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TRACK RECORD: The 10th overall pick in 2017, Adell dominated two Rookie-level leagues after signing for just under $4.4 million, then spent less than two months at low Class A Burlington in 2018 before being promoted twice during the season. He joined high Class A Inland Empire on May 20 and Double-A Mobile on July 31, making an impressive jump for a 19-yearold one year removed from high school. Adell was the only Angels prospect in the 2018 Futures Game, and he doubled and scored the winning run despite being one of the game’s youngest players. His meteoric rise through the system was slowed by a jammed right thumb that sidelined him for a week in early August and led to some struggles at Double-A, but that hardly dampened the Angels’ excitement. In 99 games across three levels in his first full pro season, Adell hit .290/.355/.543 with 20 home runs, 32 doubles, 77 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
SCOUTING REPORT: The broad-shouldered, muscular Adell is a dynamic athlete with high-end power, excellent bat speed, plus speed and a plus arm. His quick hands allow him to get to high pitches, and there is a maturity and a purpose to his preparation and approach. He uses the whole field, adjusts quickly and stays balanced in his swing. One area Adell can improve is his pitch recognition and plate discipline—he had 111 strikeouts and 32 walks in 396 at-bats in 2018. He destroys fastballs but needs to avoid chasing breaking balls below the zone. Adell’s plus speed makes him an asset on the basepaths and in center field. He’s still working on getting better jumps and running more efficient routes in center field, but he has the youth and athleticism to stick there. His speed may not translate into high stolen base figures as he matures physically and adds muscle but speed should still be a big part of his game. Adell is highly mature for his age, with both an exceptional work ethic and a congenial personality.
THE FUTURE: Scouting director Matt Swanson described Adell as “a potential franchise player,” the night the Angels drafted him. After two pro seasons, Adell has lived up to that both with his play and his personality. He is the most highly touted Angels prospect since Mike Trout, and the two will likely soon play together in the Angels’ outfield. Adell is slated to start 2019 back at Double-A and should move to Triple-A quickly, putting him one injury away from Anaheim.
TRACK RECORD: The Angels slowplayed Canning in 2017, keeping him in Arizona to work on strength and conditioning after he threw 119 innings as UCLA junior. He took the mound as a pro in 2018 and skyrocketed, rising three levels from high Class A to Triple-A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Limber and athletic, wiry and strong, Canning generates tremendous arm speed and torque out of his thin frame. His four-pitch mix includes a four-seam fastball that now averages 94-95 mph and touches 98, up from 90-94 in college. He has two above-average secondary pitches, an 85-87 mph slider that runs down and away from righthanded batters and an 80-82 curveball with 11-to-5 shape. His changeup is rarely used but flashes average and is improving. Canning has a mental edge to rival his stuff. He is fearless on the mound and seems to dial up his velocity and command in big spots.
THE FUTURE: Canning shook off reports of “potential issues” in a predraft MRI by showing durability under a 113-inning workload. His size and stuff draw frequent comparisons with fellow UCLA product and Indians righthander Trevor Bauer. He is on track to reach the big leagues in 2019 and settle in as a mid-rotation starter. 2018 Club (Class) W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
TRACK RECORD: Marsh signed for $1.073 million as a second-rounder in 2016 and appears fully recovered from a stress reaction in his back that briefly sidelined him. After flashing five-tool potential in the Pioneer League in 2017, he played a full season between low Class A Burlington and high Class A Inland Empire in 2018 and tantalized with his promise of power, speed and center field defense.
SCOUTING REPORT: A standout wide receiver in high school, Marsh is arguably the best athlete in the Angels’ system. Scouts love his defensive instincts, plus speed, route-running and his strong, accurate arm. He is the best pure center fielder in the system—even better than Jo Adell—and his arm can change games. Marsh is more raw at the plate. He shows above-average raw power and recognizes pitches, but he doesn’t always swing with intent and his strikeout totals are consistently high. At times his swing can look mechanical, even a little stiff. When he does connect, Marsh drives the ball to the gaps, and the way the ball comes off his bat leads scouts to project more power.
THE FUTURE: Marsh has the speed and instincts to excel defensively in any outfield spot. He’ll try to make the necessary offensive adjustments at Double-A in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Suarez has such an advanced feel for pitching and knack for missing bats that he jumped from high Class A to Triple-A within the first two months of 2018 at age 20. Originally signed for $300,000 as a 16-year-old, Suarez improved his strikeout rate from 10.7 batters per nine innings in 2016 to 11.8 in 2017. He maintained a high rate (10.9) in 2018 despite spending most of the season at Triple-A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Suarez is slightly plump and hardly imposing, but his stuff is real. His fastball averages 92 mph and touches 95 with a late armside movement. His best pitch is a plus 81 mph changeup he throws with deception and sinking action, and his mid-70s curveball is an above-average swing-and-miss pitch when he lands it, though he’s still learning to command it. Suarez works fast with an easy, repeatable high-three quarters delivery with good direction to the plate that yields above-average control.
THE FUTURE: Suarez is advanced for his age and proved durable under a 117-inning workload as a 20-year-old. He has put himself in consideration for the Angels’ rotation in 2019 and will enter spring training with the chance to show he deserves a shot.
TRACK RECORD: Jones reported to his first big league camp in 2018 as an outfielder but was moved to second base in March, a challenging transition that led to a drop-off at the plate. Jones’ OPS dropped nearly 75 points from 2017 to 2018 as he focused on learning his new position, but he still made it up to Double-A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Despite Jones’ 2018 struggles, evaluators still see strong offensive tools. He has plus bat speed, average power and a good feel for the strike zone. He is thick and strong, and the ball jumps off his bat to all fields. His plus speed makes him a basestealing threat, and he can turn on the jets to log doubles and triples. Defensively, Jones remains a work in progress at second base. He sat back on grounders and let the ball play him early in 2018 but learned to be more aggressive with his first step, which improved his range and helped him get better hops and angles. Jones struggles with the short, softer throw from the hole and still needs polish turning the pivot on double plays.
