Los Angeles Angels Top MiLB Tools

Lindsey, Taylor

With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here.

Los Angeles Angels Top Prospects for 2013


Hit Tool: Taylor Lindsey, 2B

Power: Randal Grichuk, OF

Eye: Drew Heid, OF

Base Stealer: Pedro Toribio, IF

K-Ability: R.J. Alvarez, RHP

Control: Matt Shoemaker, RHP


 Best Hit Tool: The Angels continue to challenge Taylor Lindsey, a lefty swinging second baseman chosen in the supplemental first round three years ago. Lindsey tallied a line drive rate of 18.9% last season, a career high, and doesn’t swing-and-miss a lot either. He finished the season with a .274/.339/.441 triple-slash line in Class AA.

Best Power: The franchise’s first round pick 2009, Randal Grichuk set a career best in homeruns (22) while adding 27 doubles and eight triples. Grichuk has smacked 114 extra-base hits over the past two seasons.

Best Plate Discipline: Outfielder Drew Heid turned in his most impressive season to date, thanks in large part to an above-average eye at the plate. Heid walked in 52 of 411 plate appearances last season (12.7%) and could develop into a useful bench option.

Best Base Stealer: During his first stint in full season ball, Pedro Toribio was successful on 78.1% of his stolen base attempts (32-for-41). The switch-hitting middle infielder averaged nearly a one stolen base attempt every two games played.

Best Ability to Miss Bats: A third round pick out Florida Atlantic University in 2012, R.J. Alvarez struck out 79 of the 208 total batters he faced (38.0%), the sixth highest percentage among minor leaguers with 40+ plate appearances.

Best Control: Matt Shoemaker mixed some average-ish strikeout numbers with above-average control, allowing the right-hander to finally make his big league debut after toiling away in the minors for parts of six seasons.



Photo of Taylor Lindsey Courtesy of Mark Wagner/Travs via MiLB.com.



After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.