2005 Prospects Revisted: Los Angeles Angels

After 10 long years the time seems right for a series of brief yet illuminating re-examinations of top prospect lists (courtesy of Baseball America) from 2005. Given the Angels’ alphabetical placement, they seemed like a good team to lead off with. Here is the list:

1. Casey Kotchman 1B
2. Dallas McPherson 3B
3. Erick Aybar SS
4. Jeff Mathis C
5. Kendry Morales 1B/OF
6. Brandon Wood SS
7. Ervin Santana RHP
8. Howie Kendrick 2B
9. Alberto Callaspo 2B/SS
10. Steven Shell RHP

This is an impressive bevy of prospects. These ten players own a combined 93.5 WAR through 2014, and at least half  can expect to add to that total in 2015 and beyond. Each of the ten reached the majors and every one of them posted a positive career WAR, with the exception of Brandon Wood (-3.7).

The ranking itself is, of course, a bit out of whack with Dallas McPherson ranked ahead of three All Stars and Kendrys Morales but all in all BA identified many of the Angels’ future cornerstones. They did arguably drop the ball leaving Mike Napoli unranked. Napoli was coming off a season in which he hit .282/.393/.539 with 29 homers for the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (say that three times fast). Also absent were Jered Weaver, Sean Rodriguez, and Mark Trumbo but their professional experience at that point was either little or none.

Anyway, hard to say if this is an impressive number with nothing to compare it to yet but the 2005 Angels minor league system produced 44 players (200.9 combined WAR) who would go on to see at least some time in the major leagues.