35-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is about to start a rehab assignment for the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels hope that he will be ready to return to them in early June. Wilson is in the last year of a 5-year, $77.5 million dollar contract. Wilson pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Wilson has now pitched in 119 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 51-35 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. The Angels need Wilson big time, but they shouldn’t rush him back either…..because they need him to stay healthy.
36-year old lefty reliever Neal Cotts has opted out of his minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Cotts pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Cotts has pitched in 483 games (5 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 21-24 with 4 saves, a 3.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Cotts will find a new team really quickly as decent lefty relievers are hard to find.
The Los Angeles Angels have signed 31-year old lefty pitcher David Huff to a minor league deal. They will send him to AAA to convert back to being a starting pitcher. Huff pitched in 12 games (0 starts) earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Royals and he was 1-1 with 1 save, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Huff has pitched in 118 games (55 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 25-28 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. This is a no risk move for the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels have decided to convert 24-year old righty Tyler Carpenter to a starting pitcher in the minors and the early results have been good so far. Carpenter has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He has given up 37 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 44 1/3 innings this year, which are very impressive numbers. Carpenter has now pitched in 55 games (7 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano has been so-so in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels, because he has been way too wild. He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He has given up 40 hits and he has given up 20 walks so far this year while whiffing 39 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Angels. He is striking out more than a batter an inning, as he has good stuff……so he needs to start throwing more strikes. Tropeano has now pitched in 15 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. With all of the injuries to the rotation, the Angels need Tropeano to step up and challenge hitters with his good stuff!
The Los Angeles Angels have signed 30-year old righty reliever David Carpenter to a minor league deal. Carpenter pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Independent League this year and he was 0-0 with 2 saves, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Carpenter has pitched in 218 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 11-11 with 4 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. It never hurts to take a flier on a guy like Carpenter, as he could help the Angels later on in 2016.
The Los Angeles Angels have called up 24-year old righty swinging 3B Jefry Marte. Marte has played in 33 games in AAA-ball for the Angels so far this year and he was 27 of 120 (.225 avg, .671 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 15 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He played in 33 games in his first taste of the majors last year for the Tigers and he was 17 of 80 (.213 avg, .697 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs. He made his Angels’ debut last night and he was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a RBI. He will likely get a lot of starts at 3B until Yunel Escobar (thumb) is ready to return to action.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Pennington has played in 24 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .664 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. The Angels have called up 31-year old righty swinging infielder Gregorio Petit to replace Pennington on the active roster. He has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 18 of 55 (.327 avg, .759 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Coming into this season, Petit had played in 82 games in his first four years in the show and he was 49 of 193 (.254 avg) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs. Petit went 1 for 2 in his Angels’ debut last night.
The Los Angeles Angels have sent 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter to AAA again to make room on the roster for Jhoulys Chacin. Achter pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He has now pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Achter will get another shot with the Angels at some point in 2016.
The Los Angeles Angels have called 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker back up and he will start tonight for them. How long he stays with them this time is up to him. He started 1 game in AAA-ball after being sent down and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He pitched in 5 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 1-4 with a 9.15 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. He gave up 29 hits (6 homers) and he walked 10 batters while whiffing 16 batters in his first 20 2/3 innings. Shoemaker has now pitched in 58 games (50 starts) in his first four years with the Angels and he is 24-18 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.