Healy, Gossett named A's MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Year
Third baseman goes into offseason as starter; right-hander thrives at three levels in Minors
By Jane Lee
OAKLAND -- Third baseman Ryon Healy's rise from Double-A Midland to the big leagues and his consistent play throughout has deservingly earned him half share of the A's Prospects of the Year nod.
Healy, deemed Player of the Year, holds the honor with right-hander Daniel Gossett, named Pitcher of the Year.
Healy's doings at the Major League level have been well-documented: the rookie hit .305/.337/.524 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 72 games with Oakland following his July callup. He also impressed defensively, leaving the A's with one less decision going into next season.
"We feel really comfortable with him at third right now, and going into next year you would have to consider him the incumbent, and he's proved it based on performance," A's manager Bob Melvin said this week. "He's earned the fact that next year going into Spring Training he will be our third baseman."
Healy, a third-round Draft pick by the A's in 2013, totaled 27 home runs between three levels this year, finishing with 101 RBIs.
Gossett also jumped levels twice this season, beginning the year with Class A Advanced Stockton, before being promoted, first to Double-A Midland, where he compiled a 2.49 ERA in 16 starts, and then Triple-A Nashville, rounding out his season with a 1.98 ERA in two starts for the Sounds.
Gossett, 23, went 10-6 overall with a 2.69 ERA in 27 starts across three levels, racking up 151 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings. He was a second-round selection of the A's out of Clemson in the 2014 Draft.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.