The Los Angeles Angels sign David Carpenter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 11:12 am

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 30-year old righty reliever David Carpenter to a minor league deal.  Carpenter pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Independent League this year and he was 0-0 with 2 saves, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Carpenter has pitched in 218 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 11-11 with 4 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  It never hurts to take a flier on a guy like Carpenter, as he could help the Angels later on in 2016.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Jefry Marte

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 11:07 am

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 24-year old righty swinging 3B Jefry Marte.  Marte has played in 33 games in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he was 27 of 120 (.225 avg, .671 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 15 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 33 games in his first taste of the majors last year for the Tigers and he was 17 of 80 (.213 avg, .697 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  He made his Angels’ debut last night and he was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a RBI.  He will likely get a lot of starts at 3B until Yunel Escobar (thumb) is ready to return to action.

The Los Angeles Angels place Cliff Pennington on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 10:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury.  Pennington has played in 24 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .664 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging infielder Gregorio Petit to replace Pennington on the active roster.  He has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .759 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Coming into this season, Petit had played in 82 games in his first four years in the show and he was 49 of 193 (.254 avg) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs.  Petit went 1 for 2 in his Angels’ debut last night.

The Los Angeles Angels send A.J. Achter to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 6:18 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to AAA again to make room on the roster for Jhoulys Chacin.  Achter pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Achter will get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2016.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Matt Shoemaker

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker back up and he will start tonight for them.  How long he stays with them this time is up to him.  He started 1 game in AAA-ball after being sent down and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He gave up 29 hits (6 homers) and he walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings.  Shoemaker has now pitched in 58 games (50 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 24-18 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

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.

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