Los Angeles Angels Top Ten Prospects

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Who Breaks The Top 10?

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The Los Angeles Angels have made several moves this offseason to improve their 2013 product with Josh Hamilton signing with the team to add to an already powerful lineup. The Angels though have a farm system that is going to produce in the years to come as well and there are ten players that could be making meaningful contributions in the near future.

The prospects range from five pitchers to four infielders and an outfielder for a team that already has a loaded and overstocked outfield anyway. The Angels pitching staff is a bit depleted these days anyway after Jered Weaver at the top of the rotation so any of these four pitchers could begin filling in the cracks in the Los Angeles pitching staff before the end of the 2014 season and even more likely in 2015.

These are the top ten prospects in the Angels’ system as the 2013 season grows ever closer. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if at least one of these players breaks the Opening Day roster even with all the talent that the Angels have right now. I could even see one player that has the potential to become the team’s starting third baseman by the 2014 season where Los Angeles could be looking to fill a hole in their infield if the team doesn’t have Mark Trumbo playing there and has traded him by that point. This is a very exciting time to be a fan of the Angels and any of these ten players will help the team get even better sooner than later.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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10. Taylor Lindsey, 2B

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Lindsey hit nine home runs and knocked in 58 in high Single-A ball.

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9. Alex Yarbrough, 2B

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Yarbrough hit .275 with 27 RBIs in 262 at-bats between Single-A and Double-A.

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8. Mark Sappington, P

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Sappington was 1-1 with a 5.15 ERA in 15 appearances playing in rookie ball.

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7. R.J. Alvarez, P

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Alvarez was 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 23 relief appearances in 2012.

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6. Mike Clevinger, P

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Clevinger made eight starts for Single-A Cedar Rapids with a 1-1 record and 3.73 ERA in 41 innings.

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5. Austin Wood, P

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Wood had a 4.30 ERA in 26 starts for Single-A Cedar Rapids in 2012 with a 5-12 record.

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4. Randal Grichuk, OF

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Grichuk had 18 home runs and 71 RBIs for Inland Empire in high Single-A ball this past season.

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3. Nick Maronde, P

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Maronde pitched 12 games for the Angels in 2012 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings of work.

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2. C.J. Cron, 1B

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Cron had 27 home runs and 123 RBIs in high Single-A play in 2012.

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1. Kaleb Cowart, 3B

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Cowart hit .276 with 16 home runs and 103 RBIs at two levels of Single-A last season

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