16. Cam Bedrosian
Position: RP (Arkansas Travelers)
Height/Weight: 6’0″ 205 lb.
Report: Bedrosian has really opened eyes so far this year. He started off the year in High-A Inland Empire, where he only faced 20 batters before being promoted to Double-A. Of those 20 batters faced, he allowed one hit, two walks, and 15 strikeouts (which was good for a video game K/9 rate of 23.8). He then brought his dominance to Double-A, as he posted a 1.47 ERA in 18.1 innings and he struck out 30 while only walking six and allowing only five hits. After that, he got the call up to the Majors, where, in his first outing, he got a 1-2-3 inning including his first career strikeout.
However, that would be one of the few good outings he had up with the Angels. He gave up at least a run in four of his next five outings, and overall in 5.2 innings, he gave up nine runs and eight hits while walking more (7) than striking out (5). His fastball was topping out at 96 (averaged at 94) and batters only hit .250 off of it. His slider (topped at 86, averaged at 83) and his changeup (topped at 87, averaged at 86) were both hit hard at .429 and .500, respectively.
While Bedrosian will likely be called up again later in the season, he’ll have to be sure to work on his off-speed and his confidence. After struggling in his first round of the Majors, it’s imperative that he doesn’t lose confidence, especially with his off-speed. Down the line, Bedrosian will likely be a fixture in the bullpen around the 7th/8th innings.
17. Yency Almonte
Position: SP (Burlington Bees)
Height/Weight: 6’3” 185 lbs
Report: Almonte is one of the arms with high potential in the Angels system, just a tier below Sanchez and Green. Almonte’s mechanics are clean and deceptive, a combination you rarely see in a young pitcher. He throws from a high 3/4 arm angle and gets great extension on all of his pitches. Although his fastball currently sits in the low 90s, it’s conceivable to think that he can add some velocity as his fills out and uses his body more. Almonte’s strong suit has always been his control, as he has no trouble throwing strikes with his fastball or his 11-to-5 curveball. What he needs to refine is his command, as he tends to leave his pitches up in the zone, as most inexperienced pitchers tend to do. Almonte has had some injury problems this season, pitching just 18 innings for the Burlington Bees. However, his ERA sits at 1.50 with a WHIP below 1. Very promising just a pitcher 2 years younger than the league average.
We see Almonte’s ceiling as a #3 starter, even if that may take 3-4 more years. If the Angels decide to use him in the bullpen, he would likely settle into a 7th inning role. Realistically, Almonte will become a back-of-the-rotation starter/strike thrower.
Position: OF Orem Owlz
Height/Weight: 5’9” 190 lbs
Report: One word that always comes up when discussing Hermosillo is athleticism. A football, track, and baseball star in high school, Hermosillo shocked a lot of people when signed for 100K after the Angels drafted him in the 28th round in 2013. Hermosillo’s best tool is probably his plus-plus speed, although he’s showing a very good glove in Orem thus far and his bat is showing some promise. Another promising sign is his pitch selection, as he’s walked 9 times and struck out just 13 times. Currently hitting .273 with a .885 OPS in 79 PAs, we simply haven’t seen enough of Hermosillo to gauge exactly what kind of player he projects to be, but with his wheels and athleticism, there is plenty to dream on. There’s no reason to believe that Hermosillo shouldn’t at least become a valuable bench outfielder in the future. If the bat continues to progress, a starting gig is not out of the question.
19. Victor Alcantara
Position: SP (Burlington Bees)
Height/Weight: 6’2” 190 lbs
Report: Alfonso Alcantara, otherwise known as Victor, will be one of the Angels represented at the All Star Futures Game this weekend. Many were surprised to see him on the team. However, Alcantara has an electric fastball that can max out in the upper 90’s. He is currently the team leader in strikeouts, and has shown that when he throws strikes he can dominate hitters. His batting average against is currently sitting at .202. Alcantara also seems to have an awkward arm angle that gives him an advantage, especially against right handed hitters. That combined with always throwing from the stretch makes him a futures bullpen arm for the Halos.
