All due respect to Tony Danza and Danny Glover, those Angels should’ve been in the front office. Aside from the happy accident of winning the Shohei sweepstakes and landing a generational player in Mike Trout, L.A. of A’s developmental system hasn’t generated much proof of life. Or happiness. Where’s young Joseph Gordon-Levitt and forever-old Christopher Lloyd when you need them? 

By the way, quick trivia question: Which of these actors appears in the film Angels in the Outfield

A) Matthew McConaughey 

B) Adrian Brody

C) Dermot Mulroney 

Cue the Jeopardy jam. (RIP Alex)

(Pause for effect.)

I hope you like trick questions because all three of these guys were in the movie! What a film! Can we get going on a sequel already?

Might as well take a look at the Angels in the farm system while we wait.

 

Format: Position Player | Age on 4/1/2022 | Highest level played | ETA

1. LHP Reid Detmers | 22 | MLB | 2021

The book on Detmers is out in paperback: he’s a plus command pitcher with a double-plus curveball whose fastball will cause him some home run problems anytime he’s not hitting his spots. I suspect his pro success will come down to his willingness to lean into his slider and/or find some kind of cut for his fastball. Even without any significant gains, he’s an excellent real-life prospect who should be almost as good in the fantasy game. Here’s a link to Grey’s redraft write-up: Reid Detmers, 2022 Fantasy Outlook.

 

2. 3B Brendon Davis | 24 | AAA | 2022

Davis is 6’4” 185 lb right-handed hitter with the defensive chops to stick on the left side of a big league infield. He was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school in 2015 (5th round) and traded (with others) to the Rangers for Yu Darvish, who lost him a couple years later in the minor league phase of 2020’s rule 5 draft. Probably understatement to say he’s fallen off the prospect map, given that he’s not even among the Angels’ top 30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline, which just has to be a temporary oversight. No way you’d ignore a plus-pedigree bat slashing .333/409/.641 across 31 AAA games after playing his way up through A+ and AA in the same season. He turned 24 mid-season (July 28), so he wasn’t old for either upper level, and as I mentioned, he’s a solid defender with six-plus seasons of professional infield reps, eight if you want to count 2020 and his draft year. He’s blocked at 3B as long as Anthony Rendon can take the field, but he’s talented enough to bounce around a bit, and Joe Maddon’s never met a guy he won’t move all over the diamond. As a weird little bonus for draft-and-hold or deep dynasty formats, Davis enters the season with 2B, SS and 3B eligibility at Fantrax. I suspect I’ll have him rostered in every league except my ten-teamers at some point this year.

 

3. SS Kyren Paris | 20 | A+ | 2024

Season two of Emily in Paris dropped last week on Netflix, and Kyren (no relation) binged straight through and finished it before midnight on release day. That’s the kind of professionalism and dedication we’re getting here. That and plus defense in a young-for-level bat with good speed and big upside. These types can be slow burns as they grow into their strength and add power, but anticipation can make life worth living. At least that’s what Kyren told me a couple weeks ago as he awaited the new season.

 

4. RHP Sam Bachman | 22 | A+ | 2023

The club’s first-round pick in 2021 (9th overall), Bachman stands 6’1” 235 lbs and features two double-plus offerings in his fastball and slider. He was dominant during his junior year at Miami of Ohio, striking out 93 batters and allowing just 29 hits and 17 walks in 59.2 innings. He was good at High-A, too, where the club sent him for five abbreviated outings (14.1 innings) after the draft. Can’t take anything much away from that, but his 1.186 WHIP is impressive to me for a guy jumping the bottom rung of pro ball on the back of a college season. Full disclosure, I did not think a reliever-risky, short-ish, right handed college pitcher was a great use of a top ten pick on draft night, and I still don’t. The club should’ve just taken the windfall profit represented by Kahlil Watson and brought some juice into their system. I doubt they seriously considered it, as their approach to the draft seems a bit more NFL-esque than is typical. Can’t say for sure they’re motivated by the hope of plugging near-term gaps in the plan, but that makes a certain amount of sense given their current big league roster. Still odd to me that they passed on Watson given how well he fits in with their organizational preference for high-end athletes.

