Former E.V. stars excelling in minor leagues
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.