Angels Add Six Former Top Prospects to Roster

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Updated: February 5, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels continue to add former top prospects to their roster throughout the off-season. Many of the players have struggled in the Major Leagues or not even made it there yet, but the Angels believe they have potential.

The most recent addition to this list is infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley. The Seattle Mariners drafted Ackley in the 1st round of the 2009 amateur draft. Ackley has played parts of six Major League seasons, but has struggled to find success. Hitting .241/.304/.367 with 46 home runs and 216 RBI in his MLB career. The 28-year-old utility player most recently played with the New York Yankees in 2016. Ackley hit .148 in 28 games before being released by the team. He will likely compete for a bench role in Spring Training.

Next on the list is starting pitcher Alex Meyer. The Washington Nationals drafted Meyer in the 1st round of the 2011 amateur draft. The Angels acquired Meyer from the Minnesota Twins in August of 2016. Meyer went 1-3 5.68 ERA in seven games (six starts) with the Twins and Angels. The 27-year-old will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation in Spring Training.

Left-handed starting pitcher John Lamb was signed by the Angels in November. Lamb is a former 5th round pick of the Kansas City Royals from 2008. Heavily struggling in 2016 going 1-7 6.43 ERA in 14 starts with the Cincinnati Reds. Lamb is 26-years-old and will likely start the 2017 season in Triple-A. He could see a call-up to the Majors at some point during the season.

Manny Banuelos signed with the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2008. The 25-year-old left-handed starter has seen plenty of success in the minors, but has been unable to translate it to the MLB. In 2015 Banuelos went 1-4 5.13 ERA in seven games (six games) with the Atlanta Braves. The Mexican-born starting pitcher will likely start the year in Triple-A, but could see a call-up later in the season.

The Angels signed catcher Tony Sanchez in November. Sanchez is a former 1st round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2009. The 28-year-old catcher has been unable to find much success in the Majors. Playing in three stints in the MLB, but only 51 total games. Sanchez will likely start the year in the minors, but could see a call-up to the Majors especially with the lack of catching depth.

The Texas Rangers drafted pitcher Cody Buckel in the 2nd round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. The 24-year-old as bounced around from starter to reliever. Most recently he has been a relief pitcher in the minors. That role will most likely get him to the Majors faster. Buckel will start the year in the minors, but could be a year or so away from making it to the MLB.

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