The Los Angeles Angels have placed 26-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left hand. He was hit by a pitch last night. Cron has played in 77 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 73 of 259 (.278 avg, .808 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Cron is currently #3 in both homers and RBIs on the Angels so far this year. 25-year old lefty swinging 1B Ji-Man Choi has been called up to replace Cron on the active roster. Choi played in 14 games for the Angels earlier this year and he is 1 for 18 (.056 avg, .347 OPS). Losing Cron is a huge blow to the Angels, as he has really been hitting well lately.
The Los Angeles Angels are in last place in the American League West right now and they have one of the worst farm systems in the show. Only way to fix that (other than drafting and scouting better) is to make some deals this month in an effort to get younger and add to the prospect pool. Looking at the roster, the Angels don’t have any big time players that they should be willing to deal. Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker and Joe Smith are likely the best trade chips the Angels have to deal. Escobar would be of particular interest to the Indians, Giants and Royals. I would make a deal with any of those teams tomorrow if they gave me a solid prospect for him. Santiago and Shoemaker are going to have the same teams interested in both of them. They are the Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Royals, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers. The Angels are in a good position to extract a lot for Shoemaker or Santiago, because they don’t need to trade them and starting pitching is pretty scarce on the trade market right now. Joe Smith is a guy I would move for sure (just like Escobar). The Tigers, Mariners and Cardinals will likely be calling about Smith and there is no reason not to find a match with one of them. The Angels should get a decent prospect for Smith. Injuries to a closer this month could open up an opportunity for the Angels to deal Huston Street. The Cubs or Cardinals would be fits for him right now. Righty reliever Fernando Salas, 2B Johnny Giavotella, catcher Geovany Soto, infielder Gregorio Petit, outfielder Daniel Nava and outfielder Shane Robinson all look like throw in type players to make a deal happen. None of them are worth much on the trade market by themselves. The Angels have to be aggressive this month and get some legit prospects in some deals.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right ankle. Robinson has played in 42 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 14 of 66 (.212 avg, .597 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. To replace Robinson on the active roster, the Angels have called up 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham. Cunningham played in 5 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .321 OPS) with 3 runs scored. He has also played in 66 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year in which he was 71 of 243 (.292 avg, .787 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 4 homers, 32 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old lefty reliever Jose Alvarez to AAA. Alvarez has pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. He has given up 47 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 37 innings for the Angels this year, so he was getting hit kind of hard. He has now pitched in 106 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Alvarez’ roster spot was needed for today’s starting pitcher, Nick Tropeano.
The Los Angeles Angels are calling up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano and he will rejoin the rotation and start tomorrow afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tropeano has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. The Angels will move 28-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin to the pen to open up the rotation spot for Tropeano. Chacin has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-5 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. He has given up 64 hits (5 homers) and 25 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his first 53 innings pitched for the Angels this year, so he was getting hit really, really hard!
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith off the D.L. Smith pitched in 26 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-3 with 6 saves, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. To make room for Smith on the active roster, the Angels have sent 25-year old righty reliever Mike Morin to AAA. Morin has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Morin has now pitched in 142 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Angels and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Morin might be back with the Angels later this year.
25-year old lefty starting pitcher Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels is going to undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future! He pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Angels this year and he was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 6-5 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He should have had this done way earlier this year! Now he is going to miss at least half of the 2017 season!
The Los Angeles Angels have released 30-year old righty reliever David Carpenter. Carpenter pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Carpenter has pitched in 218 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 11-11 with 4 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This is no loss to the soon to be rebuilding Los Angeles Angels.
28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been pretty awful for the Los Angeles Angels since they acquired him in a deal earlier this year with the Atlanta Braves. Chacin has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He has given up 52 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 48 1/3 innings with the Angels. Chacin has now pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Angels and Braves so far this year and he is 3-6 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. The Angels can’t keep Chacin in the rotation if he keeps pitching like he is right now.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA. Achter has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has given up 25 hits (5 homers) and 4 walks while whiffing 9 batters in 20 1/3 innings for the Angels this year. Achter will likely be back later this year for the Angels.