Trio of Oakland A’s top prospects move up top 100 list
By David Hill
Top 100 prospects lists are always changing. Players graduate to the majors and lose their eligibility. Some of those previously well regarded prospects falter and lose those spots. Others perform better than expected and surge up the rankings. The latter is the case for a trio of top prospects for the Oakland A’s.
MLB.com has updated their top 100 prospect rankings for midseason. While players that will be drafted are not listed, it is a good checkpoint to see how the top prospects in the game are doing and where a team stacks up. The A’s still have the same three players in the top 100 prospects – Shea Langeliers, Tyler Soderstrom, and Zack Gelof – but all three are making waves.
Oakland A’s top prospects rising up top 100 rankings
It is no surprise that Langeliers would have rocketed up the board. He had begun the season as MLB’s 59th ranked prospect after a breakout 2021 campaign. His performance at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he has produced an .860 OPS with 14 homers and 12 doubles in 297 plate appearances while continuing to play solid defense, has led to his moving up to the 32nd best prospect in baseball.
Soderstrom also moved up, jumping from 56th at the start of the year to 36th in the newest update. He had struggled at the beginning of the 2022 season with his promotion to High-A Lansing, but has started to return to form as of late. The power is starting to manifest once again as he has 14 homers and 14 doubles along with his .756 OPS in 299 plate appearances. He is also seeing more time at first than behind the plate, making it possible that he could switch positions due to Langeliers’ presence.
Gelof has done nothing but impress since being selected in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft. He had not been considered a top 100 prospect at the start of the year, but is currently ranked 83rd overall. His numbers are a bit low due to injury, but Gelof has still produced a strong .830 OPS with four homers and ten doubles in 183 plate appearances while stealing eight bases. His athleticism has led to his spending time at second and center in addition to his previous home at third.
The Oakland A’s future depends on their prospects. If these predictions are correct, they have a trio of studs rising through the ranks.