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The January 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels own the best outfield, Cron and Cowart amongst top prospects and much more...
The Story: The Angels rank as having the best outfield in the majors.
The Monkey Says: Let me just start by saying that I'm proud of Joe for not being a Braves homer and ranking them first. I do think it is a closer race than he says it is. A lot of it depends on how well Bourjos pans out and if the Upton brothers live up to their lofty potential now that they are united.
The Story: Of course, ESPN readers disagree and rank the Braves outfield as the best.
The Monkey Says: At the time I posted this, the Braves outfield had over twice as many votes as the Angels outfield, which is just preposterous. I think that speaks to just how much the general public is unaware of Bourjos' defensive prowess and how much they overrate the Uptons.
The Story: C.J. Cron is rated at the fourth best first base prospect in baseball.
The Monkey Says: I don't want to spoil my analysis of Cron in the MWAH prospect countdown, but I am not nearly as high on him as others. His production certainly justifies this ranking, but I have real concerns about whether or not he can keep it up at the higher levels.
The Story: Kaleb Cowart is rated as the fifth best third base prospect in baseball.
The Monkey Says: For me, this is the flip side to Cron. I probably like Cowart more than most and think that he could really rocket up the prospect charts once he puts together another strong season, silencing some of his doubters.
The Story: A look at the performances of underrated rookie ball players Wendell Soto and Joel Capote.
The Monkey Says: It is hard to pay attention to Rookie Ball and not end up rooting for guys like these, even though most of them don't pan out.
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Prospect Profile - Kaleb Cowart (3B)
Bats: Both Throws: Right Height: 6’2”195 lbs. DOB: 6/2/92
(Cedar Rapids/Inland Empire): .276/.358/.452 with 16 HRs and 14 SBs
Kaleb Cowart's first full professional season with Angels, split between
two levels (Cedar Rapids, IE 66ers), was a good one. The Halos 3B
prospect showed signs of having solid power down the road clubbing...
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...
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...
Vernon Wells was drafted in the first round with the fifth overall pick of the 1997 draft. His first full season for the Toronto Blue Jays showed promise in 2002 when he drove in a hundred runs. His star exploded in 2003 when he led the league in hits, doubles and total bases. After two middling seasons in 2004 and 2005, he again had a terrific season in 2006. He rallied for decent...
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........ ...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a rare sighting in the Angel farm system, a high-profile signing out of the Dominican.
Position: Pitcher Highest Level: Low-A
Throws: Right Height: 6'4" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 19 Born: 7/29/93
2012 Season Stats
DSL: 14.0 IP, 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 7 H, 7 BB, 0 HR, 10 SO, 2.63 GO/AO, 3.49 FIP, .271...
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...