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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 2:  Rafael Ortega #39 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during a spring training against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Billy Eppler, Discount Shopper

Enough ink has been spilled as to the Angels relative unwillingness to spend money of any sorts to fill glaring vacancies this winter. But what hasn’t been mentioned as much as it probably should is the masterful job new GM Billy Eppler has done at creating a great deal of depth for this team, and […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 10:  Los Angeles Angels' 2015 first round draft pick, catcher Taylor Ward, of Fresno State, speaks to the media before the start of a game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays on June 10, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #1 – Taylor Ward

Taylor Ward In 10 words or fewer: Collegiate catcher may be a great defender and hitter. Position: C | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 180 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – A.  Ward just did not strike out this past season, at least not in the way you’d expect someone that came pre-labeled with […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #2 – Kyle Kubitza

Kyle Kubitza In 10 words or less: Where does he fit? Will he hit? Position: 3B/LF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 210 2015 Rank: 6 OFFENSE Contact – D+.  Kubitza’s a bit of a strange case in that his swing can be long, but his path to the ball is direct. Yet due […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #3 – Jahmai Jones

Jahmai Jones In 10 words or less: The Angels’ highest upside position player prospect since Mike Trout. Position: OF | Age (2016): 18 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 210 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  It’s hard to give out a definitive grade on a 17-year-old’s performance across his first 40 games in Rookie Ball. But […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #4 – Jett Bandy

Jett Bandy In 10 words or less: MLB-ready. Good defensive catcher with pop. Position: C | Age (2016): 26 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 235 2015 Rank: 25 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Bandy’s ability to make contact has never been in question. His contact rates have remained constant at every stop in the minors. This is surprising […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #5 – Joe Gatto

Joe Gatto 10 words or fewer: Former prep pitcher with upside continues steady climb up ladder. Position: SP | Age (2016): 21 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 204 2015 Rank: 8 Fastball – B. Gatto’s fastball sits 92-94 with heavy downward movement. The velo is slightly above average but, really, the most important aspect of Gatto’s […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #6 – Grayson Long

Grayson Long 10 words or fewer: Standard collegiate RHP. Should climb quickly. Back-end starter. Position: SP | Age (2016): 22 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: N/A Fastball – C+. Long has a very firm 91-93 mph fastball. He spots it well on the outer half and is particularly effective when keeping the ball […]

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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