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  1. 1. Reid Detmers | LHP
    Reid Detmers
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Burden.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.19 ERA | 108 SO | 19 BB | 62 IP

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Curveball: 60. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: As a sophomore in 2019, Detmers set Louisville's single-season record with 167 strikeouts and allowed only one earned run in three starts for USA Baseball's Collegiate National team that summer. He dominated with a 1.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 22 innings before the 2020 season shut down and solidified himself as one of the top pitchers in the draft class. The Angels drafted him 10th overall and signed him for $4.67 million. Detmers reported to the alternate training site after signing and threw just over 50 innings between Long Beach and instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Detmers is the archetype of a polished college lefthander. His fastball averages 92 mph but he generates swings and misses at the top of the zone with its high spin rate and late, riding action. His best pitch is a big-breaking curveball in the mid 70s he can drop in the zone for strikes or bury in the dirt for chases. Detmers also has an upper-80s slider that locks up lefthanded hitters, and he's getting a better feel for a low-80s changeup he didn't throw much in college. Detmers moves the ball around the strike zone with above-average control, mixes and matches his pitches and keeps hitters guessing.

    THE FUTURE: Detmers should move quickly up the Angels' system. He projects as a solid No. 3 or 4 starter.

  2. 2. Brandon Marsh | OF
    Brandon Marsh
    Born: Dec 18, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Buford, Ga., 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Todd Hogan.
    Minors: .287/.398/.528 | 4 HR | 2 SB | 108 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: Marsh has been a standout on the field since the Angels drafted him in the second round in 2016, but he's also been frequently sidelined by injuries. That continued in 2020 when he suffered an elbow strain in spring training and missed part of summer camp for undisclosed reasons. He returned to spend August and September at the alternate training site and built on the offensive adjustments he made in 2019 with Double-A Mobile.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Marsh is a high-level athlete who blends big tools with impressive instincts. He is a plus runner who displays excellent routes and reads in center field, has a plus-plus, accurate arm and has an athletic swing that drives the ball hard to the gaps. His game-planning and understanding of how opponents are pitching him continues to grow, and his improved pull-side power in the second half of 2019 has fueled optimism he can approach 20 home runs at his peak. The Angels introduced Marsh to first base at the alternate site. He initially balked at the idea, but grew to enjoy the position and attacked it with the same vigor he displays in the outfield.

    THE FUTURE: With his bat continuing to develop, Marsh should join Mike Trout and Jo Adell to give the Angels a star-studded outfield in the near future. He is set to start 2021 at Triple-A and could make his debut during the season.

  3. 3. Chris Rodriguez | RHP
    Chris Rodriguez
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Miami, 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ralph Reyes.
    Minors: 0-1 | 4.87 ERA | 22 SO | 11 BB | 21 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Curveball: 55. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez has flashed wicked stuff since the Angels drafted him in the fourth round in 2016, but he's pitched just 77.2 innings in four seasons. He missed the 2018 season with a stress reaction in his lower back and made just three starts in 2019 before having season-ending back surgery to repair a stress fracture. Rodriguez returned in 2020 and earned high praise from big leaguers during summer camp. He threw about 65-70 innings between the alternate training site and instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez has a tantalizing four-pitch mix on par with any pitching prospect. His fastball comfortably sits 94-95 mph and touches 98 with hard sink and tailing life. All three of his secondary pitches flash plus, and he commands them better than his fastball. His slider is a wipeout offering at 87-91 mph, his big overhand curveball in the mid 80s gets batters swinging over the top, and his upper-80s changeup with screwball-like action might be his best pitch. Rodriguez matured physically and gained a better feel for his delivery over the past year. He spent the summer learning how to manipulate his pitches to create different movement.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez has the ingredients of a front-of-the-rotation starter, but he has to show he can stay healthy. That will be his main goal in 2021.

