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  1. 1. Logan O'Hoppe | C
    Logan O'Hoppe
    Born: Feb 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Islip, N.Y., 2018 (23rd round).
    Signed By: Alex Agostino.
    Minors: .270/.331/.458 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 393 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: O'Hoppe is one of the most popular players in the organization, drawing rave reviews for his makeup, work ethic and dedication to his craft. He turned in an impressive full-season debut, climbing from High-A all the way to Triple-A at 21 years old. Along the way, O'Hoppe hit .270/.331/.458 with 17 home runs in 104 games. He wrapped up his impressive season in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: O'Hoppe spent time at the alternate training site in 2020 working on his bat-to-ball skills and after the season went to Driveline Baseball in Seattle. There he worked on flattening out his bat path to lower his swing and miss. His work paid off in 2020, with improved bat-to-ball skills and impact to go with a good approach and the lowest strikeout rate of his pro career. He's got plus raw power, with the chance to hit 20-25 home runs in the big leagues, but it's his defensive profile that leads the way. He has a good release on throws, blocks balls in the dirt well, has a strong arm and shows a polished and advanced approach behind the plate. He has all the tools to be a plus defensive catcher.

    The Future: After O'Hoppe's encouraging season, the Phillies want him to continue improving his pitch recognition and swing path. He'll start the 2022 season in the upper minors and could make his MLB debut during the season.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 30. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  2. 2. Zach Neto | SS
    Zach Neto
    Born: Jan 31, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185

    BA Grade: 55/High

    August Update: Neto was the 2021 Big South Conference Player of the Year after he hit .405/.488/.746 with 12 home runs and posted a 3.43 ERA as a reliever who logged 21 innings. Neto followed up that two-way campaign in the Cape Cod League, where he played shortstop, second base and third base and slashed .304/.439/.587 with as many walks (eight) as strikeouts (eight). Neto has a noisy operation at the plate, with plenty of pre-pitch bat-waggle and hand movement during his load, as well as a big leg kick. Despite all those moving parts, Neto has made the swing work and has produced plenty of contact with Campbell, with more walks (53) than strikeouts (49) throughout his career. Listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, Neto shows only average raw power in batting practice, but he backspins the ball consistently and has solid bat speed and barrel manipulation—enough so that scouts think he'll get to every ounce of the raw power that he does have, with potentially above-average game power depending on the major league environment. There are some questions about whether his setup will need to be simplified at the next level against better competition, but so far Neto has shown an ability to be on time. Neto has played all over the infield for Campbell but was the team's everyday shortstop in 2022. He has solid hands and defensive actions, with easy plus arm strength that allows him to make challenging throws in the hole. As a pitcher, Neto has been up to 93 mph on the mound and that arm strength should give him a chance to stick on the left side of the infield. He's an above-average runner with solid athleticism and has been an aggressive and successful baserunner with Campbell, going 28-for-33 (85%) in stolen base attempts for his career.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 55. Field: 50. Arm: 60.

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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Bush took a circuitous route to professional baseball. The Utah native headed for Washington State after high school, but after a rough freshman season and some turnover in the coaching staff, he transferred to Central Arizona JC, where his 2020 season was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Bush then transferred to St. Mary's for the 2021 season and emerged as one of the best college pitchers on the West Coast. He posted a 2.99 ERA with 112 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 78.1 innings for the Gaels, leading the Angels to draft him in the second round and sign him for an over-slot $1.75 million.

    Scouting Report: Bush is a large-bodied lefthander at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. He has a four-pitch mix out of his over-the-top delivery, headlined by a fastball that sits at 94 mph and touches 96 mph with late riding action. Bush struggled with his fastball command his first two years of college but gained a better feel of it at St. Mary's, in part because he lost weight and gained better control of his delivery. Bush's best secondary pitch is an above-average slider with more vertical drop than horizontal movement. His slow curveball and changeup are fringy pitches that are works in progress. Despite his large frame, Bush was athletic enough to play basketball in high school and has a good blend of stuff, feel and average control.

    The Future: The Angels believe Bush is just scratching the surface of his potential. With an improved curveball and changeup, he could be a mid-to-back-of the rotation starter.

