10 Angels Prospects To Watch Beyond The Top 30

The Angels Top 30 prospects rankings are up now for Baseball America subscribers, with full scouting reports, BA grades and tools grade projections for all 30 players.

Through the process of narrowing the list down to a Top 30, there are other intriguing names who didn’t make the cut but are worth monitoring, with the potential to jump into the Top 30 in the future. Some of those are players who might be in the upper levels and could see big league time this year, though likely in a limited role, while others are lower-level players still in the complex leagues with more upside but plenty of risk.

Beyond the Top 30, these are 10 prospects to watch in Los Angeles’ farm system.

Jadiel Sanchez, OF. Part of the Noah Syndergaard trade that also netted Mickey Moniak, Sanchez was limited to 15 games in Low-A Inland Empire due to a hamstring injury. The switch-hitting corner outfielder has intriguing tools with natural contact skills and is just getting to his plus raw power in games.

Alexander Ramirez, OF. Signed for $1 million in 2018, Ramirez’s big, athletic frame and solid bat speed give him massive power potential, but his struggles with over-aggressiveness and pitch recognition have led to gobs of strikeouts in the low minors.

Nixon Encarnacion, RHP. Encarnacion is an athletic righthander with a loose arm and three pitches, giving him a chance to stay a starter. His fastball ranges from 91-95 mph and his low-80s slider is a swing-and-miss pitch, but his fringy changeup and below-average control need improvement. 

Mason Albright, LHP. Albright received a $1,247,500 bonus from the Angels as a 12th-round pick in 2021, a record for the highest bonus after the 10th round at the time, but he struggled with his mechanics and didn’t show an above-average or plus offering in his first full season. His low-90s fastball does play up with deception.

Jose Soriano, RHP. Soriano has had two Tommy John surgeries but came back throwing 94-99 mph with a high-spin, mid-80s slider in 2022. His arm strength is among the best in the Angels system.

Sonny DiChiara, 1B/DH. Listed at 263 pounds, DiChiara is a hefty righthanded hitter with a patient approach, above-average power and the ability to turn around a fastball. He is limited athletically and can only play first base or DH.

Jorge Marcheco, RHP. Marcheco throws four pitches for strikes, including an average curveball and splitter, and has starter potential. He’ll have to get stronger and add velocity to his 88-92 mph fastball as he matures.

Michael Stefanic, 2B. Stefanic sent emails to all 30 teams looking for a job after going undrafted out of Division III Westmont (Calif.) in 2018. He landed with the Angels and hit his way to the majors. Stefanic is a great story and can make contact, but his well below-average power and poor defense limit him to an emergency callup.

Davis Daniel, RHP. Daniel can locate four pitches for strikes and climbed to Triple-A in 2022. His low-90s, high-spin fastball is his only pitch that’s even average, limiting his potential to a depth starter.

Jorge Ruiz, OF. After batting .335 in rookie ball, Ruiz put on a hitting display in instructional league and homered off Sam Bachman at Angel Stadium. He has a good feel for the barrel, though there isn’t much impact to his slap-style swing. He is athletic enough to play all three outfield positions.

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