  4. 4. Sam Bachman | RHP
    Sam Bachman
    Born: Sep 30, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 235
    Minors: 0-2 | 3.77 ERA | 15 SO | 4 BB | 15 IP

    Bachman made an immediate impact for Miami (Ohio) during his freshman season in 2019, being named first-team All-MAC after posting a 3.93 ERA over 14 starts. For three years now he's been a reliable starter for the Redhawks and should become the program's first ever first-round product thanks to perhaps the best two-pitch combination in the 2021 class. Bachman has one of the hardest fastballs in the class and sits in the 95-97 mph range with the pitch, regularly getting to triple-digits with impressive arm-side running action and sink. On top of that, Bachman's slider has an argument for being the best breaking ball in the class. It's a hard, biting pitch that is routinely in the upper 80s and has eclipsed 90 mph plenty of times, with tremendous late life that generates whiffs inside the zone and out of it—mostly down and to his glove side. Both pitches grade out as at least 70s and there are scouts in the industry who have put 80 grades on both as well. Bachman predominantly works off of his fastball/slider combination, but he also throws a mid-80s changeup that has some diving action and could give him an average third pitch—though he's thrown it less than 10% of the time this spring. Despite walking between two and three batters per nine innings the last two seasons, there is some reliever risk with Bachman, thanks to a delivery that has effort and isn't the most fluid. His arm action is inverted in the back and he's a palm-up pitcher, which scares some in the industry, and he also finishes with a bit of violence and falls off to the left. That delivery, combined with medical questions (he missed two starts this spring with arm soreness) and the fact that he pitched into the seventh just twice this spring have many evaluators confident he'll be a bullpen arm in the majors. Even so, the Angels made Bachman the No. 9 overall pick, signing him to a bonus roughly $1 million under slot.

  5. 5. Jordyn Adams | OF
    Jordyn Adams
    Born: Oct 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Cary, N.C., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris McAlpin.
    Minors: .217/.290/.310 | 5 HR | 18 SB | 277 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Adams was committed to play both football and baseball at North Carolina but opted to sign with the Angels after they made him the 17th overall pick in 2018. He rose to high Class A in his first full season and spent 2020 at the alternate training site, where he accumulated roughly 200 at-bats and impressed coaches and teammates with his jaw-dropping speed and athleticism.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Adams was set to play wide receiver in college and brings that elite athleticism to the diamond. He is an 80-grade runner with excellent bat speed and wiry strength, but he's still learning to translate those tools into production. He has a mature feel for the strike zone and rarely chases offspeed pitches, but he often hits weak ground balls and is still learning how to take his best swings in games. He showed growth with five home runs at the alternate site. After committing 13 errors in 2019, including when he outran balls in the gaps, Adams has refined his jumps and is running cleaner routes in center field. He has improved his arm strength to average and shows flashes of being a plus defensive center fielder, including when he made three home run-robbing catches at the alternate site.

    THE FUTURE: Adams has huge upside, but a lot depends on his swing development. He could see Double-A in 2021.

  6. 6. Kyren Paris | 2B
    Kyren Paris
    Born: Nov 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oakley, Calif., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brian Tripp.
    Minors: .267/.388/.459 | 4 HR | 22 SB | 172 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Paris signed for an above-slot $1.4 million as a second-round pick in 2019 but was limited to three games after signing by a broken hamate bone. He spent the final month of 2020 at the alternate training site, where he was one of the youngest players in camp. Paris looked overmatched the first two weeks, but his at-bats grew more competitive over time. He continued to build on that progress in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Paris has a sound righthanded swing and a line-drive approach that allows him to drive the ball with authority to the opposite field. He has quick hands and good timing and possesses a natural feel to hit. He's known for his contact skills more than his power, but he opened eyes when he drove a home run off lefthander Patrick Sandoval over the 395-foot center field wall at Blair Field during alternate site camp. Paris played some second base and third base at the alternate site, but with his above- average speed and arm and his infield actions, he should be able to stick at shortstop.

