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TOP
TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Brandon Wood, 3b
2. Nick Adenhart, rhp
3. Jordan Walden, rhp
4. Hank Conger, c
5. Sean O’Sullivan, rhp
6. Stephen Marek, rhp
7. Sean Rodriguez, ss
8. Nick Green, rhp
9. Peter Bourjos, of
10. Anel de los Santos, c
BEST
TOOLS
Best Hitter for
Average
Hank
Conger
Best
Power Hitter
Brandon
Wood
Best
Strike-Zone Discipline
Chris
Pettit
Fastest
Baserunner
Peter
Bourjos
Best
Athlete
P.J.
Phillips
Best
Fastball
Jordan
Walden
Best
Curveball
Nick
Adenhart
Best
Slider
Jason
Bulger
Best
Changeup
Nick
Green
Best
Control
Sean
O’Sullivan
Best Defensive
Catcher
Anel de los
Santos
Best
Defensive Infielder
Andrew
Romine
Best
Infield Arm
Sean
Rodriguez
Best
Defensive Outfielder
Peter
Bourjos
Best
Outfield Arm
Julio
Perez
PROJECTED
2011
LINEUP
Catcher Hank Conger
First
Base
Casey
Kotchman
Second
Base
Howie
Kendrick
Third
Base
Brandon
Wood
Shortstop Erick Aybar
Left
Field
Gary Matthews
Jr.
Center
Field
Torii
Hunter
Right
Field
Vladimir
Guerrero
Designated
Hitter
Kendry
Morales
No.
1 Starter
John
Lackey
No.
2 Starter
Nick
Adenhart
No.
3 Starter
Kelvim
Escobar
No.
4 Starter
Jon
Garland
No.
5 Starter
Jered Weaver
Closer Francisco Rodriguez
TOP PROSPECTS
OF
THE DECADE
Year Player,
Position
2007
1998 Troy
Glaus, 3b
Blue
Jays
1999 Ramon
Ortiz, rhp
Rockies
2000 Ramon
Ortiz, rhp
Rockies
2001 Joe
Torres, lhp
White
Sox
2002 Casey
Kotchman, 1b
Angels
2003 Francisco
Rodriguez, rhp
Angels
2004 Casey
Kotchman, 1b
Angels
2005 Casey
Kotchman, 1b
Angels
2006 Brandon
Wood, ss
Angels
2007 Brandon
Wood, ss
Angels
TOP DRAFT PICKS
OF
THE DECADE
Year Player, Position 2007
1998 Seth
Etherton, rhp
Marlins
1999 John
Lackey, rhp (2nd)
Angels
2000 Joe
Torres, lhp
White
Sox
2001 Casey
Kotchman, 1b
Angels
2002 Joe
Saunders, lhp
Angels
2003 Brandon
Wood, ss
Angels
2004 Jered
Weaver, rhp
Angels
2005 Trevor
Bell, rhp (1st supp.)
Angels
2006 Hank
Conger, c
Angels
2007 Jon
Bachanov, rhp (1st supp.)
Angels
LARGEST BONUSES
IN
CLUB HISTORY
Jered Weaver,
2004
$4,000,000
Kendry Morales,
2004
$3,000,000
Troy Glaus,
1997
$2,250,000
Joe Torres,
2000
$2,080,000
Casey Kotchman,
2001
$2,075,000
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Los Angeles Angels

Stability is
something every major league organization strives for. But in the
case of the Angels, stability already has gotten old.

With
an excellent bullpen, improved defense and a resourceful manager
orchestrating the offense, Los Angeles had the majors’ best record
at times last season before finishing with 94 wins, clinching its
third American League West crown in four years. But after the Angels
were swept by the Red Sox in a Division Series, it was more than just
the fans who were feeling frustrated. In five years since their 2002
World Series championship, the Angels have won a total of four
postseason games.

In 2007, Mike Scioscia may
have done his best managerial job yet, filling out 126 different
lineups while 13 players made 19 visits to the disabled list. But
after watching his club get outscored 19-4 by Boston in the sweep,
even the stoic Scioscia was out of answers. He vented about the
team’s need to acquire a power presence, and a few weeks later he
found himself in position to make that happen.

General
manager Bill Stoneman, who led Los Angeles to four playoff
appearances in eight years and the only World Series championship in
franchise history, stepped down, citing burnout. Owner Arte Moreno
introduced Tony Reagins, who joined the Angels as an intern in 1992
and has served as farm director the past six years, as Stoneman’s
successor. Reagins’ most important qualification may have been his
strong working relationship with Scioscia. The moves indicated a
clear shift in the club’s epicenter toward Scioscia, who will have
a larger voice in player procurement moving forward.

Los
Angeles’ first big move on Reagins’ watch was the signing of free
agent center fielder Torii Hunter to a five-year, $90 million
contract. A week later, the Angels traded Orlando Cabera to the White
Sox for Jon Garland, loosening their shortstop logjam while
bolstering their rotation.

They also exchanged
numerous proposals with the Marlins regarding Miguel Cabrera, only to
lose out to the Tigers. The silver lining is that there’s an
opening for one of baseball’s best power prospects in Brandon
Wood.

Stoneman did a magnificent job at
supplementing the big league roster without sacrificing young talent,
but Scioscia’s patience with youngsters might be waning. It remains
to be seen if Wood will get his shot at an everyday role, as Chone
Figgins and Maicer Itzuris are more proven options, albeit with less
upside.

The farm system isn’t as deep as it
has been in years past, but righthander Nick Adenhart is another
frontline prospect who’s nearly ready for the majors.

Los
Angeles was strangely conservative in the 2007 draft, especially
considering it lost its first-round choice as compensation for free
agent Gary Matthews Jr. The Angels didn’t take any of their
trademark gambles and spent just $1.8 million to sign players, the
second-lowest total in baseball. Their top pick, supplemental
first-round righty Jon Bachanov, tweaked his elbow before he could
make his pro debut. Before the draft, they did spend $1 million to
lock up hard-throwing Jordan Walden as a
draft-and-follow.

By signing Hunter, Los Angeles
gave up the 27th overall choice in the 2008 draft, leaving it without
a first-rounder for the third time in four years.

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