32-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson isn’t letting the Angels poor start effect his performance. Wilson has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 8-5 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Wilson has given up 99 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 99 batters in his first 106 2/3 innings so far this year, which is impressive for the most part….except all the walks. Wilson has now pitched in 51 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 21-15 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Wilson signed a 5-year, $77.5 million dollar deal two winters ago and the Angels are getting some bang for their bucks.
The Angels have placed 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right wrist. He has played in 40 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 42 of 129 (.326 avg, .834 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Bourjos has now played in 339 games in his first four years with the Angels and he is 252 of 980 (.257 avg, .720 OPS) with 139 runs scored, 24 homers, 87 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. The Angels will miss Bourjos’ speed and defense while he is out of action.
The Angels are getting solid work out of 32-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton so far in June. He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for he Angels so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 3.67 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Blanton has given up 23 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his first 27 innings pitched this month, as he has been rock solid so far in June. Blanton has now pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-10 with a 5.26 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Angels hope that Blanton keeps up the good work.
The Angels have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm injury. Hanson has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Hanson has given up 57 hits (9 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 47 2/3 innings this year for the Angels. Hanson started 3 games in June and he was 2-0 despite having a 7.43 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. The Angels shouldn’t rush Hanson back this time, as they don’t need him hurting himself upon his return to action.
22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Zach Borenstein is off to a great start in A-ball this year for the Angels. Borenstein has played in 65 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 75 of 238 (.315 avg, .970 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 16 homers, 50 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 175 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 184 of 644 (.286 avg, .883 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 29 homers, 121 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. Borenstein will likely be moving up to AA-ball in the very near future for the Angels.
The Angels have acquired 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Collin Cowgill from the New York Mets for 23-year old righty swinging outfielder Kyle Johnson. Cowgill played in 23 games for the Mets earlier this year and he was 11 for 61 (.180 avg, .518 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. Cowgill has now played in 97 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 61 of 257 (.237 avg, .605 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 26 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Angels have sent Cowgill to AAA, but he could be with them soon if he looks good there. Kyle Johnson played in 67 games in A-ball for the Angels this year and he was 76 of 245 (.310 avg, .839 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 2 homers, 30 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Johnson played in 100 games in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 104 of 342 (.304 avg, .814 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 3 homers, 42 RBIs and 37 stolen bases. I like this deal for the Angels as Cowgill could help them later this year, while Johnson is a long way from his first shot at the show.
The Los Angeles Angels have a lot of money invested in the team right now, so they are going to have to be buyers next month. The Angels are 33-43 (43.4%) on the season, which has them in 4th place in the A.L. West, 11 games behind the Rangers and 9 games out of the Wild Card. I see the Angels going after the low lying fruit in the trade market rather than going for a high profile name. I have a feeling that the Angels, despite a need in the starting rotation, will focus on relievers. Jesse Crain might be the top target for them as he could close for the Angels, but he wouldn’t come cheaply. The White Sox would likely want a package centered around Luis Jimenez and Garrett Richards for Crain. I think I would aim lower than that. Louis Coleman (Royals), Jared Burton (Twins), Josh Roenicke (Twins), Matt Lindstrom (White Sox), Latroy Hawkins (Mets), Brandon Lyon (Mets), Chad Qualls (Marlins) and John Axford (Brewers).
The Angels have signed 27-year old righty reliever Daniel Stange to a minor league deal. Stange pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Padres earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He got his first and only taste of the majors back in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stange pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the D-Backs in 2010 and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP. Stange might get a shot for the Angels later this year, if he looks good in AAA for them first.
27-year old righty swinging 1B/DH/OF Mark Trumbo is really hitting the ball hard for the Angels so far this year. He has played in 74 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 75 of 287 (.261 avg, .830 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 17 homers, 50 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Trumbo is leading the Angels in HRs and RBIs so far this year and he is second on the team in runs scored. He has slowed down so far in June, but he is still hitting for power. Trumbo has played in 19 games so far this month and he is 15 for 68 (.221 avg, .772 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs. The Angels hope that Trumbo gets back on the track later on this month.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 18th due to a blood clot in his left arm. Vargas has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. 31-year old righty Jerome Williams will likely replace Vargas in the starting rotation. Williams started 7 games earlier this year for the Angels in which he was 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Williams has now pitched in 18 games (7 starts) overall this year for the Angels and he is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Angels have called up 29-year old righty Billy Buckner to replace Williams in the pen as the long man. Buckner started 1 game earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 12 games (all starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 6-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. The Angels hope that Williams can step up and cushion the blow of Vargas’ loss, because he’s going to be out a while.