The Los Angeles Angels call up 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham. Cunningham played in 55 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 61 of 204 (.299 avg, .783 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Cunningham has played in 47 games in his first two years in the show and he is 21 of 94 (.223 avg, .543 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. To make room on the active roster for Cunningham, the Angels have sent 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to AAA. Ortega has played in 36 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 29 of 122 (.238 avg, .577 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 35-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Kratz played in 12 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 9 for 39 (.231 avg, .576 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. Kratz has played in 207 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 114 of 543 (.210 avg, .642 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 23 homers and 69 RBIs. This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels moving forward.
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 28-year old righty reliever Cory Rasmus off the D.L. Rasmus pitched in 11 games (1 start) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He gave up 14 hits (3 homers) and 13 walks while whiffing 12 batters in his first 19 1/3 innings for the Angels this year. The Angels hope that Rasmus pitches better for them this time around.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Greg Mahle to AAA. Mahle has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He has given up 23 hits (4 homers) and 10 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his first 18 1/3 innings for the Angels this year. I think Mahle will get back to Los Angeles at some point in 2016.
29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was so awful in April that the Los Angeles Angels sent him to AAA for a wake up call. He wasn’t down there long and he has looked like a different pitcher since his return to the show. Since May 1st, Shoemaker has started 6 games for the Angels in which he is 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He has given up 41 hits and only 3 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his 39 1/3 innings since May 1st! Shoemaker has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) overall this year for the Angels and he is 3-7 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. The Angels need Shoemaker to keep pitching well.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Chris Jones for assignment. Jones pitched in 10 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 3-5 with a 7.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He gave up 71 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his first 50 1/3 innings this year…..so he was getting hit really hard by AAA batters. Jones has now pitched in 266 games (72 starts) in his first 10 years in the minors and he is 47-45 with 7 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels moving forward.
(6/11/2016) – The Los Angeles Angels have outrighted Chris Jones to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 26-year old righty reliever Jose Valdez from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. Valdez pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Tigers earlier this year and he was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Valdez pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tigers last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Valdez was worth taking a flier on, as I always like deals where you are only giving up cash considerations.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra for assignment for the second time this year. Guerra pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. He has now pitched in 153 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
UPDATE: (6/11/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Javy Guerra to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. Smith has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with 6 saves, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Smith has been pitching hurt the last couple of weeks, so the Angels were right to finally put him on the D.L. 25-year old righty reliever Mike Moran has been called back up to replace Smith in the bullpen. Moran has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels earlier this year and he is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
23-year old righty starting pitcher Victor Alcantara came into this season as the Los Angeles Angels‘ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He has given up 55 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 54 1/3 innings so far this year in the minors. Alcantara has now pitched in 96 games (84 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-30 with 1 save, a 4.59 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Look for the Angels to continue to take things slowly with Alcantara.