The Los Angeles Angels DFA Ji-Man Choi

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:12 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 24-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi for assignment.  Choi played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was only 1 for 18 (.056 avg, .347 OPS) with 6 walks and 6 whiffs.  He was a Rule 5 Draft Pick over the winter and they took him from the Baltimore Orioles.  If he clears waivers, the Angels will have to offer Choi back to the Orioles for half price.  The Angels were wasting a roster spot trying to carry Choi, so this was the right move to make.

UPDATE:  (5/16/2016) – Ji-Man Choi has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA by the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jhoulys Chacin from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves for 23-year old lefty reliever Andy McCreery.  Chacin pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 134 games (118 starts) in his first eight years in the show and he is 41-51 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Those are pretty darn good numbers when you consider that he pitched with the Colorado Rockies in his first six years in the show.  He will immediately join the Angels’ rotation.  McCreery had not pitched in the minors yet this year.  He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  This was an excellent deal for the Angels!

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Brendan Ryan from the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 34-year old righty swinging SS Brendan Ryan from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.  Ryan played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Nationals this year and he was 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .686 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ryan has played in 879 games in his first nine years in the majors and he is 603 of 2,578 (.234 avg, .610 OPS) with 303 runs scored, 19 homers, 203 RBIs and 67 stolen bases.  Ryan will share time with Cliff Pennington and Johnny Giavotella at 2B and SS.  Ryan is a whiz with the glove, but he isn’t much of a hitter.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Daniel Nava from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 7:40 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava from the D.L.  Nava played in 3 games in A-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .311 OPS).  Nava played in 8 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Angels have sent 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to AAA.  Ortega played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was 15 of 51 (.294 avg, .640 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Ortega has now played in 16 games in his first two years in the show and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .686 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Ortega will get called back up the first time the Angels need an outfielder.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Javy Guerra

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 4:23 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra.  Guerra pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Guerra has pitched in 146 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Guerra has always been a solid pitcher in the show, so I like this addition for the Angels.

UPDATE:  (5/13/2016) – The Angels have designated Javy Guerra for assignment.  He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.

UPDATE II:  (5/17/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Javy Guerra to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels send Matt Shoemaker to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to AAA.  Shoemaker has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits (6 homers) and he has walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings so far this year.  His 21 earned runs allowed leads the American League!  It looked like batters were running up to the plate to bat against Shoemaker.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Shoemaker on the pitching staff.  Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels place Craig Gentry on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 6:32 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day day disabled list due to a lumbar spring strain.  Gentry has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .413 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Robinson to replace him on the active roster.  Robinson will likely take over Gentry’s role as the Angels starting LF against lefty starting pitchers.  Robinson played in 16 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 19 of 62 (.306 avg, .719 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has played in 315 games in his first six years in the show and he is 138 of 582 (.237 avg, .615 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 5 homers, 53 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

The Los Angeles Angels place Daniel Nava on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 12:47 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list due to left patella tendinitis.  He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.  The Angels have called up 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to replace Nava on the roster and as the lefty swinging portion of a platoon in LF.  Ortega came into this season as the Angels’ #18 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.012 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 triples, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.  Ortega played in 2 games in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.167 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  That was his only Major League experience until now.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Greg Mahle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 8:36 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 23-year old lefty reliever Greg Mahle and they have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA.  Mahle came into this season as the Angels’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  Mahle pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 3-4 with 25 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Mahle has now pitched in 76 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 4-6 with 27 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Achter could get another shot with the Angels later this year.

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 5:53 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 24-year old righty reliever Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Astros.  Reynolds pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 2-3 with 10 saves, a 4.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 152 games (42 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 22-23 with 21 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  The Angels have sent him to AA to start the 2016 season.

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