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    Quote Originally Posted by S.P. View Post
    At the rate you post the prospects, number one will be a free agent by the time we find out who he is.
    I will be finished by the end of the month! 1 prospect each day
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    14. Carlos Ramirez

    Position: C Level: Single-A and Advanced Single-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5'11" Weight: 210 lbs
    2012 Age: 24

    2011 Numbers: Avg .259 HR 3 2B 3 OBP .367 SLG .370 SB 1 CS 2 (Single-A)
    Avg .348 HR 4 2B 21 OBP .403 SLG .530 SB 1 CS 0 (Advanced Single-A)

    Ramirez is known to be a good catcher defensively, but not the best on offense. Ramirez's numbers in Advanced Single-A were very good, I think a lot of that had to do with the pitcher friendly parks. A positive sign is that his numbers improved from Single-A in 2010 to Single-A in 2011. One area where Ramirez saw his numbers drop were percentage of caught stealing, in 2010 he threw out 42% of runners and in 2011 that number dropped to 24%. I believe Ramirez will make the big leagues whether he hits or not, but whether he hits or not will likely lead to him either being a starter or a backup. Ramirez will start 2012 in Double-A which will be a good test to his offensive abilities, the Texas League is notorious for being an extremely pitcher friendly league. If Ramirez can continue to show patience I think he will be just fine.

    Ceiling: Good Starting Catcher
    Floor: Great Backup Catcher
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    13. Fabio Martinez-Mesa

    Position: RHRP Level: Single-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 190 lbs
    2012 Age: 22

    2011 Numbers: IP 2.1 ERA 0.00 WHIP 1.29 K/9 7.7 BB/9 3.9 BAA .222 (Rookie)

    I didnt realize I put Fabio this high, he should probably be around the 18-20 range. Fabio missed almost all of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. Fabio struggles a lot with his command, in 2009 and 2010 he average almost 6 walks every 9 innings. He throws a fastball that sits in the mid 90s, a slider that is very good but he struggles to command it, and a change up that he is still working on. I think that the Angels should put Martinez-Mesa in the bullpen, his command just isnt good enough to be in the starting rotation and with his stuff he will move quickly as a reliever. Whether or not the Angels put Martinez-Mesa in the bullpen he will likely start the season off in Advanced Single-A, if he is put in the pen there is a chance that we see him in September, if he stays in the rotation he will likely spend most or all of 2011 in Advanced Single-A.

    Ceiling: Good Closer (Carlos Marmol tons of strikeouts tons of walks)
    Floor: 5th Starter on a bad team/Triple-A flame out (Daniel Cabrera)
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    Luis Jimenez hit 2 HR today to LCF in the minor league game, also had a double

    Segura has some kind of arm injury (i believe) so he was only hitting
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    12. Randal Grichuk

    Position: OF Level: Single-A and Advanced Single-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs
    2012 Age: 20

    2011 Numbers: Avg .230 HR 2 2B 7 OBP .267 SLG .402 SB 0 CS 1 (Single-A)
    Avg .283 HR 1 2B 4 OBP .316 SLG .491 SB 0 CS 0 (Advanced Single-A)

    Grichuk yet again missed a large portion of the season with an injury, he has yet to play more than 64 games in a season over three minor league seasons. Grichuk profiles as a corner outfielder that hits for power. Grichuk is the guy that was picked the spot before Trout in the 2009 MLB Draft, but that was likely more for signing issues rather than skill. Grichuk really needs to work on cutting down on his strike outs and taking more walks, in 170 minor league games he has 169 strikeouts and only 29 walks, he is still very young and our system is deep with OF so the Angels can afford to take their time with him and let him develop. Grichuk will start the 2012 season with the Inland Empire 66ers where he will likely spend all of 2012 unless he shows that he can cut down on the strikes outs and draw more than 12 walks in a season. The CAL league is notorious for being a hitter friendly league so Grichuk should put up some big power numbers if he is able to stay healthy.

