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Cow Tipping: Aug 17th Update - Wanting Wantz

Latest report from around the minors with Wantz, Knowles, and Sandoval shining bright

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Affiliate Teams (from AAA to Rookie):

Note: I won't be showing the "duds" for the rookie leagues unless they are top prospects or top draft picks. A lot of the guys in the rookie leagues are young and adjusting to pro ball. Many of them never make it past rookie ball, and even the truly gifted ones can have bad weeks, months, etc.

* Player is in the top 20 on the Halos Heaven top prospects list

AZL Angels
14-30 (through 8/16)
Tempe, AZ
Level = Rookie, Arizona League

Parker Joe Robinson (RHP, 23), has allowed only 1 ER in 18 innings this year. He also boasts a .180 BAA and 0.67 WHIP. His dad pitched for the Angels in 1991 and Robinson recently change to a side arm delivery last season.

Chase Adkins (RHP, 23), one of many undrafted free agents the Angels nabbed this summer, Adkins hasn’t given up a run since July 19th over 8.2 innings and 6 relief appearances. He’s also struck out 7 and allowed only 3 hits and a walk during those games.

Michael Stefanic (2B, 22), recently signed as a free agent, Stefanic has started with a tear, hitting .417 with a .500 OBP through 8 games. He also has a triple, 4 walks, and only 2 Ks. For Westmont college, Stefanic had a .363 career AVG with 4 gold gloves.

DSL Angels
20-44 (through 8/16)
Dominican Republic
Level = Rookie, Dominican Summer League

Kelvin Moncion (LHP, 19), has allowed only 1 run in his last 3 starts and 9 innings. The 19 year old also has struck out 9 and allowed only 2 walks in those starts.

Samuel Perez (LHP, 18), allowed only 1 run over his last 8 appearances. In those 17.2 innings, he has struck out 23 and given up just 1 walk.

Orem Owlz
16-40 (though 8/16)
Orem, Utah
Level = Rookie, Pioneer League

Moving Up:

Aug 1 - Jordyn Adams (OF, 18), 1st round pick Adams is hitting quite a bit better than he did in Arizona (altitude helps some ), and has a .314 AVG along with a .375 OBP for Orem through 9 games.

Aug 1 - Jeremiah Jackson (SS, 18), 2nd round pick, in 10 games for Orem he’s only hitting .238 but has a home runs and 3 triples.

Aug 1 - D’Shawn Knowles (OF, 17), is having a great time in Orem through 10 games. He’s hitting .432 with a .523 OBP. Even in the Pioneer League those are impressive stats. He also has 2 home runs.


Livian Soto (SS, 18), has improved from his slow start and is hitting .273 with 8 walks and 5 Ks over his last 10 games. On the season he has more walks (21) than Ks (17).

Kevin Maitan (SS, 18), is 7 for his last 15 and is hitting .318 with a home run over his last 10 games. He’s made 26 errors in 41 games in the field at 3rd and shortstop.

Nonie Williams (OF, 20), has been struggling this year but in the month of August he’s hitting .281 with a .385 OBP. Word is he made an adjustment to his swing that’s been helping.

Cole Duensing (RHP, 20), has had only 2 good starts out of his 11 games this year. He’s sporting an 11.68 ERA and 2.94 WHIP along with a .394 BAA

(2018 9th round) Jake Lee (RHP, 23), Has only walked 3 batters to his 23 Ks this season in 19.2 total innings.

(2018 8th round) Tyler Smith (RHP, 22), Smith has allowed 6 runs over his last 10 appearances for a 3.58 ERA. He has struck out 18 and walked 10 in those 15.1 innings.

(2018 10th round) Ben Morrison (RHP, 23), in his last 7 appearances and 7.1 innings, Morrison hasn’t allowed a run and also struck out 8 to just 1 walk.

Note: Among qualified pitchers, Orem has 3 of the top 8 guys with the most walks allowed and 4 of the top 12. They lead the pioneer league in walks and WHIP.

Burlington Bees
46-73 (through 8/16)
Burlington, Iowa
Level = A, Midwest League

Moving Up:

(2018 7th round) Andrew Wantz (RHP, 22), has a spectacular 1.98 ERA and .184 BAA since moving up. He’s thrown 13.2 innings with an insane 29 Ks. That’s 29Ks out of his 41 outs recorded.

(2018 6th round) Austin Warren (RHP, 22), has thrown 18 inning sine moving up and hs a 3.50 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP. He has struck out 24 to just 4 walks.


Eduardo Del Rosario (RHP, 23), in his last 16.2 innings he has a 1.62 ERA with 28 Ks.

