The Arizona Fall League All Star Game featured two LA Angels prospects. One of the prospects who stood out in the game may surprise some fans.
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Over the weekend, the Arizona Fall league hosted its All Star Game where some of the games’ top prospects get to show off their talents to the rest of the country. The LA Angels had two prospects in the game, second baseman Jahmai Jones and right handed pitcher Brett Hanewich.
Jones, who is rated as the Angels’ fourth best prospect, went 0-3 during the game. Known for his athleticism and making contact, Jones will definitely appear in some Spring games for the Angels during the preseason and may see some playing time late in the season when the rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.
Now, Hanewich, who appeared in the eighth inning, struck out all three batters he faced with a total of 15 pitches. His stuff was electric through the night, showing his slider, changeup and fastball which touched triple digits and averaged around 96-100 mph.
Drafted in the ninth round of the 2017 MLB draft out of Stanford, Hanewich does not rank as one of the Angels’ top prospects. However, he has been steadily improving his game since being drafted.
In 2017, Hanewich pitched a total of 26.1 innings for the Rookie affiliate Orem Owlz, allowing 31 hits and 18 walks, inflating his WHIP to 1.86 with an ERA of 7.18.
Despite his struggles, Hanewich was promoted to Single-A affiliate Burlington where he began to pick up speed, lowering his ERA to 3.76 in 26 innings pitched. Hanewich was again promoted to single-A Advanced Inland Empire in the same year, where he had his best stint as a player. In 42.2 innings pitched, Hanewich allowed just 26 hits, lowering his ERA to 1.90.
Between Burlington and Inland Empire, Hanewich totaled 69 innings pitched to a 2.61 ERA. Though, he does allow some walks, 46, which heighten his WHIP to 1.41 for the season.
The LA Angels will be looking for some bullpen help come the 2019 season. While Hanewich will begin 2019 in the minor leagues, he may get a shot at the major league roster if he continues to improve and top out at 100 mph.