#9 – Connor Higgins – LHP 30th Round Pick out of Arizona State (2018)
Connor Higgins is not a name you probably have ever heard of even if you are a diehard Angels fan. Higgins has pitched very well so far this season. Higgins started out in Low Single-A Burlington and set the Midwest League on fire with A 94-96 MPH fastball and he also throws a change-up, curve ball, and a split-fingered that complement the “Express”.
Higgins is 3-4 with a 3.00 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 30 innings of work between Burlington and Inland Empire. Higgins walked 20 batters which led to a high WHIP of 1.40. However what is most impressive is Higgins opponents’ batting average of .198.
Higgins exudes confidence when he takes the mound and at 6’5 240 LBS he can be a very intimidating force on the mound. He had one bad outing his last time out in Inland Empire that ballooned his ERA some (1 IP 5 hits 5 ER). If not for that Higgins ERA would be 1.50 instead of 3.00. He could advance to Double-A Mobile before the end of this season if he shows that outing as an anomaly.