36-year old righty swinging DH/1B Albert Pujols is on fire at the plate right now for the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols has played in 41 games since the All-Star break and he is 47 of 161 (.292 avg, .843 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 11 homers and 43 RBI. Pujols has now played in 128 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 130 of 495 (.263 avg, .773 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 26 homers, 103 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He is showing a good eye at the plate too as he has walked 45 times while whiffing 64 times so far this year. Pujols has now played in 697 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 723 of 2,728 (.265 avg, .798 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 141 homers, 472 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Pujols is in the 5th year of his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels. This is the third year out of his first five with the Angels that he has knocked in at least 100 runs! Pujols is already #31 in games played (697) in Angels’ history! He is also tied for #39 in batting average (.265), tied for #46 in OBP (.325), #9 in SLG (.473), tied for #15 in OPS (.798), #24 in runs scored (365), #25 in hits (733), #20 in doubles (143), tied for #9 in homers (141), #15 in RBI (472) and he is also #25 in walks (235) in Angels’ history!
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava to the Kansas City Royals for either a player to be named later or cash. Nava played in 45 games for the Angels this year and he was 28 of 119 (.235 avg, .611 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBI. Nava has now played in 500 games in his first six years in the show and he is 396 of 1,507 (.263 avg, .730 OPS) with 202 runs scored, 25 homers, 185 RBI and 9 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss for the Angels moving forward, as Nava was a big disappointment for them.
Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone was outstanding for the California Angels. He played in 968 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 742 of 3,033 (.245 avg, .620 OPS) with 286 runs scored, 39 homers, 318 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He also played in 12 games in the playoffs for the Angels and he was 14 of 38 (.368 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Boone was a Gold Glove Award winner for the Angels four times in his seven years with them. He was a great handler of the Angels’ pitching staff and he had a big time right arm. Boone was an All-Star in 1983 for the Angels. He played in 142 games for the Angels in 1983 and he was 120 of 468 (.256 avg, .641 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 52 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. But, his best year with the Angels was his last one, in 1988. Boone played in 122 games for the Angels in 1988 and he was 104 of 352 (.295 avg, .739 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 5 homers, 39 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Boone also won a Gold Glove Award in 1988. Boone is still #12 in Angels’ history in games played with 968 of them. He is also still #33 in runs scored (286), #24 in hits (742), #25 in doubles (115), #25 in RBIs (318) and he is still #27 in walks (232) in Angels’ history!
The Los Angeles Angels have released 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Quintin Berry. Berry played in 100 games in AAA-ball for the Angels in 2016 and he was 93 of 345 (.270 avg, .672 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. Berry has played in 125 games in his four years in the show and he is 80 of 302 (.265 avg, .704 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 33 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. The Angels weren’t going to call Berry up any time soon, so they essentially did him a favor by letting him go right now.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 25-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to AAA. Choi has played in 43 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 of 102 (.167 avg, .618 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Choi on the active roster. Achter has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Angels have signed 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Manny Banuelos to a minor league deal. Banuelos came into this season as the Braves’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 14 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 0-5 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 for the Braves, working in 7 games (6 starts) in which he was 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. This is a good guy for the Angels to take a flier on.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 24-year old switch-hitting 3B Kaleb Cowart. Cowart came into this season as the Los Angeles’ Angels’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America. Cowart played in 3 games so far this year for the Angels and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .333 OPS). He also has played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year in which he is 116 of 414 (.280 avg, .792 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 9 homers, 58 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Cowart has played in 37 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 9 for 52 (.173 avg, .515 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Cowart will likely get a shot to start at 3B until Yunel Escobar comes off of the D.L.
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 26-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron off of the 15-day disabled list. He has played in 78 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 72 of 263 (.274 avg, .796 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 1 stolen base. To make room on the active roster for Cron, the Angels have placed 33-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar on the 7-day concussion D.L. Escobar has played in 110 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 140 of 438 (.320 avg, .769 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 3 homers and 34 RBIs.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 29-year old righty swinging 2B Johnny Giavotella for assignment. Gizvotella played in 99 games for the Angels this year and he was 90 for 346 (.260 avg, .662 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 homers, 31 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played in 228 games in his two years with the Angels and he was 213 of 799 (.267 avg, .680 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 10 homers, 80 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. This was a surprising move for the Angels, as Giavotella will likely have little problem finding a new team.
UPDATE: (8/29/2016) – The Los Angeles Angels have outrighted Johnny Giavotella to AAA.
It’s sad to watch 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver pitch for the Los Angeles Angels. He is a mere shadow of his former self as he can barely dent a couch with his fastball anymore. He is trying to get by on pitching know how, but that will only get you so far. He has played in 23 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 8-10 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has given up a whopping 164 hits (26 of which are homers) and 37 walks while whiffing 67 batters in his first 133 2/3 innings pitched this year. So he isn’t missing many bats and opposing hitters are making consistently hard contact against him. Weaver pitched well in April, but it has been downhill since then. Since May 1st, Weaver has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Angels in which he is 5-10 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
Get a good look at Weaver the rest of the way this year Angels’ fans, because he is in the last year of a 5-year, $85 million dollar contract. I don’t see the Angels bringing him back for the 2017 season. Weaver has now pitched in 314 games (all starts) in his first 11 years with the Angels and he is 146-91 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He was an All-Star three years in a row for the Angels, from 2010-2012. In those three All-Star seasons, Weaver combined to pitched in 97 games (all starts) in which he was 51-25 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP! He gave up 516 hits and 155 walks while whiffing 573 batters in his 648 2/3 innings pitched between 2010-2012 with the Angels! Weaver led the American League in wins in both 2012 (20) and 2014 (18)! Weaver is currently #2 in wins (146) in Angels’ franchise history! He is also tied for #6 in games pitched (314), #2 in games started (314), #13 in ERA (3.53), #5 in WHIP (1.18), #3 in innings pitched (1,980 2/3), #3 in strikeouts (1,562), tied for #26 in complete games (14) and he is also tied for #13 in shutouts (8) in Angels’ history!