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AngelsWin.com's 2023 Los Angeles Angels Top-30 Prospects


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THE 2023 ANGELS TOP 30 PROSPECTS

By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse

Another year in the books, and more disappointment for Angels fans. But there’s always the farm system and the future it foretells, right? This year that glimmer of hope may be growing somewhat brighter.

The top of this list has some legitimate talent, with two or three players appearing on top 100 lists, and several more contenders for the top 100 by the end of 2023. Furthermore, the top 30 is filled out with a nice group of upside prospects, as well as some interesting depth pieces that could help the Angels major league team as soon as 2023.

One further note on the farm as a whole, and its overall trajectory over the last few years. In 2015, Billy Eppler inherited a farm system devoid of talent. Gradually he added talent, a lot of it high upside but volatile. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of that talent not pan out the way we hoped, yet there’s still been some positive developments, and with a continued, steady stream of incoming talent during the Perry Minasian years.

To further this point, here’s a take from our own Scott Allen:

Scott Allen's Take:

The Angels have recently got a lot of help from what I like to call, "post-hype prospects." These are the players that were once viewed as darlings of a developing system, but for one reason or another, have not cracked the major league egg yet.

Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez, Jaime Barria, Jared Walsh and Luis Rengifo all took an additional year or two to develop, beyond their time being featured on these lists. And they all have become quality major leaguers. 

In 2023, we could be in store for more of these unexpected breakouts. Matt Thaiss may emerge as a key depth piece for the Angels. He could see considerable time playing 1B, backing up Jared Walsh who has some uncertainty of his own. Thaiss could also see time at 3B to spell Rendon and most notably, catcher, where as a backup he's got a pretty potent bat, comparatively.  

Chris Rodriguez also falls into this category. If healthy, he can be a very good major league pitcher, regardless of role. I hope the organization gives him a chance to start because he might truly be something special there, the sort that starts playoff games. If not, he's already shown he can carve up major league hitters in relief.

Mickey Moniak wasn't our prospect, but he too is a post-hype player that can find success with the Angels. Getting him out of Philly might have been the best thing for his career, as we saw flashes of potential after the deadline. Either he projects as a very skilled 4th outfielder, or maybe it all comes together in time.

Jo Adell's own prospect status is a thing of the past. We don't know the Angels off-season plans, but it would not surprise many if he spent some more time in AAA before finally figuring it out at the big league level. He certainly has more than enough potential. 

Griffin Canning is finally healthy, and while he's served a lot of time in the Angels rotation, his spot is no longer guaranteed. He's flashed his potential on several occasions, and comes with the pedigree of being a former early draft pick and top 100 prospect. 

Lastly, I think we shouldn't forget about Jose Soriano. He's got an arsenal similar to Chris Rodriguez, and after multiple surgeries and a tour through Pittsburgh's system rehabbing after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, Soriano is finally back healthy. A move to the bullpen has already taken place, and given that the Angels bullpen could use all the help it can get, giving Jose Soriano a chance to make good on his potential seems like a good idea. He could be a game changer, if he performs up to his ability. 

Format: In parentheses, I’ve included the player’s position, 2023 season age, and likely destination to start the year. The ranking range is the range in which our Prospect Posse ranked the player.

Without further ado, here are your AngelsWin.com Top 30 Prospects for 2023…

1. LOGAN O’HOPPE (C, 23, MLB)

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2022 Rank: In Phillies organization

Ranking Range: Unanimous #1

2022 Stats: 104 games, .283/.416/.544, 26 HR (AA - Phillies/Angels); 5 games, .286/.375/.286 (MLB)

It was painful to see Brandon Marsh go (and then improve somewhat with the Phillies and make it to the World Series), but O’Hoppe’s AA performance softened the blow; aside from his excellent overall numbers, he hit .306/.473/.674 in 29 games as a Trash Panda. Our consensus #1 pick, O’Hoppe has a good chance of not only starting the year in a platoon with Max Stassi but winning the starting job outright by season’s end. He’s really the full package: plate discipline, power, and solid to plus catching skills. Even better, coaches rave about his mental make-up and pitchers love him. One thing to note about O'Hoppe: If you count him as homegrown, he's probably the best catching prospect in Angels history.

Full interview with Logan O'Hoppe

2. ZACH NETO (SS, 22, AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 2-3

2022 Stats: 37 games, .299/.377/.476, 5 HR  (A+/AA)

The Angels’ 2022 1st round pick (13th overall) didn’t miss a beat in 37 minor league games, most (30) in AA Rocket City. Neto projects to hit for average, steal bases, maybe walk a bit, and with a bit of pop – plus solid or better defense at SS.  As Neto says, he plays with “swag” and brings it on both sides of his game.There is some concern that his unconventional approach at the plate will yield little power, but some scouts remark on his surprising pop. That did not appear to be the case last year, as he hit 4 HRs in 30 AA games last season. With less than 2 strikes, Neto uses a high leg kick to help whip up power. But, with 2 strikes, he takes a smaller stride and a faster approach to the ball. Defensively, Neto is a true SS, but could end up on 2B depending on what the Angels do this offseason. Either way, he should at least become a quality regular major leaguer,  and maybe even more than that!

Full Interview with Zach Neto

3. CHASE SILSETH (SP, 23, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 22 (+19)

Ranking Range: 2-4

2022 Stats: 15 GS, 83 IP, 2.28 ERA, 27 BB, 110 SO (AA); 28.2 IP 6.59 ERA, 12 BB, 24 SO (MLB)

Silseth started the year as the 11th round pick from the 2021 all-pitcher draft, and thus the 11th pitcher chosen by the Angels in that draft, and ended it as the top ranked pitching prospect in the organization, at least according to us. Silseth utterly dominated AA hitters, earning him multiple  call-ups throughout the year. His first start on May 13th was extremely impressive, and we all had a collective "Where did this guy come from?" moment: He gave up only 1 hit in 6 IP, and flashed potent stuff, including a fastball that hit 97-98. But things got rockier from there, and then he was up and down for the rest of the year, only down from August onward, where he continued to dominate AA. He throws very hard, but also very straight, and his secondary pitches still need work. Silseth is likely to start the year in the minors, but will definitely see major league starts in 2023, and may end up in the rotation by the second half. Silseth has the stuff to be a #1 or #2, and with more movement on his pitches, will be one.

Full Interview with Chase Silseth

4. EDGAR QUERO (C, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: 10 (+6)

Ranking Range: 2-5

Stats: 111 games, .312/.435/.530, 17 HR, 12 SB, 73 BB, 91 SO (A)

Look at those numbers and remember that this is a 19-year old kid in A ball. He posted those numbers while 2 years younger than the rest of the league! Quero got us noticing him last year, when he showed pop and a great plate approach in Rookie ball, though merely held his own in a short 10-game A level call-up. Not only did Quero improve, he exploded and dominated A level pitching. The Angels played it safe and kept him there all year; with O’Hoppe in the mix, they won’t be rushing Quero, who should replace Max Stassi as O’Hoppe’s backup in 2025 or so. After so many years of not having any catching prospects, the Angels are now in the enviable position of having 2 top tiered catching prospects, who can dominate on both sides of the ball. It is very easy to see Quero as a top 100 prospect, especially if he continues to build on his 2022 season.

