2012 Oakland Athletics Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Oakland Athletics Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Oakland Athletics Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Yoenis Cespedes OF
Born: 10/10/1985
Highest Level Reached: International Free Agent – Defected From Cuba 2011
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In Affiliated Baseball In 2011

#2 Jarrod Parker RHP
Born: 11/24/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Arizona Diamondbacks (Traded To Oakland Dec 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 11-8, 3.79ERA, 130.2IP, 55BB, 112K, .236BAA
MAJORS: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 5.2IP, 1BB, 1K, .211BAA

#3 Sonny Gray RHP
Born: 11/7/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Midland RockHounds
2011 Combined Stats: 1-1, 0.82ERA, 22IP, 6BB, 20K, .241BAA (1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#4 Brad Peacock RHP
Born: 2/2/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Washington Nationals (Traded to Oakland Dec 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 15-3, 2.39ERA, 146.2IP, 47BB, 177K, .188BAA
MAJORS: 2-0, 0.75ERA, 12IP, 6BB, 4K, .167BAA

#5 Grant Green SS
Born: 9/27/1987
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Midland RockHounds
2011 Combined Stats: .291, 33(2B), 1(3B), 9HR, 62RBI

#6 Michael Choice OF
Born: 11/10/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Stockton Ports
2011 Combined Stats: .285, 28(2B), 1(3B), 30HR, 82RBI, 9SB

#7 A.J. Cole RHP
Born: 1/5/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Hagerstown Suns (Traded To Oakland December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: 4-7, 4.04ERA, 89IP, 24BB, 108K, .251BAA

#8 Derek Norris C
Born: 2/14/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Harrisburg Senators (Traded To Oakland December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: .210, 17(2B), 1(3B), 20HR, 46RBI, 13SB

#9 Chris Carter 1B
Born: 12/18/1986
Highest Level Reached: MLB Oakland Athletics
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .278, 18(2B), 2(3B), 21HR, 79RBI
MAJORS: .136 (6 hits in 44 at-bats)

#10 Tom Milone LHP
Born: 2/16/1987
Highest Level Reached: MLB Washington Nationals (Traded To Oakland December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 12-6, 3.22ERA, 148.1IP, 16BB, 155K, .241BAA
MAJORS: 1-0. 3.81ERA, 26IP, 4BB, 15K, .283BAA

#11 B.A. Vollmuth 3B
Born: 12/23/1989
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters
2011 Combined Stats: .268 (11 hits in 41 at-bats), 4(2B), 1(3B), 1HR, 8RBI (3rd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#12 Vicmal de la Cruz OF
Born: 11/20/1993
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Dominican Summer League Athletics
2011 Combined Stats: .318, 13(2B), 5(3B), 1HR, 28RBI, 10SB

#13 Dusty Robinson OF
Born: 9/9/1989
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters
2011 Combined Stats: .224, 7(2B), 2(3B), 8HR, 27RBI, 6SB (10th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#14 Collin Cowgill OF
Born: 5/22/1986
Highest Level Reached: MLB Arizona Diamondbacks (Traded To Oakland Dec 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .354, 24(2B), 8(3B), 13HR, 70RBI, 30SB
MAJORS: .239, 3(2B), 1HR, 9RBI

#15 Bobby Crocker OF
Born: 5/1/1990
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters
2011 Combined Stats: .296, 9(2B), 3(3B), 3HR, 19RBI, 8SB (4th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

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