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Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: The 10th overall pick in 2017, Adell made his major league debut in 2020 and flashed some of the tools that made him the organization’s most touted prospect since Mike Trout. In his peak moment, he crushed a 437-foot homer to left field that left his bat at 110 mph and also hit a 107 mph laser off the top of the right field wall in a 16-3 Angels victory against the Mariners. But that performance was more the exception than the rule during an uneven rookie season marked by a high strikeout rate, lengthy power droughts and several defensive gaffes. Adell had just 27 games of Triple-A experience when he was called up in early August to replace slumping veteran Justin Upton. His lack of upper-level experience showed. He looked overmatched at the plate, hitting .161/.212/.266 with a 42% strikeout rate, and was uncomfortable and unsure of himself in right field. He committed a rare four-base error in which a fly ball popped out of his glove and over the wall on Aug. 9 and had another ball pop out of his glove over the fence on the final day of the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite Adell’s ugly debut, evaluators still view him as a potential impact player. He is a broad-shouldered, muscular and dynamic athlete who boasts plus-plus raw power, excellent bat speed and quick hands that allow him to drive the ball to all fields and get to high pitches. He has plus speed, which translates into more first-to-third sprints than stolen bases, a plus arm and a work ethic and willingness to learn that draw rave reviews from coaches. But big league pitchers exposed holes in a swing that was too long at times and an approach that made him too vulnerable to secondary pitches. A month into the season, Adell tried to alter his swing path to get the ball in the air more and quieted his stance to remove some of the movement from his pre-swing setup. His pitch recognition and plate discipline improved with experience, even if the results didn’t come. He was more mechanical and less fluid in right field during his first month in the big leagues, but his jumps and reads off the bat improved as he grew more comfortable and confident over the final month. THE FUTURE: Lofty expectations for Adell were tempered a bit by his shaky rookie season, but like Trout, Aaron Judge and other future stars who had shaky debuts, he has the maturity, intelligence and attention to detail to make the necessary adjustments. With more experience, he still projects to develop into an all-star-caliber player.
Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70. TRACK RECORD: Marsh has been a standout on the field since the Angels drafted him in the second round in 2016, but he’s also been frequently sidelined by injuries. That continued in 2020 when he suffered an elbow strain in spring training and missed part of summer camp for undisclosed reasons. He returned to spend August and September at the alternate training site and built on the offensive adjustments he made in 2019 with Double-A Mobile. SCOUTING REPORT: Marsh is a high-level athlete who blends big tools with impressive instincts. He is a plus runner who displays excellent routes and reads in center field, has a plus-plus, accurate arm and has an athletic swing that drives the ball hard to the gaps. His game-planning and understanding of how opponents are pitching him continues to grow, and his improved pull-side power in the second half of 2019 has fueled optimism he can approach 20 home runs at his peak. The Angels introduced Marsh to first base at the alternate site. He initially balked at the idea, but grew to enjoy the position and attacked it with the same vigor he displays in the outfield. THE FUTURE: With his bat continuing to develop, Marsh should join Mike Trout and Jo Adell to give the Angels a star-studded outfield in the near future. He is set to start 2021 at Triple-A and could make his debut during the season.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Curveball: 55. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez has flashed wicked stuff since the Angels drafted him in the fourth round in 2016, but he’s pitched just 77.2 innings in four seasons. He missed the 2018 season with a stress reaction in his lower back and made just three starts in 2019 before having season-ending back surgery to repair a stress fracture. Rodriguez returned in 2020 and earned high praise from big leaguers during summer camp. He threw about 65-70 innings between the alternate training site and instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez has a tantalizing four-pitch mix on par with any pitching prospect. His fastball comfortably sits 94-95 mph and touches 98 with hard sink and tailing life. All three of his secondary pitches flash plus, and he commands them better than his fastball. His slider is a wipeout offering at 87-91 mph, his big overhand curveball in the mid 80s gets batters swinging over the top, and his upper-80s changeup with screwball-like action might be his best pitch. Rodriguez matured physically and gained a better feel for his delivery over the past year. He spent the summer learning how to manipulate his pitches to create different movement. THE FUTURE: Rodriguez has the ingredients of a front-of-the-rotation starter, but he has to show he can stay healthy. That will be his main goal in 2021.