Stock Up, Down For Los Angeles Angels’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock Up, Down for Los Angeles Angels' Top 5 Prospects

Taylor Lindsey
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As we are now about three weeks into the season, each team across the MLB is sure to assess their farm system to see how each of their top prospects have played so far in 2014. For the Los Angeles Angels, who possess one of the league's worst minor league systems, it will be important to keep an eye on their top prospects. With that said, here is a quick analysis on how the Halos' top five prospects have performed this early in the year.

5. Mark Sappington, RHP - Stock Down

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5. Mark Sappington, RHP - Stock Down

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As one of the Halos' best prospects this season, Mark Sappington has seemed to regress. He struggled in his four starts at the double-A level, as he has a 6.75 ERA with 13 walks and 22 hits allowed in 17.1 innings pitched. These type of numbers do not show that the 23 year old has continued to progress through his development. Although it is early in the year, this definitely drops his stock a top ranked prospects for the Angels in 2014.

4. R.J. Alvarez, RHP - Stock Up

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4. R.J. Alvarez, RHP - Stock Up

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The 23 year old looks like he is a man on a mission so far this season, as he has pitched lights out baseball for the Angels' Double-A affiliate. He currently holds a 0.00 ERA with just three hits allowed through 9.1 innings in six appearances. This is an encouraging sign given that he was promoted to the Double-A level this season. With his dominance in Double-A, it raises his stock and makes him a player to watch heading forward in 2014.

3. Kaleb Cowart, 3B - Stock Down

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3. Kaleb Cowart, 3B - Stock Down

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With another season at the Double-A level, Kaleb Cowart has yet to show any significant progress in his development so far, particularly at the plate with his lack of power, as he has just one home run in 17 games played this year. This is also discouraging given that he had already experienced a disappointing season in regards to offensive production in 2013. This undoubtedly lowers his stock even further this early in 2014.

2. C.J Cron, 1B - Stock Up

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2. C.J Cron, 1B - Stock Up

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The Angels' No. 2 prospect has continued his Spring Training success into the regular season, as he is batting .300 with four home runs and 19 RBIs through 20 games played after making the jump from Double-A to Triple-A in 2014. He has shown that he has the needed power and production to make it to big leagues, but what has been most important is his ability to sustain it. With that said, his stock has risen and he will remain a player to watch.

1. Taylor Lindsey, 2B - Stock Down

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1. Taylor Lindsey, 2B - Stock Down

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The Angels' top-rated prospect heading into the 2014 season has not progressed in his development this year, as he batting .247 with two home runs and 10 RBIs, but has scored a Triple-A team-high 17 runs through 19 games played. It was expected that he would use this season to continue to refine his hitting and become a more reliable fielder. So far, he has not improved at the plate, and that drops his stock just a bit for the time being.

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