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Nuke’Em - Sean Newcomb Is on Top of the First Angels Prospect Hotlist of the Year


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By Adrian Noche, AngelsWin.com Staff Reporter - 

 

1.) Sean Newcomb, Starting Pitcher, Burlington Bees

Since Opening Day: 3 Starts 1-0  16.0 IP  1.69 ERA  9 H  5 BB  20 SO  0.88 WHIP  .161 BAA

 

The Angels jumped at the opportunity when Sean Newcomb fell to them with the 15th pick of the 2014 draft. Newcomb is an imposing figure on the mound, standing tall at 6’5 and 245 pounds. The lefty possesses easy velocity with his fastball sitting in the mid-90s and the potential for three plus-pitches with his fastball, slider and change-up. So far this season, Newcomb has dominated the opposition, striking out 20 batters in 16.0 innings with a WHIP of 0.88. If Newcomb keeps this up, a call up to High-A Inland Empire or Double-A Arkansas within the next month or two is not out of the question. 

 

2.) Kyle Kubitza, Third Baseman, Salt Lake Bees

Since Opening Day: .417 AVG  20 H  7 Doubles  2 Triple  0 HR  1 SB

 

The acquisition of Kyle Kubitza came at the cost of losing the high-ceiling potential of pitcher Ricardo Sanchez. Originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, Kubitza has steadily improved his numbers year after year in the minors. Last year, he finished with a slash line of .295/.405/.470 for Atlanta’s Double-A Affiliate. Out of the gate Kubitza has done nothing but hit the ball. Slugging .646 so far this year, almost half of Kubitza’s hits have been for extra bases (9 out of 20 hits). Kubitza posted an impressive OBP last year of .405, and his tendency to work deep in the count has equated to a high number of walks and strikeouts. Kubitza has been getting the walk going for him the past two games as he reached base via base on balls 3 times (his first three times of the season). With Freese’s contract up at this years end, a strong showing from Kubitza at the hot corner will slate him nicely as the Angels' starting third baseman come Opening Day 2016.

 

3.) Carlos Perez, Catcher, Salt Lake Bees

Since Opening Day: .361 AVG  13 H  4 Doubles  0 Triple  2 HR  1 SB

 

Perez is yet another new addition to the Angels' prospect family within the past year. Acquired from the Houston Astros along with Nick Tropeano in exchange for Hank Conger, Perez was already receiving calls of interest from his play in Winter Ball. Perez can already be seen as the Angels top catcher defensively in the organization, but what he has been doing with the bat is icing on the cake. Perez is hitting to the tune of a .361/.378/.639 line in 8 games so far this season. With the struggles from the catching position up in the majors, Carlos Perez is a name that should be brought up often as a potential solution to catching dilemma. 

 

4.) Tyler DeLoach, Starting Pitcher, Arkansas Travelers

Since Opening Day: 2 Starts 1-1  12.0 IP  1.50 ERA  10 H  2 BB  13 SO  1.00 WHIP  .250 BAA

 

Tyler DeLoach is yet another imposing lefty on the mound. Tyler stands tall at 6’6 and 240 pounds. However, DeLoach uses deception rather than a huge fastball like Newcomb’s. Despite the lack of "overpowering stuff”, the southpaw has managed to pitch extremely well in the minors. Last year, DeLoach posted a 2.99 ERA while striking out 161 batters over 147.2 innings pitched across two levels in the minor leagues. DeLoach has started doing more of the same this season, only allowing 2 earned runs in 2 starts so far. The strikeout ball has carried over as well, with 13 strikeouts over 12.0 innings pitched. Depth has been a huge issue for the Angels over the past couple of years. Today, the Angels’ starting pitching depth is as strong as ever with the likes of Heaney, Rucinski, Tropeano, Smith, DeLoach, McGowan and many more in the minors.

 

5.) Cam Bedrosian, Relief Pitcher, Salt Lake Bees

Since Opening Day: 4 Appearances 0-0  8.0 IP 0.00 ERA  6 H  0 BB  13 SO  0.75 WHIP  .214 BAA

 

Bedrosian’s numbers in the minors last year were downright nasty. Cam struck out 16.4 batters per nine innings with a WHIP of 0.756. Bedrock has come a long way from Tommy John and it is easy to forget that he started the year barely at High-A last season. Bedrock has been a regular on these prospect hotlists and it is only fitting that he starts the year on it as well. Bedrock has yet to give up a run in 8.0 innings pitched so far and has struck out 13 batters. The most important statistic to look at is how he has yet to give up a walk as well. Cam will surely get the call to the big club at some point this year and let’s hope he pitches well enough to stay, as he has the stuff to become the next closer for the Angels.

