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  1. 1. Reid Detmers | LHP
    Reid Detmers
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Burden.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.19 ERA | 108 SO | 19 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Medium

    Track Record: Track Record: Detmers was picked out of high school by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft but opted to attend college instead. At Louisville, Detmers was part of a stacked roster that also included future first-round picks Bobby Miller (Dodgers) and Henry Davis (Pirates). The Angels thought enough of Detmers’ mix of stuff and polish to make him the 10th overall pick in 2020 and sign him for a bonus of $4.67 million. Detmers rocketed from the Angels alternate training site in 2020 to Anaheim in 2021. He jumped straight to Double-A to start his pro career and dominated in 12 starts for the Trash Pandas before being promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, where he made only two starts before being called up to the majors to make his big league debut on Aug. 1. In the majors less than 14 months after being drafted and after only 62 innings in the minors, Detmers got roughed up for a 7.40 ERA in five big league starts, although he showed promise with a six-inning, one-run effort in an Aug. 15 start against the Astros to earn his first big league win. Detmers was placed on the Covid-19 injured list on Aug. 25 and pitched only one more game, the regular-season finale.
    Scouting Report: Detmers came out of college with excellent command of a low-90s fastball and a big-breaking, a mid-70s curveball, but his arsenal changed in pro ball to enhance his already-bright outlook. His fastball velocity ticked up to 93-97 mph and a new upper-80s slider emerged as a weapon to handle righthanded batters, giving him a complete, four-pitch mix. Detmers works his high-spin fastball with late riding action at the top of the zone and gets swings and misses when he locates it. It pairs exceptionally well with his plus-plus curveball, which averages more than six feet of drop and freezes batters at the knees. His new slider is a hard breaker in the mid-80s that barrels down and in on righthanders and gives him a second potentially plus breaking pitch, and his improving 79-83 mph changeup 79-83 mph is most effective when he drops it to the front foot of righthanded hitters. Detmers has a compact, easily repeatable delivery that should ward off most mechanical issues and good feel for and command of his four-pitch mix. He moves the ball around the strike zone with above-average control and mixes and matches his pitches to keep hitters guessing.
    The Future: Detmers was just beginning to understand how his pitches work and how best to set hitters up before his 2021 season was derailed by Covid-19. He could eventually pitch his way into a frontline role, especially if he gains more strength and adds velocity, but because he lacks an overpowering fastball, most project him as a No. 3 or 4 starter. Detmers should contend for a rotation spot in 2022.
    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 65. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  2. 2. Sam Bachman | RHP
    Sam Bachman
    Born: Sep 30, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: John Burden.
    Minors: 0-2 | 3.77 ERA | 15 SO | 4 BB | 15 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Bachman showed some of the best pure stuff in college baseball at Miami (Ohio) and steadily raised his draft stock throughout his junior year. Angels general manager Perry Minasian attended Bachman’s final start of the year, when the righthander pitched 6.1 dominant innings against Ball State, and six weeks later, the Angels drafted Bachman with the ninth overall pick. Bachman signed for a well below-slot $3,847,500 and made his professional debut with five starts for High-A Tri-City, where he went 0-2, 3.77 with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 14.1 innings.
    Scouting Report: The burly Bachman is a pure power pitcher with two potentially dominant pitches in his fastball and slider. His fastball sits 94-97 with hard run and sink out of his low-three quarters arm slot and touches 101 mph. He pairs his plus-plus fastball with a tight, vertical slider in the upper 80s that dives late to draw swings both in and out of the zone. It’s another plus-plus pitch that batters have a tough time squaring up and mostly induces ground balls when they do make contact. Bachman has an improving, mid-80s changeup that flashes average and will be critical for him to develop if he is to remain in the starting rotation. His delivery isn’t particularly fluid and he averaged less than five innings per start in 2021.
    The Future: Bachman’s two-pitch mix, delivery and durability questions point to a future as a setup man or closer, but the Angels believe his combination of velocity, movement and physicality will fit in the rotation. He is set to make his full-season debut in 2022.
    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  3. 3. Kyren Paris | SS/2B
    Kyren Paris
    Born: Nov 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oakley, Calif., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brian Tripp.
    Minors: .267/.388/.459 | 4 HR | 22 SB | 172 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High.

