Halos Report: From The Farm

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Updated: August 7, 2015

With the craziest time of baseball soon upon us, and the Angels right in the midst of a pennant chase,  I figured I would take a look down on the farm

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports  Sean Newcomb

Sean Newcomb:

The top prospect of the Halos farm system, Newcomb, who was drafted out of the 1st round last year, has been showing flashes of his enormous potential this season in both Advanced (A) ball and now subsequently, AA ball. In 8 starts this season, Newcomb is 7-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Most impressively though, is through his 105 IP, he boasts a 134/57 strikeout to walk ratio. According to many insiders, Newcomb is already regarded as a top 3 LHP prospect in all of the minor leagues. Slotted behind only Steven Matz of the Mets and Julio Urias of the Dodgers, Newcomb is showing why the Angels were right to pick him in the first round. While its highly unlikely that Newcomb sees a major league call up this season, It’s not entirely unlikely for next season. He’s already got an efficient low 90’s fastball and will no doubt use that to kick in the door, when the time comes.

 

 

 

 

 

Kubitza

photo credit: MLB.com

Kyle Kubitza:

Of all the prospects most ready to see time at the pro level, the argument could be made for this guy. Kubitza, a 3rd baseman by trade, has played all of 2015 with the AAA affiliate Salt Lake Bees. In 351 AB’s Kubitza boasts a .271 average and .344 OBP. So far this season, he has been able to match his RBI total with his amount of doubles. Add in 6 home runs and 4 triples, Kubitza should have no trouble inserting his bat into this already potent Angels lineup. Kubitza was acquired early this year in a January trade with the Atlanta Braves. The full details of the trade are below.

 

Braves get: Ricardo Sanchez 

Angels get: Kyle Kubitza, Nate Hyatt (RHP)

With the David Freese disappearing act almost certainly coming to an end after this season, There was no doubt slight concern for the hot corner in the early winter. Kubitza should provide not only a fun name to say but a youthful bat with a strong desire to succeed (See: Mike Trout)

 

Cam Bedrosian:

Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register

Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register

 

Never really sure about guys like Cam, and I mean that in terms of his ‘prospect’ validity. He has been promoted to the big leagues at least 3 times this season, the latest coming on August 3rd. You’ll most likely remember his first Major League win as much as he will, with the win coming in the wild pitch finish on Wednesday night. The 23 year old had been in the Angels farm system since 2010 and collecting that first victory is the first step in the beginning of a good career. I like Bedrosians style and more importantly his attitude. With reports of this teams ‘inner workings’ and motives in question, guys like Bedrosian can be infectious. Bedrosian’s full stats from all 17 appearances are listed below:

17.2 IP, 4.58 ERA, 14K and 1.81 WHIP

Of course the numbers are not yet gaudy, but there’s no denying that this guy is a major league pitcher. With time Bedrosian will impress you too, if he hasn’t already.

 

                                                                                                                          Nick Tropeano:

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

 

Have I mentioned that the Angels are loaded with great young pitching talent? Tropeano, who was acquired from the Astros last November in the Conger deal, has already seen Major League action this season, after making 4 appearances last season with the Astros. This year in 2 appearances, Tropeano is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched. With the Angels rotation overloaded with talent, Tropeano was forced back down into the minors but with lingering questions with CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver beyond 2016, Tropeano will be sure to find himself in a spot to compete for a starting spot in the rotation. In 71 IP at AAA Salt Lake, Tropeano has a 76/28 strikeout-walk ratio.

 

 

 

Until next time,

@wtjefff

 

 

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