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Jeremiah Jackson tops our Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist (8/5-8/19 2019)

(Photo by Rick Dykhuizen) By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist 1) Jeremiah Jackson – SS/2B, Rookie Orem: 
Typically, Jackson’s 9 G/41 PA would not be enough to qualify him (in my own arbitrary criteria) to rank, but the 19-year old infielder’s record-breaking campaign could not be ignored. Jackson slashed .333/.390/1.056/1.446 over the last two weeks, swatting seven home runs (including a 3-HR performance on 8/15) over his last nine games, with three doubles and a triple as well. Further encouraging numbers include a reasonable 3 walks to 9 strikeouts, and a BAbip of only .238. With six multi-homer games on the year and 21 on the season, Jackson has likely taken advantage of HR-friendly Pioneer League environs, but the recent improvements in contact and discipline make any true power he possesses a real plus. 2019 (Orem Rk.): .273/.344/.651/.995 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 23 BB, 75 K in 53 G/241 PA 2, Michael Hermosillo – CF/RF, AAA Salt Lake:
Hermosillo slots in second on this edition, with perhaps the strongest runner-up showing yet. Hermosillo had three multi-home games in the last two weeks, including a 3-HR game one day after Jeremiah Jackson’s. Hermosillo clubbed nine home runs in his last 11 games, propelling a slugging-heavy .261/.300/.870/1.170 line. 2019 has produced some new results for Hermosillo, who, like most AAA hitters, is clubbing more extra-base hits than ever, having now set a career high of 14 HR despite having missed most of the year. Hermosillo’s strikeout rate has inflated some, and his walks have decreased, but his defense and baserunning skills remain strong enough to keep him a viable 4th OF option. In his age 24 season, Hermosillo still has time on his side to realize a .250/.330/.420/.750 potential. 2019 (A+, AAA): .246/.337/.491/.828 with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 75 K in 55 G/258 PA 3) Jahmai Jones – 2B/CF, AA Mobile:
At 21, Jahmai Jones is still one of the younger players in AA, and showing reasons why he should not yet be written off. Jones is in the midst of the brightest spot of his bleak 2019 campaign, having slashed .419/.490/.558/1.048 over the last two weeks, slapping 18 hits in 43 at-bats, and drawing five walks to 11 strikeouts, with four doubles, a triple, and two steals for good measure. Playing 2B almost exclusively this season, Jones did make a start in CF, his third in the last month or so, hinting that the Angels may still seek to utilize him as an occasional outfielder to extend his value to the major league club. This is an important detail, as Jones will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason, so the Angels will need to decide if it’s time to add Jones to the 40-man or run the risk of losing him in the draft. Jones’ recent strong play – he now has a very respectable  .288/.356/.387/.743 OPS over his last 250 plate appearances – will complicate their decision, whether or not he is added and protected. 2019 (AA): .232/.301/.312/.613 with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 43 BB, 100 K in 117 G/493 PA 4) Drevian Williams-Nelson – 2B, Rookie Arizona:
Like Jackson, Williams-Nelson’s 8 games and 35 plate appearances would typically exclude him from being ranked, but being only 19 and showing a distinct difference between his 2018 and 2019 performance has led to his inclusion on this edition. Standing only 5’7″, Williams-Nelson profiles as an up-the-middle depth option. The Houston native has likely been the recipient of some good luck – he has a BAbip of .500 over the last two weeks – but a slash of .387/.457/.581/1.038 is hard to ignore, especially for a player of his age and stature. Williams-Nelson has exhibited a bit of pop – three doubles and a home run – and decent plate discipline – four walks to eight strikeouts – lending to a skill-set befitting a future utility player. If he can continue to slap the ball, cut back on strikeouts, and develop into a stolen-base threat (or at least add plus defense and baserunning) he could stand to move in at trajectory similar to David Fletcher. 2019 (AZL Rk.): .265/.359/.382/.741 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 30 K in 30 G/117 PA 5, tied) Brandon Marsh – OF, AA Mobile and Trent Deveaux – OF, Rookie Arizona:
Tying for the final slot on the position player Top 5 are two outfielders who have produced very similarly over the last two weeks, both possessing an interesting blend of defense, speed, pop, and contact. Brandon Marsh is overshadowed by uber-prospect Jo Adell, but the 21-yr old Georgian is putting together perhaps the most balanced, polished season of any Angel outfield prospect. Boasting a robust .300/.408/.450/.858 line over the last two weeks, Marsh is displaying plus contact, some power (three doubles, one home run), good plate discipline (seven walks to seven strikeouts) and some speed, stealing two bases, to go with what some call the best outfield defense on the farm. Don’t sleep on Marsh, who is just as likely to grace the Anaheim outfield in 2020 as Adell. Like Marsh, Deveaux was also overshadowed, as fellow Bahamian D’Shawn Knowles’ 2018 campaign opened eyes where Deveaux struggled. This year has proved differently however, as the 19-year old is delivering a strong 2019 campaign in Rookie League Arizona. Deveaux has slashed .286/.375/.476/.851 over the last two weeks, with two doubles, and one two-homer game. Plate discipline still seems to be a crutch for Deveaux, with four walks to 18 strikeouts, but the improving contact, power, and speed (three steals) coupled with some solid defense keeps his ceiling high. Marsh, 2019 (A/A+): .271/.357/.392/.749 with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 17 SB, 42 BB, 89 K in 88 G/378 PA Deveaux, 2019 (AZL Rk.): .261/.350/.467/.816 with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 14 SB, 21 BB, 60 K in 44 G/206 PA Honorable mention, hitters:
