Dynasty Directives Oakland Athletics Prospects

by Andrew Spurling
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Thank you for joining me again this week for Dynasty Directives, in which we'll take a look at some Oakland Athletics Prospects and provide some insights for Dynasty league purposes.

I also like to keep myself up to date with the Dynasty Market, and my favorite place to start is with Dave Eddy's Dynasty Rankings.

It would appear that Oakland does not have the best reputation, at least in their recent history of helping their high-profile signings and draft selections develop and flourish within their organization. They still have produced some outstanding talent with players like Matt Olson and Marcus Semien coming through the ranks. I do feel like they definitely have some solid contributors coming with the potential to maybe even develop a couple of All-Stars if things break in their favor.

Let us start with one of the prospects I believe to be closest to his debut catcher Shea Langeliers. Then I am going to further cover the AAA Las Vegas Aviators, AA, A+, and finish up with Low-A.

Dynasty Directives Oakland Athletics Prospects

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Shea Langeliers, AAA Las Vegas Aviators, Catcher, 24 yrs 6 mo

As someone who was personally slow to adjust to the ascension of Shea Langeliers, I would be willing to invest meaningful assets to acquire him today. Catchers are very difficult to value, as most people know. Some factors are injuries, defense being valued at the position, and regular rest days. Over-investing in too many catchers usually provides little return. This also does mean finding one that actually does return elite value can be a huge advantage.

The culmination of Oakland's team being neglected via their perpetual rebuild and the growth of Langelier's offensive game means that Shea could end up being a C1 in all formats when he is eventually given the chance. Langeliers can play regularly in a rotation of catcher and designated hitter even with Sean Murphy on the roster.

Nick Allen, AAA Las Vegas Aviators, 2B/SS, 23 yrs 7 mo

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Nick Allen is someone that I view as a nice target in deeper leagues. In this case, mono-leagues, 20+ team dynasty leagues, or maybe if your 15-or-16-team league starts extra offensive positions. Another way to put it is that at least 750 players rostered for Nick Allen to be on a team.

There are two sides to every coin, while Allen may not possess a ton of upside as a result of a smaller frame, he does have at least an average hit tool and above-average speed.  My worry is that he ultimately may not steal enough bases at the MLB level to compensate for the fact he has 11 HRs in five seasons as a professional.

The jury is definitely still out with Allen. He has certainly struggled at the big league level in his MLB debut this season but there is still time to establish himself as a regular.

Zack Gelof, AA Midland Rock Hounds, 3B, 22 yrs 7 mo

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Onto the AA Midland Hounds, and here we find a more interesting prospect in the 2021 draftee 3B Zack Gelof.

I believe Gelof should be on your radar in a deeper mixed league 15-team Dynasty. A case could possibly be made in shallower formats with deep benches or deep prospect pools.

Zack Gelof is having a great year so far batting .315 with a .372 on-base percentage. He is also showing both a little power and speed with four home runs and eight stolen bases  in 39 games.

Ryan Cusick, AA Midland Rock Hounds, SP, 22 yrs 6 mo

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Another exciting prospect currently playing for the Midland Rock Hounds, Ryan Cusick was acquired in the Matt Olson trade with the Atlanta Braves. Cusick possesses the classic big strong Starters frame coming in at 6-foot-6-inches and 235 pounds.

There is a lot to like about Cusick. He seemingly possesses a really high floor. Even if it is accompanied by a lack of an elite ceiling. This is another prospect with a high probability of playing with the Oakland Athletics in a couple of seasons' time.

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J.T. Ginn, AA Midland Rock Hounds, SP, 23 yrs

There is one more prospect I would like to touch on currently on the Midland Rock Hounds roster. Last but certainly not least is Starting Pitcher J.T. Ginn.

Ginn is another high floor prospect with perhaps a little bit higher ceiling than his aforementioned Rock Hounds teammates. Unfortunately, there are the usual trappings as with many MILB pitching prospects when it comes to Ginn. He has had elbow problems in the past and has already had Tommy John surgery.

'This is a deeper league target with upside if you can stomach the risk he just might pay off as one of the many enticing pitching prospects currently in Oakland's organization. Ginn has struggled this season so far in only 16 innings but Im not ready to give up on him just yet after a strong track record in college and a very solid debut in 2021.

Tyler Soderstrom, High A Lansing Lugnuts, C/1B, 20 yrs 6 mo

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Now onto the most well-known and exciting prospect in the entire Oakland system in High A Lansing Lugnuts Catcher/1B Tyler Soderstrom.

There are a lot of things to like here as Soderstrom has legitimate big league home run power, he plays catcher but also hits well enough that they are preparing him to move off of the position. It could mean that for a few seasons he is playing regularly just not very often at catcher ultimately perhaps ending up at 1B or DH.

One thing I would say is that he carries a pretty high market value currently. I am not saying it is unjustified at all but I am saying you may have to exercise some patience to see a return on your initial investment. I would be surprised if he debuts before the 2024 season.

Gunnar Hoglund, High A Lansing Lugnuts, SP, 22 yrs 5 mo

Gunnar Hoglund is my second-favorite prospect currently in the rising Athetics's farm system. Unfortunately, Hoglund currently finds himself on 60 day Injured List. He is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery on May 17th, 2021. With Hoglund still recovering from injury, there isn't a lot of new information to adjust perceptions of him.

The biggest bet here is on his competitive fire, pedigree, and impressive track record. I think if he can stay healthy he could be the workhorse of the A's rotation someday. Comparisons never work out how we want them to but it feels like he shares some intangibles with Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah.

Max Muncy, Low A Stockton Ports, SS, 19 yrs 9 mo

Max Muncy is my favorite prospect from this year's 2021 Athletics draft class, not counting Hoglund whom they acquired via the Matt Chapman trade with Toronto.

Early returns show someone poised to rise the organizational ladder. He has an impressive eight home runs and four stolen bases in just 44 games played. Currently sporting a .222 batting average with a .322 on-base percentage there is room for growth still to be sure. The biggest concern currently would have to be 61 strikeouts in 44 games.

There is time to be patient with him as the investment price should be fairly cheap currently.

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for joining me again this week for Dynasty Directives Oakland Athletics Prospects.

I like all of these prospects to a certain degree, and my instinct is that a good portion of them will end up contributing at the MLB level. There are definitely a few concerns one being Oakland's spotty track record with some of their more talented prospects.

Another thing to consider is a lot of the talent here is potentially in the starting rotation, oftentimes injuries and non-linear development lead to disappointment. Aside from the obvious name in Tyler Soderstrom, I think my favorite targets are Shea Langeliers given his high floor and proximity to the majors, as well as Zach Gelof and Max Muncy, given their strong showings so far and playing premium infield positions.

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