1. Brok Butcher, SP, Class A RC Quakes (Angels) Against a very good hitting Lake Elsinore Storm team, Butcher threw a gem of a game, going 9 innings, for his 3rd complete game of the season, putting a goose egg in the run column for the Storm. Brok has been a stud this season, and is having the kind of season Jered Weaver had in ’06 in the minors. It’s worth noting, that while Brok isn’t a strikeout artist (only 52 strikeouts in 89 innings), he’s got a low 90’s power sinker and good off-speed stuff that resembles Brandon Webb, Aaron Cook and Fausto Carmona who have been successful in the big leagues.
2. Terry Evans, OF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels) Evans slugged a couple more home runs, giving him 9 on the season, driving in 6 RBI’s since last Wednesday. While Evans may not post another 30/30 season this year, a 25/25 campaign is not out of the reach. Evans has 11 stolen bases and is hitting .324 on the season thus far.
3. Nick Green, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels) Nick has had an up and down season in Arkansas, with consistency being an issue, but he’s thrown back to back quality starts while getting more swings and misses off his pitches. In Green’s last 2 starts he’s fanned 15 in 14 innings, giving up just 3 runs. His ERA is sitting at 4.01 on the season, with a 5-4 record.
4. Trevor Bell, SP, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels) Coming off a fine start on last Tuesday, Trevor pitched another fine gem on Monday, going 7 innings while giving up just 2 runs, fanning 5, earning the W. Keep an eye on our 2005 1st round pick as the season progresses.
5. Bobby Wilson, C, Class AA Arkansas (Angels) Bobby Wilson started the season off extremely
slow, hitting around .220-.230 for the first 2+ months of the season, has turned it around of late, pushing his average up to .268. In his last 10 games, Wilson is hitting .324, racking up 3 hit games in 2 of those 10 games. Wilson has shown some discipline at the plate as well, walking 15 times vs. 17 strikeouts.
6. Ryan Mount, 2B, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels) Like Bobby Wilson, Ryan Mount was also struggling to hit on a consistent basis early on. Like Bobby, Ryan has turned it up a notch, hitting .378 in his last 10 games, with 3 multi hit games in his last 4 contests. Ryan Mount’s batting average is now up to .272 on the season and has been a spark plug at the top of the Kernels lineup.
7. Hank Conger, C, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels) Our 2006 1st rounder is steadily progressing of late, getting his average up to .281 after hovering in the .260’s for the majority of the season. Like Trevor Bell, track these two high rounder’s progress as the season moves on.
8. Tim Schoeninger, SP, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels) Schoeninger in his last 2 starts has fanned 15 hitters in 15 innings, notching 2 quality starts and a W. Schoeninger’s ERA currently sits at 2.72, which is impressive with all of the top prospect hitters in the Mid-West League.
9. Jason Bulger, RP, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels) Well the scoreless innings streak is over for Bulger, as he gave up 3 runs in an inning on Monday, but he also struck out 3 in that same inning, giving him 40 on the season in just 25 innings of relief work. Bulger will be the first reliever called upon if an injury occurs or if someone struggles.
10. Amalio Diaz, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels) Diaz got a no decision against Springfield on Sunday, but that was no knock on him as he went 8 innings, giving up just 2 runs, while fanning 5. Diaz has looked good since his promotion to Double-A, posting a 3.12 ERA while inducing a ton of ground balls.
Keep an eye on: Young-Il Jung, SP, Short Season Class A Orem (Angels) Just 6 days away from the Orem Owlz season opener and all eyes will be on Young-Il Jung as he sets to make his debut on American soil vs. a slew of good hitting prospects in the Pioneer League.
On the outside looking to get in soon:Chris Pettit, Mark Trumbo, Jose Arredondo, Robert Mosebach, Anthony Ortega, Nick Adenhart, P.J. Phillips, David Herndon, Brandon Wood, Sean O’Sullivan, Freddy Sandoval, Peter Bourjos, Sean Rodriguez, Stephen Marek, Jeff Mathis, Ryan Aldridge, Matthew Sweeney, Jeremy Haynes, Darren O’Day, Nick Gorneault, Jordan Renz, Kendry Morales, Kevin Jepsen, and Hainley Statia.