    THE FUTURE: Though he hit just two homers in 91 high school games, Paris could develop into a 15-homer threat with his bat speed and wiry strength. He will likely start 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  7. 7. Jeremiah Jackson | SS
    Jeremiah Jackson
    Born: Mar 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mobile, Ala., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: J.T. Zink.
    Minors: .277/.358/.548 | 10 HR | 13 SB | 188 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Jackson signed for $1.194 million as a 2018 second-round pick and made a quick impression by hitting a Pioneer League-record 23 homers at Rookie-level Orem in 2019. That power, however, came with a concerning 33% strikeout rate. Jackson joined the Angels' alternate training site in early August and finished the year in instructional league, where he was limited by an oblique injury.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jackson is a slim-bodied middle infielder with eye-popping power for his size. He generates plus bat speed with an old-school flick of the wrist and has the pop to approach 30 homers as he matures physically. Jackson's power is tantalizing, but he swings and misses too much to get to it consistently. He looked overmatched against more advanced pitching in his first two weeks at the alternate site, but his at-bats grew more competitive and he made more consistent contact in the final month. Jackson is athletic enough to play shortstop and second base, and he mixed in a little third base last summer. He has above-average arm strength but needs to improve his accuracy.

    THE FUTURE: It's easy to dream of Jackson becoming a power-hitting middle infielder, but he has to make more contact. That will be his primary goal in his full-season debut.

  8. 8. Arol Vera | SS
    Arol Vera
    Born: Sep 12, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Marion Urdaneta/Andres Garcia/Joel Chicarelli.
    Minors: .304/.370/.401 | 0 HR | 11 SB | 227 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Vera signed for $2 million as a 16-year-old as part of the Angels' renewed commitment to Latin America. He was confined to an Arizona apartment complex during the coronavirus shutdown in 2020 and put on a little too much weight by the time he reported to instructional league in the fall. Even with the added weight, he showed a tool set that remains intriguing.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Vera has an advanced understanding of the strike zone and good bat-to-ball skills from both sides. He works counts and rarely swings at pitches outside the strike zone. He's more of a line-drive hitter but should hit for more power as he matures physically and gains strength. Vera is athletic in the field with quick hands, a strong arm and an ability to throw from all angles at shortstop. He's an average runner now but will likely slow down as he fills out.

    THE FUTURE: Vera is too gifted of an infielder to move off of shortstop for now. If he continues to add weight, he might project more as a third baseman.

  9. 9. Ky Bush | LHP
    Ky Bush
    Born: Nov 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 240
    Minors: 0-2 | 4.50 ERA | 20 SO | 5 BB | 12 IP

    A 40th-round pick of the Royals out of high school in 2018, Bush spent his freshman year at Washington State before transferring to Central Arizona JC for his sophomore season and landing at St. Mary's this year. A big-bodied lefthander at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, he previously struggled with his weight but emerged this season trimmer and with a better delivery, leading to major improvements in both his stuff and control. He went 7-5, 2.99 with 112 strikeouts and 19 walks in 78.1 innings for the Gaels during the regular season. Bush is an intimidating presence on the mound and powers his fastball downhill from the left side. He sat in the low 90s and topped out at 94 early in the season, but his stuff ticked up throughout the year and he sat 93-94 and touched 96 mph by the end of the season. His best secondary offering is an above-average slider in the mid 80s that gets swings and misses, and he complements it with a potentially average changeup in the mid 80s and a usable curveball in the upper 70s he can land in the strike zone as a change-of-pace offering. Bush struggled throwing strikes in the past, but he showed above-average control this season with his improved physique and delivery. His steady improvement over the past year has teams optimistic he's on an upward trajectory. With his size, stuff from the left side and newfound control, Bush pushed himself into top-two rounds consideration, going No. 45 overall to the Angels.

