A's top two prospects lead group heading to AFL

A's top two prospects lead group heading to AFL

HOUSTON -- The A's top two prospects as ranked by MLB.com, Daniel Robertson and Matt Olson, are among those who have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

The infielders will be joined on the Mesa Solar Sox by five other members of the A's organization, four of whom have been named: right-handers Drew Granier, Austin House and Tanner Peters; and outfielder Boog Powell.

The six-week league, which has established itself as the finishing school for the game's best prospects since its inception in 1992, begins its season Oct. 7.

Former A's prospect Addison Russell, traded to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in July, has also been named to the Solar Sox roster. He wasn't the only quality shortstop the A's landed in the 2012 Draft, though.

With the club's second choice, at No. 34 overall, Oakland selected Robertson and signed him for $1.5 million. The 20-year-old is having an outstanding season at Class A Advanced Stockton, batting .312/.404/.475 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 127 games.

Olson came to the A's in the same Draft in the compensation round. The No. 47 overall pick has played mostly first base for Stockton, showcasing an abundance of power with 36 home runs in 486 at-bats. Overall, he's hitting .255 with a .937 OPS.

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