10 Names You Need To Know – Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels – 10 Names You Need To Know

When people think of the Angels farm system they think of players like Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Jordyn Adams, and Jeremiah Jackson. While these guys are important and are the most impactful in terms of system rankings, there are quite a few guys in the system that are worth keeping an eye on and maybe picking up in a deep dynasty draft. For this list I decided to go with a mix of players that will likely make it to the majors and some that have interesting ceilings that you should pay attention to.


Here are ten Angels’ names you need to know for the 2020 season:

Alexander Ramirez, OF (2020 Preseason: #10)
Age: 18
Highest Level: DSL

Ramirez is the number one guy to watch for on my board. He’s had comps to Eloy Jimenez based on size and power. Ramirez is young, turns 18 this month, and was able to hold his own in the Dominican league last season. Likely a left fielder if he reaches the majors, Ramirez is athletic with great pop. Given the power stroke, he has been known to strike out a bunch (33% in the DSL), but that should be refined as he gets more experience in pro ball. Ramirez is a guy I could see being the Angels top prospect in a few years and fighting for a spot on the main roster.

 

Garret Stallings, RHP (2020 Preseason: #19)
Age: 23
Highest Level: College

Stallings in on this list for different reasons then the rest of these guys. Stallings is not a high ceiling guy, he’s a safe pitchability guy. Stallings has 4 pitches, slider, curveball, and change up to along with his fastball. His fastball tops out in the low 90s and his slider and changeup are solid offerings. He relies on deception and pitch tunneling to be effective. Stallings will likely be contending for a back end spot in a couple years.

 

Stiward Aquino, RHP (2020 Preseason: #19)
Age: 21
Highest Level: Rookie 

Aquino is a low minors pitcher that has a really good ceiling, he’s got a fastball that hits 96 regularly, a curve that is his out pitch, and he finishes that with a changeup that is a work in progress. Aquino was coming off TJ surgery in 2019 and was suffering from command issues that usually plague pitchers that have the surgery. He is a strike thrower and has generally been around the zone. What his role will eventually be is based on how his change up develops and if he can improve his command from 2019.  

 

Werner Blakely, SS (2020 Preseason: #NR)
Age: 18
Highest Level: HS

Angels 4th round draft pick this year, a high school shortstop out of Michigan. Blakely, like many of Angels draft picks, is a great athlete. He’s very smooth out in the field and has a good arm. His glove work needs improvement but overall scouts believe that he will stick at short. He has good speed on the base paths but we will see how the instincts develop to see if he becomes a stolen base producer. At the plate he has great pop which he tries to get to with some natural loft in the swing. These actions cause him to swing and miss and strike out. He will need some time in the minors to refine his approach, but the Angels could have something exciting here with Blakely.

 

Zach Linginfelter, RHP (2020 Preseason: #NR)
Age: 23
Highest Level: College

Drafted in 2019 and hasn’t played an inning of pro ball. Linginfelter is a high risk high reward pick. He is armed with a mid 90s fastball, slider that can be plus, and an average changeup. Linginfelter struggles with consistently repeating his mechanics. He’s a control over command guy, he consistently hits the strike zone, but has gotten hitten hard because he misses over the plate. I believe that we could see a much improved pitcher in 2021 (hopefully MiLB will be back then) as quite a bit of the issues could be cleaned up in instructs. 

 

Kyren Paris, SS (2020 Preseason: #9)
Age: 18
Highest Level: Rookie

Angels 2nd rounder from a year ago, Paris is already seeing time on the Long Beach squad despite being 18. A Short Stop from Northern California, he has an athletic body (shocker) with great speed. A middle of the diamond player that scouts had projected to have some power with his swing. Scouts were hoping that he could develop more as he filled out, and if the photos from Long Beach are any indication he already put a ton of work in the gym already. The weight he added is good for both his ability to run and hit for power at the plate. There are some questions about his ability to hit, but we will have to wait until next season to see if he can answer those.

 

Davis Daniel, RHP (2020 Preseason: #16)
Age: 23
Highest Level: College

Another 2019 draft pick, Daniel only pitched 2 innings for Auburn last year as he had tore his UCL and required Tommy John surgery. Before the surgery he had a fastball that maxed out at 97 with a good curve and change up. He struggled with command at times during his time at Auburn and we all are waiting to see if everything comes back after TJ. If it all works out Daniel will be one of the best pitchers in the organization.  

 

Oliver Ortega, RHP (2020 Preseason: #24)
Age: 23
Highest Level: AA

Flamethrower Ortega is a guy that I see being an impact reliever for the Halos in 2021 and beyond. Ortega can hit 99 with his fastball and a plus curve. His dynamic ability fits a back of the bullpen which the Angels desperately need.

 

David Calabrese, OF (2020 Preseason: #NR)
Age: 17
Highest Level: HS

Angels 3rd round pick from this year’s draft is an outfielder out of Canada. Calabrese is known for his plus plus speed and his tremendous fielding ability in Center. Despite playing in Canada and against weaker competition, scouts liked his hitting ability. Known as a gap to gap hitter, he has a more contact driven approach and thus does not hit for much power. Some scouts think that as he fills out he should be able to hit for more power. 

 

Trent Deveaux, OF (2020 Preseason: #12)
Age: 20
Highest Level: Rookie

Deveaux is a pure athlete out of the Bahamas, it’s felt like he’s been in the Angels system forever despite being only 20. He has plus plus speed which helps him be a good defender in the outfield. He, like many Angels prospects, has gone through quite a few swing changes and should continue to go through some more. If he can find one that allows him to hit a bunch he can be a major league regular that hits with power.




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