Tag: Jo Adell

Three Big Name Prospects Called Up

Jo Adell at the 2019 AFL Fall Stars Game. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

Tuesday has turned into a rather significant day in terms of prospect promotions, as Jo Adell, James Kaprielian, and Luis Patino all learn they will be experiencing their first day of big league ball on this day.

The biggest hype of the three is easily Jo Adell with the Los Angeles Angels. The 10th overall pick in 2017 is as much fun to watch as any prospect in all of baseball. He is incredibly athletic with a strong yet agile frame. Truly a five-tool talent, he has plus power, plus speed, to go with above average glove and arm. He has struck out more than 25% in his minor league career, so the hit tool is easily his weakest, but has hit just two points under .300 in his three minor league seasons. When he made his pro debut in the AZL in 2017, he was on a very talented Angels club, but there was no doubt he was the best player on the field, and has continued to be nearly every game since. Adell is probably going to be a right fielder long term next to Mike Trout, making the outfield in Orange County one of the best in all of baseball regardless of who plays left.

Kapreilian is joining an incredibly talented and young staff with the Oakland Athletics. He impressed with his elite at UCLA, and has only improved since getting to pro ball, going from walking just 5.3 per nine his freshman year, to 3.0 his sophomore, and 2.8 in his junior season, and walking merely 2.1/9 since entering the minors. Originally selected by the New York Yankees, Kapreilian looked to be on the fast track to the bigs when he flashed high quality innings in the AFL in 2016 after missing a good chunk of the season. He wound up with injuries that saw him miss all of 2017 and 2018, traded away to Oakland in the Sonny Gray deal, and only logging 68 innings a season ago. Assuming health, which is far from a sure thing, he could be a very good fourth or fifth starter with the upside of a three, but that will all be determined by how long he can stay healthy.

Patino may be the biggest surprise call up of the three as he has less than eight innings logged in the upper minors and none at AAA. That said, he is widely considered the best pitching prospect in the San Diego Padres organization not named Mackenzie Gore. The 20-year old righty has an electric fastball that will surely be in full display this season as I expect him to be a reliever before being stretched out to join the rotation next season. He also has a plus slider that has been a major contributing factor in him striking out well better than a batter an inning. If he works out of the pen all season, I expect those to be the two pitches he throws the vast majority of the time, but he can snap off a solid curve to change the eye levels of a hitter and a changeup I have seen flash above-average at times.

Since two of these are pitchers, time will tell if all three debut on the same day, but if they do, Tuesday night could be a night of baseball to remember!

2019 Preseason Top 150

Carter Kieboom
Carter Kieboom. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

Before I even got this posted Alex Reyes exhausted his rookie eligibility (needed a single out to do so and pitched an inning on Friday) so I updated my top 150 before it went live. Reyes was at 22 but is now removed making room for Ryan Weathers, giving the Padres two more than any other team with 12 players making the top 150.  15 players on the list open the season in the big leagues, with 14 of those in the top 80 and the Padres and Mariners both starting with two players in the big leagues.


