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The Los Angeles Angels are loading in the starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at 12:32 pm

The Angels have one of the best rotations in all of baseball from #1 to #4. They will have competition for the #5 job between three capable pitchers. Here is a look at the Angels’ starting rotation as of today:

#1: Jered Weaver: 29-year old righty Jered Weaver finished #2 in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young Award last year as he was awesome. Weaver pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He has now pitched in 177 games (all starts) in his first six years with the Angels and he is 82-47 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Weaver is a workhorse at the top of the rotation and I expect him to be one of the top pitchers in all of baseball once again in 2012.

#2: Dan Haren: 31-year old righty Dan Haren pitched really well in the long shadow of Jered Weaver last year. Haren pitched in 35 games (34 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. In his first two years with the Angels, Haren has pitched in 49 games (48 starts) in which he is 21-14 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Haren, like Weaver, is a horse at the top of the rotation. He likes to pitch late into games and give the bullpen a break. Haren has now pitched in 266 games (256 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 107-84 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

#3: C.J. Wilson: The Angels stole 31-year old lefty C.J. Wilson away from the A.L. West rival Texas Rangers. Wilson pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has now pitched in 325 games (73 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 43-35 with 52 saves, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Wilson started his career as a reliever, but he has been outstanding the last two years as a starting pitcher. The Angels hope he keeps up the good work for them, and I think he will.

#4: Ervin Santana: 29-year old righty Ervin Santana will be one of the best #4 starters on the planet in 2012. He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Santana has now pitched in 206 games (203 starts) in his first 7 years with the Angels and he is 87-67 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Santana is in line for a good year for the Angels in 2012, as he always seems to pitch well in even numbered years for some reason.

#5: Jerome Williams: 30-year old righty Jerome Williams will battle Garrett Richards and lefty Brad Mills for the #5 spot in the starting rotation this spring. Williams pitched in 10 games (6 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has now pitched in 86 games (77 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 27-29 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Williams will have the edge when spring training opens as he pitched good for the Angels last year and he has more experience than the guys challenging him.

Garrett Richards: 23-year old righty Garrett Richards got his first taste of the majors last year and it didn’t go too well. Richards pitched in 7 games (3 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He also pitched in 22 games (21 starts) in AA-ball last year and he was 12-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. I have a feeling that Richards will start 2012 in AAA, but you never know.

Brad Mills: 26-year old lefty Brad Mills will be a longshot for the job. He came to the Angels over the winter in the deal that sent catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays. Mills pitched in 5 games (4 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Mills also pitched in 24 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Mills has had issues in the majors so far in his career. He has pitched in 14 games (9 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 2-3 with a 8.57 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2012: A+++

The Los Angeles Angels release Chris Pettit

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 12:18 pm

The Angels have released 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Chris Pettit. Pettit played in 1 game for the Angels last year but he didn’t get any ABs. He also played in 124 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 83 for 455 (.182 avg, .587 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Pettit played in 11 games in 2 years with the Angels and he was 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .571 OPS) with 2 runs scored. This is no loss for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels have reloaded to make another World Series run in 2012

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 15 January 2012 at 10:31 pm

The Angels are going to be one of the most improved teams in the majors in 2012 as they have reloaded. Here is a look at the new guys that the Angels have signed or traded for so far this winter:

In the field: The Angels made the biggest splash in the free agent market when they inked Albert Pujols to a robust 10-year deal. Pujols is going to make the whole Angels’ lineup better starting in 2012. The Angels also dealt for catcher Chris Iannetta and he will give them some thump in the order where their once was none, as they didn’t get much production offensively from their catchers in 2011. 1B/3B Jorge Cantu and outfielder Ryan Langerhans will battle for bench jobs this spring for the Angels.

On the mound: On the same day that the Angels signed Albert Pujols….they also inked lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. Wilson’s addition will help the Angels, while also sticking it to his old team (the Rangers). The Angels also signed righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins early on in the free agent market and he should be a nice asset late in games. Lefty starter/reliever Brad Mills will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball, but a change of scenery might spark him to pitch up to his ability.

Overall: The Angels are going to be one of the best teams in all of baseball in 2012.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Drew Macias

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 January 2012 at 6:56 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Drew Macias to a minor league deal. Macias played in 93 games in AAA+rookie ball last year and he was 77 of 294 (.262 avg, .796 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 9 homers, 37 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Padres. Macias has played in 69 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 19 for 96 (.198 avg, .661 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. He will be a longshot to win a job on the Angels’ bench this spring.

The Los Angeles Angels sign outfielder Doug Deeds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 January 2012 at 2:59 pm

The Angels have signed 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Doug Deeds. Deeds played in 55 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 51 for 205 (.249 avg, .747 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 953 games in his first 10 years in the minors and he is 959 of 3,271 (.293 avg, .843 OPS) with 536 runs scored, 92 homers, 449 RBIs and 47 stolen bases. The Angels will likely stash Deeds in AAA-ball in 2012.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Jorge Cantu

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 6 January 2012 at 11:12 pm

The Angels have signed 29-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Jorge Cantu to a minor league deal. Cantu played in 57 games for the Padres last year and he was 28 of 144 (.194 avg, .517 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. He has now played in 847 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 847 of 3,128 (.271 avg, .755 OPS) with 367 runs scored, 104 homers, 476 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Cantu will be a longshot to make the Angels out of spring training.

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