The Minor League Game of the Week

Brad Coon led the Angels’ system in 2007 with 56 stolen bases.

April 30, 2007 … The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes visit the Visalia Oaks in an early California League contest.

Center fielder Brad Coon is the star of the show. Normally known as a speed merchant with little power, Brad muscled up for a homer and triple. At season’s end, Coon led the Angels system with 56 stolen bases. In 74 games (299 AB) with Rancho, his AVG/OBP/SLG were .258/.311/.344. Promoted on June 27 to Double-A Arkansas, in 58 games (226 AB) his numbers were .301/.372/.385.

In the recently published Top 10 Prospects Report, I wrote about how pitcher-friendly is the Travs’ Dickey-Stephens Park, so let’s look at Brad’s home/road splits. At home, his line was .265/.311/.363. On the road, his line was .336/.427/.407. (113 AB for both.)

People ask me who’s a “sleeper” in the system. Coon might fit into that category, although at age 25 (December 11, Happy Birthday) he’s behind the age curve. The Angels are into speed, and Brad is someone the Angels have hoped would move up quickly.

Tampa Bay top prospect Justin Upton is in the lineup for the Oaks. Robert Mosebach gets the start for the Quakes.

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