While the Angels have been garnering a reputation of acquiring premium athletes in the early rounds of the Draft, they've also been busy bringing similar players via the international market. At the start of the 2017-18 international signing period, they double-dipped in the Bahamas, signing a pair of outfielders: Trent Deveaux for $1.2 million and Knowles for $850,000. It's been Knowles who broke out of the gate during his pro debut in 2018, earning a promotion from the Arizona to the Pioneer League.
Throughout his first summer of pro ball, Knowles showed a solid approach from both sides of the plate, with excellent bat speed. There's emerging power, though it only showed up from the left side during his debut. He's not afraid to draw walks and could be a plus hitter as he continues to refine his approach, perhaps eventually with average big league pop. Knowles has plus speed and loves to use it, though he'll have to learn the nuances of basestealing.
The Angels exposed the teenager to all three outfield spots, and he should have the range to play center field and enough arm to man right. Some of that might depend on how he continues to develop as he hopes to join prospects like Jazz Chisholm of the D-backs and the Rays' Lucius Fox in putting Bahamanian baseball more firmly on the map.
D'Shawn Knowles assigned to Orem Owlz from AZL Angels.
OF D'Shawn Knowles assigned to AZL Angels.
Los Angeles Angels signed free agent OF D'Shawn Knowles to a minor league contract.