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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: .138/.265/.207 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 29 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    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.

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

  2. 2. Shea Langeliers | C
    Shea Langeliers
    Born: Nov 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Baylor, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan (Braves).
    Minors: .226/.333/.548 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 31 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Langeliers was the top defensive catcher in the 2019 draft class and the Braves drafted him ninth overall for an under-slot $3.9 million bonus. After debuting in Rome for a partial 2019 season, Langeliers impressed at the alternate site in 2020 and ranked as the top prospect in Double-A South in 2021 thanks to standout defensive and power production.

    Scouting Report: Langeliers’ defensive ability is his calling card, and more specifically it’s his 70-grade throwing arm that allowed him to throw out 42% of base stealers, a clip significantly above the 31% league average rate. He routinely pops in the 1.90-second range and managers rave about how his throws always seem to be right on the bag. Pitchers also seem to love throwing to Langeliers, and he has the makeup and baseball IQ to manage a staff well, though scouts note he could still improve as a pitch framer and with his mobility to get to a true plus defender. Langeliers has continued to show impressive in-game power as he’s gotten further away from a college hamate injury, and his 22 home runs are more impressive when you consider Mississippi is among minor league baseball’s least favorable hitter’s parks. Langeliers will have to work to avoid creating holes in his swing—notably with high fastballs and sliders away currently—but he uses the entire field well. Atlanta player development officials have praised his ability to adjust.

    The Future: After reaching Triple-A in his second pro season, Langeliers has a chance to make his big-league debut in 2022. If he reaches his offensive ceiling he could be an above-average regular.

    Tool Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

  3. 3. Cristian Pache | OF
    Cristian Pache
    Born: Nov 19, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Matias Laureano (Braves).

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The Braves signed Pache for $1.4 million as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic and the lanky outfielder immediately stood out for his defensive prowess in the outfield and bat-to-ball skills in the box. Over the years, Pache filled out, added strength and became one of the most electric defensive prospects in all of baseball, but his offensive development has stalled a bit at the upper levels.

    Scouting Report: The Braves opened the 2021 season with Pache as their opening day center fielder, but a hamstring injury and offensive futility limited him to just 22 games. He instead spent most of his time at Triple-A Gwinnett where he was around a league average hitter overall but one who continued to show issues with a pull-heavy approach and the highest strikeout rate (27.5%) of his minor league career. Pache has timing issues at the plate and will often have to decide whether he’s sitting on fastballs or breaking stuff, which creates inconsistencies. He’s gone back and forth with various handsets that Atlanta has tried to incorporate to get him in better position more consistently. He remains the same elite defensive center fielder he’s become known for and will save plenty of runs with his top-of-the-scale glove work and double-plus speed and arm strength.

    The Future: Pache’s defensive acumen should allow him to be a valuable member of a first division team but barring a step forward with his approach at the plate, he now seems more like a solid regular as a defensive specialist at the bottom of the lineup than the potential All-Star prospect he looked like in years past.

    Tool Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 70. Fielding: 80. Arm: 70.

  4. 4. J.T. Ginn | RHP
    J.T. Ginn
    Born: May 20, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jet Butler (Mets)
    Minors: 0-1 | 4.91 ERA | 7 SO | 1 BB | 4 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Ginn made it to campus at Mississippi State despite being the 30th overall pick out of high school by the Dodgers in 2018. He won Southeastern Conference freshman of the year honors in 2019 but didn’t get a chance for an encore after having Tommy John surgery early in 2020, before the pandemic canceled the college season. The Mets drafted Ginn in the second round in 2020 as an eligible sophomore and signed him for $2.9 million, which was late first-round money. After rehabbing elbow surgery, Ginn made his first pro start for Low-A St. Lucie on June 3.

    Scouting Report: As Ginn regained feel and shape on his pitches, his upside came into sharper focus. He works fast, throws strikes and keeps the ball on the ground. He allowed just three home runs and 22 walks in 18 starts, while his 62% groundball rate ranked second in the minors for pitchers with at least 90 innings. Ginn pitched in the low 90s with plus sink and boring action to break bats. He reaches back for 95 mph when motivated. Ginn is able to work inside against hitters on both sides of the plate from his extreme first base setup. He is a strong athlete with good feel for a low-80s slider he can land for strikes or expand off the plate for chases. The pitch has heavy vertical movement and can be used to back-foot lefthanded batters. Ginn needs to develop more conviction in his changeup, because when he executes it he gets swings and misses.

    The Future: Ginn’s average velocity trended up in his final starts of 2021 as he moved farther away from surgery. Armed with three pitches and plus control, he projects as a No. 3 or 4 starter, and one who could be MLB ready late in 2022 or early 2023.

