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Don

I would guess that the Angels think Green is also more ready. He is on the 40 man roster while Adenhart is a non-roster invitee. RE: Wood. How much do you think his position change from SS to 3B last year set back his development. The good ones have trouble adjusting, but the parent club did show some faith in bringing him up for a few games last year.

Jim

Who are the Angels prospects expected to be in LR this year???

Mars

the fact is that if brandon wood could make more contact it wouldnt be close. The guy has as much power as I've ever seen. He just hasn't managed to put the bat on the ball often enough to allow that power to be demonstrated on the major league level. He did have to focus on learning a new position, which can be a big distraction to a hitter. Also he kept getting called up, to not play, and sent back down. His youth is still in his favor, but he desperately needs to make a change in his approach. With his power, all he has to do is get more Wood on the ball more often and he could be the answer at 3B for a long time. As it is though, his K rate will likely preclude him from getting an everyday job.

As for nick green v adenhart on the 40 man, I think that once a player has been in the organization "x" of years you have to 40 man him to protect him from the rule 5 draft. So nick green is on it. Adenhart is still not to that level of service time. So he doesn't have to be on the 40 man roster yet. I could be wrong, but I think that's how it works.

Mars

give adenhart a year at AAA and he'll be in fine shape. Assuming all goes well, he will probably get some token starts in the majors late this year. Then have a legitimate shot at the rotation in 2009. I don't think he'll be a number one starter though. He doesn't strike out nearly enough people to be a Lackey type.

I wouldnt say "thanks to the torii hunter signing" because there were two other signings in the previous years that contributed to the lack of first round picks. It's not just the hunter signing and it started before reagins took over. That godawful Matthews jr signing is the real downer. Anyway, I think that for a team to reach the playoffs four out of five years speaks to doing something right. Having a strong farm system allows them to sign a type A free agent to help them continue to make a run at the post season each year. Yes the talent appears to be thinning and yes they may need to go all billy beane and rebuild the system at some point. At the moment they have reached a decent balance between staying very competitive at the major league level and having some guys with value in the minors. The reward for having the best system in the minors for several years is being able to make a run at playing October baseball.

Mars

excerpts from LAD v LAA chat with Tim Kurkjian

"The Angels are the team to beat again in the American League West thanks in part to their collection of young players, including Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman and Jered Weaver, combined with their veterans, led by Vladimir Guerrero. They have an owner in Arte Moreno who is pro-active, will spend money (though it appears he's close to his payroll budget of around $125 million) and is closely involved in player moves. New GM Tony Reagins is slightly more aggressive than predecessor Bill Stoneman, but Stoneman is working as a consultant for the team and still has input, so it's probably unlikely that the Angels will trade their best young kids.

The Angels system is not as deep as it once was, and the Angels weren't big spenders in the June draft. Still, there is talent in the minor leagues, led by right-hander Nick Adenhart and shortstop/third baseman Brandon Wood, whose development this year (he likely will begin the season at Triple-A) will be important. The Angels drew 3.3 million fans last year (41,551 per game, fifth best in the major leagues) and have a good radio/TV package. The Angels got bounced out of the postseason without winning even one game last season, but things are bright in Anaheim. And that's because manager Mike Scioscia might have a larger voice in organizational matters."

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"This is a very important year for Wood. Chances are he'll start the season at AAA, but it's possible at some point this year that he could be the starting shortstop or third baseman for the Angels. His potential is still great, but you're right; he has to make more contact. Really good hitters mature as they go along and the K rates for them generally go down. I think that would be the case for him, but he's going to need some extended play in the big leagues to see if he can do that."

link:
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The Travelerocity reporter

Thanks for posting that. I get the feeling Scioscia having more of a say in organizational matters means less of an emphasis on depending on the Minors.

The poster formerly know as NLRfan before some jackass hijacked my name.

Word on the street is that Tony Reagins is on the juice.

Mars

top five LAA prospects from Keith Law (espn.com) insider so no link
Los Angeles Angels
1. Nick Adenhart, rhp
2. Brandon Wood, 3b
3. Jordan Walden, rhp
4. Hank Conger, c
5. Matt Sweeney, 1b


overall:
#23 Adenhart
Adenhart was a first-round talent until he blew out his elbow during his senior spring in high school, but got first-round money from the Angels and has become their best prospect and a potential No. 2 starter. Adenhart's best attributes are his command and his feel for pitching, both of which are already plus, but that doesn't mean his stuff isn't strong. His fastball is solid-average at 90-93 mph, flashing better than that, and his curve already grades out as plus, with an almost 12-to-6 break that has just a little tilt to it. His changeup projects as above-average as well, with a late downward action and good arm speed. He can drop his arm slot slightly at times, causing his stuff to flatten out, and he lands just a little hard with his front foot. The Angels have moved him aggressively, so his indicators haven't matched his stuff, but he's just two years or so off from contributing to a big league rotation.

#34 Wood
Wood's star is steadily dimming as his numbers drop and the strikeouts mount. What we know for certain about Wood is he has raw power, projecting as a 70 on the 20-80 scale; he has excellent bat speed and accelerates through the ball with good extension, producing huge pull power. On the other hand, his aggressiveness at the plate and a tendency to fly open with his front shoulder (thus getting him under the ball too much) have led to declining averages and OBPs as he has moved up the system, and those weaknesses will only be further exploited in the majors. He also needs to improve his two-strike approach and learn to use the whole field. On defense, he has soft, quick hands and good footwork with a plus arm; he should be a well-above-average defender at third, and it's not out of the question that he could play short, although he probably will outgrow the position.

#79 Jordan Walden (played at Orem laste year)
Walden was one of the last-ever draft-and-follows before the process was eliminated, receiving a seven-figure bonus in May of 2007. He has a plus fastball, pitching at 94-96 and running it up to 99 on occasion, with a slider that projects as an out pitch and excellent control. He'll be in big-league camp for the Angels in March.

#87 Hank Conger (A)
Conger has big power potential from both sides of the plate, uncoiling his body as he makes contact and getting good extension. His swing can get long and he'll need to show he can shorten up with two strikes. He has the tools to be a good receiver but will have to keep his body in shape, and has had both of his pro seasons marred by injuries.


Mars

FYI

Rasmus was #5 overall

Franklin Morales who pitched in the Dick on several occasions last year (oh and he got shelled in that World Series thingy) is number 8 overall

There were not a lot of players that looked to come through the Texas League this year on the list. Many of them came through last year at some point.

Mars

baseball prospectus has adenhart at 27, wood at 38, walden at 59, conger at 89.

Rasmus is 8.

NLR Fan

I am not a jackass.

NLRfan

Neither am I.

cobra22nd

Shelly is. I asked for his autograph on 2 cards I got out of the machine by the pretzel stand and was told he doesn't sign multiples because of ebay.

WTF!


J/K

The poster formerly know as NLRfan before some jackass hijacked my name.

Both are Jackasses.

The poster formerly known as Jackass before a couple of jackasses started calling each other jackass

Anyone know how many styles of fitted hats will be sold this year?

I'll put the over/under at 9

Gabriel

Dean, I read your book last school year and have since then setartd running more and increasing mileage. My question is, What is your recommendation on teenagers running marathons? I am 15 and haven't done any official ones, but have run 20+ miles a couple times, and done numerous runs over 13 miles. Running is the sport I love to do, but much of what i have read highly recommends teenagers wait until they are 18 to run marathons. I am going to keep running, but am wondering that if I take the necessary precautions should I continue on the track i am on of building up mileage? Is the pounding too hard on a teenager's body? I do wish to run marathons and farther as I get older, but am wondering if now is to soon to start.

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