30. Carlos Ramirez: Stock goes down slightly because he’s repeating AA to prove he can hit and the Angels went out of their way to acquire defensive catchers Chris Snyder and Luke Carlin, only to stash them in AAA. If the Angels weren’t concerned with offense at all and only wanted defense, they would have promoted Carlos…if they were confident in his abilities.
29. Reid Scoggins: Up. He’s ticketed for A Ball in Burlington. If he really had some rough edges to smooth out, the Angels would’ve kept him in Rookie Ball for an additional year worth of work. The fact is Scoggins’ rocket for an arm should propel him up through the system and catch the eye of scouts very soon.
28. Michal Roth: WAY UP. After spending last season in short season Orem, Roth has been promoted to AA and will be a starter. He may not have the blazing fastball to impress scouts, but his control and assortment of off-speed pitches could make him a crafty back end starter. What’s more, if he impresses in AA he could be Big League ready as soon as next year. Should we really be surprised after his legendary college career?
27. Cam Bedrosian: Down. Bedrock Jr. is ticketed for A Ball in Burlington, two years after being drafted in the 1st round. I’m not sure how much lower his stock can really go at this point.
26. Andrew Taylor: Down. If the Angels were confident in his ability to be a middle reliever or even a lefty specialist, they wouldn’t have acquired Sean Burnett or Brandon Sisk. To top it off, Taylor is currently on the shelf with shoulder issues. While doctors believe season ending surgery can be avoided, they haven’t given a time table on his return.
25. Brandon Sisk: Down. We traded for him, he entered camp and before long he was shut down with season ending surgery.
24. Michael Clevinger: Same. We knew he’d miss the season with surgery and wish him a speedy recovery. Had he been healthy, he’d probably be in AA this season and a Top 10 prospect.
23. Mark Sappington: WAY UP. Scouts I talked to are in love with his fastball, describing it as electric. Those in the organization are also pleased to be working with such a stand up guy as well. They call those intangibles. Whatever they are, Sappington has them. He’ll skip low A Ball entirely and head to the California League as a starter.
22. Wade Hinkle: Same. I had expected him to jump up to Advanced A Ball after his collegiate career and performance in Orem, however, the Angels sent him to low A Ball. The raw power remains.
21. Zachary Wright: Same. He’s headed for Advanced A Ball after being drafted and skipping Rookie Ball altogether. He should find the away games in the Cal League to his liking, being a power hitting catcher in a power hitting environment (his home park is the only pitcher friendly park in the league).
20. Steven Geltz: Down. The Angels demoted him rather quickly and traded him to Tampa Bay for Dane De La Rosa, who I hear great things about, but is also 30 years old in AAA.