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Well, I reviewed the position and personal battles for every pitcher in Angels training camp, so I guess I should do the batters too, right? I really wish I had realized how many freaking people were in camp before I decided to do this, but I made my bed, so I guess I have to lie in it. This is going to take awhile though, so go ahead and run out for a cup of coffee. It's cool, I'll wait.
Ready now? OK, let's do it.
Mike Trout: Personal - Avoid kryptonite. That is all.
Erick Aybar: Positional - His starting gig is obviously secure, but the wildly overrated debate for who should bat in the two-hole rages on and a strong spring could win him the job because it makes so much sense for Scioscia to base his decision off of a few exhibition games rather than a career history of posting below average on-base percentages.
Albert Pujols: Personal - Whatever he did for his training camp regimen last year, he should do the opposite.
Josh Hamilton: Personal - For...
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New Angels slugger Josh Hamilton credits a new diet featuring plenty of fruit and vegetable juices to showing up at training camp feeling great and weighing 225 pounds.
Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout has been one of the most impressive young players to break into the majors in some time. As players report for the start of spring training, it appears to one observer that Trout has packed on a few pounds in the offseason. According to one reporter, Trout now resembles an NFL fullback not a major league outfielder. Mike DiGiovanna tweets, “Last...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
A lot of the 2013 Angels season depends on their pitching staff. It's led by CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver, but...
There is no doubt that Josh Hamilton reported looking good. The problem may have been in his choice of words. The last thing any of Hamilton’s managers want to hear is the guy using the word juicing. We all remember too well Hamilton’s problem with alcohol when he was with the Rangers. This season it looks like Hamilton has rededicated himself to his health. We can all hope...
TEMPE, Ariz. -- An MRI test has showed mild inflammation but no significant damage to Ryan Madson's surgically repaired elbow, a huge relief for the Angels reliever.
However, Madson will not resume throwing for at least another week, and he is expected to open the regular season on the disabled list.
"I was pointing toward the season opener, and I think that maybe got...
The February 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout up to 240 pounds, wondering if Hamilton's weight loss is PED related and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout is up to 240 pounds after adding 15 pounds this off-season.
The Monkey Says: I'm going to assume it is 15 pounds of muscle. Either way, I'm not sure I like...
With uber-porspect Mike Trout graduating to the majors -- and doing so in MVP fashion, whether he won the award or not -- the Angels system lacks a true standout future star and is in dire need of replenishment.
My Top 10
1. Kaleb Cowart 3B
2. C.J. Cron 1B
3. Nick Maronde SP
4. Taylor Lindsay 2B
5. Randal Grichuck OF
6. Mike Clevinger SP
7. R.J. Alvarez...
Continuing from our season preview of the Angels earlier today...
Is the Angels' rebuilt rotation good enough for them to return to the playoffs?
Last year, the Angels thought they could bury the American League in an avalanche of starting pitching talent. It was a great plan on paper except for the part where they forgot about the possiblity of injuries because...
The Los Angeles Angels head into 2013 as a nearly unanimous favorite to capture the AL West this season, if not take home the pennant in the American League. With the addition of Josh Hamilton to a lineup that laready featured a few big names in it, it isn't difficult to see why.
Aside from the main guys (Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, etc.), there are a couple of folks who could...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a sweet fielding speedster with some questions to answer in the batter's box.
Position: SS Highest Level: Low-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 9/25/91
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 267 PA, .274 AVG, .323 OBP, .347 SLG, 13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 35 SO, 7...
Easily the least popular of all the Angels' off-season acquisitions, Joe Blanton is here to stay whether he like it or not. I guess that means I should just do his projections now and get it out of the way.
2012 Stats: 191.0 IP, 10-13, 4.71 ERA. 3.91 FIP, 207 H, 34 BB, 29 HR, 166 SO, 1.39 GB/FB, 2.4 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 130.1 IP, 4.49 ERA. 4.06 FIP, 140 H, 25 BB...
The February 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Ryan Madson to get an elbow MRI, Josh Hamilton is in the best shape of his life and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson underwent an MRI on his elbow yesterday and he could start throwing again if it is clean.
The Monkey Says: The results should be available today, if they aren&...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
You could say the 2013 season was...heavenly for the Los Angeles Angels. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of overly simple puns, it certainly was a year to be remembered...
Sticking with our theme of the day, I must come clean. I love baseball, I love watching baseball, and I enjoy watching players who are not members of my favorite team. But there is one player in particular who gives me the chills every time I see him play.
The year was 2008, the Chicago Cubs finished with the second best record in all of baseball and due to the supplemental draft...