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

  5. 5. Gunnar Hoglund | RHP
    Gunnar Hoglund
    Born: Dec 17, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Don Norris (Blue Jays)

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The Pirates drafted Hoglund out of high school as a supplemental first-round pick in 2018, but he went to Mississippi instead. The decision paid off for Hoglund, who was one of the top pitchers in the Southeastern Conference and looked like a top 10 overall pick in 2021 before Tommy John surgery ended his season in May. Even with the injury, the Blue Jays drafted Hoglund with their first-round pick at No. 19 overall and signed him for $3,247,500. The A's acquired him as one of four players for Matt Chapman before the 2022 season. Scouting Report: While elbow surgery adds durability risk, Hoglund is generally seen as a high probability bet to remain a starter because of his easy, repeatable delivery, relatively polished strike-throwing skills and quality three-pitch mix. Hoglund consistently pounds the zone and gets ahead of hitters, commanding his fastball well to both sides of the plate. His fastball trended up over his time at Ole Miss, sitting at 91-94 mph and touching 96. The sharpness of his slider improved as well to develop into a tick above-average pitch at 80-84 mph, with a slightly above-average changeup that keeps lefties off-balance. Hoglund’s mix of stuff and ability to locate those pitches helped him pile up a 39% strikeout rate in the SEC in 2021. The Future: Hoglund’s rehab means he won’t make his pro debut until midway through the 2022 season. If he can stay healthy enough to be able to handle a starter’s workload, the upside is the A's could get a mid-rotation or better starter.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 70.

  6. 6. Zack Gelof | 3B
    Zack Gelof
    Born: Oct 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Tripp Faulk.
    Minors: .385/.415/.590 | 2 HR | 1 SB | 39 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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.

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

  7. 7. 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: .319/.396/.404 | 1 HR | 3 SB | 47 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    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.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 30. Speed: 50. Fielding: 80. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Max Muncy | SS
    Max Muncy
    Born: Aug 25, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Dillon Tung.
    Minors: .314/.405/.686 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 35 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    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.

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

  9. 9. 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: .192/.382/.308 | 1 HR | 4 SB | 26 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    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.

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

  10. 10. Kevin Smith | SS
    Kevin Smith
    Born: Jul 4, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 188
    Signed By: Doug Witt (Blue Jays)

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: A fourth-round pick out of Mayland in 2017, Smith spent his first full season in pro ball posting better numbers than he had in college, but the following year was a disaster. Smith’s numbers cratered in Double-A and he didn’t get a chance to rebound when the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 minor league season. He made a huge turnaround in 2021 in Triple-A East, where he ranked eighth in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging percentage. He made his major league debut last August and was acquired by the A's as one of four players for Matt Chapman before the 2022 season. Scouting Report: A student of the game, Smith finally found a setup and swing that worked for him after spending 2020 at the Blue Jays alternate training site. He moved his hands higher to get his barrel more vertical in his setup. That helped him to stop dipping his back shoulder and dropping his barrel underneath the plane of the pitch, which previously led to pitchers beating him with elevated fastballs. The result was a quicker, more efficient swing, which along with a more selective approach led to more quality at-bats. He’s an average runner with solid-average raw power and could hit 20-plus homers over a full season. Smith can handle shortstop but also spent time at third base and could likely handle second as well, with at least average defense at each spot and an above-average arm. The Future: Smith has been enigmatic, but if the swing and approach adjustments from 2021 carry over against big league pitching, his power and defensive skill could allow him to stick around as a utility player with a chance to be a regular.

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

  11. 11. 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.

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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.

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

  12. 12. 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.

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    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.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Cutter: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 65.

  13. 13. Ryan Cusick | RHP
    Ryan Cusick
    Born: Nov 12, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Billy Best (Braves)
    Minors: 1-0 | 0.00 ERA | 8 SO | 2 BB | 5 IP

    Track Record: The Braves drafted Wake Forest lefthander Jared Shuster in 2020 and went back to the Demon Deacons pitching well in 2021. The Braves drafted Cusick with the 24th overall pick after he showed arguably the best fastball in the draft class as Wake’s top starter and signed him for $2.7 million. Cusick reported to Low-A Augusta after signing and had a standout pro debut, posting a 2.76 ERA with 34 strikeouts against just four walks in 16.1 innings.
    Scouting Report: A massive, 6-foot-6, 235-pound righthander, Cusick has thrown hard since his prep days in Connecticut. His fastball sits in the upper 90s and touches 102 mph with life, making it a dominant, plus-plus pitch that gets swings and misses in the strike zone. His fastball command has underwhelmed at times, but the pitch is overpowering enough to dominate hitters even without pinpoint accuracy. Cusick threw both a curveball and slider in college, but the Braves have emphasized throwing hard, vertical sliders with several of their pitching prospects. Cusick’s slider flashes above-average and will be a focus early next year, with his average curveball and firm, below-average changeup options for another pitch down the road. Cusick showed below-average control throughout his college career, but a simplified approach in pro ball yielded average control in his debut.
    The Future: Cusick is tentatively slated to begin 2022 at High-A Rome. He has mid-rotation potential with the fallback of a hard-throwing reliever.

