Oakland A's: Projecting the Major League Timetable for Top 10 Prospects

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Oakland A's: Projecting the Major League Timetable for Top 10 Prospects
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Oakland A's prospect, Grant Green

Per Oakland A's GM Billy Beane's tenacity to make trades, the A's farm system is stacked with talent that should see major league time within the next year or two.

The A's have five players in MLB.com's Top 100 prospects to watch (posted before the 2012 season).

Beyond those men, there's another 10-15 quality prospects developing in the minor leagues. Some will inevitably make it, some won't and others will get traded before ever seeing time in Oakland.

Because the A's made it to Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS, the team will likely stay intact for the 2013 season. That being said, it's going to be difficult for many of Oakland's top prospects to find room and gain playing time.

However, 2013 may be a make-or-break season for guys like Chris Carter, Josh Donaldson and Jemile Weeks. Aging veterans like Bartolo Colon and Coco Crisp won't hang around all that much longer either.

Certain minor leaguers deserve a shot, and soon.

Here is a look at the top 10 prospects in Oakland's system, with an estimate of when (if ever) they'll get the big league call-up.

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