  10. 10. Orlando Martinez | OF
    Orlando Martinez
    Born: Feb 17, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Frankie Thon Jr.
    Minors: .258/.313/.445 | 16 HR | 5 SB | 400 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Martinez played in Cuba's 18U national league in 2016 and led the circuit in batting average while finishing second in slugging percentage behind only Luis Robert. Martinez signed with the Angels for $250,000 the following year and showed promising power at high Class A Inland Empire in 2019, hitting 12 homers, 21 doubles and four triples in 88 games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Martinez has a smooth lefthanded swing, good contact skills and a hit-over-power profile overall. When he gets a pitch he's looking for he can do damage, especially to the pull-side gap. His power tends to show up in flashes and he does have double-digit home run potential. Marinez is only an average runner but gets great jumps off the bat and runs efficient routes, which allows him to get to balls in the gaps and play all three outfield positions. He has an average, accurate arm.

    THE FUTURE: Martinez projects as a versatile extra outfielder in the major leagues. He will move to Double-A in 2021.

  11. 11. Adrian Placencia | 2B
    Adrian Placencia
    Born: Jun 2, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Jochy Cabrera.
    Minors: .175/.326/.343 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 143 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The switch-hitting Placencia signed with the Angels for $1.1 million as one of the youngest players in the 2019-20 international signing class. He did not play for an affiliate after signing, so the Angels got their first extended look at him during instructional league last fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Still only 17, Placencia doesn't have the size right now to generate much impact at the plate. He does have a sound swing, uses his hands well, puts together quality at-bats and makes decently hard contact when he finds the barrel. Despite his size, the natural lift in his swing gives him a chance to develop average or better raw power as he matures physically and gains strength. Defensively, Placencia has smooth actions, soft hands and an average arm with a quick exchange at shortstop. He is a below-average runner.

    THE FUTURE: Placencia is not quite as advanced as fellow 2019 international signee Arol Vera in terms of baseball IQ and maturity, but he's extremely athletic with explosive movements. He will likely start 2021 in the Dominican Summer League.

  12. 12. D'Shawn Knowles | OF
    D'Shawn Knowles
    Born: Jan 16, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Bahamas, 2017.
    Signed By: Carlos Gomez.
    Minors: .227/.280/.355 | 5 HR | 31 SB | 361 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Knowles, who signed out of the Bahamas for $850,000, struggled in a repeat season at Rookie-level Orem in 2019 and was not brought to the alternate training site in 2020. But he spent six weeks at instructional league in Arizona, where he earned rave reviews for his strong defense at all three outfield spots, improved baserunning and plate discipline and his ability to make more consistent contact from both sides of the plate.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Knowles is a gap-to-gap contact hitter with plus speed. He has a clean, compact, quiet swing from both sides and average raw power potential, with more pop coming from the left side. He has a chance to hit for more power as he gets bigger and his bat-to-ball skills improve. Knowles was introduced to second base at instructional league in 2019 and will continue to explore the position moving forward. His arm is strong enough to play three outfield spots, and it should play up in the infield.

    THE FUTURE: Knowles projects as a high on-base percentage, speedy utility man more than a regular. He will likely start 2021 at low Class A.

  13. 13. Jack Kochanowicz | RHP
    Jack Kochanowicz
    Born: Dec 22, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Philadelphia, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Kennard Jones.
    Minors: 4-2 | 6.91 ERA | 73 SO | 35 BB | 84 IP

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The Angels made Kochanowicz a high-round prep pitcher draftee, a rare step for them. Taken in the third round in 2019 and signed for an over-slot $1.25 million, he spent the final weeks of 2020 at the alternate training site before heading to instructional league. He stood out in Arizona as he improved his fastball command, made progress with his changeup and gained a better mechanical feel for how his large frame works on the mound.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kochanowicz checks in at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, but his delivery is athletic and relatively fluid. His lively fastball ranged from 90-95 mph when he signed and now sits 93-94 and touches 97 with ride up in the zone. The Angels love his work ethic and believe he will gain even more velocity as he continues to mature and add strength. Kochanowicz's high-spin, big-breaking curveball with late horizontal movement gives him a second potential plus pitch. His changeup is still developing but shows average potential. Kochanowicz is a natural strike-thrower for his age and should have no trouble maintaining at least average control with his clean delivery.

