…or to be more precise the outfield power-hitting prospects? In three consecutive years, the Angels signed Jim Edmonds (’88), Tim Salmon (’89), and Garret Anderson (’90). With the development of Erstad (’95), the Angels felt confident enough to trade Edmonds prior to the start of the 2000 season. Since then, the Angels have not signed/developed any bona fide power-hitting outfielders.
This lack of minor league outfield depth creates organizational/strategic problems. For example, when Juan Rivera broke his leg in 2006, management reacted by signing Gary Matthews, Jr. This may have been avoided if we had some decent outfield prospects in the minors. Also, signing free agent outfielders with big $ contract commitments has limited the prospects for the re-signing/extending Teixeira, K-Rod, Rivera, GA and others.
What’s more, the minors don’t appear to hold much future promise. The only outfield prospects with any power are Adam Pavkovich at AAA, Brian Stavisky at AA (both are 27 years old…getting a little late!), Anthony Norman (Quakes) and Jeremy Moore (Kernels) at single A. That’s it! Not a lot there to intimidate the string of Cy Young Award pitchers we have seen recently.