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

  4. 4. Edgar Quero | C
    Edgar Quero
    Born: Apr 6, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Brian Parker.
    Minors: .240/.405/.463 | 5 HR | 2 SB | 121 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record:: The switch-hitting Quero jumped onto the radar of talent evaluators when he hit .400 in the 15U World Cup in Panama in 2018. He signed for $200,000 last winter, one of 11 six-figure bonuses the Angels handed out during the 2020-2021 international signing period. Quero hit so well in 29 Arizona rookie-league games (.253, .945 OPS, four homers, 24 RBIs) that he earned a promotion to Low-A Inland Empire in late August.

    Scouting Report: Quero has an advanced approach at the plate for his age and a knack for barreling the ball, with most of his pull power coming from the left side. He should develop more power as he matures physically and gains strength. Though there is some swing-and-miss in his game, he rarely chases pitches out of the zone and had almost as many walks (23) as strikeouts (28) in the ACL. Defensively, Quero is athletic with good receiving skills and an average arm, and he's already impressing coaches with his ability to call a game and work with pitchers.

    The Future: It has been more than a decade since the Angels developed a decent homegrown catcher. Quero has the potential to end that streak, although he's a few years away.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 40. Speed: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Bachman showed some of the best pure stuff in college baseball at Miami (Ohio) and steadily raised his draft stock throughout his junior year. Angels general manager Perry Minasian attended Bachman's final start of the year, when the righthander pitched 6.1 dominant innings against Ball State, and six weeks later, the Angels drafted Bachman with the ninth overall pick. Bachman signed for a well below-slot $3,847,500 and made his professional debut with five starts for High-A Tri-City, where he went 0-2, 3.77 with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 14.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: The burly Bachman is a pure power pitcher with two potentially dominant pitches in his fastball and slider. His fastball sits 94-97 with hard run and sink out of his low-three quarters arm slot and touches 101 mph. He pairs his plus-plus fastball with a tight, vertical slider in the upper 80s that dives late to draw swings both in and out of the zone. It's another plus-plus pitch that batters have a tough time squaring up and mostly induces ground balls when they do make contact. Bachman has an improving, mid-80s changeup that flashes average and will be critical for him to develop if he is to remain in the starting rotation. His delivery isn't particularly fluid and he averaged less than five innings per start in 2021.

    The Future: Bachman's two-pitch mix, delivery and durability questions point to a future as a setup man or closer, but the Angels believe his combination of velocity, movement and physicality will fit in the rotation. He is set to make his full-season debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  6. 6. Tucker Davidson | LHP
    Tucker Davidson
    Born: Mar 25, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Midland (Texas) JC, 2016 (19th round).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.
    Minors: 2-2 | 1.17 ERA | 28 SO | 5 BB | 23 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Davidson became the first Midland (Texas) JC draftee to make the majors when he debuted in 2020, and he threw 20 innings in 2021 before a forearm strain sidelined him for most of the season. Davidson did come back for the postseason and made a spot start in game five of the World Series, though he allowed four runs in two innings.

    Scouting Report: While healthy, Davidson showed a better ability to attack the strike zone at the major league level this year. Establishing his 93 mph fastball allowed his secondary stuff to play up. It's a low-spin fastball, but Davidson pairs that with a firm slider in the upper 80s. The slider is now his go-to breaking ball, with above-average potential and his curveball features solid vertical depth that could give him a third average offering. He largely scrapped a mid-80s changeup (1% usage) in 2021 and the pitch is a distant fourth offering compared to his fastball and breaking pitches. Previously, Davidson's control has led opposing scouts to view him as a reliever, but the Braves have stuck with him as a starter and he looked to take a step forward in his control this year, albeit in a brief sample.

    The Future: Davidson's playoff start suggests the Braves trust him, and he should be back in the mix for the team's pitching plans in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 50.

  7. 7. Chase Silseth | RHP
    Chase Silseth
    Born: May 18, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 217
    Signed By: Jayson Durocher.
    Minors: 0-2 | 10.12 ERA | 7 SO | 1 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Silseth began his college career as a reliever at Tennessee before transferring to JC Southern Nevada, where he made six starts before the 2020 season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He transferred to Arizona and was the Wildcats' Friday night starter in 2021, with his top moment coming when he went toe-to-toe with All-American Kumar Rocker in the College World Series, The Angels drafted Silseth in the 11th round and signed him for an over-slot $485,000 bonus.

