The LA Angels Class A Advanced organization, the Inland Empire 66ers, hosted the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres) last night in a game which saw Angels prospects beat up on rehabbing big leaguer Dinelson Lamet.
Times haven’t been better regarding Angels prospects, especially on the pitcher front. Last night we saw RHP Denny Brady make his 11th appearance of the season (6th start) with the 66ers and pitch 5.1 innings of 2 run, 3 hit baseball. Brady also collected 6 strikeouts while walking just one hitter, though he did see a little control issue flare up in the 2nd inning as he threw two wild pitches after allowing a single. That run would score with 2 outs in the inning as the only run allowed by Brady during the contest.
One of Brady’s strongest tools is his precision which was on display in full force last night. Brady showed a pristine ability to locate his fastball on both sides of the plate, often opting to pound hitters on the inside. Not only was his fastball on point, his slider showed a powerfully sharp break that froze up a handful of Storm hitters. Over the course of the 2019 season Brady has amassed a 3.19 ERA in 48 IP with 57 K’s and only 2 HR’s allowed. Brady has held hitters to a .227/.307/.337 slash line in 205 plate appearances against him over the course of the season.
Offensively the 66’ers got it done all throughout the lineup. Ryan Scott, the Angels 24-year old catching prospect, continued his hot streak by following up his 1 HR 4 RBI game on 6/2/19 with another HR in last nights game, this HR coming in the 4th inning with one man on to put the 66’ers up 8-1 in the 4th inning.
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Alongside Ryan Scott’s power showing was Ryan Vega putting on a clinic of his own by smashing a Grand Slam in the 3rd inning. Ryan Vega played in only 1 game in 2018 before going down for the season with injury, but so far in 2019 he has amassed 122 plate appearances in 2019 with his HR last night being his first of the season.
One of the bigger storylines of the night was the return of Angels outfield prospect Orlando Martinez from injury. Martinez was brought into the organization in 2018 out of Cuba and slashed .305/.354/.432 with 5 HR’s and 17 doubles in that year. The Angels signed Martinez after he impressed with his solid left-handed bat skills and ability to make contact. Martinez was signed as a high contact hitter with burgeoning power potential and now that he’s recovered from injury we should see him find a comfort zone and being to really nurture his power. Martinez finished the night with 3 hits in 5 AB’s including a run scored.
Other notable performances on the night included 1B Devin Davis collecting 2 hits in three at-bats, with one being a double, alongside a walk. 3B prospect Gleyvin Pineda came away with 2 hits and an RBI with 1 run scored and a walk in 3 at-bats.
The 66’ers are slated to take on the Storm for a morning game at 10:30 am today.