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Shortstop Franklin Barreto was one of the key pieces they A's received from the Blue Jays in the November trade that sent Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Barreto led the Northwest League in a host of offensive categories last year as an 18-year-old and will now skip over the Midwest League to make his organizational debut with Class A Advanced Stockton. Joining him on the Ports roster is left-hander Dillon Overton, the A's top pitching prospect.
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On the shelf
Third basemen Matt Chapman and Renato Nunez will both begin the season in extended spring training recovering from injuries. Chapman, the A's first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, sprained his left knee, while Nunez has dealt with some nagging injuries this spring. Right-hander Raul Alcantara continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery last May, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo is expected to miss the first month of the season following wrist surgery he underwent during Spring Training.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.