Within the last few days, the 2019 Angels minor league full-season rosters have been announced. Those teams include AAA Salt Lake Bees, AA Mobile Bay Bears, High-A Inland Empire 66ers, and Low-A Burlington Bees.
All four of these teams look to be packed with good young talent that Angels GM Billy Eppler has either drafted, signed, or traded for over the last few years.
The AAA Salt Lake Bees are probably the most intriguing team in the Angels farm system. Considering that last season the Angels used a franchise record 60 players (27 positions players and 33 pitchers), we will more than likely see all most all of these players up this year.
Some notable pitchers that are starting the season in AAA are Jaime Barria, Griffin Canning, Jake Jewell, Dillon Peters, and Jeremy Rhoades. Griffin Canning ranks #2 on the Diamond Digest Angels Top 30 prospects, and Jake Jewell ranks #19.
Some notable position players starting the season with Salt Lake are Luis Rengifo, Jose Rojas, Matt Thaiss, Jared Walsh, and Brennan Lund. Matt Thaiss ranks #8, Luis Rengifo ranks #9, and Jared Walsh ranks #28 on the Diamond Digest Top 30 prospects list.
The #6 prospect, Jose Suarez, is set to begin the season on the IL as he dealt with some shoulder soreness during the spring.
The Bees are set to begin their season on April 4th against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
This will be the last season that the AA Mobile Bay Bears are the Angels AA affiliate, and it looks to be like one of their best teams that they have had there in quite some time.
Some notable pitchers that will begin the season with the Bay Bears are Jeremy Beasley, Jesus Castillo, Joe Gatto, Adam Hofacket, and Patrick Sandoval. Jesus Castillo ranks #23, and Patrick Sandoval ranks #13 on the Diamond Digest Top 30 prospects list.
Notable position players starting the season in AA mobile are Jack Kruger, Roberto Baldoquin, Jahmai Jones, Connor Justus, Brandon Marsh, and Brandon Sanger. Brandon Marsh ranks #3 on the Diamond Digest Angels top 30 prospect list, Jahmai Johns ranks #4, and Jack Kruger ranks #22.
Top prospect Jo Adell will be sidelined for at least another month and a half with the sprained ankle and strained hamstring that he sustained during spring training.
The Mobile Bay Bears will begin their season on April 4th against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
What the Inland Empire 66ers lack in offense, they will make up for in pitching as they set up to not only be the deepest staff in the Angels organization, but possibly in all of the minors.
Some notable pitchers that will begin the season in high-A are Kyle Bradish, Brett Hanewich, Aaron Hernandez, Luis Madero, Erik Manoah, Chris Rodriguez, Andrew Wantz, and Austin Warren. Chris Rodriguez ranks #7, Luis Madero ranks #17, Aaron Hernandez ranks #25, and Kyle Bradish ranks #27 on the Diamond Digest Top 30 prospects list.
Some notable position players are Leonardo Rivas, Jordan Zimmerman, Torii Hunter Jr., and Orlando Martinez. Leo Rivas is the only player ranked in the Top 30 prospect list as he ranks #21.
The 66ers are set to begin their season on April 4th against the Lake Elsinore Storm. If you live in the SoCal area I would highly suggest you go see these future Angels.
Finally, the low-A Burlington bees, who look to be set up nicely for another good year.
Some notable pitchers that will begin the season with the Burlington Bees are Cole Duensing, Jake Lee, Jose Soriano, and Hector Yan. Jose Soriano is the lone top 30 prospect on this staff as he ranks #10.
Some notable position players that will be starting the year in Burlington are Kevin Maitan, Livan Soto, Jordyn Adams, Francisco De Valle, and Nonie Williams. Jordyn Adams ranks #5 and Livan Soto ranks #22 on the Diamond Digest top 30 prospects list.
Keith Rogalla is another interesting arm to keep an eye on as he will begin the season on the IL.
The Burlington Bees will begin their season on on April 4th against Quad Cities River Bandits.