    Track Record: Track Record: Paris signed with the Angels for an over-slot $1.4 million as the 55th overall pick in the 2019 draft, but he’s played just 50 games in three years. He was limited to three games by a broken hamate bone in 2019, missed the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic and played only 47 games in 2021 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his fibula. Even in that limited time, he stood out as a hitter at Low-A Inland Empire and earned a late promotion to High-A Tri-City as a 19-year-old.
    Scouting Report: Paris’ bat is well ahead of the glove. He has quick hands, good timing and a natural feel to hit, and his strength belies his small stature. He was more of an opposite-field, line-drive hitter when the Angels drafted him, an approach that pairs well with his plus speed, but he began to hit the ball harder to the gap and down the line in left field last season. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has enough power to project 12-16 home runs. Paris committed 12 errors in only 29 games in the field last season, mostly throwing. He has occasional lapses in footwork and a tendency to peek at runners, causing errant throws. He lacks the arm strength, range or quick release to be a shortstop, but he could be an average second baseman if he improves his reliability. In addition to his tools, Paris earns high praise for his makeup and work ethic.
    The Future: Paris has the components of a big league hitter and projects to be an offensive second baseman. He may see Double-A as a 20-year-old in 2022.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  4. 4. Jordyn Adams | OF
    Jordyn Adams
    Born: Oct 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Cary, N.C., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris McAlpin.
    Minors: .217/.290/.310 | 5 HR | 18 SB | 277 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Track Record: Adams was committed to North Carolina to play both baseball and football before the Angels drafted him 16th overall in 2018 and signed him for an over-slot $3.475 million bonus. After spending 2020 at the alternate training site, he opened the 2021 season at High-A Tri-City but suffered a hamstring strain in the third game of the season that sidelined him for five weeks. Adams struggled to find a consistent swing after he returned and finished the year batting .217 with five home runs and 38% strikeout rate.
    Scouting Report: Adams is an elite athlete and an 80-grade runner with excellent bat speed and wiry strength. But after making progress translating those tools into production at the alternate training site, he seemed to plateau in 2021. Like many young players, Adams gets in trouble when his swing gets long, which prevents him from catching up to fastballs and often leads to strikeouts and weak contact. When he finds a more efficient swing, he will be able to tap into the above-average raw power that makes him such an enticing prospect. Adams tracks pitches well and knows the strike zone, but his swing issues and overall lack of feel for the barrel prevent him from projecting as more than a below-average hitter. Adams might be big league ready on defense, where his speed and athleticism play well in center field. He has refined his jumps and has run cleaner routes in the past two seasons, he has a strong, accurate arm and has already shown an ability to rob homers with leaping catches at the wall.
    The Future: Adams has upside, but his future will depend on his swing development.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 45. Speed: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  5. 5. Jeremiah Jackson | SS/2B
    Jeremiah Jackson
    Born: Mar 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mobile, Ala., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: J.T. Zink.
    Minors: .277/.358/.548 | 10 HR | 13 SB | 188 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Track Record: Jackson has moved slowly since the Angels drafted him with the 57th overall pick in 2018. He spent his first two seasons in the Rookie levels, including hitting a Pioneer-League record 23 homers for Orem in 2019, and briefly appeared at the alternate training site in 2020 before making his full-season debut with Low-A Inland Empire in 2021. Jackson got off to a miserable start but began to catch fire before he suffered a significant quad strain in mid June that limited him to just 51 games. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit .161 with a 38% strikeout rate.
    Scouting Report: Jackson has long had a boom-or-bust approach that results in jaw-dropping home runs and gobs of strikeouts. He made some progress in 2021 seeing the ball better, recognizing secondary pitches and not expanding the zone as much, but he still posted a 33% strikeout rate. Jackson has a loose, explosive swing and he has refined his setup and timing mechanism to get his hands and body going earlier. He destroys pitches to his pull side and has improved at driving pitches on the outer half the other way, but still projects as a below-average hitter. Jackson is rangy on defense with a quick first step and above-average speed. He has the agility and arm strength to stick at shortstop and is an adequate second baseman, but there’s also a chance he could move to center field.
    The Future: Jackson has 30-homer potential but will have to tone down his swing and develop a more effective two-strike approach. He is on track to see Double-A in 2022.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  6. 6. Ky Bush | LHP
    Ky Bush
    Born: Nov 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 240
    Signed By: Scott Richardson.
    Minors: 0-2 | 4.50 ERA | 20 SO | 5 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Bush took a circuitous route to professional baseball. The Utah native headed for Washington State after high school, but after a rough freshman season and some turnover in the coaching staff, he transferred to Central Arizona JC, where his 2020 season was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Bush then transferred to St. Mary’s for the 2021 season and emerged as one of the best college pitchers on the West Coast. He posted a 2.99 ERA with 112 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 78.1 innings for the Gaels, leading the Angels to draft him in the second round and sign him for an over-slot $1.75 million.
    Scouting Report: Bush is a large-bodied lefthander at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. He has a four-pitch mix out of his over-the-top delivery, headlined by a fastball that sits at 94 mph and touches 96 mph with late riding action. Bush struggled with his fastball command his first two years of college but gained a better feel of it at St. Mary’s, in part because he lost weight and gained better control of his delivery. Bush’s best secondary pitch is an above-average slider with more vertical drop than horizontal movement. His slow curveball and changeup are fringy pitches that are works in progress. Despite his large frame, Bush was athletic enough to play basketball in high school and has a good blend of stuff, feel and average control.
    The Future: The Angels believe Bush is just scratching the surface of his potential. With an improved curveball and changeup, he could be a mid-to-back-of the rotation starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  7. 7. Arol Vera | SS
    Arol Vera
    Born: Sep 12, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Marion Urdaneta/Andres Garcia/Joel Chicharelli.
    Minors: .304/.370/.401 | 0 HR | 11 SB | 227 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Track Record: Vera signed with the Angels for $2 million as one of the top prospects in the 2019 international class, but he was confined to an Arizona apartment during the coronavirus shutdown and gained more than 20 pounds, setting off alarm bells in the Angels player development department. Vera returned slimmer and more athletic in 2021 and had an explosive pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League, leading to a promotion to Low-A Inland Empire at the end of the season.
    Scouting Report: Vera is a physical, projectable switch-hitter who hits balls hard from both sides of the plate. He shows an advanced, all-fields approach from the left side in particular and generates all of his power from that side. Vera has a tendency to chase pitches out of the strike zone, but the Angels are confident that will improve with experience and maturity. He is more of a gap-to-gap doubles hitter, but with added strength and better pitch selection, he could develop the power to hit 15-20 homers. Vera is an average runner and earns high marks for poise, makeup and character. He has emerged as one of the smoothest, most fundamentally sound defenders in the system, with sure hands and an above-average arm. Though he lost a considerable amount of weight last year, Vera is still a little thick in his lower half, which could portend an eventual move to third base.
    The Future: Vera’s hitting ability and poise on defense give him some of the highest upside of any position player in the Angels system. He’ll return to Low-A to begin the 2022 season.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Denzer Guzman | SS
    Denzer Guzman
    Born: Feb 8, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Domingo Garcia.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Track Record: Once the pandemic-delayed international signing period opened in Jan. 2021, the Angels snapped up Guzman, one of the best pure hitters in his class, for a $2 million bonus. The 17-year-old had a solid pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, showing good power, plate discipline and speed, with 14 extra-base hits, 20 walks and 24 strikeouts in 164 plate appearances and 11 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
    Scouting Report: Guzman has a knack for barreling balls with a loose, effortless swing that he starts with a small leg kick to create a good rhythm. He has an advanced approach and knowledge of the strike zone for his age and makes hard, consistent contact on pitches in all parts of the zone. Guzman has plenty of raw power to his pull side and, because of his big-time bat speed, should tap into even more as he matures and adds more loft to his swing. He’s an average runner who probably will be less of a base-stealing threat as his body fills out physically. Guzman is a solid defender with good footwork and hands and the potential to have a plus arm that will fit on the left side of the infield. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, but his below-average speed could force the organization to move him to third base. Guzman is mature for his age and earns high marks for makeup and aptitude.
    The Future: Guzman is set to make his stateside debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022. He is many years away but has the potential to be an everyday infielder with a potent bat if everything clicks.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  9. 9. Landon Marceaux | RHP
    Landon Marceaux
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 179
    Signed By: Brandon McArthur.
    Minors: 0-1 | 14.73 ERA | 6 SO | 0 BB | 4 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Marceaux was a two-time member of USA Baseball’s 18U national team and was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round out of high school. He instead made his way to Louisiana State and spent three years in the Tigers rotation, capped by going 7-7, 2.54 with 116 strikeouts and 26 walks in 102.2 innings in 2021. The Angels drafted him in the third round and signed him for $765,300. Marceaux made only two brief starts in the Arizona Complex League in his pro debut, a decision by the Angels to play it safe given his college workload.
    Scouting Report: Marceaux’s stuff won’t wow anybody, but few pitching prospects have a better command of their repertoires. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph with some run and a little bit of sink, his low-80s slider is an average pitch, his low-80s changeup is above-average and his upper-70s curveball is fringy but improving. Marceaux succeeds by spotting his pitches on the edges of the strike zone and avoiding hitters’ hot zones with surgical precision. He has a repeatable, low-effort delivery that gives him plus control and a high-three-quarters arm slot that creates some downhill plane on his pitches.
    The Future: Marceaux’s stuff leaves him little margin for error, but his ability to command the ball and keep hitters off-balance gives him a chance to rise as a back-of-the-rotation starter. He’ll likely open the 2022 season at High-A Tri-City but could be advanced enough to jump straight to Double-A.
    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 50. Curveball 45. Changeup 55, Control: 60.

