The Los Angeles Angels place Cliff Pennington on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 10:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury.  Pennington has played in 24 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .664 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging infielder Gregorio Petit to replace Pennington on the active roster.  He has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .759 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Coming into this season, Petit had played in 82 games in his first four years in the show and he was 49 of 193 (.254 avg) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs.  Petit went 1 for 2 in his Angels’ debut last night.

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

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 6:18 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to AAA again to make room on the roster for Jhoulys Chacin.  Achter pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Achter will get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2016.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Matt Shoemaker

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker back up and he will start tonight for them.  How long he stays with them this time is up to him.  He started 1 game in AAA-ball after being sent down and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He gave up 29 hits (6 homers) and he walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings.  Shoemaker has now pitched in 58 games (50 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 24-18 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jhoulys Chacin from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves for 23-year old lefty reliever Andy McCreery.  Chacin pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 134 games (118 starts) in his first eight years in the show and he is 41-51 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Those are pretty darn good numbers when you consider that he pitched with the Colorado Rockies in his first six years in the show.  He will immediately join the Angels’ rotation.  McCreery had not pitched in the minors yet this year.  He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  This was an excellent deal for the Angels!

The Los Angeles Angels activate Daniel Nava from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 7:40 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava from the D.L.  Nava played in 3 games in A-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .311 OPS).  Nava played in 8 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Angels have sent 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to AAA.  Ortega played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was 15 of 51 (.294 avg, .640 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Ortega has now played in 16 games in his first two years in the show and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .686 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Ortega will get called back up the first time the Angels need an outfielder.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Javy Guerra

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 4:23 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra.  Guerra pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Guerra has pitched in 146 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Guerra has always been a solid pitcher in the show, so I like this addition for the Angels.

UPDATE:  (5/13/2016) – The Angels have designated Javy Guerra for assignment.  He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.

UPDATE II:  (5/17/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Javy Guerra to AAA.

Sherman Johnson is raking in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:29 am

25-year old lefty swinging infielder Sherman Johnson was not considered a top prospect coming into the 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels, but he is playing like one so far.  Johnson has played in 21 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 25 of 73 (.342 avg, 1.106 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 10 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Johnson has now played in 457 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 432 of 1,698 (.254 avg, .773 OPS) with 316 runs scored, 36 homers, 195 RBIs and 70 stolen bases.  If Johnson keeps raking like he is right now, he could get a shot with the Angels later in 2016, as they have had issues at 2B.

The Los Angeles Angels send Matt Shoemaker to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 6:41 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to AAA.  Shoemaker has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits (6 homers) and he has walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings so far this year.  His 21 earned runs allowed leads the American League!  It looked like batters were running up to the plate to bat against Shoemaker.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Shoemaker on the pitching staff.  Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels place Craig Gentry on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 6:32 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day day disabled list due to a lumbar spring strain.  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.  The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Robinson to replace him on the active roster.  Robinson will likely take over Gentry’s role as the Angels starting LF against lefty starting pitchers.  Robinson played in 16 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 19 of 62 (.306 avg, .719 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has played in 315 games in his first six years in the show and he is 138 of 582 (.237 avg, .615 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 5 homers, 53 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Nick Buss is off to a great start in AAA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:45 am

With the Los Angeles Angels having a Black Hole in LF so far in 2016, maybe they will give 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Buss a call, as long as he keeps hitting.  Buss has played in 14 games in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 17 of 55 (.309 avg, .967 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 892 games in his first 9 years in the minors and he is 969 of 3,356 (.289 avg, .775 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 66 homers, 455 RBIs and 136 stolen bases.  Buss’ lone Major League experience came in 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he played in 8 games for them in which he was 2 for 19 (.105 avg, .255 OPS).

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