    Scouting Report: Silseth has a lively fastball that averages 96 mph and touches 98 mph. He has a good feel for a slurvy curveball with 12-to-6 break in the 78-82 mph range and a tight mid-80s slider. Both have a chance to be plus pitches, although he gets more swings and misses with his curveball. Silseth also keeps hitters off-balance with a low-80s splitter with good depth that is often mistaken for a changeup. He generally throws strikes early in his outings, but his command suffers as games wear on and he gets tired.

    The Future: Silseth's four-pitch arsenal may allow him to remain in the rotation. His command and durability are indicators that he might have more success as a power arm out of the bullpen.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Curveball 50. Splitter 45. Control: 45.

  8. 8. Werner Blakely | 3B
    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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Blakely grew up in Detroit and emerged as Michigan's top high school player in the 2020 draft class. He did not get a chance to play his senior season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Angels still drafted him in the fifth round and gave him an above-slot $900,000 bonus to pass up an Auburn commitment. Blakely made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 and showed some ability to draw walks, but he hit just .182 with a 37% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Blakely has a lot to dream on with his long, lean, projectable frame and immense athleticism. He has a good eye and patient approach at the plate, but he swings and misses a lot in the strike zone with an uppercut swing. The Angels tinkered with his swing throughout his first season, and it began to look better at the end of the year. Blakely should add power as he packs more muscle onto his frame and is athletic enough to remain an above-average runner even as he gets bigger. A shortstop now, Blakely has the actions and arm strength to play all three infield positions, but most think he'd be best in center field.

    The Future: Blakely is a prototypical high-risk, high-reward prospect with plenty of projection. His swing development will determine what kind of career he has.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55.

  9. 9. Denzer Guzman | SS
    Denzer Guzman
    Born: Feb 8, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Domingo Garcia.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Once the pandemic-delayed international signing period opened in Jan. 2021, the Angels snapped up Guzman, one of the best pure hitters in his class, for a $2 million bonus. The 17-year-old had a solid pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, showing good power, plate discipline and speed, with 14 extra-base hits, 20 walks and 24 strikeouts in 164 plate appearances and 11 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

    Scouting Report: Guzman has a knack for barreling balls with a loose, effortless swing that he starts with a small leg kick to create a good rhythm. He has an advanced approach and knowledge of the strike zone for his age and makes hard, consistent contact on pitches in all parts of the zone. Guzman has plenty of raw power to his pull side and, because of his big-time bat speed, should tap into even more as he matures and adds more loft to his swing. He's an average runner who probably will be less of a base-stealing threat as his body fills out physically. Guzman is a solid defender with good footwork and hands and the potential to have a plus arm that will fit on the left side of the infield. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, but his below-average speed could force the organization to move him to third base. Guzman is mature for his age and earns high marks for makeup and aptitude.

    The Future: Guzman is set to make his stateside debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022. He is many years away but has the potential to be an everyday infielder with a potent bat if everything clicks.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Marceaux was a two-time member of USA Baseball's 18U national team and was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round out of high school. He instead made his way to Louisiana State and spent three years in the Tigers rotation, capped by going 7-7, 2.54 with 116 strikeouts and 26 walks in 102.2 innings in 2021. The Angels drafted him in the third round and signed him for $765,300. Marceaux made only two brief starts in the Arizona Complex League in his pro debut, a decision by the Angels to play it safe given his college workload.

    Scouting Report: Marceaux's stuff won't wow anybody, but few pitching prospects have a better command of their repertoires. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph with some run and a little bit of sink, his low-80s slider is an average pitch, his low-80s changeup is above-average and his upper-70s curveball is fringy but improving. Marceaux succeeds by spotting his pitches on the edges of the strike zone and avoiding hitters' hot zones with surgical precision. He has a repeatable, low-effort delivery that gives him plus control and a high-three-quarters arm slot that creates some downhill plane on his pitches.