Player Position Team Rank
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Toronto Blue Jays 1
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS San Diego Padres 2
Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox 3
Forrest Whitley RHP Houston Astros 4
Victor Robles OF Washington Nationals 5
Jo Adell OF Los Angeles Angels 6
Royce Lewis SS Minnesota Twins 7
Wander Franco SS Tampa Bay Rays 8
Nick Senzel 2B/3B Cincinnati Reds 9
Jesus Luzardo LHP Oakland Athletics 10
MacKenzie Gore LHP San Diego Padres 11
Bo Bichette SS/2B Toronto Blue Jays 12
Kyle Tucker OF Houston Astros 13
Taylor Trammell OF Cincinnati Reds 14
Keston Hiura 2B Milwaukee Brewers 15
Brendan Rodgers SS/2B Colorado Rockies 16
Sixto Sanchez RHP Miami Marlins 17
Cristian Pache OF Atlanta Braves 18
Carter Kieboom SS Washington Nationals 19
Luis Urias 2B/SS San Diego Padres 20
Casey Mize RHP Detroit Tigers 21
Joey Bart C San Francisco Giants 22
Austin Riley 3B Atlanta Braves 23
Keibert Ruiz C Los Angeles Dodgers 24
Pete Alonso 1B New York Mets 25
Brendan McKay LHP/1B Tampa Bay Rays 26
Michael Kopech RHP Chicago White Sox 27
Hunter Greene RHP Cincinnati Reds 28
Mitch Keller RHP Pittsburgh Pirates 29
Andres Gimenez SS New York Mets 30
Brent Honeywell RHP Tampa Bay Rays 31
Nick Madrigal 2B/SS Chicago White Sox 32
Jonathan India 3B/SS Cincinnati Reds 33
Sean Murphy C Oakland Athletics 34
Alex Verdugo OF Los Angeles Dodgers 35
A.J. Puk LHP Oakland Athletics 36
Matthew Liberatore LHP Tampa Bay Rays 37
Mike Soroka RHP Atlanta Braves 38
Nolan Gorman 3B St. Louis Cardinals 39
Ian Anderson RHP Atlanta Braves 40
Francisco Mejia C/OF San Diego Padres 41
Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox 42
Dylan Cease RHP Chicago White Sox 43
Chris Paddack RHP San Diego Padres 44
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pittsburgh Pirates 45
Vidal Brujan 2B Tampa Bay Rays 46
Touki Toussaint RHP Atlanta Braves 47
Brusdar Graterol RHP Minnesota Twins 48
Justus Sheffield LHP Seattle Mariners 49
Kyle Wright RHP Atlanta Braves 50
Yordan Alvarez OF Houston Astros 51
Alex Kirilloff OF Minnesota Twins 52
Jesus Sanchez OF Tampa Bay Rays 53
Yusei Kikuchi LHP Seattle Mariners 54
Yusniel Diaz OF Baltimore Orioles 55
Khalil Lee OF Kansas City Royals 56
Jarred Kelenic OF Seattle Mariners 57
Triston McKenzie RHP Cleveland Indians 58
Danny Jansen C Toronto Blue Jays 59
Jazz Chisholm SS Arizona Diamondbacks 60
Adrian Morejon LHP San Diego Padres 61
Griffin Canning RHP Los Angeles Angels 62
Dustin May RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 63
Luis Patino RHP San Diego Padres 64
Alec Bohm 3B Philadelphia Phillies 65
Estevan Florial OF New York Yankees 66
Jon Duplantier RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 67
DL Hall LHP Baltimore Orioles 68
Nate Pearson RHP Toronto Blue Jays 69
Josh James RHP Houston Astros 70
Drew Waters OF Atlanta Braves 71
Bryse Wilson RHP Atlanta Braves 72
Nolan Jones 3B Cleveland Indians 73
Gavin Lux SS/2B Los Angeles Dodgers 74
Travis Swaggerty OF Pittsburgh Pirates 75
Matt Manning RHP Detroit Tigers 76
Oneil Cruz SS Pittsburgh Pirates 77
Luis Garcia SS/3B Washington Nationals 78
Garrett Hampson 2B/SS Colorado Rockies 79
Adonis Medina RHP Philadelphia Phillies 80
Ryan Mountcastle 3B Baltimore Orioles 81
Kristian Robinson OF Arizona Diamondbacks 82
Brady Singer RHP Kansas City Royals 83
Monte Harrison OF Miami Marlins 84
Logan Allen LHP San Diego Padres 85
Nico Hoerner SS Chicago Cubs 86
Michel Baez RHP San Diego Padres 87
Isaac Paredes SS/2B Detroit Tigers 88
Victor Victor Mesa OF Miami Marlins 89
Trevor Larnach OF Minnesota Twins 90
Brandon Marsh OF Los Angeles Angels 91
Heliot Ramos OF San Francisco Giants 92
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF Tampa Bay Rays 93
Ronny Mauricio SS New York Mets 94
Will Smith C/3B Los Angeles Dodgers 95
MJ Melendez C Kansas City Royals 96
Dane Dunning RHP Chicago White Sox 97
Ronaldo Hernandez C Tampa Bay Rays 98
Hans Crouse RHP Texas Rangers 99
Jonathan Loaisiga RHP New York Yankees 100
Corbin Martin RHP Houston Astros 101
Cole Winn RHP Texas Rangers 102
Luiz Gohara LHP Atlanta Braves 103
Leody Taveras OF Texas Rangers 104
William Contreras C Atlanta Braves 105
Seuly Matias OF Kansas City Royals 106
Lucius Fox SS Tampa Bay Rays 107
Corey Ray OF Milwaukee Brewers 108
Spencer Howard RHP Philadelphia Phillies 109
Jahmai Jones 2B Los Angeles Angels 110
Jordyn Adams OF Los Angeles Angels 111
George Valera OF Cleveland Indians 112
J.B. Bukauskas RHP Houston Astros 113
Justin Dunn RHP Seattle Mariners 114
Michael Chavis 3B Boston Red Sox 115
Mark Vientos 3B New York Mets 116
Daz Cameron OF Detroit Tigers 117
Bubba Thompson OF Texas Rangers
Josh Naylor 1B/OF San Diego Padres 119
Colton Welker 3B Colorado Rockies 120
Daulton Varsho C Arizona Diamondbacks 121
Evan White 1B Seattle Mariners 122
Peter Lambert RHP Colorado Rockies 123
Taylor Widener RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 124
Julio Pablo Martinez OF Texas Rangers 125
Kevin Smith SS/3B Toronto Blue Jays 126
Miguel Amaya C Chicago Cubs 127
Andrew Knizner C St. Louis Cardinals 128
Tyler Nevin 1B Colorado Rockies 129
Hudson Potts 3B/1B San Diego Padres 130
Sandy Alcantara RHP Miami Marlins 131
Shane Baz RHP Tampa Bay Rays 132
Tyler Stephenson C Cincinnati Reds 133
Eric Pardinho RHP Toronto Blue Jays 134
Franklin Perez RHP Detroit Tigers 135
Jordan Groshans 3B/SS Toronto Blue Jays 136
Dakota Hudson RHP St. Louis Cardinals 137
Nate Lowe 1B Tampa Bay Rays 138
Elehuris Montero 3B St. Louis Cardinals 139
Luis Oviedo RHP Cleveland Indians 140
Tony Santillan RHP Cincinnati Reds 141
Triston Casas 1B/3B Boston Red Sox 142
Adbert Alzolay RHP Chicago Cubs 143
Ethan Hankins RHP Cleveland Indians 144
Beau Burrows RHP Detroit Tigers 145
Brice Turang SS Milwaukee Brewers 146
Brent Rooker 1B/OF Minnesota Twins 147
Alex Faedo RHP Detroit Tigers 148
Deivi Garcia RHP New York Yankees 149
Ryan Weathers LHP San Diego Padres 150


