The Los Angeles Angels have two players in the current MLB Top 100 prospects list. Those two players are Logan O’Hoppe at #53 and Zach Neto at #89. O’Hoppe is ranked as the #1 overall Angels prospect, and Neto is currently #2 in the Angels organization.
Logan O’Hoppe is 6’2″, 22 years old, and has the chance to break into the Angels’ opening-day lineup and never head back down to minor leagues. There is also the chance that he isn’t quite ready and goes down to Triple-A and the Salt Lake City Bees for the opportunity to play every day and keep himself sharp. O’Hoppe was acquired last year with Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Brandon Marsh and Noah Syndergaard trade. O’Hoppe has a very solid pedigree. He has shown a much improved hitting discipline since moving over to the Angels. O’Hoppe draws walks at a high rate, and he has massive raw power. His improved approach and hit tools have allowed him to hit many home runs in Triple-A (26) and achieve a .544 slugging average. Defensively, O’Hoppe may not jump off the page as Elite or have plus tools, but he has a quick throwing release, handles pitchers well, has excellent blocking skills, has stellar makeup behind the plate, and he works very hard. O’Hoppe should be a top-10 catcher in the Majors once he arrives for the Angels for the foreseeable future. According to scouts, O’Hoppe’s rankings are as follows: Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55
Zach Neto is 6′, 22 years old, and is currently in Double-A with the Rocket City Trash Pandas and should be their everyday shortstop. While at Campbell University, Neto hit .400 in 2021 as a sophomore and won Player of the Year in the Big South Conference. In 2022, Neto hit over 1.283 OPS to win the Player of the Year honors again. After that success, Neto went to the all Wood Bat Cape Cod League and proceeded to continue to hit at a very high rate. This led to Neto being a first-round pick in the 2022 draft, and he signed for 3.5 million dollars. He seems to be on the fast track and made it all the way to Double-A in his rookie season. He hit .320 in his limited Double-A experience. Neto has tremendous hand/eye coordination, which helps him to hit at a high rank, even though he has a slightly unorthodox high leg kick and an uphill swing path while at bat. He is not tremendously fast but is aggressive on the base paths. He has very good feet defensively, quick hands, and shows a good arm, having hit 92 while pitching at Campbell. It seems that the experts believe he will switch to either second base or maybe third base. He did play every infield position at Campbell. There seems to be a path for Neto to quickly make it to the major leagues. According to scouts, his grades are as follows: Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55