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2018 Organization Report: Los Angeles Angels

by Jeremy Deloney

Organization Grades

Hitting: C- ... Pitching: D ... Top-end Talent: C+ ... Depth: D+ ... Overall: C-

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Salt Lake (Pacific Coast League)
Double-A: Mobile (Southern League)
High-A: Inland Empire (California League)
Low-A: Burlington (Midwest League)
Rookie: AZL Angels (Arizona League)
Rookie: Orem (Pioneer League)

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1. Jahmai Jones (OF) ... 5-11, 210 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2015 (2) HS (GA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Orem (Pio)196.321/.404/.45910850.723/19
2017Burlington (Midw)346.272/.338/.4258820.519/18
2017Inland Empire (Calif)172.302/.368/.4887750.305/9
2018Inland Empire (Calif)298.235/.338/.38313790.688/13
2018Mobile (Sou)184.245/.335/.37512720.472/11
Comments: Strongly-built OF who had great year in 1st full season as pro. Promoted to A+ in July. Power emerged throughout year and he showed a more discerning eye. Natural athlete with plus speed and instincts. Owns plus bat speed and should turn 2B into HR over time. Solid CF with keen routes and average arm. Has chance to impact game with bat and glove.

Development Path: With a promising debut in High-A after his promotion in July, he'll have an opportunity to earn a spot at Double-A to begin 2018. The more likely scenario sees him returning to High-A and working on the finer points of his game. He should push for major league time at some point in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has all the ability in the world to become a true fantasy standout. While not originally projected to hit for plus power, he should grow into HR and his speed could help him become a regular 20/20 producer. He also can help in the BA department.

Upside Grade: 8B

2. Jo Adell (OF) ... 6-2, 195 ... R/R ... 18 ... 2017 (1) HS (KY)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)118.288/.351/.5428730.314/5
2017Orem (Pio)85.376/.411/.5184800.241/3
2018Burlington (Midw)95.326/.398/.61110730.426/4
2018Inland Empire (Calif)238.290/.345/.5466740.2412/9
2018Mobile (Sou)63.238/.324/.4299650.272/2
Comments: Athletic, lanky OF with big-time upside predicated on elite speed and hitting potential. Makes hard contact, but will expand strike zone at times. May take time to hit for power, but has strength and bat speed. Has chance to be standout defender with plus range and double plus arm, though all of his game needs development time.

Development Path: With a significantly high ceiling, Adell could take a similar route as Jahmai Jones - begin his second season in extended spring training and earn a short-season assignment before moving onto Low-A at the end of the year. Or, his incredible tools could earn him an assignment to Low-A immediately.

Fantasy Impact: Adell can impact the game in a number of ways and could become a top fantasy OF prospect if he reaches his ceiling, which is along the lines of .300+ with 30+ HR and 20+ SB at his peak. That is a lot to dream on, but he has the tools to produce.

Upside Grade: 9E

3. Kevin Maitan (3B,SS) ... 6-2, 190 ... B/R ... 18 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Danville (App)127.220/.273/.3237690.232/1
2017GCL Braves (GCL)35.314/.351/.4005710.200/1
2018Orem (Pio)262.248/.306/.3977750.298/1
Comments: Switch-hitting phenom struggled in US debut. Bulked up considerably. Scouts believe struggles combination of culture shock and getting acclimated to new physique. Quick bat, quicker from RH box, with good swing plane from both sides of plate. Raw power off the charts, especially from LH side. Tapped out physically at SS. Likely 3B at maturity.

Development Path: A new organization and a new development level await Maitan in 2018. Should be ready for full season ball in Low-A and will be on pace for a 2021 debut.

Fantasy Impact: Do not believe ATL media. His skills are as advertised. His release is a loss for ATL. Extremely raw tool shed that screams plus-plus potential at the plate. Still early to target in some formats, likely gone in deeper formats.

Upside Grade: 9E

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4. Matt Thaiss (1B) ... 5-11, 197 ... L/R ... 22 ... 2016 (1) University of Virginia
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Virginia (ACC)232.375/.473/.57814932.4410/0
2017Inland Empire (Calif)336.265/.353/.39911820.688/4
2017Mobile (Sou)178.292/.412/.38817720.741/4
2018Mobile (Sou)157.287/.352/.4909780.466/2
2018Salt Lake (PCL)368.277/.328/.4577820.4110/6
Comments: Natural-hitting 1B with advanced bat-to-ball ability. Despite above average raw power, focuses on hard contact and going gap to gap with level swing path. Draws ton of walks with disciplined eye as he rarely chases bad pitches. Secondary skills are below average to fringe average. Defense is sub-par at present, but could get better with more reps.

