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2003 Wrapups: Anaheim Angels

With the 2003 minor league season coming to a close, we will be providing a brief wrapup of the season for all 30 minor league teams. In each report, we will take a look at how the team's Top 10 Prospects performed, identify some emerging prospects and organizational leaders, and report on the performance of their top draft pick.
Complete index of Team Wrapups               2003 League Wrapups

By Kevin Goldstein
September 16, 2003

Season Results

Level Team League W L PCT
AAA Salt Lake Pacific Coast 68 75 .476
AA Arkansas Texas 70 70 .500
A+ Rancho Cucamonga California 74 66 .529
A Cedar Rapids Midwest 66 72 .478
R+ Provo Pioneer 54 22 .711
R AZL Angels Arizona 21 35 .375
TOTAL 353 340 .509


Performance of Top 10 Prospects

Here's how our top 10 prospects entering this season performed in 2003. Major league statistics through games of September 15th.

1. Francisco Rodriguez, RHP      Age: 21
Out of the spotlight in a set-up role with a team out of the postseason races, K-Rod has nonetheless been as dominating as ever, limiting opponents to a .173 batting average while he waits for Troy Percival to abdicate the closer's job.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Anaheim (MLB) 7-3 1 3.15 54 80.0 47 29 28 31 88

2. Casey Kotchman, 1B      Age: 20
After another injury-plagued season, Kotchman has now played just 156 games since being drafted 14th overall in 2001. He remains one of the top offensive forces in the minors, and hit .368 over the final month of the season after returning from a strained hamstring.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 57 206 42 72 12 0 8 28 60 16 2 .350 .441 .524
AZL Angels (Rookie) 7 27 5 9 1 0 2 6 2 3 0 .333 .379 .593

3. Bobby Jenks, RHP      Age: 22
The enigmatic fireballer rebounded from elbow soreness and a less than flattering piece in a national publication to put together a huge second half. After returning to Arkansas on July 6, Jenks compiled a 1.65 ERA in his final 11 starts, consistently dominating for the first time in his pro career.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Arkansas (Double-A) 7-2 0 2.17 16 83.0 56 23 20 51 103
AZL Angels (Rookie) 0-0 0 0.00 1 4.0 2 0 0 0 5

4. Jeff Mathis, C      Age: 20
Premium athletic catcher advanced to Double-A at 20 and sits only behind Minor League Player of the Year Joe Mauer among minor league backstops.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 98 378 74 122 28 3 11 54 35 74 5 .323 .384 .500
Arkansas (Double-A) 24 95 19 27 11 0 2 14 12 16 1 .284 .364 .363

5. Ervin Santana, RHP      Age: 19
His name became Ervin in the offseason, and combined with his performance on the mound, his nickname became "Magic." Scuffled at times during his stint at Arkansas, but he's still just a teenager and one of the premium pitching prospects in the game.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 10-2 0 2.53 20 124.2 98 44 35 36 130
Arkansas (Double-A) 1-1 0 3.94 6 29.2 23 15 13 12 23

6. Dallas McPherson, 3B      Age: 23
Led the minor leagues in slugging after missing the first month with a back injury. Hit eight home runs over an 11-game span in the California League, and followed that up with a three-home run, eight-RBI game two weeks into his Texas League stint.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 77 292 65 90 21 6 18 59 41 79 12 .308 .404 .606
Arkansas (Double-A) 28 102 22 32 9 1 5 27 19 25 4 .314 .426 .569

7. Joe Saunders LHP      Age: 22
Complained of shoulder discomfort during spring training and elected for rehab over surgery for a partial tear of his rotator cuff. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Did Not Pitch

8. Rich Fischer, RHP      Age: 22
Went nearly three months without a win, but finally seemed to find a groove in the second half, allowing three or fewer earned runs in 12 of his final 15 starts.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Arkansas (Double-A) 5-11 0 4.61 26 154.1 159 91 79 43 123

9. Joe Torres, RHP      Age: 20
Ranked as the Angels' top prospect three years ago, Torres continued to regress. He's never found the mid-90s velocity he flashed in his debut, and problems with both his elbow and shoulder limited him to less than 50 innings.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 3-3 0 5.88 8 33.2 47 28 22 20 17
Angels (Rookie) 2-0 0 0.56 3 16.0 7 2 1 6 15

10. Chris Bootcheck, RHP      Age: 24
Was 3-8, 5.47 in early July, but finished strong and earned a September look in the big leagues. Will need to start missing more bats to stay there.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Salt Lake (Triple-A) 8-9 0 4.25 28 171.1 194 103 81 43 82
Anaheim (MLB) 0-1 0 15.19 2 5.1 10 9 9 5 3


Top Draft Pick:

Brandon Wood, SS    Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.   Bonus: $1.3M
Natural shortstop added muscle to lanky frame and moved into first round, then utilized that strength in a late-season power surge at Provo.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Angels (Arizona) 19 78 14 24 8 2 0 13 4 15 3 .308 .349 .462
Provo (Pioneer) 42 162 25 45 12 2 5 31 16 48 1 .278 .348 .475


Emerging Prospects:

Albert Callapso, 2b: Midwest League batting champ hit a career-low .327 and struck out just 28 times all season.
Nick Gorneault, of: A 19th-round selection out of the University of Massachusetts in 2001, Gorneault hit .326-16-91 and led the Angels system in RBIs.
Warner Madrigal, of: Dominican teenager led the Pioneer League in runs while finishing second in batting average and third in slugging.


Statistical Leaders

Batting Average Alfredo Amezaga .347
Home Runs Dallas McPherson 23
Runs Batted In Nick Gorneault 91
Stolen Bases Trent Durrington 35
Earned Run Average Jean Toledo 2.44
Wins Jean Toledo
Jake Woods
12
Strikeouts Ervin Santana 153
Saves Joel Peralta
Jonathon Rouwenhorst
20

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