By Greg Bearringer, AngelsWin.com Columnist - 1) David Freese might as well wear a sign that says "average third baseman" around his neck, because I think that's probably what the Angels are expecting out of him next season. He is probably better that (since he has pretty good plate discipline), but a back injury might just eat into his playing time over the next two...
By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Feature Writer -
I'm starting to wonder whether this will be the radical offseason
some predict, or if it will be moderately conservative. Assuming a fair
amount of positive regression to key players next year (especially
Pujols and Hamilton), the Angels might just make a few minor to moderate
moves to fill gaps and upgrade here and...
Here is the composite list of Los Angeles Angels Top Prospects from across the web. The list will be updated as often as new lists are released. After each list, I’ll list the top 5 from that list. Closer to the beginning of the season, I’ll release the 85% Sports Top 20 Prospects for the Angels, along with averages and a composite ranking for each player listed.
There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009.
The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist -
OK, “easy” is an exaggeration and the type of thing a naïve armchair GM would say, but what I really mean is do-able. It is my belief that the team isn’t that far from being a contending 90+ win team in 2014, and for a few years to come.
Given the utter disappointment that is 2013, it is easy to think that the team needs...
Time for The Monkey to monkey around with some half-baked ideas and thoughts that have somehow managed to not clear the already low bar I have for feature post material:
-I can't decide whether to hate myself for the hypocrisy or the schadenfreude on this, but I am really torn over this Biogenesis scandal. On one hand, I think MLB is wildly overstepping their bounds by engaging...
Thanks a lot, Angels. Here I am doing a weekly series on which players on your MLB roster you should trade at the deadline since you are so obviously going to be a seller and you have to go and rattle off a winning streak to put yourselves within striking distance of .500 and spitting distance of the Wild Card race.
Now I don't know if the Halos are going to be buyers or...
Chat moderated by Scott Stedman, AngelsWinelsWin.com
Prior to the 2013 draft, Ric Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim’s Director of Scouting told AngelsWin.com that “The strength of the draft seems to be the depth in
pitching.” About international scouting and signings, Ric Wilson told us that
the Angels “have developed a strong international staff...
Taylor Lindsey is our choice for top Angels prospect at the mid-way point of the 2013 season
By David Saltzer, Scott Stedman and Chuck Richter
With the Angels reaching the midpoint of the season, and most of the Minor Leagues having played their All-Star Game, we at AngelsWin.com are proud to present a midseason report for the Los Angeles Angels Top-50 Prospects. Rather than...
Every year I like to publish one article which focuses on the predictions of your Angel Minor Leaguers. Last year, we successfully predicted Kaleb Cowart’s, Kole Calhoun’s, Donn Roach’s and Eswarlin Jimenez’s dominant 2012 performance. Conversely, I didn’t think hitters in A-ball would ever touch Austin Wood, and to be fair they didn’t. Still, his lack of control...
(Photo by Jeremy Long - jlongphoto.com)
By Robert Cunngingham - AngelsWin.com Staff Writer
2013 Outlook: Alberto was re-signed to a two-year, $9 million contract this offseason and it seems like this was money well spent by the Angels organization. It also allows the Angels to bridge the gap to their third base prospects Kaleb Cowart and Luis Jimenez, who are still spending time...
The MWAH prospect countdown finally crosses the finish line with the top prospect in the entire system and only Angel prospect to crack into any of the Top 100 prospect lists.
Position: 3B Highest Level: High-A
Bats:Switch Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 20 Born: 6/2/92
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 290 PA, .293 AVG, .348 OBP...
Jered Weaver struck out five in three innings and top prospect Kaleb Cowart drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat Team Italy 12-6 Wednesday.
Weaver allowed one run in his second spring start. The three-time All-Star went 20-5 last season and will start on opening day next month.
Cowart had two hits.
Italy's team in the World Baseball Classic was led by Seattle...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. Jered Weaver looked strong during a three-inning stint, top prospect Kaleb Cowart hit a three-run double in the first inning, and the Angels broke a tie with seven runs in the eighth inning for a 12-6 exhibition victory over Team Italy at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday.
The Italian team was playing its final tuneup before opening the World Baseball Classic against...
The Angels are contender at the MLB level, but can the farm system compare?
Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically is a ranking of the averages.
With uber-porspect Mike Trout graduating to the majors -- and doing so in MVP fashion, whether he won the award or not -- the Angels system lacks a true standout future star and is in dire need of replenishment.
My Top 10
1. Kaleb Cowart 3B
2. C.J. Cron 1B
3. Nick Maronde SP
4. Taylor Lindsay 2B
5. Randal Grichuck OF
6. Mike Clevinger SP
7. R.J. Alvarez...
The February 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Callaspo finalizes his new contract, Keith Law ranks Kaleb Cowart the 23rd best prospect and much more...
The Story: Alberto Callaspo finalized his two-year contract that will pay him $4.1 million this year and $4.875 million in 2014.
The Monkey Says: Beto was out of the country and...
As promised, there’s only a few instructs reports left but it’s lasted me the (most warm in Florida) winter as junior colleges started this week and I was in the Dominican last week to see the top July 2 players. Along those lines, this wrap-up from Phillies camp will lead off with a high profile American but finish with three recent international signees that caught my eye....
Prospect Profile - Kaleb Cowart (3B)
Bats: Both Throws: Right Height: 6’2”195 lbs. DOB: 6/2/92
(Cedar Rapids/Inland Empire): .276/.358/.452 with 16 HRs and 14 SBs
Kaleb Cowart's first full professional season with Angels, split between
two levels (Cedar Rapids, IE 66ers), was a good one. The Halos 3B
prospect showed signs of having solid power down the road clubbing...
The January 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels own the best outfield, Cron and Cowart amongst top prospects and much more...
The Story: The Angels rank as having the best outfield in the majors.
The Monkey Says: Let me just start by saying that I'm proud of Joe for not being a Braves homer and ranking them first. I...
After a quick glance at the Top 15 list it should be fairly clear that this is one of the weakest minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Poor drafts (mainly due to lost draft picks from free agent acquisitions) and trades have decimated the system, which has almost no starting pitcher depth to speak of.
#1 Kaleb Cowart (3B)
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (18) | 2011 (15) | 2010 (26) | 2009 (25) | 2008 (11)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [89-73] AL West
AAA: [73-71] Pacific Coast League – Salt Lake
AA: [62-78] Texas League — Arkansas
A+: [66-74] California League – Inland Empire
A: [53-86] Midwest League – Cedar Rapids (Burlington beginning 2013)
Arizona Fall League Players...
The Halo farm system is... well, let's be nice and just say it is interesting. The talent is there, it just takes a little digging to find it. And when you do, it is soooo worth it. Let's not forget that the Angels are a team built largely from their own homegrown products, even with the recent reputation for big spending. 13 of their projected 25-man roster members...
The Arizona Fall League season has commenced and now most baseball junkies are tuning into late night or early afternoon ESPN to watch the Latin American winter leagues. But what can we really take away from these offseason leagues? In truth, not a lot. Players can sink or swim for any number of reasons in the offseason. The most common, players can simply be too exhausted...
Our AngelsWin.com minor league photographer Jeremy Long was recently credentialed by MLB.com with a photographer's pass and captured some amazing shots of three of our top ten prospects heading into 2013 in Travis Witherspoon, Randal Grichuk & Kaleb Cowart. See the slideshow under my reports!
In talking to a scout recently and Jeremy who has seen these three guys this...