Hearing one of the Angels top prospects being compared to some of the leagues best hitters, such as Charlie Blackmon, adds a lot of excitement to their stock. With Angels Top 5 prospect Brandon Marsh set for a Spring Training debut we’re going to get a great look at the Angels near future. Brandon Marsh spent most of his time in Class A Advanced this season with 2018 being his first full season within the organization. His development might not be as quick as Adells, but that doesn’t change his outlook or talent set.
In 2018 Marsh hit .266/.359/.408, at the age of 20, in a season that saw him facing learning curves all throughout the year. Yes, that’s correct, Marsh still managed a solid slash line despite the struggles he faced in his debut season. In 579 Plate Appearances we saw Marsh collect 70 RBI’s on 27 doubles and 10 HR’s while flashing some legs with 85 Runs Scored and 14 Stolen bases (4 Caught Stealing).
This Spring Training will be big for Marsh. The chance to face big league level competition and bring it back down to the minors will be much more impactful for guys like Marsh who develop at a more realistic pace, though that doesn’t change the fact that he is an elite prospect nonetheless. Marsh holds a bat capable of powering the ball to the wall and over it, and despite his 158 K’s last season there is strong plate control within Marsh. The learning curve of his first MiLB season may not highlight his ability to control the strike zone, but at the same time his 73 walks offers insight into that ability despite the high K rate.
If Brandon Marsh can make his way to Triple A this season and find strong success we could very well see him in September, possibly before that point depending on how his development trends. All in all it will be a lot of fun watching Marsh navigate his first Spring Training, but you shouldn’t hold any expectations towards that. There is also the chance that he rides the bench while absorbing the atmosphere and learning from his mentors, but I would think he’ll see some playing time this Spring.