LA Angels Have Their Future Right Fielder In Brandon Marsh
The LA Angels are not known for having a great farm system. However, Brandon Marsh could be one of the most underrated prospects in baseball.
The LA Angels selected the former football player in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Marsh will be 20 years old going into next season, and is still learning the ropes of professional life after missing his first summer due to a back injury. However, Marsh is adjusting quickly, and Anaheim could be in his near future.
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At 6’4″ and 210 pounds, Marsh is the definition of an athlete. However, he also has the makeup needed in his game to advance through the minor leagues quickly. In his first taste of pro ball, Marsh tore it up in the Rookie League.
With a .350 batting average, Marsh hit four home runs, five triples, and 13 doubles while stealing ten bases on 12 attempts. A slugging percentage of .538 is impressive, whether it is in the Rookie League for the Orem Owlz or in The Show for the Los Angeles Angels.
Marsh is also a notably great teammate with an amazing work ethic. That, on top of the potential to be a legitimate five-tool ballplayer (five outfield assists in 2017), are what make Marsh such an exciting prospect. Many expect Marsh to debut in 2020. However, he could be serving as a bench player and depth piece come 2019. While he will not be on the Opening Day roster, Marsh could very well be called up during the season if he can advance through the minors as quickly as expected.
Marsh may never been an All-Star, but he will be a valuable contributor at the highest level. With Kole Calhoun on the wrong side of 30 and showing some signs of regression this year, Marsh’s timeline may work out perfectly alongside the Halo’s.
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The Angels do not have more than a handful of truly exciting prospects in their farm system. However, after his stellar debut season, Brandon Marsh may be one of the most exciting.