The Los Angeles Angels have called up 26-year old righty reliever Jose Valdez. He made his Angels’ debut last night and it wasn’t pretty. He worked 1/3 of an inning last night and he gave up 3 walks and 3 runs (all earned). Valdez also has pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Tigers and Angels this year and he was 2-2 with 5 saves, a 2.36 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He got his first taste of the show last year with the Tigers. He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tigers in 2015 and he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum for assignment. Lincecum pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA and a 2.38 WHIP. He gave up a stunning 68 hits (11 homers) and 23 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his 38 1/3 innings for the Angels this year. They just couldn’t keep putting Lincecum on the mound every five days anymore. He looks like he’s pretty much done as a Major League pitcher and that it sad to see, as not too long ago, he was the best starting pitcher in all of baseball.
UPDATE: (8/9/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Tim Lincecum to AAA.
The Los Angeles Angels have to be pleased with the way that 25-year old righty swinging 1B/3B/OF Jefry Marte was been stepping up at the plate. Marte has now played in 50 games overall this year for the Angels and he is 36 of 139 (.259 avg, .784 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 8 homers and 24 RBIs. Over his last 13 games, Marte is 13 of 37 (.351 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. Marte will continue to get a lot of playing time for the Angels as long as he keeps hitting well.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 25-year old righty reliever Mike Morin to replace Huston Street (placed on the D.L.) on the active roster. 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. He 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.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list due to knee inflammation. Street has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with 9 saves, a 6.45 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. He has given up 31 hits (5 homers) and 12 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his first 22 1/3 innings for the Angels this year, so he has been getting hit really hard in 2016. Since June 1st, Street has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in which he is 1-2 with 4 saves, a 9.88 ERA and a 2.71 WHIP. The Angels will likely turn to 24-year old righty Cam Bedrosian as their new closer moving forward. Bedrosian has pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He has given up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his first 39 innings this year for the Angels. This is Bedrosian’s big chance to be a closer like his dad (Steve Bedrosian) was.
UPDATE: (8/23/2016) – Huston Street has underwent season ending knee surgery.
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 32-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington off of the 15-day disabled list. Pennington played in 27 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 16 of 58 (.276 avg, .740 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. He also played in 9 games on a rehab assignment and he was 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .911 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. The added depth Pennington brings to the infield will help the Angels moving forward.
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for 20-year old righty starter/reliever Jesus Castillo.
Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He gave up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his 37 2/3 innings for the Angels this year. Smith pitched in 184 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-11 with 26 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 33 innings in the minors this year. Castillo has now pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
While it hurts to see Joe Smith go, this was the right thing to do. The Angels need to start rebuilding their minor league system, which is in awful shape right now.
The Los Angeles Angels acquire 33-year old righty starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and 26-year old righty starting pitcher Alex Meyer from the Minnesota Twins for 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Hector Santiago and 25-year old righty reliever Allen Busenitz.
Nolasco pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Twins this year and he was 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He gave up 139 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his 124 2/3 innings for the Twins this year. Nolasco has now pitched in 286 games (268 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 104-97 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He will take over for Santiago in the Angels’ rotation moving forward. Meyer was the key to this deal for the Angels, as he came into this season as the Twins’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. Meyer pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Twins this year and he was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 3.27 WHIP. He also has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Twins this year in which he is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Meyer’s shoulder has been barking and he has not pitched since May. Meyer has now pitched in 4 games (1 start) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Meyer has also pitched in 109 games (78 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 26-22 with 1 save, a 3.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
Santiago pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He gave up 104 hits (20 homers), a A.L. leading 57 walks and he whiffed 107 batters in 120 2/3 innings for the Angels this year. Santiago pitched in 85 games (78 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 25-22 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Santiago was an All-Star for the Angels in 2015. Busenitz pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-2 with 3 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Well, the Angels are betting on Alex Meyer turning into a good Major League starting pitcher in the near future, because dealing Santiago for Nolasco doesn’t make much sense to me.
33-year old righty swinging Yunel Escobar is hitting really well for the Los Angeles Angels so far this year. He has played in 94 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 122 of 379 (.322 avg, .781 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 3 homers and 32 RBIs. Escobar has a team friendly club option for the 2017 season (valued at $7 million dollars), which makes him more valuable trade wise for a team in need of a 3B. He could get move today or even later this month, as he would likely clear waivers. That being said, the Angels better get a decent prospect for him, because they could pick up his option and keep him for next year if they don’t get offered one.
The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment. Gentry played in 14 games for the Angels this year and he was 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .413 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. Gentry has now played in 457 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 257 of 985 (.261 avg, .668 OPS) with 150 runs scored, 4 homers, 82 RBIs and 77 stolen bases. This is no loss for the Angels, as Gentry was a big disappointment for them.
UPDATE: (8/4/2016) – The Angels have released Craig Gentry.