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May 1, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 30

2

Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.

With no International or Carolina League games on the schedule and torrential rains wiping out most of the Eastern League slate, the MLU is a little lighter than it would be on most Thursday mornings. Not to worry, however. It’s been 90 degrees all week down here in Florida, so there’s nothing stopping the Update from carrying on, even with a limited schedule.

Player of the Night: Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (Northwest Arkansas, AA): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, K.
The pair of home runs Cuthbert hit on Wednesday night matched his total in 60 games in Wilmington last season. It’s important to see Cuthbert develop some power if scouts are going to continue to project him as a potential impact bat. Cuthbert has been pushed aggressively, but that can only be a crutch for so long.


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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Third Base Prospects

15

Craig Goldstein

A look the fantasy contributions you can expect when prospects like Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Miguel Sano reach the majors.

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March 7, 2013 2:10 am

Minor League Update: Games of March 6, 2013

7

Jason Martinez

Notable prospect performances from Spring Training.

Notable prospect performances from March 6, 2013.

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The Baseball Prospectus 2013 Top 101 Prospects, by Position, by Organization, and by Age

Yesterday, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect crew released our Top 101 Prospects of 2013, also newly available in printed form in the now-shipping Baseball Prospectus 2013 annual. The festivities were wild and raucous for all, perhaps tempered slightly for fans of the Chicago White Sox. Here is the Top 101 list displayed by position, by organization, and by prospect age. Enjoy!

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The Next Mike Trout certainly won't come out of the Angels' mostly uninspiring system.

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Kevin took in the Midwest League All-Star game, and has some random thoughts on who did well, and who did not.

I spent my Tuesday in Geneva, Illinois for the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game. I took a lot of notes, but instead of cramming everything into an awkward narrative, here's what I saw:

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February 2, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects

33

Kevin Goldstein

When the Angels make room in the outfield, there will be a new Kingfish in town.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Genuflect, genuflect, genuflect to Mike Trout and his supernatural powers.

Prospect #1: OF Mike Trout
Background with Player: My eyes; industry sources.
Who: It’s a little cheap to include Trout in these rankings; after all, he belongs at the major league level in 2012 and already accrued 40 games there in 2011. But this is my series and I can do what I want, and what I want to do is wax poetic about Mike Trout. The 20-year-old prospect is not a mystery to man; he has been on the prospect landscape since a breakout debut campaign in 2009 put him on the map and an even greater sophomore season peeled back the layers of his superiority and left the baseball world with a top tier talent. Trout can do just about everything on a baseball field, with elite speed, a near-elite hit tool, plus power potential, a plus-plus glove, and enough arm to grade around average. That’s a legit five-tool talent, and while we are being honest here, if given a choice of any prospect in baseball to build a team around, I’d take Trout over Harper, I’d take Trout over Moore, and I’d take Trout over Profar. I’ve only seen the kid play five times in two years, but each time his performance triggered an internal existential debate: Is Mike Trout the archetype of the modern player? Is Mike Trout a baseball deity?

What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Trout’s physical skills are straight out of your favorite fables, but he’s only 20 and those post-biblical skills aren’t refined. As a right-handed hitter, Trout struggled with his first-taste of major league quality stuff, especially arm-side stuff on the inner half of the plate, be it sharp fastballs, benders with depth, or sequencing that kept him guessing on both. I fully expect to see more struggles of this variety in 2012, as Trout should pound lefties and remain inconsistent against the arm-side. To his benefit, Trout has lightning-fast hands and strong wrists which give him good bat control and contact ability. With those attributes, his contact rates should climb in 2012, but negotiating the difficulties associated with electric arm-side stuff is something you can only overcome through exposure, and setbacks are intrinsic to that process. In the end, Trout could be a perennial MVP candidate as a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder that is going to hit over .300, reach base at a high clip, slug 20 homers and a ton of doubles, steal bases, and change the fortunes of the Angels franchise more than their recent free agent additions. The Church of Trout starts here.



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While Mike Trout gets all the attention (and understandably so), the Angels have a deep, talented system with power arms and plenty of position prospects.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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June 25, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Draft Wrap: AL West

11

Kevin Goldstein

The short stack's additions via Rule 4 figure to spice up the future for the quartet.

Los Angeles Angels

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Some last minute rumors have changed things at the top.

1. Washington Nationals: Move along, nothing to see here.

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