The Los Angeles Angels are having issues scoring runs, so they can’t afford to play guys that can’t hit. 25-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez is the starter right now because of his work behind the plate. He has played in 12 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .469 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. If Perez doesn’t hit better in the near future, the Angels could look to get 33-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto increased playing time. Soto has played in 7 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 6 for 19 (.316 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Soto has a lot of power.
28-year old lefty swinging RF Kole Calhoun had a breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015. He played in 159 games for the Angels last year and he was 161 of 630 (.256 avg, .731 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 26 homers, 83 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove in right field last year. Well he is proving that last year was just a starting point for him. He has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 14 of 38 (.368 avg, .929 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. The Angels hope that Calhoun keeps rolling with the bat, as they are having a hard time scoring runs so far this year.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list due to left patella tendinitis. He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 4 for 14 (.286 avg, .619 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Angels have called up 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega to replace Nava on the roster and as the lefty swinging portion of a platoon in LF. Ortega came into this season as the Angels’ #18 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.012 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 triples, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. Ortega played in 2 games in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.167 OPS) with 1 stolen base. That was his only Major League experience until now.
33-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar had a “career year” in 2015 for the Washington Nationals. He played in 139 games for the Nationals last year and he was 168 of 535 (.314 avg, .790 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 9 homers, 56 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Los Angeles Angels were so impressed that they dealt for him over the winter. He has been impressive so far this year for the Angels, proving that last year was not a fluke. He has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 13 for 41 (.317 avg, .928 OPS) with 6 runs scored, an American League leading 6 doubles, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. He is not only hitting the ball hard, but he is showing great discipline at the plate as he has walked 5 times already this year while only whiffing twice. The Angels hope that Escobar keeps up the good work.
26-year old righty swinging 1B/DH C.J. Cron is off to a very slow start for the Los Angeles Angels. He played in 113 games for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 378 (.262 avg, .739 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 16 homers, 51 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Cron played well enough last year that the Angels were confident that he could be a full time starter at DH or 1B for them in 2016. Cron has been switching off playing 1B or DH with Albert Pujols, so they both would be in the lineup every day. But, Cron is blowing his big chance to be an every day player so far this year. He has played in 8 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 2 for 26 (.077 avg, .226 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs. The Angels need him to pick up the pace, or they are going to have to put him on the bench.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 23-year old lefty reliever Greg Mahle and they have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter back to AAA. Mahle came into this season as the Angels’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Mahle pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 3-4 with 25 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Mahle has now pitched in 76 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 4-6 with 27 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Achter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP. Achter could get another shot with the Angels later this year.
29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was a revelation for the Los Angeles Angels in 2014. He pitched in 27 games (20 starts) for the Angels in 2014 and he was 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He finished second in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. The Angels had high hopes for Shoemaker in 2015, but he was a disappointment for them. He pitched in 25 games (24 starts) in 2015 for the Angels and he was 7-10 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. In his first start this year, Shoemaker worked 3 innings and he was hit hard as he gave up 7 hits and 6 runs (all earned) while walking 3 batters and whiffing 2. The Angels aren’t going to stick by Shoemaker too long if he continues to struggle.
The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 24-year old righty reliever Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Astros. Reynolds pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 2-3 with 10 saves, a 4.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has now pitched in 152 games (42 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 22-23 with 21 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. The Angels have sent him to AA to start the 2016 season.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 24-year old righty reliever Cam Bedrosian to the minors. Bedrosian pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. He worked 2 innings for the Angels and he was all over the place, as he walked 2 batters and threw 2 wild pitches. The Angels called up 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to replace Bedrosian in the bullpen. Achter came into the game last night for the Angels and he threw a scoreless inning, allowing no baserunners and whiffing a batter. Coming into this season, Achter had pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he was 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
The Los Angeles Angels got swept in their opening series against the Cubs and they were outscored 15-1! Only three Angels’ hitters are hitting .200 or better so far this year. Switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava was 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .667 OPS), righty swinging outfielder Craig Gentry was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 RBI and righty swinging catcher Carlos Perez was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .533 OPS) against the Cubs. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout were a combined 0 for 15 with 5 whiffs against the Cubs. The Angels hit only .115 as a team with a .277 OPS against the Cubs. It’s way too early to be overly concerned about the bats.