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The Show Before the Show: Episode 392

Broadcaster Doskow discusses jump from Triple-A to Majors
February 3, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast-listening apps. Send questions or feedback to [email protected], and follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun), Sam Dykstra

Try and catch up: Langeliers, Soderstrom star for A's

Power-packed backstops, pitching depth highlight club's All-Stars
December 3, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Oakland Athletics.

Smith notches cycle in career night for Las Vegas

Oakland infielder collects 5 hits, homers twice in PCL slugfest
September 18, 2022

Kevin Smith wanted the third home run, something he had never done in a game as a pro. But leading off the bottom of the ninth with his team trailing by two, he knew the right play was to just put the ball in play. As it turned out, that

Lugnuts bend but don’t crack in no-no

Lansing allows run, but holds on for club's third no-hitter
September 5, 2022

The last time the High-A Lansing Lugnuts, then a Single-A affiliate, threw a no-hitter, they ultimately lost the game. It nearly happened again. Despite combining for seven walks and allowing a run, four Lansing pitchers teamed up for the third no-hitter in franchise history, with the Athletics affiliate hanging on

Prospect Q&A: A’s outfielder Clarke

Oakland’s No. 11 prospect discusses search for consistency
August 26, 2022

In just a short time in professional baseball, Denzel Clarke has done incredible things to make his name jump off the page. Earlier this month, the A’s No. 11 prospect became the first player in professional baseball history to hit an inside-the-park homer in consecutive games for High-A Lansing. This

The Road to The Show™: A’s infielder Gelof

No. 79 overall prospect among fastest-moving Minor Leaguers
August 2, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at A’s No. 4 prospect Zack Gelof. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It’s really difficult to slow down Zack Gelof.

McDonald hits homer trifecta for Lansing

A's prospect first to go yard three times for Lugnuts since 2001
June 30, 2022

It took Jared McDonald 61 at-bats to hit his first three homers of 2022, plus an additional 63 to hit another. Then came Thursday, when he nearly doubled his home run output in a matter of five innings. The Oakland catching prospect went deep in his first three at-bats and

Breakout candidate: A’s shortstop Puason

Oakland’s No. 10 prospect found success on balls in play
January 25, 2022's Breakout Candidate series spotlights players who could garner some serious attention in 2022. Here's a look at A’s No. 10 prospect Robert Puason. Robert Puason may never shed his lofty expectations, but he showed enough in his difficult debut season to offer hope of him one day becoming a

Soderstrom leads next wave of talent to Oakland

Breakout campaigns at all levels give system a solid foundation
December 14, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. After failing to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2017, the

Lugnuts make most of ‘Tool Time’ celebration

Lansing club salutes long-running sitcom with local connection
September 10, 2021

Nostalgia never goes out of style. Ask any millennial with an internet connection, and they’ll probably admit that their emotions were toyed with this week at the sight of an old friend from Nickelodeon reassuring them that they should be proud of all that they’ve done in life. The High-A

Scouting report: A’s prospect Tyler Soderstrom

‘Beast’ of a backstop already making waves in Low-A Stockton
August 10, 2021's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at top-ranked A’s prospect Tyler Soderstrom. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. The A’s seem to have

2021 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

How Astros, Halos, M's, A's, Rangers prospects could fare in 2021
February 10, 2021

This is the fifth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Rangers land backstop Heim in veteran swap

Catching prospect heads to Texas with Davis, Andrus on the move
February 6, 2021

While Khris Davis and Elvis Andrus headlined the exchange of veteran mainstays between the Athletics and Rangers on Saturday, Texas also scored a catching prospect as part of the five-player trade. Jonah Heim, who entered the weekend as the Athletics’ ninth-ranked prospect, headed to Texas, joining a catching stable that

State of the System: Oakland A’s

Puk, Puason help strike balance as club looks to remain contenders
December 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. So much was different during the 60-game

The Show Before the Show: Episode 284

A's prospect Deichmann previews potential 40-man addition
November 13, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

A's Puk to undergo shoulder surgery

No. 59 overall prospect was shut down earlier this week
September 11, 2020

Left-hander A.J. Puk's season is over before it ever began. The top A's prospect will undergo shoulder surgery next week, manager Bob Melvin announced before Friday night's game at Texas.

Puk shut down with shoulder soreness

Oakland's top pitching prospect was on road back to the Majors
September 8, 2020

A.J. Puk was slated to be a key component of Oakland's march toward the 2020 postseason. That expectation has gotten slimmer with each passing day. On the Injured List since July 20, the newly crowned top A's prospect has suffered another apparent setback in his recovery from a left shoulder

Murphy rewriting report card for Athletics

Top Oakland prospect goes yard as part of three-RBI performance
September 8, 2020

Sean Murphy entered Monday night on the verge of losing his status as a prospect. He made sure to celebrate that graduation in style. The now-former top A's prospect homered for a second straight game, singled and drove in a season-high three runs to help down the Astros, 6-0, at

A's Luzardo tosses 6 1/3 scoreless innings

No. 13 overall prospect fans seven in longest outing as a pro
August 20, 2020

Jesus Luzardo entered Wednesday's start against the D-backs determined to prove that what he's shown through his professional career to this point is just the tip of the iceberg -- that he's got another gear he can tap. Mission accomplished. MLB Pipeline's No. 13 overall prospect showcased exactly that as

San Jose beats odds, historic rivalry to welcome A's

Giants, Athletics, affiliate come together on alternate training site
August 19, 2020

Rivalries bring emotion, tension and drama, providing backdrops for some of the most memorable moments in sports. But in the shadow of a global pandemic, two ordinarily adversarial organizations have banded together to add a new dimension to their storied rivalry: partnership.

Luzardo dazzles in relief in 2020 debut

No. 12 overall prospect tosses three scoreless innings
July 26, 2020

The last time A's fans saw Jesus Luzardo pitch, he logged three scoreless innings in the American League Wild Card game. He did the same in his return to the big league mound on Saturday, albeit on a much smaller stage. Oakland’s top prospect logged three frames of scoreless relief

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Athletics southpaw Puk goes on Injured List

Oakland's third-ranked prospect bothered by shoulder strain
July 21, 2020

The start of the 60-game Major League season is less than a week away, and the Athletics will begin play without one of their top youngsters. Third-ranked Oakland prospect A.J. Puk was placed on the Injured List on Monday afternoon with a shoulder strain. He met with a doctor in

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Prospects in the Athletics' 2020 player pool

Talented Oakland system ready to fill the gaps when needed
July 3, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an