Monday, January 28, 2008

Baseball America has posted its Top 10 Angels Prospects report today. Click Here to read the Top 10 scouting report (subscription required).

You can also view some of the questions we asked in the Angels Chat

Baseball America's Top 10 Angels Prospects are:

1. Brandon Wood 3B
2. Nick Adenhart RHP
3. Jordan Walden RHP
4. Hank Conger C
5. Sean O'Sullivan RHP
6. Stephen Marek RHP
7. Sean Rodriguez SS
8. Nick Green RHP
9. Peter Bourjos OF
10. Anel de los Santos C

Their list is pretty close to our Angelswin Top 50 List, especially prospects #1-#5, with the exception of the ranking of Wood over Adenhart.

While we're proud of our annual prospect list, Baseball America is the mother of all minor league and amateur ball coverage on the net or in print (You can pick up one of their magazines at any popular book stores in the magazine section).

I respectfully disagree in part with Alan Matthews who did the Angels top 10 list, but recently left to become an area scout for the Colorado Rockies, with his addition of Stephen Marek and Anel de los Santos to the list. I feel Pettit and Evans, and especially Matt Sweeney (who we ranked at #6) should be ranked higher, but everyone forms their prospect lists differently.

Some regard performance over skills, or skills (tools and upside) over performance. Others may look at both respectively as one, while some may factor in age-vs.-league & how quick their ascent to the big leagues may be. The best approach however is to factor in all aspects of a players game rather than heavily weigh one more than the other.

One thing to note is, their have been many prospects ranked 11-30 in Baseball America's rankings over the years that have faired better than those ranked 1-10. While I don't have the statistics, as a BA subscriber for many years, I've seen a lot of prospects bust from teams' top 10 lists over the years, so make sure you keep a watchful eye on our top 50 list so you won't be surprised when they make the show.

Oh and while our content is free of charge, be sure to purchase at the very least an online account at Baseball America for $65 a year for more extensive scouting reports, in depth coverage of the Angels prospects & well written articles.

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