Justin Jones (1B, A): .385/.468/.615/1.083 with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 HR, 6 BB, 4 K – at 23, a bit too old for the competition Ysaac Pena (C/1B/P, DSL Rk.): .359/.419/.615/1.034 with 3 doubles, 4 BB, 4 K a bit old at 21 for DSL Jared Walsh (1B/DH/P, AAA): .280/.379/.640/1.019 with 3 doubles, 2 HR, 4 BB, 10 K  – a 31-HR campaign for Walsh, who also had one scoreless IP Jose Verrier (LF/RF/1B/DH, Orem Rk.): .269/.424/.538/.963 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 6 BB, 11 K – not enough PA to rank D.C. Arendas (1B/3B/2B, A+): .241/.333/.621/.954 with 1 double, 2 triples, 2 HR,  4 BB, 12 K – at 25, a little old for A+ ball Cristian Gomez (1B, AZL Rk.): .333/.439/.485/.924 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 7 BB, 11 K – at 22, too old for competition Jordyn Adams (CF, AZL Rk., A): .385/.448/.462/.910 with 2 doubles, 5 stolen bases, 2 BB, 4 K – limited at-bats, partially on rehab assignment Bo Way (CF/LF/P, AA): .296/.345/.556/.900 with 1 double, 2 HR, 1 BB, 4 K  Josh Thole (C, AAA): 292/.414/.500/.914 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 BB, 7 K Nick Franklin (2B/3B/SS, AAA): .333/.394/.500/.894 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 BB, 5 K Brandon White (CF/LF, Orem Rk.): .323/.382/.484/.866 with 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 SB, 3 BB, 5 K – solid debut season, at 21, a bit old for Orem Johan Sala (RF/LF, Orem Rk.): .320/.438/.400/.838 with 2 doubles, 5 BB, 8 K  6, tied) Kyle Bradish – RHP, A+ Inland Empire and Aaron Hernandez, RHP, A+ Inland Empire:
These two Angels’ picks from the early stages of the ’18 draft have put together solid pro debuts, and that continued the last two weeks, helping propel the two further into the Angels’ future pitching plans, and likely setting both up for 2020 seasons primarily at AA Mobile. Bradish made two starts, throwing 12.1 IP of 1.46 ERA ball, walking three, striking out twelve, coupled with a stingy .178 BAA. Bradish continues to rebound from an awkward June (12.75 ERA in 12 IP, 9 BB, 16 K) as he has now gone on to post a 3.96 ERA in his last 8 games, with 14 BB, 41 K in 36.1 IP, furthering the assessments that he profiles as a decent mid-to-back rotation option, possibly as soon as 2021. Hernandez, still fluttering with command issues, has begun to demonstrate an increased ability to generate strikeouts and limit hits, as he posted a sparkling .116 BAA in his last three starts, only allowing five hits in 13.2 IP while striking out 12 and walking 8, to go with a 1.32 ERA. Hernandez has rarely topped the 80-pitch plateau this season, and has had difficulty pitching beyond the fourth or fifth innings, hinting that he might be better suited as a reliever, a move which could happen in the near future as the Angels continue to develop multiple A/A+ starting pitcher options. Bradish 2019 (A+): 4.36 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .228 BAA, only 8 HR allowed, 41 BB, 105 K, across 86.2 IP in 21 G/15 GS Hernandez 2019 (A+): 4.32 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, .270 BAA, 40 BB, 73 K, across 66.2 IP in 18 G/14 GS 7) Kyle Tyler – RHP, A Burlington/A+ Inland Empire:
The Angels finally promoted Tyler following a dizzying summer where the 20th round pick of the 2018 draft posted an absurd 1.27 ERA and .173 BAA across 11 starts and 56.2 IP for Burlington. Tyler’s last two weeks included two more dominant starts at Burlington and a solid debut at Inland Empire, giving him a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 IP. Most encouraging however, was his walk-to-strikeout numbers in this time, as he allowed only three walks to 17 strikeouts – an intriguing number given his relatively pedestrian K rate on the year of 7.7. Should the Angels find a way to keep increasing Tyler’s strikeout ability, they might have found a diamond in the 20th round rough. 2019 (A/A+): 2.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .198 BAA, 35 BB, 91 K across 106.2 IP in 22 G/16 GS 8) Cooper Criswell – RHP, A+ Inland Empire:
Frequently overlooked by the more intriguing arms at Inland Empire (Bradish, Hernandez, Ortega) is Cooper Criswell, the Angels’ 13th round pick in last year’s draft. The 6’6″ UNC product began the year with unimpressive numbers (5.45 ERA, 16 BB, 31 K in 38 IP) but has emerged as consistent, reliable arm over the summer months. Criswell’s last two weeks have produced three starts of 4.41 ERA ball, walking 7 and striking out 16 across 16.1 IP. While nothing impressive, it continues a good turnaround for the tall righty, as now has a 3.65 ERA in his last 14 games, walking only 17, allowing only 2 HR, and striking out 71 across 69 innings. Should he continue displaying solid command and consistency, Criswell could blossom into an option for the back of the rotation as early as 2021. 2019 (A+): 4.29 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .283 BAA, 6 HR allowed, 33 BB, 102 K across 107 IP in 23 G/19 GS 9, tied) Luis Ramirez – RHP, Eduardo Del Rosario – RHP, Ethan Clark – RHP, Parker Joe Robinson – RHP, Greg Veliz – RHP, A Burlington:
In a year that has seen the Angels rely heavily on starting pitchers as multi-inning relievers and tandem starters, the traditional reliever has been something of a rarity on the Angels farm. The recent two weeks however has seen a strong quintet of relievers post big numbers for Burlington, giving the Angels minor league pitching depth an interesting new wrinkle as the season comes to a close. This group has combined for a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 IP, striking out 56 and only allowing two home runs, 12 walks, and 39 hits. Del Rosario, poached from Minnesota last year, has led the way with a 0.90 ERA and 15 K in 10 IP, Ramirez, recently plucked from the Phillies organization, has struck out 12 in 8.1 IP, Clark, a product of the TBR/MIA systems, added 9 more strikeouts, Parker Joe Robinson, an undrafted free agent last season boasted one walk to 11 strikeouts, and Veliz, a draftee this past June, struck out another 9, while also only allowing one walk. Ramirez 2019 (Burlington, A): 3.71 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .262 BAA, 2 HR allowed, 6 BB, 19 K across 17 IP in 10 G Del Rosario 2019 (A/A+/AAA): 4.60 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, .255 BAA, 3 HR allowed, 24 BB, 37 K across 45 IP in 26 G Clark 2019 (Orem Rk./A): 3.29 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, .240 BAA, 3 HR allowed, 18 BB, 37 K across 27,1 IP in 16 G Robinson 2019 (A/A+): 4.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .289 BAA, 2 HR allowed, 7 BB, 43 K across 38.2 IP in 21 G Veliz 2019 (Orem Rk./A): 2.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, .191 BAA, 1 HR allowed, 5 BB, 29 K across 24 IP in 15 G 10) Hector Yan – LHP, A Burlington:
