The Los Angeles Angels sign Cole Armstrong

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 25 February 2011 at 11:42 pm

The Angels have signed 27-year old lefty swinging catcher Cole Armstrong to a minor league deal. Armstrong played in 97 games in AA-ball last season and he was 87 of 315 (.276 avg, .773 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers and 43 RBIs. He has now played in 580 games in his 8 years in the minors and he is 518 of 1,998 (.259 avg, .723 OPS) with 212 runs scored, 54 homers, 276 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Armstrong has the reputation of being a solid defensive catcher but he will be a long shot to make the Angels out of spring training.

The Los Angeles Angels need improved production out of SS in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 21 February 2011 at 12:26 pm

27-year old switch hitting Erick Aybar will come into the 2011 season as the starting shortstop once again in 2011 but the Angels need more offensive production out of him. Aybar played in 138 games for the Angels last season and he was 135 of 534 (.253 avg, .636 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 5 homers, 29 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Aybar has a career batting average of .274 with a .683 OPS, so the Angels have faith in Aybar that he will hit batter in 2011. Aybar had 20 errors in 135 games at SS last season while showing slightly below average range. If Aybar doesn’t improve both offensively and defensively in 2011, he could lose P.T.

30-year old switch hitting Maicer Izturis will likely get most of his P.T. at 3B in 2011 but he could also challenge Aybar for ABs if he gets off to a slow start with the bat. Izturis didn’t many any errors in 7 games at SS for the Angels last season while showing pretty good range. Izturis could bump Aybar from the starting SS job at some point in 2011.

31-year old righty swinging Gil Velazquez will likely start the season in AAA for the Angels. He played in 72 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 60 of 241 (.249 avg, .644 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Velazquez last played in the majors back in 2009 for the Red Sox. He has played in 9 games in parts of two years in the majors and he is 1 for 10 (.100 avg, .282 OPS) with 1 RBI. Velazquez keeps hanging around because of his mitt because he just can’t hit the ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS SS IN 2011: C

2B belongs to Howie Kendrick for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 10:41 am

27-year old righty swinging Howie Kendrick finally stayed healthy for the Angels in 2011. He played in 158 games for the Angels last season and he was 172 of 616 (.279 avg, .721 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 10 homers, 75 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Last season was the first year that Kendrick played in more than 105 games in his major league career. The Angels think that Kendrick will hit over .300 in 2011 while scoring more runs and maintaining his power numbers. Kendrick played in 143 games at 2B for the Angels last season and he made 9 errors while showing poor range. I think Kendrick is a much better player than he showed last season, but he is brittle.

30-year old switch hitting Maicer Izturis is a fine backup infielder for the Angels. He made 1 error in 22 games at 2B last season while showing pretty terrible range. He is a pesky hitter who would be more than capable of starting at 2B for the Angels if Kendrick gets hurt again.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS 2B IN 2011: B

The Los Angeles Angels need a healthy Kendry Morales in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 7 February 2011 at 12:49 am

The Angels season went into the toilet last season when 27-year old lefty swinging 1B Kendry Morales went down to a broken ankle, injured during a celebration at home plate after a walkoff homer. Morales played in 51 games for the Angels last season and he was 56 of 193 (.290 avg, .833 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 11 homers and 39 RBIs. Morales was on his way to having another excellent season like he did when he broke out in 2009. He played in 152 games for the Angels in 2009 and he was 173 of 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers, 108 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Morales is an average defensive 1B as he made 2 errors in 51 games there in 2011. I look for Morales to return with a vengeance in 2011 as he will be looking to make up for lost time.

25-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo will be the first player in line at 1B if something happens to Morales again in 2011. Trumbo played in 8 games for the Angels last season and he was 1 of 15 (.067 avg, .192 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. He also played in 139 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 160 of 532 (.301 avg, .945 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 36 homers, 122 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Trumbo played 6 error-free games at 1B for the Angels but he’s an average defender at best.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS 1B IN 2011: A

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