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The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for a bounce back year out of Chris Iannetta in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 9:55 am

29-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta missed half of last season due to injury, but, the Angels are hoping for him to have a full workload in 2013. Iannetta played in 79 games for the Angels last year and he was 53 of 221 (.240 avg, .730 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 9 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 537 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 389 of 1,650 (.236 avg, .780 OPS) with 223 runs scored, 72 homers, 262 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Iannetta can give the Angels solid power at the back end of the batting order if he can just stay healthy in 2013. He played in 78 games (71 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 8 passed balls. He threw out 13 of 59 (22%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.90 ERA with him behind the plate. 29-year old righty swinging John Hester, 24-year old switch-hitting Hank Conger and 32-year old switch-hitting Luke Carlin will duke it out in spring training for the right to back up Iannetta in 2013. Hester played in 38 games for the Angels last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 92 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 208 (.216 avg, .642 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Hester played in 38 games (27 starts) behind the plate for the Angels last year and he had 0 errors and 1 passed ball. He only threw out 3 of 33 (9.1%) base stealers, but pitchers had a 3.97 ERA with him behind the dish. Conger is the guy the Angels would like to step up. He played in 7 games for the Angels last year and he was 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .405 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 67 games in AAA-ball last year for the Angels in which he was 78 of 264 (.295 avg, .821 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 10 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Conger has now played in 79 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 224 (.201 avg, .610 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. Conger played in 7 games (6 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 1 error and 0 passed balls. Conger threw out 2 of 8 (25%) base stealers last year and Angels’ pitchers had a 4.75 ERA with him behind the dish. Carlin played in 4 games for the Indians last year and he was 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .500 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He also played in 62 games in AAA-ball for the Indians last year in which he was 52 of 206 (.252 avg, .703 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers and 27 RBIs. Carlin has now played in 56 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 25 of 140 (.179 avg, .549 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Carlin played in 4 games (3 starts) for the Indians last year and he had 1 passed ball. He didn’t throw out any of the three base stealers that challenged him and Indians’ pitchers had a 6.68 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C+

Mike Scioscia is a rock in the dugout for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 30 March 2012 at 7:37 pm

54-year old manager Mike Scioscia is one of the best managers in all of baseball and the Angels are happy to have him. The Angels were 86-76 (53.1%) last year and they missed the playoffs. So, owner Arte Moreno opened up the check book and brought in reinforcements to give Scioscia the improved roster he really needs to challenge the Rangers in the A.L. West. Scioscia now has a 1,066-878 (54.8%) record in his first 12 years in charge in the regular season for the Angels. He is also 21-24 (46.7%) in the post-season and he helped lead the Angels to a World Series Championship back in 2002.

The Los Angeles Angels expect a big year out of Torii Hunter in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at 5:19 pm

36-year old righty swinging RF Torii Hunter will likely see a lot of good pitches in 2012 as he will likely be batting in front of Albert Pujols. Hunter played in 156 games for the Angels last year and he was 152 of 580 (.262 avg, .765 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 23 homers, 82 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has now played in 573 games in his first four years with the Angels and he is 601 of 2,155 (.279 avg, .814 OPS) with 315 runs scored, 89 homers, 340 RBIs and 51 stolen bases. Hunter has now played in 1,807 games in his first 15 years in the NFL and he is 1,819 of 6,647 (.274 avg, .800 OPS) with 987 runs scored, 281 homers, 1,051 RBIs and 177 stolen bases. Hunter played in 136 games in RF for the Angels last year and he had 15 assists and 3 errors while showing good range there.

If Hunter were to get hurt, the Angels would likely call up Mike Trout to replace him. Trout played in 13 games in RF for the Angels last year and had 1 error there while showing terrible range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2012: B+

The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for another decent year out of Peter Bourjos in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at 5:11 pm

25-year old righty swinging Peter Bourjos will be the starting CF in 2012 once again. Bourjos played in 147 games for the Angels last year and he was 136 of 502 (.271 avg, .765 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 12 homers, 43 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. He has now played in 198 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 173 of 683 (.253 avg, .727 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 18 homers, 58 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Bourjos played in 147 games in CF last year for the Angels and he had 7 assists and 4 errors. Despite making some outstanding plays in CF last year, he showed below average range overall.