 

Minor League Affiliate Report

 

Triple-A Salt Lake Bees

 

Despite boasting the most talent Salt Lake has seen in a while, the Bees have struggled out of the gate with only 1 win in their first 11 games. Top prospect Andrew Heaney pitched well in his Salt Lake debut with 7.0 shutout innings while giving up just two hits and no walks. However, Heaney failed to make it out of the first inning in his last start, ending his day with 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched. The Angels have another talented catcher in Salt Lake other than the aforementioned Carlos Perez. Jett Bandy has been playing well while splitting time with Carlos Perez. In 4 games played (16 at-bats), Bandy is hitting .375 along with a home run and a double. Spending most of his time at left field, Grant Green continues to prove that he has nothing left to accomplish in the minors, batting .362 in 11 games (47 at-bats) this season. Texas League MVP Alex Yarbrough has struggled out of the gate. The second baseman is batting .190 with 11 strikeouts for the Bees so far. The same goes for Josh Rutledge, who is batting .213 with 9 strikeouts.

 

Double-A Arkansas Travelers

 

The Travs have started the season with 9 wins and only 2 losses, sitting atop the Texas League North. Nate Smith pitched well in his last start on Tuesday, striking out 5 and giving up just 3 hits (1 walk) in 5.2 shutout innings. In two starts, Smith boasts a 2.31 ERA (0.94 WHIP) and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched. After closing games for the Burlington Bees last season, the Angels are trying Alan Busenitz as a starter to begin this season. The results have been encouraging, as Busenitz has only given up 3 earned runs in 2 starts (10 innings pitched) for the Travs. Austin Wood is pitching at Double-A for the first time in his professional career. Wood has a 2.08 ERA with 4 strikeouts in 4.1 innings (3 appearances) pitched. 1st baseman Brian Hernandez continues to be the most consistent hitter on any team he plays for, batting .324 in 9 games (34 at-bats) for the Travs so far. Sherman Johnson and Chad Hinshaw have been impressive at the top of the Travs lineup. Sherman Johnson boasts an OBP of .410 with 3 stolen bases, 5 doubles and a home run while Chad Hinshaw has a slash line of .296/.441/.407 with 2 stolen bases.

 

High-A Inland Empire 66ers

 

As of today, the High-A Inland Empire 66ers sit 1 game back of 1st place with a record of 7-4. 3rd round draft pick Christopher Ellis has struggled some so far this season but continues to impress with his “stuff”. Despite the 6.14 ERA, Ellis has struck out 19 batters in 14.2 innings pitched. Top prospect Victor Alcantara has struck out 11 batters in 11.0 innings pitched while allowing 4 earned runs, 10 hits and 5 walks in two starts this season. Relief pitcher Greg Mahle has been dominant in 5 appearances for the 66ers. The southpaw has given up just 1 earned run (1.80 ERA), 4 hits and no walks (0.80 WHIP) while striking 10 batters in 5.0 innings pitched. After a very slow start to the season, top international signing Roberto Baldoquin is currently riding a three-game hit streak and has posted back to back multi-hit games. Kaleb Cowart continued his struggles in the minors with a .182 batting average.

 

Low-A Burlington Bees

 

The Low-A Bees are currently 2 games behind first place with a record of 7-4. 2014 draft members Jeremy Rhoades (Round 4) and Jake Jewell (Round 5) have pitched well to start the season. Jeremy Rhoades has struck out 14 batters in 9.0 innings pitched while only giving up one earned run, 10 hits and 3 walks. Jake Jewell has given up 2 earned runs in 7.2 innings pitched along with 9 strikeouts, 4 hits and no walks allowed. Natanael Delgado had himself a 4-hit game on Sunday, bringing his average up to .282 on the season. 10th round draft pick Caleb Adams has himself a strong line of .364/.500/.545 in 10 games (33 at-bats). Third baseman Zachary Houchins has 2 home runs this week and is now batting .275 to start the season.

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Bedrosian will be fine if he can keep his BB/9 around 3 or so.  He was able to show better control in AA last year, and has looked even better this year. 

 

He looked totally out of sorts in the bigs, but that's understandable during your first callup.  I'm not buying the "closer of the future" tag he seems to be keep getting, but he could be a pretty valuable set up guy.

