Sherman Johnson is raking in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:29 am

25-year old lefty swinging infielder Sherman Johnson was not considered a top prospect coming into the 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels, but he is playing like one so far.  Johnson has played in 21 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 25 of 73 (.342 avg, 1.106 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 10 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Johnson has now played in 457 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 432 of 1,698 (.254 avg, .773 OPS) with 316 runs scored, 36 homers, 195 RBIs and 70 stolen bases.  If Johnson keeps raking like he is right now, he could get a shot with the Angels later in 2016, as they have had issues at 2B.

Mike Trout is on fire at the plate right now for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:24 am

24-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout started out kind of slow for him for the Los Angeles Angels early this year, but he’s in a zone right now.  In the last two weeks, Trout has played in 12 games in which he is 17 for 48 (.354 avg, 1.175 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Trout has now played in 28 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 33 of 104 (.317 avg, .996 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 7 homers, 22 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Trout has now played in 680 games in his first six years with the Angels and he is 777 of 2,552 (.304 avg, .957 OPS) with 493 runs scored, 146 homers, 419 RBIs and 115 stolen bases.  Despite only being 24 years old, Trout is the leader in Los Angeles Angels’ franchise history in OBP (.397), SLG (.560) and OPS (.957).  He is #32 in Angels’ history in games played with 680 of them.  He is also #18 in hits (777), #3 in batting average (.304), #13 in runs scored (493), tied for 16th in doubles (149 with Doug DeCinces), #8 in homers (146), #15 in RBIs (419), #11 in stolen bases (115) and he’s #11 in walks (376) in Angels’ history.  If he stays healthy, he will be the All-Time leader in a lot of these categories for the Angels.

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.

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