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at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #7 – Kaleb Cowart

Kaleb Cowart In 10 words or fewer: Is the breakout real? Elite defender. High upside. Position: 3B | Age (2016): 24 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 225 2015 Rank: 12 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Cowart has a few strengths as a hitter, but they’re mostly based on projected future skills. However, his current bat-to-ball ability is already […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #8 – Chad Hinshaw

Chad Hinshaw In 10 words or fewer: Potentially the answer in LF. Potentially a 4th outfielder too. Position: OF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 205 2015 Rank: 18 OFFENSE Contact – C-.  Probably the weakest part of Hinshaw’s game. The strikeouts aren’t necessarily a problem, but they’re certainly worth keeping an eye on. Fortunately, […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #9b – Ji-Man Choi

Ji-Man Choi In 10 words or fewer: Angels Rule 5 pick, their most interesting in recent history. Position: 1B/LF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 230 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  When he’s locked in, Choi is a very difficult hitter to fool and equally as difficult to strike out. Now I […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #9 – Roberto Baldoquin

Roberto Baldoquin In 10 words or fewer: $15 million Cuban import an absolute flop in first season. Position: SS | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 185 2015 Rank: 3 OFFENSE Contact – C.  Baldoquin’s swing can get a little long and slow at times, which makes him both susceptible to a decent fastball and […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #10 – Alex Yarbrough

Alex Yarbrough In 10 words or fewer: What the hell happened in AAA? Position: 2B | Age (2016): 24 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: 7 OFFENSE Contact – D+.  As Alex has climbed the minor league ladder, we’ve seen a once above average tool shift into the average range and in the latest installment, […]

Nate Smith is among many Angels minor leaguers who have been held at their level too long and deserve a promotion.

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #11 – Nate Smith

Nate Smith 10 words or fewer: Non-exciting pitcher with non-exciting name produces exciting results. Position: SP | Age (2016): 24 Throws: L | Bats: L Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 205 2015 Rank: 14 Fastball – C-/D+.  The average LHP in MLB throws a 90/91 mph fastball (92/93 for RHP), three years ago, Nate Smith was clocked throwing 87-89. Two years […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Victor Alcantara of the World Team looks on during batting practice prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the U.S. Team at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #12 – Victor Alcantara

Victor Alcantara 10 words or fewer: Electric arm offers plenty of intrigue as starter or reliever. Position: SP/RP | Age (2016): 23 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 190 2015 Rank: 10 Fastball – A.  Victor Alcantara used to pump his heater up in the triple digits with regularity. He also used to walk in excess of five […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #13 – Natanael Delgado

Natanael Delgado In 10 words or fewer: Continually puzzling youngster. Could be a superstar or bust. Position: OF | Age (2016): 20 Bats: L | Throws: L Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: 16 OFFENSE Contact – D.  Delgado’s trending in the wrong direction in terms of his contact. It isn’t to say he’s grown worse at this skill, but […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #14 – Ayendy Perez

Ayendy Perez In 10 words or fewer: Young slap hitter with good plate discipline and blazing speed. Position: OF | Age (2016): 22 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’9″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: Unranked OFFENSE Contact – B.  Ayendy has an unorthodox approach at the plate, which when unrefined can make it particularly difficult to make contact. And while […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #15 – Brendon Sanger

Brendon Sanger In 10 words or fewer: Surprisingly good collegiate OF taken in middle rounds of draft. Position: OF | Age (2016): 22 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 185 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  Sanger makes enough contact to hit anywhere in the lineup. While it’s likely he’ll have a more difficult time making […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #16 – Kyle McGowin

Kyle McGowin 10 words or fewer: May be past the injuries, figured out AA. Position: SP | Age (2016): 24 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: 11 Fastball – B.  McGowin settled on what appears to be a cut fastball and traditional four-seamer in AA this year. The cut fastball creates all sorts of movement […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #17 – Sherman Johnson

Sherman Johnson In 10 words or fewer: Utility infielder lacks standout tools, but gets on base. Position: INF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’10″ | Weight: 190 2015 Rank: Unranked OFFENSE Contact – C+.  Sherman lacks the contact ability to be a true leadoff hitter, but he also makes enough contact to not fall victim to the […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #18 – Eduardo Paredes

Eduardo Paredes 10 words or fewer: Another intriguing RP in an organization long known for them. Position: RP | Age (2016): 21 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: Unranked Fastball – A.  Paredes is a different pitcher, depending on who you ask and when. I think part of the reason there isn’t as much […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #19 – Bo Way

Bo Way In 10 words or fewer: Bo Way does the little things. Gets the job done. Position: OF | Age (2016): 24 Bats: L | Throws: L Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 180 2015 Rank: 19 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Not sure Way’s path to the ball could be any more efficient than it already is. This resulted in very little […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #20 – David Fletcher

David Fletcher In 10 words or fewer: Future utility infielder, nabbed in the 6th round. Position: SS | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’10″ | Weight: 175 2015 Rank: N/A   OFFENSE Contact – A.  Like any speedster worth his weight in pennies, Fletcher has excellent bat-to-ball skills. He’s particularly adept at putting the ball on the […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #21 – Greg Mahle

Greg Mahle 10 words or fewer: LHRP offers lots of strikeouts and promise. Nearly MLB-ready. Position: RP | Age (2016): 23 Throws: L | Bats: L Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 225 2015 Rank: Unranked Fastball – B- This is more of a relative grade, as Mahle has occasional appearances where he’s only throwing 88-89, and others in which he’ll be […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #22 – Tim Arakawa

Tim Arakawa In 10 words or fewer: Beautiful swing, great patience, and enough speed and defense. Position: 2B | Age (2016): 23 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’8″ | Weight: 175 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B-.  Tim has an absolutely beautiful swing. It’s short, compact, he stays inside the pitch and will at times crowd the plate, which […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #23 – Jeremy Rhoades

Jeremy Rhoades 10 words or fewer: A tale of two seasons. Upside as starter or reliever. Position: SP | Age (2016): 23 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 225 2015 Rank: 22 Fastball – B+.  Upon being drafted, Jeremy’s fastball would top out at 94, but for the most part, he sat 91-92. This past […]

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Angels Look Disappointing, Yet Intriguing

It was only a month or two ago, I had visions of Jason Heyward–Mike Trout–Kole Calhoun both in the outfield and top of the order. I dreamt of a Kendrick reunion that would save us all from another season of Johnny Giavotella at second base. I even kicked around the idea of Daniel Murphy at […]

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Angels Prospect Countdown: #24 – Alex Abbott

Alex Abbott In 10 words or fewer: Athletic prep OF with intriguing set of tools. Position: OF | Age (2016): 21 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 195 2015 Rank: Unranked   OFFENSE Contact – C+.  What once appeared to be a serious obstacle to overcome has now grown into an average quality tool for Abbot. […]

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