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Oakland A’s 2019 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote!

Crowdsourcing Athletics Nation’s annual top prospect list.

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Welcome to the beginning of our 2019 Oakland A’s Community Prospect List! We’ve been creating our CPL via crowdsource vote for over a decade now, and it’s time to get started on the newest edition.

In this intro post, we’ll simply be nominating players for our initial ballot, and then next time we’ll have our first vote on that ballot. Here is the nomination process:

  • I will start with a comment calling for nominations. Make your nominations as replies to that initial comment. Please don’t reply further to the nomination comments themselves, so they can all stay together at the top of the thread.
  • The format for the comment should be “Nomination: Player Name”.
  • After the first nomination for a player has been put in, all other votes for that player will come from Rec’ing his comment. The player with the most Rec’s earns the nomination. (In this case, we’re taking the top five vote-getters.)

We will take the top five nominees in this post for our initial ballot. In the next post, we will vote on those five nominees to determine the No. 1 prospect, and we will also add one new nominee to the ballot for the next time, and so on.

So who should you nominate? I’ll get things started in the comments with some of the biggest options, but here are a few resources to help you remember all the available names. First, some crucial links:

  • 2018 CPL review/update — This is your one-stop shop for everything, including the 2018 list, a full stats table for more than 40 players, info on who everyone is and whether their stock went up or down last year, and my own personal A’s prospect list.
  • Athletics Nation’s Prospect Watch series — This is a collection of all our reporting on Oakland’s system from throughout the year.
  • MLB Pipeline A’s Top 30 list — From MLB’s official site, it includes thorough scouting reports for 30 of the team’s top prospects. This list represents a 2018 midseason update, and will be updated and re-released later in the offseason.

Next up, here’s a look at the full org depth chart, from MLB down to Rookie League. Players are generally listed at the level where they meaningfully finished the season (with the main exception being some September call-ups sent back down to Triple-A), so you can expect a lot of the minor leaguers to move up a level next spring. As usual, Triple-A is split between those who have and have not debuted in the bigs.

There are a few things out of date on this version, but they don’t affect the top of the CPL so I didn’t bother updating yet: I spelled Jeremy Eierman wrong, and Gus Varland is supposed to be in bold instead of Marcos Brito. Anthony Miller is in the wrong spot (should be A+ 1B/3B), and so is Eric Marinez (converting to pitching).

Alright, now you know the names. Make your nominations in the comments!