Despite being a polished college center fielder it appeared Matt Angle was going to have a very slow ascent through the minors. He spent full seasons at both Delmarva (2008) and Frederick (2009) before heading towards Bowie for 2010. His well rounded game was simply too good for the Eastern League and the Orioles bumped him up to Norfolk after just 14 games.
His batting average with the Tides wasn’t quite as high as had been throughout his career, but he continued to play fundamentally sound baseball, making the most out of his ability. He stole 24 bases in 28 tries (86%) and drew walks in 10.3% of his plate appearances.
Angle is what he is at this point: a speedy center fielder who’s going to play above-average defense, steal a ton of bases at a high rate and get on base.
He’s a patient hitter who puts the bat on the ball, uses the whole field and really knows how to drop down a bunt. His speed is well above-average but it’s his smarts and base running instincts that really allow him to become a threat on the base paths.
A reliable defender, Angle’s smarts and instincts on the base paths carry over to center field. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but good routes put him in good position to throw the ball which helps make up for his lack of arm strength.
Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold are currently ahead of Angle on Baltimore’s depth chart, but once room clears in the out field Angle will get a strong look from the O’s. His speed and defense alone should give him a long career as a backup outfielder, and strong offensive output, specifically OBP%, could make him a starter one day.