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2014 Top 10 Prospects- Los Angeles Angel
10-18-2017, 08:12 PM
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2014 Top 10 Prospects- Los Angeles Angel
The lo s of draft picks due to free agent compensation has hurt the busine s over the past couple of years. The Angels have one from the weaker systems in baseball in terms of depth and impact prospects. The pitching depth is much more sparse than the hitting. #1Taylor Lindsey | 60/AA (2B) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA216551572519541084.267.330.430.338
The Year in Review: Lindsey produced solid numbers in 2013 in the Double-A level together with a .780 OPS after he made some changes to his approach from previous seasons. He also played in the Arizona Fall League but was noticeably worn out and produced an OPS of just .632. The Scouting Report: An offensive-minded second baseman, Lindsey saw his home run total jump from nine both in 2011 and 2012 to 17 last year within the Texas League. The Arizona native tweaked his approach at the plate to sacrifice some contact for the increased homer pop. Although he didnt hit as a lot of an average, his on-base percentage improved while he became more patient. Hell likely not be anything special in the keystone but he should be a typical defender. The Year Ahead: Angels incumbent second baseman Howie Kendrick is signed through 2015 and also the growth and development of Lindsey could allow the organization to avoid wasting money by committing to the 22 years old following a season of development in Triple-A while looking to trade the veteran. The Career Outlook: Lindsey ought to be a slightly-above-average second baseman at the plate and average-ish on defence. #2C.J. Cron | AA/60 (1B/DH) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA23657175421931948.292.339.464.354

The Year in Review: Cron Mark Ingram Jersey produced respectable overall numbers in the Double-A level in 2013 but he regre sed within the power department and his on-base percentage was a disappointment. His home run total dropped from 27 this year to 14 in 13. He headed to the Arizona Fall League at the end of the standard season and produced outstanding numbers with a 1.167 OPS in 20 games. The Scouting Report: Cron has more raw power than every other player within the Angels system but he struggled to consistently utilize it in 2013. The hulking first baseman needs to be selective while at bat, which will provide him better pitches they are driving as well as (hopefully) increase his on-base percentages. I dont expect him to hit to have an overly high batting average within the Majors so the saw is by far his most engaging a set. Defensively, he ought to be fringe-average to average initially base and could end up in the designated hitter role before he turns 30. The Year Ahead: Cron will progre s to Triple-A in 2014 where he turn to look for a more consistent power stroke and try to add some polish to his defensive game. The Career Outlook: The native of Arizona will likely develop into a bat-only player with the raw capacity to hit 25+ home runs per season but his lack of patience while at bat will hinder his overall effectivene s as a hitter. Additional Notes #3Hunter Green | 60/R (P) AgeGGSIPHHRK/9BB/9ERAFIP178716.21605.948.644.324.94

The Year in Review: Lacking a first round draft pick in 2013, the Angels weren't any doubt thrilled to find fringe-first rounder Green provided with the 59th overall pick. After signing, he made seven starts in rookie ball but walked 16 batters in 16.2 innings of work. Brought along slowly, the southpaw never pitched greater than 3.1 innings in almost any appearance. The Scouting Report: Green has a projectable frame and a three-pitch repertoire that may feature three above-average offerings in the low-to-mid-90s fastball, curveball and changeup. The big knock on Green, though, is inconsistent mechanics that lead to both command and control problems. He's lots of talent but he may need a lot of seasoning. The Year Ahead: Green, 18, will almost certainly repeat short-season rookie ball for a second time while he looks to smooth out his delivery and show more consistency. The Career Outlook: Green has got the ceiling of the No. 2 or 3 starter if he is able to learn to command his impre sive repertoire. Given his frame, he might eventually work more consistently within the mid-90s with consistent mechanics and much more experience. #4Kaleb Cowart | 55/AA (3B) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA215461102063812414.221.279.301.266

