I sort of live a double life. (Well, a triple life if you count my life as a super hero.) While I blog all things Halos here, I ramble about minor league prospects, and contribute some research and other insights at Baseball Prospectus. This year, I’ve been lucky enough to participate in the BP Prospect Team’s discussions about each club’s farm system. Today, Jason Parks released his prospect rankings for the Angels (subscription required).
Unsurprisingly, Parks named Kaleb Cowart as the club’s top prospect. The farm system is down, with the Angels trading several top prospects over the past couple seasons, forfeiting draft picks, and failing to acquire premium talents in the international market.
Yours truly authored the section of the article devoted to the club’s top talents under 25 entering the 2013 season. The cut-off date for eligibility is 4/1/1987. Peter Bourjos, born on March 31, 1987, missed the cut-off by just one day.
I uncontroversially ranked the Millville Meteor as the best U25 talent. But after Mike Trout, the system lends itself to some discussion. Who deserved to be #2? The talented youngster Kaleb Cowart? Maybe Garrett Richards, who has had some moderate big league success and has pretty good stuff? Hank “The Tank” Conger? Nick Maronde? There’s no definitive answer to the question, but the group is rather uninspiring after Trout.
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