Yan once again places on the hotlist, adding two more solid appearances to a breakout campaign. Yan’s 8/8 start saw the lefty post another gaudy strikeout total – 10 in 5 IP while walking only one, again reaffirming the 20-year old’s increasingly improved control – he’s walked 8 in his last 34.2 IP, compared to 18 in the 33.2 IP prior to that, and 19 in 30 IP to start the year. While he did allow 4 runs in his last start, Yan still posted a strong 3 walks to 16 strikeouts in his last 9 IP. The Angels might look to limit the youngsters innings soon, so a few skipped starts or pitch limits, even a temporary DL stint, could crop up. 2019 (A): 3.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .192 BAA, only 5 HR allowed, 45 BB, 138 K (12.6 K/9) across 98.1 IP in 23 G/19 GS Honorable mention, pitchers:
Nick Tropeano (RHP, AAA):15.1 IP, 8 BB, 14 K, .250 BAA, 3.52 ERA in 3 GS – likely getting another shot to help the Angels rotation with Suarez sent down Greg Mahle (LHP, AA): 14.2 IP, 3 BB, 8 K, .222 BAA, 1.23 ERA in 2 GS – Remember him? Don’t rule out a September appearance Jose Soriano (RHP, AZL Rk.): 4.2 IP, 3 BB, 8 K, .263 BAA, 1.93 ERA in 3 GS – rehabbing Emilker Guzman (RHP, Orem Rk.): 6 IP, 1 BB, 8 K, .174 BAA, 1.50 ERA in 2 GS – not enough playing time, but he’s one to watch Robinson Pina (RHP, A): 4.1 IP, 2 BB, 12 K, .200 BAA, 4.15 ERA in 2 GS Jerryell Rivera (LHP, Orem Rk.): 6.2 IP, 3 BB, 7 K, .208 BAA, 2.70 ERA in 2 GS games  – baby steps back in the right direction Stiward Aquino (RHP, Orem Rk.): 8.2 IP, 2 BB, 14 K, .273 BAA, 5.19 ERA in 2 GS – encouraging Orem debut for one of the Angels’ highest-upside pitching prospects Jose Natera (RHP, Orem Rk.): 7.2 IP, 1 BB, 8 K, .344 BAA, 3.52 ERA in 2 GS – 19-year old showing decent early results in Orem Connor Van Scoyoc (RHP, AZL Rk.): 8.2 IP, 10 BB, 12 K, .290 BAA, 3.12 ERA in 2 G- command an issue, strong K numbers from the 19-year old  2018 11th rounder Clayton Chatham (RHP, A): 11.1 IP, 1 BB, 13 K, .222 BAA, 2.38 ERA in 2 GS – at 24, old for competition, but good results  Chase Chaney (RHP, AZL Rk.): 10 IP, 4 BB, 6 K, .171 BAA, 0.90 ERA in two games for the 19-year old Adam McCreery (LHP, AAA): 4.1 IP, 3 BB, 7 K, .188 BAA, 2.08 ERA in three games – 6’7″ lefty pitching well in PCL Chad Sykes (RHP, A): 5.2 IP, 1 BB, 7 K, .280 BAA, 3.18 ERA in three games – continued strong numbers for ’19 10th rounder
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This tweet puts Mike Trout's unbelievable MLB career in perspective

Angels slugger Mike Trout is the face of baseball, and he’s shattering records left and right, even at only 28 years of age. Trout is currently in the prime of his career, but he still has much to accomplish, which shows just how high his ceiling is. He’s hit .306 for his career, with 281 home runs and 744 RBIs. But he’s really just getting started. The crazy thing is that Trout just tied Derek Jeter in an important statistic, and it’s important to note that it took the Yankees legend 20 years to accomplish it. Trout just keeps setting the bar higher and higher.
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Albert Pujols sets MLB record for most hits all-time by a player born outside the United States

Albert Pujols made Major League Baseball history on Wednesday. Pujols broke the record for most hits all-time by a player born outside the United States as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Pujols broke the record previously set by Adrian Beltre. The Angels first baseman collected his 3167th hit on a run batted in single which scored Mike Trout off of Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer with two out in the fourth inning. The single put the Angels on the scoreboard after Pittsburgh had taken a 2-0 lead. However, Pujols was not done in the fourth inning. In the eighth inning, he collected his second hit of the game and 3168th career hit with a two-run RBI single which scored Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun to put the Angels up 6-3. Pujols is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Of his 3168 career hits, 2073 came with the St. Louis Cardinals and 1095 came with the Angels. Fascinatingly, Beltre is also a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which has a population of 970,000 and a metropolitan population of three million. Of his 3166 career hits, Beltre had 1277 hits with the Texas Rangers, 949 hits with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 751 his with the Seattle Mariners and 189 hits with the Boston Red Sox from 1998-2018. Pujols is 16th all-time in Major League Baseball hits. He is also the current active leader in that category. Pete Rose is the all-time leader with 4256 hits. The next player on the list that Pujols could catch is Cal Ripken Jr., who has 3184 hits. On the season, Pujols is batting .239 with 84 hits. He has 18 home runs, 67 runs batted in, 40 runs, 14 doubles, 29 walks, a .297 on base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage. The Angels meanwhile are in fourth place in the American League West with a record of 59 wins and 63 losses. They are 19.5 games back of the first place Houston Astros.  
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Watch: Mike Trout hits home run at Fenway Park, has now homered at every MLB ballpark

Angels slugger Mike Trout essentially completed a circuit in the team’s game against the Red Sox on Saturday, pulling off yet another impressive feat that he had yet to accomplish — until then. Trout had hit a home run at every MLB ballpark except for Fenway heading into Saturday’s game, and he made sure to put an end to that drought. He came to the plate in the sixth inning with a man on base, and proceeded to crush a pitch from Rick Porcello into the stands. Just another notch on Trout’s bedpost.
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Happy Birthday, Mike Trout!