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And when they get called up to the show these numbers are no where to be found. Berdrosian can't find the strike zone at the mlb level

Trout was pretty bad in his first taste of the big leagues too. Chill and exercise patience.

Most prospects are not like Fransico Rodriguez where they come upon the MLB scene and tear it up.

Also, not all prospects are the Jeff Mathis, Brandon Wood or Dallas McPhersons of the world.

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Interesting to see Austin Wood working out if the bullpen, he has a very high ceiling there. I'll also be looking at Eduardo Paredes in relief.

It'll be interesting to see who ends up being better between Bo Way or Chad Hinshaw. Hinshaw has the power speed combo to work with, but also a lot of swing and miss and not as much walk. Way makes more contact and is more refined.

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Interesting to see Austin Wood working out if the bullpen, he has a very high ceiling there. I'll also be looking at Eduardo Paredes in relief.

It'll be interesting to see who ends up being better between Bo Way or Chad Hinshaw. Hinshaw has the power speed combo to work with, but also a lot of swing and miss and not as much walk. Way makes more contact and is more refined.

Bo Way started out hot but has been ice cold lately. I think he's hitting under the Mendoza line now. But it's still early.

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Bo Way started out hot but has been ice cold lately. I think he's hitting under the Mendoza line now. But it's still early.

I think at this point in the season, I look less at the numbers and more the little things. How much contact they're making, where the coaches are batting them, how their motions in the field look for position players, with pitchers the GB/FB ratios and LD% as well as K/BB.

As we make it into June that's when I really start to look at the numbers specifically. New draftees will begin to be drafted, players will be promoted all over the place and at that point the numbers really matter in how I rank players.

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Nice write up.  

 

Tyler DeLoach still doing it despite the rap that he's got inferior stuff.  

 

I like Hinshaw better than Way at this point for one reason only.  I have come to temper my expectations in regards to college players who haven't been above low A.  I find it interesting as well how a guy like Hinshaw doesn't hit double dig hrs for his entire college career or any in his first short stint in pro ball and then busts out 16 last year.  Scouting is pretty cool sometimes.  :)

 

I am wondering if they are just slowly stretching out Wood (ha!) as he threw three innings in his last appearance the other day.  

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I'd like to see Kubitza get some time in LF. Joyce has been awful out of the gate. Kubitza also looked good in ST.

How's Kubitza's glove at 3rd?

Unless the plan is to keep Freese here long term (hopefully not) I'd rather just keep Kubitza at 3rd and let him get as many reps in as possible. Imo Freese at third is just about equal to Joyce in left. However, if Kubitza keeps hitting the way he does we'll need his bat in the lineup for sure.

Really wish we would've kept Lucho for a late game defensive replacement.

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I'd like to see Kubitza get some time in LF. Joyce has been awful out of the gate. Kubitza also looked good in ST.

I wouldn't. You can make a left fielder out of any decent outfielder but the Angels have had zero luck making a 3rd baseman stick at that position. Leave the guy alone to develop in the position the Angels will need next season when Freese walks.
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I'm interested to see how Carlos Perez progresses, he should be very valuable if he can keep up his hitting.  Who would be his MLB comp, or what would be his ceiling?

 

 

I'm really excited about this kid. I can't believe Dipoto scored on this kid who was already a good defensive catching, now coming into his own offensively. 

 

Carlos Perez > Chris Iannetta's new eyeballs.

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I'd like to see Kubitza get some time in LF. Joyce has been awful out of the gate. Kubitza also looked good in ST.

 

If Hamilton doesn't come back then I have a feeling we're going to see significant time in LF for Kubitza. Maybe Green too.

 

 

There's wood, then there's Brandon Wood. 

 

It has been a long time since I got wood for Wood.

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By Adrian Noche, AngelsWin.com Staff Reporter - 
 
1.) Sean Newcomb, Starting Pitcher, Burlington Bees
Since Opening Day: 3 Starts 1-0  16.0 IP  1.69 ERA  9 H  5 BB  20 SO  0.88 WHIP  .161 BAA
 
The Angels jumped at the opportunity when Sean Newcomb fell to them with the 15th pick of the 2014 draft. Newcomb is an imposing figure on the mound, standing tall at 6’5 and 245 pounds. The lefty possesses easy velocity with his fastball sitting in the mid-90s and the potential for three plus-pitches with his fastball, slider and change-up. So far this season, Newcomb has dominated the opposition, striking out 20 batters in 16.0 innings with a WHIP of 0.88. If Newcomb keeps this up, a call up to High-A Inland Empire or Double-A Arkansas within the next month or two is not out of the question. 
 
