This week in the Los Angeles Angels farm system…
The rankings look different this week, as MLB Pipeline did their midseason update. Most notably, 2016 first-round pick Matt Thaiss is the new no. 1 prospect, and is joined by fellow 2016 draftees Brandon Marsh (no. 4) and Nonie Williams (no. 6). Former no. 1 Taylor Ward fell to third, and Kaleb Cowart fell to no. 10.
1. Matt Thaiss, INF, Class A Burlington
This week: .238/.333/.381
Thaiss tripled and had three RBIs on Friday against Beloit and went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs on Sunday against Cedar Rapids.
2. Jahmai Jones, OF, Rookie level Orem
This week: .292/.393/.417
Jones homered on Saturday against Ogden and had two multi-hit games this week. Jones was named a Pioneer League All-Star, and will start in center field when the Pioneer League takes on the Northwest League in their All-Star Game on Tuesday.
3. Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .115/.148/.115
Ward managed just three hits this week, with a single in each of the last three games.
4. Brandon Marsh, OF
Marsh is dealing with a back injury and is not expected to play this season.
5. Nate Smith, LHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, W, 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6.00 ERA
Season: 7-4, 4.49 ERA
Smith got good run support on Wednesday in Albuquerque. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings of work, but he picked up the win.
6. Nonie Williams, INF, Rookie level AZL Angels
This week: .313/.389/.313
Williams, the Angels’ third-round pick this year, is off to a bit of a rough start with the Arizona League Angels. He went 3 for 5 on Sunday, but he also committed three errors at shortstop and already has 13 errors on the season. Scouts are skeptical of his ability to stay at shortstop long-term, and a move to second base, third base, or center field seems likely.
7. Jaime Barria, RHP, Class A Burlington
Season: 8-5, 3.66 ERA
Barria did not pitch this week.
8. Victor Alcantara, RHP, Double-A Arkansas
This week: 1 start, ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2.25 ERA
Season: 3-7, 4.70 ERA
Alcantara went just four innings on Saturday against Tulsa, although he pitched well, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out three.
9. David Fletcher, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .423/.444/.500
Although Fletcher saw his 22-game hit streak come to an end, he still had an outstanding week. He had four multi-hit games, including going 4 for 6 with a double on Thursday against Lake Elsinore.
10. Kaleb Cowart, INF, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: .333/.385/.583
Cowart had two multi-hit games this week, including going 3 for 4 with a home run on Thursday in Albuquerque. A third baseman by trade, he made three starts this week at shortstop, adding to his versatility.
Other notable names and performances:
Zach Gibbons, OF, Rookie level Orem
This week: .481/.563/.630
Gibbons, a 17th-round draft pick out of Arizona, has torn up the Pioneer League this season. He had five multi-hit games last week, including going 4 for 5 with five RBIs on Sunday against Ogden.
Hutton Moyer, INF, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
This week: .308/.357/.654
Moyer had two three-hit games this week, and homered twice. He fell a double shy of the cycle on Sunday against Lake Elsinore.
Troy Scribner, RHP, Triple-A Salt Lake
This week: 1 start, W, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA
Season: 9-3, 3.14 ERA
Scribner made his first Triple-A start on Saturday and he made it count, throwing a complete-game shutout against Sacramento and allowing just two hits.