Mike Scioscia is going to get his Los Angeles Angels back to the playoffs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:52 pm

54-year old manager Mike Scioscia is going to get the Angels back to the playoffs in 2013, mark my words.  The Angels missed the playoffs last year as they finished up 89-73 (54.9%).  Mike Scioscia is 1,155-951 (54.8%) in the regular season in his first 13 years on the job as the manager of the Angels.  He is also 21-24 (46.7%) in the playoffs so far in his career.  The Angels are loaded this year and I think Scioscia will get the most out of his roster in 2013.

The Los Angeles Angels should have an improved bullpen for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 March 2013 at 7:33 am

The Angels should have an improved bullpen for the 2013 season.  32-year old righty Ryan Madson was signed over the winter to be the closer for the Angels, but he’s not going to likely be ready on opening day.  Madson missed all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery.  Madson pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 491 games (18 starts) in his first nine years in the majors and he is 47-30 with 52 saves, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  27-year old righty Ernesto Frieri will likely be the closer if Madson isn’t ready to rock when the season starts.  He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Angels and Padres last year and he was 5-2 with 23 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 161 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 7-5 with 23 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  37-year old Scott Downs and 30-year old Sean Burnett are going to be the top lefties in the pen for the Angels in 2013.  Downs pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with 9 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Downs has now pitched in 496 games (50 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 34-32 with 26 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Burnett pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 1-2 with 2 saves, a 2.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 354 games (13 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 15-23 with 10 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  28-year old righty Kevin Jepsen pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with 2 saves, a 3.02 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Jepsen has now pitched in 196 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 12-13 with 3 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  26-year old righty Michael Kohn will compete with the losers in the competition for jobs in the rotation (Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams) for the last couple of bullpen spots in 2013.  Kohn pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-1 with 2 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

PROJECTION FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B+

The Los Angeles Angels will have some new faces in the rotation in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 8:31 pm

30-year old righty Jered Weaver and 32-year old lefty C.J. Wilson return as the Angels’ #1 and #2 starters again in 2013.  Weaver pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Weaver has now pitched in 207 games (all starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 102-52 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He is one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  C.J. Wilson pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 359 games (107 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 56-45 with 52 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  26-year old righty Tommy Hanson, 32-year old righty Joe Blanton and 30-year old lefty Jason Vargas will be the #3, #4 and #5 starters in 2013….but the order will be determined this spring.  Hanson came to the Angels in a deal over the winter with the Braves.  Hanson pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Braves last year and he was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 108 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  As long as Hanson’s shoulder holds up, I think he will pitch well for the Angels in 2013.  Blanton pitched in 31 games (30 starts) for the Phillies and Dodgers last year in which he was 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Blanton has now pitched in 237 games (228 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 83-75 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Vargas had a rock solid year for the Mariners last year.  He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 150 games (130 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 42-50 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  The Angels have great depth in the rotation as 24-year old righty Garrett Richards, 31-year old righty Jerome Williams and 28-year old lefty Brad Mills could step in if needed in 2013.  Richards pitched in 30 games (9 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-3 with 1 save, a 4.69 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Richards has now pitched in 37 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-5 with 1 save, a 4.87 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Williams pitched in 32 games (15 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 6-8 with 1 save, a 4.58 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 118 games (92 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 33-37 with 1 save, a 4.29 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Mills pitched in 21 games (19 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 5-10 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Mills also pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Angels last year and he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  Mills has now pitched in 15 games (10 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 7.76 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  B+

The Los Angeles Angels have high expectations for Josh Hamilton in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 3:42 pm

The Angels stole 31-year old lefty swinging Josh Hamilton from the division rival Texas Rangers.  They have high expectations for him in 2013.  Hamilton played in 148 games for the Rangers last year and he was 160 of 562 (.285 avg, .930 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 42 homers, 128 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He played in only 2 games in RF last year for the Rangers.  He did played in 84 games (52 starts) in LF last year and he had 3 assists and 3 errors there while showing off good range.  Hamilton should be an excellent defensive RF for the Angels.  He has now played in 737 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 858 of 2,825 (.304 avg, .913 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 161 homers, 553 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.  25-year old lefty swinging Kole Calhoun could win a bench job for the Angels this spring.  He played in 21 games for the Angels last year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .457 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He played in 14 games (1 start) in RF for the Angels last year and he had 0 assists and 0 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Calhoun also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 122 of 410 (.298 avg, .877 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  A+

Peter Bourjos will be the Los Angeles’ Angels starting CF in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 3:36 pm

25-year old righty swinging Peter Bourjos will be the Angels’ starting CF in 2013.  He played in 101 games for the Angels last year and he was 37 of 168 (.220 avg, .606 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 90 games (48 starts) in CF for the Angels last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error there while showing off out of this world range.  Bourjos has now played in 299 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 210 of 851 (.247 avg, .703 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  If anything happens to Bourjos and he has to miss a lot of time, Mike Trout would replace him in CF.  Trout played in 110 games (108 starts) for the Angels in CF last year and he had 2 assists and 2 errors there while showing off outstanding range there.  Josh Hamilton could also play some CF if needed.  He played in 95 games (84 starts) in CF last year for the Rangers and he had 2 assists and 4 errors there while showing poor range.  28-year old lefty swinging Scott Cousins could make the team as a backup outfielder this spring.  Cousins played in 53 games for the Marlins last year and he was 14 of 86 (.163 avg, .467 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 18 games (8 starts) in CF last year for the Marlins and he had 0 assists and o errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Cousins has now played in 128 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 32 of 175 (.183 avg, .523 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  B-

