2017 Los Angeles Angels Midseason Top 10 Prospects

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Like much of the American League, the Angels have been consistently mediocre through the first half of the 2017 season, finishing within one game of .500 in each of the season's first three months.

Angels Midseason Top 10
1. Jordon Adell, OF
2. Jahmai Jones, OF
3. Jaime Barria, RHP
4. Matt Thaiss, 1B
5. Chris Rodriguez, RHP
6. Brandon Marsh, OF
7. Griffin Canning, RHP
8. Grayson Long, RHP
9. David Fletcher, 2B/SS
10. Nate Smith, LHP

Trailing the Astros in the American League West by an unreachable margin, the Angels surprisingly are still within a few games of a wild-card berth. They've amazingly done it with a patchwork rotation consisting mostly of journeyman hurlers. Garrett Richards made only one start and Tyler Skaggs made just five before both landed on the 60-day DL. But JC Ramirez, Jesse Chavez and Ricky Nolasco have all stepped up and proven serviceable, and Bud Norris has been effective as the closer with Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian battling injuries.

The biggest blow to the Angels was the thumb injury suffered by center fielder Mike Trout that cost him more than six weeks in the midst another MVP-caliber season. Eric Young Jr. did better-than-expected job filling in until Trout's return July 14 to help the Angels remain afloat. But the offense still leaves much to be desired, particularly with the first base and DH production from Albert Pujols, C.J. Cron and Luis Valbuena meager at best.

While the Angels may be in the race for a wild-card slot, it's unlikely they will be active at the trade deadline. The most attractive sellable commodities on the big league team are Yunel Escobar and Cameron Maybin, who are unlikely to bring back a large return, and a knee injury likely diminished Maybin’s trade value. While the lower levels of the system have improved the past two years, the needs at the big league level are just too great to be dealing prospects for what would likely be minimal improvement, and there are very few tradable commodities above high Class A.

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