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  • Los Angeles Angels (2021) Mid-Season Top-30 Prospects

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    By The AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse

    Welcome to our updated 2021 prospects list. After the tragedy that was a lost minor league season in 2020, we were very excited to see our minor leaguers in action. The big surprise this year is the veritable explosion of pitching, from strong performances by top prospects Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez, to the emergence of lesser-known guys like Davis Daniel and Robinson Pina, as well as many fringe guys all of a sudden becoming legitimate major league depth in the near future.

    The Prospect Posse: Who Are We?

    We are a group of nine regular contributors to this website, all of whom consider eyewitness accounts, scouting reports, statistical analysis, and just gut feeling in our assessment. We feel that our list is stronger for the fact that it includes nine contributors, all with slightly different emphases, both in terms of how we consider prospects, and what sort of guys stand out to us. As one can see with the “ranking ranges,” there is often wide disagreement, but it all evens out to provide what we feel is a very strong list.

    One thing to note is that the lower in the rankings one gets, the more interchangeable the ordering. In terms of the methodology used to compile this list, some of the prospects are grouped in clusters. For instance, while there’s a gap between #10 and #11, the next three guys (#11-13) are all very close, as are #14-15, and #19-21. There is a large gap between #21 and #22, as well as after #25. In our methodology, there is a similar gap between #17 and #26 as there is between #26 and #50.

    To put that another way, we—as a group—are rather clear on who our top 25 are, and how they are tiered in their relative rankings, but after that it is less clear.

    Without further ado, here are our updated rankings:

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  • Los Angeles Angels (2021) Top-30 Prospects

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    By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse

    (Angelsjunky, Chuck, Dave Saltzer, Dochalo, Ettin, Inside Pitch, Rafibomb, Second Base, and totdprods)

    One of the great, largely unspoken, tragedies of the 2020 baseball season was the lack of minor league games, which not only led to a lost year of development (for the most part), but the rushing of the Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, to the major leagues, where he looked raw and overmatched, to put it charitably. In terms of compiling a prospects list, it is hard to assess many of the Angels most talented prospects because a lot of them have had little to no professional experience. That said, most of them spent time at the Long Beach summer camp and were still able to work on their skills, so the year wasn’t totally a loss.

    Looking at the list, you’ll find that the farm includes a variety of dynamic players. It is strong in two areas: One, it has plenty of athletic, talented outfielders in Adell, Marsh, Adams, Calabrese, Ramirez, Knowles, and Deveaux, as well as the very young and unranked Jose Reyes. Two, it has plenty of high upside—but very young--middle infielders in Jackson, Paris, Vera, Blakely, Bonilla, and Placencia. We should also mention the recently signed 16-year-old Dominican infielder, Denzer Guzman.

    Sprinkled in between are a few exciting pitching prospects in Rodriguez, Detmers and Kochanowicz, and several more who plan to figure in the Angels pitching staff at some point in the not-too-distant future as either back-end starters or relievers: Yan, Rivera, Naughton, Ortega, Hernandez, Pina, Aquino, Seminaris, and Daniel. It even has one two-way player in Holmes, and a second just missing the cut in Erik Rivera. Finally, there are a few players whose most likely path to the majors is as a bench player in Jones, Martinez, and Soto. Oh yeah, Maitan’s still hanging around. There are no catchers on this list.

    For the most part, the top 15 or so was relatively consistent among voters. We all had our different ordering, but the same players were all mostly present. Some of us had a favorite or two that we ranked higher than everyone else, while others were more bullish on a player that was generally more highly regarded by the group. Once we get into late teens, the order is more dubious and could easily shift over the first months of the season, as we get a better sense of who these players are.

    Angels Farm in a Nutshell: In a nutshell, the Angels farm system is strong and on the upswing. The system has many talented, physical players, who have the chance of becoming top prospects as they reach the higher levels and demonstrate in-game performance. The Angels are back to fully utilizing their international money, which has led to many high risk/high reward players. There are some notable weaknesses, particularly in catching, but the overall state of the farm is much stronger than just a few years ago.

    A word about methodology and format: What follows is a combined ranking from nine members of this website, averaged out to create a composite ranking – as in years past. We have included a “Ranking Range” to get a sense of how opinions varied, as well as an “In A Nutshell” feature to give a brief description of the player. After that, you come to the heart of the list: different “takes” by members, that give a variety of impressions.

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  • Los Angeles Angels (2020) Top-30 Prospects

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    Welcome to this year’s version of the AngelsWin Top 30 Prospects. As with last year, it is a group effort: the following is a composite list of several AngelsWin.com members and writers, with eight participants this year. The method is simple: the list is an average of eight lists. The benefit of taking such an approach is that not only do we tend to even each other’s biases out a bit, but we also get a range of approaches: from relying mostly on stats, reading other scouting reports, and eye-witness scouting.

    Unlike last year, I’m going to include the age the player will be for the 2020 season, meaning how old they are on July 1, 2020.

    A note on Ranking Trends: it is simply the different rankings by the eight participants. Most such lists don’t include the “raw wiring,” but as with last year I thought it would be interesting for people see because the range of numbers say a lot about the prospect. Prospects with a relatively narrow range tend to be more predictable, while those with a wider range may also have a wider range of outcomes and greater volatility.

    Finally, a big thanks to Scotty Allen (aka "Second Base") for providing the insightful Best Known For quotes.

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    1. JO ADELL OF (age 21)

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    Stats: .289/.359/.475, 10 HR in 76 games in A+/AA/AAA.

    Ranking Trends: Consensus #1.

    ETA: 2020.

    Comments: The second year in a row as the consensus #1 Angels prospect, Adell is now considered one of the top five prospects in all of baseball – despite missing the first couple months of the year with a rather freakish double whammy hamstring/ankle injury. MLB Pipeline currently has him at #5, while Baseball America has him at #2. Adell’s stat line above is somewhat diminished by a relatively poor showing in AAA at the end of the year (.264/.321/.355 in 27 games), but his performance in AA (.308/.390/.553, 8 HR and 173 wRC+ in 43 games) is more indicative of his talent level. Adell is a tremendous athlete with prodigious power and great make-up; if there’s one knock on his game its that he doesn’t make as much contact as you’d like, and has only average plate discipline; but both should improve as he matures. He’s the real deal, the best Angels prospect since Mike Trout, and will make his debut in Anaheim sometime in 2020.

    Best Known For: Blend of power, speed, and athleticism at such a young age.

    2. BRANDON MARSH OF (age 22)

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    Stats: .286/.367/.407, 7 HR and 19 SB in 101 Rookie/AA games.

    Ranking Trends: Consensus #2.

    ETA: 2020.

    Comments: Somewhat overshadowed by his friend and team-mate Adell, Brandon Marsh is an excellent prospect in his own right. That stat line is marred by a 1-21 streak in Rookie ball rehabbing an injury; he hit .300/.383/.428 in AA. He has not yet hit for power, but he’ll hit his share of extra base hits and should at least develop average HR power in the majors, possibly more. Despite having less impressive raw tools, in some ways Marsh is a more well-rounded prospect than Adell, with better contact and plate discipline, and at this point is a superior defender. Like his soon-to-be AAA Salt Lake team-mate, he’ll probably make his major league debut sometime in 2020, if he gets the opportunity.

    Best Known For: Well-rounded game.  Beard, and tantalizing power-speed potential. 

    3. JORDYN ADAMS OF (age 20)

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    Stats: .257/.351/.369, 8 HR and 16 SB 109 R/A/A+ games.

    Ranking Trends: Seven #3s, one #4.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: Considering that Adams was a two-sport player and more committed to football than baseball a year and a half ago, the fact that he held his own in single A as a 19-year old is room for optimism. There’s a lot to like in his performance: not only is he flashing Adell-esque tools (and he’s even faster), but his 56 walks in 109 games is very heartening. Perhaps most importantly, Adams seemed to improve as the year went on: after a slow start, he hit .287/.369/.414 from May 10 on, and .325/.406/.504 from July 13 on. Expect for a breakthrough year in A+ Rancho Cucamonga this year. While Adams is still raw, he’s learning quickly and is on the fast track.

    Best Known For: One of the top prep football players in the nation coming out of high school.  Also, “The Dunk”. Also, the highest upside prospect in the system. 

    4. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ RHP (21)

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    Stats: 0.00 ERA, 3 GS, 9.1 IP, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts.

    Ranking Trends: Four #4s, three #5s, one #9.

    ETA: 2021.

    Comments: Chris Rodriguez’s high ranking might come as a surprise due to the fact that he’s only pitched 9.1 innings in the last two years, all within 2019. But the stuff is real: Aside from possibly Jack Kochanowicz, he has the highest ceiling in the minor leagues. The question is whether he can stay healthy, and that is a big question. If he does, his ascendency to the majors will be fast and furious.

    Best Known For: Mid-90’s fastball, and mid/front of the rotation upside. 

    5. PATRICK SANDOVAL LHP (23)

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    Stats: 5.03 ERA, 39.1 IP, 19 walks, 42 strikeouts in the majors.

    Ranking Trends: 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7.

    ETA: 2019.

    Comments: When Sandoval came over to the Angels in July of 2018, from the Astros for Martin Maldonado, the general view was that he was a classic high-floor but low-ceiling starter, the type of guy you don’t mind having as your 5th starter but not much more. In his nine starts in the majors, he showed flashes of something more, a bonafide mid-rotation starter, if everything comes together.

    Best Known For: His fastball climbing 4-5 mph in the last two years since the Astros traded him. 

    6. JEREMIAH JACKSON SS (20)

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    Stats: .266/.333/.605, 23 HR in 65 games in Orem (high Rookie ball).

    Ranking Trends: 5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: I think the key phrase would be “cautiously excited.” 23 HR in 65 games for a 19-year old is impressive, but its all accompanied by 96 strikeouts and a mediocre .266 BA. He walked 24 times, which is a decent rate; given his swing and miss, developing plate discipline may be the key to Jackson becoming a star.

    Best Known For: Breaking the Pioneer League HR record as a 19 year old. 

    7. JOSE SORIANO RHP (21)

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    Stats: 2.51 ERA, 82.1 IP, 51 walks, 92 strikeouts in Rookie and A ball (Burlington).

    Ranking Trends: 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 23.

    ETA: 2021.

    Comments: Soriano and Rodriguez are often mentioned in the same breath. While on one level it is a ceiling/floor comparison, Soriano’s ceiling isn’t that much lower, and his floor seems quite a bit higher. If his control develops, he could be in Anaheim rather quickly.

    Best Known For: Mid to upper 90’s fastball and wipeout slider. 

    8. JAHMAI JONES 2B (22)

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    Stats: .234/.308/.324, 5 HR and 9 SB in 130 games in AAA Salt Lake.

    Ranking Trends: 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9

    ETA: 2021

    Comments: Jones not only had a very bad year statistically speaking, it was also his second year in a row of declining performance: his OPS slipped from .794 in 2017 (A/A+), .717 in 2018 (A+/AA) to .631 in 2019 (AA). That said, he did improve later in the year, both hitting well in the Arizona Fall League (.302/.377/.509 in 61 PA), but also towards the end of the regular year, hitting .306/.385/.414 from July 5th on, or 51 games. So while he didn’t make that jump into elite prospect status that we might have hoped for after 2017, he’s still a good prospect. Depending what the Angels do with Andrelton Simmons and Tommy La Stella after 2020, don’t be surprised if the 2021 infield includes Fletcher, Rengifo, and Jones.

    Best Known For: Power-speed potential as a middle infielder, and the younger brother of NFL Wide Receiver T.J. Jones. 

    9. KYREN PARIS SS (18)

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    Stats: .300/.462/.400 in 13 PA in Rookie ball (AZL).

    Ranking Trends: 6, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 13, 14.

    ETA: 2024

    Comments: While it is rather early to be too excited about Paris, the upside is real: this is a talented young baseball player who just turned 18 a couple weeks ago from this writing, on November 11. He’s a toolsy shortstop, a good defender for his age, and really only lacks power – although that could develop. Before the draft last year, when he went 55th overall (2nd round), websites and analysts had him anywhere from #34 (Fangraphs), #48 (Keith Law), #70 (Baseball America), and #75 (MLB Pipeline). There’s a lot of volatility at this point; a couple years from now he could be another Livan Soto—a defense-first middle infielder who profiles as a major league bench player—or he could be an elite prospect, if the bat develops as hoped. Stay tuned.

    Best Known For: Delivering one of the better post-draft interviews with Victor and Gubi.  A very well spoken young man. 

    10. WILL WILSON 2B/SS (21)

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    Stats: .275/.329/.439 in 46 games in Rookie ball.

    Ranking Trends: 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 29.

    ETA: 2022

    Comments: At this point it is difficult to say whether the tepid view on Wilson is warranted in that, on one hand, he seems like another unexciting college draft pick with limited upside in the tradition of Matt Thaiss and CJ Cron; on the other, not only is he rather young for a college player, but the scouting reports on his bat are promising. At the least, he deserves a chance to prove himself before calling him an over-draft. Wilson could be better than expected, so let’s see how he hits with a full season of experience: he could move fast.

    Best Known For: The Angels first round draft pick from this last draft.  Bat first middle infielder. 

    11. JACK KOCHANOWICZ RHP (19)

    Stats: Did not play professional baseball.

    Ranking Trends: 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 15, 17.

    ETA: 2024.

    Comments: Upside, upside, upside. At 6’6” and 220 lbs, Kochanowicz can bring the heat. In my mind, he is the pitching equivalent of Kyren Paris: a couple years from now he could be #1 on this list, or another cautionary tale about getting too excited too soon. But the stuff is real, and he’s very young. He’ll be one of the most exciting prospects to watch in 2020.

    Best Known For: Hitting upper-90’s at Fall Instructs.  One scout said that he believed Kochanowicz would go top five in the draft three years from now had he decided to go to college instead. 

    12. AARON HERNANDEZ RHP (23)

    Stats: 4.46 ERA, 72.2 IP, 46 walks, 81 strikeouts in A+ ball (Inland Empire).

    Ranking Trends: 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 20.

    ETA: 2021.

    Comments: Hernandez simply needs more minor league innings, and should be in Anaheim before you know it. He’s got the upside to be a mid-rotation starter, but may settle in a bit below that, or as a reliever. But he seems to have a rather high floor for a pitching prospect and, one way or another, should be part of the major league team within the next year or two.

    Best Known For: Other than sharing a name with an unfortunate soul mid-90’s fastball with movement and a strong finish to the 2019 season. 

    13. HECTOR YAN LHP (21)

    Stats: 3.72 ERA in 109 IP, 52 walks, and 148 strikeouts in A ball (Burlington).

    Ranking Trends: 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 16, 16, 16.

    ETA: 2022.

    Comments: Take a look at those strikeouts and walks, and you see why Yan is ranked where he is. 12.2 Ks per 9 innings is no joke, but neither are 4.3 walks. We can hope that Yan can remain a starter, but his path to the majors may be as a relief pitcher. Either way, he’s one of a handful of pitching prospects in the organization with legitimate upside.

    Best Known For: Recently being added to the Angels 40 man roster from A Ball.  Sidearmer with mid-90’s fastball. 

    14. D’SHAWN KNOWLES OF (19)

    Stats: .241/.310/.387 in 64 games in Rookie ball (Orem).

    Ranking Trends: 12, 12, 13, 16, 16, 18, 21, 28.

    ETA: 2023

    Comments: Remember when D’Shawn was an after-thought to Trent Deveaux? He had a surprising 2018, but fell back to earth in 2019 – a rather disappointing follow-up. He doesn’t seem to have Deveaux’s elite athleticism, but may also have that “it factor” to become more than the sum of his parts. At 19 years old and with Adell, Marsh, and Hermosillo ahead of him, he’s got plenty of time.

    Best Known For: Being the “other” top international signing from the Bahamas two years ago. 

    15. MICHAEL HERMOSILLO OF (25)

    Stats: .243/.330/.466 in 64 games in A+/AAA; .139/.304/.222 in 18 major league games.

    Ranking Trends: 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 28.

    ETA: 2019.

    Comments: Hermosillo seems like the type of player that could become a fan favorite, the Brock Holt of the Angels. Or at least that’s his upside. He’s got the tools to be a terrific 4th outfielder, and could even be a starter on some teams. But he’s got to make more contact first, and may be destined for another organization to get regular playing time.

    Best Known For: Prep exploits on the gridiron and overall athleticism. 

    16. KEVIN MAITAN IF (20)

    Stats: .214/.278/.323 in 123 games in A Burlington.

    Ranking Trends: 11, 12, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 26.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: If you didn’t know about the hype from a few years ago, Maitan would be an intriguing prospect – and he is. But it is hard not to get around the ridiculous comparisons that were thrown around, like Miguel Cabrera and Chipper Jones. Imagine being a 16-year old and hearing that. The hitting tools are there to be a major leaguer, and it is important to remember that he’s still quite young for his level – according to Baseball-Reference the league differential last year was -2.2. So while he isn’t the Promised One that the Braves originally thought he was, he still has a lot of time to actualize the good potential he does possess.

