Jean Segura will be the Angels only representative at the Future’s Games during the All Star break. My tweets to @MLB to still include Mike Trout in every event possible were blocked and reported as spam.
Trout and Bryce Harper were the main attractions at last year’s prospect showcase and both have since graduated to The Show. Dylan Bundy (Orioles) and Jurickson Profar (Rangers) will be playing in this Future’s Game and are the favorites to be next year’s number one and two prospects.
Segura is hitting .287/.328/.398 with five home runs and 25 stolen bases but, more importantly, has stayed healthy. The injury bug plagued Segura’s 2009 and 2011 seasons. Hopefully, the Angels middle infielder of the future won’t only be healthy on even numbered years.
Segura was ranked the Angels second best prospect by Baseball America and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus but should take over the top spot now that Trout is all finished with the minors. KG had him 67 in his top 101 rankings. Segura is currently blocked by the extensions and disappointing play of Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick.
Angels prospect not making the Future’s roster
Garret Richards, RHP
Richards is pitching better in the majors than he was the minors after being called up to start for the injured Jered Weaver. With Weaver back, Richards should hang on to his rotation gig a little longer with Jerome Williams on the DL and Ervin Santana giving home runs away at an alarming rate.
Johnny Hellweg, RHP
Hellwed isn’t lighting up Double-A with a 4.01 ERA and 4.67 FIP (fielding independent pitching). He’s also not blowing hitters away either. His 6.84 K/9 is a far cry from his 11.38 K/9 in High-A last year. Hopefully, that’s just adjusting to life as a full time starter after converting from the bullpen.
C.J. Cron, 1B/DH
Cron is hitting .306/.348/.500 with 11 home runs in High-A. The 3.4% walk rate is less than ideal.
Kaleb Cowart, 3B
While he might be my favorite prospect in this system, Cowart is far from the majors. He’ll have a Future’s Game in his, well, future. Cowart is hitting .293/.348/.479 with nine homers and nine steals in Low-A. Cannon for an arm.