Full Interview with Edgar Quero

5. KY BUSH (SP, 23, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 6 (+1)

Ranking Range: 4-7

Stats: 21 GS, 103 IP, 29 BB, 101 Ks, 3.67 ERA (AA)

An impressive first full season, Bush has earned a place on the 2023 major league depth chart. Scouting reports vary on Bush, but most agree that he could be a solid mid-rotation starter if not better.  Bush has a four-pitch mix with an over-the-top delivery. His fastball sits at 94 mph and touches 96 mph with late riding action. Bush's secondary pitches are an above-average slider, a slow curveball and changeup that's a work in progress. The changeup development and fastball command will really determine whether Bush is a solid middle of the rotation starter that you can count on or backend guy. Ky Bush tired a bit in the second half, but finished strong. With improved development and workload, the dominance he showed in the first half should continue.

Full Interview with Ky Bush

6. KYREN PARIS (SS, 21, AA)

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2022 Rank: 3 (-3)

Ranking Range: 4-6

Stats: 105 games, .241/.363/.417, 12 HR, 33 SB (Rk/A+/AA)

If there’s one prospect for whom the national and AngelsWin perception differs the most, it is Kyren Paris. As you can see, none of our eight authors ranked him lower than #6, while most publications don’t even have him in the top 10. Paris started very slowly in A+ ball, before eventually heating up, earning a late season call-up to AA Rocket City, where he crushed the ball, hitting .359/.510/.641 in 14 games. Paris has game changing speed, a good approach at the plate and some pop in his bat. He’ll start 2023 back in Rocket City and is one to keep an eye on. Defensively, Paris could stick at SS, as he has good range, a decent arm, and sets himself up well to be in position to make the plays. However, many of the people we talk to feel like he could be a starting 2B with good range, again, depending on whatever moves the Angels make.

Full Interview with Kyren Paris

7. WERNER BLAKELY (3B, 21, A+)

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2022 Rank: 23 (+16)

Ranking Range: 6-11

Stats: 55 games, .295/.447/.470, 5 HR, 24 SB (A)

Blakely was considered very raw, young, and toolsy when the Angels drafted him in the 4th round of 2020, a notion that his first professional season in Rookie ball illustrated quite well, as he hit .192/.339/.284 in 44 games. But he exploded in 2022; most impressively, he walked 45 times in 55 games, displaying impressive speed and a bit of pop. After splitting 2021 between 2B, SS, and 3B, the Angels moved him to 3B this year, which is likely his future position. Blakely has the potential to add more power as he fills out. Settling into one defensive position, along with getting more regular reps, should help. Blakely has been limited in previous seasons by some freak injuries (broken hamate bone, broken arm). As he gets more experience, he will move up on prospect lists.

Full Interview with Werner Blakely

8. DENZER GUZMAN (SS, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: 7 (-1)

Ranking Range: 7-11

Stats: .278/.346/.402 in 234 PA (Rookie/A).

The Angels’ top international signing from 2021, with a $2 million dollar signing bonus,  came stateside this year, and held his own in Rookie ball (.287/.341/.422). His numbers were relatively modest, but for his age are quite good, and he has a plethora of skills and a lot of development potential as a future big leaguer. Still very much a work-in-progress, with a wide range of possible outcomes. However, in his limited time, Guzman has done enough to leapfrog over several other shortstop prospects, and he should stick at that position for now. With the ability to hit the ball to all fields, Guzman should develop more power as he matures.

9. SAM BACHMAN (SP, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 2 (-7)

Ranking Range: 7-16

Stats: 12 GS, 43.2 IP, 3.92 ERA, 25 BB, 30 SO (AA)

It was a disappointing year for 2021’s first round pick, and more than a little concerning: Bachman continued to struggle with injuries, and when healthy looked very different from the flamethrower the Angels had drafted a year before; his fastball had trouble leaving the low 90s. For context, consider that the major league average is now close to 94 mph. Meaning, Bachman—who was clocked at over 100 mph in college—didn’t even pitch at average velocity in 2022. His future is contingent on whether that velocity returns, and even if it does we should probably accept that he’s almost certainly destined for the bullpen. If he can stay healthy and his velocity comes back, he could be an elite closer; if not, he might not have much of a major league career. There is still a shot that he sticks in the rotation, and for now, the Angels are planning to stick with him there. But, his fastest path to the majors, and possibly his best outcome, could be in the pen.

Full Interview Sam Bachman

10. NELSON RADA (CF, 17, Rookie)

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2022 Rank: 18 (+8)

Ranking Range: 8-13

Stats: 50 games, .311/.446/.439, 27 SB (DOSL Rookie).

We’re told to take low minor league numbers with a grain of salt, the more so with those from the Dominican league. But it is hard not to be impressed with that line from Rada, especially considering that he was 16-years old. And, it’s hard not to notice all the praise that Rada is getting from the people we talk to, both inside and outside of the organization. The most impressive element is not even mentioned above: He walked and struck out 26 times in 50 games, implying, at least, the potential for a strong plate approach which, coupled with impressive athletic tools, particularly his power,  gives Rada a very high ceiling. Hopefully we’ll see him state-side in 2023, but it is still way too early to know just how good this kid can become. If we do see him stateside, he will be one of the youngest players in whatever league he’s in, so, that will have to factor into whatever production he makes in 2023.

11. ADRIAN PLACENCIA (IF, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: 12 (+1)

Ranking Range: 8-14

Stats: 104 games, .254/.387/.427, 13 HR, 21 SB (A)

Prospects junkies will remember the ACL Rookie team at the beginning of last year, with a talented group of position players all starting strongly. Most tailed off, including Placencia, but he’s also one of the few who had a noticeably better 2022 season. Placencia is a bit of an anomaly, because on one hand he’s supposed to be a spray hitter who will hit for average, on the other evidently he struggles with heat, and has somehow managed to walk a fair amount. But improvement over last year is always a good sign.

12. BEN JOYCE (RP, 22, AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 10-14

Stats: 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 4 BB, 20 SO (AA).

After watching Joyce’s debut in 2022, who looked more polished than advertised, it is hard imagining how he slipped to the 3rd round. The guy has one of the fastest pitches in professional baseball having been clocked at 105 and, if he can maintain the surprising control he displayed, is going to be in Anaheim sometime in 2023 and an elite reliever within a couple years.

Full Interview with Ben Joyce

13. JAKE MADDEN (SP, 21, A+/AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 8 – Not Ranked

Stats: NA

The Angels’ 3rd pick and 4th rounder last year didn’t play a professional game, so there’s not a lot to go on. Scouting reports speak of high upside, though, with a three-pitch arsenal and plenty of velocity, though he’ll need work on his location. Lots of upside, and already has Tommy John surgery on his resume.

14. JEREMIAH JACKSON (IF, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 5 (-9)

Ranking Range: 13-19

Stats: 87 games, .215/.308/.404, 14 HR (AA)

When you look at Jackson’s trajectory over the last few years, there’s glimmers of Brandon Wood: A surprising breakout season in the low minors, followed by declined performance at higher levels, with a big drop off last year. He also seems somewhat injury prone, playing only 138 games over the last two seasons. His prospect status is falling, though he still has upside to dream on, but he needs to both stay healthy and make better contact.