    Best Known For: Being one of the more hyped international signings in recent memory.  Big time power.

    17. STIWARD AQUINO RHP (21)

    Stats: 6.87 ERA in 36.2 IP, 16 walks and 49 strikeouts in Rookie ball.

    Ranking Trends: 8, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 25, 27.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: Another live arm with a wide range of possible outcomes, which is well-reflected in the ranking trends. Aquino’s numbers don’t look impressive, but he flashed good potential at times. His game log displays erratic performance, so hopefully with more innings he’ll settle down. Another pitcher whose future might be in the bullpen.

    Best Known For: A great name and a mid-90’s fastball. 

    18. ALEXANDER RAMIREZ OF (17)

    Stats: .234/.328/.429 in 39 games in the Dominican League (Foreign Rookie).

    Ranking Trends: 15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 28, NR.

    ETA: 2025.

    Comments: There’s not a lot to go on at this point, but there’s a reason Billy Eppler gave the young Dominican a $1 million signing bonus upon turning 16 years old. He should be coming States-side in 2020, so look for him in the AZL. He is very young, just 17 in August, and has a ton of young outfielders ahead of him, but is at least worth having in the back of your mind as a high-ceiling prospect to look forward to.

    Best Known For: Angels top international signee from last year.  Power and speed are more advanced than originally anticipated. 

    19. KYLE BRADISH RHP (23)

    Stats: 4.28 ERA in 101 IP, 53 walks and 120 strikeouts in A+ Inland Empire.

    Ranking Trends: 12, 15, 21, 21, 21, 23, 24, 25.

    ETA: 2021.

    Comments: Bradish may forever be paired with Aaron Hernandez, as he was drafted right after him. Like Hernandez, he’s a college pitcher who projects as a major league starter, but is considered to have a lower ceiling. Clearly he has to work on his control, but after a solid first professional season, he’s establishing a solid floor to build from.

    Best Known For: Advanced college arm that will climb the minor league ladder quickly. 

    20. JARED WALSH OF/1B/RHP (26)

    Stats: .325/.423/.686, 36 HR in 98 AAA games (Salt Lake); .203/.276/.329 in 31 major league games. Pitching: 4.15 ERA, 13 IP, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts in AAA; 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts in the majors.

    Ranking Trends: 12, 18, 19, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27.

    ETA: 2019

    Comments: It is hard not to like Walsh. Not only did he absolutely kill AAA pitching, but he is also trying to make it as a two-way player in the majors. Unlike Taylor Ward, this gives him a flexibility that might give him a longer leash as a useful—even ideal-- “26th man” on the major league roster next year.

    Best Known For: Being the Angels “other” two-way player. 

    21. TRENT DEVEAUX OF (20)

    Stats: .238/.320/.422 in 60 games in Rookie ball (AZL, Orem).

    Ranking Trends: 13, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 29, NR.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: After a disappointing season in 2018 (.199/.309/.247 in 44 AZL games), Deveaux adjusted well to States-side professional baseball, showing flashes of the potential that led the Angels to sign him. There’s a lot to like here, but he simply needs time to develop. He’s probably got both a higher ceiling and lower floor than his fellow Bahamanian, D’Shawn Knowles. He’s a good candidate for a breakout season in 2020, which should be his first full season in A ball.

    Best Known For: Being the Angels top international signee from two years ago.  Bahamian with 80-grade speed. 

    22. OLIVER ORTEGA RHP (23)

    Stats: 4.14 ERA in 111 IP, 57 walks and 135 strikeouts in A+/AA ball.

    Ranking Trends: 14, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, NR.

    ETA: 2021.

    Comments: Ortega seemed to come out of nowhere and reminds us that players do indeed rise up from the Dominican League through the minor leagues. He’s on the verge of the major league radar.

    Best Known For: Bursting onto the scene at the end of last year and beginning of this year with mid-90’s fastball. 

    23. AROL VERA SS (17)

    Stats: Did not play.

    Ranking Trends: 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, NR, NR.

    ETA: 2025.

    Comments: A top international signing, the word on Vera is that he’s a tall (6’2”), lean, and promising switch-hitting shortstop with a strong hit-tool. He’s a long way away, but fits in a similar category with Alexander Ramirez.

    Best Known For: Angels most expensive international signee since Roberto Baldoquin (not counting Kevin Maitan).  Great power projection from both sides of the plate. 

    24. WILLIAM HOLMES OF/RHP (19)

    Stats: .326/.431/.488 in 11 Rookie games; 5.18 ERA, 24.1 IP, 20 walks, 38 strikeouts.

    Ranking Trends: 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 26, NR.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: The third two-player in the Angels system, along with Ohtani and Walsh. Holmes is the player formerly known as William English. There’s a lot to like here, with a nice showing with the bat and some promise on the mound.

    Best Known For: Being the rare draftee from Detroit, also happens to be a two-way player with scattered intriguing skills on both sides of the ball. 

    25. LUIZ GOHARA LHP (23)

    Stats: Did not play (injuries).

    Ranking Trends: 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 28, 29 NR.

    ETA: 2018.

    Comments: Released by the Braves, the Angels signed the Brazilian Gohara as a free agent in August. He’s pretty much the definition of a potential “clean peanut,” which also makes him really difficult to assess. Before the 2018 season, Baseball America ranked as the #23 prospect in all of baseball—that was after dominating A+ and AA, and getting a solid taste of AAA, even five starts in the majors at the age of 20 years old. But then his troubles began, and he didn’t perform well in the minors and eventually missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury. While it is easly to get excited about his upside, the Braves released him for a reason. We can hope that they made a terrible mistake, but don’t count on it. Gohara goes into the 2020 season as perhaps the biggest in-house wildcard that could make a surprise impact on the major league pitching staff.

    Best Known For: Being one of the top prospects in all of baseball only a little over a year ago.  Used to have upper-90’s heat before shoulder injury. Currently rehabbing from surgery.  One of the very rare Brazilian baseball players. 

    26. ROBINSON PINA RHP (21)

    Stats: 3.83 ERA, 108 IP, 61 walks, 146 strikeouts in A ball (Burlington).

    Ranking Trends: 13, 20, 20, 25, 27, 27, 30, NR.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: Given his performance in 2019, it is almost surprising that Pina isn’t ranked higher. But if he continues this level of play in A+ and above, he could leapfrog several pitching prospects by year’s end. Definitely one to watch, with major league potential.

    Best Known For: Tall and lanky.  Herky-jerky motion.  Misses lots of bats. Reports indicate low-90’s fastball .  

    27. LUIS MADERO RHP (23)

    Stats: 5.03 ERA, 105.2 IP, 31 walks, 98 strikeouts in A+/AA.

    Ranking Trends: 10, 20, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR.

    ETA: 2022

    Comments: Madero was a bit of a darling among Angelswin prospects hounds after his breakout 2018 campaign (3.49 ERA, 27 walks and 95 strikeouts in 105.2 IP in A/A+). While his ERA rose substantially, his peripherals held steady and perhaps we’re being a bit too bearish on him. He isn’t far from being on the major league depth chart.

    Best Known For: Mid-90’s fastball.  Added to the Angels 40-man ahead of last year’s Rule 5 Draft. 

    28. LIVAN SOTO SS/2B (20)

    Stats: .220/.304/.256 in 311 PA in A/Rookie ball.

    Ranking Trends: 14, 24, 30, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR.

    ETA: 2024.

    Comments: The second of the “stolen” Braves prospects, Soto had a disappointing follow-up to his promising first year in the Angels farm system. Right now he projects as a very weak-hitting but solid fielding middle infielder, but he’s also got some physical development ahead of him. 2020 should give us a better sense of his ultimate potential.

    Best Known For: Being the “other” prospect the Braves lost that the Angels signed.  Defensive wizard. Weighs about as much as a women’s olympic gymnast. 

    29. ADRIAN RONDON IF (21)

    Stats: .266/.317/.378 in 69 games in Rookie/A ball.

    Ranking Trends: 25, 25, 26, 27, 30, NR, NR, NR.

    ETA: 2023.

    Comments: We’ve got a Rondon! Eppler seems to like former highly regarded international prospects; while never quite as lauded as Maitan, Rondon’s story is similar: the Tampa Rays gave him a $3 million signing bonus in 2015, but he struggled in the minor leagues. He held his own last year, but nothing exciting – so far. There’ still untapped potential and relative youth on his side.

    Best Known For: One of the more hyped international signees in recent memory.  Angels traded practically nothing for him. Great bat speed, recently moved to 3B.

    30. GARRETT STALLINGS RHP (22)

    Stats: Did not play.

    Ranking Trends: 22, 25, 29, 29, 29, NR, NR, NR.

    ETA: 2022.

    Comments: The Angels’ 5th round pick in 2019, Stallings is a bit of a sleeper pick who could reach the majors relatively quickly. He probably projects as a back-end starter, but is one to keep an eye on.

    Best Known For: Brilliant performance in the heavily scouted Cape Cod League.  Could climb the minor league ladder very quickly. 

     

    Other Ranked Players: Jeremy Beasley, Jose Bonilla, Denny Brady, Sadrac Franco, Jake Jewell, Orlando Martinez, Isaac Mattson, Leonardo Rivas, Jose Rojas, Andrew Wantz, Austin Warren.

     

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    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      Davis Daniel out of Auburn was selected in the 7th round of the 2019 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels
      By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist
      As with the position player version posted on Monday, I decided to expand the pitchers up to ten this week as well, in honor of the amateur draft, the Arizona League beginning play, and the rampant trade speculation that will exist over the next two weeks. With a whole bevy of newly drafted pitchers joining the ranks soon, it's time for another look at some of the Angels' top performing minor league arms over the last two weeks...
      1) Reid Detmers – LHP, Rocket City, AA:
      Continuing his dominance over AA hitters, Reid Detmers’ story added a new chapter this past weekend, impressing at the Future’s Game at All-Star weekend where he predictably struck out both hitters he faced. Aside from that, Detmers tallied two more starts over the last two weeks, totaling 9 IP, allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out 15, giving him 45 strikeouts against the last 82 batters faced dating back to his last handful of starts. There really is not much left to say that has not been said prior. Detmers is arguably ready to face big league hitters and figures to have a solid shot at doing so, perhaps within a couple weeks, be it in the Angels rotation or bullpen. 
       
      2021 (RCT AA): 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .220 BAA, 17 BB, 91 K, 10 HR across 50 IP in 11 GS
      2) Ryan Smith – LHP, Tri-City, A+:
      Count Ryan Smith as another Angels arm that has had a consistently strong season. Yet to allow more than 2 ER across any of his eleven games this season, Smith has had no problem since earning a promotion to Tri-City. Posting three starts over the last two weeks, the Princeton grad limited opposing hitters to a .169 BAA and 2.84 ERA in 19 IP, while only walking two against 17 strikeouts. Smith has particularly dominated lefties, who have only mustered 6 hits in 62 PA (.107 BAA) while only walking three and striking out 27. At 5’11” and without any clear-cut dominating stuff, Smith will draw some valid questions about whether he has the stature to remain a starter, but he has the savvy to keep hitters off-balance and could open some eyes should he continue his successes when he makes it to AA.
      2021 (RCT AA): 2.12 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, .162 BAA, 12 BB, 85 K, 7 HR across 63.2 IP in 11 G/10 GS
      3) Coleman Crow – RHP, Inland Empire, A:
      One of the Angels’ biggest gets of the 2019 draft was selecting and signing Coleman Crow, a prep arm from Georgia who was seen as a tough sign. Crow, now 20, has started his pro debut sharply, punctuated by two starts in the last two weeks, tallying 11 IP, striking out 13, walking 6, and allowing a 2.45 ERA and .189 BAA. Significantly younger than his competition in Low-A West, Crow will likely wrap the season with the 66ers and depending on his performance, could find himself among the Angels better pitching prospects. 
      2021 (IE A): 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .188 BAA, 7 BB, 18 K, 2 HR across 14 IP in 3 G/2 GS
      4) Adam Seminaris  – LHP, Inland Empire, A:
      The 5th round selection for the Angels in last year’s COVID-shortened draft, Seminaris’ pro debut season has been a mixed bag of results to date, but the lefty from Long Beach might have taken a developmental step forward over the last two weeks, posting two of his most impressive starts to date, striking out 18 against 2 walks in 11.1 IP. While he did allow 6 ER, a .464 BAbip against indicates his defense might have let him down a bit. Also of note, after averaging 58 pitches per appearance in June, Seminaris’ last two pitch counts were 86 and 97, a good sign as he works to establish himself as a legitimate SP prospect in the Angels’ thin ranks.
      2021 (IE A): 6.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .307 BAA, 7 BB, 48 K, 5 HR across 35.1 IP in 10 G/8 GS
      5) Davis Daniel – RHP, Rocket City, AA:
      Daniel finished his first (and hopefully only) stint at Tri-City with a flourish, dominating Spokane with a 7 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 13 K performance, finally earning him the promotion to AA Rocket City that many Angel fans had been calling for. While Daniel’s Rocket City debut didn’t land with quite the impact as many of his Tri-City performances – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 BB – he is one step closer to factoring into the Angels pitching depth charts – be it bullpen or otherwise. 
      2021 (TRI A+/RCT AA): 2.52 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .177 BAA, 22 BB, 67 K, 5 HR across 50 IP in 10 G/10 GS
      6) Jack Kochanowicz – RHP, Inland Empire, A:
      Here we go. One of the most talented Angels pitching prospects, Jack Kochanowicz’ first pro season started rather poorly, with an ERA of 18.47 after his first three starts and 6 BB to 5 K. Since then, he’s started to right the ship, throwing 32 IP of 4.22 ball, punching out 29, and limiting opponents to a .190 BAA. Over the last two weeks, Kochanowicz earned consecutive wins for the first time and turned in his finest pro start to date, a 7 IP outing against Visalia which saw the 6’6” 20-year-old strike out a career high 8, while only allowing three hits and two walks. The Angels have no need to rush Kochanowicz and now that he’s found a groove over his last seven starts, he could begin to assert his place among the Angels top prospects as the year continues.
      2021 (IE A): 6.57 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, .236 BAA, 22 BB, 34 K, 4 HR across 38.1 IP in 10 GS
      7) Kolton Ingram – LHP, Tri-City, A+:
      Making five appearances in relief and earning himself High-A West Pitcher of the Week is Kolton Ingram, a 5’9” lefty signed last summer following a release from the Tigers organization. After allowing 2 ER on July 2nd, Ingram went on to dominate over his next four outings, throwing 7.2 IP of one-hit, scoreless ball, striking out eleven and walking three. Ingram is now sporting a SO/9 near 14 on the season with time spent at both Inland Empire and now Tri-City. At 24, Ingram is a little advanced for his competition, but strikeouts count just the same in every league, and as one of the true relievers in the Angels lower-levels, Ingram could have ample opportunity to impress in high-leverage situations.
      2021 (IE A/TRI A+): 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .194 BAA, 7 BB, 46 K, 2 HR across 30.1 IP in 21 G
       8.) Jack Dashwood – LHP, Inland Empire, A:
      Continuing a strong debut pro season is Jack Dashwood, who added 11 IP in 3 multi-inning appearances closing out games for Inland Empire, striking out 11, walking two and allowing a 2.45 ERA with a .175 BAA. The two walks Dashwood allowed in this span are the most he'd allowed, well, all season, as he had walked only one batter prior. It's too soon to tell what the Angels might have with Dashwood, but the performance has been consistently strong all season, the control has been other-wordly, and a 6'6" lefty will always draw some attention.
      2021 (IE A): 3.15 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, .232 BAA, 3 BB, 56 K, 3 HR across 45.2 IP in 12 G/3 GS
      9) Cooper Criswell - RHP, Rocket City, AA:
      Paired up with two of the Angels most heralded starting pitcher prospects, Detmers and Rodriguez, in the Rocket City rotation, 24-year-old Cooper Criswell continues to be one of the Angels more durable and consistent starters. The 6'6" workhorse of the Rocket City rotation hit the 100 pitch mark for the second time this season and added 12.2 IP of 4.26 ERA ball to his ledger, showing again his strong command of the zone by striking out 15 and limiting opponents to one walk. Criswell might not have the dominating arsenal needed to guarantee a future in the bigs, but the righty has had no issue keeping some of the better AA teams in check at the plate. For teams scouting the Angels as a destination for rentals, Criswell's name could be one that comes up, as he is the perfect lottery ticket-type arm often found involved in such deals.
      2021 (RCT AA): 3.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .236 BAA, 7 BB, 78 K, 8 HR across 65.1 IP in 11 GS 
      10) Alejandro Hidalgo - RHP, Arizona, Rk.:
      Signed at the start of the 2019 international amatuer signing period, 18-year-old Alejandro Hidalgo kicked off his pro career with a couple eyebrow-raising appearances with the Angels' Arizona League team, striking out 8 in his first game across 4.1 IP. Hidalgo did allow a trio of home runs over his first 9.1 IP, as well as 6 ER, but his eleven combined strikeouts and firm fastball were enough to see why some see him as a potential Top 30 prospect in the Halos system already.
      2021 (RCT AA): 5.79 ERA, .282 BAA, 3 BB, 11 K, 3 HR across 9.1 IP in 2 GS
      Honorable mention, pitchers:
      Dakota Donovan (RHP, IE A): 0.00 ERA, .160 BAA, 5 K across 7 IP in 3 G - another 6'6" arm in the lower levels
      Robinson Pina (RHP, TRI A+): 4.50 ERA, .200 BAA, 6 BB, 15 K across 10 IP in 2 GS - showing improved command after being promoted back to Tri-City
      Jaime Barria (RHP, SLC AAA): 3.38 ERA, .268 BAA, BB, 8 K across 10.2 IP in 2 GS - continues to pitch effectively in a strong offensive league. Trade bait?
      Packy Naughton (LHP, SLC AAA): 1.50 ERA, .233 BAA, 5 BB, 11 K across 12 IP in 2 GS - also performing very well in a hitters' league. Trade bait?
      Tyler Danish (RHP, SLC AAA): 1.29 ERA, .208 BAA, 5 K across 7 IP in 5 G - reliever with some MLB experience pitching well in SLC 
    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
      Long-time Angels fans will recognize the IE66ers manager and former Halo, Jack Howell. As an Angels fan, it is great to see him back with the organization where he made it to the majors and played primarily 3B (but also many other positions, such as OF, 1B, and 2B). He even had 2 plate appearances in the 1986 postseason for the Angels, go 0 for 1 with a walk.
      Jack is also the player who made one of the most memorable moments that I have ever seen in a game. Jack hit a broken bat home run in Yankee Stadium in 1987. For newer Angels fans, you can watch a video of that special moment here. More importantly, fans can head out to see the IE66ers play and get a bobblehead immortalizing that moment on September 11th, 2021
      Throughout our interview, Jack and I discuss the Angels philosophy on developing players, what playing “Angels Baseball” means, how the IE66ers are playing, how the 20-second pitch clock is affecting the game, and many more topics that you will want to hear. After spending time with Jack, I can tell that he really cares about developing the next generation of Angels Major Leaguers and is very capable of helping them along their way.
      Fans really should head on out to see the IE66ers play. It is a great and local experience. All the food venues at the stadium are open, the tickets are incredibly reasonable, and you will see some good baseball being played by the next generation of Angels players. There are lots of great promotions in a family friendly stadium. Please click here to check out upcoming games, promotions, and the schedule.
      Please click below to watch our interview with IE66ers Manager Jack Howell.

