The Arizona Fall League has come and gone already, meaning the Japan Series is now the only thing standing between us and the complete absence of baseball until March. To keep the (off)seasonal melancholy at bay for at least a few hours more, let’s take a quick look back at how the Angels prospects fared in AFL action.
The Halos had eight players suit up this year, and I’ve (sort of) ranked their performances here from best to worst. Whether you decide their numbers are really indicative of anything or not is up to you. Just keep in mind that in 2011, Mike Trout, on the cusp of setting the world afire, batted .245/.279/.321 in 106 AFL at-bats.
1. Cal Towey – 3B/OF
.279/.375/.426 with 2 HR, 4 2B, 9 BB in 68 AB
Towey performed incredibly well in his first real taste of pro ball against players his age, putting up a slash line nearly identical to his High-A numbers (.279/.364/.417) this past season. If the corner utility man can maintain that consistency at the plate in his first taste of Double-A next season, he could be in Anaheim by the end of the year. Lord knows the Angels can always use another lefty bat with some pop, especially one who can play third base.
From Jeff Moore of Baseball Prospectus: “If [Towey] can show that his left-handed pop will translate against better pitching and in a more neutral hitting environment, he could end up being a useful piece.”
2. Eric Stamets – SS
.279/.302/.377 with 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 1 BB in 61 AB
Widely regarded as a defense-first guy, Stamets surprised by holding his own at the plate against some of the minors’ top pitching talent. The low OBP is not great, but, with his glove, you’ve gotta think the Angels would be elated if he could put up that kind of offensive production at the MLB level.
Stamets OPS-ed only .601 in his first foray at Double-A, so a repeat appearance in Arkansas seems likely, but it’s fun to ponder if a promotion to Salt Lake City might be better for his confidence in the batter’s box. PCL-inflated or not, solid offensive numbers probably do wonders for a player’s self-esteem.