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The Los Angeles Angels place six players on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 31 March 2011 at 10:14 am

The Angels have placed six players on the 15-day D.L. to start the 2011 season. Starting 1B Kendrys Morales will start the season on the D.L. as he has been slow to recover from left ankle surgery that he had last year. He also has soreness in his left big toe which has caused him to not be able to do to much in spring training. Rookie Mark Trumbo will replace Morales in the starting lineup until he’s ready to return to action. Righty starting pitcher Joel Pineiro will start the 2011 season on the D.L. due to right shoulder tightness. He will only likely miss a start or two as long as he doesn’t have a setback. Lefty reliever Scott Downs was placed on the D.L. due to a left broken big toe. With Hisanori Takahashi will take over as the Angels’ top lefty in the pen until Downs is ready to return to action. Outfielder Reggie Willits will start the year on the D.L. with a left calf strain. This hurts the Angels as Willits can play everywhere in the outfield. Infielder Freddy Sandoval wasn’t likely going to make the Angels anyway but he starts the year on the D.L. with a left oblique strain. He will likely get sent to the minors after he gets healthy. Righty reliever Bobby Cassevah has a case of right shoulder inflammation which is the reason that he will start the year on the D.L. Like Sandoval, Cassevah will likely start his season in the minors when he returns to health.

The Los Angeles Angels get back Robert Fish

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 28 March 2011 at 7:48 am

The Kansas City Royals have returned 23-year old lefty reliever Robert Fish to the Angels. He was picked by the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft over the winter. Fish pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 5-5 with 2 saves, a 6.79 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Fish has now pitched in 126 games (58 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 20-20 with 2 saves, a 5.05 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Angels are glad to get Fish back.

Mike Scioscia will try to get the Los Angeles Angels back on the right path in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 25 March 2011 at 12:44 pm

52-year old manager Mike Scioscia is going to try to get his troops to rebound in 2011 after finishing last year with a 80-82 (49.4%) record. The Angels are 980-802 (55%) during the regular season in Scioscia’s first 11 years in charge. They are also 21-24 (46.7%) during the post season under Scioscia’s watch. Scioscia led the Angels to a World Series Championship back in 2002. Look for Scioscia to get the Angels back to their aggressive style on the basepaths and in the field in general in 2011.

The Los Angeles Angels have a lot of live arms for the pen in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 25 March 2011 at 12:39 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have a pretty good mix of youth and experience in the pen for 2011. 35-year old righty Fernando Rodney will be the closer when the 2011 begins. He pitched in 72 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-3 with 14 saves, a 4.24 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Rodney has now pitched in 380 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 19-33 with 84 saves, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Rodney doesn’t have a lock on the closer’s job though so he will have to produce when called upon to keep his gig.

23-year old righty Jordan Walden comes into this year as the Angels’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Walden pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Angels in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He had 23 whiffs in only 15 1/3 innings for the Angels last year but he also walked 7 batters which is a little too many. He will likely be first in line to replace Rodney at closer if he has any issues. Walden also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 1-1 with 8 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

35-year old lefty Scott Downs will start the season on the D.L. with a broken toe, but he will have a big role at the back end of the pen when he gets healthy. Downs pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 5-5 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He has now pitched in 379 games (50 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 27-28 with 16 saves, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

35-year old lefty Hisanori Takahashi could serve as the long man in the pen, a spot starter or he could work in short relief for the Angels in 2011. Takahashi pitched in 53 games (12 starts) for the Mets last year and he was 10-6 with 8 saves, a 3.61 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Takahashi had 114 whiffs in his 122 innings last year which shows what kind of stuff he has. He will have a big role in some capacity with the Angels in 2011.

26-year old righty Kevin Jepsen still has a big time arm. He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Jepsen has now pitched in 131 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 8-9 with 1 save, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He will likely be working in the early and middle innings for the Angels this year.