      Make sure to secure your tickets to the 66ers game on Sept 11th and you'll go home with a Jack Howell broken bat home run bobblehead! 

    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
      On December 12th, 2019, the Angels made what appeared to be a quiet move when they selected outfielder Edwin Yon with their 2nd round pick of the Triple-A portion of the Rule V Draft. Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds on November 5, 2014 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Yon, a right handed hitting OFer had spent several seasons in Rookie ball in the Reds system before showing some improvement during the 2019.
      After losing a year due to Covid, Yon has been loudly putting up numbers for the IE66ers this year. The power that led to him being signed by the Reds has emerged and the bat is much improved. Yon has been one of the main bats powering the IE66ers offense this season.
      Yon is one of the tallest players in the Angels system, if not the tallest. Now listed at 6' 8", Yon has filled out and is able to transition his power into game-play. AngelsWin.com recently caught up to talk with Yon to learn about his change to the Angels, how his season has been going, and how he made it through Covid.
      66ers play by play broadcaster Steve Wendt tweeted this recently about Yon's poor start with the Low-A affiliate and ultimate turn around. 
      Yon as of today (July 25th) is currently slashing .305/.383/.676, good for a stellar 1.060 OPS with 10 HR and 32 RBI. 
      Here are just some of Yon's majestic home runs this season for the 66ers. 
      Please click below to watch our interview with IE66ers OFer Edwin Yon and then head on out to San Bernardino to go see him play.

    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist
      Some new names, some familiar names, an interesting couple of weeks saw new Angel farmhands continuing to break out and Angel pitchers position themselves for potential MLB call-ups…
      -- Position Players--
      1) Edwin Yon – RF, Inland Empire, A:
      The towering (6’5”? 6’8”?) outfielder hailing from La Romana in the Dominican Republic easily had the hottest two weeks of any Angels farmhand, highlighted by a 2 HR, 9 RBI performance on July 14th. Yon has demonstrated his raw power to an extreme degree in his last ten games, swatting five home runs, driving in 21, and adding a couple of doubles and a triple as well, giving him a slash of .405/.447/.857/1.304 in his last 47 plate appearances. Selected from the Reds’ organization in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, Yon has long drawn attention due to his physicality and raw power potential and while his size will at times expose him defensively and in the batters’ box, his swing can be surprisingly quick and compact for someone with his height, though it can be hard for him to keep his hitting mechanics clean consistently, leading to some streakiness across his pro career. Still, there is a lot to dream on here and the just-turned-23-year-old, in the midst of his best pro season, could be realizing some of the potential scouts have long dreamed on.
      2021 (IE A): .305/.383/.676/1.060 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 13 BB, 53 K in 120 PA/28 G
      2) Brendon Davis – SS/3B/2B/LF, Rocket City, AA:
      After posting a .956 OPS in his last 203 plate appearances at High-A Tri City, Brendon Davis earned a promotion to AA Rocket City, equaling the highest level he’s reached professionally – he struggled with Texas’ AA Frisco in 2019 to a .569 OPS in 400 PA. So far, so good. In his first four starts at AA, Davis hit .333 with a double and three homers, giving him a total slash of .422/.449/.822/1.271 in his last ten games at A+/AA, with three doubles, 5 HR, and 4 SB thrown in as well, all while splitting time evenly at four different positions. Davis, a former 5th round pick of the Dodgers and key piece in the Yu Darvish trade, is easily having his best year, having never topped a .720 OPS in any of his prior five pro seasons, and could be actualizing some of the talent that the Dodgers and Rangers once hoped for. AA will be a great test for Davis, and if he plays well, he could factor in the MLB depth chart as soon as 2022.
      2021 (TRI A+/RCT AA): .282/.336/.557/.892 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 19 BB, 81 K, 10 for 13 in SB attempts in 68 G/301 PA
      3) Jordyn Adams – CF, Tri-City, A+:
      2021 started so promisingly for Adams, who impressed during a couple brief looks in Spring Training flashing the combo of power, defense and speed that makes him a near Top 100 talent, but things went off the rails for him just days into the minor league season, as injuries robbed Adams of over a month of play and led to a significant slump following his mid-June return. That has changed of late however, as Adams hit .295/.367/.568/.936 in his last eleven games, popping four home runs and stealing six bases in seven attempts. This is a big developmental year for Adams, who is still struggling a bit with plate discipline and contact, but at 21, the Angels can still afford patience as he harnesses his talent in an older league.
      2021 (TRI A+): .214/.293/.366/.659 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 19 RBI, 15 BB, 53 K, 11 SB in 13 attempts in 34 G/147 PA
      4) Michael Stefanic – 2B/3B, Salt Lake City, AAA:
      Stefanic continues to do his best David Fletcher impression of late, as the Salt Lake infielder currently boasts a 15-game hitting streak and has not had two consecutive hitless games since June 13th and 14th. In the last two weeks, Stefanic is hitting .408 (20 hits in 49 AB) with three doubles, a home run, and Fletcher-esque BB/K ratios, with three walks to five strikeouts, indicative of Stefanic’s strong contact skills. It will be interesting to see how the Angels handle the 25-year-old, who as an undrafted free agent has already exceeded expectations, seeing that he will be Rule 5 eligible this winter and now has a career minor league slash of .305/.380/.409/.780 with 61 BB to 101 K in 183 G, comparing rather favorably to Fletcher’s .294/.345/.398/.743 with 96 BB to 154 K in 336 G. Could the Angels consider a configuration with Fletcher at SS and Stefanic at 2B? Jack Mayfield may be the lone thing standing in Stefanic’s way currently.
      2021 (RCT AA/SLC AAA): .331/.406/.473/.879 with 13 doubles, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 27 BB, 49 K in 67 G/293 PA
      5 tied) Jose Guzman – SS/2B, Inland Empire, A:
      Another owner of a lengthy hitting streak is Inland Empire’s shortstop, Jose Guzman, who has hit safely in his last eleven games, earning him a .386 BA (17 H in 44 AB) in that stretch, while also mixing in four doubles, a home run, seven walks, and three stolen bases. Guzman is buried in an org filled with intriguing mid-infield options, and while he lacks the ceiling most possess, he might be playing his way into a high floor UT IF type given his strong contact and discipline skills, average speed, solid defense, positional versatility, and doubles power. Only 20, Guzman sort of replaces the organizational void left when Leonardo Rivas was dealt to Cincinnati for Raisel Iglesias.
      2021 (RCT AA/IE A): .262/.339/.405/.744 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 21 BB, 56 K, 10 for 12 in SB attempts
      5 tied) Jeremy Arocho – 3B/SS/CF/LF, Inland Empire, A:
      Originally in the Dodgers organization, 22-year-old switch-hitter Jeremy Arocho’s speed, plate discipline and high-contact approach (and maybe some power?) were all on display over the last two weeks as he hit .388/.492/.490/.981 in his last twelve games. Almost exclusively a singles hitter this campaign, Arocho also added four of his only seven extra-base hits on the season in the last two weeks alone and swiped a perfect eight bases in eight attempts as well. Arocho’s skill set favors a future role on an MLB bench if he can continue his advanced pitch recognition and contact as he advances.
      2021 (IE A): .301/.420/.355/.775 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 37 BB, 35 K, 17 for 20 in SB attempts
      Honorable mention, position players:
      Franklin Torres (C/1B, TRI A+): .310/.370/.571/.941 with 5 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 11 K in 11 G/46 PA ­– converted infielder to catcher hitting well, 27% CS% on year
      Braxton Martinez (3B/1B, TRI A+): .304/.429/.522/.950 with 2 2B, HR, 5 BB, 3 K in 6 G/28 PA – still overpowering younger competition, hitting .340/.456/.601 on the year with 43 BB to 32 K
      Adrian Rondon (3B/2B, TRI A+): .333/.364/.564/.928 with 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K in 10 G/44 PA – former Rays prospect with some shine, just turned 23, some late-bloomer potential
      Jake Gatewood (3B/SS/LF, SLC AAA): .313/.340/.583/.923 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB, 13 K in 13 G/50 PA – former 1st rounder still playing well in UT role at AAA
      Gavin Cecchini (SS/2B, SLC AAA): .382/.447/.471/.918 with 3 2B, 4 BB, 7 K in 11 G/38 PA – another former 1st rounder playing well
      Arol Vera (SS/2B, Arizona Rk.): .333/.414/.500/.914 with 4 2B, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K – consistently producing still in pro debut
      Izzy Wilson (RF, RCT AA): .267/.303/.600/.903 with 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K, 3-5 SB in 9 G/33 PA - .979 OPS in June/July, AAA soon?
      Jo Adell (CF/RF, SLC AAA): .292/.358/.458/.817 with 3 2B, 3B, HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 13 K, 2 SB – improving discipline and contact
      Jose Reyes (LF/RF, IE A): .304/.353/.522/.875 with 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
      D’Shawn Knowles (CF/LF/SS, IE A): .271/.314/.396/.710 with 4 2B, 3B, 3 BB, 16 K, 4-5 SB attempts – first pro start at SS in effort to maximize versatility
      -- Pitchers--
      1) Hector Yan – LHP, Tri-City, A+:
      Yon and Yan atop the lists! Hector continued his turnaround with two more starts totaling 15 IP, striking out 15, keeping walks in check (only 3), and holding the opposition to a .146 BAA and only four earned runs (2.40 ERA), earning him the High-A West Pitcher of the Week along the way. Since a disastrous start to the year that saw him walk 18 and allow a 7.40 ERA through his first 24 IP/6 G, Yan has rebounded nicely, posting a 3.65 ERA over his last 7 G/37 IP, and while he’s still having issues with control (21 BB in that time) he’s limiting damage by keeping opponents to a .206 BAA. On the 40-man, there’s a slight chance Yan gets a limited look in Anaheim this September out of the pen, especially if the Angels tear down their pen. Yan also figures to be a name that comes up in trade talks as well, given how he’s likely been overtaken on the depth chart by names such as Detmers, Rodriguez, and potentially others in AA.

      2021 (TRI A+): 5.14 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .213 BAA with 39 BB, 66 K, 12 HR allowed in 61.1 IP in 13 GS
      2) Jhonathan Diaz – LHP, Rocket City, AA:
      9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 20 K. That’s really all you need to know. Diaz dominated in his first two performances back after missing a month due to injury, as the versatile lefty continues to be a force on a Rocket City pitching staff that has already seen several gaudy pitching performances from names such as Reid Detmers, Cooper Criswell, and Kyle Tyler. Only 24, the former Boston farmhand must be drawing some consideration for a potential Anaheim bullpen audition should the Angels clear some veterans at the trade deadline given his strong performances and peripherals throughout the season.

      2021 (RCT AA): 2.48 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .211 BAA with 8 BB, 49 K, 2 HR allowed in 32.2 IP in 8 G/4 GS
      3) Reid Detmers – LHP, Salt Lake City, AAA:
      You knew he’d be here again – two more starts, 15 strikeouts in 10 innings, only one walk and one run allowed, and a promotion to AAA. If the Angels part with anyone from their starting rotation this next week, you can almost bet Detmers will be taking their place. He’s ready.

      2021 (RCT AA/SLC AAA): 3.15 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .215 BAA with 18 BB, 106 K, 10 HR allowed in 60 IP in 13 GS 
      4) John Swanda – RHP, Inland Empire, A:
      That’s right, the Angels 4th rounder from the 2017 draft whose name often was floated as one of the better projected arms in the Angels is finally stringing together some strong performances. Across three starts in the last two weeks, Swanda threw 19 innings, striking out 18, walking two, and allowing only 5 ER (2.45 ERA) with 16 hits (.213 BAA). His season is still a mix of iffy results, but there is still some hope that there’s an MLB-caliber reliever or spot-starter hiding in there.
      2021 (IE A): 4.76 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .252 BAA with 25 BB, 61 K, 9 HR allowed in 68 IP in 14 G/11 GS
      5 tied) Austin Warren – RHP, Salt Lake City, AAA:
      With Andrew Wantz now in Anaheim, North Carolina product Austin Warren might be the next Angel farmhand in line to make his MLB debut out of the Halos bullpen. Over the last two weeks, Warren, in three multi-inning relief appearances, posted 9 IP, 0 BB, and 13 K, plus a 2.00 ERA and .129 BAA. At first glance, Warren’s 6.19 ERA doesn’t scream that he’s ready for the bigs but diving deeper you’ll find he’s allowed two runs or fewer in 19 of his 22 games, often in multiple innings, of those, zero in 12 of his 22 games. Warren owns a K9 of 11.9 across his minor league career and given that he’s R5 eligible this winter, could be in Anaheim sooner rather than later.

      2021 (SLC AAA): 6.19 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, .292 BAA with 18 BB, 45 K, 5 HR allowed in 36.1 IP in 22 G/1 GS
      5 tied) Oliver Ortega – RHP, Rocket City, AA:
      Perhaps right behind (or maybe even ahead) Austin Warren for the next bullpen debut is Oliver Ortega. Over the last two weeks, Ortega has made four appearances, tallying 5.1 innings, and striking out 10 against zero walks. Dating back to June 12th, Ortega has held opponents to a 2.08 ERA (11 scoreless appearances in 13 games) while walking only 3 to 23 strikeouts.

