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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-year-old 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. 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 441 plate appearances 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 slow-played Canning in 2017, keeping him in Arizona to work on strength and conditioning after he threw 119 innings over 17 starts 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.
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 didn't require surgery but sidelined him. After flashing five-tool potential as one of the best players 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 in high school, Adams was committed to play both baseball and football in college at North Carolina, where his father was the defensive line coach for the football team. 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 of high school, 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 a 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.
Track Record: Jackson established himself as the top prep prosect in Alabama for the 2018 draft and signed with the Angels for $1.194 million. He performed so well in a 21-game stint in the Rookie-level Arizona League after signing that he was promoted to Orem as one of youngest players in the Pioneer League. Jackson looked a little overmatched at that level, but still posted an .805 OPS with 27 extra-base hits in 43 games in his pro debut. Scouting Report: Jackson is an offensive-oriented middle infielder with a strong, athletic frame, easy, loose hands and plus bat speed, a combination that gives him eye-popping power for his size. He's still lanky, but he has a chance for 20-plus home runs as he matures physically. The Angels changed his swing pre-pitch, trying to get him lower in his stance so he can improve his bat path and barrel up the ball more consistently, with the hope he can be an average hitter. He is an above-average runner. Jackson's range and arm strength are good enough to stick at shortstop, but his low three-quarters arm slot causes some of his throws to sail. He also needs to improve his footwork. The Future: Jackson's combination of athleticism, instincts and aptitude excites the Angels. Whether he sticks at short or moves to second base, he has the bat to profile at both. He'll begin his first full season at low Class A Burlington in 2019.
Track Record: Sandoval jumped on the national radar with a 42-inning scoreless streak at the Class A levels last summer, and the Angels acquired him for catcher Martin Maldonado in July. Sandoval finished the year eighth in the minors with a 2.06 ERA. Scouting Report: Sandoval's fastball ranges from 88-94 mph and he can dial it up and down as needed. He has good feel for an average mid-70s curve and low 80s slider, but his signature pitch is a plus 80-mph changeup he throws with great arm speed. Sandoval's high-effort, up-tempo delivery, which matches his energetic makeup, needs a little polish, but he still has average control. The Future: With four pitches and polish, Sandoval projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter and could also be a good multi-inning reliever. He will likely start 2019 back at Double-A and could be in Triple-A by the All-Star break.
Track Record: Knowles made huge strides in 2018 and was one of the organization's biggest risers. A solid stint in the Arizona League earned Knowles a promotion to the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where the 17-year-old was one of the top hitters in the league (.949 OPS) in the 28 games he was there. Scouting Report: Knowles was so raw in 2017 that the Angels had to teach him how to take a professional batting practice. His bat-to-ball skills improved dramatically in 2018, when he learned how to square the ball up consistently. Knowles has plus speed, a solid arm and plus defensive instincts in center field. He has a clean, compact, quiet swing from both sides of the plate with gap-to-gap power. His power should increase as he gets bigger and stronger, but Knowles projects more as a leadoff-type with his speed and contact skills. A fearless, hard-nosed approach in the field and at the plate has served Knowles well. The Future: If Knowles improves as rapidly in the next two years as he did in 2018, he could develop into a high-end prospect. He'll see full-season ball as an 18-year-old in 2019.
Track Record: Walsh played both ways in college at Georgia but was drafted by the Angels strictly as a position player. He transformed in 2018 into to a dangerous slugger. He rose from high Class A all the way to Triple-A, finishing tied for the system lead in doubles (34) and home runs (29). The Angels also began experimenting with him on the mound, and the lefthander posted a 1.59 ERA in eight appearances. Scouting Report: Walsh leveled out the uppercut in his swing and produced a more consistent bat path through the zone, adjustments that transformed him into one of the organization's best power-hitting prospects. Walsh now turns around good velocity with plus lefthanded power to all fields. Walsh still swings at pitches he shouldn't and projects as an average hitter at best, but that's enough with his power. Defensively, Walsh is a smooth defender with plus hands and instincts, a strong arm and excellent footwork around the bag at first base. He's a below-average runner and still raw in the outfield. The Future: Walsh gives the Angels something they need as a lefthanded-power bat, and his ability to mop up on the mound at the end of blowouts gives him another edge. He'll start 2019 back in Triple-A and has a chance to make his big league debut during the season.