2.) Kyle Kubitza, Third Baseman, Salt Lake Bees
Since Opening Day: .417 AVG  20 H  7 Doubles  2 Triple  0 HR  1 SB
 
The acquisition of Kyle Kubitza came at the cost of losing the high-ceiling potential of pitcher Ricardo Sanchez. Originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, Kubitza has steadily improved his numbers year after year in the minors. Last year, he finished with a slash line of .295/.405/.470 for Atlanta’s Double-A Affiliate. Out of the gate Kubitza has done nothing but hit the ball. Slugging .646 so far this year, almost half of Kubitza’s hits have been for extra bases (9 out of 20 hits). Kubitza posted an impressive OBP last year of .405, and his tendency to work deep in the count has equated to a high number of walks and strikeouts. Kubitza has been getting the walk going for him the past two games as he reached base via base on balls 3 times (his first three times of the season). With Freese’s contract up at this years end, a strong showing from Kubitza at the hot corner will slate him nicely as the Angels' starting third baseman come Opening Day 2016.
 
3.) Carlos Perez, Catcher, Salt Lake Bees
Since Opening Day: .361 AVG  13 H  4 Doubles  0 Triple  2 HR  1 SB
 
Perez is yet another new addition to the Angels' prospect family within the past year. Acquired from the Houston Astros along with Nick Tropeano in exchange for Hank Conger, Perez was already receiving calls of interest from his play in Winter Ball. Perez can already be seen as the Angels top catcher defensively in the organization, but what he has been doing with the bat is icing on the cake. Perez is hitting to the tune of a .361/.378/.639 line in 8 games so far this season. With the struggles from the catching position up in the majors, Carlos Perez is a name that should be brought up often as a potential solution to catching dilemma. 
 
4.) Tyler DeLoach, Starting Pitcher, Arkansas Travelers
Since Opening Day: 2 Starts 1-1  12.0 IP  1.50 ERA  10 H  2 BB  13 SO  1.00 WHIP  .250 BAA
 
Tyler DeLoach is yet another imposing lefty on the mound. Tyler stands tall at 6’6 and 240 pounds. However, DeLoach uses deception rather than a huge fastball like Newcomb’s. Despite the lack of "overpowering stuff”, the southpaw has managed to pitch extremely well in the minors. Last year, DeLoach posted a 2.99 ERA while striking out 161 batters over 147.2 innings pitched across two levels in the minor leagues. DeLoach has started doing more of the same this season, only allowing 2 earned runs in 2 starts so far. The strikeout ball has carried over as well, with 13 strikeouts over 12.0 innings pitched. Depth has been a huge issue for the Angels over the past couple of years. Today, the Angels’ starting pitching depth is as strong as ever with the likes of Heaney, Rucinski, Tropeano, Smith, DeLoach, McGowan and many more in the minors.
 
5.) Cam Bedrosian, Relief Pitcher, Salt Lake Bees
Since Opening Day: 4 Appearances 0-0  8.0 IP 0.00 ERA  6 H  0 BB  13 SO  0.75 WHIP  .214 BAA
 
Bedrosian’s numbers in the minors last year were downright nasty. Cam struck out 16.4 batters per nine innings with a WHIP of 0.756. Bedrock has come a long way from Tommy John and it is easy to forget that he started the year barely at High-A last season. Bedrock has been a regular on these prospect hotlists and it is only fitting that he starts the year on it as well. Bedrock has yet to give up a run in 8.0 innings pitched so far and has struck out 13 batters. The most important statistic to look at is how he has yet to give up a walk as well. Cam will surely get the call to the big club at some point this year and let’s hope he pitches well enough to stay, as he has the stuff to become the next closer for the Angels.
 
Minor League Affiliate Report
 
Triple-A Salt Lake Bees
 
Despite boasting the most talent Salt Lake has seen in a while, the Bees have struggled out of the gate with only 1 win in their first 11 games. Top prospect Andrew Heaney pitched well in his Salt Lake debut with 7.0 shutout innings while giving up just two hits and no walks. However, Heaney failed to make it out of the first inning in his last start, ending his day with 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched. The Angels have another talented catcher in Salt Lake other than the aforementioned Carlos Perez. Jett Bandy has been playing well while splitting time with Carlos Perez. In 4 games played (16 at-bats), Bandy is hitting .375 along with a home run and a double. Spending most of his time at left field, Grant Green continues to prove that he has nothing left to accomplish in the minors, batting .362 in 11 games (47 at-bats) this season. Texas League MVP Alex Yarbrough has struggled out of the gate. The second baseman is batting .190 with 11 strikeouts for the Bees so far. The same goes for Josh Rutledge, who is batting .213 with 9 strikeouts.
 