  10. 10. Alexander Ramirez | OF
    Alexander Ramirez
    Born: Aug 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Frank Tejada.
    Minors: .206/.323/.367 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 199 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Track Record: The Angels signed Ramirez for $1 million when he was 16 on the belief he had the potential to grow into a middle-of-the-order slugger. Ramirez showed that pop with 17 extra-base hits in 39 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2019 and, after he was quarantined in Arizona during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, regained his power stroke in his stateside debut in 2021. He hit .276 with a .908 OPS and 16 extra-base hits in 35 games in the Arizona Complex League and earned a promotion to Low-A Inland Empire at the end of the year.
    Scouting Report: Ramirez is big, strong and muscular with an athletic frame, and he’s shown an ability to barrel the ball to all fields. There is some length to his swing, which, combined with an aggressive approach, has led to a 34.7% strikeout rate, but he showed a better feel to hit last summer and produced some of the organization’s top exit velocities with his electric bat speed. Ramirez still has to prove he can handle spin and progress with his pitch recognition, but he has the physical potential to be a fringe-average hitter with plus power. Ramirez is an average runner with solid defensive instincts and an above-average arm, although he is still growing into his body and has occasional coordination issues. Though he has the athleticism and instincts to play center field, he projects more as a power-hitting corner outfielder long-term.
    The Future: Ramirez has the potential to hit 30 homers a season if everything comes together. He’ll return to Inland Empire to open the 2022 season.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  11. 11. Austin Warren | RHP
    Austin Warren
    Born: Feb 5, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Drafted
    Signed By: Chris McAlpin.
    Minors: 2-3 | 6.19 ERA | 45 SO | 18 BB | 37 IP

