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The January 29th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels' farm systems ranked second worst, looking at how the farm system got so bad and much more...
The Story: John Sickels ranks the Angels' farm system as the second worst in all of baseball.
The Monkey Says: Baseball America had the Halos system dead last so........ hooray for progress???
The Story: A look at how exactly the Angels' farm system got so bad after being so good eight years ago.
The Monkey Says: I don't think their issues in Latin America after the skimming scandal get nearly enough attention. The Angels had found great success over those eight years with Latin American players (Santana, Aybar, Callaspo, K-Rod) and then basically shut things down until Dipoto took over last year and even still they are really only just getting going now.
The Story: The anatomy of the death of Vernon Wells' career.
The Monkey Says: The real killer is that the warning signs were there for years, but Tony Reagins completely ignored them because of one great bounceback season. Thank again, Tony.
The Story: A look at Erick Aybar's contract and where he ranks amongst the top shortstops in the American League.
The Monkey Says: I think the contract is perfectly fine. Even with his maddening inconsistency, he's a pretty safe bet to be a two-win player and can be as much as a four-win player in years where it all clicks. Part of why I rated him so low is just that there is actually a lot of talent at shortstop nowadays.
The Story: Adam Kennedy was voted the 15th best acquisition by the Angels of all-time.
The Monkey Says: I have to think that most of that comes for his three-homer game in the ALCS. I never really liked AK that much, but I do think he was probably a bit underrated during his prime years. However, I am also guessing that this ranking doesn't take into account what was given up to acquire the player, which in this case was Jim Edmonds, a rather hefty price to pay even if he was unlikely to re-sign in Anaheim.
The Story: A positive preview of Peter Bourjos' 2013 season.
The Monkey Says: If you think that is a rosy projection, just wait until February when I kick off my series of Angel player previews and let my unhealthy mancrush on Bourjos start anew.
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Prospect Profile - Nike Maronde (LHP)
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” 205 lbs. DOB: 9/5/89(AZL Angels/Inland Empire/Arkansas/Angels): 6-4, 2.21 ERA, 22 BBs, 97 Ks, 105.2 IP
After a solid start to his professional career in 2011, ranking atop the pioneer league's crop of prospects, Maronde was one of four players to make it to the big leagues from the 2011...
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who underwent minor surgery on his right knee after last season, will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on Monday.
Pujols, through his agent, expressed a desire to play in the WBC, which will be held in early March, but because of liability issues related to his surgery, he...
The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a 1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package.
Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for 1.4 million, and the team countered with 975,000, a fairly sizeable...
By now you have have probably seen our Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball feature or read excerpts of it in the Angels own historical piece "Under the Halo", well tomorrow at 1PM ET on the MLB Network, tune in for the Greatest Moments in Angels History brought to you by MLB Productions.
Below is the MLB Network's Promo for tomorrow's special.
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
The first baseman and three-time NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. He would need special permission from the Angels to take part in the Classic.
Pujols told a Dominican radio show that the Angels support him...
The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,000, avoiding arbitration with the hard-throwing right-hander.
The Angels announced the deal Tuesday night.
Jepsen went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA last year, returning to an important role in the Angels' bullpen after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He has been a steady...
Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports that RyanMadson, signed this winter with hopes of him claiming the Halo's closer role,
may not be ready to make the opening bell.
Madson, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery last April,
which caused the then Cincinnati Red to miss the entire 2012 season. The
Angels signed the 6'6", 202 lb. right-hander to a one-year...
One of the greatest defensive shortstops in baseball history, a potential Hall of Famer with 24 years of big-league experience, will be in camp when the Angels begin spring training in two weeks.
As a coach.
The team has hired Omar Vizquel as its new roving infield instructor to succeed Dick Schofield, whose contract was not renewed after last season.
The Angels were in the final...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with another one of the many power bullpen arms collected in this year's draft.
Position: Relief Pitcher Highest Level: Rookie
Throws: Right Height: 6'2" Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 5/5/91
2012 Season Stats
Rookie: 28.0 IP, 0-1, 4 SV, 5.46 ERA, 22 H, 15 BB, 4 HR, 31 SO, 1.23 GO/AO, 4.94 FIP...
Earlier today, John Sickels released his farm system rankings and had the Pittsburgh Pirates fifth overall. He also had the St. Louis Cardinals first overall. The Cardinals seem to be the consensus top farm system this year. I haven’t received my Baseball America 2013 Prospect Handbook yet, but I’ve already seen that the Cardinals ranked first in their preliminary rankings.
So it seems that the LA Dodgers are going to be getting their very own TV network. Well, isn't that special?
Oh, wait, I'm sorry, that came off as sarcastic, didn't it? That is special. I'm actually quite jealous of the Dodgers, which is something I seldom find myself feeling. But, for me at least, my jealousy is not steeped in the fact that the Dodgers...