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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Roundup: June 27-July 4

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Aug 18, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Kaleb Cowart (41) fields the ball for an out in the fourth inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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This week on the farm: two Los Angeles Angels prospects in Triple-A were named to All-Star rosters, another prospect has been on a tear since returning from the temporarily inactive list, and a 2016 draftee is on fire in Rookie ball. All prospect rankings are according to MLB Pipeline.

1. Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire

This week: .321/.367/.464

Season: .240/.299/.284

Ward had one of his best weeks of the season. He went 3 for 5 on Wednesday against Lake Elsinore, and got his seventh and eighth extra base hits of the season with a double on Sunday against High Desert and a home run on Monday against Rancho Cucamonga.

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2. Jahmai Jones, OF, Rookie level Orem

This week: .423/.516/.577

Season: .308/.392/.446

Jones found his stride offensively last week after scuffling a little to begin the season. He had four multi-hit games and hit four doubles.

3. Nate Smith, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake

This week: 1 start, L, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2.57 ERA

Season: 5-3, 3.81 ERA

Smith pitched well but took the loss against Fresno on Friday. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in seven innings of work and struck out eight. Smith was selected to pitch in the All-Star Futures Game, which highlights the best prospects in the minor leagues. The game will take place Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego to kick off MLB All-Star festivities.

4. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas

This week: 1 start, L, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Season: 2-6, 4.57 ERA

Alcantara took the loss Friday against Frisco, allowing three runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work while striking out four.

5. Kaleb Cowart, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake

This week: .091/.231/.091

Season: .281/.339/.420

Cowart had a really rough week, managing just two singles in 22 at-bats, although he did walk four times. On Thursday, he was named to the Pacific Coast League roster for the Triple-A All-Star Game.

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6. Joe Gatto, RHP, Class A Burlington

Season: 3-8, 7.03 ERA

Gatto was placed on the disabled list on June 25 and did not pitch this week.

7. Jake Jewell, RHP, Class A Advanced Inland Empire

This week: 2 starts, 0-0, 11.2 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 1.54 ERA

Season: 1-7, 5.77 ERA

Jewell had two great starts this week. Last Tuesday he allowed just two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings against Lake Elsinore, then followed it up on Sunday by shutting out High Desert for six innings.

8. Chad Hinshaw, OF, Double-A Arkansas

Season: .191/.289/.304

Hinshaw is on the disabled list and did not play this week.

9. David Fletcher, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire

This week: .313/.371/.344

Season: .232/.298/.268

Fletcher posted five two-hit games this week and has been playing much better since his return from the temporarily inactive list on June 11, batting .296/.367/.333 compared to .169/.231/.205 before.

10. Roberto Baldoquin, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire

This week: .154/.154/.231

Season: .172/.209/.218

Baldoquin managed just four hits this week and has been injured or playing badly all season long. Angel fans have to start to wonder if he will ever live up to the promise of his $8 million contract.

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Other notable names and performances:

Troy Scribner, RHP, Double-A Arkansas

This week: 1 start, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0.00 ERA

Season: 6-3, 4.05 ERA

Scribner was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week after shutting out Frisco for six innings on Thursday.

Matt Thaiss, INF, Rookie level Orem

This week: .310/.333/.483

Season: .313/.377/.583

Thaiss doubled and tripled on Friday against Ogden and had three multi-hit games last week.

Jordan Zimmerman, INF, Rookie level Orem

This week: .481/.548/.741

Season: .452/.507/.694

Zimmerman, a seventh-round pick this year from Michigan State, has torn up Pioneer League pitching. He went 5 for 5 on Monday and has a hit in all 14 of his games this season.

Tyler Carpenter, RHP, Double-A Arkansas

This week: 1 start, L, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 67.51 ERA

Season: 6-4, 2.85 ERA

Carpenter has been one of the system’s best pitchers this year, but he produced an absolute dud on Monday. He lasted just two thirds of an inning and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks.

Hutton Moyer, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire

This week: .313/.343/.563

Season: .281/.341/.467

Moyer has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games and homered Wednesday against Lake Elsinore and Monday against Rancho Cucamonga.

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