    Track Record: A former shortstop, Warren didn’t begin pitching until his sophomore year of college at UNC Wilmington. He was hardly a top prospect, signing for only $7,500 as a senior sign in the sixth round, but he rose quickly through the Angels system and made his major league debut in July. Warren immediately impressed the Angels’ coaching staff with his repertoire and poise and was pitching in high-leverage situations by mid-August.
    Scouting Report: Warren generates velocity that belies his smallish frame. His four-seam fastball sits 93-94 mph and touched 96 mph in the big leagues last season. He held opponents to a .130 average in at-bats ending with his heater and produced a 25.6% whiff-rate with the pitch. His best pitch is a wipeout slider that sits 86-88 mph with nearly three feet of drop. It’s a plus pitch and his go-to swing-and-miss offering. His firm, upper 80s changeup is more of a show-me pitch. Warren pounds the zone, frequently getting ahead of pitchers with first-pitch strikes, and keeps the ball on the ground.
    The Future: Warren has a combination of confidence and fearlessness that was immediately evident in his major league debut. He has positioned himself for a middle-relief role with the Angels.

  12. 12. Chase Silseth | RHP
    Chase Silseth
    Born: May 18, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 217
    Signed By: Jayson Durocher.
    Minors: 0-2 | 10.12 ERA | 7 SO | 1 BB | 6 IP

    Track Record: Silseth began his college career as a reliever at Tennessee before transferring to JC Southern Nevada, where he made six starts before the 2020 season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He transferred to Arizona and was the Wildcats’ Friday night starter in 2021, with his top moment coming when he went toe-to-toe with All-American Kumar Rocker in the College World Series, The Angels drafted Silseth in the 11th round and signed him for an over-slot $485,000 bonus.
    Scouting Report: Silseth has a lively fastball that averages 96 mph and touches 98 mph. He has a good feel for a slurvy curveball with 12-to-6 break in the 78-82 mph range and a tight mid-80s slider. Both have a chance to be plus pitches, although he gets more swings and misses with his curveball. Silseth also keeps hitters off-balance with a low-80s splitter with good depth that is often mistaken for a changeup. He generally throws strikes early in his outings, but his command suffers as games wear on and he gets tired.
    The Future: Silseth’s four-pitch arsenal may allow him to remain in the rotation. His command and durability are indicators that he might have more success as a power arm out of the bullpen.

  13. 13. Davis Daniel | RHP
    Davis Daniel
    Born: Jun 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Todd Hogan.
    Minors: 4-7 | 3.92 ERA | 154 SO | 34 BB | 115 IP

    Track Record: Daniel had Tommy John surgery after throwing just two innings for Auburn as a junior in 2019, but the Angels still drafted him in the seventh round and signed him for $172,500. Daniel began generating buzz when he returned during instructional league in 2020 and carried that momentum into his pro debut in 2021. He rose three levels from High-A to Triple-A and led the Angels system with 154 strikeouts.
    Scouting Report: Daniel has a full four-pitch arsenal, but he mostly goes after hitters with his fastball. His high-spin four-seamer sits 91-92 mph and touches 95 mph with above-average ride and cut to generate swings and misses at the top of the strike zone. He complements his fastball with a mid-70s, 12-to-6 curveball, an improving, low-80s changeup and a low-80s slider. None of them project to be more than average, but Daniel is a smart pitcher who knows when to throw them for maximum effectiveness. He throws plenty of strikes with above-average control and creates some deception with an old-school delivery in which he tilts his glove angle to hide the ball.
    The Future: Daniel has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if his secondaries continue to progress. He also has experience as a reliever, so where he pitches in the big leagues will be based on need.