Double-A Arkansas Travelers
 
The Travs have started the season with 9 wins and only 2 losses, sitting atop the Texas League North. Nate Smith pitched well in his last start on Tuesday, striking out 5 and giving up just 3 hits (1 walk) in 5.2 shutout innings. In two starts, Smith boasts a 2.31 ERA (0.94 WHIP) and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched. After closing games for the Burlington Bees last season, the Angels are trying Alan Busenitz as a starter to begin this season. The results have been encouraging, as Busenitz has only given up 3 earned runs in 2 starts (10 innings pitched) for the Travs. Austin Wood is pitching at Double-A for the first time in his professional career. Wood has a 2.08 ERA with 4 strikeouts in 4.1 innings (3 appearances) pitched. 1st baseman Brian Hernandez continues to be the most consistent hitter on any team he plays for, batting .324 in 9 games (34 at-bats) for the Travs so far. Sherman Johnson and Chad Hinshaw have been impressive at the top of the Travs lineup. Sherman Johnson boasts an OBP of .410 with 3 stolen bases, 5 doubles and a home run while Chad Hinshaw has a slash line of .296/.441/.407 with 2 stolen bases.
 
High-A Inland Empire 66ers
 
As of today, the High-A Inland Empire 66ers sit 1 game back of 1st place with a record of 7-4. 3rd round draft pick Christopher Ellis has struggled some so far this season but continues to impress with his “stuff”. Despite the 6.14 ERA, Ellis has struck out 19 batters in 14.2 innings pitched. Top prospect Victor Alcantara has struck out 11 batters in 11.0 innings pitched while allowing 4 earned runs, 10 hits and 5 walks in two starts this season. Relief pitcher Greg Mahle has been dominant in 5 appearances for the 66ers. The southpaw has given up just 1 earned run (1.80 ERA), 4 hits and no walks (0.80 WHIP) while striking 10 batters in 5.0 innings pitched. After a very slow start to the season, top international signing Roberto Baldoquin is currently riding a three-game hit streak and has posted back to back multi-hit games. Kaleb Cowart continued his struggles in the minors with a .182 batting average.
 
Low-A Burlington Bees
 
The Low-A Bees are currently 2 games behind first place with a record of 7-4. 2014 draft members Jeremy Rhoades (Round 4) and Jake Jewell (Round 5) have pitched well to start the season. Jeremy Rhoades has struck out 14 batters in 9.0 innings pitched while only giving up one earned run, 10 hits and 3 walks. Jake Jewell has given up 2 earned runs in 7.2 innings pitched along with 9 strikeouts, 4 hits and no walks allowed. Natanael Delgado had himself a 4-hit game on Sunday, bringing his average up to .282 on the season. 10th round draft pick Caleb Adams has himself a strong line of .364/.500/.545 in 10 games (33 at-bats). Third baseman Zachary Houchins has 2 home runs this week and is now batting .275 to start the season.

 

 

"Kaleb Cowart continued his struggles in the minors with a .182 batting average."

 

It is seriously time for Cowart to put down the bat and get back on the mound. 

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Kubitza might just provide the spark to the offense that we need. Could play third and move Freese to DH if Cron continues to flail at pitches or maybe learn left. This team really needs a young prospect to come up and provide a boost so that their list of needs, come the trade deadline, is shorter. Sounds like they'll need either a third baseman or a left fielder/DH type. 

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Chris Ellis' numbers have been interesting. He's giving up a lot of hits, but no long balls. He's also sporting a high K/9 of 11.7 and low BB/9 of 2.5 I'm guessing he's ran into some bad luck?

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Kubitza might just provide the spark to the offense that we need. Could play third and move Freese to DH if Cron continues to flail at pitches or maybe learn left. This team really needs a young prospect to come up and provide a boost so that their list of needs, come the trade deadline, is shorter. Sounds like they'll need either a third baseman or a left fielder/DH type. 

 

I think you might see Freese dealt before the deadline if he continues to play well so that the Angels can promote Kubitza, should he continue to play well in AAA. 

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