A first round pick in 2016, Matt Thiass finally made a jump in 2018. the 23-year old’s power is finally coming to form, as he proved to be a consistent threat for doubles and home runs. While he is strictly a first baseman and designated hitter, Thaiss’ hitting may force the Angels’ hand by the end of the season, and if they fall out of contention, he could see a similar treatment to Ward anf Fletcher did down the stretch in 2018 and be the everyday guy at first.
Wilfredo Tovar is not exactly a name to get excited about. In limited MLB experience he has not done anything of note, and has not played in the bigs since 2014. However, he has played very well in Triple-A the last few seasons, putting together his best season to date in 2018.
Originally drafted as an outfielder in 2016, Jahmai Jones made a rather smooth transition to second base in 2018. He now ranks as a top second base prospect in all of the MLB, and seems to have a bright future ahead of him.
Jones was a multi-sport athlete coming out of high school, and that translates to the diamond where he possesses all five tools for the Angels. While he did slightly regress throughout the 2018 season, he tore it up in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .321 while showing his threat as an extra-base hitter.
Jones could find his way to Anaheim this season if he bounces back in the minors. However, a 2020 debut is more likely for the future second baseman of the LA Angels.