With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Oakland Athletics preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Chris Carter GRADE: B-
Carter batted a combined .278 with 18 Doubles, 2 Triples, 21 Home Runs and 79 RBI’s in six games with the High-A Stockton Ports and the majority of the season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He walked 46 times and struck out 93 times in 81 games. In 44 big league at-bats with the A’s, Choice hit .136 with no extra base hits and no RBI’s.
#2 Grant Green GRADE: B+
Green batted .291 with 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Home Runs and 62 RBI’s for the Double-A Midland Rockhounds. He walked 39 times and struck out 119 times in 127 games.
#3 Michael Choice GRADE: A
Choice batted .285 with 28 Home Runs, 1 Triple, 30 Home Runs and 82 RBI’s for High-A Stockton. He walked 61 times and struck out 134 times in 118 games.
#4 Renato Nunez GRADE: B
Nunez, who is just 17, batted .268 with 12 Doubles, 5 Home Runs and 28 RBI’s for the Dominican Summer League Athletics. He walked 6 times and struck out 42 times in 53 games.
#5 Michael Taylor GRADE: B-
Taylor batted .272 with 16 Doubles, 16 Home Runs, and 64 RBI’s for Triple-A Sacramento. He also stole 14 bases. He walked 46 times and struck out 80 times in 93 games. In 30 big league at-bats for the A’s, Taylor batted .200 with one Home Run and one RBI.
#6 Yordy Cabrera GRADE: C
Cabrera batted .231 with 21 Doubles, 5 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 47 RBI’s for the Low-A Burlington Bees. He walked 31 times and struck out 110 times in 101 games.
#7 Aaron Shipman GRADE: B-
Shipman batted .231 with 8 Doubles, 1 Triple, and 19 RBI’s for the Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters. He walked 42 times and struck out 39 times in 63 games. Shipman also stole 17 bases on the season.
#8 Matt Thomson GRADE: NO GRADE
Thomson threw just four innings on the season for Low-A Burlington and was out the majority of the year with arm issues.
#9 A.J. Griffin GRADE: B+
Griffin went a combined 11-7 with a 3.47ERA between Low-A Burlington, High-A Stockton, Double-A Midland, and Triple-A Sacramento. He walked 32 and struck out 156 in 160 innings. Opposing batters hit .238 off Griffin on the season.
#10 Michael Ynoa DID NOT PLAY
Ynoa missed all of 2011 following Tommy John Surgery.
#11 Ian Krol NO GRADE
Krol pitched just five innings this season between injury and suspension. He had five hitless innings in three appearances for the Rookie AZL Athletics.
#12 Jemile Weeks GRADE: A
Weeks batted .303 with 26 Doubles, 8 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 36 RBI’s for the Athletics. He also stole 22 bases. He walked 21 times and struck out 62 times in 97 big league games. At Triple-A Sacramento, Weeks batted .321 with 6 Doubles, 4 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 22 RBI’s and 10 stolen bases in 45 games.
#13 Stephen Parker GRADE: A-
Parker batted a combined .287 with 30 Dobules, 2 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 74 RBI’s between Double-A Midland and five games at Triple-A Sacramento. He walked 69 times and struck out 107 times in 132 games.
#14 Tony Thompson GRADE: B
Thompson hit .259 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 Home Runs and 59 RBI’s for Low-A Burlington. He walked 37 times and struck out 57 times.
#15 Blake Hassebrock GRADE: B
Hassebrock went 7-8 with a 2.64ERA for Low-A Burlington. He walked 46 and struck out 110 in 139.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .249 off Hassebrock on the season.