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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Baseball America Names Top Ten Angels Prospects

Baseball America named the top ten Angels prospects; here they are:
1. Nick Adenhart, rhp
2. Jordan Walden, rhp
3. Peter Bourjos, of
4. Trevor Reckling, lhp
5. Sean O'Sullivan, rhp
6. Kevin Jepsen, rhp
7. Hank Conger, c
8. Mark Trumbo, 1b
9. Anthony Ortega, rhp
10. Mason Tobin, rhp
An increasingly thin list, one not helped by the absence of top draft picks thanks to a late love of signing generally weak type-A free agents. I would have held on to the pick rather than have Gary Matthews, Jr. on my team. Neither have they spent a lot on amateur signings ("no team spent less on the 2007-08 drafts than their $4.5 million").

Update: From the Kary Booher chat (as usual, emphasis mine):

 Q:  Paul from Anaheim asks:
Where would the Angels' farm system rank overall from 1-30, if you had to approximate?

Kary Booher: This will be another one of the fun meetings we'll have here at BA, handled usually be [sic] our top editors. But the sense is that the Angels will likely slip from No. 10 into the 15-20 range. Their fall is partly because of natural attrition to the majors, especially with Brandon Wood, partly because their No. 1-rated guy now in Adenhart slid in the second half and they have not had a first-round pick in three of the past four drafts. As Bill Shaikin pointed out in his interesting interview with scouting director Eddie Bane -— and speaking of the past five drafts — the Angels have not signed eight players drafted within the first 10 rounds.

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