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 Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 8:30 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.  He will miss the next 4-6 weeks for the Angels.  This is a bad break for both Soto and the Angels.  Soto has played in 20 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 for 60 (.283 avg, .822 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  He was starting to take playing time away from 25-year old righty swinging Carlos Perez.  Perez has played in 24 games for the Angels so far this year and he is only 13 of 74 (.176 avg, .467 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Angels have called up 26-year old righty swinging catcher Jett Bandy to replace Soto on the roster.  Bandy came into this season as the Angels’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America.  Bandy has played in 24 games in AAA-ball this year for the Angels and he is 26 of 95 (.274 avg, .725 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Bandy has now played in 426 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 390 of 1,470 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 201 runs scored, 42 homers, 227 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Bandy played in 2 games for the Angels last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1 for 2 (.500 avg, 2.500 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Bandy could take P.T. away from Perez, as he is a legit prospect.

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

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 9:02 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old switch hitting outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left groin.  Nava has played in 17 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 45 (.222 avg, .597 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  The Angels have called 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to replace Nava.  Ortega has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 15 of 51 (.294 avg, .640 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Ortega will slide right back into his platoon in left field.

The Los Angeles Angels place Cory Rasmus on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 8:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 28-year old righty reliever Cory Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained groin.  Rasmus has pitched in 11 games (1 start) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 73 games (8 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 4-5 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Rasmus on the roster and in the bullpen.  Achter has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

C.J. Wilson is about to start a rehab assignment for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 8:43 am

35-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is about to start a rehab assignment for the Los Angeles Angels.  The Angels hope that he will be ready to return to them in early June.  Wilson is in the last year of a 5-year, $77.5 million dollar contract.  Wilson pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Wilson has now pitched in 119 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 51-35 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  The Angels need Wilson big time, but they shouldn’t rush him back either…..because they need him to stay healthy.

Neal Cotts opts out of his minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 1:58 pm

36-year old lefty reliever Neal Cotts has opted out of his minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels.  Cotts pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Cotts has pitched in 483 games (5 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 21-24 with 4 saves, a 3.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Cotts will find a new team really quickly as decent lefty relievers are hard to find.

The Los Angeles Angels sign David Huff

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 12:57 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 31-year old lefty pitcher David Huff to a minor league deal.  They will send him to AAA to convert back to being a starting pitcher.  Huff pitched in 12 games (0 starts) earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Royals and he was 1-1 with 1 save, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Huff has pitched in 118 games (55 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 25-28 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  This is a no risk move for the Angels.

Tyler Carpenter is looking good in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:11 am

The Los Angeles Angels have decided to convert 24-year old righty Tyler Carpenter to a starting pitcher in the minors and the early results have been good so far.  Carpenter has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  He has given up 37 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 44 1/3 innings this year, which are very impressive numbers.  Carpenter has now pitched in 55 games (7 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Nick Tropeano has been too wild for the Los Angeles Angels so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:07 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano has been so-so in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels, because he has been way too wild.  He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  He has given up 40 hits and he has given up 20 walks so far this year while whiffing 39 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Angels.  He is striking out more than a batter an inning, as he has good stuff……so he needs to start throwing more strikes.  Tropeano has now pitched in 15 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  With all of the injuries to the rotation, the Angels need Tropeano to step up and challenge hitters with his good stuff!

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.

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