  14. 14. 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: .095/.095/.143 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 21 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.

  15. 15. Lawrence Butler | 1B/OF
    Lawrence Butler
    Born: Jul 10, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Jemel Spearman.
    Minors: .129/.308/.129 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 31 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.

  16. 16. Euribiel Angeles | SS/2B
    Euribiel Angeles
    Born: May 11, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Alvin Duran/Jake Koenig/Chris Kemp (Padres)
    Minors: .314/.342/.371 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 35 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Because the Padres spent more than $80 million during the 2016-17 international signing period, they were barred from spending more than $300,000 on any prospect the following two years. Among the gems they uncovered at that price was Angeles, who showcased his above-average bat-to-ball skills and raw power with a two-homer game in a tryout for the Padres. Angeles hit .301 in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and, despite losing 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic, didn’t miss a beat in his stateside debut in 2021. He hit .343 to win the Low-A West batting title at Lake Elsinore and received a late-season promotion to High-A Fort Wayne. The A's acquired him as one of two prospects for Sean Manaea before the start of the 2022 season. Scouting Report: Angeles is a natural-born hitter. He has the quick hands to turn around any fastball, stays back on breaking balls and frequently finds the center of the barrel to spray balls from gap to gap. Angeles can make contact with any type of pitch in any part of the strike zone, but in part because he knows he can hit almost anything, he is extremely aggressive and will swing at pitches he can’t drive. The Padres believe Angeles will hit the ball with more authority as he cuts down his chase rate, although his swing path will always make him more of a line-drive hitter. Angeles has fringy speed but is an efficient base-stealer with his advanced instincts. He’s an instinctive, reliable defender at shortstop, but his speed and average arm make second base his best position long-term. The Future: Angeles could develop into an everyday second baseman if he tightens his plate discipline. If not, a utility infielder capable of playing third base, second base and shortstop is a reasonable outcome.

  17. 17. 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: 1-0 | 2.00 ERA | 8 SO | 2 BB | 9 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.

  18. 18. Carlos Pacheco | OF
    Carlos Pacheco
    Born: Nov 1, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175

    Track Record: One of the top Venezuelan prospects in the 2021-22 class, Pacheco was the headliner of Oakland’s international signings when the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.
    Scouting Report: Pacheco isn’t that big, but he’s an explosive, quick-twitch athlete with advanced game skills for his age. He’s a selective hitter who has a short, quick swing with good bat speed. That translates to a high contact rate to fire line drives all around the field with gap power now and potential to grow into 20-plus home runs, though his offensive game will likely be centered more around his on-base skills. Pacheco is also at least a plus runner who projects to stick in center field, where he moves around well and has a solid-average arm.
    The Future: Pacheco doesn’t have the physicality of Pedro Pineda, Oakland’s big center field signing from Latin America the year before, but he offers an exciting foundation for a premium position player with a chance to hit toward the top of a lineup. His next step should come in the Dominican Summer League in 2022.

  19. 19. 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: 0-1 | 5.59 ERA | 9 SO | 2 BB | 10 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.

  20. 20. Joey Estes | RHP
    Joey Estes
    Born: Oct 8, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kevin Martin (Braves)
    Minors: 0-0 | 6.23 ERA | 5 SO | 2 BB | 5 IP

    Track Record: Estes ranked as the No. 239 prospect in the 2019 class, but the Braves managed to sign him in the 16th round with a $497,500 bonus. He’s a competitive pitcher who was one of the better Low-A arms in the minors as a 19-year-old, finishing sixth with 99 innings and fourth with 127 strikeouts at the level.
    Scouting Report: Estes works quickly on the mound and comes right at hitters with a solid, if unspectacular, three-pitch mix. His fastball gets up to 96-97 mph and typically sits in the 91-95 mph range, with standout riding life up in the zone and a flat approach angle. Estes also throws a low-80s slider with 8 o’clock tilt and an 83-86 mph changeup that he shows confidence in already. Both secondary offerings made progress this season, but neither flashes more than above-average at times, with most evaluators favoring the slider over the changeup for now. Estes’ best skill is his feel for filling up the zone. He gets ahead in counts frequently, though as he climbs the minor league ladder he’ll need to do a better job finishing off hitters with quality chase pitches. Despite his strike throwing and three-pitch mix, some scouts believe he profiles best as a reliever, with a bit of effort in his delivery.
    The Future: Estes likely could have been promoted to Rome in 2021 given his performance. He should begin the 2022 season there, where he’ll continue to be exceptionally young for the level.

