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The January 11th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout named the best player under 25 years old, finding a home for Vernon Wells, Jerry Dipoto responds to fan's letter and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout tops Keith Law's list of the 25 best players under the age of 25.
The Monkey Says: Well, he is the best player in all of baseball regardless of age, so that really shouldn't be a big surprise.
The Story: Finding a home for Vernon Wells.
The Monkey Says: I still think they could trade him and there are rumors out there that the front office has quietly promised Vernon that they would move him too. The Philadelphia idea makes a lot of sense given their need and the sort of player they typically go after. I wouldn't rule out the Yankees or Orioles either. But who I really like as a fit is the Pirates. They've taken fliers on Wells' types before (see A.J. Burnett last season) and could use some outfield depth and veteran leadership.
The Story: Jerry Dipoto responded to another fan's letter with a handwritten letter of his own.
The Monkey Says: This is something he does regularly, which blows my mind because when I have to write down even a phone number by hand it feels like the most arduous task of all time.
The Story: John Sickels unveils his top 20 prospects for the Angels in 2013.
The Monkey Says: I really like the switch-hitting Mike Lowell comp for Cowart, though I am simultaneously annoyed by the notion of comps in general. What I think Sickels really nailed is the starting pitching problems in the system. Maronde is the best pitcher in the system, but he might end up in relief, which is something that has been said about pretty much every single other starter worth caring about. That's something the front office is going to have to work very hard to address very quickly so they don't constantly have to pay top dollar for starting pitching on the free agent market.
The Story: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Jason Heyward could be the best quartet of young hitters in an era ever.
The Monkey Says: And just imagine if the Angels trade for Stanton! No, don't do that. It isn't happening. In fact, stop making up trade idea to get him. You're better than that.
The Story: Did the Josh Hamilton signing make Mike Trout's arbitration years more expensive?
The Monkey Says: I don't think so. For starters, I am fairly certain arbitration proceedings are done via comparisons to players at the same position across the league, not on the same team. If anything, it might've made Trout cheaper since he now is "only a left fielder" instead of an elite center fielder. Let's hope the Angels just lock him into a fifteen-year contract extension and avoid the nasty arbitration years altogether.
The Story: Some of the top performances (according to WAR) by Angel prospects in 2012.
The Monkey Says: Man, seeing Garrett Richards talked about is kind of weird. I had almost kind of forgotten about him, which is kind of scary since he seemed like a big part of the rotation at one point and now he's not even an afterthought.
The Story: Jered Weaver and some douchebags from the Dodgers will be at the SoCal Baseball Expo this Friday in Anaheim.
The Monkey Says: Look, I know the Angels are supposed to be a "Los Angeles" team, but I'm kind of offended that the Dodger players outnumber the Angel players at an even in Anaheim.
BEST OF MAXIM
Last year, Howie Kendrick reverted back to the player he has been for his entire career; good batting average, with decent number of runs/RBI and a good amount of steals. It’s clear that his power in 2011 (18 HR) was a fluke solely based on his 16.5% HR/FB rate, which is almost double his career rate of 8.9%.
He seems to have shaken the injury bug as he’s averaged a solid 148...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with the first of what is suddenly a glut of left-handed relievers in the upper levels of the system just waiting for a chance to crack the big league bullpen.
Position: Relief Pitcher Highest Level: Majors
Throws: Left Height: 6'2" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 26 Born: 8/18/86
2012 Season Stats
The winter of 2011 brought a wave of new beginnings for the Angels.
After two consecutive years without a post-season appearance, Tony Reagins resigned. Jerry "JeDi" Dipoto came in and somehow managed to pick up the two biggest free agents on the market: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
Analysts and fans alike made their predictions: the Angels were to be the...
By Greg Bird - AngelsWin.com Columnist
This began as a single article about who should hit number 2 in the line-up and as I looked into the stats I figured we first needed to talk about the most successful Angels’ two-hole hitter last year, Torii Hunter. As I researched Torii’s performance last year this article developed into two parts, both of which, I believe, are necessary...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a former first-rounder looking to rebuild his prospect stock after nearly two years after losing nearly two years to Tommy John surgery.
Position: Pitcher Highest Level: Low-A
Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 10/2/91
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 82.2 IP, 3-11, 6.31 ERA,...
The January 10th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Grichuk invited to training camp, wondering when an Angel will get into the Hall of Fame and much more...
The Story: Randal Grichuk has been invited to major league spring training camp.
The Monkey Says: This is a very nice honor for a prospect who has worked hard to overcome a slew...
Angels center fielder Mike Trout has informed tournament organizers that he will not play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March, Trouts agent, Craig Landis, said Saturday.
Trout, no doubt, would have been a huge coup for the WBC -- the 21-year-old was a unanimous selection for the American League rookie of the year and finished second in the MVP vote after hitting...
Team USA will be without the services of reigning American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.According to his agent, Trout told the WBC committee that he would not participate before he was even asked. The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna was the first to break the news.The 21-year took the major leagues by storm in 2012. He finished...
There was plenty of clamor over the fact that Angels OF Mike Trout did not win the AL MVP this season. Personally, I thought that Miguel Cabrera deserved the award, not just because he won the triple crown, but the fact that he had as good, if not a better season. To me it was that simple. Nothing against Trout; he had an MVP type season, but Cabrera was more deserving of the award...
The January 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including getting excited about Mike Trout, Pujols now selling a line of cookware and much more...
The Story: Getting excited about Mike Trout's improvement in 2013.
The Monkey Says: You know what's weird? Everyone writes about how Trout will regress. Nobody is talking about the...