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2016 Los Angeles Angels Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Mike Trout was brilliant once again, but he couldn't carry the Angels to the postseason by himself. With a few interesting young arms in the rotation and an improved defense, will the Angels be able to bounce back behind Trout and Pujols? Let's take a look at the fantasy value for each player.(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number...
Via Fox Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #3 – Jahmai Jones

Jahmai Jones In 10 words or less: The Angels’ highest upside position player prospect since Mike Trout. Position: OF | Age (2016): 18Bats: R | Throws: RHeight: 5’11″ | Weight: 2102015 Rank: N/A LEVEL PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% SB BABIP wOBA Rookie183.244.330.344218.0%9.3%16.294.325 OFFENSE Contact – B.  It’s hard to give out a definitive grade on a 17...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Javy Guerra signs; a Mike Trout trade?

The February 11, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team adding a former Dodgers closer on a minor-league deal, more speculation about a Mike Trout trade that’ll never happen, and more… The Story: Angels sign RHP Javy Guerra to a minor-league deal MWAH Says: Given how last winter went, I’m kind of floored that Arte Moreno would agree to bring in a player...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #4 – Jett Bandy

Jett Bandy In 10 words or less: MLB-ready. Good defensive catcher with pop. Position: C | Age (2016): 26Bats: R | Throws: RHeight: 6’4″ | Weight: 2352015 Rank: 25 LEVEL PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% SB BABIP wOBA AAA344.291.347.4661118.3%4.7%0.329.360 MLB2.500.5002.00010.0%0.0%0.0001.033 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Bandy’s ability to make contact has never been...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Featherston traded; Farm system ranked last

The February 10, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Taylor Featherston departing for the Phillies for nothing, Keith Law saying not nice things about the team’s prospects, and more… The Story: Taylor Featherston traded to the Phillies for cash considerations MWAH Says: Man, what an absolute travesty of a move did Taylor Featherston end up being. The Angels should...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: Impact of Mat Latos signing

Late Tuesday morning the Chicago White Sox made a somewhat surprising signing: pitcher Mat Latos. The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the South Siders after a 2015 campaign where he pitched for the Angels, Dodgers, and Marlins. Latos is a career 64-55 pitcher over seven seasons in the majors, but his ERA is what really impresses many folks around baseball...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

RHP Mat Latos agrees to $3M, 1-year deal with White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Mat Latos has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, giving manager Robin Ventura another option for the back end of his rotation. The team announced the deal on Tuesday. ESPN was first to report the agreement. Latos had consecutive 14-win seasons with Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013, but the 6-foot-6 right-hander hasn't been able to duplicate...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mat Latos Signs with the Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have signed Mat Latos to a contract, pending a physical. The terms are reported as one year for three million dollars – or basically nothing in MLB terms. The move is an inexpensive risk for a player to compete for the number five slot in the rotation with Erik Johnson and Jacob Turner. Latos, once a 4.3 bWAR pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (2012) will now...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #5 – Joe Gatto

Joe Gatto 10 words or fewer: Former prep pitcher with upside continues steady climb up ladder. Position: SP | Age (2016): 21Throws: R | Bats: RHeight: 6’3″ | Weight: 2042015 Rank: 8 LEVEL IP ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB% WHIP Rookie54.14.314.646.32.80.763.0%1.66 Fastball – B. Gatto’s fastball sits 92-94 with heavy downward movement. The velo is slightly above...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Latos agrees to $3M, 1-year deal with White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the situation says pitcher Mat Latos has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team. Latos played for the Marlins, Dodgers and Angels last season, finishing with a 4-10 record and a 4.95...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Single-game tix on sale soon; Take-out slides no more?

The February 9, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes single-game tickets for the coming season going on sale in two weeks, MLB working on making a quick rule change for second-base slides, and more… The Story: Angels single-game tickets go on sale February 20 MWAH Says: I’m always so surprised at how late in the game these tickets go on sale. I realize the club wants...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #6 – Grayson Long

Grayson Long 10 words or fewer: Standard collegiate RHP. Should climb quickly. Back-end starter. Position: SP | Age (2016): 22Throws: R | Bats: RHeight: 6’5″ | Weight: 2002015 Rank: N/A LEVEL IP ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB% WHIP Rookie19.25.034.1010.14.60.556.6%1.47 Fastball – C+. Long has a very firm 91-93 mph fastball. He spots it well on the outer half and...
Via Monkey with a Halo
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Friedrich claimed; Weaver donates to alma mater

