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  1. Grant Green?

    Comment by Rich — February 16, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  2. No draftees from this year, Marc mentioned at the onset of this series.

    Comment by Michael — February 16, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

  3. I cannot believe this happens every time a top ten list appears.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — February 16, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  4. I’m a bit surprised that Michael Ynoa didn’t make the cut – obviously he is still awfully raw and needs a lot of development time before he cracks the majors, but could you explain why you decided to leave him off?

    Comment by dnangle4 — February 16, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  5. He has yet to play a pro inning, so that is probably the main reason.

    Comment by Stringer Bell — February 16, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  6. I’m surprised Corey Brown didn’t make the cut, especially over Shane Peterson. Brown’s ability to play CF and power/speed combo is quite an impressive package despite the K’s. If he can improve his contact, similar to Carter, he will be a stud.

    Comment by Jeremy — February 16, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  7. Just wondering where you would have put Desme….

    Comment by LeeTro — February 16, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  8. What is the reasoning for that?

    Comment by Rich — February 16, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  9. What about Capra and Hornbeck? They’re younger than Figueroa and DLS and have shown much more.

    Comment by Nathaniel Stoltz — February 16, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

  10. Desme probably would have been in the 4-6 range… Corey Brown was in the 11-13 range; Inoa was hurt by his lack of actual innings.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — February 16, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  11. Marc, would you have done the Wallace/Taylor trade from the Bluejays side?

    Comment by Impossibles — February 16, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

  12. This list is infinitely more credible because it doesn’t include Ynoa. He’s a non-entity until he does something. Anything.

    Comment by JD — February 16, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  13. To me, Corey Brown looks a lot like Joe Borchard. Similar numbers, similar flaws in their swings.

    Comment by JD — February 16, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

  14. Some of these commenters have to be just trolling at this point. I mean, really, this is ridiculous.

    Comment by Derek — February 16, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  15. I’m just nitpicking here, but I find it hard to believe that even Oakland will make room on it’s 40-Man during the season for Taylor, Ross, Donaldson, Cardenas, Peterson, and Doolittle. I know Oakland doesn’t always wait, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t wait until 2011 to try out Ross and Peterson unless they have really outstanding seasons.

    Comment by Derek — February 16, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  16. brown has much higher defensive value, correct?

    Comment by brendan — February 16, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  17. Chris Carter can flat out hit. The A’s future is looking up.

    Comment by Johnny — February 16, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  18. Yep… although I like Taylor too.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — February 16, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  19. The ETAs are more when the prospects project to be able to help out… it’s up to Oakland to use them… I agree it’s unlikely they’ll all be up but all five could be ready by the end of 2010 if needed.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — February 16, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  20. It needs to be said if everything pans out:

    1B: D. Barton
    2B: A. Cardenas
    SS: C. Pennington–>G. Green
    3B: K. Kouzmanoff
    C: K. Suzuki
    LF: M. Taylor
    CF: R. Weeks
    RF: R. Sweeney
    DH: C. Carter

    …is an absolute beastly, godly, lineup.

    Comment by PL — February 16, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

  21. Shane Peterson? You’re shitting me. He’ll never get above Triple-A.

    Fautino had TJ surgery.

    You’re underrating Doolittle as a defender. He’s the best defensive first baseman in the system, and has a pitcher’s arm in RF. Going into ’09 he and Carter were ranked about equally.

    Comment by Hecubot — February 16, 2010 @ 10:15 pm


    Comment by Steve — February 17, 2010 @ 1:00 am

  23. OMG, Steve. You are so bellow me because you do not frequent this website. Instead of simply answering your question, I will make a snide remark because I am so witty.

    Comment by You — February 17, 2010 @ 1:02 am

  24. Richie Abernathy and Derek: You guys are awesome. Thanks for the help. I’m glad Fangraphs is a website that all baseball fans can come to to share their love of the sport. I don’t read the comments often, so I don’t know what questions other people ask, but I am sorry if my innocent question offended you somehow. Next time I’ll go over every comment in every other post until I find my answer so I wont have to waste your time with my questions. Thank you.

