The Los Angeles Angels claim Brett Oberholtzer off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 27-year old lefty reliever Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Oberholtzer pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He gave up 58 hits (11 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 50 1/3 innings with the Phillies.  Oberholtzer has now pitched in 71 games (42 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 13-22 with 1 save, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Oberholtzer is a guy worth taking a chance on.  Maybe the Angels will use him as a starter, as they have a need there.

The Los Angeles Angels call up A.J. Achter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 5:12 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter.  Achter has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 2-2 with 3 saves, a 4.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Achter will work in middle relief for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels have placed Cam Bedrosian on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 5:06 pm

The Los Angeles Angels has placed 24-year old righty reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4th, due to right middle finger flexor tendinitis.  This is a bad break for Bedrosian, as he was going to fill in as the Angels’ closer until Huston Street came back from the D.L.  Bedrosian has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 1.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Bedrosian has given up only 30 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 40 1/3 innings for the Angels this year.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Jose Valdez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:20 am

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 26-year old righty reliever Jose Valdez.  He made his Angels’ debut last night and it wasn’t pretty.  He worked 1/3 of an inning last night and he gave up 3 walks and 3 runs (all earned).  Valdez also has pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Tigers and Angels this year and he was 2-2 with 5 saves, a 2.36 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the show last year with the Tigers.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tigers in 2015 and he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Tim Lincecum

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:14 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum for assignment.  Lincecum pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA and a 2.38 WHIP.  He gave up a stunning 68 hits (11 homers) and 23 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his 38 1/3 innings for the Angels this year.  They just couldn’t keep putting Lincecum on the mound every five days anymore.  He looks like he’s pretty much done as a Major League pitcher and that it sad to see, as not too long ago, he was the best starting pitcher in all of baseball.

UPDATE:  (8/9/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Tim Lincecum to AAA.

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.

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