The Los Angeles Angels call up Mike Morin

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 6:42 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 25-year old righty reliever Mike Morin to replace Huston Street (placed on the D.L.) on the active roster.  Morin has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 142 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Cliff Pennington off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 6:33 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 32-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington off of the 15-day disabled list.  Pennington played in 27 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 16 of 58 (.276 avg, .740 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  He also played in 9 games on a rehab assignment and he was 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .911 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  The added depth Pennington brings to the infield will help the Angels moving forward.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:38 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for 20-year old righty starter/reliever Jesus Castillo.

Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He gave up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his 37 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Smith pitched in 184 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-11 with 26 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 33 innings in the minors this year.  Castillo has now pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

While it hurts to see Joe Smith go, this was the right thing to do.  The Angels need to start rebuilding their minor league system, which is in awful shape right now.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer from the Twins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:30 pm

The Los Angeles Angels acquire 33-year old righty starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and 26-year old righty starting pitcher Alex Meyer from the Minnesota Twins for 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Hector Santiago and 25-year old righty reliever Allen Busenitz.

Nolasco pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Twins this year and he was 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He gave up 139 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his 124 2/3 innings for the Twins this year.  Nolasco has now pitched in 286 games (268 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 104-97 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He will take over for Santiago in the Angels’ rotation moving forward.  Meyer was the key to this deal for the Angels, as he came into this season as the Twins’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  Meyer pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Twins this year and he was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 3.27 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Twins this year in which he is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  Meyer’s shoulder has been barking and he has not pitched since May.  Meyer has now pitched in 4 games (1 start) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Meyer has also pitched in 109 games (78 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 26-22 with 1 save, a 3.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Santiago pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He gave up 104 hits (20 homers), a A.L. leading 57 walks and he whiffed 107 batters in 120 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Santiago pitched in 85 games (78 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 25-22 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Santiago was an All-Star for the Angels in 2015.  Busenitz pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-2 with 3 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Well, the Angels are betting on Alex Meyer turning into a good Major League starting pitcher in the near future, because dealing Santiago for Nolasco doesn’t make much sense to me.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Craig Gentry

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 7:36 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment.  Gentry played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .413 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Gentry has now played in 457 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 257 of 985 (.261 avg, .668 OPS) with 150 runs scored, 4 homers, 82 RBIs and 77 stolen bases.  This is no loss for the Angels, as Gentry was a big disappointment for them.

UPDATE:  (8/4/2016) – The Angels have released Craig Gentry.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Daniel Nava

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 7:32 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment.  Nava played in 45 games for the Angels this year and he was 28 of 119 (.235 avg, .611 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBIs.  Nava has now played in 500 games in his first six years in the show and he is 396 of 1,507 (.263 avg, .730 OPS) with 202 runs scored, 25 homers, 185 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  This is no loss moving forward for the Angels as Nava was a big disappointment to them.

UPDATE:  (8/4/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Daniel Nava to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off of the D.L.  Skaggs pitched in 9 games (all starts) in Rookie+A+AAA-ball for the Angels this year on his rehab assignment and he was 3-2 with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  He gave up 26 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 53 batters in his 39 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Angels, so he is looking sharp.  Skaggs missed all of last season due to injury.  He last pitched in the show back in 2014 when he pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Angels in which he was 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Skaggs has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-11 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Angels need Skaggs to pitch well and stay healthy.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Todd Cunningham

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:15 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham for assignment.  Cunningham has played in 20 games for the Angels this year and he was 4 for 27 (.148 avg, .438 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has now played in 67 games in his first three years in the show and he is 25 of 121 (.207 avg, .520 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Angels needed Cunningham’s roster spot to activate lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

UPDATE:  (7/30/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Todd Cunningham to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels place Nick Tropeano on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 8:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano on the 15-day disabled list due to a UCL tear in his right elbow.  He will likely need Tommy John surgery!  This is another tough blow for the Angels.  Tropeano pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He has given up 70 hits (14 homers) and 31 walks while whiffing 68 batters in his 68 1/3 innings this year.  Tropeano has now pitched in 21 games (20 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  The Angels have called up 27-year old lefty reliever Jose Alvarez to replace Tropeano on the active roster.  Alvarez pitched in 40 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 106 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels place Geovany Soto on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 7:31 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation.  Soto has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 67 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty swinging catcher Juan Graterol to replace Soto on the active roster.  Graterol has played in 46 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 45 of 154 (.292 avg, .688 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 505 games in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 445 of 1,659 (.268 avg, .650 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 12 homers, 174 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  This will be Graterol’s first shot at playing in the show.

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