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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft preview

A's Martin, Astros' Ferrell among potential picks come Thursday
December 11, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- For anyone who's never seen the Rule 5 Draft in person, let's set the scene.This is nothing like the Rule 4 Draft (i.e. the First-Year Player Draft) that took place in June. There aren't cameras all around. There isn't a studio crew breaking down each pick for

Toolshed: Schrock dealt more new Cards

Second baseman with plus hit tool joins third system since 2015
December 19, 2017

Max Schrock has been through this enough that he's got a strategy at this point. "With me, the thing I try to do first is meet as many people as possible and remember their names," said the 23-year-old second baseman. "The more people you meet, the more comfortable you can feel

Olson, Puk on the rise for Oakland

Power lefties -- at the plate, on the mound -- provide hope for A's
November 22, 2017

This offseason, is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Oakland improved its record for the second straight season, winning

Schrock, RockHounds stay alive in TL Finals

A's No. 17 prospect scores one run, drives in another in Game 3
September 16, 2017

For the third time this postseason, Midland faced elimination and did not blink. RockHounds second baseman Max Schrock said he and his teammates take a simple approach to staying calm when their backs are against the wall."I think we're just taking it one game at a time right now," the

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 23

Schrock rolls during doubleheader; Cody continues to add zeros
July 24, 2017

Athletics 2B Max Schrock, Double-A Midland: 5-for-7, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, K in doubleheader -- Oakland's No. 18 prospect has a big hit tool, and he showed it Sunday. Schrock matched a season high with four hits in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 17

Moroff ties Minor League homer lead; Bichette enjoys perfect day
May 18, 2017

Pirates INF Max Moroff, Triple-A Indianapolis: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K -- Who predicted the Pirates' No. 23 prospect would be tied for the Minor League lead with 12 home runs on May 18? Probably no one, including Moroff himself. The 24-year-old utility infielder's previous

A's Prospect Primer: Barreto on the cusp

Top Oakland prospect looks poised to make big league debut in 2017
March 28, 2017

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2017 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Franklin Barreto , SS After