15. CADEN DANA (SP, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 12 – Not Ranked

Stats: 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO (Rookie/A)

A rare pitcher drafted by the Angels out of high school, Dana was picked on Day 3 of the draft along with his brother, Casey. Where Casey is a college outfielder likely to max out as minor league depth, Caden shows a lot of promise. He’s pretty much the classic pitching prospect, with a strong frame, a good curveball, projectable fastball hitting 95, and a work-in-progress changeup. His size allows him to throw downhill and induce a lot of ground-balls. Lots of upside here who, especially if he adds a notch and a bit of movement to that fastball and works on his changeup, could jump to the top of the Angels pitching prospects.

Full Interview with Caden Dana

16. COLEMAN CROW (SP, 22, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 17 (+1)

Ranking Range: 15 – Not Ranked

Stats: 23 GS, 128 IP, 4.85 ERA, 35 BB and 128 SO (AA)

Crow put up solid numbers in his first full season in AA. Right now he projects as a #5 starter or long reliever, unless he can add a bit more velocity. He gives the Angels another solid depth option, at the least. One of our writers compared him to Scot Shields - similar smaller body, similar fastball velocity that can play up into the mid-90s if needed. With an elite slider, he has a solid floor of at least a plus middle reliever.

17. JORDYN ADAMS (CF, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 9 (-8)

Ranking Range: 15 – Not Ranked

Stats: 120 games, .238/.317/.332, 4 HR, 33 SB (A+/AA)

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. A few years ago, first-round pick Jordyn Adams was mentioned in the same breath as top prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, with some even liking his upside more. With his blazing speed (he earns a rare true 80 grade) and defense, he has a major league future, although whether his hitting develops enough to be more than a Jarrod Dyson remains to be seen. While his statistics have stagnated, the word in the organization is that he’s coming along, though it is hard not to have an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. Adams is a good example of how we should temper our expectations with prospects, but also not take a “star or bust” perspective. Regardless of whether he learns to hit, he’s going to provide major league value at some point.

Full Interview with Jordyn Adams

18. LANDON MARCEAUX (SP, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 21 (+3)

Ranking Range: 14 – 25

Stats: 18 GS, 90.2 IP, 2.98 ERA, 16 BB, 73 SO (A+/AA)

Like Crow a couple ranks higher, Marceaux isn’t a “sexy” pitching prospect, but one who projects as either a back-end starter or middle reliever. Note his control: he gave up only 16 walks in 90 innings. With above average breaking pitches but a below average fastball, Marceaux’s upside is limited, but his floor is high enough to foretell a major league career. Rare for a pitchability type, Marceaux has shown an ability to keep the ball in the park and, coupled with a great ability hit his spots, he's another guy with a very good chance at a solid major league career.

19. RANDY DEJESUS (OF, 18, Rookie)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+12)

Ranking Range: 16-27

Stats: 210 PA, .272/.362/.467, 7 HR (DOSL)

DeJesus was the second of two international outfield prospects signed by the Angels last year, along with Rada. He’s a bit like Alexander Ramirez was a few years ago: a high upside bat to dream on, but lots of volatility. One to watch.

20. DAVID CALABRESE (OF, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+11)

Ranking Range: 17-26

Stats: 112 games, .250/.326/.387, 7 HR, 26 SB (A)

Bear with me on this comp: Chad Curtis. After a disappointing debut in 2021 in which he hit .201/.303/.306 in Rookie ball, Calabrese had a solid season for the Inland Empire, showing a bit of everything. He probably projects as a fourth outfielder, but Calabrese has some sneaky skills, including above average plate discipline and excellent speed. Perhaps most importantly, he improved throughout year: His OPS improved each month, from .579 in May to 1.045 in September. With no power but plenty of speed, and a knack for taking a few few walks, hints of Brett Butler?

21. LIVAN SOTO (SS, 23, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+10)

Ranking Range: 15-26

Stats: 119 games, .281/.379/.362, 6 HR, 18 SB (AA); 18 games, .400/.414/.582 (MLB)

Soto’s solid performance in AA earned a late season call-up to the Angels, which he took advantage of, hitting the over the off the ball. While clearly it is a small sample size, there’s enough here to project a solid career as a utility player or fringe starter, albeit one with excellent defense. His upside is that of a Maicer Izturis, which means he could be a very important part of improving the Angels' bench depth--strong defensive shortstops with above average plate discipline have value.

22. AROL VERA (IF, 20, A)

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2022 Rank: 4 (-18)

Ranking Range: 19-27

Stats: 120 games, 4 HR, 19 SB, .207/.291/.281 (A)

Vera was one of the more disappointing prospects this year, his ranking dropping from #4 last year to #22. Clearly he was over-matched in full season A ball, and is likely to repeat it. With excellent bat speed and tons of tools, Vera is a good candidate for a rebound, but as with a lot of Angels hitting prospects, he'll need to make better contact.

23. WALBERT URENA (SP, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: Not in organization - International Signing

Ranking Range: 16 – Not Ranked

Stats: 10 GS, 37.1 IP, 32 BB, 45 SO (Rookie)

A brief glance at his stats shows a complete lack of control (almost 1 walk per inning pitched), but also a fair number of strikeouts. Urena is very raw, but an 18-year old who can reach triple digits is one to dream on.

24. JOSE SORIANO (SP, 24, A+)

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2022 Rank: In the Pirates Organization

Ranking Range: 17-29th

Stats: 7 GS, 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 4 BB, 17 (Rookie/A)

Remember this guy? Soriano was in the Angels organization as far back as 2016, when he was an international signing. He was lost in the Rule V draft to the Pirates but then went down with injury. The Angels reclaimed him, and he’s back. Sort of a sleeper pick at this point, but has a solid chance of a major league career, probably in the bullpen. The operative phrase is, "If healthy." The good news is, his fastball still touches upper 90's to go along with a good slider and workable changeup. 

25. MASON ERLA (SP, 25, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 29 (+4)

Ranking Range: 10 – Not Ranked

Stats: 16 GS, 4.28 ERA, 82 IP, 19 BB, 64 SO (AA)

Erla is in a similar category with Crow and Marceaux: Limited upside, but high floor and probably a major league career of some kind. Erla’s career was delayed by a fifth year in college and the lost 2020 season, so he’s a bit older for a prospect, but he might have a bit more upside than those other two, with a mid-90s fastball and a plus changeup.

26. ALEXANDER RAMIREZ (OF, 20, A)

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2022 Rank: 8 (-18)

Ranking Range: 18 – Not Ranked

Stats: 118 games, .230/.290/.352, 8 HR, 21 SB (A)

While not quite as bad as Vera in his first full professional season, Ramirez was similarly disappointing. It is hard not to dream on the offensive upside, but a good reminder that high volatility prospects don’t work out more often than they do. Like Vera, Ramirez is young enough not to give up on, but also like Vera, we were probably too bullish on him last year.

27. ERIC TORRES (RP, 23, AAA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 23 – Not Ranked

Stats: 51 IP, 1.59 ERA, 23 BB, 81 SO (AA)

Torres had a breakout season in 2022, and has a chance of reaching the major league bullpen in 2023. As a lefty who can generate outs, Torres likely has a major league career ahead of him. Torres fastball works in the low 90's but can touch 95 mph. Hitters have a tough time picking up his heater which generates whiffs up in the zone. The southpaw reliever has a good slider to go along with his heater.

