The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Cody Ege on waivers from the Miami Marlins. Ege pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.33 WHIP. Ege gave up 8 hits (1 homer) and 2 walks while whiffing 2 batters in his first 3 innings in the show, so he got hit hard. He also pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year in which he was 4-3 with 5 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Ege has now pitched in 138 games (0 starts) in the minors and he is 18-6 with 11 saves, a 2.63 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. This was a good guy for the Angels to take a flier on, as Ege has a good arm.
The Los Angeles Angels have released 28-year old righty swinging SS Ryan Jackson. Jackson played in 92 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies and Angels this year in which he was 72 of 290 (.248 avg) with 27 runs scored, 0 homers, 40 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has played in 3 years in the show so far in his career and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored. This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels are widely known to have a poor minor league system right now, prospect wise. But, 22-year old righty reliever Adam Hofacket is a pitcher on the rise for them. He came into this season as the Angels’ #24 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 2-2 with 9 saves, a 4.22 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Hofacket has now pitched in 58 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 6-2 with 17 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He has given up 79 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 73 batters in his first 73 2/3 innings in the minors.
The Los Angeles Angels have activated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto off of the D.L. Soto played in 22 games earlier this year for the Angels and he is 19 for 67 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. To make room on the roster for Soto, the Angels have sent 25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez to AAA. Perez has played in 68 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 48 of 215 (.223 avg, .601 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Soto will share time behind the plate with Jett Bandy going forward.
28-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin will be moving back into the starting rotation for the Los Angeles Angels. He will be replacing Tim Lincecum. Chacin has pitched in 18 games (10 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-5 with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has given up 75 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 70 2/3 innings. He has pitched well since moving to the bullpen, working in 8 games in which he is 0-0 with a 2.55 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. The Angels hope Chacin will turn things around as a starting pitcher.
The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 27-year old lefty reliever Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Oberholtzer pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He gave up 58 hits (11 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 50 1/3 innings with the Phillies. Oberholtzer has now pitched in 71 games (42 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 13-22 with 1 save, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Oberholtzer is a guy worth taking a chance on. Maybe the Angels will use him as a starter, as they have a need there.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter. 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 also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he is 2-2 with 3 saves, a 4.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Achter will work in middle relief for the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels has placed 24-year old righty reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4th, due to right middle finger flexor tendinitis. This is a bad break for Bedrosian, as he was going to fill in as the Angels’ closer until Huston Street came back from the D.L. Bedrosian has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 1.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Bedrosian has given up only 30 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 40 1/3 innings for the Angels this year.
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.