KG's new list is out:
1. Michael Choice, OF
2. Jarrod Parker, RHP
3. A.J. Cole, RHP
4. Brad Peacock, RHP
5. Sonny Gray, RHP
6. Derek Norris, C
7. Grant Green, OF
8. Chris Carter, 1B
9. Collin Cowgill, OF
10. Raul Alcantara, RHP
11. Max Stassi, C
12. Michael Taylor, OF: He made some improvements in 2011, but the A's showed "confidence" in Taylor by acquiring Reddick and re-signing Crisp.
13. Josh Donaldson, C: He doesn’t have any star-level tools, but he has improved defensively and has always had solid power.
14. Yordy Cabrera, SS: He had an ugly full-season debut in 2011, but the seven-figure tools are still there.
15. Bobby Crocker, OF: This 2011 fourth-round pick is a big-time athlete with speed and power potential.
16. Aaron Shipman, OF: He could explode with some hitting refinements due to his speed and advanced approach.
17. Vicmal De La Cruz, OF: De La Cruz was beat up in the Dominican Summer League. His speed and bat are his best tools.
18. Ian Krol, LHP: He lost 2011 due to injury, but his instructional league showing has officials optimistic for a bounceback.
19. Miles Head, 1B/3B: Head came over in the Andrew Bailey trade. There is nothing pretty about what he does, but his power is significant.
20. Jermaine Mitchell, OF: He finally had his breakout season, but he is also 27 now.
I've argued for a while that Choice deserves more respect as a clear top-50 prospect for his combination of power and tools, and I'm glad to see KG on the bandwagon (though I'm not surprised).
However, I'm very surprised to see that he does not consider Parker to be a top 50 prospect, as well as not seeing Milone on the list at all, especially when Krol is still on somehow. At least he wasn't as stubborn in dropping Carter down on the list.
The ranking of Taylor near Cowgill, which I think is pretty spot on, makes the Reddick trade and Crisp signing look better, since it's pretty clear that while they can earn a full-time role, they don't deserve to be handed one.
What do you think of the list?