While most of the audience has their eyes set on the postseason action that is happening in Major League baseball, there is an entirely different league in full swing right now, the Arizona Fall League. This League showcases many top prospects in all respected organizations, and helps players work on the skills they need to make it to the big leagues.
Jo Adell is the LA Angels number one prospect, second in major league baseball, and many fans are anticipating his debut in the big leagues as he has posted impressive numbers since being drafted. While he had a set back at the start of the 2019 season due to a hamstring and ankle injury, he was able to produce in the minors and earned himself a call up to the Angels Triple-A affiliate.
Due to the significant amount of missed playing time due to the injuries, he is expected to make them up at the AFL. According to an article from Baseball America by Kyle Glaser, Adell has already been putting numbers in the AFL despite a slow start. In his last seventeen at bats, Adell has boasted a .412 batting average with 4 runs, 3 doubles, a home-run, and 5 runs batted in.
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Additionally, he was named an All-Star for the AFL, which also proves his success and how much it is helping him. This should give Angels fans something to look forward to next season as the time is getting closer for this future star to make it to The Show.
Another player that is right behind Adell in terms of depth chart, is outfielder Brandon Marsh who is doing an exceptional job during his time in the AFL. According to MLB.com’s minor league stats, Marsh is batting with a .345 average, leads the team with a .429 on base percentage, and 5 runs batted in.
He was also additionally introduced as an All-Star for the AFL as his stats have proven him capable with some of the leagues best top prospects. According to 2019 Prospect Watch by MLB.com, Marsh still has a lot of potential to be a consistent batter as they mention plate discipline being one of the areas he needs to focus on to give him more of an edge.
They also mention his speed as it plays both on base running and defensively which would be interesting to see if he is given a chance at the major league level with the likes of Trout and possibly Adell in the near future.
While he could be used as potential trade bait due to the surplus of outfielders that the Angels could have, he should be considered on the major league roster and in the outfield to show the fans what he can do.
The last player to be named an All-Star for the AFL from the Angels is Isaac Mattson, who is a pitcher that didn’t even crack the Top 30 in terms of the depth chart. Being not entirely known to the fans in terms of the depth chart isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as he has proven himself during the AFL. Mattson posted a 0.00 earned run average in 5.2 innings in relief, and collecting 8 strikeouts.
While he may have some time to go in terms of reaching the major league roster, what he’s done during the 2019 minor league season should be noticed. He posted an earned run average of 2.33 across 3 different levels of Angel affiliated teams, as well as pitching 73.1 innings in relief. He is definitely one pitcher the Angels should keep an eye on while he progresses during his time in the minor leagues and should consider giving him a shot in their bullpen when he is ready.