Mike Napoli is taking his game to the next level for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 30 August 2009 at 8:23 pm

Everyone knew that 27-year old righty swinging catcher Mike Napoli had power but not too many people expected him to hit for much of an averge. After all, he came into this season with a .248 career batting average in 252 games in the majors. Napoli has really hit the ball well this season. He has played in 92 games for the Angels this season and he is 92 for 323 (.285 avg, .870 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 17 homers and 48 RBIs. If Napoli can maintain his batting average at the .280 level next season he could develop into a All-Star backstop.

Kendry Morales would have to be the team MVP for the Los Angeles Angels if they voted today

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 30 August 2009 at 8:19 pm

The Angels brought 26-year old switch hitting 1B Kendry Morales slowly letting him get a lot of P.T. in the minors and that appears to have paid off this season. Morales has played in 121 games this season and he is 141 for 454 (.311 avg, .948 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 30 homers and 94 RBIs. He seems to be getting stronger and the Angels are just riding the wave. In his first three years with the Angels, Morales played in only 127 games in which he was 94 for 377 (.249 avg, .710 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 12 homers and 45 RBIs. Look for Morales to finish strong for the Angels as teams will be expanding rosters likely weakening some pitching staffs who will be going young.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Scott Kazmir from the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 29 August 2009 at 9:00 am

The Angels have acquired 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Rays for 21-year old lefty pitcher Alexander Torres, 21-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Matthew Sweeney and a player to be named later. Kazmir pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Rays this season and he was 8-7 with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. But, in his last three starts he has looked like the old Scott Kazmir as he is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. In those starts his velocity appears to have returned all the way and he has 21 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. Kazmir has pitched in 145 games (144 starts) in his major league career and he is 55-44 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. This was a good move by the Angels as Kazmir reunites with his old pitching coach Mike Butcher who will likely fix some more things with him.

But, Kazmir didn’t come too cheap as Sweeney and Torres are solid prospects. Sweeney was the #18 prospect in the Angels’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Sweeney played in 62 games in the minors this season and he was 67 for 226 (.296 avg, .884 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 9 homers and 44 RBIs. He has a nice upside. Alexander Torres was the #24 rated prospect in the Angels’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Torres pitched in 26 games (24 starts) in the minors so far this season and he is 13-4 with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has only allowed 116 hits in 147 1/3 innings this season while whiffing 149. But, he has to work on his control as he has walked 80 batters this season. Torres also has a nice upside. The player to be named later is also expected to be a decent prospect. Still, the Angels are playing to win now so this was a good trade for them. Plus, Kazmir is only 25 years old and he’s under contract for a few more years.

The Los Angeles Angels release Justin Speier

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 August 2009 at 6:01 pm

The Angels have released 35-year old righty reliever Justin Speier. Speier pitched in 41 games (0 starts) this season for the Angels and he was 4-2 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. In three seasons with the Angels, Speier pitched in 154 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-13 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Don’t look for Speier to be out of work too long.

Trevor Reckling is pitching well in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 2 August 2009 at 9:00 pm

It’s too bad that 20-year old lefty starting pitcher Trevor Reckling has control problems or the Angels might give him a shot at the rotation. Reckling was the #4 rated prospect of the Angels coming into this season according to Baseball America and he’s been showing why. Reckling has started 20 games in A+AA ball this season and he is 8-5 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has only allowed 95 hits in 120 innings this season but he won’t get a shot with the Angels until he improves his control as he has walked 58 batters. Still, the future is bright for Reckling.

The Los Angeles Angels need Gary Matthews to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 1 August 2009 at 6:41 pm

With Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter both still out of action due to injury, the Angels need Gary Matthews to step up. Matthews has played in 66 games for the Angels this season and he is 51 for 219 (.233 avg, .620 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers, 32 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. It’s too bad the Angels are paying for the HGH Matthews and are getting the clean one.

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