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Angels 2016 Draftee Update: 8/3/16 - Thaiss still doing well

Most of this year's draft class has leveled off a bit

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:

Round Name Age Position Team Level Prospect
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.