The Year in Review: No two ways about it, Cowart were built with a dismal season at Double-A in 2013. The raw but promising prospect posted an OPS of just .580 and wasnt far off from striking out at a rate of once a game. The Scouting Report: Cowart is an athletic player with a strong arm and good actions in the field but hes struggled with his consistency at the plate despite impre sive bat speed. After beginning to make use Terron Armstead Jersey of his raw power potential this year, the Georgia native regre sed in 2013 and managed just 27 extra base hits. He must improve his approach as well as his pitch recognition, which could help combat the strikeout i sues. An old two-way player, Cowart could eventually make his long ago to the mound when the bat cant hack top of the levels of the minors. The Year Ahead: Cowart should return to Double-A in 2014 and may spend the whole season there while trying to learn from his 2013 mistakes. The Career Outlook: Cowart has all the skill in the world He just must figure out how to unlock his full potential. Another dismal season might cause the busine s to reconsider his future like a hitter and tempt these to move him back to the mound. #5Mark Sappington | 55/AA (P) AgeGGSIPHHRK/9BB/9ERAFIP222727156.1126117.834.723.454.08

The Year in Review: Sappingtons capability to keep the ball on the floor helped him survive a 22-game stretch in the California League. His control was noticeably off (82 walks) but he allowed just 126 hits in 156.1 combined innings. He received five starts in the Double-A level to finish the year. The Scouting Report: Sappington is a durable sinker/slider pitcher who should be good for 200+ innings a year like a No. 4 starter for that Angels. His fastball works in the low 90s with solid movement, and both his slider and changeup have the chance to develop into average offerings. The largest i sue with Sappington is his lack of command and control stemming from difficulties with his delivery. There is a potential for the right-hander to locate succe s within the bullpen Willie Snead Jersey where he may have the ability to give a couple ticks to his fastball while sticking the changeup in the back pocket and focusing on a two-pitch mix. The Year Ahead: The right-hander will likely open 2014 in Double-A but he could reach Triple-A by mid-season if he makes some improvements with his command. The Career Outlook: Sappington looks like the next innings-eater in the latter half of a big league rotation. #6Jose Rondon | 55/R+ (SS) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA1931681221303113.293.359.399.347

The Year in Review: Last year saw Rondon spend a third season in short-season ball (his second in North America). He placed on a bit more weight and stepped into some more extra base hits in 2013. He walked almost as almost as much ast he struck out. The Scouting Report: Just 19, Rondon help with a solid season in advanced rookie ball in 2013 and appears like a future No. 2 hole hitter. He makes outstanding contact almost to some fault due to his solid hand-eye coordination. He doesnt have a ton of over-the-fence pop but he got stronger this past year and hit more balls into the gap. He doesnt have blazing speed but hes a good base runner able to stealing bases in the double digits. Defensively, Rondon includes a opportunity to be an above-average fielding shortstop with a strong arm and good actions. The Year Ahead: Rondon should receive his first taste of full-season ball in 2014 but hes not expected to move overly quickly. Hell likely establish himself within the Majors in late 2016 or 2017. The Career Outlook: The young Venezuelan might not be greater than a typical hitter using the bat but his defensive work could earn him a regular gig. #7Alex Yarbrough | 50/A+ (2B) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA2161518232112710614.313.341.459.350

The Year in Review: Yarbroughs league-leading 182 hits (27 greater than the following closest hitter) helped make up for his allergic reaction to the free pa s. Curiously, he spent the entire year in the California League despite coming from a solid college baseball enter in 2012. The Scouting Report: Yarbrough might have only one plus tool but the hit tool may help the switch-hitter force his distance to a big league lineup, at least for some seasons before settling into more of a platoon or bench role. He traditionally makes good contact and uses the whole field but hes become a hostile hitter in pro ball and walked just 27 times in 136 games in 2013. He also has surprising pop in his bat. Defensively, Yarbroughs arm and range are both average at the best but he has sure hands and solid foot work. The Year Ahead: The 2nd baseman will progre s to Double-A in 2014 and it will be interesting to see if the more advanced pitching exploits his aggre sive nature. The Career Outlook: Yarbourgh will never be an above-average defender but Daniel Lasco Jersey he might hit enough to earn some regular playing time in the big league level. More likely than not, though, hell spend the majority of his career inside a part-time role. #8R.J. Alvarez | 50/A- (P) AgeGGSIPHHRK/9BB/9ERAFIP2247258.246213.964.453.532.18