  21. 21. 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)

    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.

  22. 22. Denzel Clarke | OF
    Denzel Clarke
    Born: May 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Dillon Tung
    Minors: .333/.350/.615 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 39 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.

  23. 23. 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: .172/.200/.172 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 29 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.

  24. 24. Adrian Martinez | RHP
    Adrian Martinez
    Born: Dec 10, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Chris Kemp (Padres)
    Minors: 0-1 | 7.11 ERA | 7 SO | 2 BB | 7 IP

    Track Record: The Padres purchased Martinez’s rights from the Mexican League’s Mexico City franchise in 2015, the same year they purchased Andres Muñoz from the team. Martinez missed all of the following season after having Tommy John surgery, but he used the down time to bulk up and broke out at the Class A levels in 2019. Martinez began 2021 at Double-A San Antonio and pushed his way to Triple-A El Paso by the end of the season. He struggled with a tighter strike zone at Triple-A, but the Padres still added him to the 40-man roster after the season. Scouting Report: Martinez officially has three pitches in his arsenal but really only throws his fastball and changeup. His four-seam fastball sits 91-92 mph and touches 95 with fade and run. He holds his velocity late in games, although his fastball command is scattered. Martinez’s main weapon is a nearly plus-plus changeup that has excellent separation from his fastball in the low 80s and has screwball-like action that dives down and away from lefties. It’s a “disgusting” pitch in one evaluator’s words and a true out pitch. Martinez rarely throws his below-average slider and is a reverse-splits pitcher more effective against lefties than righties. The Future: Martinez projects to be a middle reliever with his fastball and changeup combination. His major league debut should come in 2022.

  25. 25. 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: .333/.366/.611 | 2 HR | 0 SB | 36 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.

  26. 26. Mason Miller | RHP
    Mason Miller
    Born: Aug 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Neil Avent

    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.

  27. 27. 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: .222/.300/.222 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 27 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.

  28. 28. Adam Oller | RHP
    Adam Oller
    Born: Oct 17, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Phil Huttmann (Pirates)

    Track Record: Drafted in the 20th round by the Pirates out of college in 2016, Oller was released after three seasons. He considered retiring but latched on in the independent Frontier League, where a 45-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio got him signed by the Giants. He pitched well as a 24-year-old at Low-A in 2019 before the Mets took him in the minor league Rule 5 draft that offseason.
    Scouting Report: Oller came from out of nowhere to lead all Mets minor league pitchers with 120 innings and 138 strikeouts in 2021. For that, Oller was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year. He impressed the Mets with his bulldog demeanor, increased velocity and improved changeup to earn a 40-man roster spot in the offseason. Oller pitches at 93 mph and touches 96, and that velocity boost allows him to compete in the zone and set up his quality secondaries. His swing-and-miss slider is an above-average pitch with low spin but outstanding velocity at 86 mph and a peak of 89. That speed makes it tough to time for batters sitting fastball. Oller’s mid-80s changeup is firm but effective because it drops and runs to his arm side. He lands it for strikes and has at least average control overall.
    The Future: Oller has a role on a big league pitching staff, potentially at the back of a rotation or in a bulk or middle relief role. He is 27 years old and will probably make his MLB debut in 2022.

  29. 29. 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: .400/.400/.600 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 25 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.

  30. 30. Zach Logue | LHP
    Zach Logue
    Born: Apr 23, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Nate Murrie (Blue Jays)
    Minors: 0-0 | 5.40 ERA | 6 SO | 3 BB | 7 IP

    Track Record: Even though Logue posted a 4.97 ERA his junior year at Kentucky in 2017, the Blue Jays drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for $125,000. He didn’t do much to distinguish himself as a prospect until 2021, when his stuff ticked up and he pitched well in Triple-A Buffalo as a 25-year-old. The A's acquired him as one of four players for Matt Chapman after the season. Scouting Report: Logue was one of the most improved pitchers in the Blue Jays organization in 2021. His fastball went from the upper 80s to sitting in the low 90s and topping at 94 mph. It’s not a power fastball, but there’s deception to his delivery that helps it generate more empty swings than his velocity might suggest. His fastball also pairs well with his changeup, another pitch that improved last year and is an above-average offering with good separation off his heater. Logue mixes a slider and cutter too, with both pitches grading fringe-average. He threw plenty of strikes in 2021, averaging 1.9 walks per nine innings. The Future: Logue will be 26 in 2022, so he’s on the older end for a prospect, but he has enough ability to throw strikes and change speeds to potentially stick around as a back-end starter.

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