LA Angels: Predicting breakout seasons for these 3 homegrown players

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Through nine games this season, the Angels are off to their best start in over a decade with a 6-3 record. It’s still early, but the Halos are proving many of their preseason doubters wrong with their performances thus far against some of the best teams in the American League.

Many fans were upset general manager Perry Minasian did not bring in any high-level talent in the offseason, but now it’s looking like his decisions may not be so bad after all. It’s nearly impossible for teams to ‘buy’ a championship. It’s a burden financially, so most of the talent on the team needs to be developed internally.

Angels: Why these homegrown three players will have breakout seasons.

The Angels don’t have highly regarded farm system of top prospects, but right now there are a few homegrown players who are off to a strong start to begin their 2021 campaigns.

More importantly, all of the players I believe will have breakout seasons are under contract through at least 2025.

I also want to give an honorable mention to catcher Max Stassi. He was drafted by A’s and made his big-league debut with the Astros so he’s not homegrown, but he picked up where he left off a season ago.

In 17 plate appearances, Stassi is 5-for-14 with one home run, one RBI, and three walks. Stassi, 30,  has one final year of arbitration eligibility but it’s possible a contract extension happens if he continues to produce offensively.

Will the same be considered for these three Angels in the near future?