Truth #2: The Farm System is Barren
While having a deep major league roster is excellent, having prospects behind them is just as critical to augment the MLB squad in case of injuries or prolonged slumps. The Angels need to cultivate talent better in their minor league system. For example, top 100 prospect Jo Adell came with some severe hype only to bounce between Salt Lake City and Anaheim for the past three years. He's in the same boat as our beloved Jarred Kelenic, "Put up or Shut up" time. While Kelenic is producing at the MLB level, Adell is toiling in SLC, waiting for his next chance to grab the right-field spot.
They recently designated known Mariner killer David Fletcher for assignment and called up shortstop Zach Neto, who has 44 games of minor league service under his belt. That sounds like a move that reeks of desperation. However, rookie catcher Logan O'Hoppe made the opening-day roster and is also holding his own.
There isn't much to write home about behind these three prospects. The Angels have a couple of intriguing arms, but if we are ranking AL West farm systems, they will share the cellar with the Athletics.