A's 2013 Farm Reports

Down On The Farm: Russell, Ynoa Down But Others Up

Top prospects can be fragile things - quite literally! We're only about a week and a half into the minor league season and the A's have already lost two of theirs - shortstop Addison Russell and pitcher Michael Ynoa.

Down On The Farm: A's Top Prospects Get Going!

Major league opening day might have been the big story last week, but the minor league season also kicked off for the A's top prospects and all four of the team's full-season affiliates on Thursday.

A Green & Gold Groove To Kick Off The Season!

Check out this feel-good A's music video featuring a great little tune about our team along with highlights from the A's last two successful seasons!

Billy McKinney - Swing Analysis

The present looks pretty good in Oakland. Let's take a look at a piece of the future.

Down On The Farm: A's Organizational All-Star Team

With the 2013 minor league season now complete, it's a good time to determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A's system in 2013. And with that in mind, I've selected the A's 2013 Organizational All-Star Team.

Down On The Farm: MiLB Hitting/Pitching Leaders

With the minor league regular season coming to an end last week, it's a great time to take a look at all the A's minor league hitting and pitching stat leaders for the year.

Contextualizing Addison Russell: Can We Buy In?

A's prospect Addison Russell is getting a lot of hype, though there are a few red flags. Should we worry, or will he live up to the acclaim?

Down On The Farm: Teams' Top Bats and Arms

With the A's affiliates wrapping up their regular season schedules this week, it seems like a good time to take a look at some of this season's top hitters and top pitchers for each of the A's affiliates.

Down On The Farm: Top Prospects Finishing Strong

With the end of the minor league season a week away, some of the A's top prospects have been taking the opportunity to go out on a high note. Guys like Russell, Robertson, Olson, Boyd and McKinney have been heating up as we head into the homestretch.

Prospect Risers And Fallers

Which prospects in the Oakland system are moving in the right direction, and which are falling?


Down On The Farm: Second-Half Stars

As we all know, just like the ponies, some players start out hot and some players finish strong. And a number of prospects have really been surging in the second half for the A's.

Addison Russell Scouting Report & Video (BP + HR)

My scouting report & video of Russell. He hit several home runs in BP, including one that probably went 430 feet or so.

Down On The Farm: 2012 Draft Picks Progress Report

Last week we offered a progress report on the A's top 12 picks from the 2013 amateur draft. And it seemed like it might be interesting to take a similar look at the A’s top 12 picks from the 2012 amateur draft, including top prospect Addison Russell.

Down On The Farm: 2013 Draft Picks Progress Report

It's been about two months since the amateur draft and about six weeks since most of the players picked by the A's began playing with either the AZL A's or the Vermont Lake Monsters. So it's a good time to take a look at how they've been doing.

Down On The Farm: Minor League Ups & Downs

You know how it is in baseball - one day you're up and the next day you're down. And some of the A's top prospects who've been struggling have recently turned things around while a few guys who've been riding high have gone into a bit of a funk.

Down On The Farm: Second-Half Promotions

It's not uncommon for minor leaguers who perform exceptionally well during the first half of the season to get promoted to the next level for the second half. And that's certainly been the case with many of the A's top first-half performers this year

Down On The Farm: Grady's Take On Top Prospects

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to talk with one of baseball's top talent evaluators - A's special assistant and super scout Grady Fuson. And this week, I've featured a selection of Grady's comments on some of the A's top prospects.

Down On The Farm: Green, Gray, Choice & Russell

The A's recall of second baseman Grant Green in time for Monday's game has been the big news of the last 24 hours. And fortunately, I recently had the chance to interview Green, along with top prospects Sonny Gray, Michael Choice and Addison Russell.

Performance Prospects Worth Noting

Sure, A's fans know about the "big names" in the farm system--Addison Russell, Michael Choice, and Sonny Gray. But several players in the system are putting up numbers that simply can't be ignored. Here's a look at one at each level of the minors.

Down On The Farm: Draft Class Takes Off in VT & AZ

It's that time of the year when team's start to get a good look at their top picks from the amateur draft. For the A's, most of their top college picks start the season with Vermont, while the other college and high school picks start out in Arizona.

Down On The Farm: A's Organizational All-Star Team

With the Cal League and the Midwest League having just had their All-Star breaks and the minor league teams at the halfway points in their seasons, it's a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A's system have been.

Down On The Farm: Eric Kubota on the A's Draft

I had the opportunity to talk with A's scouting director Eric Kubota this week and got his take on the A's top 12 draft picks from the first 10 rounds of this year's amateur draft.

Contextualizing Renato Nunez

A's prospect Renato Nunez is slugging .500 in the Midwest League as a 19-year-old. However, he also has struck out almost five times as much as he's walked. What can we make of him by putting his accomplishments in a historical context?

Down On The Farm: A's Top 10 Draft Picks

With the draft completed on Saturday and 40 new players in the fold, I wanted to take the chance to zero in on the cream of the crop - the A's Top 10 picks - and provide some numbers and some video to help flesh out their profiles a bit.

Are There Upgrades In Sacramento?

The A's top minor league team has a number of hot hitters. Would any of them represent upgrades for the green and gold?

Down On The Farm: Reddick's Trickle-Down Effect

We saw a great example of baseball's version of the trickle-down effect this week when outfielder Josh Reddick's return to the A's roster prompted a series of roster moves that effected players at virtually every level of the A's minor league system.

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