Track Record: Rodriguez flashed tantalizing stuff at low Class A Burlington in 2017, but a stress reaction in his lower back suffered in spring training ultimately confined him to the Angels' Arizona training complex all of last season. In the end, the Angels decided it would be best for Rodriguez to focus on his rehabilitation instead of pitching for an affiliate. Scouting Report: Rodriguez has power stuff and a varied arsenal. He has a lively four-seam fastball that averages 95 mph, a sinking two-seam fastball that runs in to righthanded hitters, a changeup with screwball-like fading action at 83-86 mph, a big 80-mph overhand curve and a firm 86-mph slider with a distinctly different break than his curve. He throws all his pitches for strikes, although he can catch to much of the plate and be hittable. The Future: A year without pitching competitively stunted Rodriguez's growth, but the Angels still remain high on him because of his vast repertoire and competitiveness. Rodriguez is still only 20, and if he pitches in full-season ball in 2019, he will remain on a solid developmental track.
Track Record: Aquino, who signed for $100,000 as a 17-year-old in 2016, had Tommy John surgery last February and did not pitch in 2018, but he attacked his rehabilitation and nutrition programs with such vigor that he added 25-30 pounds to his lanky frame. Armed with exciting stuff to begin with, Aquino now stands 6-foot-6, 215-pounds with a frame one Angles official likened to a wide receiver. Scouting Report: Aquino's fastball sat at 93-95 mph and touched 96 mph in the Dominican Summer League in 2017, the last time he saw game action, and has a chance to be more now that he's added weight and strength. He complements his heater with a low-80s power curve that has a real downer action. Before suffering his elbow injury, Aquino worked on a changeup that is now a functional third pitch. Aquino is extremely coordinated for his size and has a clean, simple, repeatable delivery. The Future: Aquino is not expected to pitch until sometime around the All-Star break, and the Angels will closely monitor his innings and pitch counts as he rebuilds arm strength. Aquino has the potential to be the best of the Angels' collection of young Latin American arms.
Track Record: Kruger bounced around during his college career before finishing at Mississippi State, hwere he won the 2016 Southeastern Conference title. Kruger was invited to big league spring training after his first full season and took off in 2018, and finishing tied for second in the system in batting (.299) Scouting Report: Kruger has all the intangibles you want in a catcher, with an advanced understanding of the game and a good rapport with his pitchers. He's very athletic, is a good receiver and he blocks pitches well. The one caveat is his below-average arm strength. Kruger is a relatively accurate thrower, but he needs to improve his quickness, transfer, release and overall strength. Offensively, Kruger has good bat-to-ball skills and a good awareness of the strike zone. He has an advanced plan at the plate and drives the ball up the middle and to the gaps with authority. He's an above-average runner. The Future: The ability to hit and call a good game can expedite a catcher's journey to a big league team, but unless Kruger can throw well enough to keep runners honest, he's going to have a hard time cracking an everyday role. He'll try to improve his arm at Triple-A in 2019.
Track Record: A gradual four-year rise through the system culminated with Hermosillo's first big league callup last May, but he looked uncomfortable in four stints with the Angels. He still showed exciting athleticism and improved power at Triple-A, with 12 homers in 68 games, but he was unable to barrel up the ball consistently and swung at too many pitches outside the strike zone in the majors. Scouting Report: The Angels remain high on Hermosillo's athletic ability. A former high school football standout who was committed to Illinois as a running back/defensive back, Hermosillo has explosive speed, a strong arm and good instincts in center field. He has also improved as a base-stealing threat. He made solid contact and showed good plate discipline in his first three minor league seasons, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio dipped as he faced better pitching. Hermosillo added some power in 2018, but his swing has some length to it and some holes that might prevent him from playing every day in the big leagues The Future:. Hermosillo's ability to play all three outfield spots, makes him a safe bet to be part of the outfield rotation in 2019. Whether he can make enough contact will determine if he ever starts.
Track Record: Madero trained with former D-backs scout Miguel Nava as an amateur in Venezuela and signed with Arizona when he was 16. He never got out of short-season ball in four seasons with the D-backs, and they traded him to the Angels for David Hernandez in 2017. In his first full season in the Angels system, Madero jumped from low Class A to high Class A. Scouting Report: Madero worked hard in the weight room to add muscle before last season and the results could be seen in his fastball, which reached 94-95 mph toward the end of 2018 after topping out at 91 mph in 2017. He can throw his breaking ball, which is a more side-to-side slurve than curveball, and his swing-and-miss changeup, which has nice fading action, in any count. He has a smooth, repeatable delivery and takes a big stride off the mound, creating good extension. Madero is polished for his age and has good command. The Angels love his work ethic and are encouraged by the strides he made last year. The Future: Madero's increased velocity now makes him a viable starting pitching prospect. He may see Double-A in 2019.
