With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Los Angeles Angels preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Mike Trout GRADE: A
Trout batted .326 with 18 Doubles, 13 Triples, 11 Home Runs, 38 RBI’s, and had 33 Stolen Bases for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. In 40 games at the big league level with the Angels, Trout batted .220 with 6 Doubles, 5 Home Runs, and 16 RBI’s.
#2 Fabio Martinez GRADE: NO GRADE
Martinez missed nearly all of the 2011 season with shoulder issues. He pitched 2.1 innings and did not allow a run in two appearances with the Rookie Leagues AZL Angels.
#3 Jean Segura GRADE: B
Segura batted a combined .293 with 13 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s between the AZL Angels and the High-A Inland Empire 66ers. He added 18 stolen bases. He walked 15 times and struck out 26 times in 52 games.
#4 Garrett Richards GRADE: A-
Richards went 12-2 with a 3.15ERA for Double-A Arkansas. He walked 40 and struck out 103 in 143 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .233 against him on the year. For the Angels, Richards was 0-2 with a 5.79ERA in 14 big league innings.
#5 Hank Conger GRADE: C
Conger batted .209 with 8 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 19 RBI’s in 59 games with the Angels. For the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees, Conger batted .300 with 4 Doubles, 5 Home Runs, and 26 RBI’s in 27 games.
#6 Mark Trumbo GRADE: A+
Trumbo batted .254 with 31 Doubles, 1 Triple, 29 Home Runs and 87 RBI’s for the Angels. He added 9 stolen bases. He was voted the 2011 team MVP by his teammates.
#7 Tyler Chatwood GRADE: B-
Chatwood went 6-11 with a 4.75ERA for the Angels. He walked 71 and struck out 74 in 142 innings. Big league hitters batted .303 off of Chatwood on the season. At Triple-A Salt Lake, Chatwood went 1-2 with a 5.06ERA in 16 innings of work.
#8 Jordan Walden GRADE: A+
Walden went 5-5 with a 2.98ERA and 32 Saves for the Angels. He walked 26 and struck out 67 in 60.1 innings of work. He was a member of the 2011 American League All Star Team.
#9 Kaleb Cowart GRADE: B
Cowart batted .283 with 12 Doubles, 3 Triples, 7 Home Runs, and 40 RBI’s for the Rookie League Orem Owlz. He added 11 stolen bases. He walked 25 times and struck out 81 times in 72 games.
#10 Trevor Reckling GRADE: C+
Reckling went 4-7 with a 3.73ERA for Double-A Arkansas before his season ended in mid July with a sprained elbow. He walked 35 and struck out 63 in 99 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .274 off Reckling on the season.
#11 Randal Grichuk GRADE: B-
Grichuk batted a combined .256 with 12 Doubles, 7 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 25 RBI’s in 53 games split between the AZL Angels, the Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, and High-A Inland Empire.
#12 Chevez Clarke GRADE: C
Clarke batted .226 with 5 Doubles, 10 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 27 RBI’s for the AZL Angels. He walked 16 times and struck out 66 times in 51 games.
#13 Dan Tillman GRADE: A-
Tillman went a combined 6-3 with a 2.30ERA and 14 saves between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire. He walked 34 and struck out 78 in 74.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .214 off Tillman on the season.
#14 Cam Bedrosian GRADE: DID NOT PLAY
Bedrosian missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John Surgery.
#15 Ryan Bolden GRADE: D
Bolden batted .168 with 4 Doubles, 1 Triple and 13 RBI’s for the AZL Angels. He walked 9 times and struck out 48 times in 29 games.