2019 Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects
MLB Pipeline will unveil its 2019 Top 100 Prospects list with a one-hour show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. Jesus Luzardo cracked last year's list of the Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects at No. 8 even though he had logged fewer than 50 professional innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Kyler Murray declares for NFL Draft
OAKLAND -- Two-sport standout Kyler Murray, who is under contract with the A's, officially declared for the NFL Draft ahead of Monday's midnight ET deadline, further magnifying a most momentous decision. By opting in to the NFL Draft, a move that is essentially procedural, Murray remains within the confines of his deal with the A's -- which includes a $4.66 million signing bonus following his first-round selection in last June's MLB Draft -- but he must now decide whether to honor it.
Kyler Murray meets with A's about career
Two-sport athlete Kyler Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft ahead of Monday's deadline, clouding his baseball career with the A's, who used their first-round pick on the 21-year-old in last June's MLB Draft. But the A's aren't standing idly by as the clock runs out. Sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Sunday night that MLB officials are vetting the A's proposal of a Major League contract for Murray and thus far believe this new deal was not discussed as an inducement to help the two sides strike a deal after Oakland picked Murray ninth overall last summer. That bodes well for a deal's potential approval by MLB officials.
Inbox: Will A.J. Puk pitch for A's in 2019?
What is the status of A.J. Puk? Will we see him in an A's uniform in 2019?-- Neal O., Addison, Texas That's the plan. Puk, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April, has made tremendous progress in his rehab. The A's No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline is already throwing pitches from flat ground, per general manager David Forst, and is seemingly on track to return to game action midseason -- if not sooner. The A's, of course, won't rush the big lefty but anticipate him making his big league debut at some point this year barring any rehab setbacks.
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