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Curveball: 60. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: As a sophomore in 2019, Detmers set Louisville’s single-season record with 167 strikeouts and allowed only one earned run in three starts for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National team that summer. He dominated with a 1.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 22 innings before the 2020 season shut down and solidified himself as one of the top pitchers in the draft class. The Angels drafted him 10th overall and signed him for $4.67 million. Detmers reported to the alternate training site after signing and threw just over 50 innings between Long Beach and instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Detmers is the archetype of a polished college lefthander. His fastball averages 92 mph but he generates swings and misses at the top of the zone with its high spin rate and late, riding action. His best pitch is a big-breaking curveball in the mid 70s he can drop in the zone for strikes or bury in the dirt for chases. Detmers also has an upper-80s slider that locks up lefthanded hitters, and he’s getting a better feel for a low-80s changeup he didn’t throw much in college. Detmers moves the ball around the strike zone with above-average control, mixes and matches his pitches and keeps hitters guessing. THE FUTURE: Detmers should move quickly up the Angels’ system. He projects as a solid No. 3 or 4 starter.
Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: Adams was committed to play both football and baseball at North Carolina but opted to sign with the Angels after they made him the 17th overall pick in 2018. He rose to high Class A in his first full season and spent 2020 at the alternate training site, where he accumulated roughly 200 at-bats and impressed coaches and teammates with his jaw-dropping speed and athleticism. SCOUTING REPORT: Adams was set to play wide receiver in college and brings that elite athleticism to the diamond. He is an 80-grade runner with excellent bat speed and wiry strength, but he’s still learning to translate those tools into production. He has a mature feel for the strike zone and rarely chases offspeed pitches, but he often hits weak ground balls and is still learning how to take his best swings in games. He showed growth with five home runs at the alternate site. After committing 13 errors in 2019, including when he outran balls in the gaps, Adams has refined his jumps and is running cleaner routes in center field. He has improved his arm strength to average and shows flashes of being a plus defensive center fielder, including when he made three home run-robbing catches at the alternate site. THE FUTURE: Adams has huge upside, but a lot depends on his swing development. He could see Double-A in 2021.
Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Jackson signed for $1.194 million as a 2018 second-round pick and made a quick impression by hitting a Pioneer League-record 23 homers at Rookie-level Orem in 2019. That power, however, came with a concerning 33% strikeout rate. Jackson joined the Angels’ alternate training site in early August and finished the year in instructional league, where he was limited by an oblique injury. SCOUTING REPORT: Jackson is a slim-bodied middle infielder with eye-popping power for his size. He generates plus bat speed with an old-school flick of the wrist and has the pop to approach 30 homers as he matures physically. Jackson’s power is tantalizing, but he swings and misses too much to get to it consistently. He looked overmatched against more advanced pitching in his first two weeks at the alternate site, but his at-bats grew more competitive and he made more consistent contact in the final month. Jackson is athletic enough to play shortstop and second base, and he mixed in a little third base last summer. He has above-average arm strength but needs to improve his accuracy. THE FUTURE: It’s easy to dream of Jackson becoming a power-hitting middle infielder, but he has to make more contact. That will be his primary goal in his full-season debut.
