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LA Angels Prospects Countdown #22: Jeremy Rhoades

A fourth round pick in the 2014 and the proud owner of one of the best sliders of the entire draft class, Jeremy Rhoades gives the Angels another interesting arm to add to their (finally) growing collection. Jeremy Rhoades 10 words or less: Starter?  Reliever? Whoa, look at that slider! Position: SP    Born: 2/12/1993Bats: R    Throws: R Height: 6’4″    Weight: 2252014...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels acquire Giavotella, complete signing of Baldoquin

The December 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels acquire Giavotella, complete signing of Baldoquin and much more… The Story: The Angels acquire 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Kansas City Royals.The Monkey Says: Giavotella is a former top second base prospect whose bat never translated to the majors and struggles defensively. Apparently...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former top Los Angeles Angels pick shot to death after children argue oevr candy

A former high draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels was shot to death Wednesday in College Park, Ga., after a fight that started over candy, Myfoxatlanta.com reported. Ryan Bolden, a 23-year-old from Mississippi, was visiting someone at an apartment complex when 10- and 11-year-olds began arguing over candy. According to the report, adults became involved and Bolden, who was taken...
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Former top Angels pick shot to death after children argue over candy

A former high draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels was shot to death Wednesday in College Park, Ga., after a fight that started over candy, Myfoxatlanta.com reported. Ryan Bolden, a 23-year-old from Mississippi, was visiting someone at an apartment complex when 10- and 11-year-olds began arguing over candy. According to the report, adults became involved and Bolden, who was taken...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels complete Butera trade, former first round pick Bolden shot and killed

The December 19th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels complete Butera trade, former first round pick Bolden shot and killed and much more… The Story: The Angels traded Matt Long to the Dodgers to complete the Drew Butera trade.The Monkey Says: NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Matt Long has been freed, but in the wrong way. Funnily enough, the Dodgers...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Angels Prospect Dead in Candy Dispute

According to Marc Teichner of FOX 5 in Atlanta, local police confirmed this afternoon that former Los Angeles Angels prospect Ryan Bolden was shot and died of his wounds after an altercation last night near an apartment complex. Some details are still unclear and the shooter has yet to be identified, but sometime around 8:30 ET children were having an argument over candy when some...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Angels Draft Pick Killed Over Candy Argument

This is a sad and confusing story. Ryan Bolden, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels, was shot and killed Wednesday night in a dispute over candy. Investigators tell FOX 5’s Marc Teichner that children, around 10- and 11-years-old, were arguing about the candy at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Lakemont Drive. Police say some adults got involved and things...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Angels prospect Ryan Bolden killed in candy argument

Ryan Bolden, a former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, was shot and killed on Wednesday night after stepping in during a conflict among kids about candy, according to reports. Bolden was visiting someone at an apartment complex in College Park, Ga. Apparently some kids around the age of 10 and 11 got...Read More
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LA Angels Prospects Countdown #23: Carlos Perez

Acquired from the Astros earlier this winter to compete for the back-up catcher job, let’s find out exactly what the Angels got in Carlos Perez. Carlos Perez In 10 words or less: No idea who you are. New Hank Conger? (Note: Unlike other prospects, this scouting report is based off video and homework and was written before the Angels acquired Drew Butera) Position: C  Born...
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The Monkey attempts to #AskDipoto

Today at 11 am, the Angels will graciously hand over the keys to their Twitter to GM Jerry Dipoto. This is a great idea as it gives the reclusive Dipoto a chance to interact directly with the fans. And by “great idea” I mean a terrible idea because by “interact directly with the fans” I mean answering completely obvious and/or inane questions that will result in answers...
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Halo Headlines: Angels tried to trade Hamilton, Beckham in ‘holding pattern’

The December 18th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels tried to trade Hamilton, Beckham in ‘holding pattern’ and much more… The Story: The Angels have been trying to trade Josh Hamilton.The Monkey Says: Without much success, obviously. It wrote about this whole thing yesterday, so I won’t rehash the whole thought on it. I will say though...
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Trading Josh Hamilton or do you believe in Christmas miracles?

