Los Angeles Angels 2014 Top 15 Prospects

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September 13, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles starting pitcher Nick Maronde (63) pitches in the ninth inning Angels against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

#5

Mike Morin- RHP
Date of Birth: May 5, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’4′ 218 lbs
Acquired: Thirteenth Round, 2012 Draft

2013 Stats: 
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA LAA 3 3 .500 1.93 56 0 39 0 0 23 70.0 56 16 15 4 10 0 76 3 0 3 268 0.943 7.2 0.5 1.3 9.8 7.60
2013 22 Inland Empire CALL A+ LAA 3 1 .750 1.85 30 0 24 0 0 13 39.0 30 9 8 2 5 0 43 1 0 0 145 0.897 6.9 0.5 1.2 9.9 8.60
2013 22 Arkansas TL AA LAA 0 2 .000 2.03 26 0 15 0 0 10 31.0 26 7 7 2 5 0 33 2 0 3 123 1.000 7.5 0.6 1.5 9.6 6.60
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Generated 12/30/2013.


Analysis: 
With a cumulative ERA of 4.12, the 2013 Angels Bullpen was the fifth worst in all of baseball. Double-A closer Mike Morin is hoping to change that. Armed with a sinking low-90’s fastball and a plus changeup, Morin dominated the minors last season, pitching to a 1.93 ERA and striking out 9.8 batters per nine over 70 innings. More impressive was his command – a rare quality in a reliever – as he walked little over a batter per inning.

2014 Prognosis: Morin will probably start next season in Triple-A but barring abrupt injury or complete ineffectiveness,  will be in the majors no later than this summer.

#4

Hunter Green- RHP
Date of Birth: July 12, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’4′ 175 lbs
Acquired: Second Round, 2013 Draft

2013 Stats: 
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 17 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 0 1 .000 4.32 8 7 0 0 0 0 16.2 16 14 8 0 16 0 11 1 0 3 81 1.920 8.6 0.0 8.6 5.9 0.69
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Analysis: 
Only seventeen when he was drafted several months ago, Green is years away from the majors, but he has more upside than most anyone in this farm system. His fastball currently touches 95 and could eventually sit there as he fills out. While his curve and changeup are not much to speak of yet, they are developing and both have the potential to be above average offerings. His numbers in rookie ball in 2013 aren’t particularly impressive – his 8.6 BB/9 is actually almost disconcerting – but those stats can be largely discounted as it was his first taste of professional baseball and the sample size was rather small.

2014 Prognosis: The Angels would be wise to take things slow with their talented young starter and keep him in the half-season Appalachian league next year.

#3

Mark Sappington- RHP
Date of Birth: July 12, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’4′ 175 lbs
Acquired: Second Round, 2013 Draft

2013 Stats: 
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA LAA 12 5 .706 3.45 27 27 0 0 0 0 156.1 126 62 60 11 82 0 136 7 0 12 663 1.330 7.3 0.6 4.7 7.8 1.66
2013 22 Inland Empire CALL A+ LAA 11 4 .733 3.38 22 22 0 0 0 0 130.2 103 51 49 10 62 0 110 5 0 11 542 1.263 7.1 0.7 4.3 7.6 1.77
2013 22 Arkansas TL AA LAA 1 1 .500 3.86 5 5 0 0 0 0 25.2 23 11 11 1 20 0 26 2 0 1 121 1.675 8.1 0.4 7.0 9.1 1.30
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Generated 12/30/2013.


Analysis: 
Considering Sappington had scarcely pitched against elite competition in college and was subsequently rawer than most draft picks his age, his statistics in 2013 were rather encouraging. He had a 3.38 ERA before being promoted to Double-A and he missed more than enough bats – 7.8 SO/9 – to succeed as a groundball pitcher. With an above average sinker and slider and a potentially average changeup, Sappington’s success will depend upon his command. With a 4.3 BB/9 in High-A and a 7.0 BB/9 in Double-A, his control is not quite there yet.

2014 Prognosis: Sapping showed flashes in his brief stint in Double-A last season, and he’ll return there for 2014. Untill he wrests control of his pitches, that is where he’ll remain.

#2

Taylor Lindsey-  2B
Date of Birth: December 2, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’0′ 195 lbs
Acquired: First Round (37th overall), 2010 Draft

2013 Stats: 
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2013 21 Arkansas TL AA LAA 134 567 508 68 139 22 6 17 56 4 4 48 91 .274 .339 .441 .780 224 4 4 3 3 3
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Analysis: 
Although nothing ever came of it, the Angels shopped second baseman Howie Kendrick for quite some time last summer and early this offseason, and Lindsey is one of the major reasons why. Similar to Kendrick, Lindsey excels at nothing but does everything to some degree of success. He can spray the ball across the field, hitting .274 last year and .289 the year prior, he has moderate power, knocking out 17 home runs in 2013, at 8.5%, his walk rate is almost exactly league average, and he’s an adequate defender at second.

2014 Prognosis: Lindsey will play next season Triple-A, and could see major league time if GM Jerry Dipoto ever trades Kendrick.

#1

Kaleb Cowart – 3B
Date of Birth: June 2, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’2′ 195 lbs
Acquired: First round (18th overall), 2010 draft

2013 Stats: 

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2013 21 Arkansas TL AA LAA 132 546 498 48 110 20 1 6 42 14 5 38 124 .221 .279 .301 .580 150 11 3 4 3 0
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Generated 12/30/2013.


Analysis: 
Coming into the 2013 season, Cowart was the lone bright spot in an otherwise blighted farm system. Then, in tune with the negative atmosphere of the entire Angels’ prospect ranks, he completely fell apart in 2013. Compared with 2012, his home run total fell by 10, his average from by 55 points, his OBP by 79 points, his slugging percentage by 151 points, and his OPS by 230 points. He can still play an above-average third base and his immense bat speed still gives scouts hope that he can be a middle of the order type hitter, but his 2013 was more than alarming.

2014 Prognosis: Cowart will return to Double-A where he’ll have a chance to rebuild his stock, but a another season like 2013 would take him completely off the map.

 

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