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Top prospect countdown: #3 Brandon Marsh

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It is all about the tools with this two-sport star. A wide receiver in high school, Brandon Marsh was committed to Kennesaw State University, but the Angels managed to lure him into the fold, instantly making him one of the most exciting prospects in their system. As one would expect from a wide receiver, Marsh’s current greatest asset is his speed. He focused solely on baseball his senior year, hitting .559 and earning Player of the Year honors in his region and leading his team to a state title.

Marsh is considered very raw but impressed scouts with his ability to hit balls to all fields, striking out only nine times his senior year. His power should develop as he matures and he already receives high marks for his approach at the plate. He played mostly right field in high school, but the Angels plan on trying him at all three outfield positions. A back injury prevented him from seeing any playing time in the Angels’ system last year, so we have yet to see what he can do against pro-level pitching.

Prospect maven John Sickels puts his raw tools are on par with Jahmai Jones, another second round pick out of Georgia. On top of blazing speed, he has a very strong throwing arm, so he could eventually challenge Jones for center field honors as the two climb the system. Again, this kid is very raw and has never faced professional pitching. There is a wide range of outcomes when it comes to his potential, but given his electric speed, strong arm and advanced bat control, it won’t take much for him to become at least a solid regular one day.