Albert Pujols is ready to rock for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 27 February 2012 at 4:37 pm

32-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols signed with the Angels over the winter and he is going to give the lineup a huge boost starting in 2012. Pujols played in 147 games for the Cardinals last year and he was 173 for 579 (.299 avg, .906 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 37 homers, 99 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,705 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 2,073 of 6,312 (.328 avg, 1.037 OPS) with 1,291 runs scored, 445 homers, 1,329 RBIs and 84 stolen bases. Pujols had 11 errors in 146 games at 1B for the Cardinals last year, no he’s not the best defensive 1B around…..he’s about average. That is nitpicking because he’s going to make the whole Angels’ lineup better in 2012 and beyond.

26-year old Mark Trumbo and 29-year old Kendry Morales are able replacements should something happen to Albert Pujols. Trumbo will likely be tried out at 3B in spring training. He had 10 errors in 149 games at 1B last year for the Angels, but he wasn’t too had there. Morales might not be ready when the 2012 season begins.

30-year old righty swinging Jorge Cantu is a longshot to make the Angels this spring. He played in 57 games for the Padres last year and he was 28 for 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 for 3,128 (.271 avg, .755 OPS) with 367 runs scored, 104 homers, 476 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Cantu had 2 errors in 26 games at 1B for the Padres last year as he’s a below average defensive 1B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: A+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Juan Rincon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 25 February 2012 at 1:34 pm

The Angels have signed 33-year old righty reliever Juan Rincon to a minor league deal. Rincon pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in Independent ball last year and he was 2-1 with 23 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Colorado Rockies. Rincon has now pitched in 444 games (3 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 35-29 with 3 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Rincon will get a shot to win a spot in middle relief for the Angels this spring.

The Los Angeles Angels are going to have a new look behind the plate in 2012

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 23 February 2012 at 4:07 pm

28-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta was acquired in a deal with the Rockies over the winter and he will take over as the Angels’ new starting catcher. Iannetta played in 112 games for the Rockies last year and he was 82 for 345 (.238 avg, .785 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 14 homers, 55 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has now played in 458 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 336 for 1,429 (.235 avg, .788 OPS) with 196 runs scored, 63 homers, 236 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Iannetta played in 105 games behind the plate for the Rockies last year and he had 2 errors and 8 passed balls. He also threw out 26 of 100 (26%) base stealers last year and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.22 ERA with him behind the plate.

24-year old switch-hitting Hank Conger will have to beat out Bobby Wilson this spring for the backup catcher job in 2012 for the Angels. Conger played in 59 games for the Angels last year and he was 37 for 177 (.209 avg, .638 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers and 19 RBIs. He has now played in 72 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 42 for 206 (.204 avg, .629 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 24 RBIs. Conger played in 56 games behind the plate for the Angels last year and he had 6 errors and 1 passed ball. Conger also threw out 10 of 65 (15.4%) base stealers and Angels’ pitchers had a 3.84 ERA with him behind the plate.

28-year old righty swinging Bobby Wilson will have a hard time making the Angels’ opening day roster unless he has a huge spring with the bat. Wilson played in 57 games for the Angels last year and he was 21 for 111 (.189 avg, .540 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. He has now played in 116 games in his first four years with the Angels and he is 45 for 218 (.206 avg, .612 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 24 RBIs. Wilson played in 47 games behind the plate last year and he had 1 error and 0 passed balls. He also threw out 8 of 35 (22.9%) runners trying to steal on him and Angels’ pitchers had a 3.89 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: C+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Jason Isringhausen

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 February 2012 at 11:02 pm

The Angels have signed 39-year old righty reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal. Isringhausen pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Mets last year and he was 3-3 with 7 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 674 games (52 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 48-53 with 300 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Isringhausen is tied with Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter for 22nd in major league history in saves with 300 of them. This was a good pickup for the Angels as Isringhausen might have enough left in the gas tank to help them in 2012.

The Los Angeles Angels look like they are going to have a decent bullpen in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 12 February 2012 at 5:24 pm

The only real addition to the Angels’ bullpen over the winter was veteran righty Latroy Hawkins, but that doesn’t matter as it was a pretty good bunch in 2011. Here is a look at the Angels’ bullpen as it stands right now:

Closer: Jordan Walden: 24-year old righty Jordan Walden will be the closer once again in 2012 for the Angels. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 5-5 with 32 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Walden has now pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 5-6 with 33 saves, a 2.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He reminds me of a young Troy Percival.

Set-Up Man: Scott Downs: 35-year old lefty Scott Downs had the best year of his career for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 6-3 with 1 save, a 1.34 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Downs has now pitched in 439 games (50 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 33-31 with 17 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. I look for him to have another big year for the Angels in 2012.

Righties: Latroy Hawkins: 39-year old Latroy Hawkins pitched in 52 games (0 starts) for the Brewers last year and he was 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 823 games (98 starts) in his first 17 years in the majors and he is 63-85 with 87 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Hawkins should be a nice improvement over Fernando Rodney, who signed with the Rays.

Rich Thompson: 27-year old Rich Thompson had a breakout season for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Thompson has now pitched in 79 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Bobby Cassevah: 26-year old Bobby Cassevah also pitched really well for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Cassevah has now pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 2-3 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Look for Cassevah to win a job in the pen in 2012.

Trevor Bell: 25-year old Trevor Bell focused on relief last year with the Angels and he didn’t pitch that badly in his new role. Bell pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has now pitched in 52 games (11 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 4-8 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

Francisco Rodriguez: 28-year old Francisco Rodriguez pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has now pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Rodriguez will need a good spring to make the pitching staff out of spring training.

Kevin Jepsen: 27-year old Kevin Jepsen had surgery on his right knee last year which wiped out a lot of his season. He pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. Jepsen has now pitched in 147 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 9-11 with 1 save, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Michael Kohn: 25-year old Michael Kohn pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. He has now played in 38 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 2-1 with 2 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Kohn has a nice upside if the Angels can get him throwing more strikes.

Lefties: 36-year old Hisanori Takahashi will team with Scott Downs to give the Angels a very impressive pair of lefties in the pen in 2012. He pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Takahashi has now pitched in 114 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 14-9 with 10 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Look for Takahashi to have another solid year for the Angels in 2012.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2012: B+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Greg Smith

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 3 February 2012 at 1:26 pm

The Angels have signed 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Greg Smith to a minor league deal. Smith pitched in 23 games (20 starts) in AAA+Independent ball last year and he was 8-5 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Rockies. He has now pitched in 40 games (all starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 8-18 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Smith might get a shot to compete for the #5 spot in the Angels’ rotation this spring, but he’s going to be a longshot.

Daniel Reynolds of the Los Angeles Angels gets suspended

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 1 February 2012 at 1:24 pm

20-year old righty reliever Daniel Reynolds has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. Reynolds pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in rookie ball last year and he was 3-2 with 9 saves, a 4.60 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has now pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 3-2 with 9 saves, a 3.93 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Hopefully Reynolds cleans up his act and learns from his mistakes.

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