  14. 14. D'Shawn Knowles | OF
    D'Shawn Knowles
    Born: Jan 16, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Bahamas, 2017.
    Signed By: Carlos Gomez.
    Minors: .227/.280/.355 | 5 HR | 31 SB | 361 AB

    Track Record: The switch-hitting Knowles signed with the Angels for $850,000 out of the Bahamas when he was 16 and slowly made his way through the low minors. He made his full-season debut in 2021 at Low-A Inland Empire and showed elite speed and defensive versatility while starting games at all three outfield positions and shortstop. But he also hit just .227/.280/.355 and showed he has a long way to go offensively.
    Scouting Report: Knowles shows flashes of ability but has yet to find consistency. At his best, he drives the ball to both gaps with a clean, compact swing from both sides of the plate and average raw power. He has developed into a great base-stealer, is learning to bunt and is working on a better two-strike approach. Knowles also has stretches when he swings and misses at the top of the strike zone in bunches and takes zig-zag routes in center field. He goes to the gaps well and is even better at charging balls with his above-average arm strength and quick release, but he struggles to find the wall going back. Regardless of whether he’s going good or bad, Knowles earns raves for his work ethic, enthusiasm and love of the game.
    The Future: Knowles projects more as a speedy utility man than a regular. He’ll move to High-A in 2022.

  15. 15. Jose Marte | RHP
    Jose Marte
    Born: Jun 14, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 236
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta (Giants).
    Minors: 3-2 | 3.66 ERA | 62 SO | 22 BB | 40 IP

    Track Record: Marte did not rise above the Class A levels in his first four pro seasons with the Giants, but after idling in 2020, he moved from the rotation to the bullpen in 2021 and excelled at Double-A. The Angels acquired Marte as one of three prospects for Tony Watson at the trade deadline, and he made his major league debut for them in August.
    Scouting Report: The power-armed Marte throws a heavy two-seam fastball that sits 96-97 mph with big sink and run. The sinker consistently plays as a plus pitch when he keeps it down in the zone and is difficult for batters to elevate, part of the reason he rarely allows home runs. Marte complements his sinker with a sluvy, mid-80s slider with more drop than break. He replaced the changeup he threw earlier in his career with an upper-80s cutter as his third pitch. Marte has long struggled with his fastball command and overall control. He needs to improve the consistency of his secondary pitches and be more effective at finishing batters off once he gets them in two-strike counts.
    The Future: Marte has a lot of things to work on, but his stuff gives him a chance to be a middle reliever in the majors. He’ll try to win a bullpen spot in spring training.

  16. 16. Chris Rodriguez | RHP
    Chris Rodriguez
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Miami, 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ralph Reyes.
    Minors: 0-1 | 4.87 ERA | 22 SO | 11 BB | 21 IP

    Track Record: After missing most of 2018 and 2019 because of back injuries and 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rodriguez broke camp with the Angels in 2021 and worked his way into high-leverage relief by going 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his first eight appearances. But shoulder injuries derailed his season, and he underwent capsule repair surgery in October that will sideline him for most, if not all, of 2022.
    Scouting Report: Rodriguez would do well to smooth out a delivery that is a little high-effort at times, but he showed last season that he has the stuff to pitch in the big leagues. His four-pitch mix features a sinking fastball that sits 94-96 mph with and late tailing action, a wipeout, 89-90 mph slider that induces plenty of swings and misses, a big overhand curveball in the mid 80s with more than four feet of vertical drop and a 88-90 mph changeup with screwball-like action. Rodriguez throws plenty of strikes with his premium arsenal, but he hasn’t been able to stay on the mound. He has thrown more than 30 innings only once in four seasons, and that was in 2017.
    The Future: Rodriguez has the stuff to succeed as a starter or reliever in the majors, but another major injury has clouded his future. He’ll spend the year rehabbing and try to make it back healthy in 2023.

  17. 17. Nelson Rada | OF
    Nelson Rada
    Born: Aug 24, 2005
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160

    Track Record: Rada was extremely young for the 2021-22 international class, to the point where had he been born eight days later, he would have had to wait until the following year to sign. The Angels made the 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder their top signing when the international period opened on Jan. 15, 2022, coming from the same program where they signed shortstop Arol Vera. Scouting Report: The son of a former professional basketball player in Venezuela, Rada was a skinny 5-foot-9 early on in the scouting process, but he has grown a few inches since then. Rada is young but his instincts for the game have long stood out for his age, including while playing for Venezuela at the U-15 World Cup Americas Qualifier in 2019. Rada takes a short swing from the left side with a selective approach for his age. He has doubles power that has ticked up as he’s gotten stronger, and while there should be more to come, his offensive game should be centered around his on-base skills. He’s a solid-average runner in center field whose defense is enhanced by his first-step quickness and ability to get good reads off the bat. The Future: Rada will be one of the youngest players in professional baseball in his pro debut, as he’s ticketed to play nearly the entire 2022 season as a 16-year-old in the Dominican Summer League.

