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BP Top Prospects: LA Angels

Minors : : General
Jason Parks        
Published: Monday, November 11, 2013

Listed below are the top 5 prospects in the Los Angeles Angels organization as ranked by Jason Parks and Baseball Prospectus. To view the full feature, please visit this link.

Prospect rankings primer
Last year's Angels list

The Top Ten

  1. 2B Taylor Lindsey
  2. 3B Kaleb Cowart
  3. 1B C.J. Cron
  4. RHP R.J. Alvarez
  5. RHP Mark Sappington
  6. RF Randal Grichuk
  7. 2B Alex Yarbrough
  8. SS Jose Rondon
  9. LHP Ricardo Sanchez
  10. LHP Hunter Green


1. Taylor Lindsey

Position: 2B
DOB: 12/02/1991
Height/Weight: 6’0” 195 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1
st Round, 2010 draft, Desert Mountain HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
Previous Ranking: #5 (Org)
2013 Stats: .274/.339/.441 at Double-A Arkansas (134 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit

What Happened in 2013: Lindsey took a step forward to the Texas League and took a step forward with the stick, impressing scouts with his ability to square the baseball to all fields.

Strengths: The hit tool could be plus; shows above-average bat speed; quick hands; can square velocity; can track off-speed; good gap pop; has athleticism to play a passable second base.

Weaknesses: Wide-base setup and leg movement can effect timing and balance; power potential is fringe-average at best; below-average run; below-average range; hands in the field are fringy; arm is average but not a weapon; has to hit.

Overall Future Potential: High 5; above-average player

Realistic Role: Low 5; second division player

Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate risk; already achieved Double-A level

Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: A much more interesting prospect in deeper leagues, Lindsey is one of the least exciting no. 1 prospects for fantasy that this series will feature. The batting average could be helpful, but the production everywhere else is likely to be middling at best. His best-case scenario is somewhere around Martin Prado for fantasy, which, while underrated, is not a star.

The Year Ahead: Lindsey is the top prospect in the Angels system, but I doubt he would sit atop the list for any other team in baseball. He has a really nice hit tool, and if you are one of those people who really, really believes in it—meaning you think he can develop into a .285-plus hitter at the major-league level—perhaps you can look beyond his other “average-at-best” attributes to see a first-division talent. I like the player and I think he will hit for a good average with some doubles power, but I don’t see a lot of over-the-fence power coming and the overall profile is a bit one dimensional.

Major league ETA: Late 2014

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