Los Angeles Angels 2019 Preseason Top 10

Los Angeles Angels 2019 Preseason Top 10


Player: Jo Adell
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: Adell earned playing time across three levels a year ago and doesn’t turn 20 until a few days after Opening Day. There may not be anyone with the tools to match Adell, but he has really started to allow them to play in game action already. He has plus raw power that he is already tapping into and has shown the ability to hit for contact, although he struggled a bit in his short stint at AA. The bat can get long at times and he does not take enough walks, but there is plenty of bat speed and power to outweigh those concerns. He has the legs to steal bags and cover a ton of ground in center, where is reads allow him to profile as a guy who will stick there. If he does have to move off center for any reason (Mike Trout perhaps) then he has more than enough arm to play right.


Player: Griffin Canning
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: 125/44, that was Canning’s K/BB rate last season. This was a guy who fell to the 47th overall pick after long being thought of as a sure fire first rounder much of his college career up the road at UCLA. He didn’t pitch in 2017, his draft year, but made his debut in High A last year before quickly getting the bump to AA and eventually AAA. Yes, he made AAA in his first season of playing pro ball, and it was the first place to really provide him a challenge. He has a fastball that sits in the mid-90s to go with a plus slider, solid curve, and a change that could become an above average pitch. There is a real chance he makes it to Anaheim early this season where he could find himself in the middle of that rotation.


Player: Brandon Marsh
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: A stress fracture in his back delayed Marsh’s pro debut and didn’t make his full season debut until a season ago. Despite this, he made his way to High A and could be on track to start the year in AA thanks to his excellent athleticism. He has plus raw power that he has yet to really tap into during games, but his slightly open stance does allow him to see the ball well and draws a fair share of walks. The loft in his swing suggests the game power will certainly come, and he could make for the third piece of an incredibly impressive outfield of Trout, Adell, and Marsh. He has the athleticism to play center, although I don’t think he has the instincts to stay there, instead I see his future being in right thanks to his cannon of an arm.


