Oakland A's: Minor League Surprises and Disappointments Thus Far

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Oakland A's: Minor League Surprises and Disappointments Thus Far

Winding down on the first month of the season, most of the A's top prospects are living up to or exceeding expectations.  From Sacramento to Burlington, there are players at all levels who are excelling right now, and others that have gotten off to a slow start.

For some players, like A.J. Cole, a slow start was expected because they're still extremely young and will be given a longer time in the minors to develop properly.  

Others, like Miles Head, were expected to be only solid to above-average players but have shown to be a lot more than that, overshadowing more highly touted prospects.

This isn't unheard of, though—every year, prospects you think are going to perform at a high level don't, especially in the Athletics' system.  Last year, it was Ian Krol and Chris Carter among others who underperformed with their respective minor league clubs. 

Though the season is still very much young, the first few months can be a good indication of a player's development thus far and how he's going to fare the rest of the year. 

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