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2019 Organization Report: Los Angeles Angels

by Emily Waldon

Organization Grades

Hitting: B- ... Pitching: B- ... Top-end Talent: C+ ... Depth: C+ ... 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. Jo Adell (OF) ... 6-2, 195 ... R/R ... 19 ... 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: Insanely athletic outfielder with deceptive power at the plate. Body is still developing, but raw power is already grabbing attention. There’s work to be done with the mid-20s strikeout percentage, but with instincts at his age, there’s still time. Lethal speed and plus range defensively make him a lock for major league centerfield.

Development Path: Adell played in only 17 games in Double-A last season, so a return there to start the year will make total sense. He’ll be 20 by the time the season starts and with how quickly he’s adapting, could be in consideration for a call-up by September.

Fantasy Impact: Projected to only continue to excel on both sides of the ball, once Adell reaches his ceiling, he’ll be an absolute asset across the board. With the combination of his developing eye, power and already lethal speed, Adell will produce and do so in a big way.

Upside Grade: 9D


2. Jahmai Jones (2B) ... 5-11, 210 ... R/R ... 21 ... 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: Athletic outfielder-turned-second baseman in 2018 has strong football bloodlines. Saw some hiccups defensively in the move, but pure athleticism, plus speed and instincts should iron that out. Eye at the plate is improving and plays well to his plus bat speed. Power is still developing. Maturing on both sides of the ball.

Development Path: With room to grow defensively in his transition to second base, the Angels are likely to start Jones out with a return to Double-A. The added time will include polish to his eye at the plate and only helps his overall profile. A move to Triple-A later in the year would not be a surprise.

Fantasy Impact: Jones’ athleticism makes him a true asset in every sense. He’s still growing into himself, but with plus speed, bat speed and an improving eye, he’ll contribute on both sides of the ball, specifically at the plate.

Upside Grade: 8C


3. Kevin Maitan (3B,SS) ... 6-2, 190 ... B/R ... 19 ... 2016 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Braves (GCL)35.314/.351/.4005710.200/1
2017Danville (App)127.220/.273/.3237690.232/1
2018Orem (Pio)262.248/.306/.3977750.298/1
Comments: Switch-hitting infielder with raw skill set on both sides of the ball. Some concern surrounding how quickly his frame bulked up. Solid swing path from both sides with eye-catching raw power that should develop with age, although swing-and-miss is still an issue. Good instincts with powerful arm, although move to third base long term is likely.

Development Path: After a full season of Rookie ball with his new organization in 2018, the logical move for Maitan is to get stretched out in full season ball. He’s raw, but the exposure to a deeper degree of competition coupled with his skill set will be a good challenge.

Fantasy Impact: Although Maitan is still figuring out his newly developed body, he'll still play the season at 19 and has plenty of time. The value he brings with power produced from both sides of the plate will outshine his progressing defense.

Upside Grade: 9E



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4. Brandon Marsh (OF) ... 6-2, 190 ... L/R ... 21 ... 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: Physically advanced outfielder who excelled on both the baseball and football field. Polished tools on both sides of the ball. Plus speed, solid routes and a cannon of an arm. Power is expected to develop with advantage of well-proportioned frame. Good swing path with some swing-and-miss to iron out.

Development Path: Split 2018 between Class A and High-A with good enough result to plead his case for a trial run in Double-A. With how sound he is defensively, if his hit tool can match pace, he’s poised to move quickly in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: With the combination of his overpowering arm and plus speed, Marsh is already an asset in the outfield. His power is still developing, pacing him to produce 20+ home runs. If he can remain healthy, there are plenty of ingredients to contribute on the fantasy side.

Upside Grade: 8C


5. Matt Thaiss (1B) ... 5-11, 197 ... L/R ... 23 ... 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: Disciplined infielder with a natural feel at the plate. Advanced barrel-to-ball skills through a solid swing path and ability to work the whole field. Impressive eye against opposing pitching with keen feel for drawing walks. Serviceable presence at first, although tools can be fringy overall.

Development Path: Split the year with two assignments in 2018, proving he could handle the transition to Triple-A for his first look. Expected to return to Salt Lake for the start of the year, which would add more defensive reps. Needs the time to get more polish defensively.

Fantasy Impact: Thaiss will produce value with his batting average with credit to his disciplined eye, but the hope of any spike in power at the plate is slim. Projected for 12-15 home runs and lacks the speed to be a threat on base.

Upside Grade: 8D


6. Griffin Canning (RHP) ... 6-3, 175 ... 22 ... 2017 (2) UCLA
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017UCLA (Pac12)119.02.341.0502.410.64.4.207
2018Inland Empire (Calif)8.20.000.8103.112.54.0.133
2018Mobile (Sou)45.21.971.0103.79.72.6.165
2018Salt Lake (PCL)59.05.491.5303.49.82.9.278
Comments: Well-proportioned starter fresh off his first full year, after being shut down following the draft in 2017 as a health precaution. Legitimate four-pitch mix has developed as advertised with deception fastball playing off plus change-up, average curve and slider. All pitches thrown for strikes through repeatable delivery.