      2021 (RCT AA): 6.37 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, .292 BAA with 13 BB, 45 K, 3 HR allowed in 29.2 IP in 24 G 
      Honorable mention, pitchers:
      Alejandro Hidalgo (RHP, Arizona Rk.): 2.45 ERA, .190 BAA, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 HR allowed in 2 GS/11 IP – teen continues to post solid starts on a consistent basis in first pro season
      Matthis Dietz (RHP, TRI A+): 1.08 ERA, .179 BAA, 3 BB, 13 K, 1 HR allowed in 4 G/8.1 IP – former Oriole farmhand just signed from Indy team, 6’5”, 25 years old
      Kelvin Caceres (RHP, Arizona Rk.): 0.90 ERA, .171 BAA, 8 BB, 12 K, 1 HR in 2 GS/10 IP
      Cooper Criswell (RHP, RCT AA): 3.86 ERA, .333 BAA, BB, 9 K, 2 HR in 2 GS/7 IP
      Jose Quijada (LHP, SLC AAA): 1.50 ERA, .150 BAA, 3 BB, 8 K in 4 G/6 IP – another potential reliever should the Angels sell
      Emmanuel Duran (RHP, Arizona Rk.): 0.00 ERA, .067 BAA, 7 BB, 7 K in 3 G/4.1 IP – effectively wild
      Robinson Pina (RHP, TRI A+): 4.50 ERA, .250 BAA, 5 BB, 12 K in 2 GS/10 IP – continuing to be effective after being promoted back to Tri-City
    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
      In 2019, UC Santa Barbara tied a school record with 10 players taken in a single draft. The Angels were the first team to select one of the Gauchos when they picked the Saturday Night starter, left-handed pitcher Jack Dashwood in the 12th round (361st overall).
      Between the lost year to Covid, and some injuries, 2021 has been the first year where we have been able to see Dashwood on the mound. And, from what we saw, we were very impressed! Dashwood sat 92-94, attacked the hitters, worked inside and out, and kept the hitters off balance with his breaking pitches. We were not surprised that shortly after this interview that Dashwood was promoted up a level to the Tri-City Dust Devils.
      So far on the season, Dashwood is a combined 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA. He’s posted 70 Ks and only allowed 8 BBs in 62.0 IP. His WHIP is 1.08 and has held opposing batters to a .245 BA. Dashwood is excelling in his command and control, and that could help him be a fast-rising prospect in our organization.
      Please click below to watch our interview with Angels Pitcher Jack Dashwood.

    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
      It’s easy to see why the Angels drafted Jack Kochanowicz in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft (92nd overall). He’s big (6’6”) and still filling out, so there was and is a lot to project with him. As a result, the Angels went overslot for him to buy him out of his commitment to the University of Virginia.
      There is a lot to like with Kochanowicz. His velocity has ticked up since being drafted, and now sits mid-90s and touches 97. His curveball has near elite spin rates at around 3000 rpm. His changeup sits in the low 80s and is developing (in the interview he shows how he’s changed his grip on the pitch).
      During 2020, Kochanowicz (pronounced Ko/han/o/wicz) spent some time in the Long Beach complex. We heard a lot of positive things about his progress and development there from many sources.
      Right now, the Angels have Kochanowicz working on specific things and pitches in games. So, he is a case where the stats don’t tell the whole story. The talent is real, and Kochanowicz just needs to get the innings in to have it all come together. After missing 2 seasons between signing and Covid, there’s some rust that needs to be remedied. But, the tools are there. And, when he clicks, he could move through the system quickly.
      Please click below to watch our interview with IE66ers Pitcher Jack Kochanowicz and then head on out to San Bernadino to see him play.

    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist
      An infusion of pitching talent from the 2021 draft began their pro careers over the last two weeks, and a number of familiar names continued to make an impact at the higher levels on the offensive side of things. As the minor league season draws close to its final month, more attention will turn towards which prospects earn promotions to the next level, including some to the major leagues, with the Angels bolstering their youth movement and looking more towards 2022. 


      --Position Players--

      1) Michael Stefanic – 2B/SS, Salt Lake City AAA:

      In perhaps the strongest indication that a Stefanic promotion to the bigs is imminent is his recent playing time (five games) at SS – his first at the position since one start back on May 18th , because aside from his relative defensive limitations and lack of position, there is nothing else keeping him in AAA at this point. Over the last two weeks, Stefanic posted an OPS of 1.106, adding 16 more hits in 41 at-bats (.390), four more home runs (giving him 14 on the season, his prior career high was 3), and walking three times to six strikeouts, giving him 34 BB to 57 K on the year. He is tied for 4th in all of minor league baseball in hits (117) and 5th in batting average (.340) and since July 1st, he is hitting .370 with a BAbip of .377, indicating that no, this isn’t pure luck or hitting-friendly park inflation - well, maybe some of the power. At this point, I believe it’s fair to say it’s simply a matter of time before Stefanic gets a chance at some playing time, perhaps even as soon as next homestand.

      2021 (RCT AA/SLC AAA): .340/.408/.506/.914 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 49 RBI, and 34 BB, 57 K in 88 G/387 PA
      2) Mitch Nay – 3B/1B, Rocket City AA:

      A one-time supplemental first round choice by the Blue Jays (back when Minasian was with the org), corner infielder Mitch Nay has continued a solid – though streaky – season for AA serving as one of the team’s primary run producers on an offense that has featured strong production all year-round. Slashing .333/.404/.667/1.070 in his last two weeks, boosted by five home runs and two doubles, giving him 38 extra-base hits on the season. A month from turning 28, time is starting to run against Nay, but his steady production should earn him time in AAA for some club next season, or perhaps later this year should the Angels add Thaiss, Rengifo, or Stefanic to the big-league club. Nay has the skillset to serve as a big bat 4A-type player, but could perhaps be a serviceable big-league sub.

      2021 (RCT AA): .235/.345/.500/.835 with 16 doubles, 22 home runs, 48 RBI, 49 BB, 98 K in 91 G/362 PA
      3) Ray-Patrick Didder – SS/CF/2B, Rocket City AA:

      A former farmhand in the Braves’ system, Didder has spent most of the season serving as the primary starting shortstop for Rocket City posting fairly pedestrian numbers in his first 37 games, but has shown life since, posting an .805 OPS since June 20th (coupled with a good .278 BA and .385 OBP) and in particular, the last two weeks, as the 26-year old Aruban native slashed a strong .388/.466/.653/1.119 in his last 58 plate appearances, swatting seven doubles, two homers, walking six times, striking out ten, and stealing three bases in four attempts, all while seeing regular time up in the middle at SS, CF, and 2B. Didder’s primary weapons – versatility, above-average speed and defense, and solid contact and discipline skills – give him a strong chance at seeing major league utility work someday, at least as a AAA reserve.

      2021 (RCT AA): .238/.335/.371/.706 with 20 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 35 RBI, 37 BB, 79 K, 14 SB in 22 attempts in 90 G/349 PA
      4) Arol Vera – SS/2B, Arizona Rk.:

      Days away from turning 19, Arol Vera has continued to consistently impress at the Arizona Complex League since Game One, and that continued over the last two weeks as well, as he slashed .366/.422/.561/.983, albeit slightly boosted by a BABip of .455. Still, Vera continues to show strong power (even if he’s yet to hit his first pro HR) as he added six doubles and a triple to his season, above-average contact (15 for 41), and acceptable discipline with three walks against eight strikeouts. Vera has settled in as the everyday shortstop for the Arizona team, who have also seen top prospects Adrian Placencia, Werney Blakely, and Kyren Paris all see time at the position as well, but Vera seems to be staking some claim for now, taking a lions-share of playing time in the past two weeks.

      2021 (Arizona Rk.): .333/.397/.493/.890 with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 36 K in 36 G/156 PA
      5) Orlando Martinez – OF, Rocket City AA:

      Martinez has impressed in different ways throughout this season, but his performance over the last two weeks has been some of his most balanced yet. In the last two weeks, Martinez logged twelve games and 48 plate appearances, tallying 14 hits, seven extra base hits, including four doubles and two more homers, and three walks to nine strikeouts, giving him a .318/.375/.591/.966 slash in that time, playing left field primarily. Martinez seems primed for a call-up to AAA with Marsh and Adell now seemingly locked in to MLB play for the remainder of the year, but the org might be waiting to see if Trout’s return could shuffle AAA playing time. Martinez will be R5 eligible this winter and an interesting name to watch. Outfielders with his skillset tend to be unprotected more often than not, but also are one of the more common types of players claimed in R5 to serve as 4th outfielders on developing clubs.  

      2021 (RCT AA): .257/.311/.460/.771 with 22 doubles, 1 triple, 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 24 BB, 105 K in 87 G/368 PA

      Honorable mentions, position players:
      David Calabrese (OF Arizona Rk.): .296/.367/.519/.885 with 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 for 2 in SB attempts in 8 G/30 PA – best two weeks yet for the ’20 3rd rounder
      Kyren Paris (SS/2B TRI A+): .250/.462/.357/.819 with 2B, 3B, 10 BB, 14 K, 5 for 5 in SB attempts in 9 G/39 PA - .500 BAbip, but excellent plate discipline and SB %
      Chad Wallach (C/1B SLC AAA): .370/.471/.704/1.174 with 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 BB, 8 K in 8 G/34 PA– could see him in September as clubs often carry 3 catchers
      Luis Rengifo (2B/SS SLC AAA): .344/.405/.656/1.062 with 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 SB in 9 G/37 PA – continues to play very well in AAA, just hasn’t translated to bigs since ‘19
      Carlos Herrera (2B/SS TRI A+/RCT AA): .333/.419/.593/1.012 with 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 for 3 in SB attempts in 9 G/31 PA – promoted to AA and performing well in age 24 season, former COL farmhand
      Jeremy Arocho (2B/SS/3B/CF IE A/TRI A+): .429/.529.429/.958 with 0 XBH, 9 BB, 8 K, 6 for 7 in SB attempts in 11 G/51 PA – promoted to AA, draws tons of walks and slaps plenty of singles with good SB speed
      Braxton Martinez (1B/DH IE A): .357/.404/.571/.976 with 2 2B, 2 3B, HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K in 11 G/47 PA – promote the dude already, he’s 27
      Kenyon Yovan (1B/3B/DH TRI A+): .297/.395/.568/.963 with 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 18 K in 11 G/43 PA– UDFA clubbing the ball well
      Jose Rojas (1B/3B/LF SLC AAA): .372/.378/.581/.959 with 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI in 10 G/45 PA – could see Anaheim again before ’21 is out
      Kean Wong (3B SLC AAA): .333/.407/.542/.949 with 2B, 2 3B, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 for 4 in SB attempts in 6 G/27 PA – could see time in Anaheim again soon, at expense of a callup for Stefanic
      Cade Cabiness (OF IE A): .273/.415/.515/.930 with 2B, 2 3B, HR, 7 BB, 19 K in 11 G/41 PA – UDFA playing well in first pro homestand
      Paxton Wallace (3B/1B IE A): .281/.395/.531/.926 with 3B, 2 HR, 6 BB, 7 K in 10 G/38 PA – solid contact, discipline, and power from another UDFA
      Michael Cruz (C RCT AA): .280/.357/.560/.917 with 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 7 K – solid production from AA backstop, only 25


      --Pitchers--

      1) Adam Seminaris – LHP, Tri-City A+:

      Fresh off his first start for High-A West Tri-City, lefty Adam Seminaris, selected in the 5th round of last year’s draft, has seen his season turn around rapidly of late. While the 22-year-old lefty never really struggled, his performance in the first half of the year was mixed at best before taking a step forward in early July. In his last two weeks, again including his first start for Tri-City, Seminaris threw 16 IP over 3 GS, striking out 17, walking 5, and limiting opponents to a .224 BAA and 3.38 ERA. Since July 3rd, Seminaris has posted a K/9 rate of 13, a nice step-up from the 11.3 K/9 he posted in his first 8 GS. Seminaris has the seasoning to move fairly quickly through the system, but he also poses a wide variety of potential outcomes for his career – could be a starter, could be a strong high-lev reliever, could be a solid multi-inning swingman – so the Angels might take it fairly slow with him, especially as they have numerous intriguing arms ahead in the pipeline to weed through first. Still, Seminaris could move fast.

      2021 (IE A/TRI A+): 5.12 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .269 BAA, with 20 BB, 97 K, 9 HR allowed across 70.1 IP in 17 G/15 GS
      2) Cristopher Molina – RHP, Rocket City AA:

      Molina, typically a starter in throughout his pro career, converted to multi-inning relief this season for Tri-City, pitching almost exclusively from the pen in the first two months of the season to the tune of a 2.70 ERA and .215 BAA in his first 40 IP, striking out 47, walking 14, and allowing only one HR. This was apparently enough to earn a promotion not only to AA Rocket City in late July, but also back into the rotation, as the 24-year-old RHP has thrown in at least 5 innings in four of his first five AA games. In the last two weeks, Molina made two appearances, one starting, one in relief, tallying a line of 10.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 11 K, good for a 0.87 ERA and .167 BAA. Molina is a sleeper prospect in the truest sense as his career performance has consistently exceeded expectations, and now that he’s in AA, could start to raise some eyebrows as a potential MLB arm.

      2021 (TRI A+/RCT AA): 2.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .234 BAA, with 28 BB, 78 K, 4 HR allowed across 75 IP in 24 G/5 GS

      3) Connor Von Scoyoc – RHP, Inland Empire, A:

      A 6’6” power arm taken in the 11th round of the 2018 draft, 21-year-old Von Scoyoc battled control issues in his initial pro debut back in 2019, and while he seems to have addressed some of that wildness so far in ’21, it has not come at the expense of his swing-and-miss stuff. In his last two appearances, Von Scoyoc has dominated, striking out 18 in 8.2 IP and allowing only 3 BB. He’s become slightly more hittable in his efforts to reduce walks, but the ability to miss bats remains evident. His 104 pitch, 12 strikeout effort on August 14th demonstrates the Angels have faith in his ability to work as a starter, and should he stick in that role, could find himself one of the Angels’ better pitching prospects in a hurry. A fallback to the bullpen could make sense if walks remain an issue.
      2021 (Arizona Rk./IE A): 4.36 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, .276 BAA, with 16 BB, 46 K, 2 HR allowed across 33 IP in 9 G/5 GS

      4) Davis Daniel – RHP, Rocket City AA:

      Yeah, Davis Daniel is here again. More of the same from the steady 24-year-old righty from Auburn, as he’s continued to have no issue facing AA hitters. Two more starts, 9.2 IP, 12 K, 2 BB, one HR 6 hits (.167 BAA), and a 2.79 ERA. Davis has allowed no more than four runs in any game this year (only twice) and routinely keeps opponents to even less than that, allowing one or fewer in 10 of his 16 games so far this year. The only thing that might keep Davis from seeing Anaheim this season or next is the fact that he’s still ineligible from R5 selection until winter ’22 and the Angels have nearly a dozen R5 eligible arms “ahead” of him on the depth chart to sift through first, but Davis’ consistent production might queue him up sooner rather than later.
      2021 (TRI A+/RCT AA): 2.50 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .196 BAA, with 27 BB, 112 K, 7 HR allowed across 82.2 IP in 16 GS

      5) Kyle Tyler – RHP, Salt Lake City:

      Prior to his early August promotion to AAA, Tyler was moved to relief in an attempt to coax a little more velocity out of his fastball and fast-track his surprising success into a role that helped him reinforce the Angels’ MLB bullpen. Tyler was hit hard in his AAA debut, allowing 7 ER in 2 IP, but in three appearances since (two of which were 4 IP, one as a SP), he has been spectacular. Tyler’s three appearances have combined for 9 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 13 K – certainly moving him into the periphery of seeing MLB innings, with a call-up perhaps even imminent depending on the severity of Jose Marte’s recent injury and Alex Cobb’s setback. Tyler figures to compare favorably around the likes of Andrew Wantz and Austin Warren.
      2021 (RCT AA/SLC AAA): 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .248 BAA, with 25 BB, 88 K, 9 HR allowed across 83 IP in 19 G/14 GS


      Honorable mention, pitchers:
      Nathan Burns (RHP Arizona Rk./IE A): 0.00 ERA, .050 BAA with H, BB, 12 K in 6 IP/4 G – near perfect start from 2021 19th rounder
      Ryan Smith (LHP RCT AA): 3.27 ERA, .238 BAA with 4 BB, 14 K in 11 IP/2 GS – two solid rebound starts for the Princeton lefty as he adjusts to AA
      Dylan King (RHP TRI A+): 3.52 ERA, .233 BAA with 1 BB, 16 K in 7.2 IP/3 G – now has 53 K in 34.1 IP
      Glenn Albanese (RHP TRI A+): 0.00 ERA, .222 BAA with 2 BB, 9 K in 6.2 IP/3 GS – great pro start for ’21 15th rounder
      Brett Kerry (RHP IE A): 0.00 ERA, .154 BAA with BB, 8 K in 4 IP/2 GS – another strong pro debut, 5th rounder
      Alex Martinez (RHP Arizona Rk.): 0.00 ERA, .118 BAA with 2 H, 2 BB, 10 K in 5 IP/4 G – excellent debut for teenage righty reliever
      Keith Rogalla (RHP RCT AA): 2.84 ERA, .269 BAA with BB, 7 K in 6.1 IP/4 G – quietly having a solid relief season for AA
      Cooper Criswell (RHP SLC AAA): 4.82 ERA, .235 BAA with 4 BB, 13 K in 9.1 IP/2 GS – fearless and extremely consistent, willing himself into MLB consideration
      John Swanda (RHP IE A): 3.27 ERA, .256 BAA with 3 BB, 9 K in 11 IP/2 G/1 GS
      Ky Bush (LHP TRI A+): 2.70 ERA, .333 BAA with 2 BB, 8 K in 3.1 IP/2 GS – solid pro debut from 2nd rounder
      Brandon Dufault (RHP IE A): 1.50 ERA, .143 BAA with 3 H, 2 BB, 11 K in 6 IP/3 G – keeping trend going with strong pro debuts
      Ryan Costeiu (RHP IE A): 0.00 ERA, .000 BAA with BB, 6 K in 4 IP/2 G – one more, why not?
       
