Los Angeles Angels Prospect Roundup: April 25-May 1
By Christoph Ludwig
A number of Angels prospects had good weeks in the minor leagues, with one earning Player of the Week honors. All prospect rankings are according to MLB Pipeline.
1. Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .285/.318/.333
Ward got his first extra base hit on Wednesday, hitting a double against Rancho Cucamonga. He currently owns a nine-game hitting streak, although he has only two multi-hit games during that timeframe, keeping his overall numbers down.
2. Jahmai Jones, OF
Jones, 18, is in extended spring training and is expected to begin the season with the Rookie level Orem Owlz, who begin play June 17.
3. Nate Smith, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, ND, 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 18.00 ERA
Season: 2-0, 3.94 ERA
Smith had his first bad start of the season but somehow escaped with a no-decision Thursday against Sacramento. He was shellacked for eight runs on ten hits in four innings of work.
4. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, L, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2.45 ERA
Season: 1-2, 5.50 ERA
Alcantara was a tough-luck loser Monday against Tulsa. He allowed four runs, just one of them earned, in 3.2 innings. He gave up only two hits and struck out six.
5. Kaleb Cowart, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: .222/.276/.370
The highlight of Cowart’s week came on Thursday against Sacramento, as he went 3 for 6 with a home run and 2 RBIs.
6. Joe Gatto, RHP, Class A Burlington
This week: 1 start, ND, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 0.00 ERA
Season: 0-3, 5.63 ERA
Gatto had his best start of the season Friday against Fort Wayne. He allowed just one hit and no runs over five innings while striking out a career-high 11 batters. You can read more about his excellent start on milb.com here.
7. Kyle Kubitza, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: .421/.542/.632
Kubitza had an excellent week, posting three multi-hit games. Thursday against Sacramento he went 2 for 3 with a home run, walked twice, and scored three runs, and he followed it up on Friday by going 2 for 3 and walking two more times.
8. Jake Jewell, RHP, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: 1 start, L, 1+ IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 81.00 ERA
Season: 0-3, 12.64 ERA
Jewell was absolutely rocked by Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. He allowed nine runs on ten hits and did not make it out of the second inning.
9. Chad Hinshaw, OF, Double-A Arkansas
This week: .261/.393/.783
Hinshaw finally broke out of his season-long slump. He homered Thursday against Tulsa, went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases on Saturday, then homered in both games of a doubleheader Sunday against Springfield.
10. David Fletcher, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .182/.250/.227
The highlight of Fletcher’s week came on Sunday against Bakersfield, as he went 2 for 4 with a double and stole a base.
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Other notable names and performances:
Sherman Johnson, INF, Double-A Arkansas
This week: .500/.548/.964
Johnson had an unbelievable week, including going 5 for 5 with two doubles and a home run on Saturday and 4 for 4 with a double and a home run in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday. His efforts earned him Texas League Player of the Week honors.
Caleb Adams, OF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .280/.308/.480
Adams, one of the Angels’ hottest minor league hitters, cooled off a little this week, although he still had three multi-hit games. He went 3 for 5 and fell a home run shy of the cycle on Saturday against Bakersfield.
Tyler Carpenter, RHP, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: 1 start, ND, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1.13 ERA
Season: 2-0, 0.69 ERA
Carpenter was outstanding on Wednesday against Rancho Cucamonga. He went eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out seven.
Hutton Moyer, INF, Class A Burlington
This week: .455/.500/.636
Moyer had another outstanding week for the Bees, as he had three multi-hit games. He currently has a eight-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 14 of the 16 games in which he’s played.