The Year in Review: Alvarez spent the 2013 in the potent California League but he survived to tell about this. He displayed his above-average potential by striking out 79 batters in only 48.2 innings. Despite his lack of downward plane on his fastball and fly-ball tendencies, the Florida native allowed just two home works on the year. Following the completing the standard season, Alvarez appeared in 10 games within the Arizona Fall League. The Scouting Report: Alvarez strength like a pitcher is his mid-90s fastball that may touch the upper 90s. He throws with many different effort along with a low three-quarter arm slot. His slider has its moments but its too inconsistent that need considering an above-average offering at this point. It will likely be interesting to find out if he commands the ball well enough to dominate Double-A hitters. The Year Ahead: Taken with the clubs first pick of the 2012 draft (third round), Alvarez is anticipated to become a quick mover through the system and will open the 2014 season his second full year like a profe sional in Double-A. There is a chance he could reach the Majors by the end of the entire year but dont expect him to nail down a regular gig until the 2015 season. The Career Outlook: The po sible lack of reliable secondary pitches could limit Alvarez is a set up role. However, should his slider become an above-average offering, he could become a ninth-inning man. #9Austin Wood | 50/A+ (P) AgeGGSIPHHRK/9BB/9ERAFIP227726.02917.625.543.813.85

The Year in Review: The right-hander suffered with an arm injury this past year and appeared in just seven games none after July 23. The Scouting Report: Wood has worked as a starter in pro ball but hes likely going to get to the Majors as a high-leverage reliever. He's a mid-to-upper-90s fastball however it gets too straight sometimes and the secondary stuff lacks consistency although his slider ought to be average over time. He utilizes his height to generate a strong downward plane on his offerings resulting in above-average ground-ball rates. Despite his solid frame, questions remain about Woods durability. The Year Ahead: If healthy, Wood should open the year back in the California League but could quickly move up to Double-A if his command is average or better. The Career Outlook: Despite his background as a starter, Wood projects to develop right into a high-leverage reliever if he can avoid repeated trips towards the disabled list. #10Eric Stamets | 50/A+ (SS) AgePAH2BHRBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGwOBA21571142284346616.281.335.375.321

The Archie Manning Jersey Year in Review: Stamets produced decent numbers in the California League but it was his glove that actually caught observers attentions. While at bat, he was much more succe sful against left-handed pitchers than righties (.914 vs .639 OPS). The Scouting Report: The young shortstop has plus range, good hands along with a strong arm. At the plate, though, he doesnt swing the bat with much authority and that he comes too aggre sive for his own good. Hell likely develop into a bottom-of-the-order hitter within the Majors but his defensive contributions could earn him a starting gig with the proper organization. The Year Ahead: Double-A ought to be a genuine test for Stamets in 2014. Will the more advanced pitchers be able to knock the bat from his hands? Only time will tell The Career Outlook: Stamets should become a glove-first shortstop who might earn a few years of standard playing time before shifting back to much more of a back-up role. The Next Five:

11.Nick Maronde: Maronde began his profe sional career like a starter but moved in to the more appropriate role of reliever in 2013 and reached the Majors. His lack of consistent command and control, in addition to so-so secondary stuff will likely keep him in the bullpen as a big leaguer. 12. Reid Scoggins: The right-hander throws in the mid-to-upper 90s with his heater and flashes an inconsistent slider. Consequently, Scoggins projects like a future middle reliever or set-up man despite the fact that he started 17 games in 2013. If hes allowed to stick within the pen full time in 2014 he could move quickly. 13. Natanael Delgado: Just 18 years old, the left-handed hitting Delgado is years away from realizing his full potential but he's the set of skills to build up into a typical or better right-fielder for that Angels. He needs to temper his aggre sive nature, that might help him make use of his raw power potential by providing him better pitches they are driving. 14. Michael Clevinger: Tommy John surgery ruined Clevengers 2013 season. When healthy, he shows a solid four-pitch repertoire and low-90s velocity on his heater that may eventually help him nail down a fourth starters role with the Angels. 15. Zach Borenstein, OF: Borenstein benefitted significantly from playing inside a hitters league in 2013 and will likely become more of a platoon hitter at the big league level. He shows flashes of decent pop in the left-hand side of the plate but is probably much more of a line-drive hitter than the home run threat he was last year. Hes nothing special in the field but he should be able to play a respectable left field.
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