Angels Midseason Report
Although the best prospects in the Angels system—four of the team's top nine—have spent the season in the majors, the minor league cupboard is hardly bare.
Outfielder Mike Trout impressed the organization brass in spring training and has followed that with a solid season at Double-A Arkansas, where the teenager—he won't turn 20 until August—was hitting .325/.425/.549 with 26 stolen bases in 34 tries. He missed a chance to play in the Futures Game because he was promoted to the big leagues.
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Righthander Ryan Brasier started nearly half the games he pitched in his first four minor league seasons, and the numbers weren't impressive: 17-22, 4.50.
But now Brasier, 23, appears to have found his niche as a full-time closer with Arkansas, where he had held opponents to a .202 average while posting a .077 ERA and 14 saves in 23 games. Brasier isn't blazing a new trail, though. A year ago the Angels moved another Double-A starter to the bullpen, and now Jordan Walden is the team's closer at the big league level.
Most of the organization's Top 10 Prospects have fared well this season. But if you had to pick somebody, infielder Jean Segura's numbers stand out.
The team's top infield prospect, Segura hit .344 in April at high Class A Inland Empire but his average dropped to .177 in May, leaving his season numbers at .276/.343/.428—all well below his .321/.377/.449 career numbers. Blame it on injuries, with Segura making two May trips to the disabled list with a hamstring problem. He had stolen a team-high 18 bases in 37 games and committed just four errors—which is why the Angels remain unconcerned and expect Segura to finish the summer strong.
• Bill Mosiello, who guided Arkansas to a first-half title in the Texas League's Northern Division, resigned as manager to return to the University of Tennessee as an assistant coach under new head coach Dave Serrano. Todd Takayoshi, the Angels' minor league field coordinator, will replace Mosiello on an interim basis, and roving outfield coordinator Bobby Mitchell was expected to manage the final month of the season.
• Outfielder Kole Calhoun came into June hitting .286 at Inland Empire, then got as hot as the weather, batting .410 for the month to raise his season numbers to .315/.401/.545. More impressive, though, is that he struck out just four times in 83 at-bats—though he still had 50 strikeouts on the season.