Recapping how A's seven prospects performed in Arizona Fall League


Recapping how A's seven prospects performed in Arizona Fall League

With the 2018 Arizona Fall League wrapping up last week, we're taking a look back at how prospects performed in the desert

Starting off with our top-ranked prospect before the AFL season, here's how seven A's prospects fared. 

Eli White, UTL

White lived up to the hype as the A's top prospect in the AFL. While he can do it all defensively -- he played four positions last season -- he did it all at the plate for the Mesa Solar Sox.

In 15 games, White slashed .344/.406/.459 with one home run, one triple and two doubles. He also stole three bases. White's versatility at the plate and on the field make him an intriguing prospect to keep tabs on next year.

Skye Bolt, OF

Bolt presents the best case scenario of a MVP name a power-speed combination on the field.

Selected by the A's in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, Bolt slashed .247/.353/.493 with two home runs, four triples, and four doubles. He finished third in the AFL with 10 extra-base hits and eighth in steals with seven. 

Bolt was added to the A's 40-man roster on Tuesday.

Luis Barrera, OF 

Barrera represented the A's in the Fall Stars Game and had a solid overall showing in the AFL. The 22-year-old slashed .263/.328/.368 with one home run, six stolen bases and 12 RBI. 

He too was added to the A's 40-man roster on Tuesday.

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Angel Duno, RHP

The A's hitting prospects were seen as much better than their pitching going into the AFL and that proved to be true. Duno was our top-ranked A's arm for the fall, but he went 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA for Mesa. 

For Duno, the good news is most of the damage came in one ugly appearance. The 24-year-old allowed four of his six earned runs in his debut, which only lasted 2/3 of an inning.

Calvin Coker, RHP

The A's 15th-round pick from last June allowed seven runs in the AFL ... but none were earned. His last outing saw five runs score and none touched his ERA. 

Overall, Coker struck out 11 batters in 11 innings, but he did walk five batters as well. 

Sam Sheehan, RHP

Sheehan seemed like someone who could rise up the ranks with a big showing for the Solar Sox. But that didn't happen. 

The 2016 draftee went 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA. He walked a whopping 14 batters to 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched. 

Jake Bray, RHP

Bray pitched better than his pre-AFL ranking. He went 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA while striking out 10 batters to four walks in 11.2 innings pitched. 

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo


MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.