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  1. #1
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    Nov 2007

    Angels Minor League

    Did this so we can keep up on our minor leagues and because other teams had one

    Top 25 Prospects

    1. Nick Adenhart
    Scouting Report: Nick did a fantastic job as a 20-year old at Double-A Arkansas, posting an ERA that was 5th in the league (3.65) despite going through a tough stretch that saw his ERA bloat nearly 2 runs after a month of struggles in late May and into June that eventually landed him on the DL with a sore shoulder. A nice comeback in July (posted a 2.92 ERA), Adenhart's inconsistency and command issues reared its ugly head again as he was pounded in August at the tune of a 5.01 ERA, while hitting 8 batters. He finished 5th in the Texas League in most walks given up (65 walks).
    MLB Player Comparison: Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Roy Halladay

    2. Brandon Wood
    Scouting Report: One has to wonder what totals Wood would have if he didn't get recalled 3 times to the parent club in '07, seeing just 21 sporadic at bats before September. Brandon is a legitimate power hitter that can hit the ball out of any ball park and to all fields, though he did have trouble going the other way, pulling off the ball on the outer half. His extra-bases were down in '07 after leading the minors in two straight seasons, failing also to post a .500 slugging pct. in what is an extreme hitter's league & park in Salt Lake. Wood needs to improve his discipline at the plate as opposing pitchers took advantage of his over-aggressiveness which had him fanning once every 3.6 at bats. Though he did match his breakout season in '05 in his walk-strikeout ratio (.38).
    MLB Comparison: Troy Glaus, Cal Ripken

    3. Hank Conger
    Scouting Report: Conger battled injuries that have slowed his development, suffering a broken hamate bone in his right hand in his pro debut, sapping his power in '07, followed by missing 6 weeks mid-season with a lower back problem, followed by a hamstring injury entering fall ball. Be that as it may, the Angels have themselves a legitimate switch-hitting power threat from the catching position, which is a rare find.
    MLB Player Comparison: Ted Simmons, Thurman Munson, Jorge Posada

    4. Sean O'Sullivan
    Scouting Report: The Angels were pleased with O'Sullivan's 2007 in so much that they tabbed him as their minor league pitcher of the ear. O'Sullivan had a microscopic ERA of 2.22 in the Midwest League, winning his second ERA title in consecutive seasons' (2.14 ERA in Rookie Ball in '06). Despite being one of the youngest hurlers in the league, O'Sullivan looks like a veteran on the hill as he pounds the strike zone with a low 90's sinker, a slider with heavy action and a changeup that projects to be an above average pitch. His fastball is usually in the 91-93 MPH range, but he commands it very well on both sides of the plate. Sean's 6-1, 220 pound frame will need to be kept in check as he'll need to work hard at staying in shape so that can continue to go deep into games and avoid injuries, which he has been able to do thus far.
    MLB Player Comparison: Fausto Carmona, Derek Lowe

    5. Jordan Walden
    Scouting Report: The Angels much like they did with Adenhart and on a lesser extend with 3rd round draft-and-follow O'Sullivan, got a steal in Jordan Walden who slipped to the 12th round as a draft-and-follow pick by the Angels for $1 million. Tabbed by Baseball America in January of 2006 as the best high school prospect in the nation entering the draft, his velocity dropped into the 87-89 MPH range as did questions surrounding his signability, so the Angels signed Jordan a day before being eligible to go back into the 2007 draft.
    MLB Player Comparison: Brad Penny, Josh Beckett

    6. Matt Sweeney Injured

    MLB Player Comparison: Robin Ventura

    7. Peter Bourjos

    MLB Player Comparison: Torii Hunter, Alex Rios

    8. Nick Green

    MLB Player Comparison: Freddy Garcia, Brad Radke

    9. Chris Pettit

    MLB Player Comparison: Aaron Rowand

    10. Terry Evans

    MLB Player Comparison: Reggie Sanders, Mike Cameron

    11. Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Player Comparison: Aaron Rowand, Jose Guillen (minus the-tude)

