The age thirty for a professional baseball player is often an unspeakable word, a date which afterwards he is no longer viewed the same way because well, he’s getting old. And since he’s getting old, he’s probably going to get worse over time and his best days are behind him. Given that present-day aging curves specify that players younger than 30 are usually a good bet to improve or maintain their on-field value, you would want to stockpile as many of those players as you could in order to build a sustainable winner.
For a few years now, the Angels have had very little in the ways of prospects but have had reasons to believe the team would still be solid because of the developing players on the big-league squad. Let’s take a look at the assets the organization has to offer and how long it has to offer them.
In order for to differentiate between each one, here’s a nifty conversion table that relates future value (FV) to wins above replacement (WAR). I’ve gone ahead and made my best estimate FV of each player.
30 and under organizational assets
Mike Trout (CF) through 2020. FV: 100 if it was possible, perhaps even higher.
Andrelton Simmons (SS) through 2020. FV: 65.
Kole Calhoun (RF) through 2020. FV: 65.
Garrett Richards (SP) through 2018. FV: 65.
Andrew Heaney (SP) through 2021. FV: 65.
Tyler Skaggs (SP) through 2020. FV: 55.
C.J. Cron (1B/DH) through 2020. FV: 55.
Jefry Marte (3B/1B/DH/LF) through 2021. FV: 55.
Cam Bedrosian (RP) through 2021. FV: 50.
Nick Tropeano (SP) through 2021. FV: 50.
Alex Meyer (SP) through 2022. FV: 40.
Jose Alvarez (RP) through 2020. FV: 40.
Mike Morin (RP) through 2020. FV: 40.
Deolis Guerra (RP) through 2021. FV: 40.
On the farm assets
Jahmai Jones (OF). FV: 55. [ETA 2020]
Matt Thaiss (1B). FV: 50. [ETA late 2018]
Brandon Marsh (OF). FV: 45+. [ETA 2022]
Keynan Middleton (RP). FV: 45. [ETA 2017]
Taylor Ward (C). FV: 45. [ETA mid-2018]
Vicente Campos, Nate Smith (SP). FV: 45. [ETA 2017]
Brooks Pounders, Troy Scribner (SP/RP). FV: 40. [ETA 2017]
David Fletcher (2B/SS). FV: 40. [ETA 2018]
Grayson Long, Jaime Barria (SP). FV: 40. [ETA 2019/2020]
Are the Angels in good hands moving forward? Did I miss anyone?