  18. 18. Adrian Placencia | 2B/SS
    Adrian Placencia
    Born: Jun 2, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Jochy Cabrera.
    Minors: .175/.326/.343 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 143 AB

    Track Record: The switch-hitting Placencia signed with the Angels for $1.1 million as one of the youngest players in the 2019-2020 international class. After spending 2020 in instructional league, he made his professional debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in 2021. Placencia cleaned up some of his footwork and throwing mechanics on defense and showed glimpses of offensive potential, but he hit just .175/.326/.343 in 43 games.
    Scouting Report: Placencia has an advanced feel for contact from both sides of the plate. He has quick hands and the barrel of his bat moves quickly through the zone. He limits his chase swings and doesn’t strike out often. Despite that strong foundation, Placencia struggled to hit in his pro debut in part because he doesn’t consistently hit the ball hard. He flashes surprising power for his small frame and has some natural lift in his swing, but on a pitch-to-pitch basis, he struggles to do damage. Defensively, Placencia has smooth actions, soft hands and an average arm with a quick exchange. He is a below-average runner and is better at second base than shortstop.
    The Future: Placencia profiles better as a utilityman than an everyday player, but he’s still young and has time to add strength to his frame. He may see Low-A Inland Empire in 2022.

  19. 19. Janson Junk | RHP
    Janson Junk
    Born: Jan 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 177
    Signed By: Mike Thurman (Yankees).
    Minors: 6-3 | 2.81 ERA | 97 SO | 27 BB | 93 IP

    Track Record: Junk was a largely anonymous 22nd-round pick in the Yankees system his first three pro seasons, but he broke out in 2021 at Double-A Somerset and was acquired by the Angels for Andrew Heaney at the trade deadline. He continued his ascent in his new organization and received his first MLB callup in September, posting a 3.86 ERA in four abbreviated starts.
    Scouting Report: Junk used the coronavirus shutdown in 2020 to adjust his attitude and take a more aggressive, attacking mindset to the mound. With that new mindset, his fastball has become his best pitch at 93-97 mph with a high spin rate and good carry at the top of the strike zone. He also used the shutdown to alter the shape of his slider, which was too slurvy and similar to his curveball. His low-80s slider is now a sweepier pitch with late horizontal break and drop that gets plenty of swings and misses. Junk rounds out his arsenal with a fringy 79-80 mph curveball and a fringy changeup he mostly throws to lefthanded hitters. He throws plenty of strikes with average control but is on the small side for a starter, leading to some durability concerns.
    The Future: Junk’s size and fastball-slider combination might be better suited for a middle-relief role. He’ll look to break camp with the Angels in 2022.

  20. 20. Orlando Martinez | OF
    Orlando Martinez
    Born: Feb 17, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Frankie Thon Jr.
    Minors: .258/.313/.445 | 16 HR | 5 SB | 400 AB

    Track Record: Martinez signed with the Angels for $250,000 out of Cuba in 2017 and has steadily risen up their system. After impressing at the Class A levels his first two seasons, Martinez returned from the coronavirus shutdown and set new career highs in doubles (23), home runs (16) and total bases (178) with Double-A Rocket City, all despite the league being pitcher friendly.
    Scouting Report: Martinez has a smooth, lefthanded swing and a natural feel to hit, but he sacrificed some contact to access more power last season. Though he has more of a hit-over-power profile, Martinez could add power as he continues to learn what pitches he can drive with authority and what pitches he should lay off of. He has decent speed but is not a base-stealing threat. Though he is not Gold Glove-caliber on defense, he has shown the ability to play all three outfield positions with good jumps, clean, direct routes and a strong, accurate arm.
    The Future: Martinez does not have the eye-popping tools of a potential all-star, but he is the type of prospect whose whole is greater than the sum of his parts. He could be a versatile extra outfielder or platoon player and will open 2022 in Triple-A.

  21. 21. Luke Murphy | RHP
    Luke Murphy
    Born: Nov 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Joel Murrie.
    Minors: 0-1 | 3.00 ERA | 15 SO | 1 BB | 9 IP

    Track Record: The end of Murphy’s college career was much better than the beginning. After sitting out the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and pitching only four times in pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Murphy spent 2021 as Vanderbilt’s closer and went 4-1, 2.40 with nine saves. The Angels drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $747,500.
    Scouting Report: The lanky Murphy relies heavily on a fastball that sits at 94-95 mph and touches 98-99. He has good command of the four-seamer and locates it in all four quadrants of the strike zone. His best secondary offering is a sweeping slider with movement that has the potential to be a wipeout pitch. He is developing a curveball and changeup but didn’t throw either pitch much in college. Murphy didn’t start at Vanderbilt, but he worked multiple innings regularly and can be stretched out.
    The Future: Murphy’s fastball-slider combination is suited to a high-leverage relief role. He could move quickly and reach the upper levels of the minors in 2022.

  22. 22. Oliver Ortega | RHP
    Oliver Ortega
    Born: Oct 2, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Domingo Garcia/Alfredo Ulloa.
    Minors: 2-3 | 5.48 ERA | 61 SO | 18 BB | 43 IP

    Track Record: Ortega signed with the Angels for $10,000 as a late-blooming 18-year-old and spent his first five seasons as a starter before moving to the bullpen in 2021. He struggled early at Double-A Rocket City but found his bearing after a promotion to Triple-A Salt Lake and received his first big league callup in September. After making eight relief appearances for the Angels, he went to the Dominican Winter League and posted a 0.69 ERA in 13 appearances.
    Scouting Report: Ortega has plenty of stuff to pitch in relief and is getting comfortable with the role. His four-seam fastball sits 96-97 mph and touches 99 mph with cutting action out of the bullpen. His funky, 12-to-6 knuckle curveball sits in the low 80s with nearly four feet of drop and sometimes spins like a lefthanded breaking ball. His rarely thrown changeup is firm at 89 mph and has a lot more run than his fastball. Ortega’s stuff is loud, but his control is below-average. He will look dominant at times and then walk two or three batters in a row.
    The Future: Ortega could provide solid middle relief for the Angels as soon as 2022. He’ll look to win an Opening Day bullpen spot in spring training.

