Covering the minor leagues has been something I've enjoyed doing for a long time. The top 10 hottest Angels will be covered here, but if you have any questions on other prospects in other organizations or if want to give me your comments on my weekly lists send me an email at chuck@AngelsWin.com and I will respond in a timely manner.
1. Sean Rodriguez, SS, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
One of my favorite guys in the Angels organization, Sean Rodriguez is batting .429 with two homers and four doubles through six games. With the Angels keeping him at shortstop his value should be sky high if they decide to trade him at the deadline. S-Rod has enough flexibility to play other positions as well, so the Angels could move him to another position if they decide to keep him, if they feel Izturis/Aybar are the future at SS.
2. Terry Evans, CF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Unfazed by Triple-A pitching thus far, Evans has 2 home runs, 2 stolen bases and is hitting .368 though 5 games. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts as he has 9 vs. 3 walks in those same 5 games. The Angels like his range and arm in the outfield and he could be up with the club later on this year if he continues to progress.
3. Nick Adenhart, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
Nick Adenhart looked fantastic in Arizona last month, shutting down major league hitters as if he was ready now. Starting the season in AA Arkansas, Nick hurled 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, fanning 8. Look for Adenhart to get half season of Double-A and then spend the final 2 months of the season in Salt Lake, if not in Anaheim.
4. Matt Sweeney, 3B, Low Class A, Cedar Rapids (Angels)
At 6’3, 210 lbs the Angels got themselves a future slugger in Sweeney. Though it’s only 3 games and 9 at bats, Sweeney is hitting .444 with 2 doubles and 2 walks vs. 2 strikeouts. Swinging from the left side of the plate, Sweeney could be what we all hoped Dallas McPherson would be, down the road a bit.
5. Hainley Statia, SS, Class A, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Statia is hitting .400 and has been a wiz with the glove in Rancho. Just another quality player at all facets of his game at the shortstop position. The club is loaded at the position, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take notice.
6. Brad Coon, CF, Class A, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Coon has been a catalyst in the leadoff spot for the Quakes. He leads the league in stolen bases with (5) through 6 games. He’s also getting on base, posting a .404 batting average and .480 OBP (2 walks, 2 strikeouts).
7. Nick Green, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
Green looked great in his first major league start in Arkansas, throwing 6 innings of 1 run ball. Equipped with a 4 pitch arsenal, Green has 11 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched thus far. The Angels are really high on him, and love the way he attacks the strike zone.
8. Brandon Wood, 3B, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Wood almost found himself off the Angelswin.com Hotlist until he busted out today, going 2-4 (1 2b, 1 Hr), putting himself in the lead (organizational) for home runs, with 3.
9. Robert Mosebach, SP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Bane said Moseback is one to keep an eye on this year as he wooed the Angels pitchers and catchers in camp back in Feb with his bullpen sessions. Robert didn’t disappoint in his first start of the season, throwing 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs.
10. Kendry Morales, 1B/DH, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
With Hillenbrand hurting and possibly being placed on the DL, Morales hitting .333 through 7 games could be the power boost the Angels need in that DH spot in the lineup.
Keep an eye on: Nathan Haynes – Haynes is a guy that was traded along with DaVanon & Elvin Nina for Omar Oliveras from the A’s and was suppose to be the Angels future leadoff hitter, centerfielder. Haynes decided to hang it up a couple years ago, but after a stint with the Giants, the Angels resigned him late in the season last year to finish the season off in Arkansas. Impressive in spring training, Haynes is the starting CF in Salt Lake and so far, he’s looked good hitting .368 with 3 sb’s and a 6/4 walk to strikeout rate. Haynes is a guy that could be a very good late inning replacement in the outfield and potential pinch runner, if not starting CF on another team.
On the outside looking to get in soon:
Ryan Aldridge, Jose Arredondo, Sean O'Sullivan, Peter Bourjous, 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.