Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (30) | 2013 (30) | 2012 (18) | 2011 (15) | 2010 (26)

2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [98-64] AL West
AAA: [60-84] Pacific Coast League – Salt Lake
AA: [75-65] Texas League – Arkansas
A+: [62-78] California League – Inland Empire
A: [68-71] Midwest League – Burlington

Graduated Prospects
C.J. Cron, 1B | Cory Rasmus, RHP | Mike Morin, RHP | Matt Shoemaker, RHP

The Gist
The Angels checked in at #30 in Baseball America’s organizational rankings for the second year in a row. A win now approach has left the farm in poor shape, and it got worse this past season when the organization sent Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, and Jose Rondon to San Diego in exchange for Huston Street. What’s left is a pitching heavy top ten and very few impact prospects for fantasy purposes.

Top Ten Fantasy Prospects

1. Sean Newcomb, LHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2017

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
0 1 6.14 6 6 0 14.2 16 10 10 2 3.7 11.0 .286

The 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Newcomb slots right in as the Angels’ number one prospect. The 21-year-old is a big lefty with a low to mid-90s fastball and a good slider. Obviously his first season was limited in terms of innings pitched, but his final outing of 2014 gives us an idea of what his upside might look like. He struck out ten batters with no walks allowed in four innings of work. Newcomb also throws a changeup and curve although they don’t currently grade as high as his other two pitches. The southpaw has the potential to be a front end starter in the majors and is a welcome first round talent for an otherwise weak system.

2. Cam Bedrosian, RHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
2 1 2.00 43 0 18 45.0 16 11 10 1 3.6 16.4 .109

Bedrosian settled back into his reliever role in 2013 and really flourished there in 2014. He moved through three levels of the minors and struck out 82 batters in 45 innings before earning a promotion to the big club in August. Unfortunately, the success didn’t continue with the Angels as he was knocked around for 14 earned runs in just over 19 innings. Still, he managed more than a strikeout per inning in that time and he appears to be the heir apparent to the Angels’ closer gig.

3. Ricardo Sanchez, LHP | Age: 17 | ETA: 2018

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
2 2 3.49 12 9 0 38.2 40 22 15 0 5.1 10.0 .258

At just 17 years old, Sanchez already has a good fastball and curveball and is working on developing a better feel for pitching. The Angels saw potential here when they signed him for $580K in 2013. He’s only listed at 5’11” 170 lb. right now, but the Venezuelan southpaw won’t turn 18 until April. He was one of the youngest players in the AZL and held his own with 43 strikeouts in 38.2 innings. The walks are a work in progress and he still has a long way to go developmentally, but there’s about as much upside here as any arm in the system. UPDATE: Traded to Atlanta

4. Jairo Diaz, RHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
4 4 3.43 56 0 15 64.2 61 26 25 4 2.9 11.7 .246

If Cam Bedrosian doesn’t end up with the closer gig, the Angels might just want to give Diaz a look in that role. He hits triple digits with his fastball and has increased his strikeout rates each of the past three years (6.6, 7.8, 11.7). Even more impressive was his control this season – his walk rate stayed under three per nine in both High A and Double A. Diaz got a cup of coffee this past September, striking out eight in 5.2 major league innings. He should be making appearances in the late innings in 2015 and could be a valuable commodity as a high strikeout reliever. UPDATE: Traded to Colorado

5. Victor Alcantara, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2017

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
7 6 3.81 27 20 1 125.1 98 57 53 6 4.3 8.4 .219

It’s possible that Alcantara ends up in the bullpen when it’s all said and done, but the Angels will continue to work him as a starter for now. He has a fastball that touches the upper 90s and a good slider and changeup, but I haven’t found a report on him yet that doesn’t mention his wonky delivery. There’s still time to iron out the kinks at just 21 years old, and his numbers improved across the board after a disappointing 2013. He’s one to watch in 2015 as he has some of the best stuff in the Angels’ system.

6. Kody Eaves, 2B | Age: 21 | ETA: 2017

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
587 74 147 37 7 10 44 4.9% 24.0% 25 10 .268 .308 .415

Time for a hitting prospect. Eaves looks like he can stick at second and offers a combination of power and speed that would be valuable from a fantasy middle infielder. He’s still only 21 and has time to improve on the ten homers he hit this year in the Midwest League. The strikeouts are a concern but at this stage of the game it’s not going to raise too many eyebrows. Next year he should see time in the High-A California League and we’ll have a much better idea of his power potential in what will be just his second full season.

7. Natanael Delgado, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2017

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
162 23 46 8 4 3 21 3.1% 21.0% 4 0 .301 .333 .464

Delgado might be my favorite prospect on this list. He skipped straight to the AZL at 17 years old and held his own in the Pioneer League at 18 before a concussion ended his season. He has already shown an ability to square up fastballs and there’s power in the bat that should surface more as he continues to mature. Delgado is one to watch as he enters his first full season in the Midwest League. If he polishes his approach and continues to develop power, he could be ranking near the top of the Angels’ system by year’s end.

8. Alex Yarbrough, 2B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
592 66 154 38 4 5 72 5.6% 20.9% 6 6 .283 .319 .395

Another second base prospect, Yarbrough is more polished than Eaves but lacks the power/speed upside. The switch-hitter won the 2014 Texas League MVP after leading the league in both hits and doubles. Unlike Eaves, he might not have the defensive ability to stick at second base and his hit tool is his bread and butter. That means he’ll be a useful piece for the Angels in real life, but not necessarily what you want in fantasy.

9. Nate Smith, LHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
5 3 2.60 21 21 0 142 98 47 41 6 3.2 8.0 .210

Smith might not have the high velos and high ceilings as some of the other names on this list, but the 23-year-old lefty has shown good control in the minors and might be the safest to project as a useful starter. He throws a fastball, curve, and changeup and can command all three pitches. He’ll likely start back in Double-A next season to add some more polish.