    The Future: Marceaux's stuff leaves him little margin for error, but his ability to command the ball and keep hitters off-balance gives him a chance to rise as a back-of-the-rotation starter. He'll likely open the 2022 season at High-A Tri-City but could be advanced enough to jump straight to Double-A.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 50. Curveball 45. Changeup 55, Control: 60.

  11. 11. Nelson Rada | OF
    Nelson Rada
    Born: Aug 24, 2005
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Marlon Urdeneta/Joel Chicarelli.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: Rada was extremely young for the 2021-22 international class, to the point where had he been born eight days later, he would have had to wait until the following year to sign. The Angels made the 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder their top signing when the international period opened on Jan. 15, 2022, coming from the same program where they signed shortstop Arol Vera. Scouting Report: The son of a former professional basketball player in Venezuela, Rada was a skinny 5-foot-9 early on in the scouting process, but he has grown a few inches since then. Rada is young but his instincts for the game have long stood out for his age, including while playing for Venezuela at the U-15 World Cup Americas Qualifier in 2019. Rada takes a short swing from the left side with a selective approach for his age. He has doubles power that has ticked up as he's gotten stronger, and while there should be more to come, his offensive game should be centered around his on-base skills. He's a solid-average runner in center field whose defense is enhanced by his first-step quickness and ability to get good reads off the bat. The Future: Rada will be one of the youngest players in professional baseball in his pro debut, as he's ticketed to play nearly the entire 2022 season as a 16-year-old in the Dominican Summer League. Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  12. 12. 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

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Martinez signed with the Angels for $250,000 out of Cuba in 2017 and has steadily risen up their system. After impressing at the Class A levels his first two seasons, Martinez returned from the coronavirus shutdown and set new career highs in doubles (23), home runs (16) and total bases (178) with Double-A Rocket City, all despite the league being pitcher friendly.

    Scouting Report: Martinez has a smooth, lefthanded swing and a natural feel to hit, but he sacrificed some contact to access more power last season. Though he has more of a hit-over-power profile, Martinez could add power as he continues to learn what pitches he can drive with authority and what pitches he should lay off of. He has decent speed but is not a base-stealing threat. Though he is not Gold Glove-caliber on defense, he has shown the ability to play all three outfield positions with good jumps, clean, direct routes and a strong, accurate arm.

    The Future: Martinez does not have the eye-popping tools of a potential all-star, but he is the type of prospect whose whole is greater than the sum of his parts. He could be a versatile extra outfielder or platoon player and will open 2022 in Triple-A.

  13. 13. Mason Erla | RHP
    Mason Erla
    Born: Aug 19, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Drew Dominguez.
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.23 ERA | 11 SO | 0 BB | 8 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Erla was passed over in the five-round 2020 draft, so he returned to Michigan State for a fifth season and went 5-6, 3.50 with 80 strikeouts and only three home runs allowed in 79.2 innings. The Angels drafted him in the 17th round and he immediately showed promise in his pro debut with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 7.1 innings across two levels.

    Scouting Report: The big-bodied Erla has good command of a fastball that averages 95-96 mph and touches 98 mph in short bursts. He added a low-90s cutter that has more slider-like action after being drafted to give him a potentially average secondary pitch, He has shown a good feel for a mid-80s changeup and is still developing a mid-80s slider that is more of a slurve. He throws all of his pitches for strikes with average control.

    The Future: Erla is already 24, but his velocity and strike-throwing capabilities make him a sleeper candidate. He will remain a starter for now and can slide into relief if needed.

  14. 14. Janson Junk | RHP
    Janson Junk
    Born: Jan 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 177
    Signed By: Mike Thurman (Yankees).
    Minors: 6-3 | 2.81 ERA | 97 SO | 27 BB | 93 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Junk was a largely anonymous 22nd-round pick in the Yankees system his first three pro seasons, but he broke out in 2021 at Double-A Somerset and was acquired by the Angels for Andrew Heaney at the trade deadline. He continued his ascent in his new organization and received his first MLB callup in September, posting a 3.86 ERA in four abbreviated starts.

