Angels on Baseball America’s Top Prospects List


Nick Adenhart was the #3 prospect in the Texas League this year, according to Baseball America.

Baseball America has been publishing on-line their post-season Top 20 Prospects lists for each league. They’ve been working from Rookie-A upward, and are currently doing the High-A leagues.

But the latest BA print issue arrived in the mail yesterday, listing all the leagues along with other rankings, so if you don’t want to wait for the online posts here are the rankings for all the Angels affiliates.

Pacific Coast League

Brandon Wood ranked #9, the only Salt Lake player in the Top 20. "Still just 22, Wood has plenty of time to fill out physically and refine his approach."

Texas League

Nick Adenhart ranked #3. I’m glad the BA analysts haven’t gone the way of the sabermetric community, some of whom already are dismissing Adenhart as a bust. BA correctly takes into account Nick’s age. "Adenhart held his own in his first Double-A experience at age 20, finishing fifth in the league with a 3.65 ERA, but inconsistency with his delivery and command kept him from dominating as his stuff might dictate."

Infielder Sean Rodriguez ranked #15.

California League

The only Angel on the list is Quakes infielder Hainley Statia, who ranked #15.

Midwest League

Catcher Hank Conger ranked #5, judging that "he has a sound swing with plus pop from both sides of the plate." Defensively, "MWL managers believe he can stay a catcher, but scouts are less sanguine." (Personally, I agree with the managers …)

RHP Sean O’Sullivan, recently named the Angels’ minor league pitcher of the year, ranked #18, which in my opinion may have been too low.

Pioneer League

The Owlz’ RHP Jordan Walden ranked #3. "He maintained a plus-plus fastball in his pro debut, sitting at 94-96 MPH even in the later innings of his starts."

LHP Robert Fish ranked #14 and SS Andrew Romine was #17.

Arizona League

RHP Mason Tobin was ranked #11, LHP Michael Anton was #12, OF Clay Fuller was #17, and and 2B Ivan Contreras was #19.

1 Comment

I think the ratings reflect my concern with the Angels minor league system. It is missing about two years worth of prospects. SLC has a number of ML prospects but Arkansas and Rancho the pickings are slim. I think Adenhart has the ability to be a big time pitcher, but there is very little in the way of position players. While there is no open positions in Anaheim for at least three years at C, 1B, 2B, SS (if OC resigns), 3B(Wood), CF, and RF (Vlad), there is no depth at the AA/A level. Pitching gets deep again a the low A and Rookie level.

The Angels are begining to see what signing only three players drafted in the first three rounds over the past three years can do to a minor league system. While I am a huge Angels fan, I do not expect to see any Rookie of the Year candidates in 2009 or 2010.

GO ANGELS!

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