Ranking the Los Angeles Angels' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking the Top 5 Pitching Prospects in the Los Angeles Angels' System

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The Los Angeles Angels' farm system has been depleted over the past few seasons as a result of trades for high-profile players such as Dan Haren and Zack Greinke. Despite trading for star players, the Halos do still have some prospects who will eventual make an MLB roster. They won't be stars, but they have a chance to be solid MLB regulars. Here are the top five pitching prospects in the Halos' system.

5. Mike Morin

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5. Mike Morin

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Like most of the Angels' pitching prospects, Mike Morin projects as a reliever. Morin has elite command and he has a nasty three-pitch combination made up of a low-90s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

4. R.J. Alvarez

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4. R.J. Alvarez

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R.J. Alvarez doesn't project as a starter in the big leagues, but he does have the potential to be an excellent reliever. He has the best fastball in the Halos' system, easily reaching 95-96 mph consistently. He whiffed 70 batters in 49 innings at High-A in 2013, so the strikeout potential is clearly there.

3. Mark Sappington

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3. Mark Sappington

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With a decent fastball-slider-changeup combination, Mark Sappington has a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter. If he wants to reach the Majors, Sappington will need to develop better command of the strike zone.

2. Nick Maronde

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2. Nick Maronde

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Projecting as a lefty-specialist, or a 'LOOGY', Nick Maronde has a low-to-mid 90s fastball, an excellent slider and a developing changeup. Maronde has outstanding control of his fastball and his slider, with the ability to throw both for strikes. At best, Maronde finds his way into a starting role, but the safe bet is that he will wind up as a reliever.

1. Hunter Green

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1. Hunter Green

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He still needs to develop a more consistent delivery, but left-hander Hunter Green has the makeup of a solid MLB pitcher. He has some command issues due to his inconsistent delivery, but he has an impressive sinking fastball that ranges between 88-92 mph. At just 18 years old, Green has plenty of time to perfect his mechanics.