Los Angeles Angels Top 1-5 Prospects

The Los Angeles Angels didn’t have a very deep minor league system before 2014 and to further compound the problem the Angels traded away top prospects Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon and R.J. Alvarez.  The system was still able to offer the Angels some productive players.

C.J. Cron, Mike Morin and almost ROY Matt Shoemaker played significant roles for the 2014 Angels. Cam Bedrosian, and Jairo Diaz had mixed results but showed enough to consider them as bullpen candidates in 2015. We are down to the final 5. In case you missed the prospects 6 to 15 please look at them here…..11-15 and 6-10.

What diamonds in the rough will we find in top 5 prospects for the 30th ranked farm system in 2015?

5

Nick Tropeano

RHP, Houston

Age: 24

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’4″/ 200 lbs

Acquired: Selected in the 5th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. Traded to Los Angeles on November 5, 2014.

Nick Tropeano 2014 Stats

YearLevWLW-L%ERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIPH9BB9SO9
2014AAA95.6433.032320124.290444211331200.9876.52.48.7
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Generated 12/8/2014.

Analysis: Nick made his major league debute on September 10th, 2014. He made 4 appearances in September and didn’t look out of place. Tropeano has a plus plus change up, a fastball that can touch the 92 mph. He has very good command and a deceptive deliver. He strikes out about 8-9 K/9 and walks an outstanding 2-3 BB/9 while producing a WHIP around 1.30.

2015 Prognosis: Nick will make the Angels bullpen out of spring training. Nick’s command while keep him in the big leagues. His will make batters look foolish at time by throwing 81 mph change up after throwing a 90 mph fastball. His split finger fastball will have batters grounding out all day.

ETA: 2015

4

Cam Bedrosian

RHP, Salt Lake Bees

Age: 21

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’0″/ 205 lbs

Acquired: Selected in the 1st round of the 2010 Amateur Draft by the Angels  

Cam Bedrosian 2014 Stats

YearLevWLW-L%ERAGGFSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIPH9BB9SO9
2014AA-AAA-A+21.6672.0043351845.0161110118820.7563.23.616.4
2014A+000.005415.210002150.5291.63.223.8
2014AA101.0001.1130251532.11054110570.6192.82.815.9
2014AAA11.5007.718627.056606101.5716.47.712.9
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Generated 12/8/2014.

Analysis: After missing all of 2011 with Tommy John, Cam has made his way back to being considered one of the Angels top prospects. Cam used his mid-90’s fastball to strike out 12.86 batters per 9 innings. Walks (7.71BB/9 in AAA) could haunt him as he enters the majors, as evidence by his gaudy WHIP numbers (1.57). Cam held Triple-A batters to a .192 BA, but struggled with runners on base LOB% of 57.1.

2015 Prognosis: Cam will be throwing his mid-90’s fastball, his mid-80’s slider, and and upper-80’s changeup as a member of the Angels bullpen. If Cam isn’t on the Opening Day roster than he’ll be ready and waiting in Salt Lake.

ETA: 2015

3

Joel Gatto

RHP, Orem Owlz

Age: 19

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’5″/ 215 lbs

Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 Amateur Draft by the Angels

Joe Gatto 2014 Stats

YearLevWLW-L%ERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIPH9BB9SO9
2014Rk21.6675.3311727.036181629161.66712.03.05.3
2014Rk21.6675.4010625.033171519151.68011.93.25.4
2014Rk004.50112.03111011.50013.50.04.5
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Generated 12/8/2014.

Analysis: Gatto made 7 starts over two levels of Rookie-Ball. He allowed more hits than innings pitched, struck out 5/9 innings and walked 3/9 innings. Joe is still young and still growing into his tall frame, which tends to make repeating his delivery a challenge.

2015 Prognosis: Gatto will start the year with the Owlz and end the season with the Burlington Bees. Gatto will continue to work on his delivery and fastball command, while working on his change up and curveball.

ETA: 2019

B/T: Right/Right

Acquired: Signed by the Angels….no official announcement made yet.

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Roberto Baldoquin

INF, Cuba

Age: 20

H/W: 5’11″/176 lbs

B/T: Right/Right

Acquired: Signed by the Angels….no official announcement made yet.