Five years ago the LA Angels had one of the worst farm systems in baseball, but times are a changin’.
Starting the 2019 season the LA Angels farm system is now ranked seventh in the majors because of all the high draft picks who have shown tremendous who have shown great potential.
Most notably are outfielder Jo Adell and pitcher Griffin Canning. Adell is injured right now after pulling a left hamstring and spraining his right ankle during Spring Training. If Adell can get back to health and have a stellar second half of the minor league season, a September call-up is possible.
Adell is a five-tool outfielder who was drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft by the Angels out of Louisville Ballard High School. He is the apparent heir to the right field spot that will most likely be vacated by Kole Calhoun this off-season. Adell is getting all as much hype as Mike Trout did coming up, but we will have to wait and see if he can realize his tremendous potential.
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Canning on the other hand was a second draft pick in 2017 out of UCLA and is the Angels top pitching prospect in their farm system. Canning just received his first call up to the majors last week and has made two starts thus far. Tuesday night he picked up his major league win against Detroit by going 5.1 innings giving up four hits, two runs while striking out 7.
Fox Sports West’s Mark Gubicza was impressed with Griffin Canning in his second start.
Canning mixes an assortment of breaking pitches in with his 94-97 MPH fastball. In his start against the Tigers Canning looked dominating at times and kept the Tigers off-balanced most of the game. His only trouble was in the bottom of the sixth inning when he allowed three hits and two runs and was relieved by Luke Bard who shut the Tigers rally down.
Another top “prospect” Shohei Ohtani was also in action as the designated hitter coming back from his Tommy John Surgery. Ohtani did not fare so well going 0 for 4, but he drive in a run on a ground out. With Ohtani and Canning in action as well as David Fletcher the immediate future of the Angels looks bright. The not-to distant future also looks good as well. Tuesday night’s 5-2 victory is a proof of that.