Today, Angels outfielder Mike Trout celebrates his 28th birthday. Entering tonight’s contest in Cincinnati, the Millville, NJ native owns a .306 (1300/4248) average with 250 doubles, 45 triples, 277 home runs, 736 RBI and 879 runs scored in 1,172 career games. Here’s a summary of Trout’s accomplishments prior to turning 28: ·   Is one of four players with at least 1,300 hits and 750 walks before turning 28, joining Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, and Mickey Mantle. ·   One of three A.L. players with 1,300 hits and 190 steals before turning 28, alongside Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker. ·   Joins Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols as the only players to ever amass 250 doubles and 275 home runs prior to their 28th birthday. ·   277 career home runs rank seventh all-time by a player before turning 28, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (322), Jimmie Foxx (302), Eddie Mathews (299), Ken Griffey Jr. (294)  Albert Pujols (282) and Mickey Mantle (280). ·   Recorded 779 walks prior to turning 28, which currently ranks fifth in baseball history: Mickey Mantle (892), Eddie Yost (874), Mel Ott (819) and Jimmie Foxx (782). ·   Owns a 71.6 career WAR (Baseball Reference), which is the highest all time by a position player by their 28th birthday (Ty Cobb is second at 69.0). ·   In six career games on his birthday, is batting .304 (7/23) with a double, four home runs and five RBI…With homers on four birthdays, trails only Todd Helton, Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds, Alex Rodriguez andAl Simmons as the only players to homer on five different birthdays. ·   Tabbed as an All-Star for the eighth consecutive season and was selected as a starter for the seventh straight year (did not start in 2017 due to injury)….Is just the sixth American Leaguer to start at least six All-Star games before turning 28, joining Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ivan Rodriguez, Rod Carew and Ken Griffey Jr…Is one of six American League players to have hit multiple All-Star Game home runs before turning 28, joining Ted Williams, Fred Lynn Al Kaline, Rocky Colavito and Mickey Mantle. Additionally, at the time of his 28th birthday, Trout’s resume includes two A.L. MVP Awards (2014 & 2016), an A.L. Rookie of the Year Award (2012), eight All-Star Game nominations (2012-2019), two All-Star Game MVP awards (2014-15) and six Silver Slugger Awards (2012-2016, ‘18).
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Jared Walsh tops our Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist, then gets promoted.. (7/22-8/4 2019)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist 1) Jared Walsh – 1B/DH/LHP, AAA Salt Lake:  Walsh’s red-hot July reached a ridiculous level the last two weeks, as he slashed .435/.500/1.043/1.543 since 7/22, notably hitting three homers on July 23rd – followed by six more over the next 10 games – giving him an incredible nine home runs over his last 52 PA, a 133 HR pace over 162 games. Walsh’s plate discipline has also made huge strides in ’19, as he is now sporting a 13.6% BB rate over his 8.1% mark in 2018, resulting in a .453 OBP since May 1st. Walsh also returned to the mound twice over the last two weeks, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one. It’s clear that Walsh has now mastered AAA and the Pacific Coast League. Recent hot play and injuries have brought the two-way player once again to Anaheim, but with Pujols firmly entrenched at first base, playing time still seems to be scarce. Ideally, the Angels find some time for Walsh to get a shot at consistent playing time to determine if he’s simply another AAAA slugger, or perhaps the second coming of Mark Trumbo. 2019 hitting (AAA): .329/.433/.687/1.120 with 24 doubles, 29 HR, 70 RBI, 51 BB, 93 K in 81 G/374 PA 2019 pitching (AAA): 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 12 H, 3 BB, 7 K across 10 IP in 10 G 2, tied) Orlando Martinez – OF, A+ Inland Empire and Francisco Del Valle – RF/LF, A Burlington: Placing these two together, as they’re very similar in performance, potential, and current results… Martinez continues to make strides in his development – a cool start to the year gave way to a late June/early July surge, followed by an ice-cold 10-86 (.127) snap in July. Martinez has found his swing once again the last couple weeks however, slashing .298/.390/.617/1.007 with a barrage of extra base hits – two doubles, two triples, three home runs – and his increasingly solid plate discipline – 9 walks to 7 strikeouts. Capable at all three outfield positions, Martinez likely will stick at Inland Empire for the remainder of the year, though an opportunity at AA Mobile could emerge should he continue to play well, perhaps following a AAA taste for Brandon Marsh. Martinez should have the defense, discipline, and decent enough offensive profile to slot in behind Michael Hermosillo and Brennon Lund as a future 4th/5th OF option in Anaheim, likely landing on the MLB depth chart by late 2021. Like Martinez, Francisco Del Valle has had an up-and-down year, teetering between ice-cold stretches and red-hot surges, and like Martinez, Del Valle profiles best as a solid future 4th OF option, though his CF playing time has dwindled a bit. Del Valle has similarly shown a blend of discipline and power, slashing .311/.436/.444/.881 over the last two weeks, with three doubles, one home run, and 10 walks to 7 strikeouts. About to turn 21, Del Valle is a year younger than Martinez but also a year nearer Rule 5 eligibility, so his development in Inland Empire next year will be key for his long-term designs in the club’s plans. Martinez, 2019 (A+): .258/.335/.424/.760 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 33 BB, 60 K in 63 G/310 PA
Del Valle, 2019 (A): .211/.331/.358/.689 with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 48 BB, 88 K in 95 G/379 PA 3) Jose Verrier – LF/RF/1B, Rookie Orem: At 21, Verrier is a touch old for the Pioneer League, but the 6’1″, right-handed hitting Cuban has shown significant progress in his development in his second pro season after posting a .609 OPS last year, almost entirely with the Angels’ Rookie league team in Arizona. Verrier’s most recent two weeks have seen him split time between RF, LF, and 1B, but he’s also seen time at 2B and 3B. Since July 22nd, Verrier’s slashed .276/.462/.483/.944, with two home runs, seven walks, and 14 strikeouts. While power numbers are almost always inflated in the thin air of the Pioneer League, Verrier’s combination of decent pop, high walk rate, and positional versatility lends him the potential to still develop into a decent corner infield option for the Halos, perhaps easing a bit of the sting from recently dealing Raider Uceta and Rainier Rivas. 