Seven A's prospects who could reach major leagues in 2019
Jesus Luzardo, LHP
Luzardo's left rotator cuff strain is a huge blow to the A's. At only 21 years old, he could easily already be the team's best starting pitcher.
The A's will play it safe with Luzardo. He's out for four to six weeks, but when he returns he could be the ace of Oakland and the key to another postseason run.
A.J. Puk, LHP
While Luzardo is considered the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, Puk isn't too far behind. He underwent Tommy John surgery in early April last year, but reportedly has made great strides in his rehab.
It's never fun having your top two prospects on the shelf, though both of these arms might be atop the A's rotation as early as this year.
Sean Murphy, C
Going into Opening Day, the A's top two catchers are Nick Hundley and Josh Phegley. Both are servicable players, but probably better served as backups. Here comes the 24-year-old Murphy.
Perhaps the best defensive catching prospect in baseball, Murphy's time in Oakland could come soon. He'll start in Triple-A Las Vegas, and if his bat continues to improve, he'll make his MLB debut in no time.
James Kaprielian, RHP
Kaprielian is the biggest mystery of the A's top prospects. He's both full of talent and also at a crossroads in his young career. Just when he finally looked healthy, the right-hander was sidelined this spring due to a lat strain in mid February.
Kaprielian, 25, has only made eight appearances since being a first-round pick by the Yankees in 2015. He'll start in Triple-A, and if he can stay healthy, we should see him in Oakland at some time this year.
Jorge Mateo, SS
After a tough season at Triple-A last season, Mateo impressed the A's in big league camp this season. As it stands now, he's blocked on the big league club but his speed and athleticism make him a name to watch.
Mateo, 23, will join a stacked Las Vegas before trying to make it to Oakland this season.
Grant Holmes, RHP
Luzardo and Puk lead the way among A's pitching prospects, but Holmes deserves our attention. Like the rest of these names above, however, he'll have to prove he's healthy.
Holmes, who just turned 23, was limited to only six innings last season from a shoulder ailment. He was healthy this spring and even tossed an inning in big league camp. The 6-foot right-hander sits at 93-94 mph and has a power curve that can be a plus-pitch at the next level.
Sheldon Neuse, INF
Neuse was the "other prospect" acquired by the A's along with Luzardo in the Sean Doolittle trade. He's more than just a throw-in piece, though.
Neuse, 24, can really swing it. He's a career .283 hitter in the minors and has a great arm in the field as he served as Oklahoma's top reliever in college. There's just one problem: he plays the same position as Matt Chapman. It will certainly be interesting to see if he's moved around the infield in Triple-A this season.