10. Hunter Green, LHP | Age: 19 | ETA: 2018  *did not pitch in 2014*

It was hard to decide where to put Green on this list. On one hand he’s a lefty with great stuff and tons of potential. On the other hand, he lost a full year of development to a back injury. Even at 19, it’s tough to lose that much time. Green had put on some weight but then lost it all after the injury. He has a good fastball and curve and that’s what keeps him in the conversation, but the bottom line is he needs to get more healthy innings under his belt.

Angels Previews: 2014 | 2013

AL Top 10 Prospects Index

  1. English says:
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    Wow. How shallow does a farm system have to be to have 3 relievers in the top 5? This shallow obviously.

    I’m a fan of Bedrosian but he’s not breaking top 10 for most clubs.

    Nice write up though Mike. Are you the prospect guy now or are you a placeholder? For what it’s worth I like your prospect stuff so hoping you’ve got the full time gig.

    That Angels farm though! Nasty.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup, not a strong system. Most of these guys don’t crack other teams’ top tens. Couple years of no first round picks, not aggressive on int’l players, and trades like Street have made an impact.

      Very pitching heavy in general, and I’m aggressive here with Diaz. Likely all three of the players that left in the Street deal would have made this list. Then there’s a guy like Cowart, who dropped out after a second lousy year.

      Thanks English. Yup, I’ll be doing prospect write-ups until the crew tells me otherwise. Haha, we’re going in reverse order of the org. rankings from 2014, so the next farm isn’t much prettier…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: “Yup, I’ll be doing prospect write-ups until the crew tells me otherwise. Haha, we’re going in reverse order of the org. rankings from 2014, so the next farm isn’t much prettier…”

        Oh jesus… wake me up when January rolls around haha.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          there’s a few goodies in every system

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: yeah cowart fell, wasn’t that dude 1st 2 years ago in some lists?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, and he’s still in the top 10 a lot of places (although falling). there’s talk of him going back to the mound if he can’t figure it out. if that happens, he lost two years trying to make the hitting work.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Mike!

    Thank you for this in-depth write-up! Is Bedrosian related to ‘The Bedrock’ the ex-SD Padre reliever?

    Otherwise, trying to stay under the radar in Lebanon. Not wearing any fancy clothes or shoes and just trying to fit in with the locals as much as possible to avoid any potential ‘kidnapping’ situations. Wearing my Timberland shoes that I paid 300 $ for 20 years ago.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! He’s Steve Bedrosian’s son. He won a Cy Young with the Phils in the late 80s. Played for a few different teams. Cam was the 1st round pick for the Angels back in 2010.

      Be safe!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Mike: Yes, of course your Phils! I was wrong in thinking the Padres, in my mind it was always SF but it came out the Padres. So Cam has a pedigree! Good to know.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha, yup no problem

        • Noah says:
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          @Ante GALIC: I think Bedrock was a closer then starter for the Braves before he went to the Phils. I remember the Giant’s trading for him for the 1989 WS run like it was yesterday: they gave up Charlie Hayes, Dennis Cook and the great Terry Mullholland to get him. I think Mullholland and Cook both pitched into their 40s.

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Ante GALIC: What are you doing in Lebanon Ante?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ante GALIC: wouldn’t $300 dollar shoes count as “fancy”. if not just how much are fancy shoes? $1200?

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    this is actually better than previous writer as i think the blurbs are longer and come with stats. nice on both counts. are you indexing them from worst to first?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! If I sniff anything close to the great job that Scott did here I will be thrilled…

      Glad the 2014 stats are a positive addition. Yes, we’re going backwards from 30-1 based on Baseball America’s 2014 org. rankings.

  4. Count de monetball says:
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    Good work Mike! Is there any chance you can link last year’s farm system write up with this year’s? It’s always interesting to read the previos years minor league info after reading the current year for a given team To give perspective.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Mike: Ty, Mike! Only Morin, CJ Cron (both graduates) and Green at #10 are left from last year’s top 10. That’s not a very good track record. This is really insightful information. Much obliged!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Count de monetball: that is a good idea since we can’t just go backwards on Mike’s posts the way it was easy to do when all the prospect posts were the same guy.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    Yeah the Angels suck with their talent…see Garrett Richards usage last year…See Patrick Corbin last year…See Jean Segura last year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not sure I follow…those are good players, no?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: they traded the good ones a way in very risky deals and Richards looked good last year and they kept throwing him out of the pen while spot starting him. Then complaining they had no SP.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ah, I gotcha. When you said last year I thought you were talking about 2014.

  6. Russ says:
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    Does Grant Green not qualify as a prospect anymore? Or does he just not crack the top ten for their system?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lost rookie status in 2013 according to B-Ref

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    Best trade of the year? Sending Billy the kid and Dahl FOR Rendon and Gausman AND Pineda in an OBP league at the start of the season. Now have a $0 Rendon who I can tie down long term for minimal cost. The hype was mad on Billy coming into the year and he just about lived up to it, but I used that hype to get some other good young players, mainly Rendon who noone was really huge on back then. Sell the hype, buy the no hype baby!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And the prospect write-ups look great (love the stats inclusions too). Too bad about the talent though haha, can’t wait for the new year to roll around then we can get onto the big ones.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        thanks! lots of good prospects to talk about

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: only place to get info on super deep guys, very helpful in deep dynasties, esp one that i’m in our prospect maximums go up to 25 this offseason in 30 man league.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice…those leagues are a lot of fun. Gives us a chance to take on lottery ticket guys like Delgado and other teenagers.

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