Wednesday, April 18, 2007

1. Terry EvansOF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Evans is on pace for another 30/30 minor league season. With his 3 home runs & 4 stolen bases, Evans is starting to make a believer out of everyone as a possible late bloomer. The only flaw in Terry's stat line is his walks to strikeouts (3/18). With the Angels inability to score runs and form a lineup with power hitters, but not take away from their ability to swipe a bag, Evans might see himself in an Angels uniform, making his debut sooner, than later.

2. Sean Rodriguez, SS, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
Rodriguez can hit! Something the parent team can't do very well (did I mention that yet?). S-Rod who was top of the list last week took a step down to #2, but that's no knock on him. Hitting .343, a .489 OBP, 4 2B's and 2 HR's, he'll be up around the top of this list all season long.

3. Nick Adenhart, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
Thought it's early, a 0.79 ERA and 10 K's in 11 innings (2 starts) is not a bad way to start the season. Adenhart can make guys like Colon, Santana or Escobar expendable at the trading deadline to acquire a big bat.

4. Hainley Statia, SS, Class A, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
With 4 hits last night vs. Lake Elsinore, Statia raised his average up to .333. With the depth in our system at the MI position, his ability and talent to speak multiple languages, he's a guy that can be packaged in a trade later on in the season for possible a Jason Bulger/JC Romero type. [Sarcasm on].

5. Kendry Morales, 1B/DH, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Morales had a strong spring offensively but started slow at Salt Lake for the Bees. Lately however he's hitting the ball really well, which includes a 3-5, 5 RBI performance last night vs. Tucson. With farmer Shea looking more like a guy that should stack bales of hay rather than play Baseball, Kendry could provide a boost to the lineup. But we're getting a whole of production from T. Murphy so that probably won't happen for a while.

6. Brandon Wood, 3B, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
We all realize that Brandon Wood isn't Major League ready as of now, and after a slow start in Salt Lake, he too has turned it around as of late. Hitting .264 with 3 dingers & 4 doubles, Wood has also drawn 7 walks. From all the reports I'm getting, he's looked very good defensively at third base as well. If the Angels fail to get production out of Figgins by June and Wood continues to show why he's one of the top prospects in all of baseball, he'll be up by summer!

7. Christopher Pettit, OF, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Pettit is tied with Coon for the lead in stolen bases with 7 and he's been red hot of late which has raised his average to .300. Pettit also has some pop in his bat (2 Hr's, 2 2b's early on). Christopher has shown in '06 and in the early parts of '07 a very good hitting eye and could move quickly through the system because of his age.

8. Nathan Haynes, OF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Haynes leads all hitters in the organization with a .366 batting average. He also boasts a .458 OBP and has played a solid CF for the Bees. With Willits, Figgins, Haynes, Murphy, Aybar and even Evans who can play CF, its mind boggling as to why we signed Gary Matthews Jr. to roam CF for the next 5 years. Especially since there are some really good CF's hitting the free agent market after this season.

9. Peter Bourjos, OF, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Eddie Bane loves this kid and is a 4 tool talent now, with his bat determining whether he'll be a 5-tool talent down the road. The bat look good last night however as Peter went 3-6 with a Hr and 2 Rbi's. Keep an eye on this kid because he oozes athleticism and talent.

10. Jeremy Haynes, SP, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Haynes through 2 starts with the Cedar Rapids Kernels has boasted a 1.74 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in just 10.1 innings, posting just 2 walks. The Angels are high on this kid who looked real good in Orem last year with a 2.76 ERA and fanned 68 in 58 2/3 innings.

Keep an eye on: Rafael Rodriguez
The Angels have decided to move Rodriguez to the bullpen this year giving them two flame throwers in Arredondo and R-Rod to help out in the bullpen down the road. Rodriguez has some very good stuff and a mid 90's heater and through 4 games this year he's posted a 1.23 ERA and fanned 8 through 7 innings of work.

On the outside looking to get in soon:
David Herndon, Robert Mosebach, Ryan Aldridge, Nick Green, Brad Coon, Matthew Sweeney, Jose Arredondo, Sean O'Sullivan, Stephen Marek, Steven Shell, Trevor Bell, PJ Phillips, Amalio Diaz, Nick Gorneault, Hank Conger, Jordan Renz, Andrew Hill, Michael Collins, Mark Trumbo, Anthony Ortega, Kevin Jepsen, and Jeff Mathis.
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