When it comes to Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff and spending money on his organization, he's essentially the polar opposite of what George Steinbrenner was. According to USAToday.com, the Oakland A's currently have the second-lowest payroll in the MLB at about $55 million for the 2012 season. The New York Yankees are nearly quadrupling that total with $197 million spent on this season alone.
This is exactly why it becomes so vital for the Oakland A's to cultivate homegrown talent within their organization.
Right now, Oakland has five standout prospects that may be able to make an impact as soon as they get the call-up.
Here they are.