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Each weekday throughout the minor-league season, FanGraphs provides a status update on multiple rookie-eligible players. Note thatAgedenotes the appropriate prospects baseball age (i.e. as of July 1st of the current year);Top-15, the prospects place on Marc Huletspreseason organizational list; andTop-100, that very same prospects rank on Huletsoverall top-100 list.
Zach Borenstein, OF, La Angels (Profile)Level:Double-A Age: 23 Top-15:15th Top-100:N/ALine:58 AB, .241/.333/.448, 2 HR, 8 BB, 20 K
SummaryComing off of a powerful offensive season within the California League, Borensteins performance in 2014 will help determine whether hes a true prospect or a suspect.
NotesInjuries to big league first-stringers Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun have significantly diminished the Los Angeles Angels outfield depth. Borenstein, whom I ranked as the 15th-best [url=https://www.idealvikings.com/23-Brian_Peters_Jersey][b]Brian Peters Jersey[/b][/url] prospect in the system before the 14 season, does his better to be seen like a future depth piece and perhaps more. The 23-year-old outfielder hit for that cycle on April 20 in the Double-A level.
Borenstein is coming off of a statistically-impre sive (and somewhat misleading) 2013 season as he was hitting within the California League, that is noted for padding hitters stats. Within this contest, he was aggre sively attacking the fastball when it had been added too the strike zone. He showed a willingne s to make use of the whole field despite an exaggerated open stance and took a fastball (the second pitch of the at-bat) the other method for just one in the first inning.
In his second at-bat, the left-handed hitter pulled his hands in and lined the ball within the first base bag and down into the right-field corner for any triple. He pulled the ball again in the fourth at-bat for any home run. In the final at-bat of the game, the young outfielder completed the cycle having a double to the centre field warning [url=https://www.idealvikings.com/55-Harrison_Smith_Jersey][b]Harrison Smith Jersey[/b][/url] track against a left-handed reliever as well as on a 2-2 count.
Borensteins 2014 season will be an interesting one to watch because Im not exactly in love with what type of hitter hes going to become. He has above-average raw power and a strong frame. However, he showed a powerful knowledge of hitting on April 20 through the use of the entire field, not attempting to do too much and using the pitch where it was thrown. He swung under more control and kept a more level swing plane than he had reportedly shown in the past but that approach doesnt tend to generate much over-the-fence pop.
Mark Sappington, RHP, Los Angeles Angels (Profile)Level:Double-A Age: 23 Top-15:5th Top-100:N/ALine:17.1 IP, 22 H, 13 R, 19/13 K/BB, 6.75 ERA, 4.44 FIP
SummaryComing into the 2014 season, Sappington was ranked because the second-best pitcher within the Angels system and best hurler with experience above Rookie ball. With thin pitching depth within the upper levels of the system, the Angels need a strong season from the right hander.
NotesA former fifth round pick out of a small Mi souri college this year, Sappington needed just one full season to achieve the Double-A level but he made [url=https://www.idealvikings.com/44-Demarcus_Van_Dyke_Jersey][b]DeMarcus Van Dyke Jersey[/b][/url] only five starts there in 2013. As a result, he returned to Arkansas this season but were built with a slow start to the year. He wound up having his best bet on the entire year on April 20.
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The right-handers height gives him a natural advantage because he has to the po sibility to create a strong downward plane. However, Sappington struggled to help keep his shoulder closed with the first three innings of this contest so many of his pitches remained up in the zone.
He throws a four-pitch mix which includes his fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. The curves succe s is hampered by an altered (higher) arm slot that and slower arm speed that he also impacts his changeup. Both fastball and slider come out of a rather lower 3/4 slot with a quicker arm action.
Sappingtons changeup is reportedly his best non-fastball offering of all nights but it was inconsistent on April 20. Actually, none of his offerings were better than fringe-average in early going. His fastball showed OK velocity in the 92-93 mph range but the lack of command would of