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

Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 04: Houston Astros introduce James Click as their new general manager during a press conference at Minute Maid Park on February 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Click, 42, joins the Astros from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he served as the club’s Vice President of Baseball Operations for the last three seasons (2017-19). Click’s career with Tampa Bay spanned 14 years, originally joining the club as a Coordinator of Baseball Operations in 2006. Since then, he also served as the Rays Director of Baseball Research and Development and later Director of Baseball Operations. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 04: Houston Astros introduce James Click as their new general manager during a press conference at Minute Maid Park on February 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Click, 42, joins the Astros from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he served as the club’s Vice President of Baseball Operations for the last three seasons (2017-19). Click’s career with Tampa Bay spanned 14 years, originally joining the club as a Coordinator of Baseball Operations in 2006. Since then, he also served as the Rays Director of Baseball Research and Development and later Director of Baseball Operations. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Newcomers

Despite losing two members of their minor league system — one being a top-15 prospect in their system, the Angels made three additions of their own.

Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera, a member of the Houston Astros system, is a 23-year-old starter/reliever combo pitcher who was ranked as the 14th-best prospect in Houston’s system by MLB.com. Rivera has shown the ability to rack up strikeouts at a prolific rate and has the look and feel of a future middle reliever or more. This was a solid pickup for the Angels and with them taking Rivera from a division rival who is one of the more intelligent teams in the sport, he could be a gem.

Brendon Davis

Brendon Davis was a member of the Texas Rangers system as a 23-year-old third baseman and shortstop. Davis was once a part of a blockbuster trade that sent current Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish from the Rangers to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Davis has not any real ability to hit in the minor leagues but a change of scenery could do him some good. The Angels saw something they liked in him.

Gustavo Campero

Gustavo Campero is a catcher who is quite the anomaly. Campero is just 5’6″ and is notably fast. He has played in just 74 minor league games and is already 23 years old. Even with the limited experience, he has made significant strides with the stick, but his future behind the plate is questionable given his lack of size. In rookie ball with the New York Yankees in 2019, he posted a 122 wRC+ with great walk and strikeout rates. He could be a solid find as a depth piece.

Next. Looking back at the Rendon signing

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