 

5. OF Izzy Wilson | 24 | AA | 2022

First thing’s first, Wilson wasn’t protected from the Rule 5 draft, so he could be on a different team with a big league chance a few months from now, or we could still be waiting for the lockout to end, or Wilson could slide through the Rule 5 so he can remain an Angel and hope to someday get his wings.

Second thing’s second even though this should be first: Wilson hit 21 HR and stole 25 bases in 83 games at an age-appropriate level, so I’m a little surprised he doesn’t get just a sliver more shine from the prospect solar system. I realize he struck out 30.4 percent of the time, but one thing you find watching a lot of minor league baseball is that most lineups don’t have a guy like Wilson, and if they do, it’s one, and I’m not even thinking of the speed aspect. The 35-ish homer pace thing alone makes him unique among baseball players, let alone among solid defensive outfielders with plus speed. Maybe he’s not an everyday player, but this team has had success with left handed power hitters, and I’m buying Wilson in deep leagues at his current price of free, but it’s safe to monitor from a distance in 15-team set-ups. Maybe even twenties. He’s one of the weaker #5 prospects around the org reports this year. Can probably flip him all the way down below tenth if ranking based solely on perceived value around the dynasty game.

 

6. SS Denzer Guzman | 18 | DSL | 2026

Cool name, intriguing profile. Guzman is a 6’1” 180 lb righty who signed for $2 million during the most recent international signing period. He features solid contact skills and an advanced approach for his age. In 44 games in the DSL, his BB/K rate was 12.2%/14.6%. His slash line wasn’t good (.213/.311/.362), but the plate skills matter more at this age. His next two years will tell us a whole lot more than those first couple months in the DSL.

 

7. OF Jordyn Adams | 22 | A+ | 2023

A physical freak worthy of his surname, Adams is a 6’2” 180 lb righty who could’ve played football or basketball at a D1 school if that had been his preference. He might someday wish he had. All the non-hitting parts come easily to Adams, but he struck out 37.8 percent of the time and produced a .217/.290/.310 slash line across 71 games. Did he get any better throughout the year? No, Internal Optimist. He got worse. Have you learned nothing? (PS I’m glad you haven’t; please continue cracking open little windows of false hope.)

 

8. SS Arol Vera | 19 | A | 2025

My dad recently retired and moved out of a for-work condo and back into his weekend/long-term/paid-off house. He had accumulated approximately 17,000 aloe vera plants over the 15-ish years he worked out of that condo/office. My wife and I now have about half of these plants strewn throughout the house. It’s an almost-cactus jungle. Or a jungle of almost plants. No offense to the aloe vera but it’s weird, man. You don’t think about it until it surrounds you, perhaps, but what’s going on here? We haven’t watered these things in months. They don’t seem to care at all. I know they do. They have to care, in their own plant way. They’re suffocating. Or being dry-boarded. Or maybe not. What the hell do I know about a plant’s life. Can’t believe there’s not a Pixar movie to walk me through it.

Anywho, Vera’s going to have to be tough to thrive in this system. Borderline regenerative. Can’t even count on getting the basics like occasional water. I’m kidding. My wife is probably watering them. And they get plenty of sun because the solar system and windows are doing all the work there. Can the Angels find an angel to maybe occasionally water their minor league system? Survey says don’t hold your breath. Sorry, I’m just sidetracked as a state of being over here. Vera looks fine so far. Medicine for a scorched system. He slashed .317/.384/.469 with 0 HR in 38 games in the complex league then .280/.344/.280 in 19 games in Low-A. Easy to see he needs some power, which time itself will add before we even factor in the full-time focus of a professional athlete with professional coaching and training. Interesting guy here. Good time to buy in late/cheap in deep leagues where time isn’t your primary opponent. 