Development Path: Canning expedited his development track by coasting through three affiliates in his first year. Expect him to begin 2019 in Triple-A and could be in a position for a call-up by late summer, if not before.

Fantasy Impact: With an ability to throw all pitches for strikes, Canning will produce impressive strikeout numbers and did already through his first year. His mix already speaks of a solid #3 starter.

Upside Grade: 8D


7. Chris Rodriguez (RHP) ... 6-1, 185 ... 20 ... 2016 (4) HS (FL)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016Azl Angels (Ariz)11.11.590.7902.413.55.6.150
2017Orem (Pio)32.16.401.3001.98.94.7.265
2017Burlington (Midw)24.25.841.5802.68.83.4.302
2018Did not play - injury ()0.00.000.0000.00.00
Comments: Homegrown, athletic starter with deep, developing arsenal to offer. Lively fastball works in two and four-seam variations with four-seam topping out at 97 mph. Change-up is better of secondary pieces. Good arm speed with repeatable delivery, although command suffers from head snap at his release.

Development Path: Rodriguez faces the challenge of bouncing back after missing 2018 with a back injury, but if he’s able to start the spring campaign healthy, he should move well up the ladder. A quick look back to Class A wouldn’t be surprising, followed by a promotion shortly after.

Fantasy Impact: With his diverse pitch mix, there’s a profile of a steady strikeout producer in Rodriguez, As his sequencing matures, his strikeout rate should climb with a solid WHIP.

Upside Grade: 8E


8. Michael Hermosillo (OF) ... 5-9, 189 ... R/R ... 24 ... 2013 (28) HS (IL)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Inland Empire (Calif)53.321/.438/.43415720.600/5
2017Mobile (Sou)278.248/.361/.35313740.554/21
2017Salt Lake (PCL)115.287/.341/.4876760.255/9
2018Salt Lake (PCL)273.267/.357/.48010680.3412/10
2018LA Angels (AL)57.211/.274/.3335700.181/0
Comments: Deceptively strong OF who leveraged breakout in 2018 to launch to MLB debut. Experience at all three outfield posts, although primarily a centerfielder with plus speed and above-average arm. Power spiked at the plate in 2018, but doesn’t project as a high-power bat long term. Speed plays up well on the base paths.

Development Path: Caught attention with home run spike in 2018, but not likely in a position to earn an Opening Day roster slot right out of the gate. Looks to be slated for a return to Triple-A with the option to fight for a major league return a little later in the year.

Fantasy Impact: Enough defensive feel to contribute in the outfield, but looks to slate in as a future fourth outfielder. Offense will be more of his selling point with solid ability to get on base and the degree of speed to pose as a legitimate threat to steal at will.

Upside Grade: 7D


9. Leonardo Rivas (SS) ... 5-10, 150 ... B/R ... 21 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Azl Angels (Ariz)91.253/.364/.34115821.001/6
2017Orem (Pio)137.299/.462/.44522841.772/11
2017Burlington (Midw)90.267/.412/.32218760.910/8
2018Azl Angels (Ariz)8.250/.250/.7500750.001/0
2018Burlington (Midw)454.233/.355/.32616700.614/16
Comments: Compact switch-hitting shortstop with a fluid work both at the plate and in the field. Able to work counts and draw walks with good plate discipline. Plus speed adds to his value as a stealing threat. Small frame not likely to generate much power. Light footwork and solid range should keep him as a sound middle infield asset.

Development Path: Spent most of 2018 with Class A Burlington with enough success to where he should be able to plead his case for High-A to start the year. Will be 21 for all of the 2019 season and progressing nicely.

Fantasy Impact: Rivas won’t dazzle with one particular tool, but he’ll do enough to produce. Built for more of a line drive profile at the plate, there’s batting average value there in addition to stealing a decent amount of bases.

Upside Grade: 7C


10. Jesus Castillo (RHP) ... 6-2, 165 ... 23 ... 2011 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016Eugene (Nwst)33.03.271.1803.010.43.5.220
2017Burlington (Midw)19.02.370.7900.910.40.186
2017Inland Empire (Calif)82.03.621.2702.08.14.1.259
2017Mobile (Sou)23.23.041.3902.38.43.7.276
2018Mobile (Sou)98.14.941.3002.85.52.0.247
Comments: Efficient starter with repeatable delivery and deceptive pitch mix. Thrives on deception and movement, as evidenced through the late sink of his low-90s fastball. Change-up and curve should both develop above-average, but change-up appears to be progressing more quickly.

Development Path: After jumping three levels in 2017, Castillo settled in for a full year at Double-A. After posting nearly 125 innings in 2018, he’s in a good position to be considered for a start in Triple-A to begin 2019.

