Bonus Athletics Prospects: Nos. 21-25
21. Ryon Healy, 3b/1b. His lackluster .230/.255/.402 pro debut notwithstanding, he was one of the better college bats available in the 2013 Draft. A third-rounder, Healy has the swing and bat speed to hit for both power and average, though his plate discipline fell apart last summer. While the A’s will give him every chance to stick at third base, most scouts think he’ll wind up across the diamond at first.
22. Kyle Finnegan, rhp. Another product of the 2013 Draft, he was a sixth-rounder with a live arm but a track record of inconsistency at Texas State. Finnegan can run his fastball up to 97 mph, and Oakland already has made some progress tightening up his delivery and his curveball.
23. Arnold Leon, rhp. Signed out of the Mexican League in 2008, he’s on the verge of making his big league debut in his seventh season in the organization. Leon throws tons of strikes with a plus changeup and a low-90s fastball, but he’ll need to do a better job locating his pitches to reach his ceiling as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
24. Tucker Healy, rhp. No relation to Ryon, this Healy was a 23rd-round pick out of Ithaca in 2012 who posted a 1.31 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 48 innings in Class A last year. He doesn’t overpower hitters at 87-93 mph, but he misses bats thanks to his hard sink and the deception provided by a low arm slot.
25. Anthony Aliotti, 1b. The 2009 15th-rounder broke out in 2013 by leading the Double-A Texas League in hitting (.350), on-base percentage (.452) and slugging (.541). Aliotti cooled off after a promotion to Triple-A and he’s already 26, but Oakland sees him as a guy who contribute with his capable bat and slick glove.
My favorite deep sleeper: Seth Streich, rhp. A two-way player at Ohio, he needs more polish now that he’s a full-time pitcher. But when he’s on, Streich has a hard sinker and flashes a solid slider and changeup.