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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.
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.
TRACK RECORD: Ortega, who signed for just $10,000 in 2014, missed all of 2017 with a stress reaction in his back and was not considered much of a prospect until the 2019 season. A velocity bump helped him rack up 135 strikeouts in 111 innings between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile. His only 2020 action came playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. SCOUTING REPORT: Ortega complements a fastball that averages 95 mph and touches 98 mph with a funky 12-to-6 knuckle curveball that averages 83 mph and sometimes spins like a lefthanded breaking ball. Both are plus pitches that draw plenty of swings and misses. Ortega mostly throws those two pitches, but he does have an upper-80s mph changeup he'll occasionally throw. His control is inconsistent. THE FUTURE: If Ortega can improve his strike-throwing, he could develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter. Most likely, he ends up a reliever whose fastball and knuckle-curve play up in shorter bursts.
TRACK RECORD: Knowles, who signed out of the Bahamas for $850,000, struggled in a repeat season at Rookie-level Orem in 2019 and was not brought to the alternate training site in 2020. But he spent six weeks at instructional league in Arizona, where he earned rave reviews for his strong defense at all three outfield spots, improved baserunning and plate discipline and his ability to make more consistent contact from both sides of the plate. SCOUTING REPORT: Knowles is a gap-to-gap contact hitter with plus speed. He has a clean, compact, quiet swing from both sides and average raw power potential, with more pop coming from the left side. He has a chance to hit for more power as he gets bigger and his bat-to-ball skills improve. Knowles was introduced to second base at instructional league in 2019 and will continue to explore the position moving forward. His arm is strong enough to play three outfield spots, and it should play up in the infield. THE FUTURE: Knowles projects as a high on-base percentage, speedy utility man more than a regular. He will likely start 2021 at low Class A.
TRACK RECORD: Vera signed for $2 million as a 16-year-old as part of the Angels' renewed commitment to Latin America. He was confined to an Arizona apartment complex during the coronavirus shutdown in 2020 and put on a little too much weight by the time he reported to instructional league in the fall. Even with the added weight, he showed a tool set that remains intriguing. SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Vera has an advanced understanding of the strike zone and good bat-to-ball skills from both sides. He works counts and rarely swings at pitches outside the strike zone. He's more of a line-drive hitter but should hit for more power as he matures physically and gains strength. Vera is athletic in the field with quick hands, a strong arm and an ability to throw from all angles at shortstop. He's an average runner now but will likely slow down as he fills out. THE FUTURE: Vera is too gifted of an infielder to move off of shortstop for now. If he continues to add weight, he might project more as a third baseman.
TRACK RECORD: After the international period was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Angels snapped up Guzman, who was regarded as one of the better hitting prospects in the class, for a bonus of $2 million. He trained in the Dominican with Juan Rodriguez. SCOUTING REPORT: Guzman has long shown a knack for barreling balls against live pitching. He uses a loose, seemingly effortless swing from the right side to make hard consistent contact to balls all over the strike zone. He’s got plenty of raw power to his pull side now and could tap into even more as he grows and his body matures because of his big-time bat speed. He’s got a hitter’s mentality now with an approach geared toward line drives but power should manifest itself in games in time. He’s got a potentially plus arm that will fit on the left side of the infield, but his below-average speed could lead him to move off of shortstop fairly quickly. THE FUTURE: Guzman will likely begin his career in the Dominican Summer League but has enough upside that he’s already jumped into the upper half of the Angels’ prospect hierarchy.
TRACK RECORD: Rivera impressed enough at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy to be selected in the fourth round in 2019 and was announced by the Angels as a two-way player. He continued to take at-bats as a designated hitter in instructional league in 2020, but he appears to have more upside as a pitcher. SCOUTING REPORT: Rivera has a smooth, athletic delivery and induces plenty of swings and misses with a fastball that averages 92 mph and touches 95 mph. His 77 mph curveball resembles a slider, with a little more sweep than depth, and an emphasis in the fall was adding velocity to, and improving the command of, his breaking pitch. Rivera has shown improvement on an 83 mph changeup that has some fade. At the plate, Rivera has plenty of raw power but has struggled to make consistent contact. THE FUTURE: Rivera should reach low Class A in 2021. He may continue to get at-bats, but his future is firmly as a pitcher. He projects as a mid-to-back-of-the-rotation starter or possibly a swingman.