Development Path: He spent most of the second half of 2017 in Double-A and continued to hit. He'll likely return to that level to begin 2018 and should push for a quick promotion, especially if he improves defensively. As a former catcher, he needs time to develop with the glove.

Fantasy Impact: Though he is likely to be an asset in the BA category, his power production could be substandard for 1B. He may only hit 10-15 HR on an annual basis and he won't help with SB. The hope is that he continues to hit .280+ with some years of .300.

Upside Grade: 8C

5. Jaime Barria (RHP) ... 6-1, 180 ... 21 ... 2013 FA (PN)
2017Inland Empire (Calif)65.12.480.9301.
2017Mobile (Sou)
2017Salt Lake (PCL)14.22.450.9501.
2018Salt Lake (PCL)18.03.501.3902.
2018LA Angels (AL)129.13.411.2703.
Comments: Strong, durable SP who emerged with improvement across the board. Has polished repertoire and ability to pound zone with four effective offerings. Slight uptick in velocity and continued solid command resulted in success. Uses clean delivery and arm speed to enhance CU, and also uses two breaking balls, but not much strikeout upside.

Development Path: Barria pitched at three levels in 2017, including three starts at Triple-A. He will return to that level for 2018 and could be among the first call-ups should the need arise. He's only 21, but has shown the demeanor and confidence to pitch at any level.

Fantasy Impact: He has among the best command in the Angels organization and that should help keep his WHIP at a healthy level. He doesn't have dynamic stuff and his strikeout rate may not be overly impressive, however. Still, looks like a #4 starter in the big leagues.

Upside Grade: 7B

6. Griffin Canning (RHP) ... 6-3, 175 ... 21 ... 2017 (2) UCLA
2017UCLA (Pac12)119.02.341.0502.410.64.4.207
2018Inland Empire (Calif)
2018Mobile (Sou)45.21.971.0103.
2018Salt Lake (PCL)59.05.491.5303.
Comments: Slightly-built SP who did not pitch upon signing due to heavy workload in college. Could move quickly with four-pitch arsenal. Velocity sufficient and commands plate well. CU is best pitch and uses same arm speed with good velocity separation. Very clean delivery assuages durability concerns. Has some K ability with two breaking balls.

Development Path: Canning will likely be assigned to Low-A Burlington, but High-A is not too far away due to his advanced nature. He could be on the fast track and get to the majors by late 2019.

Fantasy Impact: Canning has moderate upside in all fantasy categories and could reach his potential as a #3 starter. With his command and control, he won't beat himself and he could be worthwhile in any fantasy format.

Upside Grade: 8D

7. Brandon Marsh (OF) ... 6-2, 190 ... L/R ... 20 ... 2016 (2) HS (GA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Did not play (--)0.000/.000/.0000000/0
2017Orem (Pio)177.350/.396/.5485800.264/10
2018Burlington (Midw)132.295/.390/.47014700.533/4
2018Inland Empire (Calif)371.256/.348/.38512680.447/10
Comments: Tall, physical OF who impressed in pro debut after DNP in '16 due to back injury. Started hot and showed polish with bat and exhibited all tools. Should continue to develop more power, but needs to tame aggressive attack. Has plus speed and may slow down, but is shrewd runner. Solid instincts in OF with plus arm and ample range.

Development Path: It is time for a full season assignment and he will likely head to Low-A. He could team with Jo Adell to form an impressive outfield. Due to his relative polish with the stick, he could be a candidate to move quickly.

Fantasy Impact: His tall and physical frame suggest a boost in power could be forthcoming and he could hit 20+ HR. Marsh has impressive speed now, but likely won't produce much in the way of SB as he ages. With BA and power, he'll be a solid fantasy contributor.

Upside Grade: 8D

8. Chris Rodriguez (RHP) ... 6-1, 185 ... 19 ... 2016 (4) HS (FL)
2016Azl Angels (Ariz)11.11.590.7902.413.55.6.150
2017Orem (Pio)32.16.401.3001.
2017Burlington (Midw)24.25.841.5802.
2018Did not play - injury ()
Comments: Lean, athletic SP with quick arm and plenty of projection remaining. Has deep pitch mix and all exhibit good movement. Has feel for changing speeds and CU could develop into true plus pitch. Establishes plate with two-seamer and can rear back for more velocity. Has been hittable despite strong stuff and could eventually move to pen.

