Jeff Reese and I took a look at the Angels farm system over at Bullpen Banter. There's some video the BB staff has taken this year (including the best stuff out there on rising star John Hellweg) and links to more. With our lists you get two top 15s and two perspectives and we're happy to answer any further questions or listen to comments you have.
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Top Angels minor league prospects Randal Grichuk and Jean Segura were integral to the Inland Empire 66ers moving to within one game of the Cal League finals. The 66ers beat the Lake Elsinore Storm 4-1 Wednesday night.
Last night a colleague visiting from another university wanted to go see a minor league baseball game, so we went to the Bakersfield Blaze game, and they were playing the 66'ers.
So, I lucked into getting up close and personal with Segura and Jose Jiminez.
Segura led off and drew a 5 pitch walk, and ended up stranded on third after a pick off (the first of three awful base running plays by the 66'ers).
Segura came up for his third AB with runners on 1st and 3rd and CRUSHED a ball to left missing a HR by 8 feet off the high LF wall at Sam Lynn Ballpark. One runner scored and he cruised into 2nd with a double.
I left in the 6th (my kids were with me and 6- year olds go ape-crazy at 9 PM) but didn't miss much else.
Back to base running. In 6 innings I saw: a bad pick-off with 1 out and runners on the corners in the first, a caught stealing, and...a caught stealing on a DELAYED steal with a runner on 3rd.
Bad base running...
Segura was fun to watch, but the team didn't look at all interesting beyond him. Jiminez was Ok, but not good defensively. He pulled a Mathis and tried to throw it into CF on a steal attempt.
Anyway, just thought I'd share.