Five Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Prospects to Watch out for

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Five Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Prospects to Watch out for
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When the then-Anaheim Angels won their first-ever World Series title in 2002, they did it with plenty of home-grown talent. Guys like Darin Erstad, Troy Glaus, Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Troy Percival, Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez were all either Angels draft picks or amateur free-agent signings who worked their way through the Halos' minor league system and ultimately played enormous roles in winning a World Series crown.

However, in the decade since that magical run, the Angels have somewhat strayed from developing their homegrown talent, opting in favor of bringing in lucrative free-agent signings.

Some of the Angels' big free-agent splashes netted them high returns, like Vladimir Guerrero's MVP campaign in 2004, Bartolo Colon's Cy Young season in 2005 and Torii Hunter's two Gold Gloves years in 2008 and 2009 to name a few.

More recently, the Angels made substantial investments in Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Both are only one year into their lucrative contracts, so it still may be a bit too early to judge how successful either player ends up being.

However, not all the Angels' signings turned out to be everything they wanted. Case in point: Gary Matthews. Jr. Yikes.

After a couple of highly-touted former first-rounders ended up being monumental flops (Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis among others), the big league club is beginning to see more homegrown players in their everyday lineup. Mike Trout became a household name almost overnight following his early season call-up, Mark Trumbo had an incredible first half, Jered Weaver is a top Cy Young candidate (again) and GM Jerry DiPoto says out-of-favor Peter Bourjos will be a constant in the Angels' outfield in the 2013 season.

In 2012, the Angels saw homegrown products Kole Calhoun and Nick Maronde get some time on the field.

So, who's next in line to become a future everyday player for the Angels?

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