Los Angeles Angels Prospect Roundup: July 5-10
By Christoph Ludwig
This week on the farm: Two Los Angeles Angels 2016 draft picks were promoted, Roberto Baldoquin continues to struggle, and Jahmai Jones continued his strong play.
All prospect rankings are according to MLB Pipeline.
1. Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .227/.370/.273
Ward struggled this week after his excellent run last week, although he had back-to-back multi-hit games against Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday and Wednesday. Baseball America detailed the recent adjustments he’s made at the plate.
2. Jahmai Jones, OF, Rookie level Orem
This week: .344/.371/.438
Jones continued to swing the bat well. He currently owns a six-game hitting streak, the last four of which have been multi-hit games. He’s also shown off his speed, as he has at least one stolen base in three straight games.
3. Nate Smith, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, W, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7.20 ERA
Season: 6-3, 3.99 ERA
Smith didn’t pitch particularly well but got the win on Wednesday against Las Vegas. He allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in five innings of work. Smith also pitched one inning in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday and allowed two runs on four hits, but he did strike out Yoan Moncada, the star prospect in the Red Sox system.
4. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, W, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1.80 ERA
Season: 3-6, 4.41 ERA
Alcantara picked up the win on Wednesday against Frisco, allowing just one run and one hit in five innings of work, although he did walk five batters.
5. Kaleb Cowart, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: .133/.176/.333
Cowart struggled this week, managing just two hits in 17 at-bats, a double and a triple on Friday against El Paso.
6. Joe Gatto, RHP, Class A Burlington
Season: 3-8, 7.03 ERA
Gatto has been on the disabled list since June 25 and did not pitch this week.
7. Jake Jewell, RHP, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: 1 start, ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 3.00 ERA
Season: 1-7, 5.57 ERA
Jewell seems to have turned the page after a very rough start to the season. He pitched well again on Saturday against Lancaster, holding them to two runs on four hits in six innings of work, although he did walk five batters.
8. Chad Hinshaw, OF, Double-A Arkansas
Hinshaw has been on the disabled list since June 11 and did not play this week.
9. David Fletcher, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .391/.417/.435
Fletcher continued to rake after his return from the temporarily inactive list. He had three multi-hit games this week, although just one of the hits went for extra bases. With his low slugging percentage it remains to be seen whether Fletcher will ever hit for enough power to be successful in the upper minors or the major leagues.
10. Roberto Baldoquin, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .000/.095/.000
Baldoquin had zero hits and struck out eight times in 19 at-bats. He walked twice, which accounts for his two appearances on base this week.
Other notable names and performances:
Matt Thaiss, INF, Class A Burlington
This week: .357/.379/.500
Thaiss continued to rake and was promoted to Burlington on Saturday. He proceeded to hit two doubles and a single in his Midwest League debut, which you can read about here.
Jordan Zimmerman, INF, Class A Burlington
This week: .241/.324/.345
Zimmerman came back down to earth after his insane start to the season. His 19-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday upon his promotion to Burlington and he is 0 for 8 to begin his Midwest League career.
Next: Left field is still a sore spot
Tyler Carpenter, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, L, 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 12.00 ERA
Season: 6-5, 3.20 ERA
Carpenter took his second straight loss on Saturday, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits and three walks in three innings of work.