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  1. What ever happened to Michael Ynoa?

    Comment by brian — December 21, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  2. Is there any reason almost all of baseball is ignoring Stephen Parker, who is the same age and put up slightly better numbers than Grant Green at the same level (jeez, they were on the same team)? He’s even a 3B and knows how to take a walk (something Green cant do right now). He seems like a better prospect than Green actually, as Green has a bit of Brandon Wood to him at the moment.

    Comment by PL — December 21, 2010 @ 11:57 am

  3. It’s not likely, is it, that Carter takes many AB away form Matsui at DH. Isn’t Sacramento his likely address for2011?

    Comment by Proudhon — December 21, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

  4. Blew out his arm. And he’s thrown like three professional innings.

    Still crazy upside, but he’s as far away as ever and not making much progress towards it.

    Comment by Jack Weiland — December 21, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  5. Tommy John surgery will keep him til 2012

    Comment by joe bananas — December 21, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  6. Agree with this.

    No Stephen Parker in the top 10 intrigues me.

    Comment by BX — December 21, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  7. I think we’ll see Carter see a fair bit of time if Matsui is injured or gets traded in July.

    As for Parker, he was probably prospect #11 or 12. His defense is not very good at third and isn’t likely to stick at the position, which hurts a lot. He also does have the tools that Green does; if you watch the two of them at the plate, Green looks like an MLB hitter whereas the jury is still out with Parker, especially if he has to move to 1B, DH or a corner outfield spot where the offensive expectations will continue to be rather high.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — December 21, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  8. eric sogard- limited upside, but should be a major league player at some point.
    sean doolittle- missed playing since early 09 due to knee injuries. If healthy, not that far away from majors. Throw simmons, carignan into that mix too.

    Comment by mlbfan — December 21, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  9. Of those four, the only one that sniffed Top 10 was Doolittle on talent but he’s spent too much time on the DL to be up that high. I am a big Sogard far and have been since San Diego drafted him, but he’s a platoon or utility guy. Nice complementary player but not a stud.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — December 21, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  10. would corey brown have made this list if he wasn’t traded?

    Comment by SF 55 for life — December 21, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

  11. Why in the world are Oakland trying to change Michael Taylor’s swing? The dude has murdered the ball in the minors.

    Comment by Carl Pavano — December 21, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  12. was about to write the same thing.

    the Phillies fixed his “Stanford” swing out of college and he was killing the ball at all levels.

    Why mess with it?

    Comment by Pete — December 21, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  13. I don’t buy Green being a major league player someday. Too many strikeouts and not enough walks with so-so numbers in the Cal League.

    Comment by Jack — December 21, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  14. Parker is absolutely somewhere between 5-8, you are crazy.

    Comment by PL — December 21, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  15. What a well thought out and truly informed counter-argument; filled with illuminating data and insight.

    Comment by grover — December 21, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  16. Completely Dumbfounded by Parker’s absence…I would have put him easily in the top 5!

    Comment by David — December 21, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

  17. Gotta agree with the commenters on Parker… I don’t see how you can justify putting him behind Lewis, Cabrera, Dixon, and Stassi. Lewis and Cabrera benefit from lack of playing time. At this point they are all projections based on high school numbers, and both will likely require position changes, which is noted as a large reason why Parker isn’t on the list. Stassi struggled defensively and offensively, but is #5. Dixon didn’t struggle defensively, but is so raw even after a couple of seasons in pro ball I’d say the odds he reaches his immense potential have to have taken a big hit.

    Parker, on the other hand, showed consistent production throughout the season and into the AFL. He may not have the ceiling those other four do, but at this point proving he can hit in the AFL has to jump him ahead of them in terms of potential and odds he reaches that potential. I do recognize his extremely high error total, but the scouting reports out of Stockton have been the his defense is better than advertised, and I have a feeling you put him with Barton at 1st instead of Spina and the error total drops significantly.

    I too have no idea why the A’s messed with Taylor’s swing. Hopefully he was able to fix it back over the offseason and get back to what he was doing in Philly’s system.

    Comment by Jeremy — December 22, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  18. Agree, I think this round definitely goes to Marc as “you are crazy” really doesn’t say much for Parker’s skills or why he should be above guys like Cabrera, Taylor, Stassi or Krol especially after a terrible first pro year in Kane County.

    Comment by Dan — December 22, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  19. This is a reeeeeeally terrible list. The entire thing could have been written based on the pre-draft writeups from guys playing amateur ball.

    Tiny-probability lottery tickets are not worth more than guys with solid shots at being quality contributors. They just aren’t.

    It’s lucky that this is not actually a list of the top ten prospects in the Oakland system, because if it was, this would be the single worst farm system in the last five years, instead of merely ~#25 among current teams.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — December 22, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  20. As an A’s fan, I have to say that’s a pretty meager list. I have no idea why the A’s are seemingly unable to develop MLB hitters anymore. The team’s hitting currently sucks and it doesn’t look like the calvary is on its way anytime soon.

    Comment by JoeC — December 30, 2010 @ 6:39 am

  21. Because they’re stupid?

    Comment by JoeC — December 30, 2010 @ 6:40 am

  22. Let’s hope so. Carter did not look ready for prime time last season in his stint in the majors.

    Comment by JoeC — December 30, 2010 @ 6:42 am

  23. I agree on the strikeout and walk percentages. They are bad. But i dont know if i would call hitting 320 AVG with 20 HR’s “so so numbers” in any league. Sure it is the CAL league, but I believe he is in the top 10 in almost every offensive category. So if he isnt a major league player someday, then almost noone will be from the 2010 CAL League.

    Comment by Jessie — January 18, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  24. woooohooooo cliff pennington

    didnt their top prospect join the priesthood

    Comment by will — January 18, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  25. where would dusty napopleon rank

    Comment by bigdan — February 1, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

  26. cargo seemed better off away from oakland, that’s for sure…maybe they can do the same thing with taylor

    Comment by travis — February 1, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  27. And he still didn’t look ready in 2011 either.

    Comment by JoeC — January 3, 2012 @ 9:41 am

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