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  1. Wilkel Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45 The Angels haven't always been aggressive in the international amateur market, but there are some exciting young arms at the lower levels of the system that could develop into the foundation of a new rotation. Hernandez signed for the modest sum of $125,000 out of Venezuela in July 2015. Making his United States debut in 2017, he joined with Jose Soriano to pitch well enough to get promoted from the rookie-level Arizona League up to the Pioneer League. There is a lot of projection in the teenager's 6-foot-3 frame. Long and wiry, he has a quick arm, though there is work to be done in terms of repeating his delivery and finding the strike zone more consistently. He'll touch 95 mph at times, sitting more in the low-90s with good movement. His breaking ball is also inconsistent, but he shows a feel to spin it and it has the chance to be at least average in time. He's not afraid to throw his changeup and it could give him a third solid offering. Patience will be necessary to let Hernandez develop, though his ability to miss bats and generate weak contact during his U.S. debut certainly was encouraging. As he refines his command and fills out his frame, he has the chance to shoot up this list.
  2. Montgomery Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45 In recent drafts, the Angels have sought out athletic college outfielders, often in the later rounds. Jared Foster came in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft and, to a lesser extent, there was Caleb Adams from the 2014 Draft. Montgomery is the next in line, an eighth-rounder from 2016 out of Ohio State who had a terrific pro debut. Using a very advanced approach at the plate - he walked more than he struck out over three years of college ball - Montgomery made quick work of the Pioneer League and was able to get 38 games in the full-season Midwest League. He makes consistent contact and has some extra-base ability. His plus speed is his standout tool and he likes to put it to good use, bunting for hits often and being aggressive on the basepaths. His speed helps him in the outfield, where he can play above-average defense in all three spots. He has the skills to play center field, but with many other center fielders on the depth chart, he probably will see more time in the corners during his first full season. The Angels are amassing some interesting outfielders at the lower levels, with Montgomery now joining the likes of Jahmai Jones and Michael Hermosillo. With his advanced approach, he has the chance to move a little more quickly.
  3. Rosenthal pumping the brakes now on Kinsler to Angels. edit All done
  4. Rule 5 Draft

    I get that, but he has always put up solid walk rates, so maybe he has one big piece of hitting figured out - when to swing and when not to. The huge problem is, obviously, he misses WAY too often when he does swing. But a 2b with ++ power and ++ defense does not have to do much more to be a solid player.
  5. Rule 5 Draft

    the reason to take Demeritte is below; he is exactly the type of high risk-high reward player they SHOULD be looking at 15. Travis Demeritte, 2B Video Drafted: 1st Round, 2013 from Winder-Barrow HS (GA) Age 22 Height 6’0 Weight 178 Bat/Throw R/R Tool Grades (Present/Future) Hit Raw Power Game Power Run Fielding Throw 20/30 60/60 30/45 45/45 60/70 50/50 Relevant/Interesting Metrics Has posted career 12% walk rate, 33% strikeout rate, and .225 ISO. Scouting Report Acquired from Texas mid-year in exchange for Lucas Harrell (who was released by the Tigers last May) and Dario Alvarez (who was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets), Demeritte brings an explosive but incomplete skillset to Atlanta. He’***** for significant power in the low minors, whacking out 25-plus home runs in 2014 and 2016 — though the hitting environments at Hickory and High Desert likely bolstered those totals — and Demeritte tested positive for the masking agent Furosemide in 2015. He does have plus raw power, though, something that was clear when I saw 50 at-bats or so from Demeritte last fall. He’s also a potential 70 defender at second base with remarkable range and athleticism. But Demeritte’s approach and propensity for swinging and missing at high rates concerns many scouts. He’s posted strikeout rates in excess of 30% at each full-season minor-league stop. There are a lot of reasons for all those strikeouts. Swing length, a backside collapse, and mediocre breaking-ball recognition are probably the more prominent issues. Demeritte has made swing adjustments since high school to get where he is now and theoretically has the athleticism to make more if he wants to, but after watching Demeritte for six weeks during the Fall League I feel pretty good about his chances to get to his power despite the strikeouts and, for a plus-plus defensive second baseman, I’ll live with them. I think there’s some risk here given the hitting environments in which Demeritte has succeeded, the drug suspension and the strikeout rate. Even if he hits .220 in the big leagues, though, he’s still probably a low-end regular because of the other tools.
  6. I don't think Nick can play 1B adequately - but it is just a guess.
  7. he might hold out for LA over Milwaukee though
  8. hard to see how Machado can be better than Kinsler defensively, but they are looking like a pretty good defense team: C: McCann is supposed to be good, IDK 1b: Miggy will better than 2017 2b: still good (great?) SS: still good (great?) 3b: good, much, much better than 2017 LF: still good, Mahtook might be better than Upton? CF: maybe great, much, much better than 2017 RF: still horrible until Castellanos is moved to DH
  9. Rule 5 Draft

    I see little downside to drafting multiple players; if you draft 3, you can keep 3 or 2 or 1 or none; or make a trade to acquire a player and send him to Toledo
  10. Rule 5 Draft

    The point has been beat to death, but they really should draft more than one guy. Release Bell and Ver Hagen. Martin, V Reyes, F Reyes or Demeritte Cortes, Tarpley or Burdi Smith or Keller
  11. Fangraphs article https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-dream-up-a-michael-fulmer-trade/ I'd make that trade if I was AA. So, who hangs up first? Ian Kinsler and Michael Fulmer for Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Chance Adams?
  12. Need to find a third team to send him to (SF?)
  13. Cashman has been pretty firm in recent trades that he will not give up the crown jewels but will instead include more prospects. Assuming Torres, Adams and Florial (and Adnujar?) are off limits, you can still get 3 or 4 solids Bs from their system. This is where DD for all his faults excelled.