TRACK RECORD: Bonilla signed for $600,000 in 2019 and showed good pull-side power with occasional opposite-field pop during a 20-game stint in the Dominican Summer League. He stayed in shape by playing sandlot ball in the Dominican Republic during the coronavirus shutdown and was a full participant in instructional league in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Bonilla has a clean bat path that allows him to barrel baseballs consistently and produce high-end exit velocities, and he has a natural launch angle that helps him hit the ball into the air. As he grows and adds muscle, he has a chance to hit for average power. The stout-framed Bonilla is not as athletic as many of the organization's top middle-infield prospects, but he's a smooth, polished defender with a plus-plus arm that allows him to make throws from deep in the hole. The Angels love Bonilla's work ethic and baseball IQ. THE FUTURE: Though he handles shortstop well, Bonilla's body type might necessitate a move to third base. He will likely start 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
TRACK RECORD: The Angels signed Ramirez for $1 million based on the belief he had the power potential to grow into a middle-of-the-order slugger. He showed that pop as a 17-year-old with 17 extra-base hits, including four homers, over 39 games in the Dominican Summer League in his pro debut. Ramirez was quarantined in an Arizona apartment last summer during the coronavirus shutdown and slowed by a sore shoulder during fall instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Ramirez is big, strong and muscular with an athletic frame, and he can hit the ball a long way. But there is some swing-and-miss in his game--he struck out in one-third of his plate appearances in 2019--and his bat-to-ball skills, timing and ability to hit breaking balls all need work. Ramirez is an average runner who is still learning to manage his long strides. Though he has solid defensive instincts in the outfield and an above-average throwing arm, Ramirez is still growing into his body and has occasional coordination issues. THE FUTURE: Ramirez projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder, but the Angels will continue to challenge him by playing him in center field as much as they can. He will likely open 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
TRACK RECORD: Brady showed excellent command and an attack-the-zone mentality in his first three professional seasons, striking out 157 and walking 44 in 144 2/3 innings as he climbed to high Class A. He had a brief stint at the alternate training site in 2020 before finishing in instructional league, where he placed an emphasis on getting ahead in counts and putting away hitters quicker. SCOUTING REPORT: Brady gets well above average ride on a fastball that averages 93 mph, and he throws two different 82-mph breaking balls. One resembles a slider and one is more of a curveball depending on how he manipulates the ball, with his curveball drawing above-average grades. His improving mid-80s changeup has some fading action but doesn't have much depth. Brady has average control and is starting to understand how his stuff works: the more he stays in attack mode, the better his results usually are. THE FUTURE: Brady has a chance to land as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but he is more likely to reach the big leagues as a middle reliever. He will likely start 2021 at Double-A.
TRACK RECORD: The switch-hitting Placencia signed with the Angels for $1.1 million as one of the youngest players in the 2019-20 international signing class. He did not play for an affiliate after signing, so the Angels got their first extended look at him during instructional league last fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Still only 17, Placencia doesn't have the size right now to generate much impact at the plate. He does have a sound swing, uses his hands well, puts together quality at-bats and makes decently hard contact when he finds the barrel. Despite his size, the natural lift in his swing gives him a chance to develop average or better raw power as he matures physically and gains strength. Defensively, Placencia has smooth actions, soft hands and an average arm with a quick exchange at shortstop. He is a below-average runner. THE FUTURE: Placencia is not quite as advanced as fellow 2019 international signee Arol Vera in terms of baseball IQ and maturity, but he's extremely athletic with explosive movements. He will likely start 2021 in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: Naughton was named the Reds minor league player of the year in 2019 after going 11-12, 3.32 between high Class A Daytona and Double-A Chattanooga. The Angels acquired him for Brian Goodwin at the 2020 trade deadline. Naughton was durable enough to throw more than 150 innings in both 2018 and 2019 and spent 2020 at the alternate training sites of the Reds and Angels. SCOUTING REPORT: Naughton is a crafty lefthander who works from a slightly funky, low-three-quarters arm slot that adds deception to his three-pitch mix. He throws his fastball in the low-90s with average command, but his best weapon is a changeup he throws with excellent deception, depth and some armside run. Naughton can spin a breaking ball with some shape, but his curveball isn't nearly as effective as his changeup and fastball. He is able to repeat his delivery and has above-average control. THE FUTURE: Naughton will likely start 2021 at Triple-A. His lack of high-octane stuff relegates him to the back of the rotation, but with his advanced feel for pitching, durability and control, he should provide starting pitching depth.
TRACK RECORD: Franco signed for $50,000 in 2017 and excited the Angels with his raw arm strength, but the injury bug has bitten him. He spent the first two and a half months of 2019 in extended spring training rehabilitating a forearm injury, which led to a major elbow injury after he made eight starts at Rookie-league Orem. Franco had Tommy John surgery following the season and did not pitch at all in 2020 SCOUTING REPORT: Franco added 25-30 pounds in his first two professional seasons. He vaulted up the organization's depth chart because of his command of a fastball that averages 94 mph and touches 98 mph with riding action at the top of the zone, a considerable boost from his previous peak velocity of 94 mph.Franco has struggled with the command of his secondary pitches. He has a mid-80s changeup with significant fade and depth and an upper-70s curveball that lags behind his changeup. THE FUTURE: Franco should be ready to go in spring training. He could develop into a starter if he gains better control of his offspeed pitches. If not, his fastball should play up even more in shorter relief stints.
