Keep an eye on LA Angels prospect Luis Madero
By David Rice
The LA Angels farm system has been getting rave reviews and many of the players are starting to come of age. One prospect that is not many people’s’radar is Luis Madero.
On the LA Angels 40-man roster Luis Madero might be a peculiar sight being that he has never pitched above Single-A in his career. Only one other player on the Angels 40-man has no big league experience which is Jose Suarez, but he is Triple-A. Other than Griffin Canning he is the next best Angels pitching prospect.
Luis Madero is an up and coming pitcher who started the season in Single-A Inland Empire going 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Overall in five seasons in the minors Madero is 24-26 with a 4.16 ERA with 351 strikeouts in 385 innings and a 1.33 WHIP.
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Madero is still young at 22, but was drafted by the Angels at age 17. I watched him pitch a week ago and he looked pretty good striking out seven batters and allowing only one run in five innings of work.
The Angels acquired Madero from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for reliever David Hernandez at the trade deadline in 2017.
This was Madero’s last start in Single-A as he was promoted to Double-A Mobile two days later. In his first start for Mobile Sunday was less than stellar giving up five runs in four innings striking out five batters while walking only one batter.
Fabian Ardaya, who writes for The Athletic had this to say about Madero last week.
Since Madero has been in the minors for five years the Angels had to either add Madero to the 40-Man Roster or risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft. Billy Eppler and his staff obviously thought it was prudent to protect Madero which means they see something special in him.
From what I saw last week from Madero I can see why the Angels want to protect him as he possesses a 95 MPH fastball with a nasty slider. He is still somewhat raw, but there is definitely potential in Madero’s right arm.
So if you want to see a potential future star check out Luis Madero in Mobile. You may just seem him in an Angel uniform one day.