There is one thing that can easily drop a pitchers stock, and that is control. Alcantara is currently third in the Midwest League in BB and second in BB/9 with 5.16. Throughout the season, this issue has gotten worse too. When his fastball command is off then it will always make for a very short start for him. The key for him in every game is just to throw strikes. When he does he can be dominant, but struggles mightily when he does not.
20. Kody Eaves
Position: 2B (Burlington Bees)
Height/Weight: 6’0” 175 lbs
Report: Kody Eaves has been one of the key pieces to the Burlington Bees qualifying for the Midwest League Playoffs. He’s been able to provide the team with a quality leadoff hitter, who is able to hit for both average and power. He is currently seventh in the Midwest League in hits, first in doubles, and fourth in total bases. His wRC and ISO are currently second among Midwest League second basemen as well. He’s able to put himself in position to score runs by also recording 17 stolen bases. His defense has also been very good this season. He has a very quick first step and also a strong throwing arm. He is definitely a prototypical second basemen.
He has done many things well this season, but his BB% of 5.8 and K% of 23.8 are not good at all. However, these are things that can be improved by coaching. Eaves is definitely going to provide depth at second base for the organization. With the help of Yarbrough, it will make dealing Taylor Lindsey a little easier to bare if needed. On a side note, Eaves might have one of the coolest trucks that I’ve ever seen.
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21. Dan Reynolds
Position: RP (Arkansas Travelers)
Height/Weight: 6’0″ 170 lb.
Report: Danny Reynolds was a struggling starting pitcher up until this year where he has found a bunch of success out of the bullpen, similar to Jairo Diaz. Pitching in short stints has allowed Reynolds’ fastball to play up into the mid 90s consistently. One thing that scouts have always liked about the righty is he excellent arm speed. He creates good torque on the mound, making his average slider more deceptive with tighter spin. He doesn’t exactly have the body you look for in a pitcher, but as a reliever body type isn’t nearly as important, as you don’t have to worry about stamina. Statistically, Reynolds has had a terrific year between Inland Empire and Arkansas, posting a 2.47 ERA with 47 Ks in 44 innings. Perhaps more importantly, he’s lowered his BB/9 rate to just 2.7.
If all goes right, Reynolds should become a solid option in the Angels middle relief crew in 2016.
22. Mark Sappington
Height/Weight: 6’5″ 210 lb.
Mark Sappington has had a very tough year and there’s no other way to put it. After really struggling at AA Arkansas, he was sent down to High A Inland Empire and has struggled even more so at IE. Sappington has a 2.054 WHIP across two levels, which is pretty terrible to put it simply. He’s walking more batters than he’s striking out and he’s allowing 11 hits per 9 innings. His HR/9 rate has also jumped to 1.3, which is a huge increase from last season.
Sappington is simply in a spot that many minor leaguers go through. He isn’t this bad but he’s clearly shown some mechanical flaws that make his outlook as a starting pitcher very doubtful. Sappington has some real issues repeating his mechanics from his athletic 6’5” frame. He’s very athletic for a pitcher but he has struggled with release points all season long. He struggles with dropping and driving into his mechanics, which leads to a lack extending his elbow, which would explain the bad release points. He also has issues when he separates, which leads to him throwing at a ¾ arm slot but sometimes dropping his arm and leading to command issues.
Stuff wise, Sappington has it. He features a big fastball that sits 91-93 but touches 96-97 and has good run on it. His best secondary pitch is his slider which was very tight and hard break, sitting in the 82-85 range. His command of the pitch has really struggled but when he throws it for strikes, it’s an incredible weapon. His curveball is actually a really solid pitch at times but he tends to slow his arm down, which explains the slow speed of it, sitting in the low 70’ range. His change up is basically a change of pace pitch as it lacks any real depth to it and tends to stay up in the zone.