Full Interview with Eric Torres

28. DAVIS DANIEL (SP, 26, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 11 (-17)

Ranking Range: 22 - Not Ranked

Stats: 102.1 IP, 4.49 ERA, 32 BB, 83 SO (AAA)

After being drafted by the Angels in the 7th round of the 2019 draft, Daniel missed the rest of the year with injury, then lost 2020 to the lack of a minor league season. He was considered a bit of a sleeper prospect in 2021 - not unlike Erla now - and didn't disappoint, rising quickly from A+ to AAA. But his performance this past year was rather lackluster, although certainly impacted by pitching in Salt Lake. He enters 2023 as AAA rotation depth, and should get his chance at some point this year. Could be a useful long reliever.

29. VICTOR MEDEROS (SP, 22, A+)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 25 - Not Ranked

Stats: 16 IP, 5.63 ERA, 9 BB, 15 SO (A+)

We didn't get a good look at Mederos, but a fastball that touches 99 and projectible secondary pitches shows upside, but he'll never get there if he doesn't improve his control. If he does, he'll rise quickly.

30. MICHAEL STEFANIC (IF, 26, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 15

Ranking Range: 25 - Not Ranked

Stats: .197/.279/.230 in 69 PA (MLB); .310/.417/.417 in 360 PA (AAA)

Stefanic was a bit of a "forum darling" for a bit there, but after not doing anything with his cup o' coffee, and showing very limited defensive skills, has dimmed a bit in the collective Angelswin mind. That said, he continued to hit in AAA and shows impressive contact ability and plate discipline (49 walks and 23 Ks in AAA last year), and could be a useful bench player at some point. I see a bit of Orlando Palmeiro with the bat.

SOME ODDS & ENDS….

Biggest risers: Silseth (+19), Blakely (+16), DeJesus (+12), Calabrese (+11), Soto (+10), Rada (+8), Quero (+6). Biggest fallers: Daniel (-17), Vera (-18), Ramirez (-18), Kochanowicz (-17), Stefanic (-16), Junk (-15), Albright (-12), Jackson (-9), Adams (-8), Bachman (-7).

What Happened To…William Holmes, Erik Rivera?

Also Receiving Votes (31-45ish range): Ryan Costeiu, Luke Murphy, Janson Junk, Sonny DiChiara, Jack Kochanowicz, Robinson Pina, Mason Albright, Kolten Ingram, Dario Laverde, Orlando Martinez, Kevin Maitan

Traded: Alejandro Hidalgo, Adam Seminaris

Dominican League and Arizona Complex League prospect guide

Additional Prospect Interviews

Below are some interviews of guys who are just outside of our top-30 prospects list

Kolton Ingram, LHP 

Sonny DiChiara, 1B

Ryan Aguilar, 1B/OF

Preston Palmeiro, INF/OF

Luke Murphy, RHP

Jack Kochanowicz, RHP

 

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Great job guys. I do wonder why Kyren Paris is thought of so highly and Jackson so low. 

They did significantly improve their pitching under Minassian. But they need to start hitting on some higher end hitting prospects.

The lineup at AAA for 2023 isn't looking that great...even with a fair amount of the great AA Rocket City team moving up.

 

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I'll nitpick and say the top four is where the elite talent is, and it could compete with any other top four if things go as hoped early on in 2023. Meaning, if O'Hoppe builds upon his 2022 season, Neto continues to blossom, Silseth's repertoire develops, and Quero's success translates to A+ ball.

If all of those things happen, you have four clear top 100 prospects, maybe one or two worthy of the top 50.

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3 hours ago, Vlad27Trout27 said:

pefect job and a solid list! I 100% sure the top 5 on this list can compete with any top 5 from another teams list.

That’s an incredibly biased view.

 

I’d take any of these teams’ top 5 prospects over the Angels’ in a heartbeat:

ARI: Corbin Carroll, Druw Jones, Brandon Pfaadt, Jordan Lawlar, and Drey Jameson.

BAL: Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez, Jackson Holliday, DL Hall, and Colton Cowser.

BOS: Marcelo Mayer, Triston Casas, Miguel Bleis, Nick Yorke, and Cedanne Rafaela.

CIN: Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, Brandob Williamson, Matt McLain, and Spencer Steer.

CLE: Daniel Espino, Bo Naylor, Bryan Rocchio, Logan Allen, and Tanner Bibee.

COL: Zac Veen, Ezequiel Tovar, Drew Romo, Benny Montgomery, and Gabriel Hughes.

LAD: Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller, Michael Busch, Andy Pages, and Gavin Stone.

MIA: Eury Pérez, Jose Salas, Jaocb Berry, Jake Eder, and Max Meyer.

MIL: Jackson Chourio, Joey Wiemer, Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, and Garrett Mitchell.

NYM: Francisco Álvarez, Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, Alex Ramirez, and Kevin Parada.

NYM: Anthony Volpe, Jasson Domínguez, Oswald Peraza, Yoendrys Gómez, and Everson Pereira.

PHI: Andrew Painter, Mick Abel, Griff McGarry, Johan Rojas, and Ethan Wilson.

PIT: Termarr Johnson, Endy Rodriguez, Henry Davis, Luis Ortiz, and Quinn Priester.

STL: Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn, Iván Herrera, Gordon Graceffo, and Matthew Liberatore.

TB: Curtis Mead, Taj Bradley, Shane Baz, Jonathan Aranda, and Kyle Manzardo.

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Maybe saying the top 5 is a bit excessive but to AJ’s point, I’ll take our top 4 against other teams too 4s. 

2 hours ago, Angelsjunky said:

I'll nitpick and say the top four is where the elite talent is, and it could compete with any other top four if things go as hoped early on in 2023. Meaning, if O'Hoppe builds upon his 2022 season, Neto continues to blossom, Silseth's repertoire develops, and Quero's success translates to A+ ball.

If all of those things happen, you have four clear top 100 prospects, maybe one or two worthy of the top 50.

 

1 hour ago, Trendon said:

That’s an incredibly biased view.

 

I’d take any of these teams’ top 5 prospects over the Angels’ in a heartbeat:

ARI: Corbin Carroll, Druw Jones, Brandon Pfaadt, Jordan Lawlar, and Drey Jameson.

BAL: Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez, Jackson Holliday, DL Hall, and Colton Cowser.

BOS: Marcelo Mayer, Triston Casas, Miguel Bleis, Nick Yorke, and Cedanne Rafaela.

CIN: Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, Brandob Williamson, Matt McLain, and Spencer Steer.

CLE: Daniel Espino, Bo Naylor, Bryan Rocchio, Logan Allen, and Tanner Bibee.

COL: Zac Veen, Ezequiel Tovar, Drew Romo, Benny Montgomery, and Gabriel Hughes.

LAD: Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller, Michael Busch, Andy Pages, and Gavin Stone.

MIA: Eury Pérez, Jose Salas, Jaocb Berry, Jake Eder, and Max Meyer.

MIL: Jackson Chourio, Joey Wiemer, Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, and Garrett Mitchell.

