Matt Thaiss was taken by the Angels in the 1st round of the 2016 draft, out of Virginia.
The Angels taking him in the first round says all you need to know about his bat: it is awesome.
He has an advanced approach at the plate, striking out very little and hitting with above-average power. On his bat alone he was going to get picked up early in the draft.
In college he was a catcher, but the Angels converted him to first–which says how much the believe in his bat. He has a very strong arm and is more than athletic to handle the position. Assuming that he continues to hit with pop, he should have no problem sticking there.
In his first season in the pros he went .292/.361/.462 with 6 HR between Rookie and A-ball. He was selected to the Angels Milb.com organizational All-Star team as well.
The Angles have, arguably, the worst minor league system in all of baseball. But the 2016 draft, and notably the addition of Thiass, did add some much needed talent to the organization. He is easily one of the Top 5 prospects in the system.
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