    Ceiling: Power hitting OF (High SLG Low OBP)
    Floor: Triple-A Flame Out
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    11. Kole Calhoun

    Position: OF Level: Advanced Single-A
    Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5'10" Weight: 190 lbs
    2012 Age: 24

    2011 Numbers: Avg .324 HR 22 2B 36 OBP .410 SLG .547 SB 20 CS 10 (Advanced Single-A)

    Calhoun doesnt have any major weaknesses, he also is not extremely good at one thing, he is all around just a good player with average to above average tools across the board. Aside from Trout Calhoun probably has the best patience in our farm system, he drew one walk every 7 AB last season. Calhoun had 64 XBH last season so he has a good amount of power. He stole 20 bases last season, but only at a 66% success rate. Calhoun is primarily a RF, playing 61 games there last season but also played 31 games at 1B, 22 games in CF and 11 games in LF. Calhoun's versatility is likely what will get him on the major league roster in the next year or so, coming off the bench to give Wells/Bourjos/Trout/Pujols a day off. I dont really see a starting spot opening up for Calhoun anytime soon, so we might be better off using him as trade bait. Calhoun is kind of old to have not played above Advanced Single-A so we need to be a bit more aggressive with him. He will likely start the season off in Double-A, and if he continues putting up solid numbers he shouldnt be to far off from Triple-A. Calhoun has opened some eyes this spring with a .341 average in just over 40 AB.

    Ceiling: 20-20 High OBP Corner OF
    Floor: Good Bench Guy
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    Finally into the top 10!

    The minor league season starts on April 5th, so this will be wrapped up before then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vladdy#27 View Post

    11. Kole Calhoun
    with a name like that, I predict he will be a future winner of our annual cow-milking contest.

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    10. John Hellweg

    Position: RHRP Level: Single-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'9" Weight: 210 lbs
    2012 Age: 23

    2011 Numbers: IP 70.0 ERA 2.19 WHIP 1.19 K/9 11.3 BB/9 4.1 BAA .195 (Starter)
    IP 19.1 ERA 7.71 WHIP 2.67 K/9 11.8 BB/9 10.9 BAA .293 (Reliever)

    Hellweg was absolutely atrocious as a relief pitcher, walking over 10 batters every 9 innings, worse than last year when he walked a little over 9 batters every 9 innings. Mid season the Angels decided to put Hellweg in the rotation, a move that had me scratching my head, why put a guy in the rotation that cant throw strikes? Hellweg was able to do something right moving to the rotation, the main thing is he threw a lot more strikes. Hellweg throws an plus fastball that sits around 97 MPH, touching 99 MPH, a slider that is an above average pitch, and a change up that is still developing. 2012 is going to be a big year for Hellweg, if he pitches like he did in the second half of the season he will be a top 3 prospects in the Angels system and a top 50 prospect in baseball. Hellweg only allowed 2 HR last year in an extremely hitter friendly league, and none of those came after switching to the rotation. Hellweg had a 2.74 GO/AO ratio which is very very good. Hellweg will start the year off in Double-A, he will likely spend the majority of 2012 here, where if he can show some command should put up very good numbers in an extremely pitcher friendly league. DiPoto has said that he wants guys that control the count, so if Hellweg continues to struggle with his command we could see him as the center piece of a big trade.

    Ceiling: Top of the rotation starter
    Floor: High Strikeout RP
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    9. Daniel Tillman

    Position: RHRP Level: Single-A and Advanced Single-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 185 lbs
    2012 Age: 23

    2011 Numbers: IP 66.1 ERA 2.04 WHIP 1.28 K/9 9.5 BB/9 4.3 BAA .218 (Single-A)
    IP 8.0 ERA 4.50 WHIP 1.13 K/9 9.0 BB/9 2.2 BAA .212 (Advanced Single-A)

