Found May 22, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:
1. Mike Trout - He's already the best player on the Angels, but I think most of us knew that going into the season.  His .400 BA in AAA did nothing to deter that, but one has to question Scioscia's sanity for waiting so long to promote him.  In the first 20 games without Trout, the Angels were 6-14.  The next 20 games with Trout, 12-8.  That's no coincidence either.  Trout is hitting .333 and the sample size isn't exactly small.  He's hitting with power, playing incredible defense and has provided the winning attitude and spark plug for a team that lacks identity and consistency.  He may not here to be the savior for the Angels this season, but if he keeps it up, he may accidentally stumble into such a role.  Stock is certainly up, though there really isn't any stock to speak of anymore, as he's gone from elite prospect to bonafide all-star and Rookie of the Year candidate.   2. SS Jean Segura - One third of the way through the season and Segura has 18 stolen bases in AA.  He's playing a competent shortstop, and has the necessary pop in his bat to make a difference.  But his home ball park and the league he's playing in will certainly knock some of those offensive numbers down below where they reasonably should be.  The batting average isn't where it should be yet (.272) but I suspect that by the end of the season it will be (.290+).  His stock is down for now, but not out.  He still has a rare skill set from a shortstop, has the versatility to play 2B or 3B and could be a hot commodity in the trade market should the Angels decide that Kendrick and Aybar need no competition for the next 4 years.   3. RHP Garrett Richards - Richards had three consecutive rough outings that now appear to be injury/dead-arm related before his latest two starts when he was back to his old dominant self.  When healthy, Richards has been stellar in the Pacific Coast League this season, which is a darn near impossible task.  Let's keep in mind that Jerome Williams owns a 3.77 ERA in Anaheim the last two seasons.  In AAA, that number was at 3.91.  Richards is ready to be a starter in the majors and I suspect he won't be in the minors much longer.  His stock is up.   4. C.J. Cron - He's alive!  After being largely dormant for the better part of two months, Cron's bat has come alive.  And make no mistake, Cron was ONLY drafted for his bat and his bat will be the deciding factor in how successful he is as a professional.  He's now hitting ..284 with nine doubles and six home runs at the one third mark.  The power, discipline and general average aren't where they need to be if he wants to remain a top prospect, but he's really in a groove, hitting over .350 in the month of May.  Cron hasn't proven capable of hitting lefties yet, and he also suffers from playing in the ONLY pitcher friendly park in the Cal League (.316 BA away from home, .205 at home).  So he's better than his numbers look.  Ultimately there will be three deciding factors in his justification for being a good first round pick.  Home runs, batting average and plate discipline.  The home runs are beginning to pour in, the batting average is improving.  All that's left are fewer K's and more BB, which we've already seen signs of.  Cron's stock is on the rise since April and back where it was after he showered the Pioneer League with mammoth home runs in late 2011.   5. Nick Maronde - Not enough good things can be said about this kid.  He was the steal of the draft last year.  College lefties with a big projectable frame, good control, low to mid-90's heat, wipeout slider and developing change don't leave the first five picks of the draft.  In fact, in any normal year they would be off the board before the third pick of the draft.  So how is it the Angels were able to land one in the 3rd round?  Excellent scouting.  It's no secret Tom Kotchman's influence in the state of Florida is unparalleled.  He must have watched this kid a lot at the University of Florida where he was a reliever, and an inconsistent one at that.  But much like with Garrett Richards, the Angels seemingly knew something was there despite the rough college numbers and have unearthed a potential front of the rotation starter.  He's skipped Cedar Rapids and was downright dominant in the Cal League before landing on the 7-day DL.  I wouldn't rule out finishing the season in AA for Maronde and potentially being ready for a starting gig with the Angels by the end of next season if he can stay healthy.  Stock is skyrocketing upward.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Hunter could return next week

OAKLAND, Calif. Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who has been on the restricted list since April 14 dealing with a family matter, could return to the team next week after it returns home from its current road trip. "There's no doubt he wants to get back to playing baseball because that's what he's about," manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. "But he...

