27-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra has been pretty solid for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has given up only 42 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his first 48 2/3 innings for the Angels so far this year. Guerra has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. It looks like the Angels have found a keeper in Deolis Guerra.
Lefty swinging 1B Rod Carew waved his bat around like a magic wand for the California Angels. He played the first 12 years of his Hall of Fame career (he was elected in 1991) with the Minnesota Twins. But, he played his last seven years of his career with the California Angels and he got his 3,000th hit of his career with them in his last year with the Angels back in 1985! Carew played in 834 games in his seven years with the Angels and he was 968 of 3,080 (.314 avg, .784 OPS) with 474 runs scored, 18 homers, 282 RBI and 18 stolen bases. He also played in 9 games in the playoffs for the Angels in which he was 10 for 34 (.294 avg) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Carew was an All-Star in six of his seven seasons with the Angels. Carew’s best season for the Angels came back in 1980. Carew played in 144 games for the Angels in 1980 and he was 179 of 540 (.331 avg, .833 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 3 homers, 59 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Rod Carew is still #2 in Angels’ history in both batting average (.314) and OBP (.393)! He is also still #40 in SLG (.392), #21 in OPS (.784), #18 in games played (834), #15 in runs scored (474), #12 in hits (968), tied for #22 in doubles (140), tied for #16 in triples (22), #30 in RBI (282) and he is also #10 in walks (405) in Angels’ history!
The Los Angeles Angels have shut down 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Nate Smith due to tendinitis in his left elbow. Smith pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He gave up 166 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his 150 1/3 innings pitched in the minors. Smith has now pitched in 86 games (80 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 31-25 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Smith came into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. This injury is a bad break for Smith, as the Angels were likely going to call him up to make a start or two in September.
29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels is done for the season! He was hit by a line drive off of the bat of Mariners’ 3B Kyle Seager and is caused a small skull fracture and a hematoma on the right side of his head. He had emergency surgery last night. Shoemaker pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 9-13 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He gave up 166 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 143 batters in 160 innings pitched this year. Shoemaker had a rough start to the season, as he started 5 games in April in which he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. But, when he started using his split finger fastball a lot, his fortunes started to chance. From May 1st on, Shoemaker pitched in 22 games (all starts) in which he was 8-9 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Shoemaker has now pitched in 80 games (72 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 32-27 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Here’s hoping that Shoemaker has a complete recovery and can resume pitching for the Angels in 2017.
The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 25-year old righty starter/reliever Daniel Wright off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Wright pitched in 4 games (2 starts) for the Reds this year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-2 with a 7.42 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. Wright has given up 25 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 13 innings in the show, so he got hit pretty hard. He also pitched in 25 games (14 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Reds this year and he was 8-5 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. With the Angels hurting for pitching, it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on a guy like Wright.
The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles in his first taste of the show and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Tolliver also pitched in 31 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He gave up 35 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his 41 2/3 innings in the minors this year. It never hurts to take a flier on a lefty reliever like Tolliver.
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 31-year old righty reliever Fernando Salas to the New York Mets for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Erik Manoah. Salas pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-6 with 6 saves, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Salas pitched in 187 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-8 with 6 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Manoah pitched in 13 games (12 starts) in A-ball for the Mets this year and he was 5-5 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Manoah gave up 71 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 63 batters in his 62 innings in the minors for the Mets this year. Manoah has now pitched in 35 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 9-10 with 3 saves, a 5.13 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. The Angels are taking a flier on Manoah, who is still really young.
36-year old righty swinging DH/1B Albert Pujols is on fire at the plate right now for the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols has played in 41 games since the All-Star break and he is 47 of 161 (.292 avg, .843 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 11 homers and 43 RBI. Pujols has now played in 128 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 130 of 495 (.263 avg, .773 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 26 homers, 103 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He is showing a good eye at the plate too as he has walked 45 times while whiffing 64 times so far this year. Pujols has now played in 697 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 723 of 2,728 (.265 avg, .798 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 141 homers, 472 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Pujols is in the 5th year of his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels. This is the third year out of his first five with the Angels that he has knocked in at least 100 runs! Pujols is already #31 in games played (697) in Angels’ history! He is also tied for #39 in batting average (.265), tied for #46 in OBP (.325), #9 in SLG (.473), tied for #15 in OPS (.798), #24 in runs scored (365), #25 in hits (733), #20 in doubles (143), tied for #9 in homers (141), #15 in RBI (472) and he is also #25 in walks (235) in Angels’ history!
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava to the Kansas City Royals for either a player to be named later or cash. Nava played in 45 games for the Angels this year and he was 28 of 119 (.235 avg, .611 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBI. Nava has now played in 500 games in his first six years in the show and he is 396 of 1,507 (.263 avg, .730 OPS) with 202 runs scored, 25 homers, 185 RBI and 9 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss for the Angels moving forward, as Nava was a big disappointment for them.
Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone was outstanding for the California Angels. He played in 968 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 742 of 3,033 (.245 avg, .620 OPS) with 286 runs scored, 39 homers, 318 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He also played in 12 games in the playoffs for the Angels and he was 14 of 38 (.368 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Boone was a Gold Glove Award winner for the Angels four times in his seven years with them. He was a great handler of the Angels’ pitching staff and he had a big time right arm. Boone was an All-Star in 1983 for the Angels. He played in 142 games for the Angels in 1983 and he was 120 of 468 (.256 avg, .641 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 52 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. But, his best year with the Angels was his last one, in 1988. Boone played in 122 games for the Angels in 1988 and he was 104 of 352 (.295 avg, .739 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 5 homers, 39 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Boone also won a Gold Glove Award in 1988. Boone is still #12 in Angels’ history in games played with 968 of them. He is also still #33 in runs scored (286), #24 in hits (742), #25 in doubles (115), #25 in RBIs (318) and he is still #27 in walks (232) in Angels’ history!