    Tillman was the Angels second round pick back in the 2010 draft. In the beginning of the season the Angels experimented with Tillman putting him in the rotation, I thought the experiment was going well even though he had a spike in the walk column. For whatever the reason was the Angels put him back in the bullpen where he continued to dominate and showed an improved command which earned him a late season promotion to Advanced Single-A. Tillman throws a fastball that sits around 92-93 MPH topping out at 95-96 and a slider that is a very good pitch. Tillman also throws a change up but does not throw it in relief. Tillman was very good at getting outs on the ground last season, 1.84 GO/AO ratio. Tillman has given up a total of 2 HR in over 100 innings across his minor league career. Tillman was also very hard to hit, opponents hit a whopping .217 against him last season. Tillman is going to start the season off in Double-A, I wouldnt be surprised to see him promoted to Triple-A before mid season, with a possible promotion to the Angels in September.

    Ceiling: Dominant Set Up man/Closer
    Floor: Very good middle inning relief pitcher
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    8. Nick Maronde

    Position: LHSP Level: Rookie Level Orem
    Bats: Both Throws: Left Height: 6'3" Weight: 205 lbs
    2012 Age: 22

    2011 Numbers: IP 46.1 ERA 2.14 WHIP 1.10 K/9 9.7 BB/9 2.9 BAA .217 (Orem)

    Maronde was the Angels second pick last year taken in the 3rd round. Maronde was a relief pitcher in college, switched to the rotation after signing with the Angels. I believe that Maronde will take a similar path to Garrett Richards, both college relief pitchers switched to the bullpen after signing. Maronde will get a slight head start on Richards by completely skipping Single-A going straight to Advanced Single-A. Maronde throws a fastball that sits around 93-94 MPH, a slider that is a very good pitch, and a change up that is slightly above average. Maronde has pretty good command, and strikes out batters at a pretty good rate. He is also good at getting outs on the ground, sporting a 1.53 GO/AO ratio, something he will need to do this upcoming season if he wants to be success in and extremely hitter friendly CAL league. As previously alluded to Maronde is completely skipping Single-A and heading straight for Advanced Single-A, if he puts up good numbers in the first half of the season a promotion to Double-A is not out of the question.

    Ceiling: Very good #2
    Floor: Solid lefty out of the pen
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    7. Taylor Lindsey

    Position: 2B Level: Rookie Level Orem
    Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 195 lbs
    2012 Age: 20

    2011 Numbers: Avg .362 HR 9 2B 28 3B 6 OBP .394 SLG .594 SB 10 CS 4 (Orem)

    Lindsey was selected with one of the Angels 5 first round picks back in the 2010 draft, and to this point he has been the best of those 5 picks. Lindsey was drafted as a SS, but has only played 2B since being drafted, he has the arm to play SS but lacks the range. Lindsey doesnt take very many walks, with only one walk every 22 ABs, something he definitely needs to work on as he climbs the ranks. Lindsey has some pretty good power with 43 of his 105 hits being XBH. Lindsey has shined with the big league club during Spring Training, with 8 hits in 15 AB. The Angels are taking an aggressive approach with Lindsey, he is skipping Single-A like Maronde, and going straight to Advanced Single-A. After being aggressive with Lindsey to start the season the Angels can afford to be patient with Lindsey during the season, he should stay in Advanced Single-A for the whole season so he can work on his patience. If im in charge of Lindsey's timeline he spends all of 2012 in Advanced Single-A, all of 2013 in Double-A, and almost all of 2014 in Triple-A with a possible September call up. Howie is locked up through 2015 so Lindsey probably spends 2 seasons in Triple-A. This timeline would have Lindsey reaching the big leagues at 22 and becoming a regular at 24.

