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A's farm improvements

Updated: January 4, 2008, 5:10 PM ET
Upon the A's trading Nick Swisher to the White Sox on Thursday for three prospects, Athletics Nation asked John Sickels about the young players the A's got. Here's Sickels on the better two, Gio Gonzalez and Fautino De Los Santos:

Gonzalez is a left-handed power pitcher with two Double-A seasons under his belt at age 22. He projects as a number two starter at the major league level, and showed much improved command this year. He could use some Triple-A time, but should be ready for a spot by 2009. De Los Santos is further away, but he's got a terrific arm and had a breakout season in the Sally League. He'd be more of a 2010 guy depending on how fast they want to rush him, but his upside is terrific.

Three weeks ago, A's GM Billy Beane picked up a bunch of prospects when he traded Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks. So what have these deals done for the organization? These were Sickels' top dozen Athletic prospects before the Haren deal:

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