LA Angels: 3 prospects gained and 2 prospects lost in Rule 5 Draft

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The Angels lost just two players in the Rule 5 Draft, both pitchers. Jose Soriano was listed by as the 13th-best prospect in the system and he is now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Garrett Williams, a southpaw who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for first-rounder Will Wilson and Zack Cozart is now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Jose Soriano

Jose Soriano is a 22-year-old right-hander who has had very up-and-down results within the Angels’ system. Soriano posted a 2.55 ERA and 4.05 FIP across 15 starts in A-ball in 2019. He struck out over a batter per inning, but had trouble with walks, averaging over five walks per nine innings. He has done well in his minor league career for the most part, but has never reached a level higher than A-ball. While he was ranked highly within the system, he is still not a polished pitcher yet represents a great deal of upside.

Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams is a 26-year-old lefty who has made it as high as Double-A with the San Francisco Giants. Originally a 2016 seventh-round selection of San Francisco, Williams was dealt to the Angels in the Zack Cozart deal as mentioned above. Williams has been excellent in the minor leagues for his entire career outside of a rough patch in 2018 at Double-A. Williams likely would have been a spot starter for the Angels as early as 2021.