 

9. OF Alexander Ramirez | 19 | A | 2025

2021 was a tale of two seasons for Alexander Ramirez. Well, two months really. For 35 games in the complex site, Ramirez looked like a future fixture in an outfield corner, slashing, .276/.396/.512 with 5 HR and 3 SB but 50 strikeouts (32.5 percent). As you might imagine, the swing-and-miss caught up with him in real games at Low-A, where he struck out 42 percent of the time and slashed .083/.185/.111 across 19 games. Yipes. I think that’s the worst line I’ve seen this year. Also meh. He was 18 years old playing three weeks against college graduates. At 6’2” 180 lbs with plus athleticism and double-plus raw power, Ramirez has enough topside that he’d remain on this list through at least one more poor season. I mean look at Jordyn Adams. He’s still here, and people still trade for him in dynasty leagues. Ramirez doesn’t have the first-round-pick cushion that Adams does, but he was a big-money international signing, and anyway why are we talking about how long he’ll stay here even if he can’t hit spin or velocity? Let’s go back to that hope thing and just see how it plays out.

 

10. RHP Davis Daniel | 24 | AAA | 2022

Daniel popped as I crawled through the process, watching a few games at every level the week I’m working a particular system. Daniel doesn’t ace the eye test–won’t grab you by the sockets–but he looks more like a big leaguer than just about any non-Detmers in the system, and I think we’ll see the 6’1” 190 lb command and control guy pitching meaningful innings in LA of A at some point this year. His mix of three above average pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) was way too much for High-A and Double-A hitters (0.99 WHIP and 1.00 WHIP at those levels), so Daniel didn’t face much resistance until AAA, where his 10.29 ERA in 21 innings might keep him well under most radars.

Thanks for reading!

I’m @thepropsectitch on Twitter.

37 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
goodfold2
goodfold2
7 months ago

now through pick 3.5 (my 5th, but from this point on it’s only the 5th, the supplementals are done after round 2)

1.5: watson (easy)
1.35: elly dela cruz
2.5 c.morris (as per mentioned you were very high on, so probably could’ve waited)

2.33: b.chandler SP/SS PIT (you had 11th at PIT but i’m assuming that ETA related, dude seems great and only reason he wasn’t drafted here earlier was he wanted large signing bonus then fell to the 3rd from that in real life; all the other guys listed top 30 at PL’s 1st year list went earlier, some a lot earlier. also i already went with ETA related c.morris for pitchers)

3.5: k.howell (you had 6th at MIL, but right behind g.mitchell and all of mitchell and above made the sept top 100, obv some hit tool worry, but sounds like he might play some of MI/CI/OF and has the power/speed down)

Ben W
Ben W
7 months ago

If Jo Adell was still on the list. Would be your number 1? What’s his 2022 outlook for you?

Ben W
Ben W
Reply to  The Itch
6 months ago

???. Let’s roll!

TC
TC
7 months ago

Kelenic and Torkelson for Luis Robert and Jazz?
Forever keeper. Standard 5×5 roto

Sport
Sport
7 months ago

Great work as always. These dry systems surely have to be the hardest to write about and I thank you for that.

I drafted Bachman in one our FYP drafts back in August. Starting Pitching has higher valued in this 12 team league considering there is no limits on games started or innings pitched. So after I got Frelick and Harry Ford in the first two rounds I took Madden in 3 and Bachman in 4. I thought I had seen some buzz on Bachman lately but you don’t sound too inspired by him. Just too little sample size after 14 innings? I thought the upside with him was suppose to be his ETA but it still looks like 2023 so I’m not sure I should keep him.

Guys like Hoglund, Chase Petty, Strider, Battenfield and Jake Eder are available (if I should drop Bachman) but I may end up just going with more bats like I generally do. Bats would include Vaughn Grissom, Andy Pages, Pasquinto, Jhonkensy Noel, and Dustin Harris.

So my question or questions.
You like Bachman enough to keep him?
Any names jump out at you to add over Bachman?
What starting pitchers in the 21 FYP class, besides Leiter and Jobe, you like most?

Sport
Sport
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

That makes perfect sense and I’m really glad to hear it. It’s an active league where I even traded Brennan Davis in a package for Harper! OBP too. But going hitters and trading for pitchers does make more sense considering the risk with SP prospects.

My other SP are DL Hall, George Kirby, Cole Winn, Eury Perez, and M. Abel. I wonder if I can trade anything in a package they seem to all be name worthy.

