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TOP TEN

PROSPECTS

1. Kaleb Cowart, 3b
2. Nick Maronde, lhp
3. C.J. Cron, 1b
4. Mike Clevinger, rhp
5. Austin Wood, rhp
6. Randal Grichuk, of
7. Taylor Lindsey, 2b
8. R.J. Alvarez, rhp
9. Mark Sappington, rhp
10. Alex Yarbrough, 2b
BEST

TOOLS

Best Hitter for Average Kaleb Cowart
Best Power Hitter C.J. Cron
Best Strike Zone Discipline Drew Heid
Fastest Baserunner Eric Stamets
Best Athlete Travis Witherspoon
Best Fastball R.J. Alvarez
Best Curveball Ryan Chaffee
Best Slider Austin Wood
Best Changeup Mike Clevinger
Best Control Nick Maronde
Best Defensive Catcher Carlos Ramirez
Best Defensive Infielder Eric Stamets
Best Infield Arm Kaleb Cowart
Best Defensive OF Travis Witherspoon
Best Outfield Arm Kole Calhoun
PROJECTED 2016

LINEUP

Catcher Chris Iannetta

First Base Albert Pujols

Second Base Howie Kendrick

Third Base Kaleb Cowart

Shortstop Erick Aybar

Left Field Mark Trumbo

Center Field Mike Trout

Right Field Randal Grichuk

Designated Hitter Kendrys Morales

No. 1 Starter Jered Weaver

No. 2 Starter C.J. Wilson

No. 3 Starter Garrett Richards

No. 4 Starter Nick Maronde

No. 5 Starter Mike Clevinger

Closer Ernesto Frieri

TOP PROSPECTS

OF THE DECADE

Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Francisco Rodriguez, rhp Brewers
2004 Casey Kotchman, 1b Indians
2005 Casey Kotchman, 1b Indians
2006 Brandon Wood, ss Royals
2007 Brandon Wood, ss Royals
2008 Brandon Wood, 3b/ss Royals
2009 Nick Adenhart, rhp Deceased
2010 Hank Conger, c Angels
2011 Mike Trout, of Angels
2012 Mike Trout, of Angels
TOP DRAFT PICKS

OF THE DECADE

Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Brandon Wood, SS Rockies
2004 Jered Weaver, RHP Angels
2005 Trevor Bell, RHP Angels
2006 Hank Conger, C Angels
2007 Jon Bachanov, RHP White Sox
2008 Tyler Chatwood, RHP Indians
2009 Randal Grichuk, OF Angels
2010 Kaleb Cowart, 3B/RHP Angels
2011 C.J. Cron, 1B Angels
2012 R.J. Alvarez, RHP Angels
LARGEST BONUSES

IN CLUB HISTORY

Jared Weaver, 2004 $4,000,000
Kendrys Morales, 2004 $3,000,000
Kaleb Cowart, 2010 $2,300,000
Troy Glaus, 1997 $2,250,000
Joe Torres, 2000 $2,080,000
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After signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last December, the Angels introduced their expensive new free agents outside Angel Stadium at a press conference that more closely resembled a pep rally. While the team stopped short of guaranteeing a multitude of championships a la the Miami Heat, its grandiose celebration for winning the offseason looked just as silly when the 2012 regular season ended without a trip to the playoffs.

The Angels won 89 games—one more than the American League pennant-winning Tigers—and featured an offense that finished fourth in baseball in scoring despite playing in one of baseball’s most pitcher-friendly home parks. Yet a 6-14 start sunk them to nine games behind the Rangers in the AL West early in the season, a hole that proved to be insurmountable.

The highlight of the season—and perhaps the biggest story in baseball—was the emergence of Mike Trout. He became the first player to ever win Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season, though he finished second in the AL MVP vote to Miguel Cabrera.

Trout, who spent the first month of the season in Triple-A Salt Lake, hit .326/.399/.564 in 639 plate appearances. He led the American League with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases and regularly made highlight plays in center field. His 10.7 Wins Above Replacement (as measured by Baseball-Reference.com) was the highest single-season mark since Barry Bonds in 2002 (11.6) and the third-highest ever for a center fielder, trailing only Mickey Mantle (11.1 in 1957) and Willie Mays (10.9 in 1965).

There isn’t another Trout in the farm system, which is now one of the worst in baseball. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart stands out as the organization’s best prospect, but behind him the system lacks both impact talent and depth—though there are reasons for that beyond talent evaluation.

A 2009 high school first-round pick, Trout zipped to the big leagues. The Angels used three players who would have ranked among their Top 10 Prospects (shortstop Jean Segura, righthanders Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena) in a July trade with the Brewers to acquire Zack Greinke, who became a free agent after the season. Righthander Donn Roach also would have been in the Top 10 had they not included him in a May deal with the Padres for Ernesto Frieri.

Additionally, signing Pujols and Wilson cost the club its first- and second-round picks in the 2012 draft as compensation. That left the team with baseball’s smallest bonus pool ($1.6 million) for the first 10 rounds, hampering its efforts to restock the system.

The Angels made a series of personnel changes in scouting and player development. The most notable departure was that of Tom Kotchman, who had managed in the system since 1984 and doubled as an area scout in Florida since 1990. Kotchman, who signed more than a dozen big leaguers for the club, resigned after the Angels asked him to focus solely on scouting and took a job with the Red Sox.

International scouting director Marc Russo, who helped rebuild the Angels’ Latin American program after they cleaned house in mid-2009, also wasn’t retained. GM Jerry Dipoto brought in Carlos Gomez, who had worked with Dipoto in Arizona as the Diamondbacks’ international scouting director, to replace Russo.

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