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 has had a pretty solid year overall, though he's only hitting .216 in his last 10 games.
|2.||Brandon Marsh||18||OF||AZL Angels||Rok||4||
Marsh is on 60-day DL.
|3.||Nonie Williams||18||SS||AZL Angels||Rok||6||This kid had a really rough start this year but has really gotten into the swing of things as of late. In his last 10 games he's hitting .370 with a .408 OBP and two stolen bases.|
|4.||Chris Rodriguez||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Has had a great season, but hasn't pitched since August 8th. He's only allowed 2 runs all year in 11.1 innings.
|5.||Connor Justus||21||SS||Burlington Bees||A||15||
Justus is doing better lately and his .286 AVG over his last 10 games has raised his A-ball average to .218.
|6.||Cole Duensing||18||RHP||AZL Angels||Rok||-||
Duensing hasn't allowed a run in his last 3 appearances (6 IP). Having a pretty solid season in rookie ball.
|7.||Jordan Zimmerman||21||2B||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Zimmerman is probably already looking forward to next year. He's only batting .161 in Burlington this year and .171 over his last 10 games.
|8.||Troy Montgomery||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||25||
Montgomery went bust the last few weeks and is only hitting .143 over his last 10 games.
|9.||Michael Barash||21||C||Burlington Bees||A||-||Barash is still keeping his Ks down, but only hitting .192 over his last 10 games. He's showing good plate discipline with 6Ks in 26 ABs but also 6 walks.|
|10.||Andrew Vinson||22||RHP||Burlington Bees||A||-||
Vinson has only thrown 12.2 innings in A ball. He has a 3.55 ERA with 8 Ks and 2 walks. His WHIP is a mere 0.87
|11.||Brennon Lund||21||OF||Burlington Bees||A||-||Lund has had a rough spell as of late and only hit .190 over his last 10 games with 10 Ks.|
|12.||Bo Tucker||21||LHP||Orem Owlz||Rok||-||Another guy who is probably looking forward to next season. He has a 5.85 ERA in his last 10 appearances and a 4.45 ERA this season.|