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LA Angels top 10 prospects in Single-A are sizzling!!!

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after pitching a scoreless first inning of 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 returns to the dugout after pitching a scoreless first inning of 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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LA Angels prospect is a pure hitter who will only get better.
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 10: Orlando Martinez may not have much power yet, but he can definitely hit well enough to make it to Anaheim. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

#6 – Orlando Martinez – OF International Free Agent (2018) from Havana, Cuba 

Orlando Martinez was signed for $250,000 from Cuba last summer where he had hit .408 in 143 plate appearances for a Cuban 18 and under AAU team. That was enough to entice the Angels to sign Martinez and so far it looks like a very good signing.

In 87 games between 2018 and 2019 Martinez has hit .298 with a .357 OBP with six homers and 45 RBIs.  Not a bad start to his professional career. Martinez was on the injured list to start the 2019 season, but has hit .280 with a homer and 10 RBIs and a .364 OBP so far in 22 games for the Sixers.

He has had 2 four-hit games so far this season.  His swing is very fundamentally sound and as he continues to get used to American pitching he will only get better.  He could be a good lead-off or #2 hitter one day for the Angels.

Martinez will undoubtedly be called up to Mobile sometime this season unless he goes into a major slump.  He is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

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