    Scouting Report: Junk used the coronavirus shutdown in 2020 to adjust his attitude and take a more aggressive, attacking mindset to the mound. With that new mindset, his fastball has become his best pitch at 93-97 mph with a high spin rate and good carry at the top of the strike zone. He also used the shutdown to alter the shape of his slider, which was too slurvy and similar to his curveball. His low-80s slider is now a sweepier pitch with late horizontal break and drop that gets plenty of swings and misses. Junk rounds out his arsenal with a fringy 79-80 mph curveball and a fringy changeup he mostly throws to lefthanded hitters. He throws plenty of strikes with average control but is on the small side for a starter, leading to some durability concerns.

    The Future: Junk's size and fastball-slider combination might be better suited for a middle-relief role. He'll look to break camp with the Angels in 2022.

  15. 15. Mickey Moniak | OF
    Mickey Moniak
    Born: May 13, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Carlsbad, Calif., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Garcia.
    Minors: .238/.299/.447 | 15 HR | 5 SB | 365 AB

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Midseason Update: Moniak looked as if he turned a corner in spring training with quicker bat speed that was leading to a significant increase in his max exit velocity up to 114 mph, but he was sidelined with a broken right hand. He returned to excel at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before a promotion to the big leagues on June 26.

    Track Record: Moniak, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, spent the 2020 summer at the alternate training site before making his major league debut in mid September. He added muscle to his frame during the following offseason and stood out to manager Joe Girardi in 2021 spring training, but struggled between the majors and Triple-A, hitting .238 with 15 home runs in 99 games at Lehigh Valley. He was scheduled to appear in the Arizona Fall League, but pulled out due to an injury.

    Scouting Report: Moniak added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame during the offseason and it resulted in the most consistent hard contact of his career, with exit velocities topping out between 110 and 113 mph as he showed average power to all fields. Moniak worked during 2020 to cut down on his free-swinging approach, but posted the highest strikeout rate (24.7%) of his career at Triple-A in 2021. He improved his bat speed and showed solid bat-to-ball skills, but doesn't reach base enough to be anything more than an extra outfielder. Moniak is a good athlete, a solid defender at all three outfield positions, an average runner and has an average arm.

    The Future: Moniak's lack of an above-average tool prevents him from being an MLB regular. He'll likely spend the 2022 season between the majors and Triple-A.

  16. 16. 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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: After missing most of 2018 and 2019 because of back injuries and 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rodriguez broke camp with the Angels in 2021 and worked his way into high-leverage relief by going 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his first eight appearances. But shoulder injuries derailed his season, and he underwent capsule repair surgery in October that will sideline him for most, if not all, of 2022.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez would do well to smooth out a delivery that is a little high-effort at times, but he showed last season that he has the stuff to pitch in the big leagues. His four-pitch mix features a sinking fastball that sits 94-96 mph with and late tailing action, a wipeout, 89-90 mph slider that induces plenty of swings and misses, a big overhand curveball in the mid 80s with more than four feet of vertical drop and a 88-90 mph changeup with screwball-like action. Rodriguez throws plenty of strikes with his premium arsenal, but he hasn't been able to stay on the mound. He has thrown more than 30 innings only once in four seasons, and that was in 2017.

    The Future: Rodriguez has the stuff to succeed as a starter or reliever in the majors, but another major injury has clouded his future. He'll spend the year rehabbing and try to make it back healthy in 2023.

  17. 17. Michael Stefanic | 2B
    Michael Stefanic
    Born: Feb 24, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Ben Diggins.
    Minors: .336/.408/.493 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 491 AB

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: After going undrafted despite starring at NAIA Westmont, Stefanic sent his resume and a homemade prospect video to all 30 clubs in the summer of 2018. The Angels needed a low-level infielder and signed him with the thought he'd be an organizational player. Stefanic instead hit at every level leading up to a breakout 2021 season. He finished second in the minor leagues with 165 hits and tied for fifth with a .336 batting average as he rose from Double-A to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: 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 grew stronger and started showing his power—to the pull side as well as right-center—in 2021. There is little doubt he can be an average hitter with double-digit home runs in the majors, but that might not be enough to overcome his defense. Stefanic isn't very athletic defensively and has to substantially improve his lateral mobility. He has limited range at second base and his below-average arm doesn't play well at third base. He has bottom-of-the-scale speed and lacks first-step quickness.

    The Future: Stefanic's bat is legitimate, but he will have to improve defensively to be a utilityman. If he can play third base and add corner outfield to his resume, he could earn a spot on a big league bench.