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: The Angels made Kochanowicz a high-round prep pitcher draftee, a rare step for them. Taken in the third round in 2019 and signed for an over-slot $1.25 million, he spent the final weeks of 2020 at the alternate training site before heading to instructional league. He stood out in Arizona as he improved his fastball command, made progress with his changeup and gained a better mechanical feel for how his large frame works on the mound. SCOUTING REPORT: Kochanowicz checks in at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, but his delivery is athletic and relatively fluid. His lively fastball ranged from 90-95 mph when he signed and now sits 93-94 and touches 97 with ride up in the zone. The Angels love his work ethic and believe he will gain even more velocity as he continues to mature and add strength. Kochanowicz’s high-spin, big-breaking curveball with late horizontal movement gives him a second potential plus pitch. His changeup is still developing but shows average potential. Kochanowicz is a natural strike-thrower for his age and should have no trouble maintaining at least average control with his clean delivery. THE FUTURE: Kochanowicz shows the ingredients of a mid-rotation starter and maybe more, but he has yet to pitch in a professional game and has a lot of development ahead. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.
Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45. TRACK RECORD: The son of former NFL linebacker Andre Jones, Jahmai cycled through a position change and multiple swing changes in the minors before clicking in the second half of 2019, when he hit .292 with a .370-on base percentage from July on at Double-A Mobile. He followed up with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League and earned his first big league callup in August 2020. SCOUTING REPORT: Jones has a promising foundation with solid athleticism, advanced plate discipline, an excellent work ethic and natural leadership skills. He’s at his best when he takes a level, direct swing and struggled when he tried to implement a launch-angle swing at the Angels’ request. With his swing back in order, Jones hit seven homers at the alternate site and did a better job of hitting with two strikes and driving the ball the other way. He makes enough contact to project as an average hitter and has enough thump to approach double-digit home runs. Originally an outfielder, Jones struggled with a transition to second base but has grown to look more natural at the position. His range to both sides, the smoothness of his double-play turns and arm have all improved to average. THE FUTURE: Jones projects as a solid utility player, who can play all three outfield spots, if he can maintain his best swing. He should return to the majors at some point in 2021.
Fastball: 55. Splitter: 45. Changeup: 45. Curveball: 50. Control: 40. TRACK RECORD: Yan spent three years in Rookie ball after signing for $80,000 but broke out in 2019, when he finished second in the Midwest League with 148 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .190 average. He got valuable experience facing big leaguers at summer camp in 2020 and spent the year at the alternate training site, throwing just under 40 innings, before finishing the year in the Dominican League. SCOUTING REPORT: Yan has a funky, low three-quarters arm slot and cross-body delivery that generates a ton of deception but also below-average control. His fastball averaged 94 mph and touched 98 during his breakout 2019, but he struggled to regain that velocity after the long layoff in 2020 and sat in the 92-93 mph range throughout the summer. Yan’s low-80s curveball has excellent depth and his mid-80s changeup with late fade flashes average. Yan also throws a low-80s splitter that has been an out pitch for him at times, but it’s thrown with such a low spin rate—usually under 1,000 rpms—that it appears to knuckle at times, making it difficult to command. THE FUTURE: The Angels will keep Yan in the rotation as long as they can to see if he improves his control. If not, his mix of stuff and funk will play in relief.
Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Paris signed for an above-slot $1.4 million as a second-round pick in 2019 but was limited to three games after signing by a broken hamate bone. He spent the final month of 2020 at the alternate training site, where he was one of the youngest players in camp. Paris looked overmatched the first two weeks, but his at-bats grew more competitive over time. He continued to build on that progress in instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Paris has a sound righthanded swing and a line-drive approach that allows him to drive the ball with authority to the opposite field. He has quick hands and good timing and possesses a natural feel to hit. He’s known for his contact skills more than his power, but he opened eyes when he drove a home run off lefthander Patrick Sandoval over the 395-foot center field wall at Blair Field during alternate site camp. Paris played some second base and third base at the alternate site, but with his above- average speed and arm and his infield actions, he should be able to stick at shortstop. THE FUTURE: Though he hit just two homers in 91 high school games, Paris could develop into a 15-homer threat with his bat speed and wiry strength. He will likely start 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
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