26-year old righty Michael Kohn comes into this year as the Angels’ #15 prospect heading into this year according to Baseball America. Kohn pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 2-0 with 1 save, a 2.11 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He whiffed 20 batters in 21 1/3 innings for the Angels last year but he also walked 16 batters which is way too many. Kohn also pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-4 with 11 saves, a 2.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

32-year old righty Jason Bulger is still around. He pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-0 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Bulger has now pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the Angels and he is 6-1 with 1 save, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 122 whiffs in only 113 1/3 innings for the Angels but he has walked 60 batters which is way too many.

29-year old righty Francisco Rodriguez pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-3 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. He has good stuff but he was a tad wild last year as he walked 26 batters in only 47 1/3 innings. He will need to improve his control if he wants to pitch for the Angels in 2011.

27-year old righty Rich Thompson might wind up being a late bloomer for the Angels. He pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Thompson has now pitched in 35 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 2-0 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

25-year old righty Bobby Cassevah comes into this year as the Angels’ #24 rated prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Cassevah also pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 3-4 with 5 saves, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS BULLPEN IN 2011: C+

Torii Hunter will be the Los Angeles Angels full time starter in RF in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 20 March 2011 at 9:27 pm

35-year old righty swinging Torii Hunter will be making the full time switch to RF in 2011. Hunter played in 152 games for the Angels last year and he was 161 of 573 (.281 avg, .819 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 23 homers, 90 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Hunter’s bat still has quite a bit of sting in it. Hunter had 2 errors and 2 assists in 46 games in RF last season in which he showed outstanding range. Hunter is likely going to be one of the Angels best all-around players in 2011.

29-year old Reggie Willits and 37-year old switch hitting Bobby Abreu will back up Hunter in RF in 2011. Willits played in 8 games in RF last year where he showed outstanding range but he had 1 error and 1 assist there. Abreu played in 93 games in RF for the Angels last year and he had 6 errors and 6 assists while showing poor range. That’s why he’s moving to DH in 2011.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS RF IN 2011: B+

Peter Bourjos will start the 2011 season as the Los Angeles Angels starting CF

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 20 March 2011 at 9:19 pm

23-year old righty swinging Peter Bourjos enters the 2011 season as the starting CF. He played in 51 games for the Angels last year and he was 37 of 181 (.204 avg, .618 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Bourjos also played in 102 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 130 of 414 (.314 avg, .861 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 13 homers, 52 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Bourjos had 1 error in 51 games in CF for the Angels last year and he showed off an excellent arm as he had an amazing 10 assists there. He also showed out of this world range in CF. If Bourjos can hit at least .250 for the Angels in 2011, he will be a huge asset for them.

29-year old switch hitting Reggie Willits will likely be Bourjos’ top backup in 2011. Willits played in 97 games for the Angels last year and he was 41 of 159 (.258 avg, .643 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 8 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Willits didn’t have any errors in 29 games in CF for the Angels last season and he had 4 assists while showing out of this world range.

32-year old Vernon Wells (the starting LF) or 35-year old Torii Hunter (the starting RF) could also play CF for the Angels if the need arises. Wells didn’t have any errors in 151 games in CF last season for the Blue Jays and Torii Hunter only had 1 error in 98 games in CF for the Angels last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS CF IN 2011: C+

Vernon Wells will be taking over in LF for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 20 March 2011 at 9:11 pm

32-year old righty swinging Vernon Wells will be shifting over to LF for the Angels in 2011. He is a natural CF. Wells played in 157 games for the Blue Jays last year and he was 161 of 590 (.273 avg, .847 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 31 homers, 88 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Angels really hope that Wells will give them big time power in the middle of the batting order in 2011. Wells didn’t have any errors in 151 games in CF last season for the Blue Jays and he had 5 assists while showing slightly below average range. In left field though, Wells could be spectacular defensively in 2011 for the Angels.

29-year old switch hitting Reggie Willits will likely be the Angels’ #4 outfielder in 2011. He played in 44 games in LF for the Angels last season and he didn’t have any errors or assists there while showing out this world range. Willits will do a good job whenever Vernon Wells needs a day off.

