The Los Angeles Angels have signed 35-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal. Kratz played in 15 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 2 for 29 (.069 avg, .203 OPS) with 0 run scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs. Kratz has now played in 207 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 114 of 543 (.210 avg, .642 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 23 homers and 69 RBIs. It never hurts to stash a veteran catcher in AAA-ball, so I like this move for the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 23-year old switch-hitting 3B Kaleb Cowart. Cowart came into this season as the Angels’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America. Cowart played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 46 of 152 (.303 avg, .805 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He played in 34 games in his first taste of the majors in 2015 for the Angels and he was 8 for 46 (.174 avg, .538 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Cowart has played all four positions in AAA-ball this year, so they could use him all over the place.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 29-year old lefty reliever Lucas Luetge. Luetge pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 3-5 with 2 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
UPDATE: (5/25/2016) – The Angels have designated Luetge for assignment. He didn’t get into any games while he was with the big league team.
UPDATE II: (5/27/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Lucas Luetge to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA. Achter has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Achter has given up 15 hits (3 homers) and 3 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his first 11 1/3 innings for the Angels. I’m pretty sure that Achter will get another shot with the Angels later this year, as he has been likely a yo-yo between AAA and L.A. so far this year.
UPDATE: A.J. Achter has just been designated for assignment by the Angels.
UPDATE II: (5/24/2016) – The Angels have outrighted A.J. Achter to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels don’t want to pay the Luxury Tax and I get that. But they can’t keep going on with the non-offensive production that they are getting out of LF. Initially the plan was to platoon 33-year old switch-hitting Daniel Nava and 32-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry in LF. Both have been injured a lot so far this year and neither of them has played well even when they were healthy. Nava has played in 17 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 45 (.222 avg, .597 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Gentry has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .413 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. With both Nava and Gentry on the D.L., it’s 25-year old lefty swinging Rafael Ortega and 31-year old righty swinging Shane Robinson sharing LF. Ortega has been pretty solid, but he has absolutely no power. He has played in 18 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 66 (.288 avg, .647 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Robinson has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 3 for 12 (.250 avg, .688 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. So for the season, these four guys have combined to go 37 of 157 (.236 avg) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. That just won’t cut it.
If I were running the Angels, I would call all around to see if I could find a young, cheap outfielder with a nice upside. 30-year old righty swinging Adonis Garcia of the Braves, 25-year old lefty swinging Oswaldo Arcia of the Twins and 27-year old lefty swinging Jarrett Parker of the Giants seem interesting to me. I think the Giants would probably want too much for Parker, as he is the first guy they will call up in the need arises for an outfielder and they are a contending team….so depth like that is important. Parker has played in 3 games for the Giants so far this year and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS). He has now played in 24 games in his first two years with the Giants and he is 18 for 53 (.340 avg, 1.134 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base. But, Garcia and Arcia both play for lousy teams and could be looking to make some deals. Garcia made 7 errors at 3B, which got him sent to AAA where he is playing in the outfield. Garcia played in 28 games for the Braves earlier this year and he was 27 of 104 (.260 avg, .626 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. Garcia has now played in 86 games in his first two years with the Braves and he is 80 for 295 (.271 avg, .733 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 11 homers and 34 RBIs. Arcia has been in and out of manager Paul Molitor’s Dog House in Minnesota, but boy does he have some lightning power in his left handed bat. Arcia has played in 24 games for the Twins so far this year and he is 17 of 80 (.213 avg, .655 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs. Arcia has now played in 243 games in his first four years with the Twins and he is 207 of 861 (.240 avg, .733 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 42 homers, 120 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. I would aim to acquire Arcia and start him in left field…..but if the price was too high then I would deal for Garcia.
With Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington both on the D.L., the Los Angeles Angels called up 31-year old righty swinging Gregorio Petit and they traded for 34-year old righty swinging Brendan Ryan. Ryan got off to a rough start with the Angels, as he has played in 10 games in which he is 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .00o OPS) with 6 whiffs. That negates his good glove. But, Petit is swinging a good stick so far this year for the Angels. He has played in 9 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .765 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. Petit will keep playing as long as he is hitting.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra. Guerra pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP there. He gave up 3 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his first five innings in the minors this year. Guerra pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Pirates in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 2-0 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. To make room on the 40-man roster for Guerra, the Angels have designated 29-year old righty reliever Al Alburquerque for assignment. Alburquerque pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 1-0 with 6 saves, a 2.40 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He has pitched in 241 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 17-6 with 1 save, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Alburquerque shouldn’t have any issues finding a new team with the arm he has.
UPDATE: (5/24/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Al Alburquerque to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 24-year old righty swinging 3B Jefry Marte. Marte played in 3 games for the Angels in his first shot with the team and he was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Marte has now played in 36 games in his first two years in the show and he is 19 of 86 (.221 avg, .717 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs. Marte should get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2016.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 25-year old righty reliever Danny Reynolds for assignment. Reynolds pitched in 11 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. He has now pitched in 163 games (42 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 22-25 with 21 saves, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. This is not much of a loss for the Angels, as Reynolds have not been deemed good enough to pitch in the majors so far in his career.
UPDATE: (5/23/2016) – Reynolds has cleared waivers and the Angels have outrighted him to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty swinging SS Ryan Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations. Jackson played in 30 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 18 for 84 (.214 avg, .585 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jackson played in 22 games for the Angels last year and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .100 OPS). He has now played in 42 games in his first three years in the show and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs. He will start this stint with the Angels in AAA-ball.