2019 (Orem Rk.): .239/.369/.478/.847 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 21 BB, 61 K in 40 G/168 PA 4) Gareth Morgan – OF, AA Mobile: Morgan’s light-tower power has carried him into his first AA foray, where the powerful slugger will try to prove his dramatic HR surge can translate outside of the California League, and where questions about his even more dramatic BB:K will be answered in one way or another. Over his last twelve games (eight in A+, four in AA), Morgan has slashed .277/.358/.511/.869, with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, five walks, and 21 strikeouts. Yet to hit a HR in AA, Morgan has gone 4-15 (.267) with one walk and seven strikeouts. If Morgan is able to make decent contact and continue his prodigious power, the lack of walks and high number of strikeouts might not matter much. 2019 (A+/AA): .262/.314/.569/.883 with 6 doubles, 21 HR, 53 RBI, 15 BB, 122 K in 56 G/245 PA 5) Michael Stefanic – 2B/SS, A+ Inland Empire: In his second pro season, infielder Michael Stefanic has quietly proven a solid hitter, and could sneak into the MLB plans by 2021, as he’s posted a .302/.383/.393/.775 slash in 92 career games, hitting every step of the way, buoyed by a solid 29:40 walk to strikeout ratio. Should his defense and offense maintain, Stefanic might move quickly as a result, and recently put in a .346/.443/.423/.866 slash displaying his blend of contact and discipline. Signed as an undrafted free agent, Stefanic has never held much prospect helium, but he might be one to watch once he graduates to AA Mobile, likely next season. 2019 hitting (A/A+): .296/.377/.391/.768 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 25 BB, 35 K in 78 G/321 PA Honorable mention, hitters: Justin Bour (1B/DH, AAA): .342/.519/.895/1.414 with 3 2B, 6 HR, 13 BB, 15 K – Bour hitting in the SLC is kind of unfair Taylor Ward (LF, AAA): .438/.538/.750/1.288 with 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 7 K – little short on PA (39) to rank Zane Gurwitz (LF/3B A+, AA): .419/.468/.674/1.143 with 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 8 K  – hitting well back in IE A+ after a brief mixed promotion to Mobile AA Anthony Bemboom (C, AAA): .375/.444/.542/.986 with 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 K – catcher hitting well in return to org, likely now #3 on depth chart with Garneau claimed and Briceno injured Jose Bonilla (SS, Rk. DSL): .333/.444/.542/.986 with 1 2B, 2 3B, 7 BB, 9 K – 17-yr old has a .808 OPS with a .402 OBP and .405 SLG to date in first 20 pro games. Kaleb Cowart (3B, AAA): .308/.357/.538/.896 with 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 K – playing exclusively 3B over the last month Drevian Williams-Nelson (2B/RF, AAA): .310/.412/.483/.895 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 10 K  Brandon White (OF, Orem Rk.): .314/.400/.486/.886 with 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 BB, 9 K – ’19 draftee hitting well to start pro career Jeremiah Jackson (2B/SS, Orem Rk.): .277/.345/.489/.835 with 1 doubles, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 15 K Roberto Baldoquin (2B/3B, AA): .353/.389/.441/.830 with 3 doubles, 2 BB, 7 K Ryan Vega (OF, AZL Rk./A): .297/.422/.405/.828 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 SB, 8 BB, 10 K – hitting well in Burlington after a rough stint at Inland Empire Alexander Ramirez (DH/CF, DSL Rk.): .268/.333/.488/.821 with 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 15 K – reminder, he is in his age 16 season 6) Patrick Sandoval – LHP, AAA Salt Lake City: At first glance, Sandoval’s stats at Salt Lake City do not suggest the 22-year old lefty is big-league ready, an assignment that draws to reality this evening, when Sandoval makes his MLB debut against Cincinnati. But digging deeper, peripherals begin to indicate Sandoval has been far more victimized by the hitter-friendly PCL’s ridiculous environs than what he’s due. Sandoval’s most recent work, two consecutive starts against Colorado’s Albuquerque Isotopes, resulted in 11.2 IP, .190 BAA, 2.31 ERA, and 5 walks to 14 strikeouts, an example of the lefties strong swing-and-miss stuff. In addition to Sandoval’s strong strikeout rates (11 per 9 innings), he’s also kept the ball on the ground via a 47% groundball percentage, and a reasonable 7 HR allowed in 60 PCL innings. With the Angels rotation decimated by injury, Sandoval has golden opportunity to seize a spot on the staff and run with it for the remainder of the year. While initial results have been mixed, the exposure that this promising quartet – Canning, Suarez, Barria, and Sandoval – are experiencing now could shape the Angels rotation drastically as soon as 2020. 2019 (AA/AAA): 5.71 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, .290 BAA, 42 BB, 98 K, across 80.1 IP in 20 G/19 GS 7) Cristopher Molina – RHP, A+ Inland Empire: Molina has continued to show no issues adjusting to A+, as the righty added three more solid starts to his 2019 campaign, throwing 16.2 IP of 3.78 ERA ball, walking four and striking out 15 to go with 2 HR and 16 hits (.254 BAA). Molina has now been in the organization since 2014, yet is only 22 – young for the California League – and has been consistent and durable going back to the second-half of 2018, so he might begin to get pressed further as the year goes on, perhaps even a AA call-up. Tall and lanky, listed at 6’3″ and 170, Molina’s strong blend of durability, decent strikeout rates, low walk rates, and ability to limit baserunners makes him an ideal organizational soldier who could emerge as a depth piece as early as 2020. 2019 (A/A+): 3.07 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .228 BAA, 33 BB, 99 K across 105.2 IP in 21 G/18 GS 8) Hector Yan – LHP, A Burlington: Early season questions about Yan’s control and ability to pitch deep into games are quickly becoming erased. Yan is now averaging 83 pitches a game since June 4th, having pitched into the 5th inning or better in nine of his last eleven starts after only doing so twice in the first two months of the year. He has allowed no more than one walk in his last five starts and only 20 in his last 54.1 IP, after starting the year with 22 BB in his first 35 IP. In his last two starts, Yan has again been dominant pitching 10.2 IP of 1.69 ERA ball, only allowing four hits (.118 BAA) and two walks, striking out twelve. Yan might have little left to prove in Burlington, and a promotion to Inland Empire to wrap up the year seems reasonable and possibly imminent, where he might replace the recently promoted Oliver Ortega on the 66er’s staff. 2019 (A): 3.32 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .188 BAA, 4 HR allowed, 42 BB, 122 K across 89.1 IP in 21 G/17 GS 9, tied) Luke Lind – RHP, A Burlington/A+ Inland Empire and Chad Sykes – RHP, A Burlington: In a year that has seen the Angels utilize multiple starting pitchers in tandem, and a number of relievers converted to the rotation, the number of relievers in the system has dropped significantly. Two names however have bucked that trend and have posted strong results. Towering Luke Lind, a 6’6″ RHP who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017, struck out 62 in 38 innings before missing the 2018 season, has returned this year as a force in the Burlington, and now Inland Empire, bullpen. Lind made one more Burlington performance on 7/22 before being promoted to Inland Empire, and has collectively posted 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, .135 BAA, 2 BB, 13 K in five appearances over the last two weeks. Routinely delivering 30-40 pitches, Lind has been used heavily as a multi-inning reliever, and one has to imagine he’ll follow this path as he advances, if not garnering some discussion as a possible rotation convert. Chad Sykes, one of the Angels ’19 draftees, and even rarer, one of the few allowed to pitch the same season as being drafted, has also made a mark to start his career. The UNC reliever was promoted to Burlington on July 24th, and has opened his A Ball career with 6 innings pitched, allowing zero runs, one hit, three walks, and striking out 10. Sykes could be a fast-mover in the Angels season, perhaps finding himself in AA Mobile as early as next year, with a 2020 call-up not out of the question.
