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Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels have done well developing pitchers, catchers and infielders. They haven't done much with outfielders lately, aside from buying Vladimir Guerrero, and they haven't developed an impact outfielder since producing Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Darin Erstad a decade ago. The latest best hope is a kid who has yet to turn 20 or play a full season of pro ball. The Angels cast their eyes toward Rookie-level Orem center fielder Peter Bourjes.

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Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels appear set at shortstop, with Orlando Cabrera signed through 2008 and Brandon Wood slugging away at Double-A Arkansas. They like Erick Aybar at Triple-A Salt Lake too, although they included him in trade offers for Miguel Tejada and Carlos Lee. But they'll almost certainly add another middle infield prospect to their 40-man roster this fall.

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Angels Organization Report

Bill Shakin -Premium Content

The Angels had their share of stars in the World Baseball Classic, including Bartolo Colon pitching for the Dominican Republic and Francisco Rodriguez for Venezuela. They also had Michael Collins catching for Australia. He did not start for Australia and isn't close to the major leagues, but the Angels have high hopes for him.

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AL West Organization Reports

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TEMPE, Ariz.—You won't find too many 19-year-olds with a grand total of two Rookie-level games on their professional resumes in big league camp, but in Nick Adenhart the Angels feel they have a special case. Adenhart, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound righthander, was projected as a first-round pick in 2004 until an elbow injury ended his senior season at Williamsport (Md.) High that May. Though they knew he would need Tommy John surgery, the Angels chose Adenhart in the 14th round and gave him second-round bonus money: $700,000.

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AL West Organization Reports

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LOS ANGELES—The signing of righthander Jeff Weaver not only rounded out what should be a strong big league rotation for the Angels, but it also reduced any pressure on his younger brother Jered to try to make the big league team out of spring training. General manager Bill Stoneman rated it as an outside chance for Jered to make the big league squad even before the team signed Jeff. Now Jered, the 12th overall pick in the 2004 draft, can just relax and soak in the lessons from his first spring training.

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AL West Organization Reports

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LOS ANGELES—If Nick Gorneault's career path were to continue on its current trajectory, the 26-year-old outfielder would hit about .300 with 30 home runs and 120 RBIs for the Angels this season. Of course, the chances of that are as remote as Bengie Molina leading the league in stolen bases. Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson are entrenched at the corner outfield spots in Anaheim, and the Angels made a two-year, $3.275 million commitment to Juan Rivera, a reserve outfielder and the team's primary DH, virtually assuring Gorneault a ticket back to Triple-A Salt Lake this spring.

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