Top Tools In The Los Angeles Angels Farm System

Taylor Blake Ward gives you a look at the top tools in the Los Angeles Angels farm system. From best fastball, to top bat, to highest ceiling; learn about the top prospects and how their tools come about across the farm system.

Hammer, Drill, Chainsaw; all tools. Tools are a defining mark in building a house, or, in a baseball sense, building a farm system. The Los Angeles Angels are no different from any other organization in possessing a high load of players, all with a different tool set. Here are the top tools in the system, from best fastball to best relief prospect for pitchers, to best speed to best outfield arm for the position players.

*PUBLISHER NOTE : All opinions are strictly expressed from Scout.com Senior Publisher, Taylor Blake Ward.*

Best Right-Handed Starting Prospect : Grayson Long, A Burlington

Best Left-Handed Starting Prospect : Nate Smith, AAA Salt Lake

Best Right-Handed Relief Prospect : Eduardo Paredes, AA Arkansas

Best Left-Handed Relief Prospect : Jonah Wesely, Recovering from Tommy John Surgery

Best Fastball : Alan Busenitz, AAA Salt Lake

Best Curveball : Jose Suarez, Rookie AZL

Best Slider : Austin Adams, AA Arkansas

Best Changeup : Grayson Long, A Burlington

Best Control : Adam Hofacket, A+ Inland Empire

Best Strikeout Abilities : Austin Adams, AA Arkansas

Best Overall Arsenal : Victor Alcantara, AA Arkansas

Best Hitting Prospect : Matt Thaiss, A Burlington

Best Power Prospect : Zach Houchins, A+ Inland Empire

Best Strike-Zone Judgement : Sherman Johnson, AAA Salt Lake

Best Baserunner : David Fletcher, A+ Inland Empire

Best Speed : Ayendy Perez, A+ Inland Empire

Best Catching Prospect : Taylor Ward, A+ Inland Empire

Best Defensive Catching Prospect : Jose Briceno, AA Arkanas

Best Arm Behind Plate : Jose Briceno, AA Arkansas

Best First Base Prospect : Matt Thaiss, A Burlington

Best Defensive 1B Prospect : Eric Aguilera, AA Arkansas

Best Second Base Prospect : Hutton Moyer, A+ Inland Empire / Jordan Zimmerman, A Burlington

Best Defensive 2B Prospect : Hutton Moyer, A+ Inland Empire

Best Third Base Prospect : Kaleb Cowart, AAA Salt Lake

Best Defensive 3B Prospect : Kaleb Cowart, AAA Salt Lake

Best Shortstop Prospect : David Fletcher, A+ Inland Empire / Nonie Williams, Rookie AZL

Best Defensive SS Prospect : Connor Justus, Rookie Orem / Jake Yacinich, A Burlington

Best Infield Arm : Kaleb Cowart, AAA Salt Lake

Best Outfield Prospect : Jahmai Jones, Rookie Orem

Best Defensive OF Prospect : Chad Hinshaw, AA Arkansas

Best Outfield Arm : Chad Hinshaw, AA Arkansas

Most Exciting Player : Jahmai Jones, Rookie Orem

Top International Prospect : Hector Yan, Rookie DSL

Highest Floor : Matt Thaiss, A Burlington

Highest Ceiling : Brandon Marsh, Rookie AZL

This article was written and published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com. You can follow Taylor for more Angels' prospect updates on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.


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