  18. 18. 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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Hidalgo suffered an injury to his right arm as an amateur that resulted in surgery to place a screw in his right elbow, but he quickly emerged as a sleeper after the Angels signed him out of Venezuela. Hidalgo stood out as one of the top pitchers in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 and carried his success into full-season ball in 2022, ranking among the California League strikeout leaders through the first six weeks of the season.

    Scouting Report: Hidalgo is an undersized righthander with a well-rounded arsenal and an advanced feel for pitching. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and has room to tick up as he matures and gets stronger. He has a good feel for spinning a potentially plus curveball, and his changeup has improved to become another weapon he has an excellent feel for locating. Hidalgo is a crafty pitcher who will work backwards, but he can also reach back for 95-96 mph when he needs to. Hidalgo does an excellent job of keeping hitters off balance and throws everything for strikes with average control.

    The Future: Hidalgo projects to be a solid No. 5 starter for now, but he has a chance to become more as he matures physically. He just turned 19 and is moving quickly for his age.

  19. 19. Livan Soto | SS
    Livan Soto
    Born: Jun 22, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Rolando Petit (Braves).
    Minors: .218/.293/.348 | 7 HR | 14 SB | 400 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Midseason Update: The slick-fielding Soto has stood out defensively at both shortstop and second base at Double-A Rocket City while showing an improved approach. His bat still projects to be light, but he now makes enough contact to survive as a potential reserve in the majors.

  20. 20. Ben Joyce | RHP
    Ben Joyce
    Born: Sep 17, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Joyce hit a growth spurt that saw him grow 8 inches during his high school senior year. He touched 100 mph that spring. Four years later, he's the hardest throwing college pitcher ever. Joyce touched 105 mph on multiple occasions this year and topped out at 105.5. He sat at 101 mph with a four-seamer that proved hittable at the lower end of his velocity range. His plus-plus slider may be a better pitch than his plus-plus fastball. It's already hard (83-86 mph) with plenty of sweep. Only two batters put the slider in play during the regular season, although it's currently a chase pitch he doesn't throw for strikes. With two of the best pitches in the class, he's probably the most famous pitcher not expected to go in the first round. The track record for highly drafted college relievers is extremely poor, and Joyce's usage patterns at Tennessee give teams few insights into whether he can handle a pro workload. Joyce pitched on back-to-back days only once during the regular season and generally had three-to-four days between outings. Thanks to the pandemic and Tommy John surgery, Joyce has thrown roughly 50 innings since 2019.

  21. 21. 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

    BA Grade: 45/Very High

    Track Record: Jackson has moved slowly since the Angels drafted him with the 57th overall pick in 2018. He spent his first two seasons in the Rookie levels, including hitting a Pioneer-League record 23 homers for Orem in 2019, and briefly appeared at the alternate training site in 2020 before making his full-season debut with Low-A Inland Empire in 2021. Jackson got off to a miserable start but began to catch fire before he suffered a significant quad strain in mid June that limited him to just 51 games. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit .161 with a 38% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Jackson has long had a boom-or-bust approach that results in jaw-dropping home runs and gobs of strikeouts. He made some progress in 2021 seeing the ball better, recognizing secondary pitches and not expanding the zone as much, but he still posted a 33% strikeout rate. Jackson has a loose, explosive swing and he has refined his setup and timing mechanism to get his hands and body going earlier. He destroys pitches to his pull side and has improved at driving pitches on the outer half the other way, but still projects as a below-average hitter. Jackson is rangy on defense with a quick first step and above-average speed. He has the agility and arm strength to stick at shortstop and is an adequate second baseman, but there's also a chance he could move to center field.

    The Future: Jackson has 30-homer potential but will have to tone down his swing and develop a more effective two-strike approach. He is on track to see Double-A in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

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

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Daniel had Tommy John surgery after throwing just two innings for Auburn as a junior in 2019, but the Angels still drafted him in the seventh round and signed him for $172,500. Daniel began generating buzz when he returned during instructional league in 2020 and carried that momentum into his pro debut in 2021. He rose three levels from High-A to Triple-A and led the Angels system with 154 strikeouts.