TRACK RECORD: Holmes, formerly known as William English, signed as a two-way player for an over-slot $700,000 bonus in 2018. He hit .320 with a .920 OPS in 43 Rookie-level at-bats in his pro debut, but he appears to have more upside as a pitcher. SCOUTING REPORT: Holmes is a physical specimen with a broad-shouldered, muscular, athletic frame and huge hands. His fastball sits at 93 mph and touches 97 mph with occasional cutting action. His 81-82-mph changeup spins like a lefthanded slider at times because of the way he naturally pronates his forearm and has a chance to be a plus pitch. Holmes needs to get more depth and better command of his 76-79 mph curveball. Holmes has raw power at the plate, but his promise as a pitcher is too great for him to focus on hitting. THE FUTURE: Holmes could develop into a starter if can add a little velocity and master his curveball as a third pitch. His fastball-changeup combination might also play in the back of the bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Soto is one of 12 former Braves prospects who were declared free agents by MLB in 2017 as punishment for Atlanta's violation of international signing rules. He signed with the Angels and gained 15 pounds, but the added strength did not result in more power. Soto hit only one home run and seven doubles in 273 Rookie-level and low Class A at-bats in 2019. His only 2020 action came at instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Soto is one of the best defenders in the Angels system with good instincts and fasttwitch actions, a good first step, quick hands and a strong arm. Though his best position is shortstop, he's also grown into a plus defender at second base. Soto has solid bat-to-ball skills and an advanced approach at the plate--he has almost as many walks (84) as strikeouts (94) in three minor league seasons--but he lacks pop and is a slightly below-average runner. THE FUTURE: Soto is still only 20 and has time to develop, but unless he hits for more power, he projects more as a utility player. He will begin 2021 at one of the Class A levels.
TRACK RECORD: Martinez played in Cuba's 18U national league in 2016 and led the circuit in batting average while finishing second in slugging percentage behind only Luis Robert. Martinez signed with the Angels for $250,000 the following year and showed promising power at high Class A Inland Empire in 2019, hitting 12 homers, 21 doubles and four triples in 88 games. SCOUTING REPORT: Martinez has a smooth lefthanded swing, good contact skills and a hit-over-power profile overall. When he gets a pitch he's looking for he can do damage, especially to the pull-side gap. His power tends to show up in flashes and he does have double-digit home run potential. Marinez is only an average runner but gets great jumps off the bat and runs efficient routes, which allows him to get to balls in the gaps and play all three outfield positions. He has an average, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: Martinez projects as a versatile extra outfielder in the major leagues. He will move to Double-A in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: The speedy Calabrese impressed scouts at the Future Stars Series in 2019 at Fenway Park, where he ran a 6.47-second 60-yard dash, hit several doubles and made a few highlight-reel plays in center field. The Ontario native wasn't able to showcase his ability with Team Canada in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Angels still drafted him in the third round and signed him for $744,200 to turn down a scholarship to Arkansas. SCOUTING REPORT: Calabrese has a simple, efficient swing from the left side. He doesn't offer much in the way of power with his short, thin frame, but he has a good rhythm at the plate and the elite speed to be a base-stealing threat. Once he gains a more consistent bat path, he should develop into a solid gap-to-gap hitter. Calabrese shows good instincts on both sides of the ball and has the potential to be a plus defender with his plus-plus closing speed and ability to cover a lot of ground in center field. THE FUTURE: Calabrese has the athleticism and speed to stick in center field. It remains to be seen how much strength he develops in order to impact the ball.
