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Which A's Prospects Will Rise In 2012?

Can Simmons get back on-track?

After three disappointing seasons hovering in the lower-tier of the Oakland A's farm system, outfielder Jermaine Mitchell had a breakout year in 2011, earning him a place on the club's 40-man roster heading into spring training. Are there any A's prospects poised to follow Mitchell's lead and move their way up the organizational ladder in 2012? We profile 10 candidates inside…

B.A. Vollmuth, 3B The A's second-overall draft pick in 2011 played just 12 games between two short-season squads in 2011, but still managed to make a positive impression on his new club. The powerful third baseman has the ideal build at 6'3'' and 215 pounds to become a middle-of-the-order threat down the road. His tools rate well defensively after playing both positions on the left side of the...

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