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Here's the state of the Angels' farm system

@JonathanMayo
November 13, 2020

The Angels haven’t made the postseason since 2014, when the team won the AL West. That was the last full season Jerry Dipoto was the general manager, and he left the team mid-2015, the last season the franchise finished with a winning record. Now it will be up to a

The Angels haven’t made the postseason since 2014, when the team won the AL West. That was the last full season Jerry Dipoto was the general manager, and he left the team mid-2015, the last season the franchise finished with a winning record.

Now it will be up to a new general manager, Perry Minasian, to turn things around. He was announced as the man hired to replace Billy Eppler, who got the job in October after Dipoto left, inheriting a team that went 26-34 in 2020. That will earn Minasian and his staff the No. 9 pick in the 2021 Draft, the third time in the past five years the team will pick in the top 10.

The Angels got Reid Detmers 10th overall last year, and he's the kind of college lefty who could move very quickly through the system, especially after impressing with his work at the alternate training site this past summer. Back in 2017, the Angels also picked No. 10, selecting high school outfielder Jo Adell. Yes, Adell strugged in his big league debut in 2020, but his future is just as bright as it was before the season.

The overall system has made incremental growth, via the Draft and international signings. There’s a lot of athleticism and raw ability, though it’s still relatively far away. The recent additions did allow the organization to move from No. 26 before the start of the 2020 season up to No. 21 during our midseason farm system re-rank.

FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

2020 Midseason: 21 | Preseason: 26
2019 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2018 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2017 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2016 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2015 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR

Only the top 10 systems were ranked from 2015 to 2019 preseason; the top 15 systems were ranked 2019 midseason.

TOP 5 PROSPECTS

1) Brandon Marsh, OF (No. 73 on Top 100)
2) Reid Detmers, LHP (No. 75)
3) Jordyn Adams, OF
4) Jeremiah Jackson, SS/2B
5) Kyren Paris, SS
Complete Top 30 list »

NOTABLE ADDITIONS

Draft: Reid Detmers, LHP, 1st round (No. 2); David Calabrese, OF, 3rd round (No. 15); Werner Blakely, SS, 4th round (No. 30); Adam Seminaris, LHP, 5th round. Complete Draft list »

Trade: Packy Naughton, LHP (No. 12)

The Angels didn’t have a second-round pick in 2020, but they were able to add three Top 30 prospects to the fold, starting with Detmers, who could get to the big leagues in a hurry. Naughton was the main return in the deal that sent Brian Goodwin to the Reds, a lefty who could fit into the back end of the rotation at some point in 2021.

2021 IMPACT PROSPECT

Brandon Marsh, OF: Adell spent the 2020 season in the big leagues (and struggled). He should be joined by his buddy Marsh, who will undoubtedly be protected on the 40-man roster this offseason, at some point in 2021. Where the opportunity will come remains to be seen, with Adell, Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Taylor Ward already in the rotation, but look for Marsh to hit his way into that group.

2022 TOP PROSPECT

Jordyn Adams, OF: By 2022, Marsh will have graduated, so he can be replaced at the top of the list by another gifted outfielder with tools. Perhaps first-rounder Detmers will give Adams a run here (or could be in the big leagues), but expect Adams to take another step forward in his development with a relatively normal season’s worth of reps.

BEST TOOLS

Hit: Brandon Marsh
Power: Jeremiah Jackson
Run: Jordyn Adams
Arm: Brandon Marsh
Field: Brandon Marsh
Best athlete: Jordyn Adams

Fastball: Jose Soriano
Curveball: Reid Detmers
Slider: Chris Rodriguez
Changeup: Chris Rodriguez
Control: Reid Detmers

HOW THE TOP 30 WAS BUILT

Draft: 14
International: 13
Trade: 1
Free agent: 2

The Angels are tied for third with 13 international signees (trailing only the Mets and Yankees), led by D’Shawn Knowles (No. 8) and Arol Vera (No. 9). Neither Livan Soto (No. 19) nor Kevin Maitan (No. 24) has produced much since the Angels signed them following them becoming free agents in the wake of the Braves international signing scandal, but it should be noted both are just 20 years old.

TOP 30 BY POSITION

2B: 1
3B: 1
SS: 8
OF: 7
RHP: 10
LHP: 3

The Angels are position-player heavy -- and notably, athlete-heavy, especially at the top of the list. Seven of their top 10 are hitters, with four of the top five fitting into the premium athlete category. Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh are in the big leagues now (though Walsh’s days as a pitcher might be over), but the Angels still have a pair of two-way players in the Top 30: William Holmes (No. 20) and Erik Rivera (No. 28). Both are part of the pitching count above.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly MLB Pipeline Podcast.