1) Mike Trout OF
2) Jean Segura ss
3) Garrett Richards RHP
4) Johnny Hellweg RHP
5) C.J. Cron 1b
6) Kaleb Cowart 3b
7) Taylor Lindsey 2b
8) Daniel Tillman RHP
9) Ariel Pena RHP
10) Nick Maronde LHP
Mike Trout was picked as the number three prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. The guy can rake and after he dominated the Texas League, he was bumped all the way up to the big league’s where he struggled as a 20 year old.
Trout had 18 doubles, 13 triples and 11 home runs in the Texas League and that got him a .958 OPS. Throw in 33 stolen bases and he had a very productive 2011 season. He also has a nice eye at the plate and it’ll be fun seeing Trout roaming the outfield for the Angels for the next few years.
John Sickels put out his Angels top 20 prospect list and there’s some decent talent at the top but it thins out pretty quick. Of course topping the list is the best prospect on any team, Mike Trout. Trout made it to the majors at a very young age and showed what he can do so the sky is the limit on this guy. Hopefully he’ll be roaming the outfield and hitting with Albert Pujols for years to come.
Garrett Richards is second and he was given a B+. Even Sickels said that grade may be optimistic but this is a guy who could be solid back of the rotation guy. Jean Segura is third and he’s the last of the B’s. The Angels have to decide whether he’ll be a shortstop or second baseman although with Howie Kendrick in the fold, he’s blocked there. Rounding out the top five are Taylor Lindsey (2b, B-) and Kaleb Cowart (3b, B-).
What a great day for Angels fans. The team locked up Albert Pujols for ten years at around $260 million and then they turn around and pick up C.J. Wilson to a five year, $77.5 million deal. So the Angels now have the best hitter in baseball and probably the top free agent pitcher to go along with Jered Weaver who’s probably the second best pitcher in the American League.
That is a lot of money though. They’re still on the hook for Vernon Wells but this is what you can do if you have an owner with deep pockets. The Angels were right there in the final week and now they probably have a better team then the Rangers do for the time being.
This does give the Angels one to many first baseman though although I guess having too many sluggers is a luxury that a lot of teams don’t have. I’m really looking forward to this 2012 season.
C.J Wilson is one of the pitching prizes out there and it looks like the Angels are now going after him hard. The Angels have some strength in the rotation and this signing should just make them better. Of course the Angels haven’t had much luck recently with long term deals so the big thing will be how much we give him.
One problem though is, the Angels already have an ace. They’re paying Jered Weaver $85 million over five years and they’ve even said they’d be hesitant to pay Wilson more then that. Supposedly there’s a six year deal on the table so that limitation may essentially cause the Angels to lose this prize. It looks like they’re competing against the Nationals, Red Sox, Marlins and Rangers.
The Angels pulled off a trade prior to the Winter Meetings when they traded pitcher Tyler Chatwood to the Rockies for catcher Chris Ianetta. A one time Rockies top prospect, Ianetta has floundered with the Rockies. One thing he’s good at is drawing a walk though and Ianetta will give the Angels a solid plate setter at a position they needed an upgrade at.
Chatwood was the team’s top pick back in 2008, is a blue chip prospect and he’s still young. Still, the Angels do have some arms and they felt the need to bring in a catcher that has some pop. Still, getting a guy like Ianetta away from Coors Field could have some interesting consequences. Control has been an issue for Chatwood so maybe that made the decision easier. Still, this is a guy who probably would have pitched in the rotation this season.
The Angels have to make some moves to compete next year. The Rangers will be there and you wonder how Angels tickets sales are going to be if they keep coming in second place.
Mark Trumbo had a solid season in his rookie campaign and this showed up in the ROY of the voting where he finished second place. He was named on 21 of the 28 ballots and he picked up five first place votes, eleven second place votes and five third place votes. Jeremy Hellickson won the award but the first place votes were all over the place. Eric Hosmer, who came in third place, finished with four first place votes while Ivan Nova and Dustin Ackley both picked up one.
Trumbo wasn’t the only Angel who picked up some points. Jordan Walden received a single third place vote for his contribution to the team. That makes for two solid building blocks heading into 2012.
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