<b>Editor's Note: After the A's busy season of trading, we thought it would be timely to update the…
Oakland A's Minor League Depth Chart: 1B/DH
Since slugger Jason Giambi left the Oakland A's following the 2001 season, Oakland has struggled to get traditional power production from their first basemen and designated hitters. While replacements Scott Hatteberg and Erubiel Durazo have contributed greatly to the A's offense, neither has managed to hit more than 25 homeruns or drive in 100 runs. However, that trend is likely to end within the next few seasons, as the A's have a number of first basemen/ designated hitters in their system who project to provide the A's with middle of the order power production. Below is a list of the A's top first base prospects: 1) Daric Barton It isn't often that a team can have the reigning PCL Most Valuable Player and have him not be the team's best first base prospect. However, it isn't often that a prospect like Daric Barton comes along. Barton, who was acquired in the Mark Mulder trade with St. Louis, may be the most exciting A's hitting prospect since Eric Chavez. Barton will be making a...
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