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Starting spots for Angels' Top 30 Prospects

@JonathanMayo
April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Angels' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Angels' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an impact this year, a prospect who is ready to break out in 2019 and the team's best defensive prospect.

1) Jo Adell (MLB No. 14), OF -- Mobile BayBears (AA) - IL
2) Griffin Canning (MLB No. 62), RHP -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
3) Brandon Marsh, OF -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
4) Jahmai Jones, 2B -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
5) Jose Suarez, LHP -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA) - IL
6) Jordyn Adams, OF -- Burlington Bees (A)
7) Luis Rengifo, SS -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
8) Matt Thaiss, 1B -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
9) Jeremiah Jackson, SS -- Extended spring training
10) D'Shawn Knowles, OF -- Extended spring training
11) Chris Rodriguez, RHP -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
12) Patrick Sandoval, LHP -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
13) Jose Soriano, rhp -- Burlington Bees (A)
14) Ty Buttrey, RHP -- Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
15) Kevin Maitan, SS -- Burlington Bees (A)
16) Michael Hermosillo, OF -- Los Angeles Angels (MLB) - IL
17) Trent Deveaux, OF -- Extended spring training
18) Stiward Aquino, RHP -- Extended spring training
19) Livan Soto, SS -- Burlington Bees (A)
20) Aaron Hernandez, RHP -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
21) Jared Walsh, 1B -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
22) Luis Madero, RHP -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
23) Jesus Castillo, RHP -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
24) Jack Kruger, C -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
25) Jeremy Beasley, RHP -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
26) Jake Jewell, rhp -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
27) Leonado Rivas, SS -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
28) Brennon Lund, OF -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
29) John Swanda, RHP -- Extended spring training
30) William English, RHP/OF -- Extended spring training
Complete list »

Starting spots for all team Top 30 prospects
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
Division Team
Top 100 starting spots

Just missed Top 30: William English
The Angels went above slot to sign English for $700,000 in the fifth round of last June’s Draft. He only hit over the summer, but they’re going to give the athletic right-hander and outfielder the chance to play both ways. He’s projectable on the mound with plenty of arm strength, and he can really run and has some raw power to grow into at the plate.

Impact prospect: Griffin Canning
Canning and his advanced feel for pitching allowed him to skyrocket to Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball. He did scuffle a bit at that level last year, but he should easily made the necessary adjustments. With four above-average to plus pitches and above-average command, he’ll be knocking loudly on the door soon enough.

Breakout prospect: D’Shawn Knowles
One of two big signings out of the Bahamas by the Angels in July 2017, Knowles got $850,000 to sign, then hit his way across two levels of Rookie ball during his pro debut last year. He has the chance to be a plus hitter from both sides of the plate, with solid tools across the board. After an .855 OPS in his debut, the now 18-year-old could hit the ground running in full-season ball.

Best defensive prospect: Jordyn Adams
The Angels signed Adams away from playing football and baseball at North Carolina, and he immediately put his tools on display during his pro debut and during instructs. He's still raw, but the Angels feel he has elite range and the highest ceiling as a defender in the organization.

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