I am now working on the Los Angeles Dodgers Top 20 prospects list for 2017. The next team in line is the Oakland Athletics, to be followed by the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, and the Miami Marlins.
Use this thread to discuss the Oakland Athletics organization. Some possible points for discussion include, but are certainly not limited to:
****The Athletics finished at 69-93 in 2016, fifth place in the American League Western Division. How soon can they get back to .500? Or better? What is a realistic expectation for 2017?
****How much faith do you have in Ryon Healy over a full season? What's his slash line?
****What's your plan on handling Healy, Renato Nunez, Matt Chapman, and Matt Olson at the corners? Who do you commit to, and who (if anyone) is surplus?
****Your timetable for Franklin Barreto?
****Sean Manaea: what do you expect in a full season? Can he take a step forward and move from solid starter to genuine rotation anchor?
****Is Jharel Cotton for real?
****As always, feel free to discuss sleeper prospects or anything else Oakland-related.