The Los Angeles Angels acquire Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer from the Twins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:30 pm

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.

Yunel Escobar is raking for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 9:09 am

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 DFA Craig Gentry

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 7:36 am

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.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Daniel Nava

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 7:32 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment.  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 RBIs.  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 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  This is no loss moving forward for the Angels as Nava was a big disappointment to them.

UPDATE:  (8/4/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Daniel Nava to AAA.

Albert Pujols is heating up in July for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 8:07 am

36-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols has been ripping the ball in July for the Los Angeles Angels.  Pujols has played in 22 games so far in July and he is 23 of 85 (.271 avg, .829 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pujols has now played in 99 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 96 of 380 (.253 avg, .759 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 19 homers, 78 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Pujols is in the 5th year of a 10-year, $240 million dollar deal.  Pujols has now played in 668 games in his first five years in the show and he is 689 of 2,613 (.264 avg, .797 OPS) with 349 runs scored, 134 homers, 447 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Pujols is already #10 in Angels’ history in homers with 134 of them.  He is also #41 in batting average (.264), tied for #45 in OBP (.326), #9 in SLG (.471), #16 in OPS (.797), #33 in games played (668), #25 in runs scored (349), #27 in hits (689), #23 in doubles (139), #15 in RBIs (477) and he is tied for #26 in walks (232) in Angels’ history.

The Los Angeles Angels activate Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have activated 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off of the D.L.  Skaggs pitched in 9 games (all starts) in Rookie+A+AAA-ball for the Angels this year on his rehab assignment and he was 3-2 with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  He gave up 26 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 53 batters in his 39 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Angels, so he is looking sharp.  Skaggs missed all of last season due to injury.  He last pitched in the show back in 2014 when he pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Angels in which he was 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Skaggs has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-11 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Angels need Skaggs to pitch well and stay healthy.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Todd Cunningham

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 8:15 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham for assignment.  Cunningham has played in 20 games for the Angels this year and he was 4 for 27 (.148 avg, .438 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has now played in 67 games in his first three years in the show and he is 25 of 121 (.207 avg, .520 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Angels needed Cunningham’s roster spot to activate lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs off the D.L.

UPDATE:  (7/30/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Todd Cunningham to AAA.

Bob Lee was a solid reliever a long time ago for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 9:44 am

Righty reliever Bob Lee was only with the California/Los Angeles Angels for a short time, but he made his mark with them.  Lee pitched in 194 games (5 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 20-16 with 58 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 272 hits and 131 walks while whiffing 246 batters in his 370 innings with the Angels.  Lee was an American League All-Star in 1965 for the Angels.  Lee pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1965 and he was 9-7 with 23 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lee gave up 95 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his 131 1/3 innings for the Angels in 1965.  Lee is still #9 in Angels’ history with his 58 saves!  He is also tied for #26 in games pitched (194) and he is #49 in strikeouts (246) in Angels’ history!

The Los Angeles Angels place Nick Tropeano on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 8:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano on the 15-day disabled list due to a UCL tear in his right elbow.  He will likely need Tommy John surgery!  This is another tough blow for the Angels.  Tropeano pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He has given up 70 hits (14 homers) and 31 walks while whiffing 68 batters in his 68 1/3 innings this year.  Tropeano has now pitched in 21 games (20 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  The Angels have called up 27-year old lefty reliever Jose Alvarez to replace Tropeano on the active roster.  Alvarez pitched in 40 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  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.

The Los Angeles Angels place Geovany Soto on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 7:31 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation.  Soto has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 67 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Angels have called up 27-year old righty swinging catcher Juan Graterol to replace Soto on the active roster.  Graterol has played in 46 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 45 of 154 (.292 avg, .688 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 505 games in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 445 of 1,659 (.268 avg, .650 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 12 homers, 174 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  This will be Graterol’s first shot at playing in the show.

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