TRACK RECORD: Linginfelter logged a 5.64 ERA at Tennessee in 2019, but he also struck out more than a batter per inning and showed flashes of excellence. The Angels drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for $150,800. He did not pitch for an affiliate after signing, but was a full participant in the 2020 instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: The big-bodied Linginfelter has plenty of stuff. His four-seam fastball sits 94-95 mph and touches 98 mph, and he's experimenting with a two-seam fastball that has a little bit of run. His short, late-breaking curveball in the mid-80s looks promising, though his upper 80s slider and a firm changeup, which has some split-finger action, are works in progress. Repetition and consistency are key for Linginfelter moving forward. He has a great arm, but his delivery too often falls apart as he closes himself off and loses feel for the strike zone. THE FUTURE: Linginfelter will remain in the rotation for now. His fastball-slider mix and his bulldog mentality on the mound may make him better suited for the bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Hernandez took a winding road in college that included being declared academically ineligible for a year. He struggled in his first pro season at high Class A Inland Empire, where he walked 5.7 batters per nine innings and was dropped from the rotation at one point, but he rebounded with a strong showing as a starter in the Arizona Fall League. His only 2020 action came during instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez's four-seam fastball averages 92-93 mph with average run. He flashed 96 mph in college, but he hasn't approached that as a pro and he's struggled to hold his velocity for more than three or four innings. Both of his breaking balls, a low-80s slider and upper-70s curveball, have a chance to be swing-and-miss pitches with better command. A tumbling mid-80s changeup might be his best pitch. Hernandez has a fairly clean delivery, but he sometimes loads differently with some pitches and has a tendency to yank his slider. THE FUTURE: Hernandez's stuff may eventually play up in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. He is set to open 2021 in Double-A.
TRACK RECORD: Pina was not considered an elite prospect when he signed for $50,000 in 2017, but he shot up when he scrapped his changeup in favor of a split-fingered fastball after the 2018 season. The big-bodied, broad-shouldered righthander took off with the new pitch and struck out 146 in 108 innings at low Class A Burlington in 2019. His only 2020 action came in the instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Pina's fastball sits 93 mph and touches 95 mph with average run. His 84-mph splitter sometimes looks like a straight changeup with a little more depth. Pina also throws an 84-mph curveball with a short break that resembles a slider, but the breaking ball has a tendency to back up on him at times. Pina needs to keep the curveball on the outer half of the plate, and out of the nitro zone, of righthanded hitters. THE FUTURE: Pina will continue pitching in the rotation. His bulldog mentality and mastery of his fastball-splitter mix might eventually be a better fit in the bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Blakely lost his senior high school season to the coronavirus pandemic, but he was a beast as a junior at Detroit's Edison Academy, batting .469 (45 for 96) with five homers, 11 doubles, seven triples, 38 RBIs, 44 runs and 26 stolen bases in 26 attempts. The Angels drafted him in the fifth round and bought him out of an Auburn commitment for $900,000. He got his first pro action in the instructional league in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Blakely has the long, lean and wiry athletic frame of his idol, Derek Jeter. He had some of the best pure shortstop actions in the 2020 draft class, but there is a rawness to his game that raises some concern. He moves fluidly around the field and has a potentially plus arm, but a highlight-reel play will sometimes be followed by a bobble of a routine grounder. Blakely has a tendency to get long in his swing, but his above-average hand-eye coordination makes up for some deficiencies in the batter's box. There is upside for power as Blakely packs more muscle onto his athletic frame, and he has the speed to develop into a base-stealing threat. THE FUTURE: A prototypical high-risk, high-reward prospect, Blakely will likely go from extended spring training to the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: Seminaris was off to one of the hottest starts in the nation with 1.23 ERA, 36 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings for Long Beach State before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the college season. The Angels drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for an under-slot $140,000. He reported to the alternate training site after signing and finished the year in the instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Seminaris won't wow scouts with stuff, but he is polished and has an advanced feel for pitching. He creates some deception with his high-three-quarters arm slot and crossfire delivery. The Angels expect Seminaris' sinking two-seam fastball, which sits between 88-90 mph, to get up to 92 mph. He gets decent horizontal movement on a 76-mph slurvy curveball and some fading action on an 83-mph changeup. He also has a low 80s-slider. How quickly Seminaris moves through the system will depend on his command and his ability to change speeds and sequence pitches in a way that keeps hitters off-balance. THE FUTURE: Seminaris has the potential to be a back-of-the-rotation starter. His pitchability could help him move quickly.
TRACK RECORD: Warren racked up strikeouts as an undersized reliever at UNC Wilmington and was drafted by the Angels in the sixth round as a senior sign in 2018. He continued that trend in pro ball with 77 strikeouts in 57.2 innings in his first full season while rising three levels to Double-A. Despite his strong pro debut, the Angels did not bring him to their alternate training site or instructional league in 2020. SCOUTING REPORT: Warren's fastball sat 90-92 mph in college but has ticked up in pro ball. His heater now sits in the 92-94 mph range and plays up with how he pairs it with his above-average slider. Warren throws his slider liberally. At it's best, it's a devastating pitch with short break in the 84-87 mph range and gets frequent swings and misses. The pitch neutralizes righties and his upper-80s changeup with depth and run is good enough to keep lefties at bay. Warren's control is fringy and he will walk batters, but he's a hard-nosed competitor who isn't afraid to challenge hitters. THE FUTURE: Warren projects as a middle reliever who is especially effective against same-side hitters. He's on track to join the Angels bullpen in the near future.
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