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      By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist
      A slew of late-season promotions continue to shuffle the Angels' minor league deck, but strong performances remain!
      --Pitchers--

      1) Davis Daniel – RHP, Rocket City AA:

      You can sort of Davis Daniel is becoming the Angels’ pitching equivalent of Michael Stefanic; both came into 2021 without much hype, both have performed not only extremely well, but extremely well consistently throughout the season, and both arguably are MLB-ready, even with Daniel yet to appear in AAA. Daniel’s strike-throwing tendencies were on full display over the last week, as the 24-year-old made two starts for Rocket City, striking out 18 in 11 innings while allowing just one walk, three earned runs (2.45 ERA), and seven hits (.175 BAA). Daniel has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 18 appearances this year and with 9 starts in each A+ and AA, has essentially matched his production across two leagues – trading a few more walks from A+ for a few more hits in AA. If not for the surplus of R5 eligible arms that were added to the MLB team ahead of him these last few weeks, he’d likely already be in Anaheim.
      2021 (TRI A+/RCT AA): 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .193 BAA, with 28 BB, 130 K, 8 HR allowed across 93.2 IP in 18 GS
      2) Ryan Smith – LHP, Rocket City AA:

      Following a couple months in Tri-City, Smith, a 5’11” 23-year-old lefty out of Princeton, was moved up to AA Rocket City and has yet to really be slowed much by much of anything. While his stellar Inland Empire line has dulled a bit as he’s advanced, Smith has still delivered quality innings in all three of his stops this season, and the last two weeks have indeed put an exclamation point on that narrative, as Smith sparkled in two starts, allowing only one ER (0.69 ERA) in 13 innings, with one walk to sixteen strikeouts. Like Daniel, Smith won’t be R5 eligible until the winter following the 2022 season, but his performance might force the Angels to consider the lefty for their major league staff sometime in ’22.
      2021 (IE A/TRI A+/RCT AA): 4.28 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .222 BAA, with 22 BB, 132 K, 14 HR allowed across 107 IP in 19 G/18 GS

      3) John Swanda – RHP, Inland Empire, A:

      Many have likely forgotten John Swanda, the Angels 4th round selection back in the 2017 draft. In his first three seasons, Swanda, now 22, rarely demonstrated any dominant stuff or positive results, but never really faltered either. At first glance, Swanda’s 2021 season looks pedestrian as well; no gaudy strikeout numbers, middling earned runs allowed, average HR and BB rates, but a closer look would reveal that Swanda’s season echoes perhaps what Cooper Criswell did in 2019; steady, consistent innings that were quietly dominant, punctuated by an occasional poor start. Swanda’s last two starts have been his best, as he limited opponents to just four hits (.089 BAA) and three walks in 13.1 scoreless innings while striking out 16. In his last four games now, he’s earned three wins, allowed a 1.48 ERA and .170 BAA in 24.1 IP with 25 K. Swanda will be Rule 5 eligible this winter, but lacking any high-octane stuff or shiny results should keep him safe from selection, which could work to the Angels’ benefit.
      2021 (IE A): 4.14 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .250 BAA, with 33 BB, 92 K, 13 HR allowed across 104.1 IP in 20 G/15 GS

      4) Thomas Pannone – LHP, Salt Lake City AAA:

      The Angels had probably hoped for a little more from lefty Thomas Pannone when they signed him to a minor league deal this past winter. Originally drafted by Cleveland in the 9th round and a decent prospect when acquired in trade by Toronto, Pannone had glimpses of promise in two MLB stints in the bigs but has yet to see that continue into his ’21 season with the Bees, a campaign which has been nothing short of a disaster. But Pannone might be showing signs of ending the year on a high note, as he has now strung together four straight decent appearances, including his three most recent starts, two of which were 7 IP efforts. Pannone posted a 2.95 ERA in that time, allowing two walks, 16 hits, and 2 HR while striking out 14. Likely ticketed for minor league free agency this winter, he won’t factor into the Angels future plans much, but could still see himself in the bigs this year should the Halos need a spot starter.
      2021 (SLC AAA): 7.21 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, .196 BAA, with 32 BB, 67 K, 20 HR allowed across 97.1 IP in 20 G/17 GS

      5) Fernando Guanare – RHP, Dominican Rk.:

      Anytime a teenage arm can string up a couple of starts like Fernando Guanare has of late, it will catch some eyes. Posting 12 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 15 K in his last two starts, Guanare has continued to flash some strong strikeout stuff all season while, perhaps most impressively walking only one to date in his first pro season. Only 18 and listed at 6’1” 140 Guanare is still obviously a ways off, but strong performances tend to earn stateside rookie ball promotions no matter how young the arm. Could be an interesting one to watch in 2022.
      2021 (Dominican Rk.): 2.31 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, .268 BAA, with 1 BB, 38 K, 0 HR allowed across 39 IP in 8 GS

      Honorable mention, pitchers:
      Adam Seminaris (LHP Tri-City A+): 1.74 ERA, .216 BAA with 4 BB, 11 K across 10.1 IP in 2 GS – now sporting a 3.33 ERA in last ten starts, 69 K in 51.1 IP
      Mason Erla (RHP RCT AA): 0.00 ERA, .125 BAA with 0 BB, 9 K across 5 IP in 2 GS –nearly perfect start to pro career. 24 years old, could move fast.
      Janson Junk (RHP RCT AA): 3.12 ERA, .071 BAA with 1 BB, 8 K across 8.2 IP in 1 GS – just missed a perfect game, but got an MLB debut instead
      Luke Murphy (RHP TRI A+): 4.76 ERA, .227 BAA with 1 BB, 10 K across 5.2 IP in 4 G – virtually all damage against came in last appearance, nearly perfect before
      Braden Olthoff (RHP Arizona Rk.): 1.29 ERA, .179 BAA with BB, 14 K across 7 IP in 2 GS – extremely strong start could garner promotion soon
      Tyler Danish (RHP SLC AAA): 1.69 ERA, .220 BAA with 2 BB, 13 K across 10.2 IP in 4 G/1 GS – freshly baked success for @Angels1961 fav
      Dylan King (RHP TRI A+): 4.50 ERA, .200 BAA with 0 BB, 14 K across 8 IP in 2 G – sleeper reliever prospect to watch, 67 K in 42.1 IP.
      Hector Yan (LHP TRI A+): 1.35 ERA, .136 BAA with 8 BB, 14 K across 6.2 IP in 2 G – struck out 21 of 49 hitters since moving to relief – and walked 15.
      Leonard Garcia (LHP Arizona Rk.): 1.04 ERA, .188 BAA with 6 BB, 15 K across 8.2 IP in 2 GS – only 17 and already stateside, arguably could have beat Guanare for #5 on this list
      Brandon Dufault (RHP IE A): 0.00 ERA, .200 BAA with 3 BB, 7 K across 5 IP in 3 G – control issues, but all signs point to solid relief arm in the making
       
      --Position Players--

      1) Michael Stefanic – 2B/DH, Salt Lake City AAA:

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      You can make an argument that with a .340 BA in 101 games, Michael Stefanic leads all minor league baseball in batting average – some lower-level players with fewer PA/G have higher BA are ahead – and he has maintained that .340 BA over the last two weeks, with 16 more hits in 47 AB. Not a true power threat, Stefanic’s SLG did drop slightly as he added only three extra-base hits (all doubles) in the last two weeks, but he maintained his excellent contact/discipline skills, posting 7 BB (one IBB) to 7 K in that time. While a call-up to Anaheim has yet to materialize (to the chagrin of many) it is probably safe to assume Stefanic will find himself placed on the 40-man this offseason given his R5 eligibility, and it could be Minasian is using the majors to determine which of the Mayfield, Rengifo, Wong contingent he wants to keep with Stefanic, and not in place of.
      2021 (RCT AA/SLC AAA): .340/.410/.494/.904 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBI, and 40 BB, 64 K, 5/8 SB attempts in 101 G/441 PA
      2) Orlando Martinez – OF/DH, Rocket City AA:

      It’s been an uneven, but still encouraging, season for the 23-year-old Cuban outfielder, whose strong rebound in August from a brutal July (.606 OPS) continued over the last two weeks, slashing .355/.412/.548/.960 in 8 G/34 PA, adding a double, triple, and a homer to his ledger, drawing 3 BB to 5 K, and swiping three bags in three attempts. Had it not been for his July slide, Martinez would have a very solid .283/.340/.502/.842 slash. The lack of discipline remains Martinez’ biggest obstacle, but his sustained success with strong contact and at least average (if not slightly better) power still hints at an outfielder who has at least platoon-potential in the bigs as a ceiling. Martinez will be R5 eligible this winter, and while outfielders with his skill set typically are not protected as they are common across orgs, he’s also the type of player often selected in R5 to round out a rebuilding club’s bench. As such, there’s a strong chance he’s discussed in trades.
      2021 (RCT AA): .265/.318/.468/.785 with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, 26 BB, 110, 5/7 SB attempts in 94 G/401 PA
      3) Braxton Martinez – 1B/DH, Tri-City A+:

      The Angels finally promoted the 27-year-old signee out of Indy ball on August 25th, and so far, so good, as Martinez has responded to the next level with little issue, continuing right where he left off by slashing .308/.367/.692/1.059 in his first 7 games at A+, clubbing three homers, a double, and drawing three walks to 10 strikeouts. It remains incredibly unlikely that Martinez ascends in a way that impacts the major league team, but he’s certainly filled a role for the organization’s lower levels this year by posting an MVP-quality season.
      2021 (IE A/TRI A+): .331/.439/.588/1.027 with 28 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 64 RBI, 59 BB, 62 K in 86 G/378 PA
      4) David MacKinnon – 1B/DH, Rocket City AA:

      MacKinnon suffered a rare cold snap over his last month or so, mustering only a .211 BA from July 23rd to August 22nd, but the disciplined, high-contact first baseman has returned to form over the last two weeks, slashing .310/.382/.621/1.003 over 8 games, tallying three more doubles and two more HR, giving him a new career-high in doubles with 30 and adding to his career-high HR total of 13. Rule 5 eligible this winter, the Angels, like with Stefanic and Martinez, will have some interesting decisions to make, as MacKinnon has proven himself to be a consistent offensive presence across his career. While his power and position might limit his paths to the majors, his contact, discipline, and defense parallel someone like Yandy Diaz, and a team with similar first-base depth issues and budget concerns could have interest in MacKinnon either by way of draft or trade.
      2021 (Rocket City AA): .292/.388/.497/.885 with 30 doubles, 13 home runs, 63 RBI, 48 BB, 75 K in 91 G/392 PA
      5) Adrian Placencia – 2B/SS, Arizona Rk.:

      With Vera advancing to Inland Empire, Adrian Placencia and Werner Blakely will now draw more attention in Arizona, and over the last two weeks, Placencia has done just that. While Placencia’s batting average has yet to shine in any way (he’s hitting only .193 on the season, though a .247 BAbip is partly to blame), he has demonstrated maybe the most balanced offensive approach of any of the Angels young mid-infield prospects, slashing .250/.357/.583/.940 over the last two weeks, adding all sorts of extra-base hits (one double, two triples, one homer) in that time, while also maintaining good plate discipline (4 BB to 8 K) and a bit of speed, with two stolen bases in two attempts.
      2021 (Arizona RK.): .193/.356/.395/.751 with 3 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, 27 BB, 41 K in 35 G/149 PA
      Honorable mentions, position players:
      Adrian Rondon (2B/SS TRI A+): .321/.387/.464/.851 with 2B, HR, 3 BB, 10 K in 8 G/31 PA
      Jose Rojas (1B/3B/LF SLC AAA): .239/.340/.457/.796 with 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 10 K in 13 G/53 PA
      Mitch Nay (1B/3B RCT AA): .259/.394/.444/.838 with 2 2B, HR, 6 BB, 6 K in 8 G/33 PA
      Kyle Kasser (LF/RF/1B TRI A+): .303/.395/.303/.698 with 4 BB, 8 K, 2 SB in 10 G/38 PA
    • By Chuckster70 in AngelsWin.com Today
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      By The AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse
      Welcome to our updated 2021 prospects list. After the tragedy that was a lost minor league season in 2020, we were very excited to see our minor leaguers in action. The big surprise this year is the veritable explosion of pitching, from strong performances by top prospects Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez, to the emergence of lesser-known guys like Davis Daniel and Robinson Pina, as well as many fringe guys all of a sudden becoming legitimate major league depth in the near future.
      The Prospect Posse: Who Are We?
      We are a group of nine regular contributors to this website, all of whom consider eyewitness accounts, scouting reports, statistical analysis, and just gut feeling in our assessment. We feel that our list is stronger for the fact that it includes nine contributors, all with slightly different emphases, both in terms of how we consider prospects, and what sort of guys stand out to us. As one can see with the “ranking ranges,” there is often wide disagreement, but it all evens out to provide what we feel is a very strong list.
      One thing to note is that the lower in the rankings one gets, the more interchangeable the ordering. In terms of the methodology used to compile this list, some of the prospects are grouped in clusters. For instance, while there’s a gap between #10 and #11, the next three guys (#11-13) are all very close, as are #14-15, and #19-21. There is a large gap between #21 and #22, as well as after #25. In our methodology, there is a similar gap between #17 and #26 as there is between #26 and #50.
      To put that another way, we—as a group—are rather clear on who our top 25 are, and how they are tiered in their relative rankings, but after that it is less clear.
      Without further ado, here are our updated rankings:
      1. REID DETMERS (21, LHP)

       
      Ranking Range: 1-4 Change: +3
      Stats: 3.15 ERA, 13, GS, 60 IP, 18 BB, 106 SO in AA/AAA; 10.61 ERA in 2 GS in majors
      Detmers has been all that we hoped for and more, largely due to his increased fastball velocity. Despite early struggles in his first two Major League starts, he has shown the flashes of excellence that led him to be our Top Prospect on this list. The floor for Detmers is very high—that of a good mid-rotation starter—but he could be better than that.
      2. BRANDON MARSH (23, OF)

      Ranking Range: 1-4 Change: Same
      Stats: 28 games, .287/.398/.528, 4 HR, in 28 Rk/AAA | 19 games, .154/.257/.215 in 21 major league games
      Marsh missed much of the first half due to injury, but when he returned, he completely destroyed AAA pitchers (.382/.417/.735 in 8 games), before being called up. He’s struggled in his first exposure to major league pitching but shows flashes of a well-rounded game. In some ways he’s the hitting version of Detmers: very high floor, with a good ceiling, that of an All-Star who is plus in just about every facet of the game.
      3. JO ADELL (22, OF)

      Ranking Range: 1-4 Change: -2
      Stats: 73 games, .289/.342/.592, 23 HR in 73 AAA games | .304/.360/.478 in 6 major league games
      Adell started the year with 7 walks and 57 strikeouts in his first 37 AAA games, but in the next 36 games he doubled his walk rate (15) and cut his strikeouts (42). In his first week in the majors, he’s looked like a completely different player than last year. Jo will require patience, but his ceiling is still very high and his ability to translate his power into the game is improving.
      4. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ (23, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 2-6 Change: -1
      Stats: 3.64 ERA, 29.2 IP, 15 BB, 29 SO in 15 games and 2 starts in the majors
      Rodriguez has had an interesting path this year, starting in the major league bullpen after only 78.2 professional innings, and none above A+. He held his own and, after an injury layoff, was sent to AA to be stretched out as a starter. The future still looks bright, and like Detmers he has the potential to be a TOR arm.
      5. SAM BACHMAN (21, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 4-10 Change: New
      Stats: 0.00 in 1 GS, 2 IP, 0 BB, 2 SO in A+ ball
      The Angels surprised everyone when they picked Bachman ahead of Kumar Rocker, although that seems less controversial now that Rocker and the Mets failed to reach an agreement. The big question is whether Bachman can stick as a starter, with some concerned about his violent delivery. But the stuff is immense, including a fastball that reaches triple digits and a slider to die for. Even if the Angels convert him to relief, he could be an elite closer.
      6. KYREN PARIS (19, 2B)

      Ranking Range: 5-8 Change: +1
      Stats: .310/.437/.548, 2 HR, 13 SB, and 18 BB in 23 games in A/Rookie ball
      Paris started the season hot, but then went down with a fractured fibula for a couple months. He just got back to A ball and is continuing where he left off, displaying speed, defense, contact ability, discipline, and even a touch of power.
      7. AROL VERA (18, SS)

