Unlike the Giants, the A's are loaded with prospects that appear close to major-league ready. The only issue, however, is health.
Led by perhaps the top pitching prospect in baseball, Jesus Luzardo stands alone on this list. Once he returns from a left rotator cuff strain, the 21-year-old could be the ace the A's need to make another postseason run.
With a starting rotation full of question marks, four arms make our list of A's prospects who could toe the rubber in Oakland this season. That doesn't mean the three bats aren't intriguing, though.
What is most exciting about these seven prospects, however, is if they reach the big leagues this season, it would be their MLB debut.
The A's were the surprise team in baseball last season. And there's plenty of youth on the way that can help make a push for the playoffs the norm yet again in Oakland.