THE FUTURE: Jones has a chance to be to be playable at second base in the words of one evaluator. The hope is his offense ticks back up in 2019 as he gets more comfortable playing his new position.
TRACK RECORD: Rengifo signed with the Mariners for $360,000 out of Venezuela in 2014 and was traded to the Rays in 2017. Just before 2018 spring training, the Angels acquired Rengifo from Tampa Bay for C.J. Cron. Rengifo surprised even the Angels with a breakout 2018. He jumped three levels from high Class A to Triple-A, showing superb plate discipline and bat-to-ball skills. Overall he hit .299 with 41 steals and as many walks as strikeouts (75), causing one front office official to liken Rengifo to “finding gold.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Rengifo is a strong and athletic switch-hitter with a compact swing and a line-drive approach. He stays in the strike zone and doesn’t chase, allowing him to find good pitches to drive on a line. He doesn’t elevate for home runs but has extra-base power and is getting stronger. Rengifo steals bags more with his superb instincts than his average speed, though he finds another gear underway. A natural shortstop who is still improving at second base, Rengifo is an average defender with an average arm up the middle.
THE FUTURE: Rengifo is in position to reach the majors in 2019. Most see him as a future utility infielder, but he does all the little things to potentially be more than that.
TRACK RECORD: A standout outfielder and wide receiver at Green Hope High, Adams was slated to play both baseball and football in college at North Carolina. Instead, the Angels drafted him 17th overall and signed him for an over-slot $4.1 million bonus to turn pro. Adams’ first season after signing was cut short by a broken jaw, but he still advanced to Rookie-level Orem.
SCOUTING REPORT: Adams boasts tantalizing athleticism but is raw in baseball skills because of his two-sport background. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, he is a wiry strong with excellent bat speed and is a plus-plus runner. He has a chance to be an impact defender in center field as he hones his instincts, and he began showing plus power late in his senior season. The main question with Adams is how much he’ll hit. Adams’ bat progressed rapidly between his junior and senior years, but his track record as even an average hitter is short.
THE FUTURE: How quickly Adams rises through the system will depend on his hitting development. He has the speed to be a leadoff man or the projectable power to grow into a middle-of-the-order bat, depending on what he emphasizes. He’ll get his first taste of full-season ball with low Class A Burlington in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Thaiss, a converted catcher who signed for $2.15 million as the 16th overall pick in 2016, made some subtle adjustments in his stance, hips and swing path in 2018 in an effort to eliminate a bat tip and elevate the ball more. The results were tangible. Thaiss hit 16 homers with a .467 slugging percentage in 125 games across Double-A and Triple-A, up from nine homers and a .385 slugging percentage in 2017.
SCOUTING REPORT: Despite a lower walk rate with his power spike, Thaiss still has the best plate discipline in the system. He has a unique ability to control the strike zone and spoil tough pitches, often extending at-bats. He pounces on mistakes and drives the ball up the middle and to his pull side. Thaiss has made huge strides defensively at first base after looking rigid and uncomfortable in his first instructional league. He may never be Gold Glover, but his range, hands, ability to pick balls in the dirt and turn the 3-1 play have improved to make him an average defender.
THE FUTURE: Thaiss is finally beginning to show the kind of power that warranted a switch to first base, though he projects more as a contributor than a star. He’s in line to make his big league debut in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Buttrey was one of two relief prospects the Angels acquired from the Red Sox for second baseman Ian Kinsler on July 30, and the big righthander reached the big leagues for the first time on Aug. 16 after seven seasons in the minors. Within three weeks, Buttrey was closing games for the Angels and touching 100 mph.
SCOUTING REPORT: The physically imposing, 6-foot-6 Buttrey comes down at hitters with power stuff from a high three-quarters arm slot. His fastball averages 96 mph and touches 100, and he mixes in a sharp swing-and-miss slider in the low 80s and a mid-80s changeup. His fastball tends to straighten out and become more hittable when elevated, but he’s been able to generate ground balls with his changeup, which he throws with good arm speed and at times looks like a splitter. Control problems forced Buttrey to move from the rotation to the bullpen in the minors, but he’s figured out his delivery in relief and shows average control.
THE FUTURE: Buttrey will open 2019 in the Angels’ bullpen. He has a chance to stake his claim as their closer of the future.
TRACK RECORD: The Angels signed Soriano for just $70,000 in 2016 and quickly watched him grow into one of their top pitching prospects. After starring at the Rookie levels, Soriano began 2018 in extended spring training before reporting to low Class A Burlington in June, where he held opponents to a .217 average and one homer in 14 starts. He also struggled with his control, recording 35 walks and 42 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.
SCOUTING REPORT: As Soriano adds strength to his wiry frame and more consistency to his delivery, there is still room for projection on a fastball that sits 94-96 mph. Though the pitch doesn’t have a ton of movement, it has late life and induces a fair amount of ground balls. Soriano has always flashed a plus low-80s curveball, and he is developing a mid-80s changeup he grew more confident in last season. Soriano grew about three inches after signing and is still figuring out his newly long limbs. As he adds muscle and strength, he should improve the timing and mechanics of his delivery.
THE FUTURE: Soriano has a chance to grow into a hard-throwing starter as he matures. He’ll move to high Class A Inland Empire in 2019.
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