Despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, the Oakland Athletics always find a way to be competitive every year. Not necessarily contenders and playoff-bound, but competitive. Shrewd and creative moves by GM Billy Beane have allowed the Athletics to be legitimate contenders.
While they remain competitive at the big league level, the farm system is doing it’s job of getting big leaguers ready. As we come up on the end of the minor league season, all of the leagues are starting to announce end-of-season awards. The Texas League, the Double-A affiliate, announced it’s postseason all-star team, and 3/4 of the starting infield were prospects from Oakland’s Double-A affiliate, Midland.
One of those selected was SS Chad Pinder (Poquoson/Virginia Tech), who has emerged as Oakland’s No. 7 prospect, via MLBPipeline.com. Pinder not only made the team, but he also took home Texas League Player of the Year honors.
Pinder, a 2013 draft choice of the Oakland Athletics, has skyrocketed through the system. In 2014, he batted .288 with 13 HR and 55 RBIs and was selected an organizational all-star. This year, in the Texas League, he was one of 8 Midland players to go to the mid-season all-star game, and is among the league leaders in batting, HR, and RBIs.
Pinder will be 24 on Opening Day 2016.