  23. 23. Michael Stefanic | 2B
    Michael Stefanic
    Born: Feb 24, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Ben Diggins.
    Minors: .336/.408/.493 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 491 AB

    Track Record: After going undrafted despite starring at NAIA Westmont, Stefanic sent his resume and a homemade prospect video to all 30 clubs in the summer of 2018. The Angels needed a low-level infielder and signed him with the thought he’d be an organizational player. Stefanic instead hit at every level leading up to a breakout 2021 season. He finished second in the minor leagues with 165 hits and tied for fifth with a .336 batting average as he rose from Double-A to Triple-A.
    Scouting Report: Stefanic is an extreme contact hitter who rarely swings and misses, doesn’t chase and has the bat control to put almost any pitch in play. He grew stronger and started showing his power—to the pull side as well as right-center—in 2021. There is little doubt he can be an average hitter with double-digit home runs in the majors, but that might not be enough to overcome his defense. Stefanic isn’t very athletic defensively and has to substantially improve his lateral mobility. He has limited range at second base and his below-average arm doesn’t play well at third base. He has bottom-of-the-scale speed and lacks first-step quickness.
    The Future: Stefanic’s bat is legitimate, but he will have to improve defensively to be a utilityman. If he can play third base and add corner outfield to his resume, he could earn a spot on a big league bench.

  24. 24. Randy De Jesus | OF
    Randy De Jesus
    Born: Feb 13, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210

    Track Record: Early on during the scouting process in the Dominican Republic, de Jesus stood out for his power potential as a 6-foot-3 righthanded hitter. He bolstered his stock as he got himself into better shape, leading to a $1.2 million deal with the Angels when the 2021-22 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022. Scouting Report: De Jesus improved his conditioning while retaining his ability to drive the ball for damage when he makes contact. He has a chance to develop above-average power, already hammering the ball with impact relative to his peers. De Jesus doesn’t have the same pure contact skills as fellow Angels international signing Nelson Rada, but scouts highest on him believed in his ability to translate that power against live pitching. What de Jesus does in the batter’s box will drive his value, as he’s a corner outfielder with below-average speed. The Future: De Jesus is several years away from the big leagues, with the Dominican Summer League where he will make his professional debut in 2022.

  25. 25. Werner Blakely | SS/2B
    Werner Blakely
    Born: Feb 21, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Detroit, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Drew Dominguez.
    Minors: .182/.339/.284 | 3 HR | 15 SB | 148 AB

    Track Record: Blakely grew up in Detroit and emerged as Michigan’s top high school player in the 2020 draft class. He did not get a chance to play his senior season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Angels still drafted him in the fifth round and gave him an above-slot $900,000 bonus to pass up an Auburn commitment. Blakely made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 and showed some ability to draw walks, but he hit just .182 with a 37% strikeout rate.
    Scouting Report: Blakely has a lot to dream on with his long, lean, projectable frame and immense athleticism. He has a good eye and patient approach at the plate, but he swings and misses a lot in the strike zone with an uppercut swing. The Angels tinkered with his swing throughout his first season, and it began to look better at the end of the year. Blakely should add power as he packs more muscle onto his frame and is athletic enough to remain an above-average runner even as he gets bigger. A shortstop now, Blakely has the actions and arm strength to play all three infield positions, but most think he’d be best in center field.
    The Future: Blakely is a prototypical high-risk, high-reward prospect with plenty of projection. His swing development will determine what kind of career he has.

  26. 26. Mason Erla | RHP
    Mason Erla
    Born: Aug 19, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Drew Dominguez.
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.23 ERA | 11 SO | 0 BB | 8 IP

    Track Record: Erla was passed over in the five-round 2020 draft, so he returned to Michigan State for a fifth season and went 5-6, 3.50 with 80 strikeouts and only three home runs allowed in 79.2 innings. The Angels drafted him in the 17th round and he immediately showed promise in his pro debut with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 7.1 innings across two levels.
    Scouting Report: The big-bodied Erla has good command of a fastball that averages 95-96 mph and touches 98 mph in short bursts. He added a low-90s cutter that has more slider-like action after being drafted to give him a potentially average secondary pitch, He has shown a good feel for a mid-80s changeup and is still developing a mid-80s slider that is more of a slurve. He throws all of his pitches for strikes with average control.
    The Future: Erla is already 24, but his velocity and strike-throwing capabilities make him a sleeper candidate. He will remain a starter for now and can slide into relief if needed.

