Two down, 28 to go in my look at Baseball America’s top 30 Yankees prospects…next up, shortstop Carmen Angelini.
#28 Carmen Angelini
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 185 lbs.
Age At Start of 2009 Season: 20
Career statistics: 135 GP, .236 avg., 4 HR, 46 RBI, 17 SB
Highest Level Reached: Low A
Angelini may be one of the more hyped tenth round draft choices in the history of the game, thanks to a $1 million bonus…which yes, I think was a bit above slot. Following one at-bat in the Gulf Coast League in 2007, Angelini skipped over short season Staten Island and was sent directly to Charleston for the start of the 2008 season. For the most part, his bat struggled, with his average never jumping over .286, and that happened on the second day of the season. He also didn’t finish strong, hitting .204 in July and .215 in August, with the strain of his first pro year likely catching up to him.
Thunder ETA: 2010-2011
Being a shortstop in the Yankees farm system is kind of like being the girl in the sweater and jeans standing next to the girl in the bikini…nobody’s going to be paying too much attention to you. Terrible analogies aside, Angelini is projected to be repeating Low-A Charleston, and is unlikely to put on the Trenton Thunder colors until 2011 unless he really turns things around. While he’s likely the best shortstop prospect the Yankees have, Ramiro Pena is clearly more ready for the big leagues…although he’s certainly a ways away as well.
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