The annual Arizona Fall League has long been a proving ground for young prospects and the LA Angels have two players trying to gain notoriety in the desert 2B Jahmai Jones & pitcher Jesus Castillo.
So far both Jones and Castillo have done pretty well which is music the LA Angels ears. The pair of Angels prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. The first week of the AFL has come and gone and both have done very well. Jesus Castillo has only pitched once so far on Monday afternoon and he was sensational going three innings giving up no runs on three hits and five big strikeouts earning the victory.
Castillo is listed as the #12 prospect in the Angels minor league system. He pitched the whole season in Double-A Mobile going 9-5 with a 4.94 in 21 games of work. Castillo pitched 98.1 innings with 60 strikeouts. Last season Castillo went 9-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 118 strikeout in 124.2 innings.
Jahmai Jones, who switched from the outfield to second base during the off-season, has got off to a torrid start in the Arizona Fall League. Going 3 for 8 in his first three games with a home run and two RBIs. In addition Jones has scored five runs with two stolen bases. Mesa is in first place so far going 4-2 in his first six games.
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Jones is rated as the #4 prospect in the Angels system when he was drafted in 2015 in the second round. Jones was a wide receiver in high school and both his dad and brother played in the NFL. T.J. and Malachi Jones, are Jahmai’s older brothers play for the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears respectively. Andre Jones his father was a defensive end at Notre Dame.
Jones split the 2018 season between Inland Empire and Mobile. Jones hit .239 with 10 homers with 55 RBIs and has stolen 24 bases during the season. They will continue playing for the next month and hopefully Jones and Castillo will continue to stand out. This can only help their development playing against some of the best prospects in the minor league systems.
One day you will most likely see both players in Anaheim helping the Angels hopefully to the playoffs.