Fantasy Impact: With an ability to generate groundball outs to complement a mix of life and deception, Castillo’s pitch movement is able to sell his arsenal as something of more value. There’s a #4 starter profile here.

Upside Grade: 7C


11. Jose Suarez (LHP) ... 5-10, 170 ... 21 ... 2014 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)14.01.931.0002.612.24.7.192
2017Burlington (Midw)54.23.621.2303.011.73.9.230
2018Inland Empire (Calif)9.02.000.7801.018.018.0.182
2018Mobile (Sou)29.23.031.4202.415.56.5.276
2018Salt Lake (PCL)78.14.481.4804.08.42.1.256
Comments: Compact-sized southpaw who makes a living off movement as opposed to velocity. Fastball will touch mid-90s with good life, complemented by plus change-up with plenty of deception. Curveball is still developing, but flashes as quality offering. Lacks upside, but repeats well with solid instincts and above-average control.

Development Path: Reached Triple-A by 20 years old and likely to return there to start 2019. Tossed 78 1/3 innings in the Pacific Coast League in 2018, but another round of looks at advanced hitters adds long term value to polishing his resume and he should see MLB debut by later in the year.

Fantasy Impact: Poised to contribute off double-digit strikeout rate and above-average command. Has ability to eat innings and makes few mistakes.

Upside Grade: 7B


12. Jose Soriano (RHP) ... 6-3, 168 ... 20 ... 2016 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017AZL Indians (Ariz)0.00.000.0000.00.00
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)49.02.941.1602.66.82.6.226
2017Orem (Pio)3.12.702.40010.85.40.5.286
2018Burlington (Midw)46.14.471.4906.88.21.2.197
Comments: Projectable starter with developing arsenal. Fastball took big step up to 97 mph in 2017. Frame is projected to bulk up and with it; an easy move to triple digits is expected to follow. Curve stands out more than his change-up at the moment, but his change-up should progress to an average offering. Some mechanical pieces to iron out.

Development Path: Soriano spent a full season with Class A Burlington in 2018. A move to High-A Inland Empire should provide some good stretching for the 20-year-old with a chance to test his stuff out against more advanced hitters.

Fantasy Impact: Mixing the spike in velocity with proper sequencing, Soriano should pose a real threat on the strikeout side as he continues to gain feel for mixing his pitches.

Upside Grade: 8E


13. Stiward Aquino (RHP) ... 6-6, 170 ... 19 ... 2016 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)5.21.591.5906.43.20.5.227
Comments: Lanky teenage starter working his way back in hopes of being the latest Tommy John success story. The injury cost him the 2018 season. Prior, took a nice step forward in velocity, now tipping 96 mph on his fastball. Shows impressive body control for his size, with strong spin rate through his plus curve, followed up by developing change-up.

Development Path: Pending full health, Angels should test out Aquino with a look at Class A Burlington for more advanced hitting. With as advanced as his arsenal already looks to be, the challenge should do him good.

Fantasy Impact: As his command continues to improve, look for Aquino to rate well on strikeouts posted. Struck out 11 per nine innings over 23 2/3 and with the mix of velocity and spin rate, that strikeout count should continue.

Upside Grade: 8E


14. Livan Soto (SS) ... 6-0, 160 ... R/R ... 18 ... 2016 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Braves (GCL)173.225/.332/.25414851.040/7
2018Orem (Pio)172.291/.385/.34912861.000/9
Comments: Thin-framed shortstop acquired by the Angels through penalty implemented against the Braves. Little in the way of power, but body projects to add muscle and power should result in fringe-average. Has a sound swing path with strong instincts in managing the strike zone. Shines defensively with above-average speed and a plus arm.

Development Path: With two seasons of Rookie ball under his belt, the move to Class A would be a solid challenge that a profile like Soto would accept. Already showing advanced understanding for his role on both sides of the ball.

Fantasy Impact: Already a sound defender, Soto has the patience to draw walks and carries enough speed to grab extra bases. As his body continues to develop, his offensive value should climb to match that of his defense.

Upside Grade: 7B


15. Trent Deveaux (OF) ... 6-1, 160 ... R/R ... 18 ... 2017 FA (BA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Azl Angels (Ariz)166.199/.309/.24713590.351/7
Comments: Advanced defender flirting with premium status. 80-grade speed, plus range and strong arm couple with enough advanced instincts to make him a lock as a starter. Body is still developing, preventing him from showing much power, but already holds good feel for the strike zone. Capitalizes on strong line-drive contact. Swing-and-miss to polish out.

Development Path: After a sub-par Rookie ball debut in 2018, Deveaux may need a start to the year back in the Arizona League before advancing. As his hitting picks up and with his defensive profile already grabbing attention, he could move quickly.

Fantasy Impact: Deveaux is on pace to become an elite defender once he’s fully developed and already shows encouraging feel at the plate. Likely to stand out for base stealing ability with solid batting average as his eye improves.

Upside Grade: 8E


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