Christmas is a time for miracles. Little boys and girls filling out wishlists for all the toys and goodies they want Santa to leave under the tree for them. One thing many kids, and even grown-ups, in Orange County have atop their Christmas list this year is Josh Hamilton being traded. Anywhere, just not here. With $83 million and three years left on his contract, that seems...
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LA Angels Prospects Countdown #24: Zach Houchins

Despite some controversy in his younger days, Zach Houchins is a talented infielder and possibly the biggest sleeper of the 2015 Angels draft class. Zach Houchins In 10 words or less: #NoMoreTwitter. Heck of a player. Steal for Angels. Position: 3B/SS  Born: 9/16/92Bats: R    Throws: R Height: 6’3″    Weight: 185Last Year Rank: Unranked 2014 Season Stats LEVEL PA...
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Halo Headlines: reactions to Joyce-Jepsen trades, Angels still pursuing Gordon Beckham

The December 17th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including reactions to Joyce-Jepsen trades, Angels still pursuing Gordon Beckham and much more… The Story: Adding Matt Joyce serves as Josh Hamilton insurance.The Monkey Says: That’s true in that it adds more left-handed power to a lineup that may not have any if Hamilton totally craters and/or gets...
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To trade Hamilton or not to trade him? That is the question for Halos

A scout with whom I speak regularly predicted Tuesday that Josh Hamilton would not open the season as a member of the Angels. I would not go that far. But I would bet that Hamilton does not complete the final three years of his contract with the club. The Angels, according to major-league sources, have discussed a possible Hamilton trade with at least two teams this offseason, the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Matt Joyce To Angels For Pitcher Kevin Jepsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday. Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, his seventh in the majors and sixth with Tampa Bay. The 2011 All-Star and Tampa native has 88 homers...
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LA Angels Prospects Countdown #25: Jett Bandy

A big catcher with big defensive prowess and flashes of big power, Jett Bandy breaks into the Top 30 and harbors a chance to break into the big leagues this year as well. He also might be a film noir private detective, but that’s a different story for a different time. Jett Bandy In 10 words or less: The best name in the system. Good catcher too. Position: C  Born: 3/26/90Bats...
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Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays In Exchange For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that will send outfielder Matt Joyce to Los Angeles, and reliever Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay. The Rays had been reportedly shopping Joyce for some time now. Joyce, 30, has been in the Rays organization since 2009, and has had his fair share of ups and downs. His All-Star campaign of 2011 had many optimistic that...
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Angels acquire Matt Joyce from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have acquired OF/1B Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for RHP Kevin Jepsen.Joyce, 30, played in 140 games for Tampa last season, where he hit for a .254 AVG with nine homers and 52 RBIs.Angels’ GM Jerry DiPoto sees Joyce being the everyday designated hitter, while also rotating through the corner outfield spots.Jepsen, 30, had been...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

TRADE ALERT: Kevin Jepsen traded to Rays for OF Matt Joyce

The Angels just sold high on Kevin Jepsen and their reward is the new left-handed half of their designated hitter platoon, Kevin Joyce. Source: The Angels have traded RHP Kevin Jepsen to TB for OF Matt Joyce. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 16, 2014 After years of mediocre and frustrating production, Jepsen had a breakthrough season in 2014 with a career-best 2.63 ERA and...
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Angels deal RHP Kevin Jepsen to Rays for OF Matt Joyce

The Angels dealt RHP Kevin Jepsen to Rays for OF Matt Joyce in a deal announced on Tuesday. Joyce batted .254 with 23 doubles, nine home runs and 52 RBI in 140 games (116 starts) for Tampa Bay in 2014. An American League All-Star in 2011, Joyce also set a career-high with 62 walks last season. For Jepsen, one of four relievers in Angels' history to pitch at least seven seasons with...
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Player Profile #182: Josh Hamilton | OF | LAA

In the pantheon of bad baseball contracts, Ryan Howard (five years, $138MM) is probably the most oft-cited example, but there several other bad contracts that GM’s wish they could have back: Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $275MM) Albert Pujols (10 years, $240MM) Joey Votto (10 years, $225MM) Prince Fielder (nine years, $215MM) Joe Mauer (eight years, $184MM) And the list goes on...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels 12-to-1 to win World Series, can Josh Rutledge replace Howie Kendrick?

The December 16th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels 12-to-1 to win World Series, can Josh Rutledge replace Howie Kendrick and much more… The Story: The Angels have the tied for the fourth-best odds to win the World Series, according to Vegas sportsbooks.The Monkey Says: Tied with the Tigers (OK) and the Cubs (huh?). These odds are meaningless...
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C.J. Cron, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

It always concerns me when I put too much faith in The Sciosciapath playing a guy that is under 25 years old. A bigger concern is one that is currently penciled in at DH. If Josh Hamilton gets a nagging injury, then he's going to DH and C.J. Cron will be benched. Same, really, with any Angels player. The only one we don't have to worry about is Pujols. Not because Pujols is guaranteed...
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LA Angels Prospects Countdown #26: Cal Towey

Though he lacks the draft pedigree, Cal Towey has flashed enough offensive value and defensive versatility to make him one of the most interesting sleepers in the Angel farm system. Cal Towey In 10 words or less: We may have something here. Could be an actual 3B. Position: C/3B/OF   Born: 2/6/90Bats: L    Throws: R Height: 6’1″    Weight: 210Last Year Rank: Unranked...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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