The Los Angeles Angels have a quartet of rookies that could help them in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 8:37 am

The Angels have a quarter of rookies that could help them in 2013.  Here is a look at them:

Nick Maronde:  23-year old lefty reliever/starter Nick Maronde comes into this season as the Angels’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He also pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in Rookie+A+AA-ball last year and he was 6-4 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Maronde has pitched in 31 games (29 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.

Kole Calhoun:  25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cole Calhoun comes into this season as the Angels’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 21 games for the Angels in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .457 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Calhoun also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 122 for 410 (.298 avg, .877 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Calhoun has now played in 294 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 347 of 1,124 (.309 avg, .920 OPS) with 216 runs scored, 43 homers, 214 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.

Luis Jimenez:  25-year old righty swinging 3B Luis Jimenez comes into this season as the Angels’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Jimenez played in 122 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 150 of 485 (.309 avg, .829 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 16 homers, 85 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  He has now played in 529 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 627 of 2,075 (.302 avg, .856 OPS) with 342 runs scored, 75 homers, 390 RBIs and 79 stolen bases.

Andrew Romine:  27-year old lefty swinging infielder Andrew Romine comes into this season as the Angels’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 12 games for the Angels last year and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .912 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He also played in 87 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 100 of 351 (.285 avg, .726 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Romine has now played in 27 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 10 for 44 (.227 avg, .519 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

Andrew Taylor is out indefintely for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 14 March 2013 at 6:30 am

26-year old lefty reliever Andrew Taylor is out indefinitely due to a small tear in the labrum.  He pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 3-4 with 2 saves, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He also pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors last year with the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 11.57 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Taylor came into this season as the Angels’ #27 prospect and he was expected to pitch for them at some point in 2013.

UPDATE:  (3/31/2013) – The Angels have officially placed Andrew Taylor on the 15-day D.L.

UPDATE II:  (4/9/2013) – The Angels have moved Taylor to the 60-day disabled list to open up a roster spot for reliever Dane De La Rosa, who was called up earlier today.

The Los Angeles Angels deal 1B Frazier Hall to the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 1 September 2012 at 9:03 am

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 24-year old lefty swinging 1B Frazier Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the deal for Barry Enright. Hall played in 126 games in A-ball for the Angels this year and he was 116 of 456 (.254 avg, .708 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 13 homers and 50 RBIs. He played in 188 games in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 197 of 684 (.288 avg, .793 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 22 homers, 96 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels have 1B in their system that they like better than Hall, so they likely won’t miss him at all moving forward.

The Los Angeles Angels shut down 1B C.J. Cron for the rest of 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 30 August 2012 at 8:14 am

22-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron has been shut down for the rest of the season as he needs surgery to repair his labrum in his right shoulder. He injured it in high school and played his first two years as a pro with a bum shoulder. That makes the numbers he put up all the more impressive. Cron played in 129 games in A-ball this year for the Angels and he was 154 of 525 (.293 avg, .843 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 27 homers, 123 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Cron has now played in 163 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 198 of 668 (.296 avg, .877 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 40 homers, 164 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Cron came into this season as the Angels’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Imagine what he’s going to do next year when he’s finally healthy.

Luis Jimenez is looking good in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 27 August 2012 at 8:28 am

24-year old righty swinging 3B Luis Jimenez came into this season as the Angels’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 114 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 142 of 452 (.314 avg, .835 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 14 homers, 78 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Jimenez has now played in 521 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 619 of 2,042 (.303 avg, .857 OPS) with 338 runs scored, 73 homers, 383 RBIs and 79 stolen bases. I look for Jimenez to be called up by the Angels at some point in September.

The Los Angeles Angels release Francisco Rodriguez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 8 August 2012 at 8:59 am

The Angels have released 29-year old righty reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez pitched in 40 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 2-3 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He gave up 57 hits and he walked 31 batters in only 51 innings pitched this year while whiffing 28. So he didn’t have much of a clue where the ball was going after he threw it. Rodriguez pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in two years with the Angels and he was 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Rodriguez might get a shot with another team, but the Angels won’t miss him too much going forward.

The Los Angeles Angels release Robinzon Diaz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 8 August 2012 at 8:55 am

The Angels have released 28-year old righty swinging catcher Robinzon Diaz. Diaz played in 46 games in AAA-ball this year for the Angels and he was 45 of 158 (.285 avg, .746 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 31 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Diaz has played in 44 games in his two years in the majors and he is 39 of 139 (.281 avg, .659 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 20 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels must feel comfortable with the catchers they currently have to let Diaz go. He should be able to find a new job soon.

The Los Angeles Angels lose Fabio Martinez on waivers to the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 6 August 2012 at 3:08 pm

The Angels have lost 22-year old righty starter/reliever Fabio Martinez on waivers to the Cleveland Indians. Martinez came into this season as the Angels’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. Martinez pitched in 8 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-5 with a 10.72 ERA and a 2.56 WHIP. He pitched in 72 games (58 starts) in his first six years in the minors with the Angels and he was 18-13 with 1 save, a 3.90 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Martinez only gave up 240 hits while whiffing 391 batters in his first 297 2/3 innings in the minors, but he walked 205 batters which is the reason the Angels let him go.

Eric Hurley opts to become a free agent, leaving the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 21 July 2012 at 9:01 am

26-year old righty starting pitcher Eric Hurley has opted out of his minor league contract to become a free agent. He pitched in 18 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 7-8 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Hurley has only five games (all starts) of major league experience which came in 2008 with the Texas Rangers. He was 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in those game. The Angels aren’t going to miss him one bit moving forward.

Ariel Pena has been rock solid in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels so far in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 5:34 pm

23-year old righty starting pitcher Ariel Pena came into this season as the Angels’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 5-5 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has only given up 82 hits and 35 walks in his first 94 2/3 innings in the minors this year while whiffing 93 batters…..as he has been impressive. Pena has now pitched in 108 games (100 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 44-26 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Pena could be prime trade bait for the Angels at the trade deadline later this month.

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