Two of the Oakland A's most promising young position prospects are battling undisclosed injuries. Shortstop Yordy Cabrera had a strong minor league mini-camp, but that progress has been stalled by injury. Outfielder Aaron Shipman has also been shelved with an injury recently. Before being hurt, Shipman was "making strides as a young hitter," according to A's minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson.
"[Shipman] has a great eye and is very efficent with his swings," Steverson said.
It isn't clear if the injuries will prevent Cabrera and Shipman from being on an affiliate roster on Opening Day.
Two prospects from the A's 2011 draft class are turning heads this spring. A's third-round pick B.A. Vollmuth has been one of the hottest hitters in camp, according to Steverson. Vollmuth played in only a handful of regular season games for short-season Vermont last year after signing with the A's late, but he is a candidate to start the 2012 season with High-A Stockton.
A's 44th-round pick Chris Bostick is continuing to defy the expectations. Bostick, the only high school player to sign with the A's out of their 2011 draft class, has continued to flash plus athleticism and surprising power this spring. Bostick hit .442 with eight extra-base hits and four stolen bases in 14 games for the AZL A's last season.
"[Bostick is an] exciting young player with a ton of upside. He has pop in his bat and is a fine young player," Steverson said.
Outfielder Rashun Dixon may be in-line for the breakout season that many have expected of him since he was drafted by the A's in 2008. The 21-year-old hit only .243 last season for High-A Stockton, but according to Steverson, Dixon has made impressive improvements with his swing since the A's fall Instructional League camp.
Steverson is also singing the praises of newly acquired infielder Miles Head, who joined the A's from the Boston Red Sox organization this off-season. Head, who has seen time at first and third this spring, hit 22 homers in A-ball as a 20-year-old last season.
"[Head is a] great young addition to the system. He has a high aptitude for learning," Steverson said.