Welcome to this new 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 is hitting .314 in Burlington with 8 doubles and 2 triples.
|2.||Brandon Marsh||18||OF||AZL Angels||Rok||4||
Marsh finally signed. He was added to the roster just recently and listed as being on the 60-day DL.
|3.||Nonie Williams||18||SS||AZL Angels||Rok||6||Still hitting int he low 200s. For a big dude (202+), it's odd to see zero homeruns and 5 stolen bases over 24 games.|
|4.||Chris Rodriguez||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Rodriguez has a 1.93 ERA, .152 BAA, and 0.75 WHIP in his 9.1 innings so far this year. He's also racked up 14 Ks.
|5.||Connor Justus||21||SS||Burlington Bees||A||15||
Has .378 OBP for Burlington in 11 games with 1 homerun. He's made 9 errors in 314 innings.
|6.||Cole Duensing||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Didn't get up a run in his first 5 innings, but hist last time out gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 2 innings pitched. Only has 7 innings under his belt so far.
|7.||Jordan Zimmerman||21||2B||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Zimmerman hasn't hit well in A ball and has a .200 average over his last 10 games That .422 he had in Orem hasn't translated up very well yet.
|8.||Troy Montgomery||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||25||
Montgomery has 4 multi hit games in 11 games for the Bees. He's hitting .317 in A ball with 2 stolen bases and a homerun. He has 5 outfield assists in 36 games.
|9.||Michael Barash||21||C||Burlington Bees||A||-||Barash has only struck out twice in 23 at bats for Burlington. He is hitting .304 in 7 games there.|
|10.||Andrew Vinson||22||RHP||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Moved up to A ball on Aug 3rd. Had a 3.68 ERA in Orem with a 1.36 WHIP and 20 Ks in 22 IP with only 4 walks.
|11.||Brennon Lund||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||-||Lund's tear has slowed down considerably and he's hitting just .200 over his last 10 games. He still have a .281 AVG and .343 OBP for Burlington in 16 games. Most of his outfield time has been spent in center.|
|12.||Bo Tucker||21||LHP||Orem Owlz||Rok||-||Tucker is doing alright. He is the last remaining player on this list that started in Orem and is still playing in Orem. He has a 4.43 ERA this year with a 1.43 WHIP in 11 games and 20.1 IP.|
Other 2016 Draftee Notes:
27th round pick Greg Belton (23yo) has a 1.99 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 22.2 innings with Orem.
Free agent signee Tyler Warmoth (24yo) has a 0.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 22 Ks in 21.1 innings for Orem.
19th round pick Cody Ramer (22yo) is hitting .372/.426/.465 in Orem. He didn't sign until July 8th
Zach Gibbons (22yo) has been tearing up Orem since he signed on July 9th with a .410 AVG, .495 OBP and 10 stolen bases in 20 games.