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Anaheim Angels Top 20 Prospects

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Casey Kotchman (photo courtesy of Futureangels.com)

  1. Casey Kotchman, 1B, A-
  2. Dallas McPherson, 3B, A-
  3. Erick Aybar, SS, A-
  4. Kendry Morales, OF-1B, B+
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B, B+
  6. Jeff Mathis, C, B
  7. Steve Shell, RHP, B
  8. Ervin Santana, RHP, B
  9. Alberto Callaspo, 2B-SS, B
  10. Brandon Wood, SS, B-
  11. Dustin Moseley, RHP, B-
  12. Sean Rodriguez, SS, B-
  13. Kevin Jepsen, RHP, B-
  14. Mark Trumbo, 3B, B-
  15. Mike Napoli, C, C+
  16. Angel Moreno, RHP, C+
  17. Bob Zimmerman, RHP, C+
  18. Maicer Izturis, SS, C+
  19. Warner Madrigal, OF, C+
  20. Baltazar Lopez, 1B, C+
This is a very strong farm system. The Angels are notable for having a mixture of tools players mixed in with some stathead-favorite type guys. Even some of the Grade C guys that don't make the list, like Joe Saunders, Nick Touchstone, Andrew Toussaint, Reggie Willits, and Jake Woods are decent prospects who would appear on a Top 20 list for teams with less depth. I'm not including unsigned Jered Weaver on this version of the list. If I did, he'd be Grade B+ and somewhere in the Top 6.

Cuban defector Kendry Morales is a big wild card at this point. Based on his scouting reports, I'm giving him a Grade B+, treating him like I'd treat a highly-regarded college first-round pick who signed too late to play pro ball last summer.

Howie Kendrick at Grade B+ may seem like a stretch to some people, but I was extremely impressed with his bat last year at Cedar Rapids. I think he is one of the most underrated prospects in the game.

Bobby "Nuke LaLoosh" Jenks is still around but at this point I think the odds are against him ever living up to his considerable potential. 2005 draft pick Nick Adenhart, if he overcomes Tommy John surgery successfully, could end up near the top of the list someday.
Overall, this is an organization with impressive depth, well-positioned to remain competitive for some time to come.

UPDATE: Bobby Jenks was placed on waivers and claimed by the White Sox on December 17th. Sorry, missed that one.