NYM: Francisco Álvarez, Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, Alex Ramirez, and Kevin Parada.

NYM: Anthony Volpe, Jasson Domínguez, Oswald Peraza, Yoendrys Gómez, and Everson Pereira.

PHI: Andrew Painter, Mick Abel, Griff McGarry, Johan Rojas, and Ethan Wilson.

PIT: Termarr Johnson, Endy Rodriguez, Henry Davis, Luis Ortiz, and Quinn Priester.

STL: Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn, Iván Herrera, Gordon Graceffo, and Matthew Liberatore.

TB: Curtis Mead, Taj Bradley, Shane Baz, Jonathan Aranda, and Kyle Manzardo.

 

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12 hours ago, AngelsWin.com said:

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THE 2023 ANGELS TOP 30 PROSPECTS

By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse

Another year in the books, and more disappointment for Angels fans. But there’s always the farm system and the future it foretells, right? This year that glimmer of hope may be growing somewhat brighter.

The top of this list has some legitimate talent, with two or three players appearing on top 100 lists, and several more contenders for the top 100 by the end of 2023. Furthermore, the top 30 is filled out with a nice group of upside prospects, as well as some interesting depth pieces that could help the Angels major league team as soon as 2023.

One further note on the farm as a whole, and its overall trajectory over the last few years. In 2015, Billy Eppler inherited a farm system devoid of talent. Gradually he added talent, a lot of it high upside but volatile. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of that talent not pan out the way we hoped, yet there’s still been some positive developments, and with a continued, steady stream of incoming talent during the Perry Minasian years.

To further this point, here’s a take from our own Scott Allen:

Scott Allen's Take:

The Angels have recently got a lot of help from what I like to call, "post-hype prospects." These are the players that were once viewed as darlings of a developing system, but for one reason or another, have not cracked the major league egg yet.

Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez, Jaime Barria, Jared Walsh and Luis Rengifo all took an additional year or two to develop, beyond their time being featured on these lists. And they all have become quality major leaguers. 

In 2023, we could be in store for more of these unexpected breakouts. Matt Thaiss may emerge as a key depth piece for the Angels. He could see considerable time playing 1B, backing up Jared Walsh who has some uncertainty of his own. Thaiss could also see time at 3B to spell Rendon and most notably, catcher, where as a backup he's got a pretty potent bat, comparatively.  

Chris Rodriguez also falls into this category. If healthy, he can be a very good major league pitcher, regardless of role. I hope the organization gives him a chance to start because he might truly be something special there, the sort that starts playoff games. If not, he's already shown he can carve up major league hitters in relief.

Mickey Moniak wasn't our prospect, but he too is a post-hype player that can find success with the Angels. Getting him out of Philly might have been the best thing for his career, as we saw flashes of potential after the deadline. Either he projects as a very skilled 4th outfielder, or maybe it all comes together in time.

Jo Adell's own prospect status is a thing of the past. We don't know the Angels off-season plans, but it would not surprise many if he spent some more time in AAA before finally figuring it out at the big league level. He certainly has more than enough potential. 

Griffin Canning is finally healthy, and while he's served a lot of time in the Angels rotation, his spot is no longer guaranteed. He's flashed his potential on several occasions, and comes with the pedigree of being a former early draft pick and top 100 prospect. 

Lastly, I think we shouldn't forget about Jose Soriano. He's got an arsenal similar to Chris Rodriguez, and after multiple surgeries and a tour through Pittsburgh's system rehabbing after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, Soriano is finally back healthy. A move to the bullpen has already taken place, and given that the Angels bullpen could use all the help it can get, giving Jose Soriano a chance to make good on his potential seems like a good idea. He could be a game changer, if he performs up to his ability. 

Format: In parentheses, I’ve included the player’s position, 2023 season age, and likely destination to start the year. The ranking range is the range in which our Prospect Posse ranked the player.

Without further ado, here are your AngelsWin.com Top 30 Prospects for 2023…

1. LOGAN O’HOPPE (C, 23, MLB)

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2022 Rank: In Phillies organization

Ranking Range: Unanimous #1

2022 Stats: 104 games, .283/.416/.544, 26 HR (AA - Phillies/Angels); 5 games, .286/.375/.286 (MLB)

It was painful to see Brandon Marsh go (and then improve somewhat with the Phillies and make it to the World Series), but O’Hoppe’s AA performance softened the blow; aside from his excellent overall numbers, he hit .306/.473/.674 in 29 games as a Trash Panda. Our consensus #1 pick, O’Hoppe has a good chance of not only starting the year in a platoon with Max Stassi but winning the starting job outright by season’s end. He’s really the full package: plate discipline, power, and solid to plus catching skills. Even better, coaches rave about his mental make-up and pitchers love him. One thing to note about O'Hoppe: If you count him as homegrown, he's probably the best catching prospect in Angels history.

Full interview with Logan O'Hoppe

2. ZACH NETO (SS, 22, AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 2-3

2022 Stats: 37 games, .299/.377/.476, 5 HR  (A+/AA)

The Angels’ 2022 1st round pick (13th overall) didn’t miss a beat in 37 minor league games, most (30) in AA Rocket City. Neto projects to hit for average, steal bases, maybe walk a bit, and with a bit of pop – plus solid or better defense at SS.  As Neto says, he plays with “swag” and brings it on both sides of his game.There is some concern that his unconventional approach at the plate will yield little power, but some scouts remark on his surprising pop. That did not appear to be the case last year, as he hit 4 HRs in 30 AA games last season. With less than 2 strikes, Neto uses a high leg kick to help whip up power. But, with 2 strikes, he takes a smaller stride and a faster approach to the ball. Defensively, Neto is a true SS, but could end up on 2B depending on what the Angels do this offseason. Either way, he should at least become a quality regular major leaguer,  and maybe even more than that!

Full Interview with Zach Neto

3. CHASE SILSETH (SP, 23, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 22 (+19)

Ranking Range: 2-4

2022 Stats: 15 GS, 83 IP, 2.28 ERA, 27 BB, 110 SO (AA); 28.2 IP 6.59 ERA, 12 BB, 24 SO (MLB)

Silseth started the year as the 11th round pick from the 2021 all-pitcher draft, and thus the 11th pitcher chosen by the Angels in that draft, and ended it as the top ranked pitching prospect in the organization, at least according to us. Silseth utterly dominated AA hitters, earning him multiple  call-ups throughout the year. His first start on May 13th was extremely impressive, and we all had a collective "Where did this guy come from?" moment: He gave up only 1 hit in 6 IP, and flashed potent stuff, including a fastball that hit 97-98. But things got rockier from there, and then he was up and down for the rest of the year, only down from August onward, where he continued to dominate AA. He throws very hard, but also very straight, and his secondary pitches still need work. Silseth is likely to start the year in the minors, but will definitely see major league starts in 2023, and may end up in the rotation by the second half. Silseth has the stuff to be a #1 or #2, and with more movement on his pitches, will be one.

