Our countdown comes to a close with the top prospect in the Angels system, a kid that went from sleeper to bona fide top prospect: Taylor Lindsey.
Position: 2B Highest Level: Double-A
Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6'0" Weight: 195
Age: 22 Born: 12/2/1991
2013 Rank: 4
2013 Season Stats
Double-A: 566 PA, .274 AVG, .339 OBP, .441 SLG, 22 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 56 RBI, 91 SO, 4 SB, 4 CS, .303 BABIP, .346 wOBA, 119 wRC+
AFL: 89 PA, .225 AVG, .270 OBP, .363 SLG, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 17 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .250 BABIP, .288 wOBA, 68 wRC+
Contact = B+
Lindsey’s approach at the plate continued to prove to be uniquely effective. Lindsey’s hands begin low, around his waist with a slight raise as he loads. Most pitches tend to be belt high or lower so Lindsey’s path the baseball is a short and direct one. He has no problem catching up with good fastballs.
Power = B
In previous seasons, Lindsey tended to spray balls into gaps more often than he placed balls over fences. However, as his body has matured we’ve seen Lindsey become thicker, more muscular. As a result, Taylor set a career high in homeruns in the most difficult environment to do so. Lindsey has average power for a second baseman and average in general which makes the fact that he’s a middle infielder all the more exciting.
Discipline = B
Before this season, Lindsey was simply passable in this department. He didn’t walk often, but he also didn’t go chasing a lot of pitches out of the zone. Upon reaching AA, Lindsey improved upon previous walk totals, which was an unforeseen development as the opposite tends to occur in AA. This is a testament to Lindsey’s hard work and coachability.
Speed = C-
Lindsey ‘s footspeed on the bases isn’t going to “wow” anyone, especially as a middle infielder but overall I’d call it average or even slightly below.