The Los Angeles Angels DFA Deolis Guerra

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 30 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra for assignment.  Guerra pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 2-0 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  The Angels won’t miss Guerra much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (6/3/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Deolis Guerra to AAA.

UPDATE:  (6/4/2016) – The Angels have called up Deolis Guerra.

Garret Anderson was one of the best players in Los Angeles Angels’ history!

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:21 pm

Lefty swinging outfielder Garret Anderson was one of the best players in the history of the Los Angeles Angels.  He played in 2,013 games in his 15 years with the Angels and he was 2,368 of 7,989 (.296 avg, .796 OPS) with 1,024 runs scored, 272 homers, 1,292 RBIs and 78 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star three times for the Angels and he won two Silver Slugger Awards.  Anderson also played in 36 games in the post-season for the Angels and he was 36 of 147 (.245 avg, .661 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.  Anderson played in 7 games in the World Series in 2002 against the Giants (which the Angels won in 7 games) and he was 9 for 32 (.281 avg, .594 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Anderson’s best year came in 2003, when he played in 159 games for the Angels in which he was 201 of 638 (.315 avg, .885 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 29 homers, 116 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Between 2000-2003, Anderson averaged 87.0 runs scored, 30.3 homers, 119.8 RBIs and 8.0 stolen bases per season!  Anderson is still the Angels’ all-time leader in games played (2,013), hits (2,368), runs scored (1,024), doubles (489) and RBIs (1,292)!  He is also still tied for #4 in batting average (.296), tied for #42 in OBP (.327), tied for 10th in SLG (.469), #16 in OPS (.796), #4 in triples (35), #2 in homers (272), #19 in stolen bases (78) and #10 in walks (397) in Angels’ history!

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Brendan Ryan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 11:18 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 34-year old righty swinging SS Brendan Ryan for assignment.  Ryan played in 11 games for the Angels this year and he was 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 6 whiffs!  The Angels have activated 31-year old switch-hitting infielder Cliff Pennington off the D.L. to replace Ryan on the active roster.  Pennington played in 24 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .664 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.

UPDATE:  (5/31/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Brendan Ryan to AAA.

UPDATE II:  (6/1/2016) – The Angels have called Brendan Ryan back up to the show to replace Cliff Pennington, who has been put back on the D.L.

Carlos Perez is hitting much better in May for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 11:14 am

25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez is heating up with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels so far in May.  He has played in 14 games so far in May for the Angels and he is 13 of 45 (.289 avg, .831 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Perez has now played in 32 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 21 of 99 (.212 avg, .582 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Angels love Perez’ D, but they are really glad that he has starting hitting so that they didn’t have to bench him or send him back to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Erik Kratz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 5:40 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 35-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal.  Kratz played in 15 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 2 for 29 (.069 avg, .203 OPS) with 0 run scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  Kratz has now played in 207 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 114 of 543 (.210 avg, .642 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 23 homers and 69 RBIs.  It never hurts to stash a veteran catcher in AAA-ball, so I like this move for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Kaleb Cowart

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 12:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 23-year old switch-hitting 3B Kaleb Cowart.  Cowart came into this season as the Angels’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cowart played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 46 of 152 (.303 avg, .805 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 34 games in his first taste of the majors in 2015 for the Angels and he was 8 for 46 (.174 avg, .538 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cowart has played all four positions in AAA-ball this year, so they could use him all over the place.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Lucas Luetge

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 1:32 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 29-year old lefty reliever Lucas Luetge.  Luetge pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 3-5 with 2 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (5/25/2016) – The Angels have designated Luetge for assignment.  He didn’t get into any games while he was with the big league team.

UPDATE II:  (5/27/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Lucas Luetge to AAA.

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

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 11:41 am

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA.  Achter has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Achter has given up 15 hits (3 homers) and 3 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his first 11 1/3 innings for the Angels.  I’m pretty sure that Achter will get another shot with the Angels later this year, as he has been likely a yo-yo between AAA and L.A. so far this year.

UPDATE:  A.J. Achter has just been designated for assignment by the Angels.

UPDATE II:  (5/24/2016) – The Angels have outrighted A.J. Achter to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels need a real solution in left field

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 8:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels don’t want to pay the Luxury Tax and I get that.  But they can’t keep going on with the non-offensive production that they are getting out of LF.  Initially the plan was to platoon 33-year old switch-hitting Daniel Nava and 32-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry in LF.  Both have been injured a lot so far this year and neither of them has played well even when they were healthy.  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.  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.  With both Nava and Gentry on the D.L., it’s 25-year old lefty swinging Rafael Ortega and 31-year old righty swinging Shane Robinson sharing LF.  Ortega has been pretty solid, but he has absolutely no power.  He has played in 18 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 66 (.288 avg, .647 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Robinson has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 3 for 12 (.250 avg, .688 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  So for the season, these four guys have combined to go 37 of 157 (.236 avg) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  That just won’t cut it.

If I were running the Angels, I would call all around to see if I could find a young, cheap outfielder with a nice upside.  30-year old righty swinging Adonis Garcia of the Braves, 25-year old lefty swinging Oswaldo Arcia of the Twins and 27-year old lefty swinging Jarrett Parker of the Giants seem interesting to me.  I think the Giants would probably want too much for Parker, as he is the first guy they will call up in the need arises for an outfielder and they are a contending team….so depth like that is important.  Parker has played in 3 games for the Giants so far this year and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS).  He has now played in 24 games in his first two years with the Giants and he is 18 for 53 (.340 avg, 1.134 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  But, Garcia and Arcia both play for lousy teams and could be looking to make some deals.  Garcia made 7 errors at 3B, which got him sent to AAA where he is playing in the outfield.  Garcia played in 28 games for the Braves earlier this year and he was 27 of 104 (.260 avg, .626 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs.  Garcia has now played in 86 games in his first two years with the Braves and he is 80 for 295 (.271 avg, .733 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 11 homers and 34 RBIs.  Arcia has been in and out of manager Paul Molitor’s Dog House in Minnesota, but boy does he have some lightning power in his left handed bat.  Arcia has played in 24 games for the Twins so far this year and he is 17 of 80 (.213 avg, .655 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs.  Arcia has now played in 243 games in his first four years with the Twins and he is 207 of 861 (.240 avg, .733 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 42 homers, 120 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  I would aim to acquire Arcia and start him in left field…..but if the price was too high then I would deal for Garcia.

Gregorio Petit is off to a good start with the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 8:40 am

With Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington both on the D.L., the Los Angeles Angels called up 31-year old righty swinging Gregorio Petit and they traded for 34-year old righty swinging Brendan Ryan.  Ryan got off to a rough start with the Angels, as he has played in 10 games in which he is 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .00o OPS) with 6 whiffs.  That negates his good glove.  But, Petit is swinging a good stick so far this year for the Angels.  He has played in 9 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .765 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Petit will keep playing as long as he is hitting.

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