20-year old righty swinging Mike Trout could replace Bourjos at some point in 2012. Trout played in 40 games for the Angels last year and he was 27 of 123 (.220 avg, .672 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He also played in 91 games in AA-ball last year and he was 115 of 353 (.326 avg, .958 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 11 homers, 38 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Trout played in 13 games in CF last year and he had 1 error while showing out of this world range. Trout is the Angels’ best prospect and he could be knocking on the door in 2012.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B

The Los Angeles Angels have a few choices at DH for 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by admin on Friday 9 March 2012 at 5:13 pm

The Angels will likely go with 28-year old switch-hitting Kendry Morales as the starting DH in 2012 if he’s healthy.  He missed the entire 2011 season as he continues to recover from a badly broken ankle.  His big year in 2009 showed what he can do when healthy.  He played in 152 games for the Angels in 2009 and he was 173 of 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers, 108 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Morales has now played in 330 games in his first six years with the Angels and he is 323 of 1,136 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 155 runs scored, 57 homers, 192 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Morales will be the starting DH for the Angels if he can get healthy.

37-year old lefty swinging Bobby Abreu looked his age last year for the Angels.  He played in 142 games for the Angels last year and he was 127 of 502 (.253 avg, .717 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 8 homers, 60 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Abreu has played in 448 games in his first three years with the Angels and he is 438 of 1,638 (.267 avg, .779 OPS) with 238 runs scored, 43 homers, 241 RBIs and 75 stolen bases.  Abreu has now played in 2,247 games in his first 16 years in the majors and he is 2,384 of 8,128 (.293 avg, .878 OPS) with 1,412 runs scored, 284 homers, 1,325 RBIs and 393 stolen bases.  The Angels are likely going to try to deal Abreu before opening day.

If Morales isn’t healthy on opening day, Mark Trumbo could be the starting DH.  He has a lot of power and could excel in that role.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DH IN 2012:  B

The Los Angeles Angels are looking to make Mark Trumbo a 3B this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by admin on Friday 9 March 2012 at 5:02 pm

The Angels are going to try to make 26-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo their new 3B this spring to get his bat in the lineup.  Trumbo played in 149 games for the Angels last year and he was 137 of 539 (.254 avg, .768 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 29 homers, 97 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He has now played in 157 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 138 of 554 (.249 avg, .753 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 29 homers, 89 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Trumbo had 10 errors in 149 games at 1B last year for the Angels.  He is likely not going to be a good defensive 3B, but his bat will likely more than make up for it.

28-year old switch-hitting Alberto Callaspo isn’t going to give up his starting job without a fight this spring.  Callaspo played in 141 games for the Angels last year and he was 137 of 475 (.288 avg, .740 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He has now played in 199 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 190 of 688 (.276 avg, .699 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 8 homers, 59 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Callaspo has now played in 595 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 565 of 2,012 (.281 avg, .725 OPS) with 227 runs scored, 27 homers, 204 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  He had 15 errors in 129 games at 3B last year for the Angels while showing outstanding range.  The Angels will likely look to deal Callaspo is Mark Trumbo can handle playing 3B.

31-year old Maicer Izturis also can handle playing 3B.  He played in 37 games at 3B for the Angels last year and he had 3 errors while showing slightly below average range at the hot corner.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2012:  B

The Los Angeles Angels have high hopes for Erick Aybar in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 3 March 2012 at 9:04 pm

28-year old switch-hitting Erick Aybar had his best season in 2011 and the Angels are hoping for more out of him in 2012. Aybar played in 143 games for the Angels last year and he was 155 of 556 (.279 avg, .743 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 10 homers, 59 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He has now played in 629 games in his first six years with the Angels and he is 599 for 2,174 (.276 avg, .699 OPS) with 286 runs scored, 24 homers, 206 RBIs and 78 stolen bases. Aybar had 13 errors in 142 games at SS for the Angels last year and he showed off pretty darn good range. Aybar is a player on the rise for the Angels as he keeps getting better.

31-year old switch-hitting Maicer Izturis is Aybar’s top backup. He played in 16 games at SS for the Angels last year and he had 1 error while showing pretty good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: B

The Los Angeles Angels are loaded at 2B for 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 3 March 2012 at 8:59 pm

28-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick is the starter at 2B for the Angels. He played in 140 games for the Angels last year and he was 153 of 537 (.285 avg, .802 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 18 homers, 63 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Kendrick has now played in 655 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 723 of 2,472 (.292 avg, .763 OPS) with 337 runs scored, 50 homers, 305 RBIs and 61 stolen bases. Kendrick played in 108 games at 2B for the Angels last year and he had only 4 errors but showed pretty awful range there. Kendrick’s bat more than makes up for his defensive range at 2B.