    12. Brok Butcher

    MLB Player Comparison: Aaron Cook, Jon Garland

    13. Jeremy Moore

    MLB Player Comparison: Corey Patterson, Steve Finley

    14. Hainley Statia

    MLB Player Comparison: Adam Everett, Omar Vizquel

    15. Mason Tobin

    MLB Player Comparison: Kevin Brown, Fausto Carmona

    16. Mark Trumbo

    MLB Player Comparison: Richie Sexson, Troy Glaus

    17. Robert Fish

    MLB Player Comparison: Sid Fernandez, Wilson Alvarez

    18. Rich Thompson

    MLB Player Comparison: Tom Gordon

    19. Trevor Reckling

    MLB Player Comparison: Barry Zito, David Wells

    20. Jeremy Haynes

    MLB Player Comparison: Jason Jennings, Jake Westbrook

    21. Andrew Romine

    MLB Player Comparison: Yuinesky Betancourt, Jack Wilson

    22. Clayton Fuller

    MLB Player Comparison: Kenny Lofton, Reggie Willits

    23. Michael Anton

    MLB Player Comparison: John Franco, Fernando Valenzuela

    24. Jonathan Bachanov

    MLB Player Comparison: John Lackey

    25. Bobby Wilson

    MLB Player Comparison: Paul LoDuca

    Who's Hot

    1. The Orem Owlz, the Entire Team
    Past 10 Games: 9-1 Record
    Overall: 19-5 Second Half Record, Division Winners in the 1st Half

    In a season that saw Tom Kotchman earn his 1500th managerial win, the Orem Owlz are dominating their league. They find ways to win each and every game. There are many potential stars on this team, and many potential Top-50 prospects here.

    Some names to note:


    Castillo, Angel, RF, 289/347/539 with 13 HRs, 46 runs and 43 RBIs
    Giovanatto, Donato, DH, 312/384/488 with 8 HRs, 39 runs and 31 RBIs
    Jimenez, Luis, 3B, 318/352/628 with 14 HRs, 50 runs and 58 RBIs
    Lopez, Roberto, 1B, 401/482/650 with 12 HRs, 63 runs and 58 RBIs
    Perez, Darwin, SS, 290/402/435 with 51 runs and 12 SBs


    Boshers, Jeff, SP (LH), 4-0, 2.66 ERA with 35:19 K:BB in 40.2 IPs
    Kohn, Michael, RP (RH), 2-0, 2.29 ERA with 36:9 K:BB in 19.2 IPs
    Miller, Jayson, SP (LH), 7-2, 2.01 ERA with 61:7 K:BB in 71.2 IPs
    Perez, Jose, SP (RH), 5-2, 4.17 ERA with 77:8 K:BB in 58.1 IPs
    Scholl, Chris, RP (RH), 3-1, 1.82 ERA with 39: 13 K: BB in 39.2 IPs
    Thorne, Jeremy, RP(RH), 0-0, 0.39 ERA with 6 saves and 17 Ks in 23.1 IPs

    2. Brandon Wood, INF, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees
    Past 10 Games: 12/34 (353), 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 5 Runs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB

    For all those who thought that Wood was a failed prospect, they need to revisit him again. In the second half of 2008, he has been a totally different player. He has worked to shorten his swing and has not lost the power. He is striking out substantially less (18:37 BB:K ratio) and has been putting on a major power display. Most likely he should go to winter ball to continue this offensive progress, but, more importantly to define and refine his defensive position. It seems very likely that he will break with the big league camp next year, so, there is the question as to where he will play. However, what no longer seems to be a question is if he is ready to hit in the majors. This second half has clearly answered that question.

    3. Drew Touissant, OF, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
    Past 10 Games: 14/38 (368), 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 HRs, 6 Runs, 14 RBIs

    Another fine showing for Drew. He appears to have mastered the Cal League in almost all respects. He still needs to work on his plate discipline (he had 0 walks compared to 8 SOs in the past 10 games and a 14:96 BB:K rate for the season). However, next year should see him starting in Arkansas. Hopefully he’ll take better to the higher level competition next year than he did this year.