Coolwhip
7 months ago

Also this list is depressing

Coolwhip
7 months ago

I think what Detmers needs to do is take the Joe Musgrove approach. His offspeed pitches are so strong he needs to disguise the fastball in them and mirror the breakers off each other. So if he could spend time on a 2-seamer or cutter I think he could make the same leap Joe did.

JB
JB
7 months ago

Itch:

Thanks for all the off season reads!

10 team Dynasty: Keep 25
6×6 QS over wins
6×6 OBP over ave

I just put Fried on the trade block: What are your thoughts on him coming off a decent season? Age 27/28

I have a good staff: Scherzer, J Urias, Bieber, Burnes, Manoah, Houck, and Lodolo(minors)

Already offered Conforto…..meh

Offered A Rendon/J Luzardo……thoughts on this one?

Would you move him for K Bryant?

Thanks!

JB
JB
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

The 6th cat is DT….doubles/tripes

I agree….We start a 3rd and a Corner infield, so Rendon does help. The injuries and age.

Same manager has Patino, like him better than Luzardo?

Problem with taking 2 back is I have to make sure they would make my 25 man cut. I have about 3 spots left…… would you keep Luzardo over these guys…… N Lopez, A Toro, K Hiura, G Hampson, L Garcia(washington), C Blackmon, A Santander, V Robles
(give me 3 keepers from that list)

Grey
Admin
7 months ago

Glad to hear your dad retired, shame you now live in an aloe vera jungle

Grey
Admin
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

My grandfather was an insurance adjuster too…I tell people it was like he was a detective

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 months ago

wait, is that like the dude from memento, who was def an insurance detective.

goo
goo
7 months ago

that 30 teamer draft is into the supplemental 1st rounders, pick 34 up now, i’m up in 2 picks. i got k.watson at 5th (seems more balanced all tools (all with upside) than say miranda, thought eddys or e.perez would be around now at 35th but aren’t)

– these first year drafted real life guys went: mayer (1, and this owner traded a haul for this pick), lawler (2), leiter (3), h.davis (4), house (6), c.mont (7), jobe (9), cowser (10), painter (11), b-mont (12), mcgreevy (15), h.ford (16), frelick (17), bachman (21), mclain (22), j.allen (24), madden (29), g.williams (30), bednar (31), j.merrill (33), hoglund (34)

– these movers: e.perez (13), miranda (14), j.noel (19), wiemer (20), mead (23), j.wood (24), m.brash (26, him i figured would’ve been drafted last year, those RP about to probably start that might be very good usually are)

– these internationals (signed or not, if not signed by start of MLB this year season, the pick becomes worthless, but near duplicate pick given back next year): suzuki (8), r.arias (18), c.vaquero (27), colas (picked last year too, wasted then, 32)

now we are through 34/198 picks to be made (17%), still 11 left in your sept top 100 (obv out of date now, but should have some relevance), then about 3 per for the 27/30 teams finished. my picks are 1.5 (k.watson), supplemental 1st round 3rd/35th overall, 47th, 75th, 83rd, 113th, 143rd, 173rd.

1. was about to go pitcher here as i’m always thin there (and bowlan was my last year highest drafted guy so he’ll be behind a year+ now), 3/11 of your the remaining top 100 sept are pitchers, will be back to ask to see how a few might be ranked overall, but don’t want to get pickpocketed by leaguemates (of which i suspect 1-2 might be in here doing that judging from past years). but elly de la cruz (4th at CIN, a powerful system) along with PL actually being close to you on him (5th at CIN with a 50 overall, along with a 55/60 power/speed grade) and your comments about him had me putting a big up arrow on him. a few of the 1st rounders still not drafted along with guys you have on lists left. i’m guessing elly didn’t make your sept top 100 from ETA stuff (2024 ETA on CIN’s team by you). you did have him behind j.allen, who you specifically said would be happy to take around 30th overall in 1st year drafts. d.castillo/m.fraizer did make your top 100 in sept (83rd) but are now behind rudolfo at PIT (who i added in leagues not close to this deep during season), seems less upsidey than elly de la cruz.

