The Angels were well-represented on All-Arizona Fall League Team
The Angels had seven players participate in the Arizona Fall League this season this included some of the Angels top prospects Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, & Jahmai Jones.
The Arizona Fall League is now over and the Angels had one player make the first-team All-Arizona Fall League Team. Two other Angels made what would be equivalent to 2nd team All-AFL teams. Angels prospect Brandon Marsh was chosen as one of the three outfielders for the All-AFL First Team.
Marsh had an outstanding AFL season which included him making the mid-season All-Star team. Marsh hit .328 with two homers and 11 RBIs. He also scored 13 runs and stole four bases. Marsh’s OBP was stellar as well at .387 and he had an OPS of .910.
Marsh was drafted in the second round of the 2016 Amateur Draft by the Angels out of Buford High School in Georgia (it is 40 miles from downtown Atlanta). Marsh hit .300 in 96 games at Double-A Mobile. Marsh swatted seven homers with 43 RBIs and had 18 stolen bases with a .383 OBP. He will be invited to Spring Training in 2020 with an outside chance of making the Angels Opening Day Roster, but he will most likely start the season in Triple-A Salt Lake City and get a possible call-up sometime during the season.
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Marsh has played mostly right field in the minors , he could play left field and center field if needed as well. He is just the victim of the numbers game with Mike Trout and Justin Upton firmly entrenched in the Angels outfield. Right field is the only spot up for grabs and that figures to be filled by Brian Goodwin and Jo Adell. However, Marsh could end up filling a role of as a 4th outfielder next season.
Jo Adell was chosen as All-AFL Second Team as he played very well during the Arizona Fall League as well. Adell had 27 hits in 99 at-bats (.273 BA). Adell smacked three homers while driving in nine runs with three stolen bases and a .351 OBP. Adell is the #3 ranked prospect in all the minor leagues and is considered the Angels top prospect.
Adell is primed to take over in right field if Kole Calhoun‘s option is not picked up. The Angels may wait to promote him until mid-season and use Brian Goodwin in right field for a little while to let Adell get a few more at-bats in Triple-A. Adell had an injury-shortened season in 2019 after getting injured late in Spring Training. Adell played a few games in rookie ball and then at Single-A Inland Empire before he was placed in Double-A Mobile and later in Triple-A Salt Lake.
Adell finished the season hitting .289 in 305 at-bats with10 homers and driving in 36 runs while stealing seven bases. Adell had a .360 OBP and an .834 OPS. We will see how he does in the Spring and that will determine as to when we will see him in the majors.
The final Angels prospect to get recognized was second baseman Jahmai Jones. Jones is another high draft pick, being the second round pick in 2015. Jones was converted from an outfielder to a second baseman two seasons ago in hopes of giving him more of an unobstructed path to the majors instead of trying to play his way into a crowded outfield. In the AFL Jones hit .302 with two homers and 10 RBIs and he also stole seven bases.
In addition Jones posted a .377 OBP and a .886 OPS. In the 2019 regular season Jones hit .234 with five homers and 50 RBIs with nine stolen bases in 130 games in Double-A Mobile. He will get an invite to Spring Training as well and will have an outside chance of making the Angels Opening Day roster. You could also see him in Anaheim sometime during the 2020 season.
All three of the players are the future of Angels baseball and when they make it to the majors it will provide the team with a shot in the arm. Good job gentlemen!!! Hope to see you soon in Anaheim.