    4. Ryan Mount, 2B, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
    Past 10 Games: 15/45 (333), 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 HRs, 9 Runs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB

    In our top 50 prospect list at the start of the season, we said this about our 28th ranked left-handed hitting infielder: “Ryan has some pop, but profiles to hit more doubles at higher levels, though he may enjoy a breakout season in terms of slugging pct. in the hitting friendly California League. Mount runs well, has average speed and moves well going into the hole, while showing a slightly above average arm. Profiles to be an adequate 2B with a chance to provide some offense along the way. Keep an eye on him in '08 as some project him to breakout.” That still holds true for him today. Ryan is finally posting more of the power that we projected (he’s had 8 dingers in August and 6 in July), so maybe this is the breakout that was projected for him.

    5. Jordan Walden, SP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
    Past 4 Starts: 3-0, 0 Saves, 2.66 ERA, 23.2 IP, 18 H, 9 BB, 22 K, 1.14 WHIP

    After struggling when promoted to the high octane Cal League, Jordan is bringing the heat. When I saw him pitch a few weeks ago, you could tell the ball was popping into the catcher’s mitt with a different sound. His breaking pitch was crisp, and he was setting hitters up well (he had 9 Ks that night in 7 innings). Most likely he will stay as a starter (where he could be front-end material with his 98+ mph heat), but he needs a more dominating third pitch to succeed at the higher levels. However, if he cannot master one, I can see him becoming a very successful closer. Either way, he has ML material.

    6. Gabriel Jacobo, 1B, Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Past 10 Games: 14/38 (333), 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 3 Runs, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs

    With a current 10-game hitting streak in progress, Gabe’s pushing hard to help the Kernels earn a playoff berth. Since his promotion from Orem earlier this year, Gabe’s hitting has remained constant (he had a 327 BA in Orem and has the same overall at Cedar Rapids). Most likely Gabe could start at Rancho next year where he could have a breakout season.

    7. Freddy Sandoval, 3B, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees
    Past 10 Games: 14/42 (333), 5 Doubles, 0 Triple, 1 HR, 7 Runs, 9 RBIs, 0 SBs

    A sleeper prospect if ever there was one, Freddy has a shot to earn a roster spot next year as the backup corner infielder. He has been rather consistent throughout the year. He has good plate discipline (46:72 BB:K ratio) and hits well with runners on (361) and in scoring position (391). He’s a switch hitter and has posted a 316/379/456 vs. lefties and 336/388/540 split. If the Angels decide to forego Quinlan next year, watch for Sandoval to battle it out with Matt Brown to earn the final bench spot. Brown has more power, but Sandoval has better discipline and is less prone to streaks.

    8. Robert Fish, SP, Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Past 4 Games: 2-0, 0 Saves, 1.21 ERA, 25.1 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 20 K, 1.07 WHIP

    Robert has had a Jekyll and Hyde season. He’s been great for month long stretches, such as in April, June and August, and not so great in May and July. In the good months he’s posted a 3.45 ERA. In the bad months, a 7.31 ERA. Robert has been allowing too many walks and too many fly balls (he has a 0.97 GO/AO ratio) to be successful at the higher levels. However, he is young (he’s 20) and a lefty. So, a repeat of the Midwest league may be in order for him with a chance at a promotion to Rancho later next year.

    9. Naldy Calderon, RP, Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Past 4 Games: 2-0, 0 Saves, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 0.55 WHIP

    Drafted in the 10th round of the 2006 draft, this lefty was another Tom Kotchman find out of Lake City Florida Junior College. His command has improved from last year where he posted a 27:19 K:BB ratio. He’s mostly a fly-ball pitcher (he has a 0.97 GO/AO ratio). We should get a better chance to see him next year at Rancho where he will be challenged by many of the ballparks. Hopefully he will be able to succeed there with such a high fly-ball ratio.

    10. Peter Bourjos, OF, Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
    Past 10 Games: 15/45 (333), 5 Doubles, 1 HRs, 7 Runs, 4 RBIs

    It’s been a while since Peter has cracked the Top 10 Hot Prospect List. He has been struggling and bounced around in the lineup of late. Of concern is his lack of patience at the plate (when I saw him he was pressing hard and flailing at pitches out of the zone) and his recent lack of speed on the bases. Since the start of July, he’s only had 4 walks and 6 SBs while striking out 45 times and getting caught stealing 7 times. Hopefully Eddie Bane can give us some more insight as to what is going on with him as he still profiles to be a fixture in our outfield in the next few years.
    Last edited by vladdy#27; 08-30-2008 at 03:38 AM.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2008
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    If Brandon Wood is supposed to be our best prospect, and hes been for some years now, and is hitting .260 in the minors? I don't see much major league success.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2007
    I think Matt Brown is our top prospect

  4. #4
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    Apr 2008
    Why isn't Kendry Morales & Mathew Brown on our top 10?