Track Record: Beasley had a rocky junior season after transferring to Clemson from junior college. He fell to the Angels in the 30th round of the 2017 draft. In his first full season as a pro, beasley returned to form, reaching Double-A and leading the Angels' system with a 2.66 ERA.Scouting Report: Beasley has the mentality and mound demeanor of a bulldog, often grutning and smarling his way through appearances, and he's developing the stuff to match. His fastball sits at 92 mph and touched 95-96 mph. His real weapon is a sharp 83-84 mph splitter that draws comparison's to some of the best splitters in the majors, and he backs it up with a decent slider. Beasley's high-tempo delivery and general arm action has a more reliever look to it, but he holds his stuff and throws strikes with above-average control.The Future:Beasley has been compared to Matt Shoemaker with his fastball-splitter combination and has come to be regarded as a huge sleeper in the Angels system. Even if he stalls as a starter, he attacks hitters with the gusto necessary to be a solid reliever.
Track Record: Maitan's stock has fallen dramatically since the Braves signed him as a 16-year-old, with concerns about his work ethic, poor recognition of secondary pitches, inability to make consistent contact and overall defense to blame. The Angels in Dec. 2017 gave him an additional $2.2 million after he was declared a free agent due to the Braves international bonus scandal. In his first season with his new organization, he committed 18 errors in 21 games at shortstop and 14 errors in 40 games at third base, with his occasionally out-of-whack footwork leading to fielding miscues and inaccurate throws. Scouting Report: Maitan is big-bodied with bad weight, but he's still strong for his age. His thick lower half provides a foundation for plus raw power, and he showed the ability to adjust his offensive approach to get to it. He chased a lot of pitches outside the strike zone early in the season, but lowered his chase rate significantly as the year went on. The switch-hitting Maitan has a righthanded swing that is quick, powerful and direct to the ball, but his lefthanded swing is too long with less bat speed. Maitan no longer has any chance to play shortstop with his size and below-average instincts, but his strong arm and solid hands give him a chance to be an average third baseman in time. The Future: Maitan's end-of-season improvements give reason for hope, but he needs to get in better shape and has a long way to go. He may see low Class A Burlington in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Deveaux represented the Angels’ return to the international market when he signed for $1.2 million out of the Bahamas in 2017. His first season wasn’t particularly productive as he made constant adjustments. The Angels moved him from shortstop to the outfield, and offensively he switched into three or four different stances and was unable to find any semblance of a rhythm at the plate. SCOUTING REPORT: Deveaux, a former sprinter in the Bahamas, is an elite athlete and runner. He has been clocked at 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash, an 80-grade time.He’s still learning to steal bases but has little trouble scoring from first on balls hit to the gaps. Deveaux has the makings of a premier defender in center field, with a solid arm, plus range and plus instincts. The biggest question is his bat. He hunted fastballs early and struggled with offspeed pitches in his debut, but he seemed to find a little more rhythm to his swing in the final two weeks. The Angels sent Deveaux to the Dominican instructional league for a month of work after the season, hoping he would find a comfortable setup and swing that will allow him to recognize pitches better, keep the bat in the zone longer and make more consistent contact. THE FUTURE: It was a rough first season, but the Angels still love Deveaux’s athleticism and the way the ball comes off his bat. He’ll start 2019 in extended spring training.
Track Record: Falling out of playoff contention in 2018 allowed the Angels to get a lengthy look at Jerez, part of the trade that sent Ian Kinsler to Boston. A converted outfielder who is now five years into his pitching career, Jerez showed flashes of the potential that could lead to a matchup reliever role. Scouting Report: Jerez has a heavy four-seam fastball that averaged 95 mph in the big leagues and touches 98 and a sharp slider that averaged 88 mph from the left side. He also has a split-finger fastball that has been effective against righthanders. To take the next step, he must continue to drive his pitches down in the zone consistently and hone his mechanics so his delivery doesn't get out of sync. The Future: Jerez has been dominant at Triple-A, and he has the stuff to pitch in a big league bullpen. Whether he fixes his delivery to throw more strikes will determine how much he pitches there in 2019.
Track Record: Hernandez missed the 2017 season at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi for academic reasons but bounced back to have a strong 2018 season. Hernandez was one of 12 pitchers the Angels drafted and held back from pitching after signing, an approach influenced by the wave of pitching injuries that has plagued the organization over the past three years. Scouting Report: Hernandez has a lively sinking fastball that sits around 92 mph and can run up to 95-96. He pitches across his body, helping to hide the ball from opposing hitters. Hernandez's main secondary is an 80-83 mph slider he has tightened up and throws for strikes, and he has flashed an above-average changeup as well. His up-tempo delivery and quick arm speed seem to match his fiery demeanor on the mound, although some see those traits and think he is best suited in the bullpen long-term. The Future:. Hernandez spent last summer improving his strength and durability. He should reach low Class A Burlington and perhaps high Class A Inland Empire in 2019.
