It’s no secret that the Angels farm system has been down in the dumps for a while, but the things that the new regime has done differently in terms of draft strategy and player development has helped. But building back up from “the worst system I have ever seen” one paper clip at a time takes time and patience, and it is only now that we are beginning to see hope on the horizon (Keith Law, spring 2016). Even though these lists don’t necessarily mean much or even guarantee future MLB success, it’s nice to know that 1) the Angels are making strides and 2) have something to show for said strides.
Here it is, in all its glory. Here is Eric Longenhagen’s (of Fangraphs) list in full.
rdon Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels
93. Jahmai Jones, CF, Los Angeles Angels
Honorable mention: Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Where did all of these players come from?
Jones was drafted in the second round of 2015, Marsh in the second round of 2016, and Adell in the first round of 2017.
While I’m at it, I might also mention that Longenhagen released an updated top 10 prospects list of those in the AL West earlier today, and here is how he sees the Angels’ top 10:
1. Jordon Adell, OF
2. Jahmai Jones, CF
3. Brandon Marsh, CF
4. Chris Rodriguez, RHP
5. Jaime Barria, RHP
6. Matt Thaiss, 1B
7. Griffin Canning, RHP
8. Jacob Pearson, OF
9. David Fletcher, SS
10. Jose Soriano, RHP
Jones has struggled with breaking balls this season but made some adjustments in Low-A, started hitting, and has continued to do so since promotion to High-A. Marsh has dealt with injuries but has the speed to play center and plus raw power projection. Chris Rodriguez was flashing three plus pitches in extended spring training. His results have been mixed since he was assigned to an affiliate. Barria could be a mid-rotation starter based largely on his command. Thaiss doesn’t have prototypical power for first base but might hit enough to be a low-end regular there. Fletcher projects as a utility man. Soriano is physically projectable and touching 96 here in Arizona after sitting 87-92 this spring.
Huh, interesting. I’m going to have to ruminate over this. What do you think?