Los Angeles Angels Top 10
By Mike DiGiovanna
The foundational pieces in Anaheim are in place.
Mike Trout signed what essentially amounts to a lifetime contract extension. Shohei Ohtani -- under team control through 2023 -- is returning from Tommy John surgery. World Series champion Anthony Rendon joined the middle of the order this winter. And on the farm, Jo Adell is near-ready.
Now, the impetus is on an Angels organization that hasn't won a playoff game in 10 years, and hasn't even posted a winning season in each of the four, to act on it.
Athleticism reigns supreme in their system, especially at the top. But there are still legitimately concerns -- especially lack of depth on the corners and injury concerns among a number of the better-known arms -- leading the system to have a general "mixed bag" feeling entering 2020.
Still, there are several pieces, especially a recent influx of high-ceiling Latin American prospects, that have considerable ceilings, signaling the future could be bright if the Angels can develop their youngsters.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Max Stassi (32)
First Base: Matt Thaiss (28)
Second Base: David Fletcher (29)
Third Base: Anthony Rendon (33)
Shortstop: Jeremiah Jackson (23)
Left Field: Brandon Marsh (25)
Center Field: Mike Trout (31)
Right Field: Jo Adell (24)
Designated Hitter: Shohei Ohtani (28)
No. 1 Starter: Shohei Ohtani (28)
No. 2 Starter: Griffin Canning (27)
No. 3 Starter: Chris Rodriguez (24)
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Sandoval (26)
No. 5 Starter: Jose Suarez (25)
Closer: Ty Buttrey (30)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to the Angels' Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Brandon Marsh
Best Power Hitter: Jo Adell
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Brandon Marsh
Fastest Baserunner: Jordyn Adams
Best Athlete: Jo Adell
Best Fastball: Jose Soriano
Best Curveball: Joey Gallo
Best Slider: Chris Rodriguez
Best Changeup: Patrick Sandoval
Best Control: Jose Rodriguez
Best Defensive Catcher: Keinner Pina
Best Defensive Infielder: Livan Soto
Best Infield Arm: Kevin Maitan
Best Defensive Outfielder: Brandon Marsh
Best Outfield Arm: Brandon Marsh
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