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LA Angels sign Venezuelan minor league OF Rafael Ortega

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Rafael Ortega has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced the deal Tuesday. Ortega spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, batting .286 with two homers and 42 RBIs. The Venezuelan also led all PCL outfielders with 15 assists. Ortega has spent eight seasons in the minors...
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MWAH Top 30 Angels Prospects for 2016

It’s been a long road.  Construction of these lists begins in June, just ahead of the draft.  I take all the notes from different prospects I’ve compiled, both this year and in the past, and make a list of every noteworthy prospect I can think of.  In earnest, the list begins at about 60 prospects long.  Then we add newly drafted prospects with their scouting reports. Then...
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2016 Los Angeles Angels Primer Part VIII: Left Field

By Robert Cunningham, Staff Writer -  Author’s Note: Aaron Hicks, who was noted as a possible Minor League target as an outfield acquisition, was traded to the New York Yankees likely making him unavailable now. Rewind about a year ago to my Offseason Primer and we discussed Hamilton’s serious decline and even trading him due to poor production (Arte did...
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The Angels’ Family Tree

When Erick Aybar was traded to the Braves two weeks ago, the Angels didn’t just say goodbye to a franchise stalwart they also bid farewell to the organization’s defining era of player development. From 1998 to 2002, the front office drafted and/or signed an incredible group of amateur talent: Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Casey Kotchman, Howie Kendrick, Kevin...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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Hinshaw Making Noise In Angels System

Chad Hinshaw has been steadily climbing the ladder in the Los Angeles Angels system for the past two seasons.  He has put up quality numbers at both the Class A and AA levels. The right handed hitting Hinshaw was drafted in the 15th round in 2013 out of Illinois State University and has made steady […]
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels Should Bid For Jae-Gyun Hwang

Billy Eppler is making some solid headway in building the 2016 roster, but there’s still a lot of work ahead. While left field is certainly the biggest point of concern, there are no shortage of options for the position. The same cannot be said for third base, however. There are a couple potential solutions in-house and/or on the open market, but none is all that inspiring. Hence it...
Via Monkey with a Halo
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Black joins Angels organization as special assistant to GM

Bud Black has finally found a job. After striking out on finding a managing gig this offseason, coming close to landing the manager gig in Washington, the former Padres skipper will take his talents to Los Angeles and join the Angels organization as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler. Angels announce Bud Black as special assistant to GM Billy Eppler, as previously reported...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout, four years in

We are living in a golden age of youthful, historic talent, especially among position players. This was the case even before 2015, when the likes of Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor — all 23 years old or young — joined the party. Previously, the Cubs had run out a slew of young stud position players on a daily basis, and Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have been...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels, Athletics Among MLB Teams That Need To Do Some Holiday Shopping

  The holiday season is here, and Major League Baseball teams are hard at work making their offseason wishlists. Plenty of teams are trying to fill holes to either stay in contention or look to make a playoff run in 2016. This year’s deep free agent class certainly will help, but teams also seem to be willing to make big trades. The Los Angeles Angels are one of those teams that...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Getting Mike Trout to 168.4 WAR

For the third time in four years, Mike Trout finished as a runner-up MVP. Trout had a compelling case, but Josh Donaldson was a deserving winner. Even if you think Trout should have won, you’re probably fine with Donaldson winning. More than one guy can deserve it, after all. Regardless, the outcome of an award vote doesn’t change what Trout’s achieved through his first four...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Top five potential free agent targets for the Los Angeles Angels

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11: Centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets hits a 2-run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) Mike Zarrilli Getty ImagesNew general manager Billy Eppler has only been with the Los Angeles Angels for a couple...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Will writers regret throwing back Mike Trout in MVP vote?

Angels center fielder Mike Trout has had four MVP-type seasons but won the award only once. Jerome Miron USA TODAY SportsI voted for Mike Trout, but I’m perfectly happy that Josh Donaldson won the American League MVP award.These days, the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America fill out ballots through a web page instead of writing out our choices by hand...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Make the Offense Less Offensive

By Jonathan Northrop, Feature Writer   The way I see it, the hitting positions can be categorized thus in terms of probable production relative to positional league average: Great: CF Good to very good: None Average to above average: 1B, RF, DH Below average to poor: C, 2B, SS, 3B, LF Obviously five below average hitters does not a championship team...
Via Angelswin
14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels Primer Part VI: Shortstop

By Robert Cunningham, Staff Writer -  Author’s Note: Player data displayed was pulled at end of season. Additionally Brad Miller, a suggested trade target, was acquired by the Rays in an early season trade with the Mariners. Also another trade target, Jose Reyes, is having serious off the field issues (Domestic violence charge) that would likely impact the Angels...
Via Angelswin
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellis scouting reports

Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis are the two Angels pitchers headed to the Atlanta Braves as part of the Andrelton Simmons trade. They, along with Erick Aybar and some cash, are going to Atlanta for the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. The Angels are getting a sure thing at shortstop with Simmons’ glove, but what’s not...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Surviving With Jered Weaver’s Velocity

Pitching in the major leagues is almost incomprehensibly difficult. It’s easy to pick up on that fact by watching the revolving door of pitchers who simply don’t have the talent, health, or stuff to make it. There is no leeway in pitching, no slack, no grace period to ease into: major league baseball is a wood chipper that pitchers are fed into with the hope that they’ll emerge...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols will have foot surgery, miss 4.5 months

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will miss the next four and a half months after having surgery last week on his right foot. Albert Pujols underwent a surgical procedure on his foot last week. He is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4 1/2 months. — Angels (@Angels) November 9, 2015   It’s a tough blow for the Angels, as the injury will keep...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Indian Charlie Nagy named L.A. Angels’ pitching coach

Former Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Charlie Nagy has been named the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, per an announcement from general manager Billy Eppler and a tweet from the team Monday night: #Angels name 3-time All-Star, Charlie Nagy, as pitching coach. Welcome back to the Halos Family! — Angels (@Angels) November 3, 2015  ...
Via Waiting For Next Year
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Details of Scott Servais clashing with Mike Scioscia revealed

Mike Scioscia’s clash with the Angels’ front office has been well documented. A few years ago it was reported that he and GM Jerry Dipoto were not getting along and that the team would have to choose between the men. Owner Arte Moreno’s solution was to keep both until things got so bad that DiPoto...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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