The LA Angels season may be over, but they still have 35 games left to play this season. So, let’s turn our focus towards the youth movement of three names to watch when the Angels begin calling up players when rosters expand in September.
Disclaimer: The LA Angels don’t seem to have plans to bring up top prospect Jo Adell in September, as it’s likely he’ll get work down in the Arizona Fall League following the conclusion of the minor league season. So, without further ado…
The LA Angels invested a lot in Taylor Ward – their first round pick in 2015 – and have yet to see a return on their investment. During September call-ups last season, Ward was one of the youngsters who earned regular playing time.
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However, he disappointed with a .178/.245/.333 slashline in his first stint in the majors. This season, Ward has absolutely torn up AAA for the Salt Lake Bees. Hitters in the Pacific Coast League always have an advantage and inflated numbers, but it’d be nice to see Ward given regular playing time.
Ward has fallen behind the likes of Luis Rengifo and Matt Thaiss in the Angels’ pecking order, and the Angels need to know if he’s someone they can depend on developing further or if they need to cut bait now and move on. Their organizational infield depth is exceptional, and Ward’s September could decide his future with the Angels.