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Brandon Wood

Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels Top 20 Prospects

LOS ANGELES/ANAHEIM ANGELS

  1. Brandon Wood, SS, Grade A
  2. Howie Kendrick, 2B, Grade A-
  3. Kendry Morales, 1B, Grade B+
  4. Jered Weaver, RHP, B+
  5. Erick Aybar, SS, B+
  6. Jeff Mathis, C, B
  7. Thomas Mendoza, RHP, B
  8. Steven Shell, RHP, B-
  9. Nick Adenhart, RHP, B-
  10. Alberto Callaspo, 2B, B-
  11. Michael Collins, C, B-
  12. Trevor Bell, RHP, B-
  13. P.J. Phillips, SS, C+
  14. Sean Rodriguez, SS, C+
  15. Joe Saunders, LHP, C+
  16. Hainley Statia, SS, C+
  17. Mike Napoli, C, C+
  18. Ryan Mount, SS, C+
  19. Gustavo Espinosa, LHP, C+
  20. Drew Toussaint, OF, C
This is a very strong system. You can quibble about some of the exact rankings. . .should Aybar be ahead of Morales and Weaver? Should Saunders move ahead of Phillips and Rodriguez? But the basic contours of the grading and rankings look right to me.

I am thinking that Howie Kendrick might deserve to be promoted to pure Grade A, given his progress on defense. Nick Adenhart is a breakthrough candidate in 2006.