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Former E.V. stars excelling in minor leagues

Posted by on April 15, 2013 – 3:07 pm

My last blog post was an update on how the two most recent high school classes are faring at the minor league level. This post takes a look at three former East Valley stars who are excelling in the minor leagues and could make the majors in the next couple of years.

* C.J. Cron, 1B/DH, Angels: The former Mountain Pointe star had a dynamic career at Utah and was the No. 17 overall selection in the 2011 draft. Cron hit .293 last year in Single-A with 27 homers, 123 RBIs and an OPS of .843. He’s rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the Anaheim farm system and has started this season at Double-A. Baseball America calls him the organization’s best minor league power bat, and at age 23, Cron seems ready to make the jump to the majors whenever the need should arise.

* Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels: Some were surprised when the former Desert Mountain star was chosen by Anaheim with the No. 37 overall selection in 2010. Lindsey was moved from shortstop to second base as a pro, but he continues to hit. Lindsey is a career .303 hitter with a .794 OPS, and is ranked the No. 7 prospect in the organization. He is 21 years old and playing in Double-A.

* Tommy Joseph, C, Phillies: The Giants selected Joseph in the second round out of Horizon in 2009. He performed well for them before getting traded last year as part of a package for Hunter Pence. Joseph hit .257 last season with 11 homers, 48 RBIs and a .715 OPS between the Giants’ and Phillies’ Double-A organizations. He is seen as Philadelphia’s catcher of the future and rated its No. 3 overall prospect. He is currently in Triple-A and still only 21 years old.

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