12/7/12

MLB Dirt - 2013 Los Angeles Angels Top 16 Prospects

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1Kaleb Cowart (20-3B)Cowart did not disappoint in his first full season in pro ball. His discipline improved vastly and it showed with a drop in K-rate and a 14.3% walk rate in his final stop in High-A. He is a good athlete with a plus arm and great bat speed that generates plus raw power that is starting to show in games. He should end 2013 in AA and could be on the fast track to third base in Anaheim.
2Nick Maronde (23-LHP)He was a reliever at the University of Florida and in his short stint for LAA in 2012. He has the frame to be a good inning-eater and has excellent control to go with an above-average fastball, slider, and developing change-up. He reminds me a lot of Brett Cecil when he was a prospect. If all fails then he could be a very good reliever but has the ceiling of a #3 or #4 prospect if the Angels give him time in AAA instead of using him in the pen.
3C.J. Cron (23-1B)The oft-injured slugger has plus raw power and made a lot of contact (12.9% K-rate) for a slugger. But he is limited to 1B and isn’t even average at the position, and his patience and discipline at the plate leave a lot to be desired with an abysmal 3.1% in High-A as a 22 year old college product. Unacceptable! But he has the potential, with improved discipline, to be a legitimate big league slugger.

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