Now that the Angels have graduated Jo Adell to the major leagues, Brandon Marsh stands as the top prospect in the system and thus, the top outfielder in the system.
Marsh was drafted by the Angels in the second round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He will turn 23 years old later this month and will likely make his major league debut at some point during the 2021 season. The sky is the limit with a genuine five tool player.
Marsh’s minor league track record isn’t as extensive as most 23-year-old selections from the 2016 draft, but he has done well in recent seasons. Across 96 games in Triple-A back in 2019, the toolsy outfielder put up a .300 batting average, .811 OPS, and a 137 wRC+. He stole 18 bases and pounded seven home runs. His walk rate stayed above 10 percent (something that is always good to see out of prospects) at a healthy 11.4 percent. Marsh even cut down on the strikeouts a bit from 2018, moving his rate from 27.7 percent down to 22.3 percent.
FanGraphs currently ranks Brandon Marsh as the 30th-best prospect in the entire sport, which is good for an Angels system that has lagged in recent years. A potential outfield of Mike Trout, Jo Adell, and Brandon Marsh should keep Angel fans salivating for the future as both Adell and Marsh have superstar potential in their own right.
Look for Marsh to make his MLB debut at some point in 2021 and potentially take over as a starting outfielder full time in 2022.