Juan Rincon opts out of his minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 1 June 2012 at 1:01 pm

33-year old righty reliever Juan Rincon has opted out of his minor league deal with the Angels. Rincon pitched in 17 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.12 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Rincon has pitched in 444 games (3 starts) in his 10 years in the majors and he is 35-29 with 3 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. The Angels won’t miss Rincon too much, but he will likely hook on with another team soon.

The Los Angeles Angels have released Trevor Reckling

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 11 May 2012 at 10:35 am

The Angels have released 22-year old lefty starting pitcher Trevor Reckling. Reckling came into this season as the Angels’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 4 games (2 starts) in A-ball this year for the Angels and he was 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA and a 3.15 WHIP. He gave up 6 hits and whiffed 5 batters in 6 2/3 innings in A-ball this year, but he walked a stunning 15 batters. Reckling pitched in 110 games (104 starts) in his six years in the minors for the Angels and he was 33-38 with 2 saves, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The Angels got sick of waiting around for Reckling, but some team is going to give him another shot this year.

Hank Conger is hitting well in AAA-ball for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 11 May 2012 at 7:48 am

24-year old switch-hitting catcher Hank Conger is off to a good start with the bat in 2012. He has played in 13 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 20 for 56 (.357 avg, .943 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. It’s bad luck for Conger that he’s on the minor league D.L., because the Angels could use him right now with Chris Iannetta set to miss the next 6-8 weeks due to surgery on his wrist. Conger has played in 72 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 42 for 206 (.204 avg, .629 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers and 24 RBIs. If Conger can get healthy soon, the Angels will likely call him up.

Jean Segura is a prospect on the rise for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 3 May 2012 at 9:19 am

22-year old righty swinging SS Jean Segura came into this season as the Angels’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Segura has played in 25 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 24 for 94 (.255 avg, .690 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Segura has now played in 322 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 392 of 1,260 (.311 avg, .809 OPS) with 217 runs scored, 21 homers, 175 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. He appears to have been placed on the fast track this year by the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels release infielder Jorge Cantu

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 30 April 2012 at 2:16 pm

The Angels have released 30-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Jorge Cantu, as he exercised his opt out clause in his contract. Cantu played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 25 of 86 (.291 avg, .788 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers and 22 RBIs. Cantu has played in 847 games in 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. The Angels aren’t going to miss Cantu this year. I do think another team will sign him to a minor league deal soon as he was hitting the ball well in AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Mike Trout

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 28 April 2012 at 7:21 am

The Angels have called up 20-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout. He is likely going to be the starting CF for the Angels. Trout played in 20 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 31 of 77 (.403 avg, 1.091 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Trout struggled last season in his first shot at the show, when he played in 40 games for the Angels in which he was 27 of 123 (.220 avg, .672 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. His P.T. was sporadic last year, but the Angels are planning on playing him every day this time around to see if he can give the offense a boost. 25-year old righty swinging Peter Bourjos will likely be the #4 outfielder now that he won’t be starting in CF. He has played in 16 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 8 for 45 (.178 avg, .512 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I think Bourjos will do a good job in his new role.

Garrett Richards is off to a good start in AAA-ball for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 April 2012 at 2:23 pm

23-year old righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards came into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. Richards had a rough into to the majors last year when he pitched in 7 games (3 starts) in which he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. But, he looks pretty good so far in AAA ball this year. He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. He has only given up 12 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 21 innings so far this year. Whether Richards gets another shot at the rotation this year will likely depend on how well Jerome Williams pitches as he is the #5 starter for the Angels right now. I think Richards will pitch better in 2012 for the Angels, if he gets that chance at some point in the year.

Mike Trout is killing the ball in AAA for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 April 2012 at 2:17 pm

20-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout came into this season as the Angels’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. He has a rough time in his first taste of the majors last year when he played in 40 games in which he was 27 for 123 (.220 avg, .671 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Trout is trying to get back to the majors in 2012, but he will need an injury to one of the Angels’ starting outfielders to likely get than chance. Trout has played in 12 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 21 of 50 (.420 avg, 1.094 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 triples, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. I think Trout will be much better the next time around in the majors, especially if he gets consistent playing time.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Rich Thompson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 14 April 2012 at 12:57 pm

The Angels have designated 27-year old righty reliever Rich Thompson for assignment. Thompson pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA and a 2.57 WHIP. He pitched in 81 games (0 starts) in his six years with the Angels and he was 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Angels have called up 27 year old lefty starter/reliever Brad Mills to replace Thompson in the bullpen. Mills started 1 game in AAA-ball this year for the Angels and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Mills will be used in long relief by the Angels.

UPDATE: (4/21/2012) – The Angels have lost Rich Thompson on waivers to the division rival Oakland A’s.

The Los Angeles Angels have a quartet of rookies that could help them at some point in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 3:30 pm

The Angels won’t likely have a lot of P.T. available for rookies in 2012. That being said, here’s four of them who could help the Angels in 2012:

Mike Trout: 20-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout comes into this season as the Angels’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. 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 in which he was 115 of 353 (.326 avg, .958 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 11 homers, 38 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Trout has now played in 266 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 351 of 1,040 (.338 avg, .930 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 22 homers, 121 RBIs and 102 stolen bases. If any of the starting outfielders gets hurt for the Angels, Trout will be the first player called up.

Garrett Richards: 23-year old righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards comes into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. Richards pitched in 7 games (3 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Richards also pitched in 22 games (21 starts) last year in AA-ball in which he was 12-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Richards has now pitched in 56 games (55 starts) in his first three starts in the minors and he is 27-8 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Richards could get some starts for the Angels in 2012, as Jerome Williams won’t be ready for the season to start.

Alexi Amarista: 22-year old lefty swinging 2B/OF Alexi Amarista comes into this season as the Angels’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 23 games 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 and he was 106 of 363 (.292 avg, .755 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 4 homers, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Amarista has now played in 463 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 578 of 1,838 (.314 avg, .816 OPS) with 308 runs scored, 20 homers, 227 RBIs and 116 stolen bases. He could make his way to L.A. at some point in 2012.

Andrew Romine: 26-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Andrew Romine comes into this year as the Angels’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America. Romine played in 10 games for the Angels last year and he was 2 for 16 (.125 avg, .301 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 15 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 3 for 27 (.111 avg, .254 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base. Romine also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 107 of 381 (.281 avg, .709 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 4 homers, 35 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He has now played in 524 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 534 of 1,935 (.276 avg, .713 OPS) with 307 runs scored, 15 homers, 174 RBIs and 144 stolen bases. If a middle infielder gets injured, the Angels could give Romine an extended look in 2012.

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