LA Angels Finally Have Two Top-100 Prospects
The LA Angels are currently rebuilding a farm system that was labeled as one of the worst ever by some experts. They hit a milestone Thursday, with two prospects placing inside the Top 100, per FanGraphs.
The LA Angels took a controversial route this year by taking prep outfielder Jordon Adell with their first round pick. Many experts thought the Halos should take an impact arm with their first pick, but the Halos took the risk on Adell, as he is already the 82nd ranked prospect in baseball.
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This move has paid off quickly, as he has already been promoted to the Orem Owlz, the Angels Rookie League affiliate. Adell earned this promotion after hitting .288 with four home runs and six triples and doubles. He had also stolen five bases while never getting caught.
The one piece of his game that needs work is his vision and discipline at the plate. While his 32 strikeouts to ten walks was not bad, there is definitely room for improvement.
The Halos other Top 100 prospect is an outfielder as well. Jahmai Jones, who comes in at #93, was their second round pick in 2015. He earned a quick call up to the Inland Empire 66ers (Single-A Advanced) this season, where he has been tearing it up ever since. In 27 games, Jones is batting .342 with three home runs and a triple.
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While he does possess potential for 20-plus home run seasons, Jones’ claim to fame will be his line drive ability, producing double (8 on the year) and triples.
Jones has been extremely efficient in his time with the 66ers this year. He is currently riding a 20-game hitting streak, with multiple hits coming in ten games. He has also gotten a hit in every game for the 66ers, except for one.
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The Angels are finally making some noise in the prospect world. With both of their top prospects being outfielders, their future there is going to be very exciting. Especially when Mike Trout is thrown into the mix. Jo Adell and Jahmai Jones are two names Halo fans will want to remember.