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  1. 1. Jo Adell | OF
    Jo Adell
    Born: Apr 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS--Louisville, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Burden.

    BA Grade: 70. Risk: Medium
    Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 70. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    Track Record: Adell missed most of April and May because of hamstring and ankle injuries he suffered on a bizarre baserunning mishap in spring training, but that did little to slow his ascent. The 10th overall pick in 2017, Adell slashed .289/.359/.475 with 10 homers, 27 doubles, 36 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 76 games across three levels, though his strikeouts (94) were a bit high and his walks (30) were a little low. Adell did most of his damage at Double-A Mobile and starred in the Futures Game before cooling at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he struggled adjusting to a higher level of pitching. Adell rebounded with a standout showing in the Arizona Fall League and spent November playing for Team USA at the qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympics. Facing almost exclusively older competition, Adell led all players in hits and tied for the tournament lead in home runs.

    Scouting Report: Adell’s physical tools are plentiful. He is a broad-shouldered, dynamic athlete with high-end power, excellent bat speed and quick hands that allow him to drive the ball to all fields and get to high pitches. Adell has always destroyed fastballs and made an effort to avoid chasing breaking balls out of the zone last season. That hurt him when he first got to Salt Lake, where his passivity caused him to miss good pitches to hit, but he found the balance at the end of the season to round into form. There is maturity and a purpose in Adell’s preparation and approach, and he is intelligent enough to make the adjustments necessary to hit the pitches he can handle and lay off the pitches he can’t. The sum of his skills and approach should annually produce 30-plus home runs, with a plenty-high batting average to go with it. Adell’s plus speed may not translate to double-digit stolen bases, but it benefits him going first to third and second to home. Adell made big strides defensively last season, improving his jumps and reads off the bat, and he must continue to hone those skills. His plus arm is good enough to play all three outfield spots.

    The Future: With Mike Trout entrenched in center field for the Angels, Adell started more games in right field (34) than center (23) last season. He also started 15 games in left field and looked comfortable at both corners. Scouting director Matt Swanson described Adell as “a potential franchise player” the night the Angels drafted him. He has done little to dispel that notion and should take over as the Angels’ right fielder in 2020.
  2. 2. Brandon Marsh | OF
    Brandon Marsh
    Born: Dec 18, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS--Buford, Ga., 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Todd Hogan.

    BA Grade: 60. Risk: High
    Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

    Track Record: Marsh did not impress scouts in the early part of last season. Batting from a crouched position, he slashed at pitches, his hands were not in position to get the barrel to the zone on time and he did not drive the ball with much authority. A midseason adjustment to stand more upright in the box helped free Marsh up, and he proceeded to hit .306 with a .829 OPS from July on at Double-A Mobile. He wrapped his year up by batting .328/.387/.522 in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Once Marsh got comfortable with his new stance, his swing path improved and his bat stayed through the zone longer, allowing him to use his strength and generate more loft. His understanding of how opponents are pitching him continues to grow, and his improved pull-side power in the second half of last season fueled even more optimism about his offensive future. Marsh is an elite athlete with plus defensive instincts in center field, plus speed and route-running abilities and a strong, accurate arm. He also impressed coaches with his leadership and ability to battle through nagging injuries.

    The Future: Marsh has the skills to be an everyday outfielder at the highest level. He’ll move to Triple-A in 2020.
  3. 3. Jordyn Adams | OF
    Jordyn Adams
    Born: Oct 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted: HS--Cary, N.C., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris McAlphin.

    BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High
    Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Run: 80. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

    Track Record: The 17th overall pick in 2018, Adams turned down a chance to play baseball and football at North Carolina and signed for an over-slot $4.1 million bonus. He showed elite athleticism but raw baseball skills in his first full season, though he held his own at low Class A Burlington and managed to touch high Class A Inland Empire as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Adams is an elite runner with excellent bat speed and wiry strength. He makes contact and hit for more power after he reinstituted the modified leg kick he used in high school last July, though he is still working on his swing path to more consistently impact the ball. Adams has a mature feel for the strike zone and rarely chases offspeed pitches, leaving him more advanced than many other raw athletes of his ilk. Adams’ 80-grade speed allows him to outrun some of his mistakes in center field. He is working on his pre-pitch routine and learning how to read balls off the bat, get better jumps and run cleaner routes.