The February 8, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team claiming a reliever on waivers, Jered Weaver making a big donation to Long Beach State, and more… The Story: Angels claim LHP Christian Friedrich from Rockies, designate Taylor Featherston for assignment MWAH Says: This happened way back on Friday, but our news posts are only weekday things so it gets...
Via Monkey with a Halo
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pujols’ Health Crucial to Los Angeles Angels Season

The man, the myth, the machine. Albert Pujols has been terrorizing pitchers in the major leagues for over a decade, unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels, machines tend to get a little rusty with age. Pujols hit at least .300 ten out of the eleven years he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and in his eleventh year he hit .299. Stats like that are what earned him the nickname “The...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #7 – Kaleb Cowart

Kaleb Cowart In 10 words or fewer: Is the breakout real? Elite defender. High upside. Position: 3B | Age (2016): 24Bats: S | Throws: RHeight: 6’3″ | Weight: 2252015 Rank: 12 LEVEL PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% SB BABIP wOBA A+221.242.326.387219.6%10.0%10.298.319 AAA253.323.395.491625.3%11.5%2.422.390 MLB52.174.255.283136.5%9.6%1.269.243 OFFENSE Contact – B....
Via Monkey with a Halo
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: ‘Moving Day’ lineup set; Dipoto sells OC house

The February 5, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a pair of all-time Angels helping the team celebrate the “move” to Tempe for spring training, Jerry Dipoto finally selling his house in Newport Beach, and more… The Story: Garrett Anderson, Chuck Finley to be at Angels Moving Day next Thursday MWAH Says: Tyler Skaggs will be there as well, signing autographs...
Via Monkey with a Halo
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: ZiPS projections released; Vlad still hitting dingers

The February 4, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team’s ZiPS projections for 2016 getting published, Vlad Guerrero taking part in the Caribbean Series home run derby, and more… The Story: 2016 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels MWAH Says: The insta-response to these projections on Twitter has been a lot of “WELP” and “this looks bad”, but it...
Via Monkey with a Halo
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Los Angeles Angels. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Rotation overload; ZiPS projections teased

The February 3, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a closer look at the team’s overloaded but underwhelming starting rotation, an early glimpse of the team’s 2016 ZiPS projections, and more… The Story: Eight is enough? A look at the Angels’ rotation candidates MWAH Says: Jeff Fletcher breaks down each contender for the Opening Day rotation, concluding that...
Via Monkey with a Halo
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Torreyes re-claimed; Taylor Ward among ST invitees

The February 2, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team losing a recently acquired infielder back to the team they got him from, the announcement of 20 non-roster invitees to Tempe, and more… The Story: Yankees claim Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the Halos MWAH Says: Well, this is a weird one. The Angels claimed Torreyes from the Yankees last week when they...
Via Monkey with a Halo
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Eppler explains his philosophy; Angels wasting Trout?

The February 1, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler opening up about his inclusive front-office philosophy, the team potentially wasting Mike Trout’s peak years, and more… The Story: Billy Eppler laying foundation early in tenure MWAH Says: Some great information from Alden Gonzalez in this one. Eppler has a reputation as a “stats guy” but got...
Via Monkey with a Halo
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nate Smith moving up Angels prospect list

Nate Smith is not going to be on many lists of top prospects in baseball. He doesn’t have the stuff that draws a lot of attention from scouts. No 95 MPH fastball here to light up the radar guns. In spite of this, Smith is now the Los Angeles Angels top pitching prospect and is certainly the closest to being available to help the big league club. The assumption could be made that...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #8 – Chad Hinshaw

Chad Hinshaw In 10 words or fewer: Potentially the answer in LF. Potentially a 4th outfielder too. Position: OF | Age (2016): 25Bats: R | Throws: RHeight: 6’1″ | Weight: 2052015 Rank: 18 LEVEL PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% SB BABIP wOBA Rookie34.308.471.462017.6%17.6%3.400.449 AA313.289.391.365124.0%11.8%27.401.357 OFFENSE Contact – C-.  Probably the weakest...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Trout is No. 1; farm system not even No. 101

The January 29, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Mike Trout getting the “honor” of being the No. 1 baseball card, the team getting shut out of a Top 100 prospects list (again), and more… The Story: Fans pick Mike Trout to be Topps’ No. 1 card for 2016 MWAH Says: Two things I learned from this article: 1) Baseball cards are still being made; and 2) Topps...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Jefry Marte acquired; Albert Pujols swinging off tee

The January 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes acquiring a corner infielder from the Tigers, a return to baseball activities for Albert Pujols, and more… The Story: Angels acquire 1B/3B Jefry Marte from Tigers for 2B Kody Eaves MWAH Says: My first thought after this trade was, “Uh oh, Albert Pujols’ recovery must have hit a setback.” But then I took...
Via Monkey with a Halo
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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