Lind 2019 (A/A+): 2.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .228 BAA, 2 HR allowed, 19 BB, 58 K (11.1 K/9) across 47 IP in 28 G
Sykes 2019 (Orem Rk./A): 4.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .228 BAA, 1 HR allowed, 8 BB, 25 K (14.1 K/9) across 16 IP in 11 G 10, tied) Cooper Criswell – RHP, A+ Inland Empire and Robinson Pina – RHP, A Burlington:
Three ties for this edition of the hotlist! The last slot goes to two arms that have quietly produced a full season of solid results, often in the shadows of those with more exciting results such as Hector Yan, Jose Soriano, or Oliver Ortega, or with more prospect pedigree, such as Kyle Bradish, Chris Rodriguez, Aaron Hernandez, or Cole Duensing. Cooper Criswell, in particular, has really come along as a strong, durable arm in the Inland Empire rotation. Standing 6’6″, 200, the North Carolina righty turned 24 a couple weeks back, and made the hotlist following three strong starts in which he totaled 17.1 IP, allowing a 2.08 ERA, and 21 hits, striking out 18 and only walking 2. Criswell has enjoyed a steady, solid summer actually, having limited opponents to a 3.42 ERA in June and July, posting strong peripherals (10 BB, 55 K, and only 2 HR) in 52.2 IP. Criswell’s might find himself in AA before the year’s out, and could profile as a decent back-of-the-rotation starter on the Angels’ depth charts as soon as 2020. Pina, likewise, has been solid and dependable over the course of the year, and his most recent two starts align with those of Criswell, albeit in only two starts, as the righty allowed a 1.64 ERA, .216 BAA across 11 IP, walking 2, striking out 15. The 20-year old Pina is nearly two years older than the competition he is facing as a member of Burlington’s staff, and while walks have been of some concern (50 in 90 IP), he has struck out 115 on the year, only allowing 4 home runs and limiting hitters to a .218 BAA on the season. Pina should see time in Inland Empire before the year is out, and continued success could lead him to a quick ascent among the Angels top SP prospects, with a future in at least the bullpen an almost certain floor. Criswell 2019 (A+): 4.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .288 BAA, 6 HR allowed, 26 BB, 86 K across 90.2 IP in 20 G/16 GS Pina 2019 (A): 4.08 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .218 BAA, 50 BB, 115 K across 90.1 IP in 21 G/16 GS Honorable mention, pitchers: Kelvin Caceres (RHP, AZL Rk.): 14 IP, 4 BB, 13 K, .224 BAA, 3.21 ERA in 3 G/2 GS – 19-year old with a strong showing stateside so far, 3.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 9 K/9 Tyler Carpenter (RHP, AA): 12.2 IP, BB, 9 K, .245 BAA, 3.55 ERA in 2 GS Greg Mahle (LHP, AA): 11 IP, BB, 11 K, .273 BAA, 3.27 ERA in 2 GS – Remember him? Wouldn’t surprise me if he wound up making a spot start before the year is out. Luis Pena (RHP, AA): 6.2 IP, 4 BB, 10 K, .154 BAA, 2.70 ERA in 4 games – converted to relief, Pena has a .175 BAA and 2.78 ERA in Mobile this year following a demotion from SLC Adam Hofacket (RHP, AA/AAA): 9.1 IP, 4 BB, 14 K, .206 BAA, 3.86 ERA in 4 games – RHP showing increased strikeout rates this year, could pop up in Anaheim before year is up Victor Rodriguez (LHP, DSL Rk.): 9 IP, 3 BB, 10 K, .229 BAA, 1.00 ERA – 18-year old lefty throwing well in Dominican Summer League Ethan Clark (RHP, Orem Rk./A): 7.2 IP, 3 BB, 18 K, .172 BAA, 2.35 ERA in 4 games  – 6’5″ RHP from Tampa org, a little old for league but 28 K in 20.1 IP so far
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Mike Trout pulls off magicianlike maneuver to avoid being tagged out (Video)

Angels superstar Mike Trout is a five-tool player, and he truly can do it all. Trout can hit, run, make plays with his glove — not to mention being a clubhouse leader by example that his teammates follow. But he can also pull off magic tricks, as we learned during Monday’s game against the Reds. Trout attempted to steal second base, and thanks to a great throw by Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, it sure looked like he’d be thrown out. But he adjusted his trajectory mid-slide — navigating around the tag to touch the bag safely. Just another “wow” moment from the face of baseball.
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Mike Trout pulls off magicianlike maneuver to avoid being tagged out (Video)

Angels superstar Mike Trout is a five-tool player, and he truly can do it all. Trout can hit, run, make plays with his glove — not to mention being a clubhouse leader by example that his teammates follow.
But he can also pull off magic tricks, as we learned during Monday’s game against the Reds. Trout attempted to steal second base, and thanks to a great throw by Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, it sure looked like he’d be thrown out. But he adjusted his trajectory mid-slide — navigating around the tag to touch the bag safely. Just another “wow” moment from the face of baseball.