Development Path: Rodriguez started six games with Low-A Burlington at the end of 2017 and he will more than likely return to that affiliate. This could be a breakout season if all falls right for him. Regardless, a 2021 ETA seems about right.

Fantasy Impact: His high oppBA is an issue now, but it could get much better in time once he learns to sequence his pitches more efficiently. He has high strikeout potential and has the control to post low WHIP and ERA. He has #3 starter upside.

Upside Grade: 8E

9. Taylor Ward (C) ... 6-2, 190 ... R/R ... 24 ... 2015 (1) Fresno State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Inland Empire (Calif)207.242/.348/.39114790.816/0
2017Mobile (Sou)119.286/.400/.38716861.293/0
2018Mobile (Sou)148.345/.453/.52016780.886/8
2018Salt Lake (PCL)227.352/.442/.53714730.598/10
2018LA Angels (AL)135.178/.245/.3336670.206/2
Comments: Defensive-oriented backstop was promoted to AA in July and handled himself with aplomb. Has strong catch-and-throw skills that pair well with receiving ability. Calls good game and should be above average defender. Bat lags behind at present. Has advanced approach with OBP skills, but lacks bat speed and can be pull happy. Makes acceptable contact.

Development Path: A return to Double-A seems to be a logical assignment to begin 2018 and he could push for major league time if he shows any advancement in his bat. He's already good enough defensively to be a big league catcher, but he needs to hit.

Fantasy Impact: The hope is that Ward develops into a double-digit HR hitter, but his BA potential is muted due to his below average feel for hitting. Could be a 10+ HR catcher at his peak.

Upside Grade: 7C

10. Jesus Castillo (RHP) ... 6-2, 165 ... 22 ... 2012 FA (VZ)
2016Eugene (Nwst)
2017Burlington (Midw)19.02.370.7900.910.40.186
2017Inland Empire (Calif)82.03.621.2702.
2017Mobile (Sou)
2018Mobile (Sou)98.14.941.3002.
Comments: Tall, lean SP with decent Dom despite no plus pitch in arsenal. Induces ton of groundballs with efficient, repeatable delivery. Relies more on pitch movement than power and has hint of deception. Throws strikes with CU which may be best current offering. Needs to upgrade CB for strikeout rate to continue. Now in third organization.

Development Path: After mastering High-A in 2017, Castillo will head to Double-A even after five quality starts. If he continues to improve and impress with his stuff, he could get to the majors by early 2019. Otherwise, he'll pitch an entire season at Double-A before graduating to Triple-A for 2019.

Fantasy Impact: He has posted high strikeout rates the past two seasons, but that has been more due to his deception and pitch movement. He projects as a #4 starter who can produce groundballs and moderate strikeout rates. He also has a career 2.6 Ctl.

Upside Grade: 7C

11. David Fletcher (2B,SS) ... 5-10, 175 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2015 (6) Loyola Marymount University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Inland Empire (Calif)324.275/.321/.3466870.513/15
2017Mobile (Sou)243.276/.341/.3548880.701/12
2017Salt Lake (PCL)205.254/.285/.3223880.242/8
2018Salt Lake (PCL)254.350/.394/.5596920.766/7
2018LA Angels (AL)284.275/.316/.3635880.441/3
Comments: Fundamentally-sound MIF who has hit at each level of minors, though not likely to be offensive threat. Very limited pop, but makes easy contact. Used speed to set high in SB and plays above tools due to instincts. Very solid defender at both 2B and SS and has quickness and range for either. Tied a career high with three HR.

Development Path: He has continued to make steady progress with the bat and he is poised to make his big league debut at some point in 2018. He'll likely begin the year in Triple-A and wait for an opportunity at 2B or SS.

Fantasy Impact: His defensive skills are better than his bat at this point, though he is a .282 hitter in the minors. Don't expect much power, but he should be able to hit .270+ with 10-15 SB if given enough playing time.

