Baseball America’s Top 30 Angels Prospects

The Baseball America 2008 Prospect Handbook arrived today. The Top 30 Angels prospects are:

1. Brandon Wood 3B-SS
2. Nick Adenhart RHP
3. Jordan Walden RHP
4. Hank Conger C
5. Sean O’Sullivan RHP
6. Stephen Marek RHP
7. Sean Rodriguez SS/2B
8. Nick Green RHP
9. Peter Bourjos OF
10. Anel de los Santos C
11. Hainley Statia SS
12. Jose Arredondo RHP
13. Young-Il Jung RHP
14. Ryan Mount 2B
15. P.J. Phillips SS
16. Trevor Reckling LHP
17. Matt Sweeney 3B
18. Terry Evans OF
19. Chris Pettit OF
20. Barret Browning LHP
21. Mason Tobin RHP
22. Rich Thompson RHP
23. Jeremy Haynes RHP
24. Jon Bachanov RHP
25. Bobby Wilson C
26. Jason Bulger RHP
27. Robert Fish LHP
28. Andrew Romine SS
29. Mark Trumbo 1B
30. Clay Fuller OF

Contrast with last November’s Top 10 Prospects list.

About Sweeney, BA analyst Alan Matthews wrote, "He needs to make conditioning more of a priority, and Sweeney was sent home from instructional league for undisclosed reasons." Well, maybe I can shed some light on that. Matt tweaked a knee during a morning drill. I was only there for a couple days, but he was relegated to video duty during the games. My guess is the injury was severe enough that he wasn’t going to play again during the fall, so they sent him home. That’s just my speculation.

Matt was sitting next to me while I was videotaping on September 22. I was standing behind my camcorder, he was sitting on a bucket with an Angels camcorder. We were both down the third-base line beyond the visitors’ dugout. A line-drive foul whistled just past both of us. The video (which isn’t on-line) shows the ball as a blur in front of the camera. I was later told by players that it almost hit me, but I didn’t notice as I was watching the camcorder viewer.

After what happened to Mike Coolbaugh last July, we’re all a little more careful. But if your number is up …I just know I’m going to be more careful in 2008.

You can order the BA book by clicking on this link.


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