37-year old switch hitting Bobby Abreu is going to be the full time DH for the Angels in 2011, but he can play some in LF if the Angels need him to. He played in 41 error-free games in LF for the Angels and he showed average range there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS LF IN 2011: B+

Scott Downs will likely start the 2011 season on the D.L. for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 March 2011 at 4:21 pm

Lefty reliever Scott Downs will likely start the 2011 season on the 15-day disabled list due to a broken left big toe. Downs will likely miss between 2-4 weeks due to the injury. The Angels are going to miss Downs but the impact will be lessened a bit if 35-year old lefty Hisanori Takahashi gets off to a good start this year. The Angels were hoping to have a solid tag team from the left side in Downs & Takahashi after being a tad short on that side of the pen lately.

The Los Angeles Angels are loaded starting pitcher wise for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 12:14 pm

1-5 the Angels have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. It all starts at the top with 28-year old righty Jered Weaver. Weaver started 34 games for the Angels last season and he was 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP as he led the American League with 233 whiffs. Weaver has now started in 144 games for the Angels in his first five years and he is 64-39 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. If the Angels get Weaver more wins in 2011, he could make a serious run at winning the Cy Young Award.

30-year old righty Dan Haren is a very solid #2 starter who would be the ace on quite a few pitching staffs. Haren started 14 games for the Angels last season after coming over in a deal with the D-Backs and he was 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He started 35 games overall last season for the Angels & D-Backs and he was 12-12 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Haren has now pitched in 231 games (222 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 91-74 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Weaver & Haren give the Angels a huge advantage when they are on the bump on most nights but they need help from the bats in 2011.

28-year old Ervin Santana had another good season for the Angels but you never really know what you’re going to get out of him from year to year. That being said, Santana has some of the best pure stuff on the Angels’ pitching staff. He started 33 games for the Angels last season and he was 17-10 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Santana has now pitched in 173 games (170 starts) in his first six years with the Angels and he is 76-55 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Angels are hoping for another big year out of Santana in 2011.

32-year old righty Joel Pineiro gets by on pitching know how as his stuff isn’t that great. He also pounds the strike zone while getting a lot of groundballs. Pineiro started 23 games for the Angels last season and he was 10-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 308 games (239 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 97-86 with 2 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Angels are hoping for another solid season out of Pineiro, who is one of the better #4 starters in all of baseball.

27-year old lefty Scott Kazmir still has good stuff but he was simply awful for the Angels last season. Kazmir started 28 games for the Angels last season and he was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He has now pitched in 34 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 11-17 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Kazmir is a much better pitcher than he showed last season and if he can pitch well the Angels are going to have a downright nasty starting rotation.

24-year old righty Trevor Bell will likely be the first starter to join the rotation if one of the top five get injured. Bell pitched in 25 games (7 starts) for the Angels last season and he was 2-5 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 33 games (11 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 3-7 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Bell showed some signs of improvement for the Angels last season.

31-year old righty Matt Palmer will likely be the Angels’ long man in the pen in 2011 but he could also help out in the rotation if needed. Palmer pitched in 14 games (1 start) for the Angels last season and he was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. He has now pitched in 54 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 12-4 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Palmer is likely a lot better than he showed last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ANGELS STARTING ROTATION IN 2011: A

The Los Angeles Angels lose Freddy Sandoval for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 7 March 2011 at 9:36 am

28-year old switch hitting infielder Freddy Sandoval is going to miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a pulled muscle in his side. Sandoval played in 22 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last season and he was 17 of 81 (.210 avg, .573 OPS) with 13 runs scored and 10 RBIs. He has played in 11 games in parts of two years with the Angels and he is 3 of 17 (.176 avg, .458 OPS) with 1 run scored. This was a bad break for Sandoval but the Angels won’t miss him too much as he wasn’t likely going to make the team out of spring training.

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