Years of spending money and punting draft picks have left the Los Angeles Angels in a lurch. They still have the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, but haven't been able to surround him with the talent necessary to compete in October.
High-profile signings like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have battled age and injuries. The pitching staff is a mess. Help from the farm system has been sparse, which is a trend that figures to continue for the next few years.
To their credit, the Angels did add young, cost-effective pitching talent through trades this winter. Tyler Skaggs, who was originally drafted by Los Angeles in 2009, returns to the organization in a three-team deal with Arizona and Chicago. Hector Santiago also came over in that deal after a solid season with the White Sox.
Knowing that they had to address their pitching and not having money to spend on free agents, the Angels dealt a big piece of their lineup, Mark Trumbo, to land Skaggs and Santiago.
This franchise doesn't have the impact talent or depth to withstand injuries to starters, so it is imperative that players like Pujols, Hamilton and C.J. Wilson play up to their full potential if they want to compete in a loaded American League West.
Now that I have painted a very grim picture of the immediate future, here are the top 10 prospects for the Los Angeles Angels heading into the 2014 season.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. Scouting reports and rankings are based on personal evaluations/opinions.