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Lugnuts' Nambiar proud to represent India

Athletics left-handed prospect learned pitching from mother
September 1, 2023

The career of Kumar Nambiar owes much to his family and his Indian origins. His father instilled him with the love of the game. His mother learned the art of pitching through books and videos and then taught it to him. So to make the Major Leagues as one of

Wilson clobbers first pro homer for Lugnuts

Sixth overall pick in '23 Draft showing off hit tool for A's affiliate
August 24, 2023

One month into his professional career, Jacob Wilson has shown that the hype around his 65-grade hit tool has been worthy of acclaim. But on Thursday night, he entered the power game when he walloped his first pro home run for High-A Lansing. The section just beyond the left-field fence

The best of the A's Minor League ballparks

Explore the refreshing route prospects take on road to Oakland
July 31, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

Home cookin': Gelof homers in fourth straight

No. 3 Athletics prospect continues to mash at Las Vegas Ballpark
July 4, 2023

Monday was the final game of a six-game set between Triple-A Las Vegas and Round Rock, and every game had Zack Gelof's fingerprints on it. The Athletics’ No. 3 prospect tore the cover off the ball during the homestand, tallying a hit in every game and launching a home run

Lansing expecting a mad rush ... for Rush

A's High-A affiliate ready to crank tunes in 'The Spirit of Radio'
June 15, 2023

There's nothing like a night at the ballpark, where making memories is part of the fun. The Lansing Lugnuts plan to do their part in that regard on Saturday, hosting a special Rush Tribute Night. Yes, that Rush, the Canadian rock band formed in the late 1960s who actively toured

Soderstrom homerin' away again for Aviators

Top-ranked A's prospect swats two taters in Margaritaville threads
June 4, 2023

Welcome to Margaritaville, where it’s always 5 o’clock, the jerseys (and vibes) are crisp and apparently, Tyler Soderstrom is launching baseballs into orbit. The top-ranked Athletics prospect was homerin’ away again in an 11-8 Aviators victory on Saturday at Las Vegas Ballpark, as the club gave a nod to the

Gelof has the best hand in Vegas' 22-run deluge

No. 3 Athletics prospect notches first multihomer outing of season
May 17, 2023

The hits came early, often and with considerable sizzle for Triple-A Las Vegas during a 22-run deluge Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The most prolific afternoon belonged to No. 3 Athletics prospect Zack Gelof, who reached base in all six of his plate appearances and amassed his first multihomer

Miller lights up radar gun in 5 near-perfect frames

No. 3 A's prospect racks up 11 strikeouts for Triple-A Las Vegas
April 15, 2023

Mason Miller has always been known as a strikeout pitcher. The No. 3 prospect in the Athletics’ organization, Miller trotted out to the mound Friday night already owning a 16 K/9 rate in his Minor League career. That wasn’t enough for the right-hander, though, as he looked like an even

The Road to The Show™: Lawrence Butler

Club’s No. 10 prospect put himself on the big league radar
April 4, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at No. 10 A’s prospect Lawrence Butler. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Few prospects have boosted their stock in the

Prospect Primer: American League West

Great Britain's newly crowned royalty working way to Emerald City
March 30, 2023

Some prospects are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. As the 2023 season approaches, goes through each MLB division to take a look at the most intriguing prospects. Other Prospect Primers:

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, 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,