KG's Oakland Top 11 on BP

Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 Prospects for Oakland

Five-Star Prospects
1. Chris Carter, 1B/OF
2. Grant Green, SS
Four-Star Prospects
3. Michael Choice, OF
4. Ian Krol, LHP
Three-Star Prospects
5. Yordy Cabrera, SS
6. Jemile Weeks, 2B
7. Tyson Ross, RHP
8. Renato Nunez, 3B
9. Max Stassi, C
10. Steven Parker, 3B
11. Michael Taylor, OF

Nine More:
12. Fautino De Los Santos, RHP: The former top White Sox prospect returned from Tommy John surgery to whiff 73 in 47 1/3 innings.
13. Aaron Shipman, OF: This third-round pick is a toolsy center fielder with big upside, but he's exceptionally raw.
14. Josh Donaldson, C: Donaldson is a catcher who showed power at Triple-A, but it comes with a low batting average and sub-standard defense.
15. Michael Ynoa, RHP: Don't write him off yet; Tommy John surgery will delay his development, but the first starts of his career had plenty of special moments.
16. Chad Lewis, 3B: A fourth-rounder, Lewis is a big third baseman with a pretty swing, but there are questions about his defense and athleticism.
17. Adrian Cardenas, 2B/3B: Cardenas floundered at Triple-A initially but returned to form. He could have a utility/second-division starter future.
18. Vicmal De La Cruz, OF: Another international signing from the summer, this small but speedy outfielder also has impressive hitting ability.
19. Rashun Dixon, OF: This pure athlete made impressive progress in his full-season debut, but he's had some injury issues and remains raw.
20. Eric Sogard, 2B: An undersized, tools-light second baseman, Sogard is the ultimate grinder with a career .295/.380/.414 line in the minors.

A little confusing to me that he would rank guys like Weeks and Nunez (a 16 year old who hasn't sniffed a single professional game yet) ahead of a guy like Parker, or even Cardenas.  It's an interesting juxtaposition to AN's community prospect list so far - and I get the feeling that he thinks quite a bit more highly of at least the upper handful of prospects in our system than a good number of people on this site.  I'm not totally surprised given KG's history of prospect rankings, but some of these seem like they're coming straight out of left field. 

He's very high on Nunez's potential, saying this about the young Venezuelan 3rd baseman:

While he's eons away, Nunez has an elite-level ceiling, with one international talent evaluator calling him the best pure hitter to come out of Venezuela since Jesus Montero. He has an explosive swing with significant core leverage, and projects to hit for both average and power. He also showed impressive defense in the Dominican instructs, with soft hands and a solid arm.

He also seems to underrate Parker, primarily because of questions concerning his defense.

In summary of the system, he says that international signings and recent draft classes have stocked the system with intriguing potential, and it could look a lot better come the fall - of course, this could be said of just about anyone's system.

All in all, I'll take this ranking with the grain of salt like I do for most of hist prospect rankings, but it's nice to see that not everyone out there in the prospect ranking world is doom and gloom about our system....even if WE may be!!

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