    The Future: Adams has the speed to lead off and wreak havoc on the basepaths. He also has room to add 20 pounds to his frame and grow into a middle-of-the-order bat. His hitting development will be key to watch at Inland Empire in 2020.
  4. 4. Jeremiah Jackson | SS
    Jeremiah Jackson
    Born: Mar 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted: HS--Mobile, Ala., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: J.T. Zink.

    BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme
    Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

    Track Record: Jackson emerged as the top prep prospect in Alabama in the 2018 draft and signed with the Angels for $1.194 million after they made him the 57th overall pick. After racing up to Rookie-level Orem in his pro debut, Jackson returned to the Owlz in 2019 and hit 23 home runs to tie the Pioneer League single-season record. That power, however, came with a concerning 33 percent strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Jackson has eye-popping power for his skinny, 6-foot frame. He generates plus bat speed with an old-school flick of the wrist and should hit even more homers as he matures physically, though he’s already driving balls out of the park to the opposite field. Jackson swings at strikes but often sells out for power and misses pitches in the zone, an issue he will have to correct in order to make enough contact against upper-level pitching. Jackson has the athletic actions for shortstop and improved his angles to the ball and throwing accuracy in 2019, two issues that previously hampered him. He also started 20 games at second base and made significant strides there as well.

    The Future: Jackson is a high-risk prospect whose future depends on his ability to cut down on his strikeouts. If he can, he has huge upside as a power-hitting middle infielder.
  5. 5. Chris Rodriguez | RHP
    Chris Rodriguez
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted: HS--Miami, 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ralph Reyes.

    BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme
    Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.

    Track Record: After sitting out the entire 2018 season with a stress reaction in his back, Rodriguez came out firing in 2019 with 13 strikeouts over 9.1 scoreless innings at high Class A Inland Empire. But his back flared up again in late April, and he had season-ending surgery to repair the stress fracture once and for all.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez flashed pure stuff in his brief return that rivaled anyone in the California League. He throws a four-seam fastball that averages 94 mph and touches 97 with late movement, and his two-seam fastball operates in the mid-90s with heavy sink and late life in on righthanded hitters. Rodriguez’s best secondary pitches are a nasty, plus slider that averages 89 mph and an upper-80s changeup with screwball-like fading action. His big overhand curveball is more of a show-me pitch in the low 80s he flips in on occasion. He throws everything for strikes and earns high marks for his above-average command of such a vast repertoire. Angels officials rave about his competitive nature on the mound.

    The Future: Two lost seasons have stunted Rodriguez’s growth, but not his potential. Strength and conditioning will clearly be a focus in 2020, but if Rodriguez can stay healthy, he has the stuff, command and makeup to blossom into a front-of-the-rotation starter.
  6. 6. Patrick Sandoval | LHP
    Patrick Sandoval
    Born: Oct 18, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Drafted: HS--Mission Viejo, Calif., 2015 (11th round).
    Signed By: Brad Budzinksi (Astros).

    BA Grade: 45. Risk: Medium
    Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 45.

    Track Record: Sandoval grew up 20 minutes south of Anaheim in Mission Viejo and was committed to Southern California before the Astros picked him in the 11th round in 2015. The Angels acquired him from Houston for Martin Maldonado during a breakout 2018 season, and Sandoval vaulted from Double-A to the majors last year.

    Scouting Report: Sandoval has grown into his body and now sits 93-96 mph on his fastball, compared to 88-94 only a year ago. He has good feel for an upper-70s curveball and upper-80s slider, but his best pitch is a plus mid-80s changeup he throws with great arm speed and deception in any count. The pitch, which he throws to lefties and righties, does not have exceptional vertical movement or much fading action, but it seems to pop a parachute as it approaches the plate. Big leaguers hit just .196 against it with a swinging strike rate of 25 percent. Sandoval’s high-effort, up-tempo delivery makes him difficult for hitters to pick up, but also results in fringy control. He is a fierce competitor who had a few mound meltdowns when innings got away from him at Triple-A Salt Lake, but he did a better job controlling those emotions in the big leagues.

    The Future: . Sandoval is ready to assume an Angels rotation spot in 2020. He projects as a solid No. 4 starter.
  7. 7. Jose Soriano | RHP
    Jose Soriano
    Born: Oct 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 168
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Domingo Garcia/Alfredo Ulloa.

    BA Grade: 50. Risk: High
    Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

    Track Record: Soriano weighed about 170 pounds when he signed for $70,000 in 2016, but he gradually added weight and now looks more like an NFL wide receiver than a marathon runner. With added size and strength has come increased velocity and durability. After struggling at low Class A Burlington in 2018, Soriano repeated the level in 2019 and dominated.

