By Jason Sinner - Angelswin.com Columnist
1. Peter Bourjos, CF, Class High A, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Season Totals: .354avg, 9 dbls, 3 tpls, hr, 17rbi, 23sb/1cs, 7bb/24k, .881ops
If there was any question as to who would be #1 on the hotlist this week, Peter erased all doubt by going 4-4 today with another stolen base. The defensive stud had a monster weekend going 9-14 (.643) with four steals in his last three games. Over his last ten, he has amassed seven multi hit games raising his overall average by 55 points. During that span he also has 4 doubles, 2 triples, a hr, 7 rbi, and 6 steals.
2. Michael Anton, SP, Class A, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: 5-1, 2.09era, 47.1ip, 36h, 11bb/32k, .213baa
Mike performed a somewhat unusual feat for a player at his level. In his last start, he pitched a 4 hit, CGSO. Unusual because a player of his age is typically on a fairly strict pitch count. If not for a mediocre first outing, the lefties era would be microscopic.
3. Kendry Morales, 1b, Class AAA, Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: .297avg, 7 dbls, 5 hr, 31 rbi, 8bb/18k, .802ops
Although a recent call up, a patented Kendry hot streak certainly qualifies him for the list. The vast majority of his damage came in two games in which he went 6-9 with 2hr, 3dbls, and 5rbi. It’s almost like a switch flips and all of sudden Kendry becomes unstoppable. Let’s hope the switch remains in the on position for the Halos assuming he can find his way into the lineup. (Perhaps to take a few abs from the struggling Matthews?)
4. Trevor Bell, SP, Class High A, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Season Totals: 3-2, 3.75era, 36.0ip, 11bb/29k, .232baa
After hitting a rough spot from the middle to the end of April, Trevor has rebounded nicely with two terrific starts in a row. He went 7ip in each of his last two outings without giving up an earned run. He also only gave up 6 hits, and one walk while striking out 12 over that period.
5. Ryan Brasier, RP, Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: 0-1, 0.98era, 7saves, 18.1ip, 8bb/16k, .179baa
Ryan has had one bad outing all season which is responsible for both of his earned runs, and three of his walks. Even with that, he has been outstanding in his closers role for the Kernels. In his last five appearances (5.2ip) he has given up three hits, walked one, and struck out 7.
6. Kevin Jepsen, RP, Class AA, Arkansas Travelers
Season Totals: 1-0, 5saves, 1.89era, 19.0ip, 12bb/24k, .179baa
Another closer makes the list as Kevin has been terrific in finishing games for the Travs. Although a bit erratic at times, the young fireballer appears to be poised to make the big turn in his career.
7. Barret Browning, RP, Class High A, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Season Totals: 0-1, 4saves, 2.84era, 19.0ip, 6bb/20k, .206baa
Barret is an Angel organization unicorn. A true lefty specialist in the making. Although he has performed capably against all comers, the Florida State graduate has held lefties to a .118baa with only 4 hits and 14 strikeouts in 10ip.
8. David Austen, SP, Class AAA, Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: 0-2, 3.04era, 23.2ip, 24h, 4bb/16k, .261baa
Davis was a recent call up to the Bees where he was converted into a starter for the first time in his long minor league career. He has done a terrific job in his first two outings going 10ip, while giving up 8 hits, 1er, walking 2, and striking out 7. He sat out all of 2006 and much of 2007 due to injury so he is likely still getting his arm strength back.
9. Jose Arredondo, RP, Class AAA, Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: 1-1, 10saves, 2.12era, 17.0ip, 12h, 4bb/15k, .203baa
A small bump in the road won’t drop Jose off the list. After a rough outing (2ip, 2er), he came back in his next appearance to strike out the side and notch another save. Those two runs were his only two in his last ten outings (12.0ip).
10. Corey Smith, 3b, Class AA, Arkansas Travelers
Season Totals: .254, 7dbls, 1triple, 5hr, 21rbi, 13bb/21k, .798ops
After a slow start, the former #1 pick of the Indians is doing his best to keep himself somewhere on the depth chart. Over his last 7 games he is 10-27 (.370) with 2hr, 3doubles, and 5rbi. His bb/k ratio has been very good regardless as he keeps that OBP nearly 100 points above his average.