It’s no surprise the Angels have a farm system that ranks dead last or next to last in all of baseball. There are many reasons for this. When Eddie Bane was the scouting director, the Angels were prone to drafting high-risk, high-reward high schoolers and rarely dipped into the collegiate ranks. This resulted in a few homeruns, like Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, but a lot of strikeouts as well (think Ryan Bolden or Cam Bedrosian so far). When there aren’t any players in-between, the organizational ranks are left bare once the good players are promoted.
The Angels also had an unfortunate scandal in Latin America that resulted in scrapping the entire infrastructure out there. For two to three years, there simply weren’t a lot of highly desirable Latin American prospects coming to the U.S and making a difference. The Angels also have made it a habit of signing top free agents in the offseason, which has resulted in the loss of top draft picks on a continual basis. It may only be one or two picks, but players like C.J. Cron and Kaleb Cowart are considerably easier to find in the first round than they are in the third round.
Finally, the Angels have traded away many of their most desirable prospects to land big name major leaguers to help in the short term. So what players could we add to the Angels organization had they not made these trades and how would they rank as a system?no comments