Los Angeles Angels: Re-Ranking the Angels' Top 10 Minor League Prospects
Because of injuries or inconsistent play from others, Hank Conger, Mark Trumbo, Jordan Walden, Tyler Chatwood and Alexi Amarista have all had opportunities to display their talents.
In addition to the rising stars listed above, the Angels have many bright prospects that haven’t made it to the big leagues.
This slideshow ranks the top 10 minor league prospects in the Angels’ organization.
10. Donn Roach, RHP
Strange as it sounds, Donn Roach was actually drafted by the Angels twice—once in 2008 and again in 2010.
Following the 2008 draft, Roach made the decision to play college ball. After two years in college, Roach was drafted by the Angels a second time.
The young prospect had a tough season last year, finishing with a 6.04 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. He is currently in Single-A and has a 2.82 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Roach has a fastball that can hit 94 mph and throws a decent curveball.
9. Trevor Reckling, LHP
Trevor Reckling entered 2010 with a lot of hope, but had a forgettable season.
During the 14 games Reckling started in Triple-A, he had an 8.53 ERA to go along with a 4-7 record.
He has an average fastball but throws a very good curveball and changeup.
Prior to 2010, many viewed Reckling as one of the top prospects in the Angels’ organization. He started 2011 with hopes of proving that last season was an aberration.
8. Daniel Tillman, RHP
Daniel Tillman was selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.
Although he has been in the minor leagues for about a year, Tillman has shined. He has appeared in 30 games since being drafted and has an ERA of 2.43.
Many feel that Tillman has the potential to be a big-league closer. He averages 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings and possesses a great fastball/curveball combo.
7. Randal Grichuk, OF
Randal Grichuk was selected by the Angels in the first round (No. 24 overall) of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft—one spot ahead of Mike Trout.
Grichuk has shown a lot of promise in the minors despite battling injuries.
He is one of the few Angels prospects than can hit for power, but also strikes out at a very high rate.
Grichuk is currently injured with a cracked patella, but will report to the team’s Single-A squad in Grand Rapids once he recovers.
6. Cam Bedrosian, RHP
If Cam Bedrosian wants to be like dad, he has a lot to live up to.
Cam’s father, Steve Bedrosian, won the AL Cy Young Award in 1987 while a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cam was selected by the Angels in the first round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He throws a mid-90s fastball and has a very effective slider.
While many view Cam as one of the Angels top prospects, he is only 19 and hasn’t really had the opportunity to prove himself.
5. Fabio Martinez Mesa, RHP
Fabio Martinez Mesa appears to have the tools to be a great big-league pitcher.
He has a great fastball that he consistently throws at 96-97 MPH and a devastating slider.
During Martinez Mesa’s four seasons in the minors, he has an ERA of 3.37 and an amazing 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He has yet to pitch in 2011 due to injuries.
There are concerns around his command, but he has the tools to be a star in the big leagues.
With a name like Fabio, how could he not?
4. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
Kaleb Cowart was the Angels’ first-round pick of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, and was selected No. 18 overall.
While he was an infielder and pitcher in high school, Cowart will most likely focus on being a third baseman.
He is a switch-hitter, but has not hit well from the left side of the plate. He has the potential to hit for power and has a great infield arm.
In the small period of time that Cowart has been in the minors, he has yet to impress. The young prospect is full of potential and will need time to develop.
3. Garrett Richards, RHP
Garrett Richards was drafted with the No. 42 overall pick of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.
He is currently in Double-A Arkansas and has posted a 3-1 record and a 4.09 ERA.
Richards has a good pitchers frame and stands at 6’3”. Interestingly enough, he has pitched much better in the minor leagues than he ever did in college.
Richards has electric stuff, but has been inconsistent during his career.
While he is still a year or two away from the pros, he is currently developing into a great starting pitcher.
2. Jean Segura, 2B/SS
Jean Segura is the real deal.
He has been in the Angels’ organization since 2007 and has been a standout player at every level.
Segura is lightning fast, as displayed by the 50 bases he stole last season. He doesn’t draw a lot of walks, but consistently hits for average.
He’s a great infielder, and has a cannon arm that would be more utilized if he made the move to shortstop.
Keep an eye on Segura—he is destined to be a star.
1. Mike Trout, OF
No one should be surprised to see Mike Trout ranked as the Angels’ top minor-league prospect.
Prior to the 2011 season, many analysts, including ESPN’s Keith Law, named Trout as the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.
Why? The kid can flat out play. Here are his hitting stats since 2009: .339 BA, .423 OBP, .501 SLG, .924 OPS.
If Trout continues to play at his current pace, he could be an every-day player by 2012.
He is a legitimate five-tool outfielder who can throw, field, run the bases, hit for average and hit for power. Trout can literally do it all.
Angels fans, the future is bright!
Mike Trout and the other nine prospects on this list have plenty of talent to keep the Halos competitive for years to come.