  27. 27. Jack Kochanowicz | RHP
    Jack Kochanowicz
    Born: Dec 22, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Philadelphia, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Kennard Jones.
    Minors: 4-2 | 6.91 ERA | 73 SO | 35 BB | 84 IP

    Track Record: Kochanowicz signed for an over-slot $1.25 million bonus as a third-round pick in 2019 and had to wait almost two years to make his professional debut. The layoff showed at Low-A Inland Empire in 2021, where Kochanowicz surrendered 102 hits in 83.1 innings and got tagged for an 6.91 ERA while averaging barely four innings per outing.
    Scouting Report: Kochanowicz is a big-bodied righthander with an athletic and relatively fluid delivery that produces lively fastballs in the 93-97 mph range. His high-spin, big-breaking, mid-70s curveball with big drop and late horizontal movement gives him a second potential plus pitch if he can command it, and his changeup shows average potential. Kochanowicz struggled to throw his offspeed pitches for strikes in 2021, forcing him to throw his fastball over the middle, where it was crushed. He should improve as he gains better command of the heater and learns to attack different parts of the zone with it. The Angels love his work ethic and inquisitive nature and believe he will grow from the adversity.
    The Future: Kochanowicz’s focus in 2022 will be on fastball command and getting ahead in counts. He needs to do that and start throwing his secondaries for strikes to live up to his starter potential.

  28. 28. Elvis Peguero | RHP
    Elvis Peguero
    Born: Mar 20, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Arturo Peña (Yankees).
    Minors: 5-2 | 3.43 ERA | 72 SO | 19 BB | 58 IP

    Track Record: Peguero is a native of Cotui, the rural Dominican Republic town that produced former Angels pitcher Ramon Ortiz. He signed with the Yankees for $50,000 in 2015 and was acquired in a trade-deadline deal for Andrew Heaney last summer. Peguero spent his first three professional seasons as a starter but was moved to the bullpen in 2019, a better fit for his power two-pitch mix. He jumped three levels in 2021 and made his big league debut in late August, getting roughed up in three appearances.
    Scouting Report: Peguero features a heavy sinking fastball that averages 96 mph with late tailing action. It is a difficult pitch to lift when it’s down in the zone. His vertical upper-80s slider has plenty of drop but lacks sharpness and he struggles to land it. Peguero uses his lanky frame well to throw downhill and puts the ball over the plate, but he has trouble hitting his spots and too often leaves the ball in hittable zones
    The Future: Peguero has the pure stuff to pitch in the back of a bullpen, but his lack of command makes him more likely to be a middle reliever.

  29. 29. Edgar Quero | C
    Edgar Quero
    Born: Apr 6, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Brian Parker.
    Minors: .240/.405/.463 | 5 HR | 2 SB | 121 AB

    Track Record: The switch-hitting Quero jumped onto the radar of talent evaluators when he hit .400 in the 15U World Cup in Panama in 2018. He signed for $200,000 last winter, one of 11 six-figure bonuses the Angels handed out during the 2020-2021 international signing period. Quero hit so well in 29 Arizona rookie-league games (.253, .945 OPS, four homers, 24 RBIs) that he earned a promotion to Low-A Inland Empire in late August.
    Scouting Report: Quero has an advanced approach at the plate for his age and a knack for barreling the ball, with most of his pull power coming from the left side. He should develop more power as he matures physically and gains strength. Though there is some swing-and-miss in his game, he rarely chases pitches out of the zone and had almost as many walks (23) as strikeouts (28) in the ACL. Defensively, Quero is athletic with good receiving skills and an average arm, and he’s already impressing coaches with his ability to call a game and work with pitchers.
    The Future: It has been more than a decade since the Angels developed a decent homegrown catcher. Quero has the potential to end that streak, although he’s a few years away.

  30. 30. Coleman Crow | RHP
    Coleman Crow
    Born: Dec 30, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Todd Hogan.
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.19 ERA | 62 SO | 29 BB | 63 IP

    Track Record: The Angels drafted Crow in the 28th round out of high school in 2019 but gave him a $317,500 signing bonus— fifth-round money—to buy him out of his Kennesaw State commitment. Crow did not pitch after being drafted and lost the 2020 season to the coronavirus pandemic, but he finally made his pro debut in 2021 and excelled at Low-A Inland Empire. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and posted a 1.38 ERA in five games as one of the league’s youngest players and earned a selection to the AFL Fall Stars Game.
    Scouting Report: Though small in stature, Crow has a feisty mound demeanor and a penchant for battling through tough situations. His fastball sits 91-92 mph and touches 95 and he spins his slurvy, low-80s slider extremely well, generating 3,000 rpms on the pitch. He complements his two primary offerings with a low-80s changeup with split action and late run and is mixing in a two-seam fastball with tailing and sinking action. Crow has just fringy control, but he throws enough strikes in short bursts.
    The Future: Crow could be a solid depth piece if he gains more fastball velocity and better commands his secondary pitches. A move to the bullpen could help his stuff tick up.

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