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Which Other LA Angels Prospects Could Be in Anaheim Soon?

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 30: Tommy La Stella #9 and Andrelton Simmons #2 look on as Jonathan Lucroy #20 talks to starting pitcher Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as he was pulled from the fifth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 30: Tommy La Stella #9 and Andrelton Simmons #2 look on as Jonathan Lucroy #20 talks to starting pitcher Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as he was pulled from the fifth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Even with that disadvantage of not being rostered, Rojas’ talents will force the Angels’ hands eventually. If another injury hits this team, especially in the infield, Rojas could very well be making a trip to Anaheim.

In terms of pitchers that could make their first appearance at The Big A soon, the first to mention is Jared Walsh.

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Walsh has been an electric and newsworthy prospect not just for the Angels, but for the entire MLB. He is redefining the “utility player”, as he is pursuing a two-way career as a corner outfielder/first baseman while also working as a relief pitcher.

So far this season, Walsh has had his ups-and-downs with Triple-A Salt Lake. His batting average is sitting at .250, but he has shown solid slugging potential. His ERA sits at 3.00, which is very impressive given how often pitchers struggle in the Pacific Coast League.

While Walsh has been a developmental project thus far, there’s no doubting his versatility. The one thing holding him back right now is the current logjam the Halos have at first base.

With Albert Pujols and Justin Bour there, and David Fletcher as the fourth outfielder, there isn’t a huge need for Walsh’s services just yet. On top of that, the Angels’ bullpen has also been very impressive, further reducing the need for Walsh.

One other name to watch is Luis Madero. After a 2018 season where he struggled in Double-A, Madero began the 2019 season in Single-A.

He made four appearances (three starts), and posted an immaculate 1.13 ERA while striking out 12.9 batters per nine innings. That earned him a call up back to Double-A, where he’ll look to improve upon the 11.25 ERA he posted at that level last season.

While Madero may seem far away from reaching the big leagues, Billy Eppler has shown time and time again that he will not hold prospects back from moving up throughout the farm system. Look no further than Canning, who pitched his way through every level of the minor league system in 2018.

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Madero is still just 22 years old, so there isn’t necessarily a need to rush him. However, if the injuries to the Angels’ rotation don’t improve throughout the season, Madero is definitely a name to keep an eye on.

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