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The Los Angeles Angels have a quartet of rookies that could help them in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 8:37 am

The Angels have a quarter of rookies that could help them in 2013.  Here is a look at them:

Nick Maronde:  23-year old lefty reliever/starter Nick Maronde comes into this season as the Angels’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He also pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in Rookie+A+AA-ball last year and he was 6-4 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Maronde has pitched in 31 games (29 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Kole Calhoun:  25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cole Calhoun comes into this season as the Angels’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 21 games for the Angels in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .457 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Calhoun also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 122 for 410 (.298 avg, .877 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Calhoun has now played in 294 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 347 of 1,124 (.309 avg, .920 OPS) with 216 runs scored, 43 homers, 214 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.

Luis Jimenez:  25-year old righty swinging 3B Luis Jimenez comes into this season as the Angels’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Jimenez played in 122 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 150 of 485 (.309 avg, .829 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 16 homers, 85 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  He has now played in 529 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 627 of 2,075 (.302 avg, .856 OPS) with 342 runs scored, 75 homers, 390 RBIs and 79 stolen bases.

Andrew Romine:  27-year old lefty swinging infielder Andrew Romine comes into this season as the Angels’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 12 games for the Angels last year and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .912 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He also played in 87 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 100 of 351 (.285 avg, .726 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Romine has now played in 27 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 10 for 44 (.227 avg, .519 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Elvin Ramirez from the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 5:10 pm

The Angels have acquired 25-year old righty reliever Elvin Ramirez from the Mets for cash considerations.  Ramirez pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Mets in his first taste of the majors in 2012 and he was 0-1 with a 5.48 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.  Ramirez also pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Mets last year and he was 3-2 with 2 saves, a 2.13 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This was a good pitcher to take a flier on, as Ramirez has a live arm.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Dane De La Rosa from the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 5:08 pm

The Angels have acquired 30-year old righty reliever Dane De La Rosa from the Rays for 25-year old righty reliever Steve Geltz.  De La Rosa pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rays last year and he was 0-0 with a 12.60 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  He also pitched in 54 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 0-4 with 20 saves, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  De La Rosa has now pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 10.95 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Geltz came into this season as the Angels’ #26 overall prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Angels in his first taste of the majors in 2012 and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.  Geltz also pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 3-1 with 11 saves, a 3.05 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  The Angels must feel that De La Rosa is ready to help them right now, while Geltz might not be quite ready for the show.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Mark Lowe

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 3:58 pm

The Angels have signed 29-year old righty reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league deal.  Lowe pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Lowe has now pitched in 253 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 7-20 with 5 saves, a 3.94 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  This was a good signing for the Angels as Lowe has an outstanding arm.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Vernon Wells to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 March 2013 at 1:47 pm

The Angels have dealt 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees for 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Exicardo Cayones and 24-year old lefty reliever/starter Kramer Sneed.  Wells played in 77 games for the Angels last year and he was 56 for 243 (.230 avg, .682 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers, 29 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 208 games in his two years with the Angels and he was 166 of 748 (.222 avg, .667 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 36 homers, 95 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  The Yankees are going to pick up $14 million of the $42 million owed to Wells over the next two years and that is why the Angels didn’t get good prospects back.  Cayones played in 47 games in A-ball for the Yankees last year and he was 36 of 158 (.228 avg, .665 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He has now played in 196 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 164 of 629 (.261 avg, .730 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 2 homers, 83 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Sneed pitched in 31 games (4 starts) in A-ball for the Yankees last year and he was 0-7 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 76 games (21 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 6-19 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

The over/under for Los Angeles Angels’ wins in 2013 is 89.5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:56 pm

The over/under for Los Angeles Angels’ wins in 2013 is 89.5  The Angels were 89-73 (54.9%) in 2012.  The Angels have a new look for 2013 and it’s a good one.  With Peter Bourjos (CF), Josh Hamilton (RF) and Mike Trout (LF), the Angels are going to have an outstanding defensive and offensive outfield.  The Angels are going to score a lot of runs in 2013 and they have a rock solid starting rotation ready to roll.  The Angels are going to win the A.L. West in 2013 and they are going to like beating up on the poor Houston Astros.  I would definitely bet on the over as far as Angels’ wins go in 2013.

Mike Scioscia is going to get his Los Angeles Angels back to the playoffs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:52 pm

54-year old manager Mike Scioscia is going to get the Angels back to the playoffs in 2013, mark my words.  The Angels missed the playoffs last year as they finished up 89-73 (54.9%).  Mike Scioscia is 1,155-951 (54.8%) in the regular season in his first 13 years on the job as the manager of the Angels.  He is also 21-24 (46.7%) in the playoffs so far in his career.  The Angels are loaded this year and I think Scioscia will get the most out of his roster in 2013.

The Los Angeles Angels lose Brad Mills off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 3:51 pm

The Angels have lost 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Brad Mills off waivers to the division rival Texas Rangers.  Mills pitched in 3 games (1 start) this spring for the Angels and he was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Angels last year and he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  He also pitched in 21 games (19 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 5-10 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Chris Snyder

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 18 March 2013 at 10:15 am

The Angels have signed 32-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal.  He is going to have a really solid shot of winning the backup catcher job for the Angels for 2013.  He played in 76 games for the Astros last year and he was 39 for 221 (.176 avg, .602 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 7 homers and 24 RBIs.  Snyder has now played in 706 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 465 of 2,067 (.225 avg, .714 OPS) with 227 runs scored, 77 homers and 297 RBIs.  This was a good pickup for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Mike Cisco

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 March 2013 at 7:35 am

The Angels have acquired 25-year old righty reliever Mike Cisco from the Phillies for literally nothing.  Cisco pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 5-3 with 3 saves, a 1.80 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 127 games (47 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 29-22 with 6 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This is a no lose situation for the Angels, as they didn’t give anything up for Cisco.

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