The LA Angels have been ranked 29th out of the 30 teams by Baseball America's 2022 MLB Organization Talent Rankings (subscription required).
It truly speaks volumes in just how bad our farm is. It's why we constantly wonder why we can't seem to trade for legit pitching, only to remember that we don't have any prospects to go ahead and swap. It's not very encouraging when we go through an entire draft last year where we take nobody but pitchers, so that we can finally improve the staff, only to find out that perhaps those moves weren't the best.
Now, it's not just black and white like that. There could be some gray area where we may be suffering in overall rankings because other positions aren't very good, but we have the right pitching prospects. That wouldn't be terrible, because we are indeed young and strong at many other positions already in the Big Leagues other than the guys we send up to the mound.
It looks like that's not the case, however, as in Baseball America's 2022 Top 100 Prospects list just dropped and included just ONE Halo pitcher on that entire list (Reid Detmers). He was the only Angel in general on that list. They didn't even have our 2021 first-round draft pick in Sam Bachman on the list.
The LA Angels farm seems to not be developing at all.
I don't want to sound depressing, but the reality is that this crop of prospects currently on the LA Angels is not looking all that promising. I recently spoke with Angels color analyst Mark Gubicza, who told me that he's heard big things from the prospects the team picked up in the draft last year, and I'm happy about that. If that's the case, it appears that other drafts in the past haven't gone very well.
If they had, how could we be down this bad? Well, we typically don't like to sell at the deadline due to us having the best player in baseball and hoping to be in win-now mode. Now, that intrigue in winning now should only be heightened now that we also developed the second-best player in baseball.
And we should want to win, but it hasn't happened due to some poor front office decisions in free agency and contract baggage problems. These things have lasting effects on a franchise.
All Angels fans can do is No. 1; hope that these rankings don't fulfill the unfortunate prophecy they forecast on our farm, and No. 2; hope that Perry Minasian is working to have change arrive on the way very quickly.