Los Angeles Angels' Top 10 Prospects: Rankings, Spring Forecasts

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Los Angeles Angels' Top 10 Prospects: Rankings, Spring Forecasts
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Any system that graduates Mike Trout to the major leagues is bound to take a hit.

As was the case with Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals last season, the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system was crippled with Mike Trout's graduation to the major leagues. Their system took another big hit when general manager Jerry Dipoto tapped into the prospect pool and traded shortstop Jean Segura, as well as right-handers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg, to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the two-month rental of Zack Greinke.

Furthermore, the Angels didn’t make their first pick in the 2012 entry draft until the third round, as the previous offseason's signings 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 system ranks as one of the worst 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, though, the system thins out in a hurry.

They do have some talented but raw arms in Mike Clevinger 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 first have to stay healthy and prove himself at higher levels in 2013.

Luckily, the Angels have a monster payroll and one of the best assemblages of major league talent in the game. Having said that, don’t expect any of their top prospects—except for possibly Nick Maronde (as a reliever)—to reach he major leagues in 2013.

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