31-year old switch-hitting Maicer Izturis is the Angels’ top utility man on the infield and his best defensive position is 2B. Izturis played in 122 games for the Angels last year and he was 124 of 449 (.276 avg, .722 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 5 homers, 38 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has played in 659 games in his first seven years with the Angels and he is 618 of 2,217 (.279 avg, .734 OPS) with 325 runs scored, 31 homers, 277 RBIs and 70 stolen bases. Izturis has now played in 691 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 640 of 2,324 (.275 avg, .728 OPS) with 335 runs scored, 32 homers, 281 RBIs and 74 stolen bases. Izturis had 4 errors in 49 games at 2B for the Angels last year while showing out of this world range.

22-year old lefty swinging Alexi Amarista comes into this season as the Angels’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 23 games in his first taste of the majors for the Angels last year and he was 8 for 52 (.154 avg, .432 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs. He also played in 86 games in AAA-ball last year for the Angels and he was 106 of 363 (.292 avg, .755 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 4 homers, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Amarista played in 14 games at 2B for the Angels last year and he made 2 errors while showing out of this world range. He will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2012: B

Albert Pujols is ready to rock for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 27 February 2012 at 4:37 pm

32-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols signed with the Angels over the winter and he is going to give the lineup a huge boost starting in 2012. Pujols played in 147 games for the Cardinals last year and he was 173 for 579 (.299 avg, .906 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 37 homers, 99 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,705 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 2,073 of 6,312 (.328 avg, 1.037 OPS) with 1,291 runs scored, 445 homers, 1,329 RBIs and 84 stolen bases. Pujols had 11 errors in 146 games at 1B for the Cardinals last year, no he’s not the best defensive 1B around…..he’s about average. That is nitpicking because he’s going to make the whole Angels’ lineup better in 2012 and beyond.

26-year old Mark Trumbo and 29-year old Kendry Morales are able replacements should something happen to Albert Pujols. Trumbo will likely be tried out at 3B in spring training. He had 10 errors in 149 games at 1B last year for the Angels, but he wasn’t too had there. Morales might not be ready when the 2012 season begins.

30-year old righty swinging Jorge Cantu is a longshot to make the Angels this spring. He played in 57 games for the Padres last year and he was 28 for 144 (.194 avg, .517 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. He has now played in 847 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 847 for 3,128 (.271 avg, .755 OPS) with 367 runs scored, 104 homers, 476 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Cantu had 2 errors in 26 games at 1B for the Padres last year as he’s a below average defensive 1B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: A+

The Los Angeles Angels look like they are going to have a decent bullpen in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 12 February 2012 at 5:24 pm

The only real addition to the Angels’ bullpen over the winter was veteran righty Latroy Hawkins, but that doesn’t matter as it was a pretty good bunch in 2011. Here is a look at the Angels’ bullpen as it stands right now:

Closer: Jordan Walden: 24-year old righty Jordan Walden will be the closer once again in 2012 for the Angels. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 5-5 with 32 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Walden has now pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 5-6 with 33 saves, a 2.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He reminds me of a young Troy Percival.

Set-Up Man: Scott Downs: 35-year old lefty Scott Downs had the best year of his career for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 6-3 with 1 save, a 1.34 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Downs has now pitched in 439 games (50 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 33-31 with 17 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. I look for him to have another big year for the Angels in 2012.

Righties: Latroy Hawkins: 39-year old Latroy Hawkins pitched in 52 games (0 starts) for the Brewers last year and he was 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 823 games (98 starts) in his first 17 years in the majors and he is 63-85 with 87 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Hawkins should be a nice improvement over Fernando Rodney, who signed with the Rays.

Rich Thompson: 27-year old Rich Thompson had a breakout season for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Thompson has now pitched in 79 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Bobby Cassevah: 26-year old Bobby Cassevah also pitched really well for the Angels in 2011. He pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Cassevah has now pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 2-3 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Look for Cassevah to win a job in the pen in 2012.

Trevor Bell: 25-year old Trevor Bell focused on relief last year with the Angels and he didn’t pitch that badly in his new role. Bell pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has now pitched in 52 games (11 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 4-8 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

Francisco Rodriguez: 28-year old Francisco Rodriguez pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has now pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Rodriguez will need a good spring to make the pitching staff out of spring training.

Kevin Jepsen: 27-year old Kevin Jepsen had surgery on his right knee last year which wiped out a lot of his season. He pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. Jepsen has now pitched in 147 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 9-11 with 1 save, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Michael Kohn: 25-year old Michael 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 played in 38 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 2-1 with 2 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Kohn has a nice upside if the Angels can get him throwing more strikes.

Lefties: 36-year old Hisanori Takahashi will team with Scott Downs to give the Angels a very impressive pair of lefties in the pen in 2012. He pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Takahashi has now pitched in 114 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 14-9 with 10 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Look for Takahashi to have another solid year for the Angels in 2012.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2012: B+

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