And that's no minor matter, my friends.
In what can only be labeled as a bizarre continuation to the 2013 escapades of the Angels, the dynamic job by the organization's minor league system this season is overwhelmingly intriguing—with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, the Double-A Arkansas Travelers and the Single-A (Advanced) Inland Empire 66ers all making their championship series, respectively.
Sure, I realize that a title in the minor leagues doesn't always equate to a successful crop of major league players. But so what? With a system that has been pegged as the worst in the minor leagues, the Angels should take pride in the accomplishment.
Who knows if it will ultimately lead to a less headache-filled future for the Halos; I certainly don't.
However, I do know this:
- Some of these players I have been following this season aren't as yawn-filled as originally labeled.
- The top 10 Angels' prospects, though not the most stable crop, all have possible upside that will work in the MLB.
- While players like Travis Witherspoon, Daniel Tillman and Luis Jimenez bounced out of the top 10, names like Stamets, Morin and Yarbrough replaced them with impressive ability that should progress.
- For the naysayers, I would direct them to a great Casey Stengel quote:
"There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain."
- I'm no weatherman, but the Angels farm system seems to be producing more than a few wins.
With that in mind, here is my ranking of their top 10 minor leaguers this year.