Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects

15.) Mikey White – SS

Date of Birth: 9/3/93
Height/Weight: 6’1/185 Pounds
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted 2nd round in 2015 out of college

White racked up 64 games of pro ball in 2015. Twenty-nine of those came in low-A Vermont where he slashed .315/.405/.459 which played toward his scouting reports of being an offensive-minded middle infielder, but White then played 35 games after a promotion to A-ball, and well, didn’t do that. He slashed .200/.283/.262 after the promotion and looked overmatched at times, despite being a 21-year-old college shortstop.

However, at 6-foot-1 185 pounds, White has the athletic frame to stay up the middle, whether it’s SS or 2B, and he has exceptional skills at the plate that allow him to put bat-to-ball, which could play well near the top of a lineup. But if his contact skills plummet as they did in the second half of 2016, we may never find him in an MLB lineup at all.

But projection and track record confirm him as an intriguing guy to watch develop in 2016.

14.) Raul Alcantara – RHP

Date of Birth: 12/4/92
Height/Weight: 6’3/205 Pounds
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Trade with Boston Red Sox in 2011

Alcantara’s 2015 was compromised by Tommy John Surgery, so any further projection is mere guess-work until we see him toe the rubber in 2016. However, here’s a rundown of where he was at pre-injury.

Raul sits comfortably in the low-90’s with his FB with the ability to dial it up to 96 mph and supplements it with a solid, reliable changeup and an inconsistent slider that shows potential of being a reliable breaking pitch. Alcantara won’t blow hitters away, but he is no stranger to the strikeout, and he commands the zone well, inducing ground balls and limiting free passes. He has the size and durability to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter, but his return from TJ will tell us more about his future in Oakland.

13.) Joey Wendle – 2B

Date of Birth: 4/26/90
Height/Weight: 6’1/190 Pounds
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Acquired: Trade with Cleveland Indians in 2014

Much like Rangel Ravelo, Joey Wendle can hit. But unlike Ravelo, Wendle packs some punch in his swing and does it at second base. Sporting a career slash line of .291/.345/.461 with an .806 OPS, Wendle’s offense profiles well as a double-play battery-mate. He isn’t a burner on the bases, but knows what he’s doing stealing 31 of 39 bases across four minor league seasons.

Wendle is a scrappy second baseman who can make all of the necessary defensive plays at 2B and his hit tool will carry him to Oakland sooner rather than later … probably some time in 2016. However, his BB/K ratio plummeted to 22/114 in 2015 which could force him into a bench role if he doesn’t correct it this year.

12.) Dillon Overton – RHP

Date of Birth: 8/17/91
Height/Weight: 6’2/172 Pounds
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Drafted 2nd round in 2013 out of college

Dillon Overton is on his way to becoming the No. 3 starter in Oakland. Before Tommy John Surgery in 2013, he would probably be looking further than that, but his FB velocity has dropped since then. His pitchability has not. Overton dominated Rookie ball and low-A in his first year in 2014 and didn’t fall too far off the map in 2015. His K/9 fell to 7.6 and his BB/9 jumped to 1.9 but he keeps getting batters out.

He doesn’t possess the dominant stuff that once had him rated higher than college teammate and now former No. 1 overall pick Jonathan Gray, but Overton still flashes swing-and-miss stuff. Scouts like his makeup and willingness to battle on the mound and another year removed from surgery, 2016 could payoff well for Overton with an outside chance at a late-season call to Oakland.

11.) Chad Pinder – SS/2B

Date of Birth: 3/29/92
Height/Weight: 6’2/190 Pounds
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted 2nd round in 2013 out of college

Chad Pinder seems almost guaranteed to make his way to Oakland in 2016 and for good reason. He has played 2B/ 3B and SS in the minors, but was drafted as a shortstop and spent nearly all of 2015 there, so his defensive versatility will play well for his consideration at a call-up.

But his offense is what will keep him in the lineup. Ponder improved on a strong 2014 showing in high-A Stockton where he hit .288 with 13 HR by slashing .317/.361/.486 with 15 HR and 86 RBI for AA Midland in 2015. While he probably won’t posses eye-popping HR-power in the future, he doesn’t sport enough pop paired with a level swing to assume he should be strong extra-base hitter. Pinder does have a lot of swing-and-miss to his approach at the plate, so keep an eye on his performance in 2016. One can hope he hasn’t fallen in love with the long-ball and subsequently sacrificed a decent approach at the plate. The direction he goes in 2016 could say a lot about his future as either a regular or a reserve.

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