    THE FUTURE: Kochanowicz shows the ingredients of a mid-rotation starter and maybe more, but he has yet to pitch in a professional game and has a lot of development ahead. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.

  14. 14. Erik Rivera | LHP/DH
    Erik Rivera
    Born: Apr 2, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Gurabo, P.R., 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Omar Rodriguez.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 6 SO | 1 BB | 4 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Rivera impressed enough at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy to be selected in the fourth round in 2019 and was announced by the Angels as a two-way player. He continued to take at-bats as a designated hitter in instructional league in 2020, but he appears to have more upside as a pitcher.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rivera has a smooth, athletic delivery and induces plenty of swings and misses with a fastball that averages 92 mph and touches 95 mph. His 77 mph curveball resembles a slider, with a little more sweep than depth, and an emphasis in the fall was adding velocity to, and improving the command of, his breaking pitch. Rivera has shown improvement on an 83 mph changeup that has some fade. At the plate, Rivera has plenty of raw power but has struggled to make consistent contact.

    THE FUTURE: Rivera should reach low Class A in 2021. He may continue to get at-bats, but his future is firmly as a pitcher. He projects as a mid-to-back-of-the-rotation starter or possibly a swingman.

  15. 15. Denzer Guzman | SS
    Denzer Guzman
    Born: Feb 8, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 178
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
  16. 16. Packy Naughton | LHP
    Packy Naughton
    Born: Apr 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Virginia Tech, 2017 (9th round).
    Signed By: Jeff Brookens (Reds).
    Minors: 2-2 | 4.90 ERA | 55 SO | 14 BB | 61 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Naughton was named the Reds minor league player of the year in 2019 after going 11-12, 3.32 between high Class A Daytona and Double-A Chattanooga. The Angels acquired him for Brian Goodwin at the 2020 trade deadline. Naughton was durable enough to throw more than 150 innings in both 2018 and 2019 and spent 2020 at the alternate training sites of the Reds and Angels.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Naughton is a crafty lefthander who works from a slightly funky, low-three-quarters arm slot that adds deception to his three-pitch mix. He throws his fastball in the low-90s with average command, but his best weapon is a changeup he throws with excellent deception, depth and some armside run. Naughton can spin a breaking ball with some shape, but his curveball isn't nearly as effective as his changeup and fastball. He is able to repeat his delivery and has above-average control.

    THE FUTURE: Naughton will likely start 2021 at Triple-A. His lack of high-octane stuff relegates him to the back of the rotation, but with his advanced feel for pitching, durability and control, he should provide starting pitching depth.

  17. 17. Alexander Ramirez | OF
    Alexander Ramirez
    Born: Aug 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Frank Tejeda.
    Minors: .206/.323/.367 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 199 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Angels signed Ramirez for $1 million based on the belief he had the power potential to grow into a middle-of-the-order slugger. He showed that pop as a 17-year-old with 17 extra-base hits, including four homers, over 39 games in the Dominican Summer League in his pro debut. Ramirez was quarantined in an Arizona apartment last summer during the coronavirus shutdown and slowed by a sore shoulder during fall instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ramirez is big, strong and muscular with an athletic frame, and he can hit the ball a long way. But there is some swing-and-miss in his game--he struck out in one-third of his plate appearances in 2019--and his bat-to-ball skills, timing and ability to hit breaking balls all need work. Ramirez is an average runner who is still learning to manage his long strides. Though he has solid defensive instincts in the outfield and an above-average throwing arm, Ramirez is still growing into his body and has occasional coordination issues.