Jahmai Jones
Jam Jones with the Mesa Solar Sox. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan
Player: Jahmai Jones
Position(s): OF/2B Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: Better known as Jam, Jones doesn’t lack the bat skills or athleticism to be a quality ballplayer, but the defensive abilities may hold him back. He can drive the ball to all fields, staying inside the ball well allowing him to get plenty of XBHs to right field. There isn’t much in terms or true power in the bat, although he may be able to run into 15 or so home runs in time. He was an infielder in high school but moved to outfield in pro ball as many felt he did not have the footwork to stay on the dirt. He never really developed good reads in center so the Angels sent him to the AFL to work on his transition back to the infield. If he can become a good enough a defender to simply not be a liability, he will be a quality piece in a much improved Angels system.


Player: Jordyn Adams
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 180
Quick Report: I watched a good amount of Adams at last year’s NHSI and really didn’t think he was going to be a high enough pick to keep him from his commitment to play football and baseball at North Carolina. The Angels pulled the trigger on him at 17 and went over slot to $4.1M to get him signed. Adams can absolutely fly, putting up ridiculous home to first numbers, and that has translated into making him a solid center fielder at the current time even though his reads aren’t all that polished. There were plenty of questions as to how well he could handle quality pitching, but the NHSI helped put some of those concerns to bed, as did his pro debut. He has a leg kick that gets him out on his front foot a bit much and the timing between hands and foot are inconsistent, something he will need to improve if he is to tap into his average-to-better raw power.


Player: Jose Suarez
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’10” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: A 5’10” lefty sitting in the high-80s two seasons ago, he suddenly got an uptick to sit in the mid-90s a season ago. This helped him follow Canning as a guy who started the year in High A but ended in the AAA Salt Lake rotation. The change is a plus pitch with plenty of movement, and the curve is coming along to become a solid out pitch. He gets plenty of leg drive in his delivery and repeats it well while his 3/4 slot allows the fastball and change to run arm side, but also creates good plane despite his shorter stature.


Player: Luis Rengifo
Position(s): SS/2B Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Already with his third team, originally signing with the Mariners before being dealt to the Rays in 2017 and then to the Angels as a PTBNL in the C.J. Cron deal, Rengifo is quickly proving to be a guy that could be a steal. He will never hit for power, but his other four tools are average or better. Plenty still feel he will be able to stick at short, although some don’t feel the footwork or arm will ever be quite enough to stick there. Given he is a switch-hitter that gets the bat to the ball well, I think he will be an average starter or very good utility guy who can play short well enough at times.


Player: Matt Thaiss
Position(s): 1B Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: A guy who is more hit over power is somewhat rare at first base, although he did improve the power last season without seeing much dip in his swing and miss numbers. The wheels and fielding ability won’t ever be great, even at first, but he can be a capable option at the position. He has a quick bat that covers the zone well, so he could be a guy that hits close to .290 or so in time at the big league level, and if he can improve his power numbers to 20+, which I think he will based on his pure strength, he could become at least a league average bat at first.


Player: Jeremiah Jackson
Position(s): SS/3B Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ 175 lbs.
Quick Report: Still very raw, Jackson has the upside of being a very good hitter who just might be able to stick at short. The upside would be for his plus speed to transition into better quickness and range at short and his long frame fills out to tap into his above-average raw power. The downside is the strength saps his speed and range, forcing him to move to third where he would have more than enough arm. The bat is quick to the zone and is a good, line drive swing that should allow him to make consistent contact throughout his career.


Player: D’Shawn Knowles
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 165 lbs.
Quick Report: Knowles is not big, but the quick bat allows him to drive the ball pretty well and the loft suggests there is more power to come. The bat path is a bit long, although that has was not an issue against Rookie level pitching a season ago. He doesn’t’ have Jordyn Adams speed, but he has plenty to allow him to cover a lot of ground on the bases and in the field, where he can play all three outfield spots including a quality center field.

Others of Note:

Michael Hermosillo – OF – 23 – MLB
Ty Buttrey – RHP – 25 – MLB
Livan Soto – SS – 18 – Rookie
Kevin Maitan – 3B/SS – 18 – Rookie
Jose Soriano – RHP – 20 – Low A
Chris Rodriguez – RHP – 20 – DNP
Leonardo Rivas – SS – 21 – Low A
Patrick Sandoval – LHP – 22 – AA