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.

The Los Angeles Angels release Ysmael Carmona

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 28 June 2012 at 7:39 am

The Angels have released 27-year old righty reliever Ysmael Carmona. Carmona pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has now pitched in 143 games (1 start) in his first five years in the minors and he is 7-16 with 34 saves, a 4.90 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. This is no loss for the Angels.

Ryan Brasier is looking solid in AAA-ball for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 10:05 am

24-year old righty reliever Ryan Brasier came into this season as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America. Brasier has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with 8 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 194 games (37 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 21-24 with 49 saves, a 4.23 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Brasier might get a chance with the Angels at some point in 2012 if he keeps pitching well in AAA-ball.

C.J. Cron is looking sharp once again in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 2 June 2012 at 2:07 pm

22-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron came into this season as the Angels’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Cron has played in 54 games in A-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 59 for 205 (.288 avg, .790 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 7 homers and 40 RBIs. Cron has now played in 88 games in his first two years in the minors for the Angels and he is 103 for 348 (.296 avg, .877 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 20 homers and 81 RBIs. Cron will likely have to learn a new position at some point with Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Kendry Morales ahead of him on the depth chart.

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.

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