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Jose Rojas tops Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist, again.. (7/8-7/21 2019)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist Multiple Angels position players continue to post video-game numbers down on the farm, with Jose Rojas continuing to be an absolute force and a hotlist stalwart. A couple new names break into the top this edition, including an unexpected outfielder. On the other side, the Angels pitching performances have shifted as summer takes hold, with early season dominance exhibited by many having waned, now giving way to steady, continued solid production from numerous young arms. 1) Jose Rojas – 1B/3B/DH, AAA Salt Lake:  A hotlist mainstay this year, Jose Rojas’ recent play might just be the most impressive two-weeks yet. Following a stint where he played DH primarily, Rojas returned to the field, splitting time at 1B/3B evenly with DH, as well as a quick appearance at 2B and even on the mound, pitching one scoreless and allowing one hit and one walk in a tight game. Perhaps this return to the field hints at an imminent call-up, as Rojas’ defense has long been the shortcoming for his MLB viability. But enough about all that. Let’s talk about what Rojas did at the plate, slashing .490/.544/.941/1.485 with 8 doubles, 5 homers (13 extra base hits) in 57 plate appearances, coupled with a respectable six walks to 11 strikeouts. Jose Rojas is now second in the Pacific Coast League in total bases (225), which is more than top prospects (who have similar playing time) such as Isan Diaz (198), Kyle Tucker (193), and Mauricio Dubon (178). At this point, it’s likely only a matter of time before Rojas makes his MLB debut, either in Anaheim or elsewhere, packaged in a trade for pitching. 2019 hitting (SLC, AAA): .317/.383/.615/.997 with 33 doubles, 5 triples, 22 HR, 79 RBI, 42 BB, 93 K in 90 G/413 PA 2) Taylor Ward – LF, AAA Salt Lake: It’s getting difficult to find new things to say about Taylor Ward’s AAA production – will it ever translate to MLB success? The combination of contact, power, and plate discipline offers a lot of evidence that there’s something there, and it might come down to which team – the Angels or otherwise – will give Taylor the full season or so of consistent playing time to see if it’s true. Playing exclusively left field over the last two weeks, Ward’s signature AAA production continued, as he slashed .367/.426/.735/1.161 with six doubles and four homers, while swiping two bags and walking four times versus nine strikeouts. Like Rojas, Ward’s defensive liabilities might make an Anaheim future hazy, so he too could find himself mentioned in trade talks in the next ten days. 2019 (SLC, AAA.): .305/.418/.608/1.026 with 28 doubles, 22 HR, 57 RBI, 54 BB, 74 K in 78 G/374 PA 3) Jeremiah Jackson – 2B/SS, Rookie Orem: Jackson added his third and fourth two-homer games to his season in the last two weeks, and hit a total of five over the last two weeks, leading him to a SLG-heavy slash of .283/.306/.696/1.002. Discipline continues to be a bit of an issue for the young infielder, as he drew only two walks to sixteen strikeouts, but the power is real, even if aided by the hitting-friendly environs of the Pioneer League. Hitless in only three games the last two weeks, Jackson at least compliments his raw power and iffy discipline with good contact skills and has yet to be a defensive liability. Grouped with other young infielders like Wilson, Soto, Maitan, and Rondon, the Angels might have a new wave developing in the lower ranks to match up with the Rengifo, Fletcher, Ward, Thaiss, Walsh, Rojas wave currently impacting SLC/Anaheim. 2019 (Orem Rk.): .254/.331/.595/.926 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 16 BB, 51 K in 31 G/145 PA 4) Brennon Lund – RF/CF, AAA Salt Lake: Often forgotten among Angels outfield prospects, overshadowed by the much flashier names with louder tools, Brennon Lund is a name often omitted when discussing future OF plans. A pedestrian debut at AAA Salt Lake (hitting .177 in his first 33 games/140 plate appearances) did nothing to help that, but since May 19th, Lund had quietly put together perhaps the best season by an Angel outfielder not named Adell, slashing .328/.388/.556/.943 over 51 games and 214 plate appearances. The last two weeks, that trend has been maintained, as Lund slashed .372/.413/.581/.994 with five doubles, two triples, drawing three walks against seven strikeouts. Sound defensively at all three outfield positions and equipped with decent offensive skills across the board (contact, discipline, little bit of speed, little bit of pop) Lund is due to be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter, giving him a decent chance at being added to the 40-man. Paired with the more high-risk/high-reward Hermosillo, the two should make up a solid 4th/5th OF rotation for the Angels next year – should neither be dealt for pitching help. 2019 (SLC, AAA): .268/.339/.447/.786 with 22 doubles, 5 triples, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 33 BB, 85 K in 84 G/356 PA 5) Adrian Rondon – IF,  Rookie Orem/A Burlington: Rondon has kept pace since his appearance on last edition of the hotlist, as the infielder also earned a promotion to Low-A Burlington. Playing mostly 3B, Rondon has played second at both games in Burlington, and picked up a game at SS and 1B while in Orem. What’s kept Rondon on the list though is his offense, which continues to progress, giving the Angels some hope he might be realizing the potential that made him one of the best international amateur talents a few years back. Slashing .348/.362/.630/.992 with six extra-base hits (2 doubles, a triple, and three homers), Rondon continues to display a strong, balanced offensive approach. Burlington will be a test for the young infielder as he moves away from hitter-friendly Orem, but a strong showing could vault him back into the lower-hald of the Angels Top 30 – if not higher. 2019 hitting (Orem Rk./A): .328/.383/.552/.935 with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 21 K in 31 G/128 PA 6) Will Wilson – SS/2B, Rookie Orem: Eight straight multi-hit games lifted Orem infielder Will Wilson to a .396/.420/.563/.983 slash over the last two weeks (he’s hit .486 during the streak), highlighting the strong offensive profile that led the Angels to pick Wilson in the the first round of the 2019 draft. Being a little advanced for the league, Wilson might soon find himself alongside Adrian Rondon in Burlington for a look at more age-appropriate talent, and continued strong performance there could even place Wilson in A+ Inland Empire to start 2020, giving him a potential Anaheim arrival as early as 2021. Wilson hasn’t produced the best BB:K ratio through ~100 plate appearances, though this is likely only a product of being aggressive while swinging the bat well. 2019 hitting (Orem Rk.): .337/.378/.522/.899 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 19 K in 22 G/98 PA Honorable mention, hitters: Kaleb Cowart (3B/RHP, AAA): .350/.386/.625/1.011 with 2 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 4 K and 2 IP, 2 H, BB, K in two relief appearances  Jack Kruger (C, AA): .370/.433/.556/.989 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 BB, 6 K – sorely needed hot streak for both the Angels and the prospect Jared Walsh (1B/LHP, AAA): .314/.429/.829/1.257 with 3 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 6 BB, 12 K, plus IP, K – SLC/Anaheim shuttling cost him some PAs to rank, otherwise he might have been Top 5 Gareth Morgan (OF, A+): .283/.313/.652/.965 with 2 2B, 5 HR, only 2 BB to 27 K 
