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Bonus Angels prospects: Nos. 21-25

It’s time to move on to the Angels. Truth be told, Los Angeles doesn’t have a particularly strong farm system, with 2014 first-round pick Sean Newcomb the only member of the Top 100. Only three in its Top 20 get an overall grade of 50 or better.

That being said, they have gotten key contributions at the big league level this season from homegrown players like Mike Trout (the obvious one), Howie Kendrick, Kole Calhoun, C.J. Cron, Kevin Jepsen, Mike Morin and Garrett Richards. And they had enough in their system to send to San Diego to get Huston Street to anchor a bullpen that’s helping the Angels pull away a bit in the AL West.

Still, coming up with five more names in this system isn’t as easy as it is for others. But here goes:

 

21. Jett Bandy, C: A big, strong catcher, Bandy has gotten raves for his work behind the plate. He’ s a solid receiver who calls a good game. While he doesn’t have a gun for an arm, it’s a bit above-aveage and he’s now thrown out 35 percent of would-be basestealers in his career (40% in 2014). He does have some power that comes more from strength than bat speed and he set a career high in home runs. He profiles as a solid backup at the big league level, one who will run into a few long balls at the plate.

22. Jake Jewell, RHP: A strong second season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M as the team’s closer had Major League clubs heading to see him throw.  The Angels liked him enough to nab him in the fifth round (Taken No. 149, Jewell was ranked N0. 141 on our Draft Top 200.). Jewell can tough 97 mph with his fastball and it can have good life at times. His slider is inconsistent, but it’s solid when he’s executing the pitch correctly. He’s shown some feel for a changeup, but if he ends up in the bullpen long-term (The Angels did send him out as a starter during his pro debut, though his innings were limited), he may not need a third pitch.

23. Harrison Cooney, RHP: The 2013 sixth-round pick out of Florida Gulf Coast University had a very solid first full season in the Midwest League, finishing third in the circuit with his 2.65 ERA. He does it with average stuff, across the board. His fastball will touch 93 mph and he combines it with a changeup and slider, both of which are fringy average. He doesn’t miss a ton of bats, but does get a fair amount of ground ball outs. He has the chance to be a back of the rotation innings-eater.

24. Julio Garcia, SS:  The Angels signed Garcia out of the Dominican Republic at the start of this summer’s signing period (July 2), giving him $565,000 to join the organization (the highest international bonus the Angels gave this summer). The 17-year old (He turned 17 on July 31) made his first steps in his pro career, playing in the Domincan Summer League and appearing in 18 games at shortstop. He’s a switch-hitter with some tools on both sides of the ball.

25. Jose Suarez, LHP: The Venezuelan lefty received $300,000 from the Angels to sign this signing period. Suarez has a good feel for pitching, showing an upper-80s fastball and a plus changeup so far. He could be a Jason Vargas type of starter in the future.

Watching Jean Segura

Tonight, I’m getting the chance to step out of my normal environment and cover a big league game. I’m filling in, covering the Brewers tonight here at PNC Park. One of the best things about my job is getting to see the guys I’ve written about as prospects excel at this level.

Jean Segura was a prospect for a while with the Angels, even if he didn’t enter national consciousness until he was sent to Milwaukee as the key to the Zack Greinke deal. He was brought up last year and kept his head above water, impressive considering his age and that he was jumped from Double-A. This year? Well, this year he’s the talk of the early part of the season, isn’t he (he’s gone 2-for-3 thus far tonight to accentuate the point).

It made me wonder what we had written about him in the past. We started Prospect Watch in 2011, when we only did Top 10 per organization (instead of our more robust 20 now). That year, Segura was the No. 2 prospect on the Angels’ Top 10. Here’s what we had on him at the time:

Segura can do just about everything on the baseball field. In his first full season, Segura was a Class A Midwest League All-Star, hitting for average, showing some extra-base pop, and stealing 50 bases. He’s got enough arm for short, and the Angels are trying him over there with Class A Advanced Inland Empire this season, though hamstring issues have hampered his development.
He had played mostly second base in the early part of his career, but it wasn’t because he didn’t have the arm for it. I remember that 2011 season, when the goal was to have him play short all year, but that hamstring issue kept him from seeing too much of the field. Guess he’s made up for that, huh?
In that 2010 season, Segura hit .313/.365/.464 in the Midwest League, finishing with 50 steals and 46 extra-base hits. It looks like that was a harbinger of things to come. People who weren’t paying attention back then, or didn’t click on that link above may wonder: “Who could have possibly been a better prospect in the Angels’ system then?”
That, of course, would be none other than Mike Trout. Trout and Segura were teammates on that 2010 Cedar Rapids club (not fair, right?). Trout got promoted after 80 games, but left his mark: .362/.454/.526 with 45 steals. He was the leadoff hitter while there, with Segura largely hitting third. When Trout was promoted, Segura took over in the leadoff spot and he seemed to like it as well. He hit .353/.402/.563 in 54 games as the Kernals’ leadoff man.
Perhaps it’s something Trout and Segura can discuss if they meet up in New York for this year’s All-Star Game.

