Stamets, Rucinski Named Top Angels Prospects

Two more former Valley Leaguers have been named to an organization’s top prospect list: this time, it’s Eric Stamets (Haymarket 2010) and Drew Rucinski (Luray 2009-10) on the Los Angeles Angels’ list!

Eric comes in at #23. Here is the writeup on

Stamets built a reputation as a strong defensive shortstop while in college at Evansville. His play in theEric Stamets fielding Minor Leagues has only confirmed that evaluation, and he led all Texas League shortstops in fielding percentage in 2014.

A very polished infielder, Stamets combines tremendous defensive tools with good instincts and game awareness. He has well above-average speed, which helps to give him good range. Offensively, he isn’t as accomplished and will need to improve at the plate to become an everyday shortstop in the big leagues. He makes a lot of contact, but it’s rarely hard contact and he has minimal power.

Stamets’ glove is good enough to get him to the Major Leagues. His bat will dictate if he can start or if he ends up as a utilityman in the future.

I’ve read, multiple times in the past year, that Eric’s glove is good enough for the majors right now. Hopefully he’ll get a chance to test that theory soon.

Drew comes in at #26. I’ve written about Drew so many times now, I’ll just let the scouting report stand:

Drew Rucinski LA Angels headshot 2014Rucinski’s best pitch is his fastball, which typically sits in the low 90s with some tailing action. His splitter is his most effective secondary offering, and he also throws a slider and changeup.

All three of Rucinski’s appearances in the big leagues came out of the bullpen, though he’s primarily been a starter throughout his career. His future is likely as a reliever, where his fastball-splitter combination would play up in short stints.

Congrats to both. My one question, though: Where is Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10)??



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