    THE FUTURE: Ramirez projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder, but the Angels will continue to challenge him by playing him in center field as much as they can. He will likely open 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  18. 18. Davis Daniel | RHP
    Davis Daniel
    Born: Jun 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 4-7 | 3.92 ERA | 154 SO | 34 BB | 115 IP

    A seventh-round pick out of Auburn in 2019, Daniel began generating buzz at instructional league last fall and has carried it over into this season. His fastball averages 92 mph and touches 95 with above-average cut and ride that helps it get swings and misses at the top of the strike zone. His 12-to-6 curveball gives him the north-south profile teams covet and his changeup has improved, but he mostly just dominates with his fastball. He commands his fastball well and has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if his secondaries continue to progress.

  19. 19. Werner Blakely | SS
    Werner Blakely
    Born: Feb 21, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Detroit, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Drew Dominguez.
    Minors: .182/.339/.284 | 3 HR | 15 SB | 148 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Blakely lost his senior high school season to the coronavirus pandemic, but he was a beast as a junior at Detroit's Edison Academy, batting .469 (45 for 96) with five homers, 11 doubles, seven triples, 38 RBIs, 44 runs and 26 stolen bases in 26 attempts. The Angels drafted him in the fifth round and bought him out of an Auburn commitment for $900,000. He got his first pro action in the instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Blakely has the long, lean and wiry athletic frame of his idol, Derek Jeter. He had some of the best pure shortstop actions in the 2020 draft class, but there is a rawness to his game that raises some concern. He moves fluidly around the field and has a potentially plus arm, but a highlight-reel play will sometimes be followed by a bobble of a routine grounder. Blakely has a tendency to get long in his swing, but his above-average hand-eye coordination makes up for some deficiencies in the batter's box. There is upside for power as Blakely packs more muscle onto his athletic frame, and he has the speed to develop into a base-stealing threat.

    THE FUTURE: A prototypical high-risk, high-reward prospect, Blakely will likely go from extended spring training to the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2021.

  20. 20. Ryan Smith | LHP
    Ryan Smith
    Born: Aug 13, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 7-7 | 4.24 ERA | 153 SO | 33 BB | 130 IP

    An 18th-round pick from Princeton in 2019, Smith has dominated both Class A levels and owns the lowest ERA in the Angels' system. His fastball sits 92-93 mph and touches 95 mph with lots of armside run and gets swings and misses at the top of the strike zone. His slider is an above-average secondary pitch that gets exceptional horizontal movement and his changeup has a chance to be an average pitch. Smith works quickly and attacks the strike zone, resulting in quick, efficient outings. Smith is old for the levels he's been at, but his stuff and “bulldog” mentality have observers projecting him as a solid reliever.

  21. 21. Landon Marceaux | RHP
    Landon Marceaux
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 179
    Minors: 0-1 | 14.73 ERA | 6 SO | 0 BB | 4 IP

    Marceaux isn't particularly physical, with a somewhat skinny frame (6 feet, 179 pounds), and he doesn't light up a radar gun. He'll pitch at 88-92 mph on most nights and that velocity has remained remarkably stable since high school. But Marceaux, a 37th-round pick of the Yankees in 2018, has a lengthy track record of success in the Southeastern Conference thanks to his understanding of the craft of pitching, mixing three pitches with plus control and command. Marceaux stepped into LSU's rotation from day one on campus. He filled the void created by Jaden Hill's injury in 2021, as he went 6-6, 2.40 with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.3 walks per nine. When Marceaux arrived at LSU, he threw a slow, big breaking, mid-70s curveball. It was effective, but a wise hitter could spot its hump as it came out of Marceaux's hand. He and the Tigers staff transformed it into a sharper, 11-to-5, mid-80s slider that comes out of his hand looking like his fastball. Marceaux's fastball and slider are both average, and he has to work his fastball around the edges of the zone, as it lacks bat-missing potential in the heart of the zone, but his 82-84 mph changeup is above-average. He consistently dots the bottom of the zone low and away from lefties and down and in on righties, and he can bury it with more depth when needed. Marceaux wouldn't seem to be projectable, but teams that believe they can help a pitcher add velocity could be very intrigued by a productive, durable pitcher with present feel and command. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

