A's minor league prospect roundup
A's minor league roundup...
Insider Joe Stiglich takes a look down at the minors with a capsule look at the key storylines involving the A’s top prospects this season...
3B Matt Chapman
His eye-opening performance with the big league club in spring training suggested Chapman, 23, is on the fast track to the majors. He’s currently with Double-A Midland and needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but he’s a terrific defender at third, and now the A’s are giving him a little time at shortstop to see how he handles that position. --Joe Stiglich
RHP Daniel Mengden
The 23-year-old right-hander wasn’t invited to big league camp and came in just 24th on Baseball America’s list of A’s prospects. But he entered Wednesday a combined 4-0 with an 0.72 ERA, .176 opponents’ batting average and 0.94 WHIP over eight starts split between Double-A and Triple-A. It would be no surprise to see Mengden make his big league debut sometime this season. --Joe Stiglich
SS Franklin Barreto
The A’s top prospect, as ranked by Baseball America, also impressed in big league spring camp. He entered Wednesday hitting just .230 with four homers, 14 RBI and a .282 on-base percentage for Double-A Midland. On the plus side, he had 13 stolen bases to rank fourth in the Texas League. Expect the 20-year-old Barreto to continue focusing on shortstop while also getting time at second base. Behind Jed Lowrie, there’s no pure second baseman in the A’s farm system emerging as the heir apparent. --Joe Stiglich
RF Matt Olson
With a surplus of prospects who primarily play first base, Olson is seeing all of his time in right field for Triple-A Nashville. The offensive numbers aren’t great right now. The left-handed hitting Olson entered Wednesday batting just .216 with four homers and 17 RBI. But A’s director of player development Keith Lieppman says that Olson’s at-bats are better than the numbers indicate, and Olson had a four-hit game Tuesday. --Joe Stiglich
1B/3B Ryon Healy
He lacks the hype of others, but Healy is putting up some of the best numbers of anyone in the farm system. The right-handed batter is hitting a combined .345 with eight homers and 37 RBI in a season that began at Double-A before he got promoted to Triple-A when the A’s called up Max Muncy. --Joe Stiglich
3B Renato Nunez
Nunez’s stats don’t jump out at you — a .261 average, eight homers and 25 RBI in 42 games at Triple-A. But Nunez remains one of the A’s best power-hitting prospects, and while other corner infielders in the system are bouncing between first and third, Nunez is playing full-time at the hot corner. --Joe Stiglich