Upside Grade: 7C

12. Joe Gatto (RHP) ... 6-3, 204 ... 22 ... 2014 (2) HS (NJ)
2016Burlington (Midw)
2017Burlington (Midw)96.13.461.4004.
2017Inland Empire (Calif)32.13.341.3903.
2018Inland Empire (Calif)
2018Mobile (Sou)76.25.751.5804.
Comments: Strong SP who has shown cleaner delivery and better command as he climbs ladder. Ended year very strong and starting to gain consistency with FB and CB combo. Rarely allows HR as he pitches downhill, though CU still needs work. Hammer CB can miss bats and needs to get ahead in count more frequently. Could become durable groundball guy at peak.

Development Path: He was very good all season, which included six starts in High-A. He should return to High-A and build upon that success. There could be an eventual move to the bullpen which allow him to move quicker to the majors. Otherwise, the Angels are targeting 2019 for his arrival.

Fantasy Impact: With a career 6.9 Dom, Gatto isn't going to excite with his strikeouts. However, that would likely rise with a move to the bullpen. His control also needs to get better in order for him to be effective with his WHIP and ERA.

Upside Grade: 7C

13. Cole Duensing (RHP) ... 6-4, 175 ... 19 ... 2016 (6) HS (KS)
2016Azl Angels (Ariz)13.01.381.3803.
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)
2017Orem (Pio)32.210.741.8104.
2018Orem (Pio)52.110.322.2705.
Comments: Very tall, projectable SP who has yet to pitch full season, but has high upside. Needs significant polish, but has the pitches to be mid-rotation guy. FB works at lower velocity with lively action, but can flatten out when overthrowing. Has tendency to allow HR and needs to repeat delivery. Lacks touch for CU. CB has chance to be knockout offering.

Development Path: Duensing should head to Low-A Burlington to make his full-season debut. He may struggle in that first season and he could be looking at a few seasons in the lower minors before he emerges. The Angels love the upside and will take their time in his development.

Fantasy Impact: He is a long-term play at present and he could develop into a #3 starter with the ability to post moderate strikeout totals, ERA, and WHIP. If starting doesn't work out, he could be a late-innings reliever as well.

Upside Grade: 8E

14. Jared Foster (OF) ... 6-0, 185 ... R/R ... 25 ... 2015 (5) Louisiana State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Burlington (Midw)267.266/.315/.4127820.425/3
2016Inland Empire (Calif)160.294/.320/.4382790.124/6
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)9.111/.182/.11110891.000/1
2017Inland Empire (Calif)138.275/.329/.4286790.314/4
2018Fort Myers (FSL)108.167/.202/.2044770.201/2
Comments: Athletic OF who missed time with injury, but exhibits solid-average tools when healthy. Impresses with raw power, but may not get to at higher levels unless he becomes more patient with swing-happy approach. Has raw feel for bat, but can beat out groundballs with pure speed. Crude routes in OF, yet has chance to stick in CF due to plus range.

Development Path: Foster is already a bit on the older side, but hasn't yet appeared above High-A. The Angels may push him to Double-A despite only 147 AB in 2017. He has very valuable skills and his production in the first half of 2018 will be key to his timeline.

Fantasy Impact: He is a breakout prospect waiting to happen, but likely not to project to a great fantasy impact over the long-term. If all goes according to plan, he could hit 15-20 HR with 10-15 SB while hitting .250+.

Upside Grade: 7C

15. Eduardo Paredes (RHP) ... 6-1, 170 ... 23 ... 2012 FA (VZ)
2017Mobile (Sou)12.21.421.1802.812.14.3.224
2017Salt Lake (PCL)37.02.921.1904.
2017LA Angels (AL)22.14.431.2102.
2018Salt Lake (PCL)42.14.681.4904.
2018LA Angels (AL)18.16.871.7503.
Comments: Career RP who was on shuttle between AAA and majors. Had success with solid two-pitch repertoire. Exhibits good control with FB and SL despite amount of sink on heater. SL can be too easy to read at times, but also can drop in zone for strikes. Can drop arm angle for different looks. Stuff a bit short for closer profile, but enough for set-up role.

Development Path: Paredes will likely begin the season in the Angels bullpen and should play an important role for the entire season. He has the ability to pitch multiple innings or on back-to-back days.

Fantasy Impact: Though an efficient and dependable reliever, Paredes likely won't ever win a closing role. However, given his success, he could sneak into a few opportunities here and there. He has a career 10.4 Dom in the minors and that should translate well in the big leagues.

Upside Grade: 6A

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