Oakland A's Prospects off to the Hottest Starts This Year

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Oakland A's Prospects off to the Hottest Starts This Year
Raul Alcantara is the top pitching prospect in the A's system, and he's proving why.

The Oakland Athletics are off to a hot start after one month of baseball. So, too, are some of their minor league prospects. But it might not be the guys you'd immediately expect to see.

MLB.com keeps an updated list of the top-100 prospects in the game, sortable by team. The "rank" you'll see on the following slides comes from their list. Hence why you may be surprised to see that of the eight guys on this list, only four are listed in MLB's top 20 for Oakland.

Another surprise? No one from the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A) made the list.

Here's how guys made the list:

First, they had to be off to a hot start. Obviously. Second, the sample size has to be high. In looking at Single-A stats, you'll see Craig Gentry has the highest batting average on the team. Except that Gentry played in one game—a rehab stint. Gentry brings up a third way to narrow down the list: age. A 28-year-old in Single-A can hardly be considered a prospect, so even if their production is tops, they weren't listed.

Statistics were acquired via Baseball-reference.com.

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