As was the case with Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals last season, the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system became significantly weaker upon Mike Trout's graduation to the major leagues. Their system took another big hit when general manager Jerry Dipoto tapped into his prospect pool and traded shortstop Jean Segura, as well as right-handers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg, to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Zack Greinke.
Furthermore, the Angels didn’t make their first pick in the 2012 draft until the third round. Their offseason signing of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson cost the organization their first and second-round picks. Considering all of aforementioned factors, it should come as no surprise that the Angels now boast one of the worst and more barren systems in the game.
The lone standout is their top prospect, third baseman Kaleb Cowart, who made impressive strides while reaching High-A Inland Empire in his full-season debut. After Cowart, however, the system thins out in a hurry. They do have some intriguing high-upside but raw arms in Mike Celvinger and Austin Wood, as well as two infielders with a projectable hit tool in second basemen Taylor Lindsey and Alex Yarbrough. Their lone power-hitting prospect, first baseman C.J. Cron, could be a big-time run producer, but he’ll have to stay healthy and prove himself at higher levels.
Luckily, the Angels have a monster payroll and one of the best assemblages of major league talent in the game. However, don’t expect any of their top prospects, except for possibly Nick Maronde (as a reliever), to make an impact until the 2014 season.