After one month of baseball, some lower-rated Oakland Athletics prospects are making baseball look ridiculously easy while one of the top three guys might wish to remove April from his memory.
The A's have several—a dozen, maybe more—quality prospects in their farm league right now. Scour the internet and you'll get a few different top 10 lists. For this list, I did the work for you and accumulated the most consistent list of names.
Considered is the list by Mike Rosenbaum, MLB prospects lead writer for Bleacher Report. Jason Parks' (Baseball Prospectus) and Jim Shonerd's (Baseball America) lists were also reviewed. And finally, MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch played a large part in identifying this set.
Ultimately, it's just one month. And it's the first month at that.
It's so early, anything can happen. Hot starts can flame out. Struggles can be overcome. April is not indicative of an entire season.
Still, it's fun to see which prospects are (so far) proving they can handle the designation and which ones need a do-over. Who begins May with high marks and who—if any—should we be concerned about?
Check out the top 10 prospects' grades for the month of April.
All stats obtained via MiLB.com.