Wells out 8-10 weeks

Angels outfielder Vernon Wells tweeted the bad news himself: He's going to need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Wells was injured in the second inning Sunday in San Diego when he stole second base after drawing a leadoff walk against the Padres. He played left field for a half inning but then left the game. Manager Mike Scioscia said after the game, a...

Halo Headlines: Wells and Langerhans appear headed for DL, Pujols could get starts at 3B, Hunter could return by the end of the week

The May 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Angels lose Wells at worse possible time

OAKLAND, Calif. In baseball, nothing ever stays the same. It's a game constantly in motion, always changing, always unpredictable. Six weeks ago, on opening night, the Angels' starting outfield was Vernon Wells in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Torii Hunter in right. Monday night, as they began a three-game series against the Oakland A's, their outfield was Mike...

An open letter to Angels fans: What exactly do you want Scioscia to do?

This is not a typical analytical piece like you normally see in this space.  No, this is an "open letter" to you, the average Angels fan.  I have one very simple, very direct question for you: what exactly is it you want Mike Scioscia to do about this struggling ballclub? With the losses piling up and the runs, well, not, there is a growing movement from a segment of...

Vernon Wells to have thumb surgery, out 8-10 weeks

Another day, another setback in the Los Angeles Angels' maddening start. Vernon Wells was diagnosed Monday with a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery, sidelining the high-priced outfielder for at least eight to 10 weeks. ''Any time you lose a guy that you're counting on who has maybe shown some signs of getting back to his game, it's unfortunate...

Frieri 'excited' after earning first career save

OAKLAND, Calif. As Ernesto Frieri buttoned his dress shirt and packed his bag for the flight to Seattle, he couldn't suppress a smile. He waited his entire big-league career for the chance he got Wednesday afternoon, and now that it was over, he looked ready to burst. A save. That's what Frieri wanted when he came to the Angels in a trade with the San Diego Padres this...

Game Recap 5/22/12 : And?? - Angels 5 Athletics 0

I see a lot of people rejoicing on Twitter over todays game.Why?It's not like this is the first time the team has clicked for one game before falling right off the wagon for an ugly stretch one or two games later. It pains me to say that but this win is really no big deal, aside from the fact that C.J Wilson was 1 hit away from a no-hitter. Yeah I know he gave up that hit in...

Angels 5, Athletics 0

C.J. Wilson and Ernesto Frieri combined on a one-hitter and the Los Angeles Angels broke out of their offensive slump in a 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Albert Pujols homered for the third time in seven days while Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick both had RBI singles for the Angels, who had scored only five runs in their previous three games combined. A day...

Vernon Wells Needs Surgery

Headed to the surgeon Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder, Vernon Wells, will need surgery on his right thumb. Wells tweeted the news himself. He will have surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. According to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, Wells will likely be out eight to ten weeks. Wells is currently hitting .244 with six home runs in 38 games. He is the Angels’...

AL West Quarter Report Card

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hitters: D+. This is a subject area that the Angels were expected to ace, but instead they are bringing up the rear in the class with the second-fewest runs scored in the American League and have been shutout a league-leading eight times. The epic struggles of Albert Pujols are well documented, but several other Halos are having horrible seasons at...

Athletics 2, Angels 1

Tommy Milone scattered five hits over seven innings and Kila Ka'aihue drove in the go-ahead run, leading the pesky Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Monday night. Milone (6-3) struck out three, walked one and never allowed the anemic Angels offense to get going. The lefty's only blemish was an RBI double by Mike Trout in the fifth that landed between two...

Angels-Mariners Preview

Dan Haren couldn't ask for a better opponent to face as he tries to avoid losing five straight starts for the first time. The right-hander will take the mound Thursday night when the visiting Los Angeles Angels open a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners, a team Haren has dominated like no other in his career. Haren is 10-5 versus Seattle for his most wins against any...
Angels News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.