We believe that Sappington’s future belongs in the bullpen where he can clean up his mechanics a bit and focus on letting his stuff carry him into a high leverage reliever role. In the bullpen, he can possibly crank up the velocity and sit in the 94-96 range consistently. With a better commanded slider, Sappington could be a real asset in the bullpen.
23. Kaleb Cowart
Report: When Cowart was drafted in 2010 as the eighteenth overall pick, he had a high ceiling as the Angels’ future everyday first baseman. Over the last four seasons, he has seen his ups and downs, but his 2014 season has started to lower a lot of expectations about him. After being promoted to AA this season, his numbers at the plate have not carried over.
At one point this offseason, many thought he would be a viable option to play third in the coming seasons, but Cowart looks to need more time in the upper minors to develop. His K% of 20.5% is very poor, and his on base percentage (.291) leaves a lot to be desired.
Despite his recent downturn, Cowart still has a high upside, and should find his way to the majors at some point, even if it is not as quickly as some may have predicted. Cowart is a switch-hitting player, with a great swing that will likely hit for a lot of contact with some power that may develop over time. Also, he has quite a skill with the glove, and projects as an above-average defender with a plus arm. His high upside is the main reason he has been left so high on the list, with his most recent season performances left aside. He can be expected to see time in the majors in 2017, and maybe earlier if he finds some of his earlier success.
We’ve heard rumblings that if Cowart doesn’t pick it up, the Angels will transition him to the mound in the offseason. He will then try to work his way up as a reliever. Essentially, Cowart has half a season to turn things around or else he will end up on the bump.
24. Michael Roth
Position: SP (Arkansas Travelers)
Height/Weight: 6’1″ 210 lb.
Report: Roth took his designation for assignment earlier in the season as a challenged. Since he passed through waiver and returned to Double-A, he’s been lights out. He’s gone 7-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He works with two fastballs (a cutter and a sinking two-seamer) that both sit in the mid-to-upper 80s, a slider and a curveball that have shown some inconsistencies, and a changeup. Roth did make one appearance in the Majors this year, in which he threw two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. In his appearance, his sinker only topped out at 86 while he didn’t throw a single cutter. He had his changeup working (which ranged from 77-80MPH), as well as his slider, which was only used three times (hit 73, 74, and 79MPH). He only used his curveball twice (clocked at 69 and 68), both times were used to start off the batter.
One thing that has led to inconsistencies in the past, and will inevitably limit Roth to bullpen duties in the Majors, has been his arm angles. His normal delivery is from three-quarters, but he has been known to drop down to more of a sidearm delivery, especially to lefties. While this would be fine as a reliever, it would lead to endurance and sustainability problems down the line as a starter. For the future, Roth could see himself slotted into a lefty-specialist role or even some long relief duty.
25. Crusito Mieses
Position: SP (DSL Angels)
Height/Weight: 6’5″ 187 lb.
Report: Mieses was originally signed by the Angels in 2012 but the contract was voided by the MLB after it was revealed that Mieses was lying about his age. The Angels signed him again in 2013 and he’s been pitching for the DSL team since. Mieses throws a high 80s/low 90s fastball with good sink. His change up is his second best offering and it projects to be an average pitch. The curveball is very raw but it looks like it could garner some swings-and-misses down the road. This year, Mieses has struck out 9 per 9 innings, posting a 2.81 ERA. His big frame means he is one of the more projectable arms in the system. On a DSL team lacking a lot of real talent, Crusito Mieses stands out, not only physically, but with his polish on the mound.
26. Eric Stamets
Height/Weight: 6’0″ 190 lb.
Report: No matter how poorly Stamets hits (and he is hitting extremely poorly), he will be a useful prospect. His glove is an elite tool and will likely make him a major league player no matter what. Add to that above-average speed and you have a pretty useful player. Before this year, there was a slight chance that Stamets would become more than just a bench glove/pinch-runner, but that chance seems to have diminished. He’s young enough to where another year in Double-A wouldn’t be a disaster to see if he can figure out the hitting thing. It doesn’t seem likely though, considering he has a total of 4 XBHs this season. No matter the bat though, Stamets can provide value with his glove and speed, much like Brendan Ryan has done for the Mariners and Yankees over the years.
