Los Angeles Angels Prospect Roundup: July 18-24
By Christoph Ludwig
This week on the farm for the Los Angeles Angels: Unheralded prospect Andrew Daniel continued his insane month of July, Tyler Skaggs had his second straight game with double-digit strikeouts, and Jahmai Jones continued to impress with Orem.
All prospect rankings are according to MLB Pipeline.
1. Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .368/.417/.368
Ward had back-to-back multi-hit games this week, Friday and Saturday against San Jose. All seven of his hits this week were singles, and he also walked three times.
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2. Jahmai Jones, OF, Rookie level Orem
This week: .286/.412/.571
Jones continued to dominate the Pioneer League, and don’t be surprised if he is promoted to Class A Burlington soon despite being just 18 years of age (he turns 19 on August 4). He homered on Tuesday against Billings and showed a patient approach at the plate, walking three times in four games to boost his on-base percentage near .400.
3. Nate Smith, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, L, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 14.50 ERA
Season: 6-4, 4.40 ERA
Smith was lit up by Tacoma in his one start this week, as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in just 4.2 innings of work.
4. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, ND, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 9.00 ERA
Season: 3-7, 4.80 ERA
Alcantara was lucky to get a no-decision against Springfield on Tuesday, allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings.
5. Kaleb Cowart, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: .429/.467/.750
Cowart had a stellar week, mashing 12 hits, five of them for extra bases. He’s currently riding an nine-game hitting streak. He was named to MLB Pipeline’s Team of the Week.
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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, 4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 16.62 ERA
Season: 1-9, 6.08 ERA
Jewell was shellacked by San Jose in his one start this week, allowing eight runs on nine hits and lasting just 4.1 innings.
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: .250/.250/.429
Fletcher homered on Friday and tripled on Saturday against San Jose. He currently has a 17-game hitting streak.
10. Roberto Baldoquin, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .294/.429/.294
Baldoquin had five singles, all of them in the last three days against San Jose, and walked three times this week.
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Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, W, 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, 0.00 ERA
Season: 3-2, 1.60 ERA
Skaggs had his second straight game with double-digit strikeouts, as he had 12 in just 5.2 innings against Iowa on Wednesday. Skaggs will make his return to the majors on Tuesday, starting for the Halos in Kansas City.
Tyler Carpenter, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, L, 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 15.75 ERA
Season: 6-7, 3.80 ERA
Carpenter appears to have hit a wall with the Travelers after his excellent start to the season with the 66ers. He took his fourth straight loss, lasting just four innings and allowing seven runs on nine hits to Tulsa.
Jared Foster, OF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .370/.393/.556
Foster was promoted to the 66ers on July 14, and the move to the hitter-friendly California League has been beneficial to his numbers. He had two three-hit games and one two-hit game this week, and hit his first Cal League home run on Sunday against San Jose.
Matt Thaiss, INF, Class A Burlington
This week: .346/.357/.423
Thaiss had three straight multi-hit games this week, Thursday through Saturday against South Bend and West Michigan.
Andrew Daniel, INF, Double-A Arkansas
This week: .360/.433/.640
Daniel has been on a tear recently, and kept it going. He had three multi-hit games this week, and homered twice in the Travelers’ series against Springfield. His batting average had hovered around .250-.270, but he’s hitting an absurd .421/.494/.632 in the month of July.