Track Record: The Angels signed Soto, one of the 12 Braves prospects declared free agents by MLB as punishment for the team violating international signing rules, in 2017. Soto is undersized and he has little power potential, but he quickly established himself as one of the best defensive infielders in the system. Scouting Report: Soto has exceptional hand-eye coordination, good bat-to-ball skills and has shown a potential to hit for average. He changed his swing last season, but his flatter path to the ball wasn't as natural and generated no power. Plate discipline is a strength--he had as many walks as strikeouts in 2017. Soto's defensive instincts, along with his fast-twitch actions, good first step, quick hands and transfer, play at shortstop, but his arm is just average. The Future: The Angels won't know what they have in Soto until he matures physically. Most scouts believe he might profile better as a second baseman, but some believe he can stick at shortstop because of his ability to compensate for his arm with good positioning, footwork and body control.He has a chance to see full-season ball in 2019.
Track Record: Signed by the Rockies in 2009 and traded to the Braves for David Hale in Jan. 2015, Briceno joined Andrelton Simmons in the trade to the Angels in Nov. 2015. After quietly ascending as one of the top defensive catchers in the Angels system, Briceno made his big league debut in 2018. Scouting Report: Briceno's defense is his calling card. He presents a strong target, is a willing blocker and shuts down running games. He has above-average arm strength with above-average accuracy, an efficient transfer and clean footwork. The result was 44 percent of attempted basestealers thrown out in his major league debut, compared to the average of 28 percent. Briceno packs impressive raw power to all fields and enough contact ability to get to it. He's a fringe-average hitter who doesn't walk much, but his power plays. The Future: Briceno has all the traits of a defensive-oriented backup who plays in the majors for a long time. He's ready to serve in that role for the Angels in 2019.
Track Record: Jewell's climb through the minors appeared to have a happy ending when he earned his first callup last June. But in his third appearance, he suffered a fractured right fibula covering home on a wild pitch in Fenway Park and had season-ending surgery. Scouting Report: Jewell's stuff played up and he developed more of an attacking mentality after he moved from the rotation to the bullpen last season. He combines a four-seam fastball that touches 97 mph and has a natural cut with a two-seam fastball he throws in the low-90s. He mostly works those two pitches, and occasionally mixes in an average 86-89 mph slider and a fringy changeup. Jewell struggles with a wandering arm slot and as a result has below-average control, but it's less of an issue in relief. The Future: Jewell is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. It's possible he could find his way to the back of a bullpen if he throws more strikes, but he projects more as a middle or long reliever.
Track Record: The Angels drafted three players in 2016-17 from NAIA Vanguard, located 20 minutes south of Angel Stadium. Rojas, a 36th-round pick in 2016 and an Anaheim native, has been the best of them. Rojas was a California League All-Star in his first full season as a pro, then in 2018 hit .304 at Double-A and ascended to Triple-A.Scouting Report: Rojas takes an advanced approach that produces some of the highest quality at-bats in the Angels system on a consistent basis. He has the ability to keep his barrel through the zone for line-drive contact or drop the head on pitches low and inside for long home runs to right. Rojas' best position is third base, but he has enough athleticism to stand in at second base as needed.The Future: Rojas doesn't have anything that will make him a starter in the big leagues, but as a lefthanded hitter who has multi-positional versatility, he may be able to carve out a reserve role
Track Record: Swanda played mostly shortstop in high school and didn't pitch much until about a month before the 2017 draft, but he is beginning to show why the Angels went well over slot to sign him as a pitcher. After he was arrested in the offseason for operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of a fake I.D., Swanda had what the Angels considered a productive 10 starts at Rookie-level Orem. Scouting Report: Swanda's delivery is clean with a good, loose arm action and no glaring mechanical flaws. He throws a fastball between 89-92 mph and has good feel for a changeup and a slurve-like curve that. As a former infielder, he fields his position well. Swanda should gain more fastball velocity with physical maturity and strength and improve as he gains more seasoning on the mound. The Future: The Angels are encouraged by the direction he is heading. He should be able to increase his workload at low Class A Burlington in 2019.
Track Record: Lund spent the entire 2018 season at Double-A Mobile, where he showed a little more power to the pull side, decent plate discipline and improved overall defense, especially in center field. Scouting Report: Though he is a prototypical leadoff hitter with good hands and a good feel for the strike zone, Lund is athletic and strong for his size, which could portend more power. He's an above-average runner with a slightly below-average arm. The Angels worked with Lund defensively on pre-pitch preparation, positioning and thinking about plays before they happen. Lund got better jumps, his route efficiency improved, and he seemed much more aware of his surroundings in the outfield. The Future: Lund could reach the big leagues if he adds some pop, minimizes his tendency to chase pitches and improves defensively in center field, but it will probably be as a reserve. He'll move to Triple-A in 2019 and is in position to see Anaheim at some point during the season.
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