By Dave Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer -
With the struggles with the Major League club this season, it’s not surprising to see fans turn their attention to the Minor Leagues to see what hope there is for the future of the organization. While most fans know that the Angels have one of the worst—if not the absolute worst—farm system in baseball, what most fans don’t know is that the last two drafts have brought in some extremely talented and exciting players. There is hope in the system, and it’s at the lower levels right now.
Once drafted, most Angels players start off in short-season, with the most likely landing spot being the Orem Owlz (considered the higher of the two short-season teams for the Angels). Managing that club is Dave Stapleton, whose job it is to get these players started on their journey into professional sports.
Recently, AngelsWin.com interviewed Dave Stapleton to get his take on the team, and particularly several of the higher profile players that played for him and have since been promoted due to their talent. These are names that Angels fans should know, such as Matt Thaiss, Connor Justus, and Jordan Zimmerman, but also include some surprising names such as Jose Rojas. We also got his take on the Owlz season so far. The Owlz won the first half of the short-season, and by doing so, secured a spot in the playoffs (Minor League playoffs have the first half winner face the second half winner).
While this season has been difficult for the parent club, Angels fans should know that there is hope for the future. There are some athletic and capable players who are moving through the system. In fact, most have already earned promotions to higher levels this season, and are accelerating their development. Angels fans should tune into the remaining Orem Owlz games, especially during the playoffs, so that they can get to know these guys before they arrive in Anaheim.
Please click here for our interview with Orem Owlz Manager Dave Stapleton.