    Brandon Wood should have been traded a long time ago! Don't know if anyone would take him now. He is our top prospect "on paper" only, because since single A, he hasn't done s#*t.

  5. #5
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    May 2008
    In a couple years, Peter Bourjos will be #1. He is our future leadoff hitter. Earlier in the year his average was around .340. He's been slumping a little lately.

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    3B Freddy Sandoval 25 (Triple A)
    Avg. .329 HR 13 RBI 65 SB 6 CS 3 2B 29 3B1 SO 50 BB 34

    Never heard of him, but why isn't this guy playing for us right now?

  7. #7
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    Oct 2006
    Troy Glaus is hitting .276 right now, and only once hit higher than .251 for a season when he was with us. Adam Dunn has never hit higher than .266. Don't worry about Wood's AVG, worry about his HR and OBP.

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  8. #8
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    Dec 2006
    Gonzaga University
    This doesn't seem like a very good list. I'd substitute a lot of the "others" into the top 10.
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  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    Also... why does the guy with "best control" have more walks than all but one of the starting pitchers listed?

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  10. #10
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    May 2008
    I really have no clue what happened to Matt Sweeney.

    2006 Numbers
    2007 Numbers
    Hit HR off Kershaw in 2007 Midwest ASG
    Rotoworld talking about a 2007 game

    Haven't found anything this year on him.

    EDIT: Here we go.

    Sweeney is out with an injured ankle. Should be back and playing for Rancho Cucamonga by the end of the month .... hopefully.
    Last edited by Goatboy1717; 07-14-2008 at 05:18 PM.

  11. #11
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    Nov 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by natepro View Post
    Also... why does the guy with "best control" have more walks than all but one of the starting pitchers listed?
    I got the list from here so IDK

  12. #12
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    Oct 2006
    Oh wow. From that link....
    Projected 2011 Lineup:

    Catcher Hank Conger
    First Base Casey Kotchman
    Second Base Howie Kendrick
    Third Base Brandon Wood
    Shortstop Erick Aybar
    Left Field Gary Matthews Jr.
    Center Field Torii Hunter
    Right Field Vladimir Guerrero
    Designated Hitter Kendry Morales
    No. 1 Starter John Lackey
    No. 2 Starter Nick Adenhart
    No. 3 Starter Kelvim Escobar
    No. 4 Starter Jon Garland
    No. 5 Starter Jered Weaver
    Closer Francisco Rodriguez

    Eyes bursting. Blood everywhere.

    Gary effin' Matthews Jr. will be our starting LF in 2011? I may seriously quit watching baseball if that happens.

    GMJ has 311 ABs this season, and has complied an OPS+ of 77.

    Juan Rivera (who is younger, by the way) has only 86 ABs this season, and already has an OPS+ of 78. 86 ABs, and he's already been better than GMJ.

    Die die die die die.

    "There's no better public education than teaching kids that they should have been born to a parent who could afford their cancer treatments." - @LOLGOP

  13. #13
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    May 2008
    There's something else wrong with that rotation. Where is Saunders and Santana? Two of our best starters this year. I mean two all-stars this year, not in our rotation but Escobar is. Along with Adenhart who has a 5.89 ERA in Triple A this year. I'm not about to give up on Adenhart but I would much rather have Saunders or Santana in 2011.

  14. #14
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    Nov 2007
    This was made at the begining of the season Garland wont be here either he is gone afterr this year

  15. #15
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    May 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by vladdy#27 View Post
    This was made at the begining of the season Garland wont be here either he is gone afterr this year
    Ok. That makes a lot of sense then. That wouldnt be too bad at the beginning of the year.

    Found some really good info on a lot of the Angels prospects here. Very good read.

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