Found September 01, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


Before the season there seemed to be no way that the Angels would wind up outside the playoffs. Now, with every passing day it appears more and more likely they won’t be in. To make matters worse for the future, they doubled down and traded three very good prospects for Zack Greinke. Greinke has not performed up to snuff and the same could be said for many of the veterans the Angels relied on. Moreover, super prospect Mike Trout is no longer a prospect. Fortunately, he has paid off in a huge way, but that leaves the rest of the farm system lacking. The Angels have the money to re-sign Greinke if he so chooses, so that deal could end up working out long-term (just as the Dan Haren trade did). However, some rebuilding of the farm system needs to be done. Age LV How BP BA MLB POS C Carlos Ramirez 24 AA D 15 NR 17 NR 1B C.J. Cron 22 A+ D 5 5 2 2 2B Taylor Lindsay 20 A+ D 6 7 3 NR 3B Kaleb Cowart 20 A+ D 4 6 1 NR SS Andrew Romine 26 AAA D 16 NR 8 NR OF Kole Calhoun 24 AAA D NR NR 9 NR OF Jeremy Moore 25 AAA D 9 NR 10 NR OF Randal Grichuk 21 A+ D NR NR 11 NR P Nick Maronde 22 AA D 8 10 4 NR Carlos Ramirez– Catcher The Angels catching situation is a bit murky to be sure. Chris Iannetta was supposed to solidify the position along with Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger. Well, the catcher position has been one of the many disappointments this year. Ramirez is a decent prospect, but really not on the level of best catching prospects in baseball. In other words, he isn’t any better than what they already have. C.J. Cron– First Base Cron has huge numbers in the California League. He has already surpassed 120 RBIs on the season. In a 142 game season that is absolutely tremendous, but the California League is a hitter’s paradise. Many a player has produced similar numbers and reentered obscurity when they advanced to AA. Time will tell whether he will be another one of those. Taylor Lindsay– Second Base Those that follow this site regularly know that we have been tracking Lindsay as one of our top ten second basemen. He got off to an inauspicious start, but after all was said and done the numbers ended up being pretty good. Of course, we are talking about the California League again, so we need to temper our expectations. Kaleb Cowart– Third Base Alberto Callapso is holding down the fort for now, but Cowart is another one of those advanced A marvels. He has more than 100 RBIs combined between two levels of A ball. At only 20, the Angels hope he is just beginning to grow into his power. He already has impressive plate discipline, so power is the last piece of the puzzle. Andrew Romine– Shortstop This is where Jean Segura would have been before the Zack Greinke deal. Often, putting trades in those terms helps us understand what those trades do to a farm system. Romine is hardly a prospect in any real way. His best chance is to make it as a utility infielder, but the Angels are pretty deep in that department for the time being. Kole Calhoun– Outfield Calhoun is a possibility as a reserve outfielder or trade bait if the Angels want to keep spiraling down the rabbit hole. He does everything, but he doesn’t do anything well enough to be a regular in this outfield. However, if the Angels find a taker for Vernon Wells and if they let Torii Hunter go then there might be a spot for a fourth outfielder. Jeremy Moore– Outfield Methuselah would be proud. Moore has been in the Angels system a very long time and he has steadily climbed his way through the system. The Angels hoped for so much more, but his future is very similar to Calhoun’s. With both Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout entrenched as good center fielders, Moore might make it as a fourth of fifth outfielder. Randal Grichuk– Outfield The Angels advanced A team is loaded with hitters and he is just another one. The problem is that he hasn’t learned plate discipline yet. He is making decent enough contact (“only” 91 strikeouts). Yet, when you walk only 23 times you don’t have a large margin for error. He has time to develop and if he does he could compete with the other outfielders in the system. Nick Maronde– Pitcher When the Angels traded two prime arms to the Brewers, Maronde ended up taking over as the best pitching prospect in the system. When you look at the Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus rankings, you have to keep in mind that those rankings were done before the season when Jean Segura, John Hellweg, and Ariel Pena were still in the system.
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