The Angels are promoting top outfield prospect Brandon Marsh before today’s game against the Mariners, manager Joe Maddon announced (via Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times). The 23-year-old will get the start in center field this afternoon, making his major league debut in the process.
Marsh is a consensus top prospect, checking in among the game’s top 50 farmhands in the estimation of each of Baseball America, Keith Law of the Athletic, and Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs entering the season. Longenhagen was the most bullish, slotting him 15th overall (and ninth on FanGraphs’ updated board). He wrote preseason that Marsh possessed All-Star upside thanks to a combination of strong bat-to-ball skills, above-average raw power, and athleticism that enables him to play a quality center field. Those sentiments were echoed by BA and Law, with each outlet lauding his upside on both sides of the ball.
More to come.