Full Interview with Chase Silseth

4. EDGAR QUERO (C, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: 10 (+6)

Ranking Range: 2-5

Stats: 111 games, .312/.435/.530, 17 HR, 12 SB, 73 BB, 91 SO (A)

Look at those numbers and remember that this is a 19-year old kid in A ball. He posted those numbers while 2 years younger than the rest of the league! Quero got us noticing him last year, when he showed pop and a great plate approach in Rookie ball, though merely held his own in a short 10-game A level call-up. Not only did Quero improve, he exploded and dominated A level pitching. The Angels played it safe and kept him there all year; with O’Hoppe in the mix, they won’t be rushing Quero, who should replace Max Stassi as O’Hoppe’s backup in 2025 or so. After so many years of not having any catching prospects, the Angels are now in the enviable position of having 2 top tiered catching prospects, who can dominate on both sides of the ball. It is very easy to see Quero as a top 100 prospect, especially if he continues to build on his 2022 season.

Full Interview with Edgar Quero

5. KY BUSH (SP, 23, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 6 (+1)

Ranking Range: 4-7

Stats: 21 GS, 103 IP, 29 BB, 101 Ks, 3.67 ERA (AA)

An impressive first full season, Bush has earned a place on the 2023 major league depth chart. Scouting reports vary on Bush, but most agree that he could be a solid mid-rotation starter if not better.  Bush has a four-pitch mix with an over-the-top delivery. His fastball sits at 94 mph and touches 96 mph with late riding action. Bush's secondary pitches are an above-average slider, a slow curveball and changeup that's a work in progress. The changeup development and fastball command will really determine whether Bush is a solid middle of the rotation starter that you can count on or backend guy. Ky Bush tired a bit in the second half, but finished strong. With improved development and workload, the dominance he showed in the first half should continue.

Full Interview with Ky Bush

6. KYREN PARIS (SS, 21, AA)

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2022 Rank: 3 (-3)

Ranking Range: 4-6

Stats: 105 games, .241/.363/.417, 12 HR, 33 SB (Rk/A+/AA)

If there’s one prospect for whom the national and AngelsWin perception differs the most, it is Kyren Paris. As you can see, none of our eight authors ranked him lower than #6, while most publications don’t even have him in the top 10. Paris started very slowly in A+ ball, before eventually heating up, earning a late season call-up to AA Rocket City, where he crushed the ball, hitting .359/.510/.641 in 14 games. Paris has game changing speed, a good approach at the plate and some pop in his bat. He’ll start 2023 back in Rocket City and is one to keep an eye on. Defensively, Paris could stick at SS, as he has good range, a decent arm, and sets himself up well to be in position to make the plays. However, many of the people we talk to feel like he could be a starting 2B with good range, again, depending on whatever moves the Angels make.

Full Interview with Kyren Paris

7. WERNER BLAKELY (3B, 21, A+)

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2022 Rank: 23 (+16)

Ranking Range: 6-11

Stats: 55 games, .295/.447/.470, 5 HR, 24 SB (A)

Blakely was considered very raw, young, and toolsy when the Angels drafted him in the 4th round of 2020, a notion that his first professional season in Rookie ball illustrated quite well, as he hit .192/.339/.284 in 44 games. But he exploded in 2022; most impressively, he walked 45 times in 55 games, displaying impressive speed and a bit of pop. After splitting 2021 between 2B, SS, and 3B, the Angels moved him to 3B this year, which is likely his future position. Blakely has the potential to add more power as he fills out. Settling into one defensive position, along with getting more regular reps, should help. Blakely has been limited in previous seasons by some freak injuries (broken hamate bone, broken arm). As he gets more experience, he will move up on prospect lists.

Full Interview with Werner Blakely

8. DENZER GUZMAN (SS, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: 7 (-1)

Ranking Range: 7-11

Stats: .278/.346/.402 in 234 PA (Rookie/A).

The Angels’ top international signing from 2021, with a $2 million dollar signing bonus,  came stateside this year, and held his own in Rookie ball (.287/.341/.422). His numbers were relatively modest, but for his age are quite good, and he has a plethora of skills and a lot of development potential as a future big leaguer. Still very much a work-in-progress, with a wide range of possible outcomes. However, in his limited time, Guzman has done enough to leapfrog over several other shortstop prospects, and he should stick at that position for now. With the ability to hit the ball to all fields, Guzman should develop more power as he matures.

9. SAM BACHMAN (SP, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 2 (-7)

Ranking Range: 7-16

Stats: 12 GS, 43.2 IP, 3.92 ERA, 25 BB, 30 SO (AA)

It was a disappointing year for 2021’s first round pick, and more than a little concerning: Bachman continued to struggle with injuries, and when healthy looked very different from the flamethrower the Angels had drafted a year before; his fastball had trouble leaving the low 90s. For context, consider that the major league average is now close to 94 mph. Meaning, Bachman—who was clocked at over 100 mph in college—didn’t even pitch at average velocity in 2022. His future is contingent on whether that velocity returns, and even if it does we should probably accept that he’s almost certainly destined for the bullpen. If he can stay healthy and his velocity comes back, he could be an elite closer; if not, he might not have much of a major league career. There is still a shot that he sticks in the rotation, and for now, the Angels are planning to stick with him there. But, his fastest path to the majors, and possibly his best outcome, could be in the pen.

Full Interview Sam Bachman

10. NELSON RADA (CF, 17, Rookie)

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2022 Rank: 18 (+8)

Ranking Range: 8-13

Stats: 50 games, .311/.446/.439, 27 SB (DOSL Rookie).

We’re told to take low minor league numbers with a grain of salt, the more so with those from the Dominican league. But it is hard not to be impressed with that line from Rada, especially considering that he was 16-years old. And, it’s hard not to notice all the praise that Rada is getting from the people we talk to, both inside and outside of the organization. The most impressive element is not even mentioned above: He walked and struck out 26 times in 50 games, implying, at least, the potential for a strong plate approach which, coupled with impressive athletic tools, particularly his power,  gives Rada a very high ceiling. Hopefully we’ll see him state-side in 2023, but it is still way too early to know just how good this kid can become. If we do see him stateside, he will be one of the youngest players in whatever league he’s in, so, that will have to factor into whatever production he makes in 2023.

11. ADRIAN PLACENCIA (IF, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: 12 (+1)

Ranking Range: 8-14

Stats: 104 games, .254/.387/.427, 13 HR, 21 SB (A)

Prospects junkies will remember the ACL Rookie team at the beginning of last year, with a talented group of position players all starting strongly. Most tailed off, including Placencia, but he’s also one of the few who had a noticeably better 2022 season. Placencia is a bit of an anomaly, because on one hand he’s supposed to be a spray hitter who will hit for average, on the other evidently he struggles with heat, and has somehow managed to walk a fair amount. But improvement over last year is always a good sign.

12. BEN JOYCE (RP, 22, AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 10-14

Stats: 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 4 BB, 20 SO (AA).

After watching Joyce’s debut in 2022, who looked more polished than advertised, it is hard imagining how he slipped to the 3rd round. The guy has one of the fastest pitches in professional baseball having been clocked at 105 and, if he can maintain the surprising control he displayed, is going to be in Anaheim sometime in 2023 and an elite reliever within a couple years.

Full Interview with Ben Joyce

13. JAKE MADDEN (SP, 21, A+/AA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 8 – Not Ranked

Stats: NA

The Angels’ 3rd pick and 4th rounder last year didn’t play a professional game, so there’s not a lot to go on. Scouting reports speak of high upside, though, with a three-pitch arsenal and plenty of velocity, though he’ll need work on his location. Lots of upside, and already has Tommy John surgery on his resume.

