The Los Angeles Angels shut down Nate Smith for 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 8:49 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have shut down 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Nate Smith due to tendinitis in his left elbow.  Smith pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He gave up 166 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his 150 1/3 innings pitched in the minors.  Smith has now pitched in 86 games (80 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 31-25 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Smith came into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  This injury is a bad break for Smith, as the Angels were likely going to call him up to make a start or two in September.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Fernando Salas to the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 10:25 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 31-year old righty reliever Fernando Salas to the New York Mets for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Erik Manoah.  Salas pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-6 with 6 saves, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Salas pitched in 187 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-8 with 6 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Manoah pitched in 13 games (12 starts) in A-ball for the Mets this year and he was 5-5 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Manoah gave up 71 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 63 batters in his 62 innings in the minors for the Mets this year.  Manoah has now pitched in 35 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 9-10 with 3 saves, a 5.13 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  The Angels are taking a flier on Manoah, who is still really young.

The Los Angeles Angels release Quintin Berry

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 22 August 2016 at 2:28 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have released 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Quintin Berry.  Berry played in 100 games in AAA-ball for the Angels in 2016 and he was 93 of 345 (.270 avg, .672 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  Berry has played in 125 games in his four years in the show and he is 80 of 302 (.265 avg, .704 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 33 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  The Angels weren’t going to call Berry up any time soon, so they essentially did him a favor by letting him go right now.

The Los Angeles Angels send Ji-Man Choi to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 12:41 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 25-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to AAA.  Choi has played in 43 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 of 102 (.167 avg, .618 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Choi on the active roster.  Achter has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Manny Banuelos

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 12:36 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Manny Banuelos to a minor league deal.  Banuelos came into this season as the Braves’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 14 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 0-5 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 for the Braves, working in 7 games (6 starts) in which he was 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  This is a good guy for the Angels to take a flier on.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Kaleb Cowart

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 12:32 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 24-year old switch-hitting 3B Kaleb Cowart.  Cowart came into this season as the Los Angeles’ Angels’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cowart played in 3 games so far this year for the Angels and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .333 OPS).  He also has played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year in which he is 116 of 414 (.280 avg, .792 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 9 homers, 58 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  Cowart has played in 37 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 9 for 52 (.173 avg, .515 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cowart will likely get a shot to start at 3B until Yunel Escobar comes off of the D.L.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Andrew Bailey

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 8:59 am

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 32-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey to a minor league deal.  Bailey pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 3-1 with a 6.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Bailey has given up 32 hits (6 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 32 1/3 innings in the show this year.  Bailey has now pitched in 249 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 14-14 with 89 saves, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  This is just the case of the Angels taking a flier on a tw0 time American League All-Star (2009 and 2010 with the Oakland A’s).

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Sean Coyle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 8:54 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 24-year old righty swinging infielder Sean Coyle.  Coyle played in 21 games in AA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 11 for 78 (.141 avg, .520 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Coyle has played in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels and Red Sox so far this year and he is 47 of 296 (.159 avg, .537 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Coyle has now played in 519 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 444 of 1,879 (.236 avg, .744 OPS) with 323 runs scored, 68 homers, 268 RBIs and 72 stolen bases.  This is no loss for the Angels moving forward.

UPDATE:  (8/21/2016) – The Angels have sent Sean Coyle outright to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels release Ryan Jackson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 7:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels have released 28-year old righty swinging SS Ryan Jackson.  Jackson played in 92 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies and Angels this year in which he was 72 of 290 (.248 avg) with 27 runs scored, 0 homers, 40 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has played in 3 years in the show so far in his career and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Geovany Soto from the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 9:32 am

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto off of the D.L.  Soto played in 22 games earlier this year for the Angels and he is 19 for 67 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  To make room on the roster for Soto, the Angels have sent 25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez to AAA.  Perez has played in 68 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 48 of 215 (.223 avg, .601 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Soto will share time behind the plate with Jett Bandy going forward.

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