    Scouting Report: Daniel has a full four-pitch arsenal, but he mostly goes after hitters with his fastball. His high-spin four-seamer sits 91-92 mph and touches 95 mph with above-average ride and cut to generate swings and misses at the top of the strike zone. He complements his fastball with a mid-70s, 12-to-6 curveball, an improving, low-80s changeup and a low-80s slider. None of them project to be more than average, but Daniel is a smart pitcher who knows when to throw them for maximum effectiveness. He throws plenty of strikes with above-average control and creates some deception with an old-school delivery in which he tilts his glove angle to hide the ball.

    The Future: Daniel has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if his secondaries continue to progress. He also has experience as a reliever, so where he pitches in the big leagues will be based on need.

  23. 23. 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

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Adams was committed to North Carolina to play both baseball and football before the Angels drafted him 16th overall in 2018 and signed him for an over-slot $3.475 million bonus. After spending 2020 at the alternate training site, he opened the 2021 season at High-A Tri-City but suffered a hamstring strain in the third game of the season that sidelined him for five weeks. Adams struggled to find a consistent swing after he returned and finished the year batting .217 with five home runs and 38% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Adams is an elite athlete and an 80-grade runner with excellent bat speed and wiry strength. But after making progress translating those tools into production at the alternate training site, he seemed to plateau in 2021. Like many young players, Adams gets in trouble when his swing gets long, which prevents him from catching up to fastballs and often leads to strikeouts and weak contact. When he finds a more efficient swing, he will be able to tap into the above-average raw power that makes him such an enticing prospect. Adams tracks pitches well and knows the strike zone, but his swing issues and overall lack of feel for the barrel prevent him from projecting as more than a below-average hitter. Adams might be big league ready on defense, where his speed and athleticism play well in center field. He has refined his jumps and has run cleaner routes in the past two seasons, he has a strong, accurate arm and has already shown an ability to rob homers with leaping catches at the wall.

    The Future: Adams has upside, but his future will depend on his swing development.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 45. Speed: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  24. 24. Luke Murphy | RHP
    Luke Murphy
    Born: Nov 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Joel Murrie.
    Minors: 0-1 | 3.00 ERA | 15 SO | 1 BB | 9 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: The end of Murphy's college career was much better than the beginning. After sitting out the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and pitching only four times in pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Murphy spent 2021 as Vanderbilt's closer and went 4-1, 2.40 with nine saves. The Angels drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $747,500.

    Scouting Report: The lanky Murphy relies heavily on a fastball that sits at 94-95 mph and touches 98-99. He has good command of the four-seamer and locates it in all four quadrants of the strike zone. His best secondary offering is a sweeping slider with movement that has the potential to be a wipeout pitch. He is developing a curveball and changeup but didn't throw either pitch much in college. Murphy didn't start at Vanderbilt, but he worked multiple innings regularly and can be stretched out.

    The Future: Murphy's fastball-slider combination is suited to a high-leverage relief role. He could move quickly and reach the upper levels of the minors in 2022.

  25. 25. Kyren Paris | SS/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

    BA Grade: 40/High.

    Track Record: Paris signed with the Angels for an over-slot $1.4 million as the 55th overall pick in the 2019 draft, but he's played just 50 games in three years. He was limited to three games by a broken hamate bone in 2019, missed the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic and played only 47 games in 2021 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his fibula. Even in that limited time, he stood out as a hitter at Low-A Inland Empire and earned a late promotion to High-A Tri-City as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Paris' bat is well ahead of the glove. He has quick hands, good timing and a natural feel to hit, and his strength belies his small stature. He was more of an opposite-field, line-drive hitter when the Angels drafted him, an approach that pairs well with his plus speed, but he began to hit the ball harder to the gap and down the line in left field last season. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has enough power to project 12-16 home runs. Paris committed 12 errors in only 29 games in the field last season, mostly throwing. He has occasional lapses in footwork and a tendency to peek at runners, causing errant throws. He lacks the arm strength, range or quick release to be a shortstop, but he could be an average second baseman if he improves his reliability. In addition to his tools, Paris earns high praise for his makeup and work ethic.

