    Scouting Report: Teams were split on Susac in the predraft process, but those highest projected he will have a chance for above-average hitting ability and power. He is physically strong with plus raw power. That translates to plenty of hard contact when he connects, and Susac shows solid feel for contact despite his long levers. He'll need to add a bit more polish to his offensive approach to unlock his contact ability more consistently. Susac showed a surprising amount of chase in a small sample with Stockton. The A's also believe Susac could stand to improve his balance and stride, as he can get caught out over his front foot at times. His calling card defensively is his above-average throwing arm. Susac is capable of throwing runners out from his knees with ease. He also has soft hands and solid receiving skills. Like other tall catchers--he is 6-foot-4--he will need to continue to monitor his footwork and mobility behind the plate, and he sometimes struggles to get out of his crouch.

    The Future: Susac has the ceiling of an everyday big league catcher with more refinement to his approach and defense.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55

  8. 8. Esteury Ruiz | OF
    Esteury Ruiz
    Born: Feb 15, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 169
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Edys De Oleo (Royals).
    Minors: .332/.447/.526 | 16 HR | 85 SB | 437 AB

    Track Record: Ruiz generated buzz by winning MVP honors in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2017. He spent that campaign with the Royals until they traded him to the Padres that summer. Ruiz's performance slowed until 2022, when he hit well in the upper minors and made his MLB debut with the Padres. San Diego traded him to the Brewers at the trade deadline as part of the return for Josh Hader, and then Milwaukee traded him to the Athletics in the December three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to the Braves and William Contreras to the Brewers.

    Scouting Report: Ruiz posted huge numbers in several categories in 2022. He has a wiry build, loads with a simple toe tap and--despite a long swing--has good contact skills. Ruiz showed more patience in 2022 with 66 walks in 114 minor league games after drawing 54 in 182 games combined the previous two seasons. Despite an impressive slash line, Ruiz faces skepticism on how his bat will translate to the major leagues. His swing has leverage and generates loft, but his average exit velocity of 85 mph in the minor leagues in 2022 would rank among the worst in the majors, with all of his home runs coming pull side. Ruiz is a plus-plus runner who likes to bunt and steal. He swiped a minor league-best 85 bases in 99 attempts (86%) and should be a prolific basestealer in the majors. Ruiz mostly played second base until 2019 when he moved to the outfield, and after a learning curve the first few years, he has developed into at least an average center field defender with a below-average arm.

    The Future: If Ruiz can show enough power to translate against MLB pitchers, he could become an everyday player. If not, he could end up a righthanded-hitting reserve with speed and defense.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 70. Fielding: 50. Arm: 40

  9. 9. Lawrence Butler | OF/1B
    Lawrence Butler
    Born: Jul 10, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Jemel Spearman.
    Minors: .265/.351/.457 | 11 HR | 13 SB | 302 AB

    Track Record: Oakland drafted Butler out of the Atlanta high school ranks in the sixth round in 2018, drawn to his plus raw power, loose swing and youth. He didn't turn 18 until about a month after the draft. Butler didn't do much damage in short-season leagues in 2018 or 2019 but emerged from the pandemic as one of Oakland's most-improved players, reaching High-A Lansing by the end of 2021. Butler returned to Lansing in 2022 and slashed .270/.357/.468 with 11 homers despite a slow start in April. He also missed six weeks with an arm injury. Oakland sent him to accumulate additional at-bats in the Arizona Fall League, where he flashed power and a discerning eye. The A's added him to their 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: Butler's raw power rivals anyone in Oakland's system and his hard-hit rate in games was above-average in 2022. He has made a considerable effort over the last two seasons to shorten his lofted swing and tighten his strike-zone recognition in an effort to let his power play more consistently in games. He's a selective hitter, sometimes overly passive, but he upped his swing rate in 2022. He still struck out 31.5% of the time with Lansing and will always have to manage his swing-and-miss, especially in the zone, but again paired it with a high walk rate, this time at 12%. Butler is a plus athlete and runner. He transitioned to primarily playing right field in 2022 after playing more first base early in his career, and he has experience at all three outfield positions. He covers plenty of ground at either corner outfield position, but his routes to the ball remain inconsistent.

    The Future: Butler's patience and power provide a ceiling as an everyday regular in a corner if he can make enough contact. He's ready for the upper levels of the minors in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50

  10. 10. Royber Salinas | RHP
    Royber Salinas
    Born: Apr 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Carlos Sequera
    Minors: 5-8 | 3.55 ERA | 175 SO | 63 BB | 109 IP

    Track Record: Salinas was an under-the-radar signing out of Venezuela in 2018, but he flashed bat-missing potential in the Dominican Summer League in 2019 and in domestic leagues in 2021, when he whiffed 67 batters in 39.1 innings. Salinas fully broke out in 2022 at Low-A Augusta and High-A Rome by striking out 175 batters in 109 innings. Oakland acquired him plus three other prospects in the December three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta.

    Scouting Report: Salinas is a big-bodied righthander listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, though he's quite a bit heavier than that listed weight. He attacks hitters with a powerful three-pitch mix headlined by one of the best fastballs in the system. Salinas sat 93-95 mph with his four-seam fastball and touched 98 in 2022. The pitch has plus carry in the top of the zone, with high spin (2,400 rpm) and more than 18 inches of induced vertical break. He pairs his fastball up with multiple breaking balls that have improved significantly during the 2022 season. Salinas previously threw his slider and curveball with slower, loopier shape. By the end of the season, he was throwing a gyro slider around 87 mph that touched 90 as well as a hammer, downer curveball in the 80-82 mph range. Scouts are mixed on which breaking pitch they prefer, though both were bat-missing pitches at a high level. Salinas' slider was thrown for a strike more frequently and was used more often, while his curve could pair nicely as a north-south complement to his fastball, with more velo separation. Salinas currently has below-average control.

    The Future: Salinas has midrotation stuff, but scouts wonder if his control will limit him to a high-leverage bullpen role. They also note that he will need to stay on top of maintaining his body moving forward.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Curveball: 60. Slider: 60. Control: 40

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