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  1. 2020 MLB International Prospects Class A list of the 25 international prospects expected to command the largest signing bonuses when teams can officially sign 2020 players on July 2. 12 Denzer Guzman Dominican RepublicSS Notes: Born: Feb. 8, 2004. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 178. Report: Last year the Angels' top international signing was Arol Vera, a physical, switch-hitting shortstop from Venezuela. Their top target in 2020 is Guzman, another physical, offensive-oriented shortstop with a bonus expected to be around $2 million. Guzman makes a lot of contact against live pitching with a loose, easy swing, with the bat speed and physical projection to grow into considerable power as well. His strong arm should play on the left side of the infield, though his defense might fit better at third base. 18 Willy Fañas Dominican RepublicOF Notes: Born: Jan. 23, 2004. B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Report: The Angels' 2020 international class looks to be centered around two Dominican prospects. One is Denzer Guzman, an offensive-minded shortstop. The other is Fañas, who trains with Felo and is expected to sign in the $1.5 to $2 million area. Fañas doesn't have Guzman's polished swing and pure hitting ability, but he's an athletic, physical outfielder with good bat speed from both sides of the plate, a chance to grow into 20-plus home run power and a solid sense for the strike zone for his age. He's a solid-average runner with a chance to stay in center field depending on how his speed and body develop the next few years. LESS
  2. Bob Nightengale @BNightengale · 8m Shohei Ohtani, who's expected to begin pitching again in mid-May, received a $50,000 bump in pay from the #Angels and will earn $700,000 this season in his final year before being eligible for arbitration.
  3. Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo · We've got a new mock draft. And since it's so early in the season, I enlisted the help of an industry insider to make the picks. This was fun, and informative:… #MLBDraft 2020 MLB Mock Draft Version 2.0 Baseball America's second full first round mock draft examines the top MLB Draft prospects, potential fits, trends and more, and brings in an anonymous scout to make some picks. 10 Carmen Mlodzinski South CarolinaRHP Notes: At this point our highest-ranked players on the board are high schoolers. I could have my pick of the best of the class, whether I wanted to go with an arm (Jared Kelley) or a big bat (Austin Hendrick). Still, I heard great things about Mlodzinski in his first start and I think the top 10 is going to be very college heavy. Just one prep player among the first ten picks seems crazy, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all if it turned out that way. LESS
  4. Your Home Timeline Jeff Passan @JeffPassan · 10s BREAKING: The trade that will send Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been agreed upon, sources tell ESPN. Outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Jeter Downs are among those who will go to the Boston Red Sox.
  5. BA MLB Mock Draft Updated on: 1/13/2020 10 Ed Howard Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS SS Notes: It’s a weak middle infield class for prep players. There are no shortstops of the caliber of Bobby Witt Jr. or CJ Abrams, but Howard is the cream of the crop and is a standout defender with an uber projectable frame and athleticism most teams love. He’s not the most polished bat, but is mechanically sound and has shown enough flashes for teams to dream on his offensive ability in the future. This could be the first year without multiple high school shortstops selected in the first round since 2006, when none were taken. VIDEO
  6. According to Cot's Baseball Contracts 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 $26,071,429 $27.071 $36.571 $38.571 $38.571
  7. By Jim Callis @JimCallisMLB Here's my best guess, bearing in mind that it comes eight months in advance of the Draft and much will change between now and June: 1) Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State 2) Orioles: Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia 3) Marlins: Austin Martin, 3B, Vanderbilt 4) Royals: Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State 5) Blue Jays: Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M 6) Mariners: Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA 7) Pirates: Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (Portland, Ore.) ? Padres: Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (Texas) HS 9) Rockies: Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville 10) Angels: Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas For more on this topic, check out the video at the top of this Inbox. And for some thumbnail scouting reports on the players above, see our top 15 college and high school prospect lists from August. "Martin has the best power/speed combination in the college ranks, slamming 28 homers in his first two seasons with the Razorbacks while displaying quickness that earns top-of-the-scale grades from some evaluators. His right-handed swing can get too uphill at times when he gets too focused on home runs, and there's a chance he winds up in center field rather than sticking at shortstop."
  8. 10. Angels — Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. The last time the Angels picked in the top 10, they took Ballard High product Jo Adell with the No. 10 overall pick in 2017. Despite serious swing-and-miss concerns, that selection has looked pretty good for Los Angeles, as Adell now ranks as the No. 2 prospect in baseball. Hendrick isn’t the athlete that Adell—or 2018 first-round pick Jordyn Adams—is, but he has a high ceiling with some of the loudest raw power in the prep class, elite bat speed and plus arm strength. There are some swing-and-miss concerns here, but grabbing the No. 2 prep player in the class and the top-ranked high school bat could wind up being a steal if he hits.
  9. Angels MiLB #Angels prospects for the Mesa Solar Sox in the @MLBazFallLeague today: Jo Adell: 0 for 5. Brandon Marsh: 2 for 4, BB, R. Nathan Bates: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB’s, 2 K’s. Austin Warren: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB’s, 2 K’s. Isaac Matsson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K’s. Angels MiLB @AngelsMiLB Nathan Bates averaged 95-96 MPH on his FB. Austin Warren averaged 93-94 MPH on his FB. Isaac Mattson averaged 92-93 MPH on his FB.
  10. Bill Mitchell @billazbbphotog First instructional league action today with a 7-inning intrasquad game at the #Angels complex. Best hitter in the game was Jordyn Adams, who tripled twice. Best hitter not in the game was Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was coaching first base. 3:47 PM · Sep 13, 2019·Twitter Web App
  11. Pitched his first inning for AZL Angels tonite,game_tab=,game=583944
  12. 07/10/2019 RF Rainier Rivas assigned to AZL Angels from DSL Angels.
  13. Jeff Johnson‏ @jeje66 3h3 hours ago More With Major League Baseball deadline for signing draft picks looming Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles Angels draftee Levi Usher @Ushman05 of Kirkwood/Cedar Rapids Prairie says he'll play college ball at Louisville instead of pro ball: … #iahsbsb
  14. $125K plus $69K available for one of the nine left.