  22. 22. Alejandro Hidalgo | RHP
    Alejandro Hidalgo
    Born: May 22, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 3-2 | 4.67 ERA | 31 SO | 9 BB | 27 IP

    Hidalgo has been an early standout in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League. The 18-year-old has sat 92-94 mph with his fastball and shown an advanced feel to spin a curveball while maintaining impressive strikeout-to-walk numbers. It has been the continuation of an upward trend for Hidalgo, who signed with the Angels during the 2019-20 international signing period. An arm injury that required surgery to place a screw in his right elbow dampened his stock as an amateur, but he quickly emerged as a potential sleeper after signing and has lived up to it in his pro debut.

  23. 23. Kean Wong | UTL
    Kean Wong
    Born: Apr 17, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Robbie Moen
    Minors: .339/.384/.476 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 189 AB

    Signed as a minor league free agent last offseason, Wong has stepped in to play four different positions for the Angels this season and been an effective hitter at Triple-A Salt Lake. His versatility and athleticism give him a chance to carve out a utility role.

  24. 24. Aaron Hernandez | RHP
    Aaron Hernandez
    Born: Dec 2, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Texas A&MCorpus Christi, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Rudy Vasquez.
    Minors: 4-6 | 5.57 ERA | 78 SO | 44 BB | 63 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Hernandez took a winding road in college that included being declared academically ineligible for a year. He struggled in his first pro season at high Class A Inland Empire, where he walked 5.7 batters per nine innings and was dropped from the rotation at one point, but he rebounded with a strong showing as a starter in the Arizona Fall League. His only 2020 action came during instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez's four-seam fastball averages 92-93 mph with average run. He flashed 96 mph in college, but he hasn't approached that as a pro and he's struggled to hold his velocity for more than three or four innings. Both of his breaking balls, a low-80s slider and upper-70s curveball, have a chance to be swing-and-miss pitches with better command. A tumbling mid-80s changeup might be his best pitch. Hernandez has a fairly clean delivery, but he sometimes loads differently with some pitches and has a tendency to yank his slider.

    THE FUTURE: Hernandez's stuff may eventually play up in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. He is set to open 2021 in Double-A.

  25. 25. Zach Linginfelter | RHP
    Zach Linginfelter
    Born: Apr 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Tennessee, 2019 (9th round).
    Signed By: Joel Murrie.
    Minors: 2-7 | 4.11 ERA | 79 SO | 47 BB | 70 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Linginfelter logged a 5.64 ERA at Tennessee in 2019, but he also struck out more than a batter per inning and showed flashes of excellence. The Angels drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for $150,800. He did not pitch for an affiliate after signing, but was a full participant in the 2020 instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The big-bodied Linginfelter has plenty of stuff. His four-seam fastball sits 94-95 mph and touches 98 mph, and he's experimenting with a two-seam fastball that has a little bit of run. His short, late-breaking curveball in the mid-80s looks promising, though his upper 80s slider and a firm changeup, which has some split-finger action, are works in progress. Repetition and consistency are key for Linginfelter moving forward. He has a great arm, but his delivery too often falls apart as he closes himself off and loses feel for the strike zone.

    THE FUTURE: Linginfelter will remain in the rotation for now. His fastball-slider mix and his bulldog mentality on the mound may make him better suited for the bullpen.

