The Angels are a funny team. Not the ha-ha kind of funny. More like the “that’s funny, I could have sworn I turned the stove off…why does my house smell like burning?” kind of funny. It’s like they made this weird deal with the devil where they got to draft the best player in the universe twenty spots after Matt Hobgood (edit: HobWELL) and in return they aren’t allowed to do anything in the playoffs. But good news everyone! The farm system is looking a lot better. When I left Razzball to bottle bathtub gin in 2016 this system was a dumpster fire. And the dumpster was full of tires. And the tires were full of cat hair. Flash forward to 2019 and there are several fantasy-relevant options. Friends…let’s pretend heaven exists and peep the 2019 Angels prospects.

Grade A

1. Jo Adell, OF | Age: 19 | ETA: 2021
Adell will be the guy from this club that ends up on the top hundred lists, and he could even break the top 25 on some of them. He’s the power/speed combo we all jones for as fantasy players. The bulk of his at-bats came in the Cal league (238), where he slugged .546. He also got a look in Double-A, and as is customary for specs who get pushed early, his average dipped and his strikeout percentage ballooned to over 30%. With time to bake at the higher levels, Adell should continue to adjust. Patience is a virtue. And you’ll need it both with Adell and with the next guy on our list…

2. Kevin Maitan, SS/3B | Age: 18 | ETA: 2022
Putting Maitan in this tier might catch a little flack, but it wasn’t too long ago that he was the hot girl at the bar. The term “bad body” gets thrown around. As a 37 year old who drinks 72 ounces of Coors Light a day to stay hydrated and uses Cheetos dust as a dietary supplement, I just can’t judge the boy. He’s young…and his 2018 season with the Angels was much better than previous seasons with the Braves. Unless he starts to plummet down the defensive spectrum, I think Maitan is going to remain a great upside play for those who are willing to wait him out.


Grade B

3. Jahmai Jones, 2B/OF | Age: 21 | ETA: 2019
Jones is a great athlete who split time between High-A and Double-A in 2018. His ability to play middle infield and outfield brings value in fantasy, and his plus wheels (he’s a former wideout) and hit tool should keep him relevant even if the power doesn’t come along. The floor looks like a utility guy with the ceiling somewhere around an OF3. If you’re going to consider anybody on this list for redraft leagues, Jones is the clear favorite.

4. Brandon Marsh, OF | Age: 20 | ETA: 2020
Right behind Jones in both ETA and ranking, we have another former two-sport outfielder. He held his own in the Cal league with ten homers and 14 steals, and if he can adjust in the higher levels it’ll be fantasy goodness. He’s got a tick more power than Jones but also a tick less speed. True story time. I flew out to one of his games and sat right behind him to get a good look. I kept yelling “Brandon Marsh? More like Brandon DARSH!” but he never even flinched. So that’s like 80 makeup.

5. Jordyn Adams, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2022
Sensing a trend? Adams is a toolsy former wideout drafted 17th overall in 2018. His double-plus speed will work as SAGNOF at the very least. It’s a wait-and-see approach like Maitan, but Adams could vault into the top tier pretty quickly after we’ve seen a full season from him. He’s the best lottery ticket in this tier in terms of overall upside.

6. Luis Rengifo, SS | Age: 21 | ETA: 2020
Rengifo can hit from both sides and he can basically play anywhere on the field. There’s also just enough power to make him really interesting if he sticks in the middle infield. He’ll probably get written off as a super-utility player, but he has a disciplined approach (75 walks, 75 strikeouts across three levels). Oh, and he swiped 41 bags this year to go along with seven homers and a .299 batting average. I know you’re not supposed to scout stat lines…but damn!

7. Jose Suarez, LHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2020
Most lists will likely have Suarez behind Canning, and I don’t think it really matters which one you own since they’re both mid-rotation types. I’m just partial to the guy who reached the same minor league level with essentially the same arsenal and stats and is two years younger. I also think lefties are a lot cooler than righties because they smear their pencil lead all over the GD place and don’t GAF.

8. Griffin Canning, RHP | Age: 22 | ETA: 2019
If this wasn’t a fantasy-centric list Canning would probably rank higher. He’s a college arm and kissed Triple-A already. Triple-A didn’t exactly kiss back though (5.49 ERA), so I doubt he’s going to be running away with a rotation slot in the spring. Like Suarez, he has four better-than-average offerings with decent control and strikeout potential – thanks in part to a plus change. It’s a mid-rotation profile with some injury history so I’m not exactly falling all over myself to scoop him up.


Grade C

9. Michael Hermosillo, OF | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
Basically a carbon copy of the three outfielders in the ‘B’ tier, Hermosillo is just older and more likely to end up as a fourth outfielder. Nothing wrong with that as a depth piece in dynasty leagues, given that he spent all of 2018 in Triple-A. He’s cooked and ready to serve.