14. JEREMIAH JACKSON (IF, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 5 (-9)

Ranking Range: 13-19

Stats: 87 games, .215/.308/.404, 14 HR (AA)

When you look at Jackson’s trajectory over the last few years, there’s glimmers of Brandon Wood: A surprising breakout season in the low minors, followed by declined performance at higher levels, with a big drop off last year. He also seems somewhat injury prone, playing only 138 games over the last two seasons. His prospect status is falling, though he still has upside to dream on, but he needs to both stay healthy and make better contact.

15. CADEN DANA (SP, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 12 – Not Ranked

Stats: 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO (Rookie/A)

A rare pitcher drafted by the Angels out of high school, Dana was picked on Day 3 of the draft along with his brother, Casey. Where Casey is a college outfielder likely to max out as minor league depth, Caden shows a lot of promise. He’s pretty much the classic pitching prospect, with a strong frame, a good curveball, projectable fastball hitting 95, and a work-in-progress changeup. His size allows him to throw downhill and induce a lot of ground-balls. Lots of upside here who, especially if he adds a notch and a bit of movement to that fastball and works on his changeup, could jump to the top of the Angels pitching prospects.

Full Interview with Caden Dana

16. COLEMAN CROW (SP, 22, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 17 (+1)

Ranking Range: 15 – Not Ranked

Stats: 23 GS, 128 IP, 4.85 ERA, 35 BB and 128 SO (AA)

Crow put up solid numbers in his first full season in AA. Right now he projects as a #5 starter or long reliever, unless he can add a bit more velocity. He gives the Angels another solid depth option, at the least. One of our writers compared him to Scot Shields - similar smaller body, similar fastball velocity that can play up into the mid-90s if needed. With an elite slider, he has a solid floor of at least a plus middle reliever.

17. JORDYN ADAMS (CF, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 9 (-8)

Ranking Range: 15 – Not Ranked

Stats: 120 games, .238/.317/.332, 4 HR, 33 SB (A+/AA)

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. A few years ago, first-round pick Jordyn Adams was mentioned in the same breath as top prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, with some even liking his upside more. With his blazing speed (he earns a rare true 80 grade) and defense, he has a major league future, although whether his hitting develops enough to be more than a Jarrod Dyson remains to be seen. While his statistics have stagnated, the word in the organization is that he’s coming along, though it is hard not to have an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. Adams is a good example of how we should temper our expectations with prospects, but also not take a “star or bust” perspective. Regardless of whether he learns to hit, he’s going to provide major league value at some point.

Full Interview with Jordyn Adams

18. LANDON MARCEAUX (SP, 23, AA)

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2022 Rank: 21 (+3)

Ranking Range: 14 – 25

Stats: 18 GS, 90.2 IP, 2.98 ERA, 16 BB, 73 SO (A+/AA)

Like Crow a couple ranks higher, Marceaux isn’t a “sexy” pitching prospect, but one who projects as either a back-end starter or middle reliever. Note his control: he gave up only 16 walks in 90 innings. With above average breaking pitches but a below average fastball, Marceaux’s upside is limited, but his floor is high enough to foretell a major league career. Rare for a pitchability type, Marceaux has shown an ability to keep the ball in the park and, coupled with a great ability hit his spots, he's another guy with a very good chance at a solid major league career.

19. RANDY DEJESUS (OF, 18, Rookie)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+12)

Ranking Range: 16-27

Stats: 210 PA, .272/.362/.467, 7 HR (DOSL)

DeJesus was the second of two international outfield prospects signed by the Angels last year, along with Rada. He’s a bit like Alexander Ramirez was a few years ago: a high upside bat to dream on, but lots of volatility. One to watch.

20. DAVID CALABRESE (OF, 20, A+)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+11)

Ranking Range: 17-26

Stats: 112 games, .250/.326/.387, 7 HR, 26 SB (A)

Bear with me on this comp: Chad Curtis. After a disappointing debut in 2021 in which he hit .201/.303/.306 in Rookie ball, Calabrese had a solid season for the Inland Empire, showing a bit of everything. He probably projects as a fourth outfielder, but Calabrese has some sneaky skills, including above average plate discipline and excellent speed. Perhaps most importantly, he improved throughout year: His OPS improved each month, from .579 in May to 1.045 in September. With no power but plenty of speed, and a knack for taking a few few walks, hints of Brett Butler?

21. LIVAN SOTO (SS, 23, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: Unranked (+10)

Ranking Range: 15-26

Stats: 119 games, .281/.379/.362, 6 HR, 18 SB (AA); 18 games, .400/.414/.582 (MLB)

Soto’s solid performance in AA earned a late season call-up to the Angels, which he took advantage of, hitting the over the off the ball. While clearly it is a small sample size, there’s enough here to project a solid career as a utility player or fringe starter, albeit one with excellent defense. His upside is that of a Maicer Izturis, which means he could be a very important part of improving the Angels' bench depth--strong defensive shortstops with above average plate discipline have value.

22. AROL VERA (IF, 20, A)

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2022 Rank: 4 (-18)

Ranking Range: 19-27

Stats: 120 games, 4 HR, 19 SB, .207/.291/.281 (A)

Vera was one of the more disappointing prospects this year, his ranking dropping from #4 last year to #22. Clearly he was over-matched in full season A ball, and is likely to repeat it. With excellent bat speed and tons of tools, Vera is a good candidate for a rebound, but as with a lot of Angels hitting prospects, he'll need to make better contact.

23. WALBERT URENA (SP, 19, A)

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2022 Rank: Not in organization - International Signing

Ranking Range: 16 – Not Ranked

Stats: 10 GS, 37.1 IP, 32 BB, 45 SO (Rookie)

A brief glance at his stats shows a complete lack of control (almost 1 walk per inning pitched), but also a fair number of strikeouts. Urena is very raw, but an 18-year old who can reach triple digits is one to dream on.

24. JOSE SORIANO (SP, 24, A+)

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2022 Rank: In the Pirates Organization

Ranking Range: 17-29th

Stats: 7 GS, 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 4 BB, 17 (Rookie/A)

Remember this guy? Soriano was in the Angels organization as far back as 2016, when he was an international signing. He was lost in the Rule V draft to the Pirates but then went down with injury. The Angels reclaimed him, and he’s back. Sort of a sleeper pick at this point, but has a solid chance of a major league career, probably in the bullpen. The operative phrase is, "If healthy." The good news is, his fastball still touches upper 90's to go along with a good slider and workable changeup. 

25. MASON ERLA (SP, 25, AAA)

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2022 Rank: 29 (+4)

Ranking Range: 10 – Not Ranked

Stats: 16 GS, 4.28 ERA, 82 IP, 19 BB, 64 SO (AA)

Erla is in a similar category with Crow and Marceaux: Limited upside, but high floor and probably a major league career of some kind. Erla’s career was delayed by a fifth year in college and the lost 2020 season, so he’s a bit older for a prospect, but he might have a bit more upside than those other two, with a mid-90s fastball and a plus changeup.