    Comment by Rich — February 17, 2010 @ 1:07 am


    Comment by Steve — February 17, 2010 @ 1:12 am

  26. PL, that isn’t that good of a lineup. Sure, they are all young prospects, but how good are those guys really? Carter should be a legit slugger, but I don’t know about Cardenas. Pennington won’t be a great bat, Kouz is a lousy hitter who underachieves every year, Sweeney is ok but more of a defensive whiz, and who knows what Weeks will do. I think you mean J Weeks instead of Rikkie Weeks, still that lineup doesn’t scare me one bit.

    Now, the A’s pitching, that’s a whole different story. They can have a nice group of pitchers, it will be an overload. A lot of good rotation candidates and a very strong pen.

    Comment by Pat — February 17, 2010 @ 3:02 am

  27. oops, J. Weeks yes.

    Taylor and Carter are going to seriously mash.
    Barton, Cardenas, Sweeney & Weeks are going to get on base like crazy.
    Suzuki, Kouzmanoff are going to provide decent OPS and defense. Kouz got liberated from SD make no mistake, he was a .330+ hitter in the minors, he knows how to hit. SD crashed him, thats all.
    Pennington is the wild card.

    Comment by PL — February 17, 2010 @ 4:39 am

  28. So they should just cut him? Or trade him for Aaron Miles?

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — February 17, 2010 @ 6:55 am

  29. This is just an idea Marc, but perhaps instead of italicizing:

    FanGraphs’ Top 10 Prospects:
    (2009 Draft Picks/International Signees Not Included)

    You could increase the font, bold it, underline it and put the words *WATCH OUT* in front of it. I’m not really saying it in jest. I think that many regulars here have got into the routine of not expecting to see those “missing” prospects, but for fans who just get “linked” here from another site, that set up might be more leading than misleading.

    Just my two cents to try to improve the site for all.


    Comment by JT — February 17, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  30. Rich,

    Marc said that we don’t have enough info on 2009 draftees to make judgments for a top 10 list. That was his reasoning.

    Comment by Michael — February 17, 2010 @ 9:59 am

  31. He also says it in every single article right at the top:

    FanGraphs’ Top 10 Prospects:
    (2009 Draft Picks/International Signees Not Included)

    Comment by David Appelman — February 17, 2010 @ 11:47 am

  32. Thanks Michael and David. I see the italics now; they are easy to miss.

    Comment by Rich — February 17, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  33. Rich, read the comments on fangraphs. They are oftentimes better than the articles themselves.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — February 17, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  34. Taylor, Carter, Cardenas, and probably Doolittle will all get some time in the bigs this year, but no chance with Peterson and very unlikely Donaldson or Ross do. Once Chavez resumes his spot on the 60-day DL there’s a spot open for on the 40-man for Taylor and if Patterson doesn’t make the team he’s out of options and will have to be traded opening up another spot.

    I have doubts Peterson will see the bigs in 2011 even. Good player, excellent numbers considering his age relative to competition, but just too many guys ahead of him. Behind Taylor, Buck, Doolittle, Carter, Brown just in AAA in RF/1B and Barton, Sweeney, Gross, and Cust in the bigs now.

    Comment by Jeremy — February 18, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

  35. I know why the draftees are eliminated, but I”m not sure why them being covered in a different series should affect these lists…. judging by the comments on pretty much every one of these, might I suggest just caving in and adding draftees if you do this series again? I do enjoy the lists though.

    Comment by R M — March 18, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  36. Chris Carter sounds more and more like Carlos Pena to me the more I read about him. I just hope they don’t ship him (and one of their top pitching prospects) out if/when he hits a roadblock at the big league level like they did with Pena for a $4 bottle of Champaign and Ted Lilly. I like the A’s, but I feel they over-deal their system. Life would be a whole lot different right now if they had never rented Matt Holliday and Milton Bradley and had stuck with Andre Ethier and Carlos Gonzalez.

    Comment by kdub1988 — March 18, 2010 @ 10:46 am

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