It's been a year of ups and downs for Oakland pitching prospects this year. Some players have had extremely disappointing years so far, while others have used that to their advantage and have risen in Oakland's system.
One positive to the current, overall lackluster performances that seem to be plaguing the A's system is that there's still plenty of time for players to turn things around. Adjustments can be made, and players may be promoted or demoted—all in an effort to help teach these young players how to reach their full potential.
Regardless of how unremarkable the numbers may be, the Oakland farm system does boast some tremendous talent.
It just so happens that a lot of said talent is extremely young and inexperienced, needing much more time for their skills and production to rise. Those who are closer to the show are perhaps the more disappointing of the bunch, having plenty of past success to suggest they should be performing better than they are.
In the second half of the season a lot can happen, and it should become clearer as to who's ready to take the next leap and who still needs a lot more work. Here are the top 10 Oakland minor league pitchers as they stand today.