The Los Angeles Angels sign Cyle Hankerd

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 3:23 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Cyle Hankerd to a minor league deal.  He played in 81 games in Independent ball this year and he was 97 of 301 (.322 avg, 1.037 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 22 homers, 61 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Hankerd has now played in 787 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 824 of 2,759 (.299 avg, .857 OPS) with 417 runs scored, 95 homers, 494 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Hankerd will start his career with the Angels in AA-ball.

Jeremy Berg is looking good in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 July 2013 at 7:33 am

27-year old righty reliever Jeremy Berg is pitching really well in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year.  He has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Berg has given up 51 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 56 innings pitched, which is pretty darn impressive.  Berg has now pitched in 200 games (1 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 15-4 with 8 saves, a 3.01 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Berg could get his first shot in the show later this year for the Angels.

Zach Borenstein is on fire in A-ball for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 2:59 pm

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Zach Borenstein is off to a great start in A-ball this year for the Angels.  Borenstein has played in 65 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 75 of 238 (.315 avg, .970 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 16 homers, 50 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 175 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 184 of 644 (.286 avg, .883 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 29 homers, 121 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  Borenstein will likely be moving up to AA-ball in the very near future for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels sign outfielder Luis Montanez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 5:38 pm

The Angels have signed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Luis Montanez to a minor league deal.  He played in 52 games in Independent ball earlier this year and he was 63 of 201 (.313 avg, .837 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He last played in the majors back in 2011 with the Cubs.  Montanez has played in 129 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 68 for 305 (.223 avg, .586 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 5 homers, 32 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Montanez could get another shot at the majors later this year with the Angels if he hits well for them in the minors.

Kevin Johnson is looking solid in AA-ball for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 7 June 2013 at 8:12 am

24-year old righty reliever Kevin Johnson is serving as the closer in AA-ball for the Angels so far this year.  He has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in AA-ball so far this year and he is 2-2 with 8 saves, a 2.92 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He has given up 28 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 24 2/3 innings in the minors this year, so he has been far from dominating.  Johnson has now pitched in 141 games (10 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 9-16 with 35 saves, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Johnson came into this season as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  Johnson could get his first shot at the majors later on in 2013, if he keeps pitching well in the minors.

The Los Angeles Angels release Kip Wells

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 31 May 2013 at 8:02 pm

The Angels have released 36-year old righty starting pitcher Kip Wells.  Wells pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 1-3 with a 10.36 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits (4 homers), walked 9 batters and he whiffed 22 batters in 24 1/3 innings in the minors this year, as he was hit pretty damn hard.  Wells has pitched in 296 games (219 starts) in his 12 years in the majors and he is 69-103 with 2 saves, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  This could be the end of Wells’ baseball career.

C.J. Cron is off to a good start in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 11 May 2013 at 8:36 am

23-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron is off to a good start in the minors for the Angels.  He has played in 31 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 36 for 119 (.303 avg, .772 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Cron has now played in 194 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 234 of 787 (.297 avg, .861 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 41 homers, 181 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Cron is the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.

Efren Navarro is off to a fast start with the bat for the Los Angeles Angels in AAA-ball

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 2:33 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 1B Efren Navarro is off to a fast start with the bat for the Angels in AAA-ball in 2013.  Navarro has played in 24 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 27 for 86 (.314 avg, .842 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 730 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 761 of 2,630 (.289 avg, .755 OPS) with 351 runs scored, 37 homers, 347 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  Navarro did get into 8 games for the Angels in 2011 and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .573 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Navarro could get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2013, if he continues to rake in AAA-ball.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Chris Snyder to the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 29 April 2013 at 6:36 am

The Angels have dealt 32-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Snyder to the Baltimore Orioles for 28-year old righty reliever Rob Delaney.  Snyder played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 27 of 79 (.342 avg, 1.072 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 7 homers and 21 RBIs.  He wasn’t going to play for the Angels this year unless Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger went down to injury.  Delaney pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.  He has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 10.50 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.  Delaney has pitched in 340 games (0 starts) in his 8 years in the minors and he is 29-23 with 80 saves, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Delaney could benefit from a change of scenery, as like Dane De La Rosa, he has good stuff.  I like this deal for both teams, as the Angels got a nice arm for a backup catcher, which was a big need for the Orioles.

Caleb Cowart is off to a slow start in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 April 2013 at 7:05 am

20-year old switch-hitting 3B Caleb Cowart is off to a slow start in AA-ball for the Angels in 2013.  He came into this season as the Angels’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cowart has played in 9 games in AA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 3 for 31 (.097 avg, .319 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases.  Cowart has now played in 223 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 233 for 866 (.269 avg, .769 OPS) with 143 runs scored, 24 homers, 150 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  The Angels are likely going to take things slowly with Cowart.

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