If you go back about 14 months, the Angels had Jahmai Jones, Michael Hermosillo, and not much else to get excited about for outfielders in the system. Fast forward 2 Billy Eppler drafts, and things look a whole lot different. Eppler brought the Angels 3 of the guys on the list, including this year’s 10th overall pick Jordon Adell.
The Angels outfield could be “over” crowded with talent in 2-3 years if all these guys keep progressing the way they have been (or are expected to). Give me Mike Trout and pretty much any 2 of the guys on this list and your 2020 outfield is in good hands.
Jordon Adell, 18
Level: Rookie (Arizona)
Predicting an ETA for an 18-year-old is tough and pretty much goes out the window when you have a lot of pure talent like Jo Adell. Adell put up ridiculous numbers in high school this spring with a .562/.667/1.437 slash line and 25 home runs. So far he’s tearing up rookie ball in Arizona with a .406/.441/.781 slash line along with 3 home runs in 9 games. For a comparison, Mike Trout through his first 17 games in rookie ball had a .313/.413/.433 with zero home runs. Adell is no Mike Trout (or is he?), but he IS loaded with talent, 5 tools, and many comparisons to Bo Jackson.
Brandon Marsh, 19
Level: Rookie (Orem)
Marsh didn’t play last year due to lingering back issues and he already hurt himself this year - sliding into a base. He hurt his hand and has been week to week since June 28th with an expectation he should be back very soon. Before his injury, Marsh had ridiculous numbers (even for Orem) with a .500 average, .545 OPB, home run, 9 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases in 7 games. He also already has two outfield assists. Marsh is another young guy loaded with talent but currently considered to have an average hit tool. His speed, fielding, and arm strength are his best assets so with developed power and hitting he could be a huge boon to the system.
Jahmai Jones, 19
MLB.com has Jones rated as the #1 prospect for the Angels (before the 2017 draft). His strengths are his fielding, speed, and hit tools with prior notes that he would grow into his power, and this year Jones has hit 8 home runs in 85 games along with 18 stolen bases. Jones may have to contend with some new up and comers on this list but as recently as a year ago was considered a can’t miss in the system and that looks to remain true.
Brennon Lund, 22
Lund doesn’t get a lot of prospect love and isn’t even on any top prospect lists but you can’t ignore how he continues to perform at a high level as he moves up through the system. In High A he has a .343/.395/.464 slash line with 3 homers. He’s also only struck out 23 times in 32 games and has 10 walks and 3 stolen bases. In 77 minor league games this year, Lund has 7 outfield assists. Lund has profiled as a 4th outfielder type since he was drafted and has pretty average tools, but he is not performing like either of those are written in stone.
Michael Hermosillo, 22
This 28th round pick has quietly made a name for himself and is currently #13 on the MLB.com prospect rankings for the Angels. Hermosillo might be destined to be a 4th outfielder but the Angels still have hopes he can be an every day player. He’s only hitting .247 in AA this year but has a .367 OBP and 19 stolen bases. He’s not a huge power threat with 13 minor league home runs in 314 games. Hermosillo has been playing in all 3 outfield spots this year, but mostly lands in center field.