1. Nathan Haynes, OF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Haynes who hit .500/.559/.667 last week and currently leads all Triple-A batters in average (.400), on-base percentage (.486) and triples (five) gets the top spot in this week’s prospect hotlist. The A's selected Haynes 32nd overall in 1997 and moved him to the Angels two years later for Omar Olivares and Randy Velarde. The 27-year-old Haynes has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but his strong early showing with the bat and with his legs (he plays center field and has swiped 12 bases) might get him consideration for a call up.
2. Terry Evans, OF, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Evans is En Fuego! Currently riding a 7 game hit streak in which he’s had 7 multi hit games in his last 11 games, Evans has seen his average rise to .326, with 5 Hr’s along with 10 stolen bases. His slugging pct. (.556) and his ability to run balls down in the outfield gives the Angels a talented option in the outfield in the near future.
3. Brok Butcher, SP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Brok had just one start since being crowned the #1 last week and he didn’t disappoint, hurling another scoreless affair in 6 innings of work. It won’t be long before Butcher is moved up if he continues to dominate hitter’s in the Cal League. Read what Eddie Bane had to say about Butcher and some of the other prospect in the May edition of “The Bane Connection” http://www.angelswin.com/bane.htm
4. Robert Mosebach, SP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Another talented arm in Rancho is Mosebach, who Eddie Bane raved about in Spring Training with his bullpen sessions. After a slow start, Mosebach has lowered his ERA to 3.78 and has notched a quality start in each of his last 5 starts.
5. Darren O’Day, RP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Darren who throws an underhanded ball that gives the hitter’s another look, has resulted in an 0.00 ERA to start the season in 11 innings of work, fanning 12.
6. Christopher Pettit, OF, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Pettit just keeps on raking which has seen his average stay steadily around the .340-.350 area for the last 3 weeks. He’s smacked 16 doubles and has a solid .977 OPS for the Kernels.
7. Douglas Brandt, SP, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Douglas just keeps getting it done after being converted to a starter in Cedar Rapids. His ERA among starters with at least 5 starts or more is a organization best, 0.91, with 30 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.
8. Daniel Davidson, SP, Class AA Arkansas (Angels)
Davidson has not given up more than 2 runs in each of his last 6 starts, posting a 2.06 ERA for the Travelers. Davidson, a southpaw is repeating Double-A after he was hit hard in ’06. The league is only hitting .219 against him so perhaps he’s turned the corner at the age of 25.
9. Sean O’Sullivan, SP, Low Class A Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Sean been pretty steady for the Kernels thus far in the season, posting a solid 3.35 ERA. In his last two starts, he’s giving up just 3 runs in 14 innings, fanning 13. One of the alarming stats against O’Sullivan however is that he’s given up more hits than innings pitched, 50 in 43 innings.
10. Jason Bulger, RP, Class AAA Salt Lake (Angels)
Acquired from the Diamondbacks for Alberto Callaspo, Bulger has done well of late in the bullpen for the Bees. In his last 5 appearances, he hasn’t given up a run and has fanned 11. Bulger could be huge if he keeps it up in Triple-A for the Halos later on this Summer to give Speier, Shields and Frankie a break late in the game.
Keep an eye on: Robert Fish, SP, Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) Making his first start of the season for the Quakes at the age of 19, Fish gave up 2 runs in 3 innings, walking 4, while fanning 4. Another lefty that’s on a quick path to the big leagues, Fish has very good stuff according to Eddie Bane and it’s someone we all should be keeping an eye on.
On the outside looking to get in soon:
Nick Adenhart, Brandon Wood, Joe Saunders, Peter Bourjos, Brad Coon, Sean Rodriguez, Stephen Marek, David Herndon, Jeff Mathis, Ryan Aldridge, Timothy Schoeninger, Matthew Sweeney, Jose Arredondo, Jeremy Haynes, Trevor Bell, PJ Phillips, Amalio Diaz, Nick Gorneault, Hank Conger, Jordan Renz, Andrew Hill, Michael Collins, Mark Trumbo, Anthony Ortega, Kevin Jepsen, and Hainley Statia.