BELOIT, WI - With MLB's All-Star Break having come and gone and the trade deadline approaching, MLB.com has re-ranked its list of each team's top prospects. The Oakland Athletics new Top 20 prospect list contains five players currently on the Beloit Snappers roster and two more who began their seasons in Beloit before getting promoted.
Leading the way for the Snappers on the list is third baseman Renato Nunez. The Venezuelan infielder finds himself placed at No. 6, up two spots from his preseason ranking, after a first half that saw him earn the starting third base spot on the Western Division All-Star team. Nunez is currently tied for third in the Midwest League with 15 home runs.
One spot behind Nunez is shortstop Daniel Robertson, who joined the team early in the season. The No. 7 overall prospect for the A's has a showcased a consistent bat at the plate, as well as an excellent approach. In the field, his outstanding arm and fantastic range have solidified him as one of the best shortstops in the Midwest League.
Robertson is followed by Matt Olson, who is ranked at No. 8 on the list. Olson also made the trip to Dayton as a member of the Western Division All-Star team. Olson has been a rock at first base and is currently tied for the Midwest League lead in games played and has provided the team with a consistent power threat from the left side.
Nolan Sanburn is a recent addition to the Beloit Snappers roster after spending time in rookie ball earlier this year. Sanburn was selected by the Athletics in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Arkansas after his sophomore season with the Razorbacks.
A new addition to Oakland's top 20 is second baseman Christopher Bostick, who is now ranked as the No. 19 prospect in the team's system. Bostick has been taken the Midwest League by storm this season. Right now, he ranks third in the Midwest League in RBIs with 75 and leads the Snappers in hitting with a .295 averaged to go with 13 homers. His 21 steals are also a team high.
Beloit also has two former players ranked in the top 10. Starting pitcher Michael Ynoa places at No. 5 and Raul Alcantara is the organization's No. 9 prospect.