    Scouting Report: Soriano has the perfect pitcher’s body: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, athletic with long and loose limbs. He has an easy, rhythmic delivery that is repeatable and does not put much stress on his arm. After previously sitting in the low 90s, Soriano averaged 96 mph on his four-seam fastball and touched 100 in 2019. He backs up his heater with a plus, high-spin curveball with 11-to-5 shape and low 80s velocity. His firm changeup sits around 90 mph but still has enough separation from his fastball to get swings and misses. Soriano currently struggles with walks, but evaluators believe he will have average control in time as he grows into his still-developing body.

    The Future: Soriano will begin 2020 at high Class A Inland Empire. As he continues to mature physically and improve the timing and mechanics of his delivery, he has a chance to develop into a hard-throwing, mid-rotation starter.
  8. 8. Arol Vera
    Arol Vera
    Born: Sep 12, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Drafted: Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Marion Urdaneta/Andres Garcia/Joel Chicarelli.

    BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme
    Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Run: 45. Fielding: 50, Arm: 55.

    Track Record: Few players better illustrate the Angels’ quest to accrue athletic middle infielders and their renewed commitment to Latin America than Vera, a switch-hitter who signed for $2 million as a 16-year-old last July and then participated in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Vera has an advanced understanding of the strike zone and has shown good bat-to-ball skills from both sides of the plate. He works counts and rarely swings at pitches outside the zone. Vera has grown taller and gotten stronger over the past year, making him a more physical player who’s starting to hit the ball over the fence with the projection to grow into plus power. He has played some third base and could eventually move to the corner, but he’ll be given the chance to develop at shortstop. Lean and athletic, Vera has good range, quick hands, a strong arm and an ability to throw from all angles. He will need to improve his first-step quickness to become a no-doubt shortstop. He is a fringe-average runner.

    The Future: Vera, who played in Venezuela’s developmental Parallel League, has impressed scouts with his makeup and work ethic and will likely spend his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League.
  9. 9. Hector Yan | LHP
    Hector Yan
    Born: Apr 26, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: D. Garcia/A. Ulloa.

    BA Grade: 50. Risk: High
    Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

    Track Record: After signing for $80,000 in 2015 and spending the next three years in Rookie ball, Yan made his full-season debut in 2019 at low Class A Burlington and did not disappoint. He finished second in the Midwest League with 148 strikeouts, the most in the Angels system, and limited opponents to a .190 average while flashing premium stuff from the left side.

    Scouting Report: Yan weighed 180 pounds when he signed but has gradually added weight, strength and velocity. After previously sitting in the low 90s, his fastball averaged 94 mph and reached 98 in 2019. Yan’s velocity is only part of the equation. He has a funky, low three-quarters arm slot, cross-body delivery that has perplexed pitching coaches and coordinators, who debate whether to straighten him up or leave him alone. Yan’s above-average splitter plays like a slider with late depth to give him a second weapon, and he also has a low-80s breaking ball with excellent depth and an average mid-80s changeup with late fade. Yan’s control is fringy because of his delivery, but he throws enough strikes to be effective.

    The Future: Yan has the repertoire to pitch in the middle of a rotation if he improves his control. If not, he has the stuff to pitch high-leverage relief.
  10. 10. Kyren Paris | SS
    Kyren Paris
    Born: Nov 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted: Drafted: HS—Oakley, Calif., 2019 (2nd round)
    Signed By: Brian Tripp.

    BA Grade: 50. Risk: Extreme
    Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    Track Record: Paris played his entire senior season at 17 and held his own to emerge as a top draft prospect in the spring. The Angels drafted him in the second round, No. 55 overall, and gave him an above-slot $1.4 million bonus to forgo a California commitment. Paris broke his hamate bone during batting practice just before the start of the Rookie-level Arizona League season and was limited to three games in his pro debut.

    Scouting Report: Paris has a sound righthanded swing and a line-drive approach that allows him to drive the ball with authority to the opposite field. He has quick hands and good timing and possesses a natural feel to hit. Paris hit two homers in 91 high school games, but his burgeoning power seems to show up whenever he plays with a wood bat. With his bat speed and wiry strength, he could develop 15-home run power as he matures. Paris has quick-twitch actions and plus range for the infield, and he carries himself with a lot of confidence at shortstop. He should stick at the position with his above-average speed and arm.

    The Future: Paris is a high-end athlete who could end up as a starting middle infielder if he adds strength. He’ll be just 18 years old the entire 2020 season and has a long way to go.

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