Austin Krzeminski (RHP, 21), has started 2 games this year including his last appearance of 5 shutout innings and only 1 hit allowed. Over his last 14.1 innings he has a 0.64 ERA with 15 Ks.

Mayky Perez (RHP, 21), has been VERY hard to hit with a 0.080 BAA this season and not a single run allowed over his last 8.2 innings. He also has a 1.08 ERA over his last 10 games with 3 hits allowed and 23 Ks.

Keinner Pina (C, 21), is .316 over his past 10 games. He has thrown out an insane 49% of runners this year.


Inland Empire 66ers
63-60 (through 8/16)
San Bernardino, CA
Level = A+, California League

Moving Up:

Aug 15 - Torii Hunter (OF, 22), hasn’t played a game year for IE at the time of this writing so keep an eye on their boxscores to see how he is doing!

Aug 1 - Bernabe Camargo (SS, 22), since moving up, Camargo is hitting .323 with a .421 OBP. He jumped up from rookie ball, skipping over A - possibly thanks to Connor Justus vacating the SS position to move up to Mobile.


Jorge Tavarez (RHP, 22), This dude has been very impressive for IE and now has a 1.82 ERA in 24.2 innings. He also has a 1.14 WHIP and 26 Ks this season.

Brett Hanewich (RHP, 23), in his 21 games for IE he has a 1.96 ERA and .184 BAA. He has 21 Ks over his last 10 appearances and 15.2 innings as well.

Dave MacKinnon (1B, 23), has 3 home runs and a .333 AVG over his past 10 games. He also has 9 walks to his 7 Ks.


Brandon Marsh (OF, 20), Marsh is only hitting .233 over his past 10 games with 8 Ks and only 3 walks. He also has 2 home runs over that span. He’s been striking out about 30% of the time this year.

Mobile BayBears
60-60 (through 8/16)
Mobile, Alabama
Level = AA, Southern League

Moving Up:

Aug 16 - Patrick Sandoval (LHP, 21), since joining the Angels org he’s thrown 19.1 innings across two levels and hasn’t allowed a single run. He also has 27 Ks in those 4 starts. Thanks Houston!

Aug 14 - Alexis Olmeda (C, 24), is 0 for 3 for Mobile but hitting .333 over his past 10 games with 3 home runs.

Aug 14 - Jack Kruger (C, 23), just landed on the 7 day DL but was hitting .341 over his last 10 games.

Aug 14 - Connor Justus (SS, 23) is back in AA after starting the season there and spending time playing for IE. He’s 1 for 10 since returning to Mobile.

Jul 30 - Jo Adell (OF, 19), yeah this guy is only 19 years old and he’s on his way to the play in the Futures Game on Sunday. He’s hitting .275 with a home run and 12 RBIs over his past 10 games and .318 with 17 home runs across two levels this year.


Brandon Sandoval (OF, 23), has a .375 AVG and 4 stolen bases over his last 10 game.

Brennon Lund (OF, 23), is currently on the DL but was hitting .333 in his 10 games prior.

Zach Gibbons (OF, 24), has a .342 average over his last 10 games with 6 RBIs, 3 walks, and 5 Ks.

Matt Custred (RHP, 24), in his last 6 appearances, he’s tossed 7.2 innings and hasn’t allowed a run. He also stuck out 8.


Jahmai Jones* (2B, 20), Jones is hitting .256 with a .340 OBP for Mobile. He has a home run and 3 stolen bases over his last 10 games.

Salt Lake Bees
65-58 (through 8/16)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level = AAA, Pacific Coast League

Moving Up:

July 28 - Bo Way (OF, 26), in 18 games for Salt Lake is hitting .317 with a .358 OBP. He also has 4 stolen bases.


Jared Walsh (1B, 24), is hitting .333 over his last 10 games with 1 home run and 14 RBIs.

Jeremy Rhoades (RHP, 25), has a scoreless streak that dates back to July 18th and runs for 18.2 innings.

Jose Miguel Fernandez (1B, 30), for Salt Lake he’s hitting .333 over his last 10 games with a home run.

Luis Rengifo (SS, 21), since joining Salt Lake, he’s hitting .294 with a .366 OBP. He has a .324 AVG over his past 10 games with 7 walks, 7 Ks, and 3 stolen bases. He has stole 41 bases this year and has 65 walks to just 58 Ks.


Griffin Canning (RHP, 21), Canning been pitching a bit better but is still working out the kinks. He has a 4.30 ERA over his last 5 starts - much better than his 6.29 overall ERA with Salt Lake this year.

Matt Thaiss* (1B, 23), is 0 for his last 11 and is hitting .200 his last 10 games. He still holds a .272 AVG on the season.