    Ceiling: All Star 2B
    Floor: Utility Bench Guy
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    6. Kaleb Cowart

    Position: 3B Level: Rookie Level Orem
    Bats: Both Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 190 lbs
    2012 Age: 20

    2011 Numbers: Avg .283 HR 7 2B 12 3B 3 OBP .345 SLG .420 SB 11 CS 4 (Orem)

    Cowart was the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Coming out of high school scouts liked him more on the mound, but he wanted to be an everyday player and the Angels wanted the same thing. Cowart signed late in the 2010 season so he only played 6 games in the in the AZL, the Angels decided that he was ready to face college guys 2-3 years older than him and put him in Orem for the 2011 season. Cowart didnt have the best season but he still showed solid patience with one walk every 11.3 AB, something he can definitely work on and improve. Cowart was a bit shaky at the hot corner, he committed 16 errors in just 66 games, he also committed 2 errors in just 5 chances in 2010. Cowart probably has one of the strongest arms for an infielder in the minors, as a pitcher he sat around 91-94 MPH touching 95. Cowart will start the season off in Single-A, depending on how his power and patience are developing he could possibly spend the second half of the season in Advanced Single-A. If Cowart isnt able to improve his patience and power he could be switched to the mound, I would say that this is very unlikely at the moment.

    Ceiling: Super Star Third Basemen
    Floor: Backup 1st/3rd
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    5. Luis Jimenez

    Position: 3B Level: Double-A
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 205 lbs
    2012 Age: 24

    2011 Numbers: Avg .290 HR 18 2B 40 OBP .335 SLG .486 SB 15 CS 6 (Double-A)

    Jimenez is a guy I like a lot. When we hosted the All Star game Jimenez was selected to play in the Futures game, where he picked up a base hit after coming off of the bench. He has pretty good power with almost 60 XBH in an extremely pitcher friendly league, when he moves to the PCL in this upcoming season it wouldnt surprise me to see 10 or more of those doubles turn into HR. When Trumbo was in Double-A he hit 15 HR and 35 doubles while having about 40 more AB. Jimenez doesnt have very good patience but he isnt a guy that strikes out a lot, Jimenez has never had more than 72 strikeouts in a season. Failed Angels 3rd basemen prospects Dallas McPherson and Brandon Wood were both power hitters that didnt have the best plate discipline but those guys were locks for atleast 100 strikeouts. Jimenez is above average at the hot corner with a very strong arm. He has good speed for a power hitting third basemen, he has stolen 15+ bases in each of his last 3 seasons played. Jimenez is ticketed for Triple-A Salt Lake where he should put up monster numbers in an extremely hitter friendly league. Jimenez is on the 40 man roster so there is a good chance we see him sometime during the season. Depending on how the Trumbo experiment goes we could be looking at our 2013 Opening Day 3rd basemen.

    Ceiling: Adrian Beltre
    Floor: A good Robb Quinlan
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    4. C.J. Cron

    Position: 1B/DH Level: Rookie Level Orem
    Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'4" Weight: 235 lbs
    2012 Age: 22

    2011 Numbers: Avg .308 HR 13 2B 5 OBP .371 SLG .629 SB 0 CS 0 (Orem)

    Cron was the Angels first round pick, 17th overall, in the 2011 draft. Cron had a torn labrum coming out of college so he was regulated to DH duties last season. Cron decided against surgery instead to rehab during the off season. Cron's season came to an abrupt end when he dislocated his knee cap after taking a swing, something that he did have to have surgery on. Despite the injuries Cron was still very impressive, he hit 13 HR in just 143 AB, which averaged out to 1 HR every 11 AB. Cron's strikeout/walk ratio is something that he can definitely improve and something that I think will improve, he struck out once every 4.2 AB and walked only once every 14.3 AB, but its not going to be something I worry about until I see a larger healthier sample of AB. Cron should move very quickly through the Angels system, he is headed to Advanced Single-A to start the season skipping Single-A, not something to uncommon for college hitters as advanced as him, where he should hit tons of HR in the hitter friendly league. When I was at spring training I saw Cron and he was playing first base, so he appears to be healthy, in the game I saw he made a nice diving catch to his right at first but threw the ball away from the pitcher covering at 1B. Cron is not a very good fielder but he isnt horrible either. Cron's timeline, 2012 Advanced Single-A/Double-A, 2013 Double-A/Triple-A/MLB, 2014 takes over at DH for Morales who leaves in free agency.

    Ceiling: Miguel Cabrera
    Floor: Billy Butler (With more HR and less 2B)
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