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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Roundup: July 11-17

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Jul 31, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) throws in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) throws in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels week on the farm: Taylor Ward appears to have shaken off his struggles, and Jahmai Jones and Matt Thaiss continue to impress.

All prospect rankings are according to MLB Pipeline.

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

This week: .375/.444/.625

Season: .246/.313/.301

Ward had a hit in all four of his games this week. He went 3 for 5 on Wednesday against Rancho Cucamonga and homered on Sunday against Lake Elsinore.

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2. Jahmai Jones, OF, Rookie level Orem

This week: .385/.429/.577

Season: .333/.394/.472

Jones continued to play well. He had four multi-hit games, including going 3 for 4 with a double against Billings on Sunday, and he had a double and a triple against Billings on Saturday. He also stole three bases against Great Falls on Wednesday.

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

This week: 1 start, ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.86 ERA

Season: 6-3, 3.98 ERA

Smith pitched well on Sunday against Omaha but took a no-decision, as he allowed three runs in seven innings of work and struck out five.

4. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas

This week: 1 start, L, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 9.00 ERA

Season: 3-7, 4.57 ERA

Alcantara struggled last Monday against Midland, as he walked six batters and gave up two hits in just three innings.

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

This week: .214/.353/.286

Season: .271/.331/.409

On Wednesday, Cowart played a few innings at first base and struck out in his only plate appearance. On Sunday, he went 2 for 4 with a double and two walks against Omaha.

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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, L, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5.68 ERA

Season: 1-8, 5.58 ERA

Jewell got knocked around by Rancho Cucamonga in his one start this week, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

8. Chad Hinshaw, OF, Double-A Arkansas

Season: .191/.289/.304

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: .296/.345/.519

Season: .257/.316/.318

Fletcher hit his first two home runs of the season this week, against Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday and against Lake Elsinore on Saturday.

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

This week: .227/.320/.227

Season: .156/.212/.188

Baldoquin had back-to-back two-hit games this week, on Monday against Lancaster and Tuesday against Rancho Cucamonga.

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Other notable names and performances:

Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake

Skaggs, rehabbing in Salt Lake, earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors after he dominated Omaha on Thursday. He went seven innings and allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out 14 batters, tying Jered Weaver‘s club record set in 2006.

Matt Thaiss, INF, Class A Burlington

This week: .333/.440/.476

Season: .330/.393/.536

Thaiss had two multi-hit games and walked four times this week as his offensive ability continues to impress.

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Kyle McGowin, RHP, Triple-A Salt Lake

This week: 1 start, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0.00 ERA

Season: 7-8, 5.13 ERA

McGowin shut out Omaha for six innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. You can read about it here.

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