  26. 26. David Calabrese | RHP
    David Calabrese
    Born: Sep 26, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Thornhill, Ont., 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Chris Cruz.
    Minors: .201/.303/.306 | 1 HR | 5 SB | 144 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The speedy Calabrese impressed scouts at the Future Stars Series in 2019 at Fenway Park, where he ran a 6.47-second 60-yard dash, hit several doubles and made a few highlight-reel plays in center field. The Ontario native wasn't able to showcase his ability with Team Canada in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Angels still drafted him in the third round and signed him for $744,200 to turn down a scholarship to Arkansas.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Calabrese has a simple, efficient swing from the left side. He doesn't offer much in the way of power with his short, thin frame, but he has a good rhythm at the plate and the elite speed to be a base-stealing threat. Once he gains a more consistent bat path, he should develop into a solid gap-to-gap hitter. Calabrese shows good instincts on both sides of the ball and has the potential to be a plus defender with his plus-plus closing speed and ability to cover a lot of ground in center field.

    THE FUTURE: Calabrese has the athleticism and speed to stick in center field. It remains to be seen how much strength he develops in order to impact the ball.

  27. 27. Michael Stefanic | OF
    Michael Stefanic
    Born: Feb 24, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .336/.408/.493 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 491 AB

    The Angels signed Stefanic as an undrafted free agent out of NAIA Westmont (Calif.) in the middle of the 2018 season because they needed an infielder for their Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate and Stefanic had sent them some video. All he's done since is hit his way to Triple-A, where he's been one of Salt Lake's best hitters since arriving in late May. Stefanic is an extreme contact hitter who rarely swings and misses, doesn't chase and has the bat control to put almost any pitch in play. He's grown stronger and started showing power this year, resulting in few criticisms of his offensive ability. Stefanic isn't very athletic defensively and is working to improve his lateral mobility. He needs to improve his range at second base and his arm at third base to profile as a utilityman.

  28. 28. Kyle Tyler | RHP
    Kyle Tyler
    Born: Dec 27, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.66 ERA | 92 SO | 25 BB | 86 IP

    A 20th-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2018, Tyler jumped into Double-A Rocket City's rotation and has led the team's starters in ERA for most of the season, ahead of even Reid Detmers. Tyler's fastball sits 91-93 mph with tremendous natural cut and ride that makes it difficult for hitters to square up. He pounds the strike zone with above-average command and works efficiently to pitch deep into outings. He also has a breaking ball and a changeup, but both need improvement. His fastball quality alone gives him a chance to reach the majors as a reliever.

  29. 29. Andrew Wantz | RHP
    Andrew Wantz
    Born: Oct 13, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Minors: 1-0 | 1.78 ERA | 30 SO | 6 BB | 31 IP

    Wantz increased his fastball velocity from 88-92 mph to 91-95 mph and added a cutter to his arsenal this season. The changes allowed him to miss more bats and resulted in a strong showing at Triple-A Salt Lake before earning his first major league callup on July 3.

  30. 30. Austin Warren | RHP
    Austin Warren
    Born: Feb 5, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Drafted
    Minors: 2-3 | 6.19 ERA | 45 SO | 18 BB | 37 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Warren racked up strikeouts as an undersized reliever at UNC Wilmington and was drafted by the Angels in the sixth round as a senior sign in 2018. He continued that trend in pro ball with 77 strikeouts in 57.2 innings in his first full season while rising three levels to Double-A. Despite his strong pro debut, the Angels did not bring him to their alternate training site or instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Warren's fastball sat 90-92 mph in college but has ticked up in pro ball. His heater now sits in the 92-94 mph range and plays up with how he pairs it with his above-average slider. Warren throws his slider liberally. At it's best, it's a devastating pitch with short break in the 84-87 mph range and gets frequent swings and misses. The pitch neutralizes righties and his upper-80s changeup with depth and run is good enough to keep lefties at bay. Warren's control is fringy and he will walk batters, but he's a hard-nosed competitor who isn't afraid to challenge hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Warren projects as a middle reliever who is especially effective against same-side hitters. He's on track to join the Angels bullpen in the near future.

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