American League West Call-Up Candidates

This American League West edition of Call-Up Candidates marks the final analysis of American League prospects by Bernie Pleskoff, for prospects that could get the call to the majors in 2016. If you are just reading our series, you can catch up by clicking on the American League East here and the American League Central here.

HOUSTON ASTROS

Andrew Aplin-OF-LHH-6-feet, 205 pounds-age 24

Best tools-Speed, defense

Scouting Report:  Offensively, Aplin doesn’t have much power.  He makes good contact and knows the strike zone well.  He can be counted upon, however, to challenge the battery as a solid base runner with his better than average speed.  On defense, Aplin will play mostly in center field.  He has good range, gets good reads on balls and has an average arm.

Future:  I see Alpin as a 4th or 5th outfielder type with a chance to play as a replacement player for injury or poor performance during the season.

He is capable of adding energy and speed to the Astros attack.

Scouting Grade:  45

Best organizational prospect with a chance to be recalled in 2016 is first base prospect A J Reed-but he is much more above the radar than Aplin.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Kyle Kubitza-2B/3B/OF-LHH-6-foot-3, 210 pounds- age 25

Best tools- Hitting (batting average), Power, Speed

Scouting Report- Offensively, Kubitza is selective at the plate with a good eye.  There is still too much swing and miss in his game, but he can fill-in with a nice left-handed bat.  Defensively, he has good hands and a strong arm.  He can play solid third base.

Future: Kubitza is a fill-in player with a bit of pop. He isn’t an everyday player, but can help out for a limited period of time. I think we’ll see him as an injury or poor performance call-up during the season.

Scouting Grade: 45

The most notable organizational and highly touted prospect is former first rounder Kaleb Cowart.  However, I have great reservations about his ability to consistently hit big league pitching.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Joey Wendle-2B-LHH- 6-foot-1, 190 pounds-age 25

Best tools- Hitting (batting average) Speed

Scouting Report- Offensively, Wendle is a scrappy player with an ability to hit the gaps with a short, measured swing.  He doesn’t have power, but I think he could become a “doubles machine” in the spacious Oakland home park.  He makes good contact.

Defensively, he is average on defense and still has some range issues.

Future: I think Wendle is currently blocked, but eventually, I can see the team turning to him and his left-handed bat.  He’s a steady player with good instincts and a love for the game.

Scouting grade: 50

There are some good players in the A’s system including pitcher Sean Manaea, third baseman Renato Nunez, and first baseman Matt Olson.  They would be the more obvious choices.  But Wendle can play.

SEATTLE MARINERS

Boog Powell-CF- LHH- 5-foot-10, 185 pounds-age 23

Best tools: Hitting (batting average) Speed

Scouting Report:  Offensively, Powell makes good contact and once on base, he can steal some bases.  He has no power.  He plays average defense and probably doesn’t have any stand out tool that could propel him to the big leagues.  He’s been with Oakland and Tampa Bay in a four- year career.

Future:  I think Powell represents an emergency center field recall player.  His offense is limited and I think he will be exposed greatly by big league pitching.

Scouting grade: 45

There are no other Mariners prospects for 2016 that I can recommend.

TEXAS RANGERS

Lewis Brinson-CF-RHH- 6-foot-3, 175 pounds-age 21

Best tools- Speed, Power, Defense

Scouting Report:  Brinson found some real gap power in the Arizona Fall League.  He combines his speed, power and solid defense to be a compelling outfield option.  Offensively, he recognizes pitches well and can drive the ball to the gaps.  Defensively, he uses speed to track down balls in the gap.  He has a solid arm and can be a regular CF.

Future:  I think Brinson will play for Texas at some point this coming season.  He has to have a good Minor League start, but his game is on the upswing.  It won’t be long until he wins the full-time CF role.

Scouting Grade: 50

The obvious best prospect of the Rangers is 3B Joey Gallo. His power is well documented and he could see big league time this season.

Tomorrow will be the bottom of the 9th and Chuck Johnson will be up to the plate. He will gives us his picks from the National League West, in our final edition of Call-Up Candidates.

About The Author

Creator of Clubhouse Corner, Doug has been covering Minor League Baseball since 2014. His work has been featured on YES Network-affiliated Pinstriped Prospects, Heels on the Field and Pinstripe Alley.