10. Jordan Zimmerman, 3B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
If you’re looking for that under-the-radar type that might still be available even in the deeper formats, Zimmerman could be the guy. Right, he’s not really on any lists. Right, he was a 23 year old in High-A. But something seemed to click for him in the second half and it won’t cost you much to find out if it’s real.


2019 Index

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Mike!!

    Great LAA report. As hard as that was to read as a fantasy baller, I can only half imagine how difficult it was to get up to write that stuff. So thanks a lot for that. Doesn’t look very rosy for Anaheim at all. Poor Trout. They should trade him to Philadelphia, he would bring them a WS ring for sure.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Dave D says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      But they are “trying to sign him to a long term deal” and “make him an Angel for life”! Mike wants and deserves the chance to win a ring and that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon in Anaheim. This fine write-up just backs up all that everyone but the most convoluted Angels fan already knows. Everything about the Angels organization other than Trout is mediocre.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hey, Dave D, the student in Sciosciapathology, you ever get paid by NFBC?

        • Ante Galic says:
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          @Grey: Grey!

          What’s up? So Houston vs Milwaukee in the WS, just what the media wanted!! LA losing would effectively get Roberts fired, works for you right? Even if LA was up 3-2 going to Milwaukee I’d still like the Brewers to win the NL pennant!

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            LA and Milwaukee, for sure, going 7 games… And at this point, I don’t know if they’ll decide it by the time 7 is up… May have to go to 9

            • Ante Galic says:
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              @Grey: Grey!!!

              Are you following the bizarre death/murder/dismembering of the Saudi journalist at the Saudi embassy in Ankara? This has to be Netflix 2019 10 part series, hands down. Just need the script but the facts as they are coming through are gruesome!!

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Totally! It took a Coen Bros, black comedy turn when they said something like, “We were just asking him questions for 36 hours straight when he suddenly died.” The ol’ torture accidental death

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Ante. Yes let’s make it happen! He’ll be close to home.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Mike: Mike!

        Yeah, I know. He’d be closer to home too which would be better for him too. Two birds with one stone!

        I think the Phils still have a good team, at least some very good pieces that could win a WS. They’d need a miracle season from Hoskins and maybe one more good left-handed bat. Maybe Roman Quinn can put an injury-free season together and take the fantasy world and baseball world by storm and go like 130/10/50/.290/60. What do you think?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Ante Galic says:
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          @Ante Galic: Mike!

          Sorry, I thought you wrote he’d be closer to me too. I know you don’t have bromances like Grey does, still for a fleeting moment I thought you did. So to wrap up, Trout would be close to home (what you wrote), Trout would be close to you (what I thought you wrote), and let’s make it happen Phils WS2020!

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            No worries…you’ve almost got the whole Seals & Crofts song in that comment.

            • Ante Galic says:
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              @Mike: Mike!

              Love Seals and Croft so appreciate the comment.

              Cheers,
              Ante

  2. sh says:
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    Mike,

    A dynasty question for you. It is a head to head 20 team league.Roster size, dosen’t matter as long as I am under the cap. SP is a real Preimum, and people want alot for it. I have a offer, another owner wants my Eloy Jimenez, M.Owings and C.Welker for Carlos Martinez. My SP mainly consists of back end of the rotation SP. I also have Robles,Brinson, Acuna, Benintendi and Margot, with Calhoun, and Hoskins. What do you think of the deal?

    Any insight would be great

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold out for a better arm. You’re stacked on offense and there is still plenty of offseason left.

      • sh says:
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        @Mike:

        What would be an acceptable arm in your mind?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          If you’re moving your big chips around I’d want somebody who’s a reliable ace to anchor the staff. I’m not sure CMart is that guy, and if you can’t get better, I’d rather roll that offense out there and take my chances with the lesser arms. That’s just me though…I don’t make moves in the early offseason unless I’m blown away.

          • SH says:
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            @Mike:

            Great point Mike, the top SP are all spread out among the 20 teams, where you could win with a stud offense.

            Looking forward to your future posts. Keep up the good work, and welcome back

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Thanks SH

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Nice write up Mike!
    Good to have you back.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks MP. Good to be back.

  4. Anthony says:
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    Adell is more than a top 25. He should be top 10 on most lists.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice

  5. Sean says:
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    Nobody else has done it so I’ll go ahead… that Maitan take is incompetent. Sorry.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No worries…but that’s a broad brush, no? I don’t see how my advising patience with a talented young player who’s changed organizations and gained a bit of weight demonstrates incompetence on my part.

  6. Dave Wittenauer says:
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    Not even a sniff for Matt Thaiss? He seemed to have developed more power last year (even if it was PCL) and has always had decent discipline.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nothing wrong with him…B/C fringe to me

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Maybe that’s a waste of Angels, I don’t know

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I feel like that’s a reference to something I’m missing

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Paul Simon! You don’t listen? Damn, Mike, now I’m sad

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          oh wow…WHOOOOOSH

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, I thought you were down with boomer rock!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha I am sort of…I’m all over the place.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

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