      Ranking Range: 5-9 Change: +3
      Stats: .307/.374/.446 in 26 Rookie ball games
      Vera started the year scalding hot, hitting over .400 for his first week or so, but has cooled off, in a 1-15 funk as of this writing; still, a very promising start to his professional career.
      8. JORDYN ADAMS (21, OF)

      Ranking Range: 5-11 Change: -3
      Stats: .207/.278/.341 in 46 games in A+
      The luster has dimmed somewhat as Adams has struggled this year, although some of that may be due to an injury that kept him out for six weeks. The talent is there, but it remains to be seen whether he can convert it to baseball skills.
      9. JEREMIAH JACKSON (21, IF)

       
      Ranking Range: 6-11 Change: -1
      Stats: .248/.322/.510 in 39 games in A ball Jackson continued where he left off in 2019, but at a level higher: lots of HR and strikeouts, although there are signs of slight improvement in BB%. He’s been out with quad strain for the last month and a half.
      10. ALEXANDER RAMIREZ (18, OF)

      Ranking Range: 8-14 Change: +3
      Stats: .290/.380/.548 in 23 Rookie games
      With Adell and Marsh in the majors, Ramirez is arguably the highest upside bat in the Angels system.
      (11-30 rankings)
      11. JACK KOCHANOWICZ (20, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 11-17 Change: -6
      Stats: 6.75 ERA in 14 GS, 57.1 IP, 26 BB, 50 SO in A ball
      Kochanowicz is a work in progress, but the Angels are focusing in on developing his individual pitches, so don’t worry too much about that ERA. He'll require patience, but remains one of the higher upside pitchers in the organization.
      12. ADRIAN PLACENCIA (18, 2B)
      Ranking Range: 8-24 Change: +16
      Stats: .226/.407/.484 in 19 Rookie games
      Placencia was noted for his sweet swing and, so far, the results are promising, displaying advanced plate discipline in his first professional season.
      13. KY BUSH (21, LHP)
      Ranking Range: 9-18 Change: New
      Stats: NA
      The Angels 2nd round pick in the 2021 Amateur Draft, Bush improved over his college career and could end up being a steal in the second round.
      14. DAVIS DANIEL (24, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 14-22 Change: +17
      Stats: 2.47 ERA in 14 GS, 73 IP, 25 BB, 100 SO in A+/AA ball
      While the focus has been on Detmers and Rodriguez, Daniel has not-so-quietly made a huge impression in his first full professional season, dominating A+ and adjusting quickly to AA. On the depth chart for the major league club next year, as either a starter or reliever.
      15. EDGAR QUERO (18, C)
      Ranking Range: 12-27 Change: New
      Stats: .304/.513/.679 in 20 games in Rookie ball
      Quero is one to dream on: an international signing who has utterly dominated Rookie ball. While it is very, very early, it is hard not to be excited about a hard-hitting catching prospect.
      16. ROBINSON PINA (22, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 13-33 Change: +10
      Stats: 3.48 ERA in 16 GS, 75 IP, 46 BB, 107 SO in A/A+ ball
      After a rough beginning to the season and a demotion to A ball, Pina has been impressive in his return to A+. Like Daniel, if he doesn’t stick in the rotation he could end up as a high leverage major league reliever.
      17. ALEJANDRO HIDALGO (18, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 13-32 Change: New
      Stats: 3.55 ERA IN 4 GS, 25.1 IP, 8 BB, 30 SO In Rookie ball
      An international signing, Hidalgo has impressed with his first exposure state-side.
      18. DENZER GUZMAN (17, SS)
      Ranking Range: 14-Not Ranked  Change: New
      Stats: .296/.333/.333 in 8 games in the Dominican Rookie league.
      Not much to go on yet, but Guzman’s scouting profile and chatter shows a lot of promise. 
      19. WERNER BLAKELY (18, IF)
      Ranking Range: 14-NR Change: Same
      Stats: .214/.385/.314 in 21 games in Rookie ball
      Another raw but talented young middle infielder, Blakely has displayed excellent plate discipline in his first season.
      20. D’SHAWN KNOWLES (20, OF)
      Ranking Range: 14-NR Change: -4
      Stats: .225/.284/.355 in 62 games in A ball (23 of 24 in stolen bases)
      It is hard not to be disappointed with Knowles’ performance this year, as his numbers have trended down over the last few seasons. Of interest, he's played a few games at shortstop, implying that the Angels want to diversify his skill-set.
      21. JANSON JUNK (25, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 16-NR Change: New
      Stats: 2.14 ERA in 15 games, 13 starts; 21 BB and 72 SO in 71.1 IP in AA 
      A new arrival from the Andrew Heaney trade, Junk has dominated AA this year, and joins the Angels’ increasingly deep pool of second tier minor league starters who provide a bit of insurance in the coming years.
      22. ERIK RIVERA (20, LHP/OF)
      Ranking Range: 20-NR Change: New
      Stats: 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO
      After a promising first game, Rivera was shut down. His return time is unknown.
      23. MICHAEL STEFANIC (25, IF)
      Ranking Range: 10-NR Change: New
      Stats: .334/.405/.487 in 79 AA/AAA games
      Angels fans hope they have another in the tradition of Walsh, Fletcher and Calhoun: a late-round draftee who sneaks up on you. While he probably ends up as a major league utility infielder, it is hard to argue with his numbers this year, which are similar at both levels.
      24. HECTOR YAN (22, LHP)
      Ranking Range: 17-NR Change: -13
      Stats: 5.80 ERA in 16 GS, 68.1 IP, 44 BB and 73 SO in A+ ball
      An overall disappointing year for Yan so far, largely due to control issues. A move to relief is probably inevitable and might benefit him.
      25. WILLIAM HOLMES (20, RHP/OF)
      Ranking Range: 15-NR Change: -9
      Stats: NA
      Holmes hasn’t played a pro game this year, remaining in the Arizona complex.
      26. ORLANDO MARTINEZ (23, OF)
      Ranking Range: 14-NR Change: +3
      Stats: .247/.299/.441 in 74 games in AA
      Some still like his bat skills, but the results aren’t there yet. Could carve out a career as a platoon/bench outfielder.
      27. BRENDON DAVIS (24, IF/OF)
      Ranking Range: 15-NR Change: New
      Stats: .285/.350/.554, 20 HR and 10 SB in 79 games in A+/AA
      One of the biggest surprises on the farm this year, former Rangers farmhand Davis has crushed the ball, his numbers even better in 16 AA games (.306/.403/.629). At the least, he’s a real sleeper.
      28. JHONATHAN DIAZ (24, LHP)
      Ranking Range: 10-NR Change: New
      Stats: 2.22 ERA, 10 G/6 GS; 9 BB and 65 SO in 48.2 IP in AA
      Diaz has been very impressive, although has lost a lot of time to injury. Another on the second-tier depth chart for next year.
      29. LANDON MARCEAUX (21, RHP)
      Ranking Range: 18-NR Change: New
      Stats: NA
      The Angels third-round pick in the draft, Marceaux could rise quickly, although has a limited ceiling.
      30. DAVID CALABRESE (18, OF)
      Ranking Range: 23-NR Change: -18
      Stats: .136/.240/.152 in 19 games in Rookie ball
      While Calabrese has been completely over-matched in his first taste of pro ball, he’s still very young. 
      The Next Twenty (#31-50): Oliver Ortega, Aaron Herandez, Mason Albright, Ryan Smith, Jose Bonilla, Stiward Aquino, Jose Marte, Edwin Yon, Kevin Maitan, Luke Murphy, Packy Naughton, Livan Soto, Kyle Tyler, Adam Seminaris, Coleman Crow, Cooper Criswell, David MacKinnon, Edwin Hidalgo, Sam Peguero, Jose Salvador.
      If you'd like to see our more in depth Top-30 Prospects entering the 2021 season with more scouting reports, you can check that out here.
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      By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse
      (Angelsjunky, Chuck, Dave Saltzer, Dochalo, Ettin, Inside Pitch, Rafibomb, Second Base, and totdprods)
      One of the great, largely unspoken, tragedies of the 2020 baseball season was the lack of minor league games, which not only led to a lost year of development (for the most part), but the rushing of the Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, to the major leagues, where he looked raw and overmatched, to put it charitably. In terms of compiling a prospects list, it is hard to assess many of the Angels most talented prospects because a lot of them have had little to no professional experience. That said, most of them spent time at the Long Beach summer camp and were still able to work on their skills, so the year wasn’t totally a loss.
      Looking at the list, you’ll find that the farm includes a variety of dynamic players. It is strong in two areas: One, it has plenty of athletic, talented outfielders in Adell, Marsh, Adams, Calabrese, Ramirez, Knowles, and Deveaux, as well as the very young and unranked Jose Reyes. Two, it has plenty of high upside—but very young--middle infielders in Jackson, Paris, Vera, Blakely, Bonilla, and Placencia. We should also mention the recently signed 16-year-old Dominican infielder, Denzer Guzman.
      Sprinkled in between are a few exciting pitching prospects in Rodriguez, Detmers and Kochanowicz, and several more who plan to figure in the Angels pitching staff at some point in the not-too-distant future as either back-end starters or relievers: Yan, Rivera, Naughton, Ortega, Hernandez, Pina, Aquino, Seminaris, and Daniel. It even has one two-way player in Holmes, and a second just missing the cut in Erik Rivera. Finally, there are a few players whose most likely path to the majors is as a bench player in Jones, Martinez, and Soto. Oh yeah, Maitan’s still hanging around. There are no catchers on this list.
      For the most part, the top 15 or so was relatively consistent among voters. We all had our different ordering, but the same players were all mostly present. Some of us had a favorite or two that we ranked higher than everyone else, while others were more bullish on a player that was generally more highly regarded by the group. Once we get into late teens, the order is more dubious and could easily shift over the first months of the season, as we get a better sense of who these players are.
      Angels Farm in a Nutshell: In a nutshell, the Angels farm system is strong and on the upswing. The system has many talented, physical players, who have the chance of becoming top prospects as they reach the higher levels and demonstrate in-game performance. The Angels are back to fully utilizing their international money, which has led to many high risk/high reward players. There are some notable weaknesses, particularly in catching, but the overall state of the farm is much stronger than just a few years ago.
      A word about methodology and format: What follows is a combined ranking from nine members of this website, averaged out to create a composite ranking – as in years past. We have included a “Ranking Range” to get a sense of how opinions varied, as well as an “In A Nutshell” feature to give a brief description of the player. After that, you come to the heart of the list: different “takes” by members, that give a variety of impressions.
      On to the prospects…
      1. JO ADELL (22, OF)

      Ranking Range: 1-4
      In a Nutshell: After being the consensus #1 Angels prospect and Baseball America’s overall #3 last year, the talented power-hitting Adell had a rough season, clearly overmatched in his 38 games in the majors in which he hit .161/.212/.266 and looked lost in right field. While he’s technically no longer a rookie, we chose to include him because of the unique nature of 2020, and he still managed to squeak by as our consensus #1.
      Chuck’s take: Despite a terrible MLB debut with that triple-slash line, a 42% strikeout rate, and shaky-at-best defense in right field, Adell still has the most raw tools and potential superstar-upside among the position players down on the farm. Jo wasn’t the only top prospect who ever flamed in his first cup of coffee in the bigs. Look for him to get a full season in at the AAA level in 2021. Because of Jo’s mental makeup and work ethic, there’s no question that he has a chance to be a perennial all-star someday, but that day may never come unless he can improve his plate discipline, cut down on his strikeouts, and improve his routes in the outfield.
      Second Base’s take: When he's the least athletic outfielder prospect you have, you know you're doing something right. Also, let's be honest, he's a power hitter headed to the high altitude in Salt Lake and the Pacific Coast League in general. If he isn’t promoted quickly, it's going to be fun just to see how many HRs he hits.
      Angelsjunky’s take: While it is all-too easy for Angels fans to deem any  prospect who doesn’t approach the insta-greatness of Mike Trout as the next Brandon Wood, let us not forget that there is only one Trout, and just about everyone lives somewhere between the two extremes. Adell still has the makings of a very good player, even a star, it is just that he needs time and there’s more work to be done than previously thought. He’s got prodigious power, good speed, and great make-up. While the questions loom a bit larger than they did a year ago, let’s give him a chance before we assume that he’s some unholy hybrid of Jabari Blash (at the plate) and Manny Ramirez (in the field).
      2. BRANDON MARSH (23, OF)

      Ranking Range: 1-3
      In a Nutshell: After being picked second after Matt Thaiss in the 2016 draft, Marsh’s rise through the minors over the last few years included a missed first minor league season and early injuries, so there’s a sense that we still haven’t seen what he is capable of. In 2019 he hit .300/.383/.428 with 7 HR and 19 SB in 96 AA games, struggled in five AAA games, and then exploded in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .328/.387/.522 in 19 games. While no single tool stands out as elite, there’s nothing not to like about Marsh, who looks like the complete package—or at least if the power develops as hoped.
      Second Base’s take: I'm not a big fan of dramatic swing changes. Marsh was already a good hitter and to mess with that is dicey. However, he is a physical specimen (like a young Josh Hamilton, minus the off-the-field issues) with across-the-board skills. It would be a shame to see him never get a chance because he never tapped into his power potential.
      Angelsjunky’s take: Marsh is the type of player who could be more than the sum of his parts: add together a player who is very athletic, has a good sense of the game, and is above average at everything, and you get—at least—a borderline star. Look for him to mature quickly and be waiting around for The Call with nothing more to prove in the minors by mid-season. If the Angels don’t sign a right-fielder and go with Ward/Schebler, it may indicate that they expect Marsh up quickly. A shout-out to Angel Oracle, a long-time and much-beloved Angelswin member, for comparing him to Jim Edmonds; while he probably won’t be that good, he’s a similar type of player with a comparable minor league trajectory.
      Chuck’s take: You could argue that Marsh is the top position player prospect in the organization when you consider he possesses the best hitting tool, plate discipline, outfield defense and outfield arm, according to Baseball America, in addition to possessing above average speed & power potential down the road. Because of Marsh’s defense and ability to make contact, I believe he’ll be next in line for a shot in right field before the Jo Adell sequel launches in Anaheim.
      3. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ (23, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 1-5
      In a Nutshell: With a full minor league season in 2020, Rodriguez would likely be #1 on this list. After missing all of 2018 to injury, he flashed his brilliant stuff in 9.1 scoreless innings in 2019, and then missed the rest of the year. Word from camp last summer is that he is finally healthy, and his stuff is better than ever. An optimistic outlook and he’ll burn through the minors and be a fixture in the Angels rotation for years to come.
      Inside Pitch’s take: In my opinion, CRod could be the most impactful Angels rookie since Trout. When you can control four pitches—a fastball that tops out at 98 (sits 94-95), a genuine wipeout slider that can hit 91 MPH, a 12/6 yellow hammer that, when it’s right, has been compared to Freddy Garcia’s, and your best pitch is thought to be your change-up—you’re special. Back issues are the only reason Rodriguez isn’t a top 20 prospect right now. If he’s 100% healthy, the Angels have their best home-grown rotation piece since Garret Richards and Jered Weaver.
      Rafibomb’s take: What do you get when you have a pitcher that has four plus-pitches? You have a future ace. All reports are indicating that Rodriguez is completely healthy after going through back surgery in 2019 and turned heads at the alternate training site last season. I believe he will be a top 50 prospect in all of baseball by year’s end.
      Chuck’s take: When you can command four plus-pitches which includes a moving upper 90s fastball with sink, a high 80s changeup with screwball type action, a wipeout slider and true swing-and-miss curveball, you have all the makings of a frontline starter. I ranked C-Rod atop the class of farmhands based off glowing reports from evaluators at the alternative site and after showing a clean bill of health across a moderate workload. The Angels haven’t had a reliable ace atop the rotation since Jered Weaver. Because pitching is at an all-time premium for the organization, combined with possessing a dynamo repertoire, this was a no-brainer for me.
      Dochalo’s take: I am writing about him just to say that I never gave up on him and saw front-of-the-rotation potential in him from the beginning. Yay for me! I watched him pre-surgery for those three starts he made in 2019 and clapped like a schoolgirl as he poured filth in with every pitch. I’ve got the horseshoe, rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clover, fuzzy dice, a ladybug farm, and a picture of Mickey Hatcher working overtime on this one.
      Second Base’s take: I've seen a few prospects with an elite four-pitch mix come and go. The most notable were Garrett Richards, Tommy Hanson and Shelby Miller. Now before you take offense to these comps, keep in mind, ALL THREE were top of the rotation starters before injuries set in. If Rodriguez stays healthy, I believe he will be a top of the rotation starter. Unfortunately, that's a big if.
      Angelsjunky’s take: At the risk of being a Debbie Downer, a word of caution: He’s only pitched 77.2 professional innings, almost all in 2016-17. I see the upside that everyone above me sees, but I’m just pointing out why most non-fan sites don’t rate him as highly as we do: there are real risks. But for now, enjoy the excitement--this kid is really, really good.
      4. REID DETMERS (21, LHP)