    The Future: Paris has the components of a big league hitter and projects to be an offensive second baseman. He may see Double-A as a 20-year-old in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  26. 26. Robinson Pina | RHP
    Robinson Pina
    Born: Nov 26, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Francisco Tejeda.
    Minors: 2-10 | 4.44 ERA | 140 SO | 56 BB | 96 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Pina previously struggled with his control but began finding the strike zone this year to fuel a breakout campaign. His 91-95 mph fastball and plus splitter play well off each other to help him rack up strikeouts, while his short slider is a usable third offering. Pina's velocity fluctuates and he still has to prove he maintain his control gains, but his strides this year are steps in the right direction.

  27. 27. Adrian Placencia | 2B/SS
    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

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: The switch-hitting Placencia signed with the Angels for $1.1 million as one of the youngest players in the 2019-2020 international class. After spending 2020 in instructional league, he made his professional debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in 2021. Placencia cleaned up some of his footwork and throwing mechanics on defense and showed glimpses of offensive potential, but he hit just .175/.326/.343 in 43 games.

    Scouting Report: Placencia has an advanced feel for contact from both sides of the plate. He has quick hands and the barrel of his bat moves quickly through the zone. He limits his chase swings and doesn't strike out often. Despite that strong foundation, Placencia struggled to hit in his pro debut in part because he doesn't consistently hit the ball hard. He flashes surprising power for his small frame and has some natural lift in his swing, but on a pitch-to-pitch basis, he struggles to do damage. Defensively, Placencia has smooth actions, soft hands and an average arm with a quick exchange. He is a below-average runner and is better at second base than shortstop.

    The Future: Placencia profiles better as a utilityman than an everyday player, but he's still young and has time to add strength to his frame. He may see Low-A Inland Empire in 2022.

  28. 28. Randy De Jesus | OF
    Randy De Jesus
    Born: Feb 13, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Felix Feliz/Jochy Cabrera.

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Early on during the scouting process in the Dominican Republic, de Jesus stood out for his power potential as a 6-foot-3 righthanded hitter. He bolstered his stock as he got himself into better shape, leading to a $1.2 million deal with the Angels when the 2021-22 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022. Scouting Report: De Jesus improved his conditioning while retaining his ability to drive the ball for damage when he makes contact. He has a chance to develop above-average power, already hammering the ball with impact relative to his peers. De Jesus doesn't have the same pure contact skills as fellow Angels international signing Nelson Rada, but scouts highest on him believed in his ability to translate that power against live pitching. What de Jesus does in the batter's box will drive his value, as he's a corner outfielder with below-average speed. The Future: De Jesus is several years away from the big leagues, with the Dominican Summer League where he will make his professional debut in 2022.

  29. 29. 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 Chicharelli.
    Minors: .304/.370/.401 | 0 HR | 11 SB | 227 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Vera signed with the Angels for $2 million as one of the top prospects in the 2019 international class, but he was confined to an Arizona apartment during the coronavirus shutdown and gained more than 20 pounds, setting off alarm bells in the Angels player development department. Vera returned slimmer and more athletic in 2021 and had an explosive pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League, leading to a promotion to Low-A Inland Empire at the end of the season.

    Scouting Report: Vera is a physical, projectable switch-hitter who hits balls hard from both sides of the plate. He shows an advanced, all-fields approach from the left side in particular and generates all of his power from that side. Vera has a tendency to chase pitches out of the strike zone, but the Angels are confident that will improve with experience and maturity. He is more of a gap-to-gap doubles hitter, but with added strength and better pitch selection, he could develop the power to hit 15-20 homers. Vera is an average runner and earns high marks for poise, makeup and character. He has emerged as one of the smoothest, most fundamentally sound defenders in the system, with sure hands and an above-average arm. Though he lost a considerable amount of weight last year, Vera is still a little thick in his lower half, which could portend an eventual move to third base.

    The Future: Vera's hitting ability and poise on defense give him some of the highest upside of any position player in the Angels system. He'll return to Low-A to begin the 2022 season.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  30. 30. Walbert Urena | RHP
    Walbert Urena
    Born: Jan 25, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    August Update: Urena already throws a 96-100 mph fastball at 18 years old and has some of the best pure arm strength in the Angels system. His breaking ball and control are both well below-average and have a ways to go, but he's young and has time to improve.

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