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.

Jered Weaver is getting by with smoke and mirrors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1:04 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver is getting by with smoke and mirrors for the Los Angeles Angels.  He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He has given up 26 hits (4 homers), 7 walks and he has whiffed 11 batters in his first 23 1/3 innings so far this year.  Weaver had a hard time last year for the Angels, working in 26 games (all starts) in which he was 7-12 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Weaver has now pitched in 295 games (all starts) in his first 11 years with the Angels and he is 141-81 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He has been to three American League All-Star teams in his career with the Angels so far.  Weaver is second in Angels’ history in both games started (295) and wins (141).  He is also #9 in games pitched (295), #4 in WHIP (1.16), #4 in innings pitches (1,870 1/3 innings) and he is #3 in whiffs (1,506) in Angels’ history.  It will be interesting to see if Weaver can get by with throwing 83 mph “fastballs”.

The Los Angeles Angels have placed Huston Street on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 8:19 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained oblique muscle.  He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-0 with 5 saves, a 1.17 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He has been outstanding since the Angels traded for him a few years ago,  as he has pitched in 99 games (0 starts) in his first three years with them and he is 5-5 with 62 saves, a 2.62 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Lucky for them that they have 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to step in for Street as the closer until he’s ready to return to action.  Smith has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 158 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 12-8 with 21 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (4/29/2016) – The Angels will call up 24-year old righty reliever Cam Bedrosian to replace Street in the bullpen before tonight’s game.  Bedrosian pitched in 2 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Second Base is turning into a Black Hole for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Los Angeles Angels aren’t getting much production out of their second baseman.  28-year old righty swinging Johnny Giavotella has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 of 44 (.136 avg, .292 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  31-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington has not been much better.  He has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 22 (.182 avg, .762 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  If Giavotella and Pennington continue to slump, the Angels might have little choice but to try to make a trade.  Phil Gosselin (D-Backs), Kelly Johnson (Braves), Javier Baez (Cubs), Wilmer Flores (Mets), Jonathan Villar (Brewers), Jedd Gyorko (Cardinals) and Danny Espinosa (Nationals) could be trade targets for the Angels.  Baez and Gyorko are the best options but they also would come with the highest price tags.

Nick Buss is off to a great start in AAA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:45 am

With the Los Angeles Angels having a Black Hole in LF so far in 2016, maybe they will give 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Buss a call, as long as he keeps hitting.  Buss has played in 14 games in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .967 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 892 games in his first 9 years in the minors and he is 969 of 3,356 (.289 avg, .775 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 66 homers, 455 RBIs and 136 stolen bases.  Buss’ lone Major League experience came in 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he played in 8 games for them in which he was 2 for 19 (.105 avg, .255 OPS).

Carlos Perez better start hitting a little bit for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:40 am

The Los Angeles Angels are having issues scoring runs, so they can’t afford to play guys that can’t hit.  25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez is the starter right now because of his work behind the plate.  He has played in 12 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .469 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  If Perez doesn’t hit better in the near future, the Angels could look to get 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto increased playing time.  Soto has played in 7 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 19 (.316 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Soto has a lot of power.

Kole Calhoun is off to a blazing start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 10:16 am

28-year old lefty swinging RF Kole Calhoun had a breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.  He played in 159 games for the Angels last year and he was 161 of 630 (.256 avg, .731 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 26 homers, 83 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He also won a Gold Glove in right field last year.  Well he is proving that last year was just a starting point for him.  He has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 14 of 38 (.368 avg, .929 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  The Angels hope that Calhoun keeps rolling with the bat, as they are having a hard time scoring runs so far this year.

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.

Yunel Escobar is off to a fast start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 9:11 am

33-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar had a “career year” in 2015 for the Washington Nationals.  He played in 139 games for the Nationals last year and he was 168 of 535 (.314 avg, .790 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 9 homers, 56 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Los Angeles Angels were so impressed that they dealt for him over the winter.  He has been impressive so far this year for the Angels, proving that last year was not a fluke.  He has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 13 for 41 (.317 avg, .928 OPS) with 6 runs scored, an American League leading 6 doubles, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He is not only hitting the ball hard, but he is showing great discipline at the plate as he has walked 5 times already this year while only whiffing twice.  The Angels hope that Escobar keeps up the good work.

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