OMG: The AL West

Sorry for the short delay, but it’s now time to take a look at the AL West prospects. As always, here are the links to the organizational previews and the Top 20 lists, followed by the OMG (One More Guy) from each team in the division:

Astros: Preview | List

Angels: Preview | List

A’s: Preview | List

Mariners: Preview | List

Rangers: Preview | List

And now, here’s the OMG, aka Prospect No. 21, for each system:

Astros — Jio Mier, SS — Still young and talented enough at a premium position to not give up on. There are other SS now in the system, so he’ll have to get it going.

Angels — Natanael Delgado, OF — 16-year-old signed this summer, chance to be RF type. May take a long time, but considerable upside.

A’s — David Freitas, C — Offensive-minded backstop came in the Kurt Suzuki trade, hit well following bump to Double-A post-trade.

Mariners — Patrick Kivlehan, 3B — Rutgers football standout decides to play baseball again as a senior; wins Big East Triple Crown, then Northwest League MVP. Raise your hand if you want to see more.

Rangers — Hanser Alberto, SS — That’s right, another shortstop prospect in this system (though he has played a little 3B). He’s gotten Elvis Andrus comparisons, surprise… and earned a promotion to the Carolina League before he turned 20

AFL Report: Angels

Today’s report is on the Los Angeles Angels and how Kaleb Cowart (No. 1 on the Angels’ Top 20) and Bobby Cassevah have taken very different paths to be in the same place in Arizona.

The video report below focuses on Cowart, Travis Witherspoon and Randal Grichuk, all in that Top 20.

And Wednesday’s Star of the Day is…

Someone from the Phoenix Desert Dogs, who absolutely pounded the Surprise Saguaros, 15-1. Honestly, I thought going for the two-point conversion after their second touchdown was a bit much… The Dogs, as I like to call ‘em, had two players with four hits. Brock Kjeldgaard of the Brewers went 4-for-6 with a pair of ribbies. But Tim Beckham of the Rays outdid him just a bit. The former No. 1 overall pick went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Beckham has been working on his play at second base while making up for lost time and trying to restore his prospect status following a 50-game suspension this year.

The Draft order is out! Woo-hoo!

There’s something about the official release of the Draft order that gets the blood pumping, doesn’t it?

OK, maybe that’s overselling, but it always signifies to me that Draft season is really, truly upon us (Draft season really begins the day after the Draft ends in June, but you know what I mean).

Every year, the Draft brings with it a good number of story lines. But this year has the added intrigue of the new system as dictated by the new agreement that was collectively bargained. Just how will the bonus pools will impact how teams do business remains to be seen, with no one really knowing how it’s going to go.

There are the usual interesting tidbits about who is picking where, who has the most picks (Padres, Blue Jays, Cardinals have six in the first two rounds). But what about the teams that don’t have many picks at all. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, for example, will have a wait on their hands before they get to make their first selection.

The Tigers, who are likely getting used to not picking until late (), don’t go until pick No. 91, close to the end of the second round. But that might seem early to the Angels, who’s first turn  comes at pick No. 114, in the third round (thank you, Mr. Pujols and Mr. Wilson).

If you think that’s really late, maybe some kind of record, think again. The Angels would come in at No. 4 on the “latest initial pick” list. Here’s the top 16, thanks to the fine folks at the Commissioner’s Office.

1)      San Francisco – 132 in 2005
2)      Tampa Bay – 132 in 1998
3)      Seattle – 116 in 2000
4)     L.A. Angels — 114 in 2012
5)      Houston – 111 in 2007
6)      NY Yankees – 105 in 1988
7)      Arizona – 103 in 1998
8)      Boston – 102 in 1978
9)      St. Louis – 102 in 2002
10)    NY Yankees – 99 in 1980
11)     Baltimore – 99 in 1985
12)    Kansas City – 98 in 1990
13)    NY Yankees – 93 in 1983
14)    Seattle – 93 in 2004
15)    L.A. Dodgers – 91 in 1991
16)   Detroit – 91 in 2012

OMG: Los Angeles Angels

Go take a gander at the Angels’ Top 10 Prospects. And here’s OMG (One More Guy) from LA’s system:

Randal Grichuk, OF: For now, he may be known as the “other” high school outfielder takengrichuk.jpg in the first round of the 2009 Draft. But that’s not really his fault. The idea was to have Mike Trout and Gruchuk develop together and I don’t think anyone could have foreseen how Trout would take off and earn a promotion like that.

At the same time, Grichuk was slowed by injuries and played in just 64 games total during his first full season. He showed that the raw power the Angels liked when they took him No. 24 overall is legit. He slugged .566 in 251 total at-bats, .530 during his time in the full-season Midwest League. He might be a bit of an all-or-nothing hitter right now and he’ll need to strike out a bit less, walk a bit more, or both, to succeed at higher levels.

If he can do that, he could profile as what you’re looking for in a corner outfielder. His arm is fine and he showed he can play a decent outfield. Add in the power and the run production and you’re all set. It’s just going to take him a bit longer to get there than Trout, who’s now on the fast track. When all is said and done, though, they could be patrolling the same outfield in the big leagues in the future.

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