The Oakland A's may have a pair of stars in the making.
While their farm system may actually be better than one would be led to believe, there is still a perceived lack of high end talent. Despite that modest assessment, the A's were able to land two players - Tyler Soderstrom and Ken Waldichuk - on the MLB.com top 100 prospect list.
Pair of prospects could lead Oakland A's forward
Soderstrom's inclusion should not be a surprise. He has been viewed as one of the A's best prospects since he has been drafted and quickly established his place as one of the best prospects in the game. A consensus top 100 prospect for the second consecutive year, there may be questions as to his future position on the diamond, but his powerful bat will play up regardless of where Soderstrom slots defensively.
Waldichuk may not be a consensus top 100 prospect, but his inclusion on many of those lists is a testament to his hard work and dedication. A relatively unheralded fifth round selection during the 2019 MLB Draft, Waldichuk used the lost 2020 season to refine his arsenal and command. His performance as he moved through the minors drew plenty of notice, with the A's making him the centerpiece of the Frankie Montas trade.
It is possible that the A's have other prospects move onto this list as the season progresses. Zack Gelof has been on the periphery of most top prospect lists and could find himself included once more with a strong start to the season. Daniel Susac could quickly move up the rankings if his power manifests. Denzel Clarke rocketed up the rankings last year and could take another step forward this season.
The Oakland A's have two players on the top 100 prospect list by MLB.com. While it is a good start, there may be others ready to move up this year as well.