When Perry Minasian was hired as the Angels’ GM, there were many issues. Their major league roster was a grab bag of a couple of stars, a handful of hopeful solid major leaguers, and way too many “we are treading water” players, at best, and their minor league system was drier than the Arizona Desert. Fast forward just a couple of years, and Mr. Minasian now has a roster that any Angels fan should be excited about,
The current Angels’ roster has a combination of top-notch, household-name stars, supported by very solid major league hitters, above-average depth all over the field, and some very wise and savvy pitching pickups for both the bullpen and the starting rotation. Everyone knows we have stars such as Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and Anthony Rendon. Field players like Hunter Renfroe, Gio Urshela, Brent Phillips, and Brandon Drury are either starters who are better than last year by a substantial margin or new acquisitions who improve our bench depth by great stretches. As any Angels fan can tell you, we will need the depth for small stretches in the best-case scenario when looking at recent history.
On the mound, Mr. Minasian has picked up a high-quality starter in Tyler Anderson and an excellent reliever with closer-type stuff in Carlos Estevez. Above and beyond that, Perry has created quite a nice up-and-coming farm system. If fans search the top 30 current Angels prospects, they will see an exciting amount of strength up the middle of the diamond and on the mound. Even better, most of these prospects are expected to arrive in the majors by 2026 at the latest.
On top of the major league roster and the minor league system being built through the draft and wise trades, the Angels are being very active in the International Signing market. A case in point is the potential signing of Felix Morrobel, a 17-year-old Shortstop, who is the #50 prospect in this year’s International Signing class from the Dominican Republic.
It is exciting to see a consistent vision that seemed to be lacking in prior regimes. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the sale of the team and how the new owner’s and Mr. Minasian’s visions coexist. The hope has to be that it leads to continued success and, hopefully, a World Series title in the next few years.