The Los Angeles Angels start new at 1B in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 19 February 2009 at 9:00 pm

Gone are Casey Kotchman and Mark Teixeira. With that in mind the Angels are going to likely give the starting job to 25-year old switch hitting Kendry Morales. Morales played in 27 games with the Angels last season and he was 13 for 61 (.213 avg, .666 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. He also didn’t make any errors in 6 games at 1B last season for the Angels. Morales also played in 83 games in Rookie + AAA ball last season in which he was 119 for 338 (.352 avg, .946 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 16 homers and 74 RBIs. I look for Morales to have a solid breakout season if the Angels just give him a chance at the full time job in 2009.

31-year old righty swinging Robb Quinlan will likely be the backup 1B in 2009 for the Angels. He played in 68 games for the Angels last season and he was 43 for 164 (.262 avg, .637 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Quinlan did play 22 error-free games at 1B last season so he can handle the position defensively. His lack of power would hinder his ability to start at 1B on a regular basis.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C+

The Los Angeles Angels are set at catcher

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 February 2009 at 2:04 pm

The Angels will be going with 27-year old righty swining Mike Napoli and 25-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis at catcher again in 2009. Napoli will start more games if he is healthy as he is the better hitter of the two. He played in 78 games for the Angels last season and he was 62 for 227 (.273 avg, .960 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 20 homers and 49 RBIs. His weakness with the bat is the whiffing as he K’d 70 times last season. Napoli only threw out 9 of 61 (15%) basestealers last season while Angels’ pitchers had a 4.45 ERA with him behind the dish.

Jeff Mathis isn’t much of a hitter but he does have some power. He played in 94 games for the Angels last season and he was 55 for 283 (.194 avg, .593 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 9 homers and 42 RBIs. He did whiff 90 times last season which will likely cause him to never hit for a decent average in the majors. Mathis did throw out 16 of 73 (22%) basestealers last season and Angels’ pitchers had a 3.66 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Bobby Abreu

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 13 February 2009 at 10:59 pm

The Angels have signed 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Bobby Abreu to a 1-year, $5 million dollar contract plus incentives. He played in 156 games for the Yankees last season and he was 180 for 609 (.296 avg, .842 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,799 games in his major league career in which he is 1,946 for 6,490 (.300 avg, .903 OPS) with 1,174 runs scored, 241 homers, 1,084 RBIs and 318 stolen bases. This was a great move for the Angels as Abreu will replace Garrett Anderson in left field.

The Los Angeles Angels waive Nick Green

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 February 2009 at 12:54 am

The Angels have waived 24-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Green. Green pitched in 28 games (all starts) last season in AAA-ball and he was 8-8 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Angels are in serious talks with Bobby Abreu and with that in mind they needed to make room on the roster and that’s likely why Green was cut.

The Los Angeles Angels trust the youngsters in the system

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 8 February 2009 at 10:20 pm

The Angels will have a new look in 2009 as Mark Teixeira, Francisco Rodriguez, Jon Garland and Garrett Anderson will not be playing for them. The Angels have a deep farm system and many of those youngsters will have to step up in 2009 if the Angels are to defend their American League West crown. The biggest move for the offense was re-signing outfielder/DH Juan Rivera. Rivera will likely be a full time player this season for the Angels and he might really surprise. The Angels have replaced K-Rod with lefty Brian Fuentes as the closer. While Fuentes isn’t as good as Rodriguez, he’s still a very solid option for the Angels late in games.

OFF SEASON FOR THE ANGELS: D

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