Welcome to this bi-monthly feature. This article replaced the previous "Top 10 prospect watch" because frankly, that was sometimes depressing. The players on that list will be folded into the bi-monthly minor league update. However, we just had a draft in June and the Angels picked up some exciting players.
These players are all currently playing on the rookie teams in Arizona and Orem, UT, and the Burlington Bees A ball. The top 12 rounds will be covered here.
2016 Angels draft class performances:
|1.||Matt Thaiss||21||C/1B||Burlington Bees||A||1||
Thaiss continues to show why he was a #1 pick. He's hitting .311 in Burlington with a .397 OBP.
|2.||Brandon Marsh||18||OF||AZL Angels||Rok||4||
Marsh is on 60-day DL.
|3.||Nonie Williams||18||SS||AZL Angels||Rok||6||Williams has been pretty average in rookie ball for an 18-year-old. He's hitting .239 over his last 10 games.|
|4.||Chris Rodriguez||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Rodriguez is having a great season, though he's only thrown 11.1 innings. He has a 1.59 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 17 Ks.
|5.||Connor Justus||21||SS||Burlington Bees||A||15||
Justus only has a .188 average in Burlington so hasn't really adjust to A ball considering he hit .344 in Orem.
|6.||Cole Duensing||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Duensing has only allowed runs in one of his 7 games so far. He has a 1.64 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
|7.||Jordan Zimmerman||21||2B||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Zimmerman hasn't gone well at all in Burlington He's just hitting .152 in his last 10 games and .173 since moving up to A ball.
|8.||Troy Montgomery||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||25||
Montgomery hasn't had a problem adjusting to a higher level of play and is hitting just slightly better than he did in hitter-friendly Orem. He has a .342/.418/.544 line in A ball.
|9.||Michael Barash||21||C||Burlington Bees||A||-||Barash isn't striking out much, which is good. But he's also only hitting .224 so far in A ball. He has a decent 38% caught stealing rate.|
|10.||Andrew Vinson||22||RHP||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Vinson has done alright in A ball so far with a 3.52 ERA in 7 innings. He's only walked 1 batter.
|11.||Brennon Lund||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||-||Lund slowed down to mostly average lately, which was to be expected since he started the season with insane numbers. He's hitting .280 in A ball with 8 stolen bases in 8 attempts. He also have 4 assists and 2 double plays.|
|12.||Bo Tucker||21||LHP||Orem Owlz||Rok||-||Not having the best year. He's given up 10ER in 21.1 innings with 8 walks allowed.|