The Los Angeles Angels are ranked fourth-best this year by Baseball America for having top talent in its Minor League affiliates. Yet the Travelers, the Angels' Double-A affiliate, are the worst team in the Texas League. Last year the Angels were ranked third among the 30 MLB teams for having the best Minor League talent. Yet again the Travelers, the Angels' Double-A affiliate, had the worst overall record in the Texas League.
So if the Angels indeed have all this top talent stockpiled in the Minors, I have to ask where is it because we haven't seen a team full of talented players in the last two seasons, most glaringly among pitchers. This season's roster has proven to be also especially lacking at the plate. Maybe we should start a betting pool to see which team will end up being worse. Suddenly I feel like a Pirates fan.
Are there players in Triple-A Salt Lake or Single-A Rancho Cucamonga that could be sent here to help out a little? If not, where exactly is all the talent some like to brag about? I hate to single out players as they try their best, but first baseman Michael Collins and center fielder Cody Fuller seem to be having among the worst seasons in the regular line-up. But I'm looking at the rosters of Salt Lake and Rancho Cucamonga, and there isn't much room for movement of any quality players to replace either position.
The Angels better straighten this situation out by next season because I'm not having an upstart northwest Arkansas Royals affiliate jump in the league and beat the historic century-old team right off the bat. Does the Angels front office even care about fielding a quality team here? Looks like this may be what we're stuck with unless the parent clubs of the Texas League decide to take away some of the talent from their affiliates who are currently having no trouble consistently beating the Travs.