Which Former Prized Prospect Will Contribute this Season?

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Updated: February 16, 2017

The Angels picked up three different pitchers who were once considered high-end prospects; Vicente Campos, Manny Banuelos, and John Lamb. None of those three pitchers were able to make good on their vast potential, and some have washed out with multiple teams. GM Billy Eppler did well to pick them up for no risk; you never know when a high-end prospect will fulfill their potential, and you can never have too much pitching.

It’s not likely that any of these pitchers make too much noise in the rotation, but there may be room in the bullpen. Of these three, which one is the most likely to contribute this season? Well, Lamb is recovering from offseason back surgery and won’t be back until at least the All-Star break, so the heavy odds stacked against him just got heavier.

Manny Banuelos was extremely well regarded before injuries led to him bouncing around, and now he’s trying to make good with the Halos. He might have the highest ceiling of any of the three pitchers, but injuries have piled up and conspired to keep him from making good.

Vicente Campos is the most likely of the three to contribute for the Halos; he’s the youngest of the three, and hasn’t yet had an opportunity to succeed or fail at the major league level.

He could easily carve out a role in the bullpen, and he could conceivably even find himself making a start or two if anyone gets injured or is truly ineffective. Neither of the three pitchers is very likely to find himself in the major leagues this season, but you can never have too much pitching and there’s a reason these players were once highly regarded.

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