The Oakland A’s have built their success on their ability to generate players through their farm system. That is evident when looking at the current roster; players such as Sean Murphy, Ramon Laureano, and Jesus Luzardo were either drafted or acquired as part of a rebuilding process and are expected to be a key part of the A’s success moving forward.
As the A’s have numerous holes to fill on their roster, and no money to spend in free agency, the farm system will be even more important in the coming season. Players will need to come up from AA or AAA and make an impact upon the major league roster if the A’s are going to contend.
Oakland A’s farm system not what it was
However, the A’s farm system has taken a hit. With players such as Murphy and Luzardo graduating, and A.J. Puk continuing to battle injury, Oakland’s minor leaguers are not as well regarded as they had been. In fact, the A’s find themselves without a top 100 prospect this year.
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That may well change by midseason. Robert Puason will eventually appear in a professional game. Tyler Soderstrom could become one of the top catching prospects in the game. If Nick Allen‘s bat continues to show the progress it did in 2019, he could move up the charts. There is still talent in the A’s system.
But Oakland does not have a player that is really considered a sure thing in the minors. Puason may be the closest to a possible star, but he is still a long way away from making a major league impact. Aside from Puk, the A’s do not have anyone that is a potential star in the making close to the major league level.
It is truly a rough situation to be in. The A’s cannot spend, but do not really have an impact player that can make a difference. The likes of Sheldon Neuse, Jonah Heim, and Greg Deichmann may be solid enough players, but they are not difference makers. Oakland, however, needs to find someone that can be.
The Oakland A’s do not have a top 100 prospect in their system. Their depleted farm system could not have happened at a worse time.