The Double-A Arkansas squad features prime breakout candidates in Jean Segura, a dynamic shortstop/second baseman, and Johnny Hellweg, a 6-foot-9 power righthander, but the reigning Minor League Player of the Year will suit up for Triple-A Salt Lake, so that's our pick. Center fielder Mike Trout will patrol center field for the Bees, while righty Garrett Richards, the system's top pitching prospect, will anchor the Salt Lake rotation. Catcher Hank Conger, a 2006 first-rounder, will try to play his way back to the big leagues, but for now the out-of-options Bobby Wilson serves as Chris Iannetta's backup in Anaheim.
Leap Of Faith
The Angels jumped last year's No. 1 starter and right side of the infield for Rookie-level Orem straight to the high Class A California League. First baseman C.J. Cron (first round, Utah) and lefty Nick Maronde (third, Florida) are 2011 draft picks with three years of college experience. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, on the other hand, entered pro ball out of high school as the 37th overall pick in 2010. He won MVP honors in the Pioneer League last year, batting .362/.394/.593 with 28 doubles, to skip right past the low Class A Midwest League.
Where Is That Guy?
Third baseman Kaleb Cowart, selected 18th overall in 2010, made the low Class A Cedar Rapids team, but the Angels' second pick that year will begin in extended spring training. Righty Cam Bedrosian (29th overall) is recovering from Tommy John surgery he had last spring.
Time Is Running Out
Second baseman/outfielder Alexi Amarista drew raves from Angels manager Mike Scioscia during spring training for his versatility and contact-hitting ability, placing Andrew Romine's status as potential utilityman in jeopardy. Romine plays a quality shortstop but has slugged just .358 in more than 1,900 minor league at-bats. Amarista doesn't offer the same defensive consistency but has louder hitting tools.
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