27. Jonah Wesely
Position: SP/RP (Orem Owlz)
Report: Not much has changed since Wesely has been drafted, although he has been working on his changeup, which is very encouraging since the difference in having a changeup and not is being in the rotation compared to the bullpen. Wesely has had a strong showing in Orem this year, and the encouraging reports on the changeup development is why Wesely has been bumped up a few places since our first prospect list. Wesely is definitely an interesting arm to watch out for as he progresses throughout the year.
28. Daniel Hurtado
Position: SP/RP (Burlington Bees)
Height/Weight: 6’3”/180 lbs
Report: Hurtado is having a great season in 2014, splitting time between A and A+ ball for the Angels. The Venezuelan right-hander has had quite the start to his season, improving on nearly all of his stats from 2013. In 14.1 innings with the Bees this year, Hurtado posted a 2.45 ERA with nineteen strikeouts. Hurtado has the perfect pitcher’s body as he continues to add muscle to his skinny frame.
Hurtado has great downward movement on his fastball, although it tops out around 91 MPH. He has some time to develop his secondary pitches, but is off to his great start in just his second year with the Angels. Right now Hurtado is bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He has had slightly more success in the bullpen (0.00 ERA in 4.2 IP), than in the rotation (3.72 ERA in 9.2 IP). The Angels will need to make a decision to develop him as one or the other if they want to see him continue to grow and contribute at the big league level.
It will likely be at least two or three more seasons before he contributes in the majors.
29. Tyler DeLoach
Position: SP (Inland Empire 66ers)
Height/Weight: 6’6″ 240 lb.
Report: DeLoach is a tall-framed lefty, who the Angels took in the 26th round in 2012 draft out of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He throws a fastball that sits in the upper 80s, a curveball that’s not too special, and a decent changeup. He is a strike-thrower and has good command of both sides of the plate. He’s constantly racking up strikeouts, which is displayed by his career K/9 rate hovering around 10. His arm slot has been described as unusual, which when you have a 6’6″ pitcher throwing almost sidearm, is an understandable description.
With his arm angle, which will be very effective against lefties, likely indicates a future as a lefty out of the bullpen. With his effectiveness against both lefties and righties, along with his experience as a starter, he come be a nice long-relief piece down the line.
30. Eduar Lopez
Position: RP (AZL Angels)
Height/Weight: 6’0″ 180 lb.
Report: Eduar Lopez works with a low 90s fastball, but his true money pitch is his curveball. It has a late, tight break that leaves hitters swinging at pitches far outside the zone. His changeup isn’t a real weapon, so he projects to be a reliever. Lopez has struggled since coming stateside, giving up 15 hits in just 11 innings, but his stuff alone warrants a spot on this prospect list. He gets a lot of groundballs and while he isn’t the most imposing presence on the mound, there is still some room for projection as he gets older.
Keep an eye on:
- Alan Busenitz – Reliever for Burlington with a 2.25 ERA and 37 Ks in 48 innings. Old for the league (23), Busenitz profiles as a guy that will move up and down between AAA and the MLB.
- Ramon Rodriguez – Reliever for Orem. Hard thrower, secondaries are slowly coming around. 20 years old, 2.95 ERA, 15 Ks, 5 BBs in 12 innings. Could easily make our list in the offseason.
- Greg Mahle – Currently working out of the bullpen, probably a long-term starter. 15th round pick this year, but he’s thrown 11 scoreless innings between Orem and Burlington with 16 Ks and just 3 BBs. 21 years old.
- Zach Houchins – Hitting .363 in Orem with 5 HRs. Quick hands, versatile in the infield. 13th round pick. Power slowly developing. 13th round pick this year. 21 years old.
- Andrew Daniel – 21 year old bat-only guy. Struggling to find a spot in the field (probably 2B), hitting .338 in Orem. Bat has real potential to be a 50 or 55 grade tool.
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