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Prospect Videos: Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels drafted Kaleb Cowart with the eighteenth overall pick in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft.  In his senior year at Cook High School in Georgia, the 18-year-old put together a phenomenal season, both at the plate and on the bump, and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

A switch-hitter, Cowart hit .654 (second highest in state history) with 11 home runs, 59 RBI, and 55 runs.  Futhermore, he posted a 1.206 slugging percentage and .721 on-base percentage — that’s right, a 1.927 OPS — while swiping 36/36 bags.

On the mound, the 6-foot-3 right-hander went 10-1 with a 1.05 ERA in 71 innings, amassing 116 strikeouts and recording a save.


Golden Sombrero: Jeff Mathis

Mike Scioscia kept Mathis in the game to ensure a sombrero

Bottom 3: Jeff Mathis singles on a line drive to left field

Bottom 4: Mathis struck out swinging against Brett Cecil

Bottom 6: Mathis struck out swinging against Carlos Villanueva

Bottom 9: Mathis flied out to center fielder Rajai Davis

Bottom 11: Mathis struck out swinging against Octavio Dotel

Bottom 14: Mathis struck out swinging against Jon Rauch

Poll: Kyle Drabek vs. Zach Britton

Two of the American League’s top pitching prospects were on display in the first week of the 2011 season, and suffice it to say, they both lived up to their respective hype.

First up was the Blue Jays’ Kyle Drabek, who used his 89-91 mph cutter to befuddle the Minnesota Twins’ offense on Saturday.  He allowed one run in seven innings, while walking three and striking out seven.  Oh yeah, the Sombrero’s No. 33 prospect took a no-hit bid into the sixth.  In his “10 Rookie Predictions” piece, John Sickels even predicts that Drabek will toss a no-no in early May – a bit bold, but definitely not unimaginable.


Prospect Buzz Part I: Julio Teheran, Dustin Ackley, Brent Morel, and Jordan Lyles

  • The Seattle Mariners’ second baseman of the future, Dustin Ackley, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, thus ending his chances of making the Opening Day roster.  Although the left-handed hitting Ackley — the Arizona Fall League MVP and No. 3 on our list — didn’t have a blistering Spring Training, it was by no means poor.  In 15 games he hit .269 with eight walks and 16 runs.  Considering that Brendan Ryan received the nod as Opening Day shortstop, which in turn shifts the defensively-sound Jack Wilson to second base, it shouldn’t be long before Ackley is called up.


The Golden Sombrero’s Top 50 Prospects: #2 – Mike Trout (Video)

#2 Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels


DOB: 8-7-1991

ETA: 2012