      Ranking Range: 2-5
      In a Nutshell: The 1st round pick of the 2020 draft, Detmers is about as polished as a collegiate pitcher can be and just needs minor league innings to adjust to professional batters. While his upside is more limited than Rodriguez’s—most outlets see him as a mid-rotation starter—he is an important part of the Angels’ future.
      Dochalo’s take: The 'high floor' moniker is gonna follow him around, but I don't think it's fair. He walks in the door and supposedly gains 2-3 mph of velo on his fastball with some adjustments. Plus, his breaking ball changed shape and became sharper with less loop. If he's got the command and control that he is mostly known for then I think he can end up a front-of-the-rotation guy or, at least, better than a middle-of-the-rotation guy.
      Chuck’s take: While Chris Rodriquez possesses the best overall stuff in the organization, Detmers was ranked the best college pitcher in the 2020 amateur draft for a reason. Equipped with above-average command of three solid-average pitches, plus an average changeup developing, Detmers pounds the strike zone generating weak contact and whiffs thanks to tailing action on his fastball and mix-and-matching his repertoire of pitches. Detmers neutralizes lefties with a really good slider, as well. Because of his pitching IQ and polish, I can see Detmers debuting sometime in 2021. I see a young Barry Zito in Detmers, mostly because of his plus slow 70-mph curveball that generates ugly swings from opposing hitters, working off a low 90s fastball.
      5. JORDYN ADAMS (21, OF)

      Ranking Range: 3-6
      In a Nutshell: The Angels 1st round pick in 2018, Adams was a relatively raw athlete with immense tools who has steadily developed his skills. He is the complete package: excellent center field defense, blazing speed, plate discipline, and both power and bat potential, and glowing reports out of Long Beach last year.
      Second Base’s take: Scouts went gaga over his appearances at the alt site and instructs. One report indicates he's even stronger than we last saw, flicking opposite field home runs with his wrists. Another observer said he might be the most athletic defensive outfielder he's ever seen, not even comparable to Adell and Marsh. Byron Buxton comparisons are actually pretty accurate in terms of build, skill-set and ceiling.
      Dave’s take: The athleticism and speed are real. The three questions that I want to see answered this year are: 1) How well can he hit? 2) Can he hit for power? 3) How effective of a base stealer can he be? If he can make consistently good contact and add power, he could be an All-Star level player, and if he can get better reads so that he can put that elite speed to use, he could be a game-changing player. I want to see maturity in these areas; he might become the best of all the Angels OF prospects.
      Angelsjunky’s take: As others have said, his raw tools are, in many ways, more impressive than any of the many talented outfielders in the system. I see a bit of Mike Cameron, but with even better tools, and Cameron was a very good player.
      6. JACK KOCHANOWICZ (20, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 5-20
      In a Nutshell: The Angels’ 3rd round draft pick in 2019 from Harriton High School in Pennsylvania. Eight of nine participants ranked him in the 5-7 range, which speaks of his upside. After perhaps only Rodriguez, Kochanowicz has the best stuff in the system. The problem (and thus the outlier ranking) is because he hasn’t pitched a single professional game yet.
      Rafibomb’s take: Kochanowicz is a towering presence on the mound at 6’6.” His fastball is reportedly touching 97 with life and he also possesses a plus-curveball. Usually, the problem with these taller pitching prospects is their ability to repeat their mechanics. However, Jack has had no problems with his clean mechanics and delivery.
      Inside Pitch’s take: 6’6” with good mechanics, rare for a guy coming from the high school ranks. Was sitting 92-93 when he was drafted, was touching upper 90s by the summer after signing and is said to have shown improvement across the board since then. His curveball is already plus with lots of spin, and he has a heavy changeup that he used to induce groundballs. Kochanowicz hasn’t been seen in competitive action but is one of the Angels prospects most often talked about by opposing scouts.
      Ettin’s take: Last year, Inside Pitch shared the news about Koch cranking his velocity up in the mid-to-high 90's, so the Angels may have a legitimate front-end starter developing here. Don't sleep on this guy, he has high upside!
      Chuck’s take: What’s not to like about a 6’6,” 220-lb 19-year-old whose fastball sits at 93-94 and touches 98 MPH with movement? What’s scary is his velocity could improve as he matures and adds strength to his large frame. Koch has a plus curveball with tremendous spin and late bite to it, in addition to a developing changeup which has shown to be at least average at this time. Because Koch pounds the strike zone and has a clean fluid delivery, there’s plenty to be excited about in tracking his development. He should make his professional debut in 2021. Selfishly, I’m hoping I’ll get to see him in Tri-Cities at some point this year!
      7. KYREN PARIS (19, SS)

      Ranking Range: 6-11
      In a Nutshell: 2nd round draft pick in the 2019 draft out of Freedom High School in Oakley, CA, Paris is one of many high upside middle infielders with little professional experience thus far, playing in just three games in 2019. He’s got the work ethic and tools to move through the farm quickly.
      Ettin’s take: If you haven't followed Kyren on Twitter, you should because he spent the pandemic getting jacked up and his physicality has improved by leaps and bounds. Paris has the potential to be a good middle infielder for the Halos within the next two to four years. Depending on how his body develops, he might end up slipping over to the keystone, defensively, but that remains to be seen.
      Rafibomb’s take: Paris was invited to the Long Beach alternate training site and impressed as just a teenager. With physical maturation, Paris will add some surprising pop to his bat to go along with his plus-hitting tool. I see a similar career trajectory for Paris as former Angels farmhand Jean Segura. This could possibly mean him getting traded at some point for some pitching help, as well.
      Dochalo’s take: Hearing that this guy just works his absolute tail off. I know a lot of guys do, but people keep specifically pointing it out every time they mention this kid. Went from a skinny kid to filling out much quicker than expected relative to his age (he just turned 19 in November). I think he’s a guy that’s going to barrel up a ton of baseballs.
      Dave’s take: Defensively, may be the best (or one of the top) shortstops in the system. How well he can hit will do a lot to show how far he can grow. If he adds power, watch out, he could be a breakout candidate.
      8. JEREMIAH JACKSON (21, SS)

      Ranking Range: 6-10
      In a Nutshell: Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft out of St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, Jackson flashed immense power in 2019, hitting 23 HR in 65 games. But he also struck out 96 times and there’s concern about his all-or-nothing approach. There’s a lot of volatility in his projection, and he could be anything from a minor league flameout to a bonafide star.
      Chuck’s take: I’m always intrigued with athletic infielders who can smash at the plate. Jackson hit a league-leading 23 homers at Rookie-level Orem in 2019, showing off tremendous bat speed. That said, the power hitting infielder has struggled to make contact in professional ball and in 2019 with the Orem Owlz Jackson had a 33% strikeout rate. The good news is that Jackson showed more consistent contact and cut down on his strikeouts over his final month of action at the Angels alternative site in Long Beach. Building off that, the Angels may have a power-hitting superstar on their hands at either keystone position or the hot corner, if he continues to improve his plate discipline.  
      Dave’s take: The power is real, but the strikeouts are concerning. I am not sure about the position long-term. He may be better suited to 3B, but I need to see the arm accuracy to stick there. Can he improve the contact rate and settle defensively at a position?
      Ettin’s take: Back at the end of the 2019 season, Jackson tied the Pioneer League HR record, foreshadowing what may come in Anaheim. He likely won't stay at SS but has the potential to be a solid hitter and fielder at 2B or 3B within the next two or three years.
      9. JAHMAI JONES (23, 2B/OF)

      Ranking Range: 7-14
      In a Nutshell: The Angels’ 2nd round draft pick in 2015, Jones seems to have been around forever, has moved from 2B to OF and back again. While his performance in the high minors proved a bit lack-lustre, Jones has a nice well-rounded set of tools and still projects as a major league utility player and possibly more.
      Inside Pitch’s take: The Angels moved Jones back from the OF to 2B in 2018, then also had him completely redo his swing in 2019. The end result was that he tanked offensively. Ditching the new swing in the 2019 AFL, he went back to showing the same offensive upside he had previously displayed. Only 23, he's still a guy with some power potential, still a guy who can run, still a guy that needs work defensively but, more importantly, he’s still a guy that could turn into a solid player for a team with a manager that values positional versatility.
      Second Base’s take: The poster-child of the growing movement in the sport that advises against swing changes. The Angels tried to help him tap into more power based on his strength and athleticism, and they should've just left him alone. Not all players are meant to hit for power. Reports suggest Jones is back to his original, effective approach at the plate and I couldn't be more excited. He has the chance to be a Zobrist or Merrifield level performer in the major leagues. He's almost the forgotten prospect in some respects, and that's unfortunate because there's a very intriguing skill-set here.
      10. AROL VERA (18, SS)

      Ranking Range: 8-22
      In a Nutshell: Drafted out of Venezuela in 2019, Vera is all projection at this point, but is an intriguing combination of tools, both defensively and offensively.
      Dave’s take: Lots to drool about here, even if he is a few years away. He's already 6'2" with a projectable frame that should add some power. 
      Ettin’s take: Vera has quietly been down in the low Minors showing the potential ability to be an everyday player in the Majors one day. Legitimate SS ability and above-average hitting profile, he could be in Anaheim two to four years from now.
      11. HECTOR YAN (22, LHP)

      Ranking Range: 6-16
      In a Nutshell: Drafted out of the Dominican Republic in 2016, Yan seems to be improving as he works his way through the Angels farm system, with a 3.39 ERA in 109 A ball innings in 2019, including 148 strikeouts and 49 walks.
      Rafibomb’s take: The Angels are giving Yan every opportunity to stick in the rotation and he has passed every time with flying colors. His last full season in 2019 went about as good as it can possibly get seeing that his walks were drastically cut down while his strikeouts increased. Another successful season in the rotation and Yan should be getting more consideration as one of the better starting pitching prospects in the minors.
      Dave’s take: A potential starter, with a four-pitch mix, he could be a mid-rotation starter if he can improve his control. If not, he has a good shot at a bullpen arm.

      12. DAVID CALABRESE (18, OF)

      Ranking Range: 9-27
      In a Nutshell: Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft out of St Elizabeth Catholic High School in Ontario, Canada, Calabrese is the third Angels outfield prospect with 80 grade speed (or close to it), along with Adams and Deveaux.
      Rafibomb’s take: An outfielder who flew under the radar due to playing in the cold of Vaughan, Ontario. I remember another outfielder from Millville, New Jersey, who flew under the radar as well. Calabrese also reclassified from 2021 to 2020, making him one of the youngest players in his draft class. Although he does not have the same power as Trout coming out of high school, I believe that he could have been a first rounder but luckily fell to the Angels in the 3rd.
      Angelsjunky’s take: Dreams of Kenny Lofton. At this point, they’re only dreams, but Calabrese has the potential to be an excellent defensive center fielder who hits for a good average, steals a ton of bases, and hits plenty of doubles and triples. He could vie with Werner Blakely as the steal of the 2020 draft.
      13. ALEXANDER RAMIREZ (18, OF)

      Ranking Range: 8-22
      In a Nutshell: The Angels worked out a deal with Ramirez when he was 15-years old, signing him on August 29, 2018, his 16th birthday. He’ll make his States-side debut in 2021.
      Angelsjunky’s take: I’m the guy that ranked him 8th. Probably a bit premature to be that high on him, but I just have a feeling about him, and see him as arguably the most projectable hitter in the farm system. He’s got a very high upside with the bat, with booming power, but will needs to work on his plate discipline. He’s one of the guys I’ll be watching closely this year, but obviously has a lot of development ahead of him.
      Inside Pitch’s take: 6’2,’’ 180 lbs when he signed, Ramirez is already growing into his body. He put up a .756 OPS in the DSL as a true 16-year-old. He’s got raw power and is a legitimate athlete that can play CF. In a system full of OFers, he might rival Jordyn Adams when it comes to break-out potential.
      Rafibomb’s take: Ramirez is the top international position player I am most excited to see in the Angels system. As a 16-year-old in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, Ramirez showed off his tools with 8 doubles, 5 triples and 4 homers to go along with 6 stolen bases in 39 games. What’s scary is that he has plus raw power as an 18-year-old and will only get stronger as he continues to fill out his 6-2 frame. He will be a top 5 prospect in the system within the next couple of years.
      14. JOSE ALBERTO RIVERA (24, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 11 - not ranked
      In a Nutshell: Rivera was claimed from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft, which means he must remain on the 26-man roster for the entire season (or IL) or go to waivers. While he hasn’t pitched above A ball, River has the blazing stuff to translate to the majors, where the Angels will likely nurse him along in low leverage situations until he finds his bearings.
      Chuck’s take: There’s a lot of Hansel Robles in Rivera’s delivery in that he just rears back and says, “hit my 102-mph fastball!” The Rule 5 selection also flashes a mid-80s splitter that evaluators said was a plus-pitch, and a slider that’s below average at this time. Rivera has a chance to stick and become a valuable member of the bullpen since he’s shown that he can throw strikes with his high-octane fastball and splitter.
      Second Base’s take: It isn't very often that someone can make the jump from A Ball to the majors. It isn't very often a late discovery from the Dominican Republic becomes anything more than rookie ball depth. And yet, here is Rivera, on the verge of doing both. But when you can reach back and touch triple-digits, anything can happen.
      15. D'SHAWN KNOWLES (20, OF)

      Ranking Range: 7-24
      In a Nutshell: Knowles had a surprising and promising minor league debut in 2018, hitting .311/.391/.464 in Rookie ball as a 17-year-old. He came down to earth the following year, with a .241/.310/.387 line, but still projects as at least a very good 4th outfielder, possibly a starter.
      Ettin’s take: Similar to Vera, Knowles is quietly creeping through the pipeline with the ability to play all three OF positions with his likely home in LF, long-term. Good potential hitting profile makes him a sneaky play in Anaheim about two to four years out.
      Angelsjunky’s take: Bear with me for a moment. Knowles reminds me a bit of Mookie Betts. No, I’m not saying that he’s going to be a future Hall of Famer and MVP. Like Betts, he’s an athletic player of relatively diminutive status (although he's a few inches taller than Mookie, but slighter of build – at least thus far) with good tools and great make-up. Betts was a 5th round draft pick who became so much more than anyone thought he’d be, and broke through as a legit prospect after 2013, when he hit .314/.417/.506 in two levels of A ball at age 20, and then became the #75 prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. The rest is history: Betts cruised through AA/AAA in 2014, making his major league debut later that year and is now one of the best in the game. Knowles is now the age Betts was in his breakout 2013 season. Again, while I don’t expect him to be anywhere as good as Betts (almost no one is), I think he’s one of those guys who will play larger than expected and be a similar type of player as Betts is.
      16. WILLIAM HOLMES (20, RHP/OF)

      Ranking Range: 12-20
      In a Nutshell: The prospect formerly known as William English, Holmes changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name. A two-way player drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 draft out of Western International High School, he has flashed major league potential as both a pitcher and hitter but has a lot of development ahead of him.
      Chuck’s take: The two-way player hit .326 with a .920 OPS in 43 at bats in 2019 and flashed raw power in batting practice. That said, it’s his potential on the mound that has the Angels most excited. Holmes' fastball sits in the low 90’s and touches 97 mph with cutting action. His changeup was rated the best in the organization, generating some ugly whiffs from opposing batters. He is expected to continue to get at-bats at DH and pitch out of the rotation so he’s yet another intriguing prospect to watch in 2021. Check out the interview that David Saltzer did with Holmes this past summer.
      Second Base’s take: Elite fastball, elite changeup, elite power-potential and elite defensive potential. No, I'm not talking about four different players, I'm talking about one. Holmes still has a long road ahead of him to become a major leaguer at all, let alone a rare "two-way" player. But if I were to build a potential two-way star, I'd probably start with Holmes' athleticism, fastball and changeup. Let's see if the rest of his game can catch up.
      Dave’s take: One of the several Angels two-way players. His pitching may be the better path to the majors, but he has the physicality to have a solid bat. I’m watching to see which of his skills develop more this year. Lots of projection left on him, as he is another one of the Angels' very athletic players.
      Inside Pitch’s take: A two-way guy when he was drafted in 2018, the arm is already way, way ahead of his bat. He sat 93 when drafted, was hitting 98 by that summer. Holmes spent part of 2020 at the alternate site where he showed a much-improved change and physical development while touching triple-digits with his FB on multiple occasions. He’s an upside player--the bat still plays too.
      17. AARON HERNANDEZ (24, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 10-24
      In a Nutshell: 3rd round pick in 2018, Hernandez was expected to rise quickly but had a delayed start due to injury, not making his minor league debut until 2019 when he pitched 72.2 innings in A+ ball, with a 4.46 ERA, 46 walks and 81 strikeouts. He showed signs of improvement in the AFL that year, with a 3.38 ERA in six starts, including 6 walks and 25 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.
      Dochalo’s take: A very underrated pick that I think will move pretty quickly and end up as someone who can help in the middle of the rotation by mid next year. Had a velocity drop in his pro debut relative to where he was when drafted, but I think some of that came back with a strong outing in the AFL. I see him as one of those guys who’ll show more and more as he refines his delivery. Might be a 'the whole is greater than the sum-of-the-parts-type,' with a four-pitch mix.
      Dave's take: When drafted, Hernandez generated a lot of buzz for his high heat. Sadly, that abandoned him at Inland Empire, as did his command. Hitters sat on his fastball, which came in flat and straight. The velocity came back in the AFL, as did some of the command and movement on his off-speed pitches. For now, the Angels are likely to keep him as a starter, and he will stick as such if he commands his four-pitch mix. If not, he could move quickly in the bullpen where his fastball/slider combo would work along with an occasional changeup to keep hitters honest.
      18. WERNER BLAKELY (19, SS)

