The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with one of the real under-the-radar talents in the Angels system.
Position: 2B Highest Level: High-A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 12/2/91
2012 Season Stats
High-A: 589 PA, .289 AVG, .328 OBP, .408 SLG, 26 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 79 RBI, 66 SO, 8 SB, 6 CS, .313 BABIP
Contact – B+. Lindsey’s swing is definitely unique. He keeps his hands lower and doesn’t necessarily raise them, which actually leads to perhaps the most direct path to the ball I’ve ever seen. Other players that try to get away with this tend to get under the ball too much and pop out. Lindsey on the other hand has a knack for spraying line drives, especially to right-center field. This particular skill is one that has developed the most in the past year for Taylor.
Power – C+. For a second baseman, Lindsey actually has solid power. No one anticipates him hitting 30 home runs a year, but 10-20 are within the realm of possibility once his body matures and he builds some muscle. More than anything, Lindsey has a knack for driving the ball into the gap and down the line with authority.
Discipline – C-. He doesn’t chase pitches out of the zone like so many other Angels prospects, but Lindsey still doesn’t like to walk his way onto base for some reason. Lindsey is an attentive, coachable player though, and I have no doubt he’ll get better in this department before he reaches the major leagues. I’m not sure this will ever be a “plus” tool, but it will be adequate eventually.
Speed – C. Lindsey has the epitome of what I’d call average speed. He’ll collect 10 SB per season, but he doesn’t wow anyone in this department.
Arm – D. Lindsey has a weak throwing arm, which should prevent him from ever moving to the corner outfield. Luckily, at second base, this weakness is well hidden. His arm is adequate for the position.
Performance – B. I was pleased to see Taylor skip a level after earning MVP honors the year before in the Pioneer League. Not only did he skip over A Ball, but held his own in Advanced A Ball and was actually one of the better hitters in the league. He’ll head to AA as a 21-year old, which is actually slightly young for the league.
Projection – B+. This is why Lindsey ranks so high on the Top Prospect list. I don’t envision him ever being an elite or all-star second baseman, but he looks to be an offensive minded second baseman, which aren't entirely common. If you want to compare him to current second basemen, he’s posted similar numbers to Aaron Hill and Kelly Johnson in the minor leagues, and has the same build as those two as well. So one could easily foresee a scenario where Lindsey emerges as a .275+ hitter with 30+ DB and 15+ HR’s at the major league level.
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)no comments