2. where you ranking k.rocker, roughly, he made PL’s (hard to trust much of that site, they have guys ranked at least somewhat more from the “real baseball value” and with some pretty big names (some on your sept top 100) have literally no player blurbs on them) obv some worry he won’t sign and he’d be wasted pick for this year. i won’t be picking him right here from that of course nor at my soon to be next pick.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goo
7 months ago

in 1, sorry, elly is ahead of the j.allen you said you’d be happy with at 30th (made no sense backwards).

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
7 months ago

then later in the COL section said j.allen at 9th in 1st year was doable, which helps elly even more.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

j.allen went 25th, i forgot to mention above. i went elly at 35th and c.morris just now at 47th/2.5. battenfield had just gone. some other pitchers in your top 7’s or so out there, some of them 1st rounders real life still or close. cusick, wicks, chandler, mozzicato, ashcraft. j.walker/butto NYM, reiver sanmartin, strider all out there.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

during and possibly later (have d.ellis and diplan in active slots, both could be put back down later, could switch if paredes brought up or others) of this draft i’ll need somewhere in the 3-5 drop range of these guys:

def do not drop group i’d think:
– CI: mayo, padlo (also could call up), vientos, k.smith (TOR), paredes (MI), a.tejeda (ex TEX, now STL),
– MI: n.gonz, elly dela cruz, k.watson, r.preciado, bracho, w.perez (DET)
– OF: b.bailey (WSOX), b.packard, pages, cozens (on MIL now), g.whitley (ex TB also on MIL now), t.ornelas
– SP: bowlan, m.thompson (WSOX), c.morris, m.sauer, kochanowicz, c.rodriguez (SP/RP LAA), n.swiney, j.soriano (PIT, ex LAA)

possible drops:
CI: lavalley, b.denton (STL), w.craig,
MI: a.rondon (ex TB),
OF: c.brannen (BOS), v.garcia (STL), p.gonzalez (ex TEX), victor to the 2nd mesa
P: kilome, j.guzman (of the stanton trade), a.smith (ex SD)

Philip
Philip
7 months ago

Not a very inspired system, is it? Whatever. If I hate anything it might as well be this schmucky team.

Where are you at on Skubal these days? As I ponder my possible moves I’m starting to look at him as a trade chip. His stat cast is pretty blue, but his results show promise. Should I hold on for the long run unless I get bowled over? Or is he a toss-in if needed?

Thanks Itch!

kcc26
kcc26
7 months ago

adrian brody!!!

kcc26
kcc26
Reply to  kcc26
7 months ago

haha…didn’t read the whole thing! oh man now I sort of remember mcconaughey. fun times

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 months ago

The Itch!!!!!

Awesome!!!!

a. I concur 100% on your assessment of the LAA farm system and scouting team. Read the BA Handbook from 2018. Their #30 prospect from that handbook? Torii Hunter Jr!!! From the same top 30…..

5. Marsh
13. Jose Suarez
19. Taylor Ward
27. David Fletcher

So, yeah not great since Shohei.

b. Aloe vera rifles our balcony. Our balcony faces the east but the wall is 4 feet high so they don’t too get too much sunshine.

c. Thanks for the Paris, s02 update. We watched though my wife doesn’t the American jokes.

d. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for January 5, 2022

‘Oprah Winfrey broke down and cried this week, admitting she had once smoked crack cocaine. Personally, I don’t know why she was crying. Some people never get to smoke crack cocaine.’

e. Marx Brothers quote of the day for January 5, 2022

‘Don’t look now, but there’s one too many in this room and I think it’s you.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  The Itch
7 months ago

The Itch!!

a. Fortunately for me too. I got to smoke hash and weed in the 80s, that was the height of my drug usage. There was coke and and the beginnings of heroine and meth use so I was glad I escaped that.

b. lol on the Marsh+Adell v. Sandoval + Suarez paradigm!!! Are they still paying for Pujol’s contract?

c. No idea on what they need. I think little to no sunlight and water only every third day or so.

d. Forgot to mention HAHAHA! on the Jordyn blurb. He reminds us a lot of MJ’s swing and miss from his glory days in AA Birmingham.

Cheers,
Ante