      Ranking Range: 12-28
      In a Nutshell: The Angels’ 4th round draft pick in 2020 out of Detroit Edison High School, Blakely is another toolsy young middle infielder with a high upside.
      Dochalo’s take: He has that look of an elite defender to me. Also, I like the smooth swing. Blakely has a really long way to go, but I think eventually will be the gem of the Angels 2020 draft class, even though I fully believe that Detmers is going be a solid major league starter.
      Inside Pitch’s take: A 2020 draftee, at 6’3” he’s a bigger SS but he can flat out fly and has a solid arm. The glove is ahead of the bat but he’s shown signs of power and the physical tools are all there to dream on. This one may take a while.
      Dave’s take: A lot to like here. A young, left-handed hitting SS. Big question is how much contact he can generate and whether he will add more power. Defensively he should stick at SS. If the bat plays up, he could move up the depth chart quickly.
      Second Base’s take: Very exciting athletic package from videos in high school showcases. From what I saw, I have to ask, what would've happened to his draft stock had there not been a COVID shutdown? He would've had the chance to display his skills against better competition, and he may have catapulted into the top half of the first round.
      19. TRENT DEVEAUX (21, OF)

      Ranking Range: 12 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: Deveaux was the most highly lauded of the four Bahamian outfielders the Angels signed in 2017 (along with Knowles and Jose Reyes, both still in the org, and Raider Uceta, traded for Max Stassi), considered the 19th best international prospect by Baseball America. After early struggles, including a .199/.307/.247 line in his first 44 minor league games, the very athletic Deveaux improved in 2019, hitting .238/.320/.422.
      Angelsjunky’s take: Deveaux arrived with an awkward stance and swing that yielded very poor results in 2018. But the Angels tinkered, and he improved in 2019. The upside is still there, and Deveaux has the potential to be a dynamic centerfielder with blazing speed and a bit of pop. But there’s also a good chance of flaming out, if he doesn’t improve the hit tool. Deveaux is one of those prospects that, with a strong month, could vault up the rankings and be an elite prospect. It is also quite possible that he continues to struggle and never translates his athleticism into skills.
      Chuck’s take: Most evaluators rank Jordyn Adams as the Angels top athlete in the organization, but the Bahamas native, who has clocked in at 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash, says, "hold my beer." That’s 80-grade speed, folks. Deveaux has also added a tremendous amount of lean upper and lower muscle strength due to a rigorous weight training program over the past two years, which should boost his power totals in the future. He has all the makings of becoming a gold glove defender in center field with plus range, great outfield reads and a strong arm, but unless he changes his approach at the plate, he’s nothing more than yet another tremendous athlete without the bat to play in the big leagues.
      20. PACKY NAUGHTON (25, LHP)

      Ranking Range: 14 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: Acquired from the Reds along with Jose Salvador for Brian Goodwin, Naughton had a strong 2019 season, with a 3.32 ERA, 35 walks and 131 strikeouts in 157 innings in A+/AA. He provides depth for the major league rotation, although likely doesn’t have the stuff to be more than a #5 starter.
      Dave's take: A lefty with a low-90s fastball/slider/changeup combination, his stuff plays up because of a deceptive delivery that makes his pitches harder to pickup. His stuff doesn't have "wow" factor, but works with location and keeping hitters off balance. Naughton won't miss many bats, but will be effective at the back of a rotation or in middle relief. Control and replicating the delivery are keys for him. 
      Dochalo’s take: I didn’t have him on my top 30 list but probably should have, yet for some reason I get a AAAA player vibe from him. Gives up tons of hits and doesn’t miss bats. Not much stuff to speak of. I am probably selling him short, though, as lefties with a similar profile have gone on to carve out nice major league careers. Hopefully he does.
      21. LIVAN SOTO (21, SS)

      Ranking Range: 11 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: Soto was the second of the prospects “stolen” from Braves and has turned out to be the safer pick. While he has limited upside, he should eventually enjoy a major league career as at least an infield bench player with a good glove and some walks.
      Ettin’s take: Yet another gifted middle infield defender, Soto, whom the Angels acquired from the Braves debacle, is an excellent defender with solid, developing on-base skills. He, too, could be in Anaheim within a few years, either full-time or as a backup.
      Dave's take: A glove-first middle infielder, Soto has the defensive skills to play SS, but is also seeing time at 2B for positional versatility. Excellent hands and a good arm, he could stick at SS, or provide solid MIF utility. Still only 20, there's time for him to improve his bat, although he already has decent plate discipline. His floor is high due to his defense, and his ceiling will be based on how far his bat can take him. 
      22. OLIVER ORTEGA (24, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 19 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: Ortega has been in the organization since 2015, gradually working his way through the low minors. After missing 2017 with an injury, he has put together two solid campaigns in 2018-19, striking out 221 batters over 193 innings, although with 98 walks. Likely future is as a major league reliever or possible a #4-5 starter.
      Chuck’s take: Here’s a guy who came out of nowhere in 2019, striking out 135 in 111 innings across two levels. Equipped with a mid-90s fastball that touches 98 mph, Ortega also flashes an above average knuckle-curve that gets some ugly swings, in addition to a workable changeup as his third pitch. The plan is that he’ll open up in the rotation again in 2021, most likely Double-A, but he’s a guy who could end up as a high leverage reliever if his changeup doesn’t play up against better competition.
      Ettin’s take: A nice potential back-end starter, Ortega has a pretty decent floor as a #4-5 starter if he keeps up the pace and success. Control issues might hamper him, but he has good raw stuff and could arrive sooner rather than later.
      23. STIWARD AQUINO (22, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 17 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: After missing 2018 with Tommy John surgery, Aquino struggled in 2019, with a 6.87 ERA in 12 starts, but did strikeout 49 batters in 36.2 innings. His most likely path to the majors is as a reliever, a role in which his repertoire should play well.
      Inside Pitch’s take: Another 6’6” RHP, this one from the Dominican Republic. Aquino was razor-thin when drafted, showed great stuff, then fell victim to TJS. He came back in the middle of 2019 throwing 96 with a high spin curveball and a passable changeup. He’s added weight and was said to be touching triple-digits at times but has a lot of refinement left. Might be a fast riser as a reliever, given his two primary weapons.
      Ettin’s take: Aquino hit the scene hard in 2019 and, although we didn't have a minor league season to observe in 2020, word is he is continuing the pace. If things work out for Stiward, he could be a mid-rotation starter but is more likely a back-end starter or high leverage reliever.
      24. JOSE BONILLA (19, IF)

      Ranking Range: 18-29
      In a Nutshell: International signing in 2020, Bonilla is considered a bat-first infielder with substantial offensive potential.
      Ettin’s take: Of similar ilk to Vera and Knowles, Bonilla is an offensive-oriented player with above average defensive ability across all three outfield positions. Could end up as a corner OF guy or a back-up depending on how things work out.
      Inside Pitch’s take: The least-hyped of their recent international SS signings, Bonilla has shown an advanced bat. He's 6,’ 185 lbs, with a plus arm. Bonilla paid little attention to the commonly used comment about Dominican players not walking off the island; he put up an OPS over .800 as a 17-year-old in the DSL, with 14 walks to 19 Ks and an OBP over .400.
      Dochalo’s take: I liked watching videos of this kid’s swing. It seems that, with a strong arm and the likelihood that he'll fill out over time, he'll move to 3B ultimately. To me, he’s kind of the forgotten guy in what was a very good international class from 2019. His short stint in the DSL in 2019 showed that he can already handle the bat fairly well relative to his peers.
      25. KEVIN MAITAN (21, 3B)

      Ranking Range: 19 – not ranked.
      In a Nutshell: Maitan was a highly touted Venezuelan prospect half a decade ago, compared to the likes of Chipper Jones and Miguel Cabrera, which led to a $4.25 million signing bonus from the Atlanta Braves. In his first stint in the minors, scouts were surprised at how little he resembled the hyped player from a year before. After it was discovered that the Braves engaged in rules violations, they were forced to release Maitan, who was promptly snatched up by the Angels. After two more years in the low minors, his former prospect status has faded substantially; so far in 228 minor league games, he’s hit .229/.288/.347.
      Second Base’s take: My interest in his skill set is like Cobra Kai: It never dies. Seriously though, Maitan does have elite power and an elite arm. His glove and footwork have caught up and he has now fashioned himself into a pretty good defensive 3B. Can his hit tool and plate discipline catch up? If yes, we have a post-hype star on our hands. If not, then Maitan becomes a cautionary tale on putting too much stock in 14-to-16-year-old baseball talent.
      Dave’s take: This year will go a long way towards determining how he is seen as a prospect. He is still just 21 years old in February and has been playing against much older competition. Is this the year that the power and contact emerge? While he has been moved off of SS, and played a lot of 3B and 2B, I won’t be surprised if he sees some time at 1B as well.
      26. ROBINSON PINA (22, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 20 – not ranked.
      In a Nutshell: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Pina had a 3.83 ERA in 108 IP in 2019 in A level Burlington, including 146 strikeouts, but also 61 walks.
      Dave's take: Pina has seen his velocity rise quite a bit since first being signed, and there's still room to add more; mid-90s heat may be possible for him. His best secondary offering is his curve. While he's most likely destined for the back of a bullpen, Pina's command with added velocity could help him zoom through the system quickly. 
      Angelsjunky’s take: While the Angels will likely keep him in the rotation for now, his future on the big league club might be as a reliever. If they’re willing to convert him this year, he could rise quickly, otherwise he may take some time to work on his command and mechanical issues.
      27. ADRIAN PLACENCIA (18, 2B)

      Ranking Range: 17 – not ranked.
      In a Nutshell: One of several young infielders with little to no pro experience, but lots of upside. Placencia, a switch-hitter, is the youngest player on this list, born in June of 2003. 
      Angelsjunky’s take: Maybe it’s the name, but mostly it’s the limited scouting reports that speak of a beautiful swing from both sides of the plate, impressive bat control, and high offensive potential. It may be a couple years before people take notice, but he’s one to watch.
      Dave’s take: So young...so much to hope on. He's a switch-hitting bat-first middle infielder with advanced skills to use the whole field and potential to add power. Placencia is another one with whom we will need to be patient, but is also one who, if he puts it together, could be quite an impact player. More likely suited for 2B long term. 
      28. ORLANDO MARTINEZ (23, OF)

      Ranking Range: 17 – not ranked.
      In a Nutshell: Cuban player who has now been in the Angels system since 2018. In his most recent stop in the minors, he hit .263/.325/.434 in 88 games in A+ Inland Empire in 2019.
      Second Base’s take: There is almost no chance that Martinez figures into the Angels plans as anything more than a 4th OF, but he does have a very intriguing hit tool and instincts. If he truly has developed power, then he might force himself into more of a featured role, either in Anaheim or elsewhere.
      Dochalo’s take: Every year there's a prospect who I secretly feel is going to be way better that what is likely. Martinez is that guy for me. He's got a sweet swing and is very athletic. He was super streaky in 2019 where he started a bit slow, crushed for a month, was terrible for a month, and then crushed for the next month plus. He was age-appropriate in 2019 (even slightly young) for A+, so now he's a bit behind and it will be very interesting to see where he starts the year. He's also very athletic and can play all three OF positions as well as run well enough for the occasional theft.
      29. ADAM SEMINARIS (22, LHP)

      Ranking Range: 18-30
      In a Nutshell: 5th round draft pick in 2020 out of California State University, Long Beach. Almost the archetypical high-floor, low-ceiling collegiate pitcher with mediocre stuff but a good feel for pitching.
      Inside Pitch’s take: Seminaris is the outlier here: he’s not an upside guy and there isn’t a lot of stuff to talk about. He’s a crafty lefty with a lot of deception, a barely average fastball, and not a lot of room to fill out. But he’s a local guy who grew up an Angels fan, went to LB State (AO this one's for you), and he’s shown the ability to get guys out with a four-pitch mix that he commands exceedingly well. Like Rodriguez, his change is the best of his four pitches; unlike C-Rod, he barely breaks 90 MPH. Still, guys like this often fly through the lower minors. He won’t be sexy, but he’s got a decent shot at being a back-end starter.
      Rafibomb's take: You can't ignore the stats of Seminaris in his final year with the Dirtbags. He was flat-out dominant before the college baseball season was cut short, striking out 36 hitters to just 3 walks in 22 innings with a WHIP of 0.55. The whole is greater than the sum of his parts when it comes to Seminaris, who is able to spot all of his pitches and succeed despite not having elite velocity. He reminds me of a lot of former Angels farmhand Nate Smith, who was the team's top pitching prospect (albeit in a barren system) for many years before he was affected by injuries.
      30. DAVIS DANIEL (24, RHP)

      Ranking Range: 19 – not ranked
      In a Nutshell: 7th-round pick in 2019 out of Auburn, Daniel missed the season due to Tommy John surgery. He’s really an unknown: no professional experience, but good stuff.
      Inside Pitch’s take: A complete wild card. Davis was highly thought of coming out of HS, went to Auburn and right into the rotation as a freshman. His fastball routinely hit 97; breaking ball and change-up were both above average at the time but he struggled with control, then broke down requiring Tommy John surgery. Despite the injury, the Angels took him in 7th round of the 2019 draft. Like Kochanowicz, he’s yet to throw in games but the stuff is there.
      Dave’s take: Hard-working righty with mid-90s fastball action. Health has been the big concern and has limited his pitching. If healthy, he could move quickly through the system. This year will be all about getting back on the mound in front of live competition, making sure the command is there, and seeing how far that arm can take him.
       
      ODDS & ENDS
      Honorable Mentions: 
      (Players who received rankings but didn’t make the collective top 30) 
      Denny Brady, Sadrac Franco, Gerardo Reyes, Jose Reyes, Erik Rivera, Adrian Rondon, Yordi Rosario, Michael Stefanic, John Swanda, Andrew Wantz, Austin Warren.
      (Unranked prospects)
      Luis Alvarado, Gustavo Campero, Ryan Clark, Brendon Davis, Connor Higgins, Torii Hunter Jr, Kyle Keller, Jack Kruger, Jake Lee, Zach Linginfelter, Gareth Morgan, Luis Nunez, Jerryell Rivera, Chad Sykes, Gabriel Tapia, Kyle Tyler, Connor Van Scoyoc, Greg Veliz
      Bonus Takes:
      DENNY BRADY (24, RHP)
      Ettin’s take: Another sleeper to keep an eye on, Brady has done nothing but post solid results. 2019 was a solid peripherals season for Denny and the Angels did add him to their 60-man player pool in back in July, so don't pop an Ambien if he is starting!
      SADRAC FRANCO(21, RHP)
      Dochalo’s take: I watched a few of his starts from 2019 in Orem. He showed brief flashes of an upper 90s fastball and a wicked breaking ball. Mostly, however, he looked like an 18-year-old kid in his first taste of stateside baseball. The Angels brought him over pretty early, so they must have considered him mature enough to handle it. I haven’t heard much in the way of a third pitch but he’s got some time. Franco might end up a back end reliever.
      ERIK RIVERA (20, OF/LHP)
      Dave’s take: Another two-way player, who probably profiles better as a pitcher with a power lefty arm, but has the potential to have a solid bat. These two-way players are intriguing to me to see how they develop and how long they will be allowed to work on both sides of the game.
      Inside Pitch’s take: 2019’s left-handed version of William Holmes. I’m following him as a pitcher. Rivera has been up as high at 98 MPH, with a big spin curveball and a developing changeup. What he doesn’t have is command, but LHP who can work in the mid 90s and touch the upper 90s have futures, even the ones with mediocre control. A move to the pen may hasten his development.
      JOHN SWANDA(22, RHP)
      Dochalo’s take: My super sleeper. 4th rounder in 2017 out of high school and looked like he had some good stuff in 2019 before he went down with TJS after four starts. I remember hearing low to mid-90s fastball. He’s essentially lost two full years. Hopefully his recovery went well as I had some decent hopes for him when he was drafted; now, I’m more curious than anything.
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