These Angels taking baby steps

Influx of young talent from the farm system has the Angels skewing young

Updated: April 28, 2011, 6:46 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jordan Walden, the Los Angeles Angels ' 23-year-old closer, glances at a corner of the clubhouse filled with his young teammates and says, "I didn't expect this many young guys to be here, but you go with what you've got. We're ready, you know?"

Make no mistake, this wasn't the plan. The Angels, with a payroll bumping up against $140 million, suddenly are among the youngest teams in baseball, certainly among the teams that view themselves as bona fide contenders. ...

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