26. ALEXANDER RAMIREZ (OF, 20, A)

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2022 Rank: 8 (-18)

Ranking Range: 18 – Not Ranked

Stats: 118 games, .230/.290/.352, 8 HR, 21 SB (A)

While not quite as bad as Vera in his first full professional season, Ramirez was similarly disappointing. It is hard not to dream on the offensive upside, but a good reminder that high volatility prospects don’t work out more often than they do. Like Vera, Ramirez is young enough not to give up on, but also like Vera, we were probably too bullish on him last year.

27. ERIC TORRES (RP, 23, AAA)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 23 – Not Ranked

Stats: 51 IP, 1.59 ERA, 23 BB, 81 SO (AA)

Torres had a breakout season in 2022, and has a chance of reaching the major league bullpen in 2023. As a lefty who can generate outs, Torres likely has a major league career ahead of him. Torres fastball works in the low 90's but can touch 95 mph. Hitters have a tough time picking up his heater which generates whiffs up in the zone. The southpaw reliever has a good slider to go along with his heater.

Full Interview with Eric Torres

28. DAVIS DANIEL (SP, 26, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 11 (-17)

Ranking Range: 22 - Not Ranked

Stats: 102.1 IP, 4.49 ERA, 32 BB, 83 SO (AAA)

After being drafted by the Angels in the 7th round of the 2019 draft, Daniel missed the rest of the year with injury, then lost 2020 to the lack of a minor league season. He was considered a bit of a sleeper prospect in 2021 - not unlike Erla now - and didn't disappoint, rising quickly from A+ to AAA. But his performance this past year was rather lackluster, although certainly impacted by pitching in Salt Lake. He enters 2023 as AAA rotation depth, and should get his chance at some point this year. Could be a useful long reliever.

29. VICTOR MEDEROS (SP, 22, A+)

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2022 Rank: Amateur/Prep

Ranking Range: 25 - Not Ranked

Stats: 16 IP, 5.63 ERA, 9 BB, 15 SO (A+)

We didn't get a good look at Mederos, but a fastball that touches 99 and projectible secondary pitches shows upside, but he'll never get there if he doesn't improve his control. If he does, he'll rise quickly.

30. MICHAEL STEFANIC (IF, 26, AAA/MLB)

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2022 Rank: 15

Ranking Range: 25 - Not Ranked

Stats: .197/.279/.230 in 69 PA (MLB); .310/.417/.417 in 360 PA (AAA)

Stefanic was a bit of a "forum darling" for a bit there, but after not doing anything with his cup o' coffee, and showing very limited defensive skills, has dimmed a bit in the collective Angelswin mind. That said, he continued to hit in AAA and shows impressive contact ability and plate discipline (49 walks and 23 Ks in AAA last year), and could be a useful bench player at some point. I see a bit of Orlando Palmeiro with the bat.

 

SOME ODDS & ENDS….

Biggest risers: Silseth (+19), Blakely (+16), DeJesus (+12), Calabrese (+11), Soto (+10), Rada (+8), Quero (+6). Biggest fallers: Daniel (-17), Vera (-18), Ramirez (-18), Kochanowicz (-17), Stefanic (-16), Junk (-15), Albright (-12), Jackson (-9), Adams (-8), Bachman (-7).

What Happened To…William Holmes, Erik Rivera?

Also Receiving Votes (31-45ish range): Ryan Costeiu, Luke Murphy, Janson Junk, Sonny DiChiara, Jack Kochanowicz, Robinson Pina, Mason Albright, Kolten Ingram, Dario Laverde, Orlando Martinez, Kevin Maitan

Traded: Alejandro Hidalgo, Adam Seminaris

Considering his performance in September,  how is Soto ranked so low?

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25 minutes ago, stormngt said:

Considering his performance in September,  how is Soto ranked so low?

I’ve argued that too. People who watch him play every day say he’s going to be a solid major league player, defensively and on offense. 
 

Pundits, writers, including our own have their doubts.

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2 hours ago, stormngt said:

Considering his performance in September,  how is Soto ranked so low?

 

50 minutes ago, Docwaukee said:

his 59 at bats in Sept. had very little bearing on how I ranked him.   

His 59 AB in September definitely pushed him up a bit for me. I ranked him 25th (so did you, actually), but probably would have had more in the 28-30 range.

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To go a bit more into this, @stormngt, as the guy who compiles the list every year (I basically get separate lists from the rest of the posse, then average them out), I've noticed that the better the ranking, the more agreement there is, which you can see with the "ranking range."

For instance, we all ranked the top 4 guys in our top 5s, but then a bit more divergence came with Bush and Paris...but even those guys were in every top 7.  There was a jump down with Blakely, who was ranked 6th to 11th, and more so with Bachman, who was ranked 7th to 16th because of his velo concerns. Some felt like his 1st round pedigree and upside made him a worthy top 10 guy still, others were very concerned (and only one person ranked him outside of the top 11).

And then there's guys like Erla, who one person had at #10, and two people didn't even rank in their top 30.

There's also usually a point beyond which we collectively feel like you can rank a group of prospects any number of ways. I suppose these are the "fringe prospects" - guys who could be legit, but it isn't clear yet. Usually it is around #15 or so...meaning, 15-25 tend to be somewhat interchangeable, similarly with 25-40ish (depending upon how deep the farm is).

This is always an interesting group, because there's such a wide array of prospects. Someone like Urena could conceivably developing into a top of the rotation starter, but at this point he's very volatile and that's just a pipe dream. But then you ahve guys like Stefanic, who has already made it to the majors and has a high floor as a bench/up-and-down guy who will hit for average. 

A better contrast is Vera and Soto. Both middle infielders, but Vera has more upside but far greater risk. Soto is going to have a major league career. He'll probably be a bench guy or maybe a fringe regular, but Vera could be anything from an above average regular to a guy who toils away in the low minors for a few years then calls it quits and ends up selling arepa at his father's food cart in Caracas (OK, that was totally made up, but you get the point).

 

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I feel like because of the uncertainty involved with high upside prospects in the low minors, the most sure indicator of farm wealth is immediate MLB impact. And the Angels system has quite a bit of that. 

O'Hoppe immediately upgrades the catching position in 2023. Neto the middle infield possibly at the end of the year. Same with Paris. Same with Stefanic. On the mound, you've got Silseth, Bush, Bachman, Erla and Davis as potential starters and Bachman, Davis and Soriano in the bullpen. 

And perhaps most notably, most of those guys aren't fringe where their long term impact is minimal. I mean yeah, probably Stefanic, Davis and Erla, but the others...particularly O'Hoppe and Neto have the potential to be very good major league starters. 

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I am just going to say that this may be my favorite Top Prospect ranking that we've ever put out as an organization. 

 

Over the years, we've had better individual prospects, and better overall prospects. But, what makes this ranking so good is the format that we've gotten down and the caliber of the content that we've put out. I love how we have consensus rankings which gives readers a range of perspectives. I love the format with a picture for each player, and a link to all of the interviews that we have done. We have incorporated comments from everyone and we all have contacts with scouts and coaches, as well as having watched them, so there are a variety of viewpoints.

 

Basically, there is a ton of background work that goes into this ranking, and over the years, we've gotten this down into a very good form. Kudos to everyone who worked on it. This is really well done. 

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