2018 Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects

Angels Top 10 Prospects
1. Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH
2. Jo Adell, OF
3. Jahmai Jones, OF
4. Kevin Maitan, SS
5. Brandon Marsh, OF
6. Jaime Barria, RHP
7. Chris Rodriguez, RHP
8. Matt Thaiss, 1B
9. Griffin Canning, RHP
10. Michael Hermosillo, OF

GOT QUESTIONS? Angels Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: Trade pickup RHP Parker Bridwell (21 for Orioles), RHP Alex Meyer (3) and RHP Keynan Middleton (9).

Trending: 🔺 Adding Shohei Ohtani and Kevin Maitan in December and Jo Adell in the draft remade system.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: It's been more than two decades since Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson and Darin Erstad all made their debuts in a five-year span, giving the Angels an embarrassment of riches in the outfield that laid the groundwork for their first World Series.They have another impressive collection of outfielders in the wings now, with Jo Adell, Jahmai Jones and Brandon Marsh all standouts in their own right who could form the core of the next great Angels outfield.

Weaknesses: As impressive as the group of outfielders is, the Angels catchers and infielders are equally unimpressive. First-round picks Taylor Ward and Matt Thaiss have largely underwhelmed, while top shortstops Kevin Maitan and Leonardo Rivas are teenagers who spent all or most of 2017 in Rookie ball and drew mixed reviews.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Jahmai Jones.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Shohei Ohtani.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Matt Thaiss.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Trent Deveaux.
🔸Best Athlete: Brandon Marsh.
🔸Best Fastball: Shohei Ohtani.
🔸Best Curveball: Joe Gatto.
🔸Best Slider: Chris Rodriguez.
🔸Best Changeup: Jose Suarez.
🔸Best Control: Jaime Barria.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Taylor Ward.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Leonardo Rivas.
🔸Best INF Arm: Connor Justus.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Torii Hunter Jr.
🔸Best OF Arm: Brandon Marsh.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Taylor Ward (27)
🔸1B Matt Thaiss (26)
🔸2B Leonardo Rivas (23)
🔸3B Kevin Maitan (21)
🔸SS Andrelton Simmons (31)
🔸LF Jahmai Jones (23)
🔸CF Mike Trout (29)
🔸RF Jo Adell (22)
🔸DH Justin Upton (33)
🔸SP Shohei Ohtani (26)
🔸SP Garrett Richards (33)
🔸SP Andrew Heaney (30)
🔸SP Tyler Skaggs (29)
🔸SP Jaime Barria (24)
🔸CL Keynan Middleton (27)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 3B/SS Brandon Wood (Did Not Play) | WAR: -3.7
🔸2009: RHP Nick Adenhart (Deceased) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: C Hank Conger (Diamondbacks) | WAR: 2.1
🔸2011: OF Mike Trout (Angels) | WAR: 55.2
🔸2012: OF Mike Trout (Angels) | WAR: **
🔸2013: 3B Kaleb Cowart (Angels) | WAR: -0.2
🔸2014: 2B Taylor Lindsey (Did Not Play) | WAR:N/A
🔸2015: LHP Andrew Heaney (Angels) | WAR: 1.0
🔸2016: C Taylor Ward (Angels) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: OF Jahmai Jones (Angels) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Tyler Chatwood (2nd round, Rockies) | WAR: 10.2
🔸2009: OF Randal Grichuk (Cardinals) | WAR: 7.0
🔸2010: RHP Cam Bedrosian (Angels) | WAR: -0.1
🔸2011: 1B C.J. Cron (Angels) | WAR: 2.8
🔸2012: RHP R.J. Alvarez (3rd round, Rangers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: LHP Hunter Green (2nd round, Retired) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: LHP Sean Newcomb (Braves) | WAR: 1.1
🔸2015: C Taylor Ward (Angels) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: C Matt Thaiss (Angels) | Top 10
🔸2017: OF Jo Adell (Angels) | Top 10


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