Mike Trout is sliding to LF for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 3:29 pm

21-year old righty swinging Mike Trout is moving to LF for the Angels in 2013.  He played in 139 games for the Angels last year and he was 182 of 559 (.326 avg, .963 OPS) with 129 runs scored, 30 homers, 83 RBIs and 49 stolen bases.  Trout led the major leagues in both runs scored and stolen bases in 2012.  He was the Rookie of the Year in the American League and he finished 2nd in the MVP vote (to Miguel Cabrera).  He also made the All-Star team and he won a Silver Slugger Award in 2012.  Trout played in 67 games (29 starts) in LF for the Angels last year and he had 0 assists and 1 error there while showing off outstanding range.  Trout has now played in 179 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 209 of 682 (.306 avg, .911 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 35 homers, 99 RBIs and 53 stolen bases.  34-year old righty swinging Vernon Wells will be Trout’s caddy in 2013.  Wells played in 77 games for the Angels last year and he was 56 of 243 (.230 avg, .682 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers, 29 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 69 games (59 starts) in LF for the Angels last year and he had 0 assists and 1 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Wells has now played in 1,601 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,695 of 6,218 (.273 avg, .788 OPS) with 885 runs scored, 259 homers, 908 RBIs and 102 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  A+++++

Mark Trumbo will get most of his work at DH for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 9:12 am

27-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo is going to get most of his ABs at DH in 2013.  He might switch with Albert Pujols and play 1B once in a while, but it won’t be much.  Trumbo is paid for his bat.  He played in 144 games for the Angels last year and he was 146 of 544 (.268 avg, .808 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 32 homers, 95 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He whiffed 153 times last year and he walked only 36 times, as he is a big time hacker.  Trumbo has now played in 301 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 284 of 1,098 (.259 avg, .780 OPS) with 133 runs scored, 61 homers, 184 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  I think Trumbo will excel in his new role with the Angels.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  B

The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for a better year in 2013 out of Erick Aybar

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 9:01 am

The Angels are hoping that 29-year old switch-hitting Erick Aybar can play better than he did in 2012 in 2013.  Aybar played in 141 games for the Angels last year and he was 150 of 517 (.290 avg, .740 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 8 homers, 45 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He played in 139 games (137 starts) at SS for the Angels last year and he had 15 errors while showing off pretty good range.  Aybar has now played in 770 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 749 of 2,691 (.278 avg, .706 OPS) with 353 runs scored, 32 homers, 251 RBIs and 98 stolen bases.  27-year old lefty swinging Andrew Romine, 25-year old righty swinging Thomas Field and 32-year old switch-hitting Luis Rodriguez are going to duke it out for the backup infielder job this spring.  Only Romine played SS in the majors last year.  Romine played in 8 games (4 starts) for the Angels at SS last year and he had 1 error there while showing out of this world range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013:  B

The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for another good year in 2013 from Howie Kendrick

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 9 February 2013 at 5:04 pm

The Angels are hoping for another big year out of 29-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick.  Kendrick played in 147 games for the Angels last year and he was 158 of 550 (.287 avg, .725 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 8 homers, 67 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  He played in 143 games (142 starts) at 2B for the Angels last year and he had 14 errors while showing slightly below average range.  Kendrick has now played in 802 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 881 of 3,022 (.292 avg, .756 OPS) with 394 runs scored, 58 homers, 372 RBIs and 75 stolen bases.  25-year old righty swinging Thomas Field, 27-year old lefty swinging Andrew Romine and 32-year old switch-hitting Luis Rodriguez will duke it out this spring to see who will back up Kendrick at 2B in 2013.  Field played in 2 games for the Rockies last year and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .333 OPS).  He also played in 121 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year in which he was 107 of 435 (.246 avg, .715 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 8 homers, 49 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 18 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 13 of 50 (.260 avg, .575 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Andrew Romine played in 12 games for the Angels last year and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .912 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Romine also played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year in which he was 100 of 351 (.285 avg, .726 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Romine has now played in 27 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 10 for 44 (.227 avg, .519 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Luis Rodriguez played in 102 games in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 107 of 361 (.296 avg, .841 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Rodriguez last played in the majors in 2011 for the Mariners.  He has played in 407 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 231 of 972 (.238 avg, .638 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 10 homers, 80 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013:  B

The Los Angeles Angels hope that Albert Pujols rebounds in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at 8:43 am

The Angels expected a lot more out of 33-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols than they got in 2012.  Pujols played in 154 games for the Angels last year and he was 173 of 607 (.285 avg, .859 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He played in 120 games (118 starts) at 1B for the Angels last year and he had 7 errors.  Pujols has now played in 1,859 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 2,246 of 6,919 (.325 avg, 1.022 OPS) with 1,376 runs scored, 475 homers, 1,434 RBIs and 92 stolen bases.  The Angels hope that Pujols gets back to being the hitter that they thought they were getting when they signed him up as a free agent last winter.  27-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo is going to be the starting DH for the Angels in 2013, but he can switch with Pujols to give him a rest once in a while.  Trumbo played in 21 games (16 starts) for the Angels at 1B last year and he didn’t make any errors.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013:  A

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