Wilfredo Tovar (SS,  AAA): .378/.404/.556/.960 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 K Spencer Griffin (OF, A): .310/.383/.571/.954 with 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 12 K – continues to put together a semi-breakout season Connor Justus (IF, AA): .310/.419/.520/.939 with 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 K – good defense and occasional good bat could still lead to a UT IF role Julio De La Cruz (2B/3B, AZL Rk.): .333/.419/.472/.891 with 5 doubles, 4 BB, 13 K – 18-year old IF playing first stateside games, occasional flashes of good contact, discipline, and power for age Jo Adell (OF, AA): .275/.370/.500/.870 with 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 11 K since MLB Futures Game 7) Kyle Bradish – RHP, A+ Inland Empire: Three more solid games for the Angels’ 2018 4th rounder in his debut season, a year that will probably see Bradish locking himself into a spot onto various publications ‘Top 30 Prospects’ for the Halos, perhaps placing Bradish in the conversation for MLB action as early as 2020 in a spot-starter/multi-inning relief role. Across these most recent three appearances, Bradish posted a 2.16 ERA and .190 BAA in 16.1 IP, allowing only three walks to 19 strikeouts. Bradish has only allowed more than 4 runs in an appearance once, kept the ball in the yard (only 6 HR allowed in HR-friendly California League), and has that blend of decent GB% (46%) and swinging strike (15%) that Eppler likes, a little similarly to what the Angels had hoped to get from Trevor Cahill. Bradish might earn a AA promotion before the season is out, and is likely to start 2020 there. 2019 (A+): 4.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .228 BAA, 33 BB, 91 K across 71 IP in 17 G/11 GS 8) Oliver Ortega – RHP, A+ Inland Empire: While Ortega’s most recent three appearances do not come with the shiny ERA we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him – 4.41 ERA in his last 16.1 innings – the peripherals continue to indicate Ortega’s development and rapidly improving stuff. The righty fanned 22 in those 16.1 innings, allowing 5 walks and 10 hits (.172 BAA), giving him an organization-leading 112 strikeouts and and K/9 rate of 11.7. Having only allowed 62 hits on the season, Ortega’s ability to limit hits and rack up strikeouts could fast-track the 22-year old to Anaheim next season as a multi-inning reliever, much like Luis Madero. Eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason, the Angels will need to protect him on the 40-man, a move which is seeming increasingly certain. 2019 (A+): 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .201 BAA, 42 BB, 112 K across 86.1 IP in 19 G/14 GS 9) Jeremy Beasley – RHP, AA Mobile: Beasley continues to do Matt Shoemaker things in AA Mobile, a skill which keeps him in the 2020 mix for a spot-starter/multi-inning relief role with the Angels. Beasley worked three more starts, posting a 3.14 ERA and .241 BAA in 14.1 IP, walking four, striking out 13. One poor start – 7 ER on May 10th – has been Beasley’s only real blemish on the year. With that start removed, he has posted an incredibly strong 3.02 ERA in essentially 18 starts. Overall, his 19 ‘starts’ (one was a tandem-relief appearance) leads the Angels organization, a sign of Beasley’s resiliency. Not eligible for the Rule 5 until after the 2020 season, Beasley will likely continue to percolate in the minors as he doesn’t come with the pedigree of other prospects, but once he reaches AAA, a strong showing could change those opinions. 2019 (AA): 3.61 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .253 BAA, 34 BB, 83 K across 89.2 IP in 19 G/18 GS 10) Kyle Tyler – RHP, A Burlington: A 20th round pick in last year’s draft, Kyle Tyler has never drawn much attention as an Angels farmhand, until a string of solid performances placed him on the last edition of the prospect hotlist. Since then, he’s done nothing but continue to impress, delivering two more appearances totaling 12 IP, only allowing three hits, six walks, zero runs, and striking out nine. Going back to June 7th, Tyler has posted an eye-popping 1.19 ERA across nearly 40 innings, only allowing 20 hits in that time – good for a .156 BAA. In fact, Tyler has been quietly ‘dominant’ this season – in essentially 17 ‘starts’ (multi-inning RP/tandem starter) he has allowed six runs three times, three runs twice, and then zero or one run in the other twelve games. While he doesn’t post big strikeout numbers – only 71 in 83.1 IP – and only a 12% strike-swinging rate, it’s fair to say Tyler has probably been the lucky recipient of some good luck and defense, but a .195 BAA on the season is hard to ignore as the summer continues on. 2019 (A): 2.92 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .19% BAA, 29 BB, 71 K across 83.1 IP in 17 G/12 GS Honorable mention, pitchers: Travis Herrin (RHP, A+): 10.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K, 0.87 ERA in 2 games – has had a few good stretches on the year and worth watching Hector Yan (LHP, A): 9.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 4.82 ERA in 2 games – the lefty continues to post gaudy strikeout rates Cole Duensing (RHP, A): 9.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K, 3.86 ERA in 2 GS – still has control struggles, but a big turnaround year continues to go Duensing’s way Nate Bertness (LHP, A+): 9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 2.00 ERA in 4 games – 6’6″ lefty has moved to relief, K/9 has jumped from 7.8 to 10.7 Jennry Gonzalez (LHP, AZL Rk.): 9 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 13 K, 2.00 ERA in 2 games – 18-year old lefty worth watching in first pro seasons stateside Parker Bridwell (RHP, AAA): 13 IP, 17 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 3.46 ERA – because the Angels just can’t quit him and there’s always a need in the rotation Matt Leon (RHP, Orem Rk.): 16 IP, 12 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 3.38 ERA in 3 GS  – a little old for league, but pitching well after demotion from Burlington Cooper Criswell (RHP, A+): 10 IP, 11 H, 3 BB, 6 HR, 3.60 ERA – improving as year goes on; April/May: 5.45 ERA 38 IP, 31 K June/July: 4.08 ERA, 35.1 IP, 37 K  Clayton Chatham (RHP, A): 9.2 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 10 K, 0.00 ERA – 6’6″ RHP has a 1.99 ERA, .158 BAA across 22 IP against younger competition Robinson Pina (RHP, A): 10 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 13 K, 5.40 ERA – an even 100 strikeouts on the year now for the 20-year, in only 79.1 IP Zack Kelly (RHP, AA):  10.1 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 12 K, 3.48 ERA – converted to rotation in May, 3.93 ERA, .257 BAA, 52 K in 52 innings, only 2 HR allowed
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Los Angeles Angels have memorable sweep over the Seattle Mariners

The Los Angeles Angels weekend sweep over the Seattle Mariners will be remembered in franchise history as one of the most memorable sweeps ever. In an emotional weekend where the Angels began the series honoring the late Tyler Skaggs, the Angels beat the Mariners three games straight and in the process outscored Seattle 28-5. The Angels meanwhile honored Skaggs on Friday by all wearing his number 45 and having his mother Debbie throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Skaggs died while in his hotel room as the Angels were in Texas to play the Rangers on July 1. In Friday’s game to open the series, the Angels exemplified outstanding offense and pitching in clobbering the Mariners 13-0. On the mound, Tyler Cole and Felix Pena combined for a no-hitter. Cole opened the game by throwing two innings and had two strikeouts and zero walks, while Pena came in and threw seven innings of relief and had six strikeouts and one walk. The only Mariners batter who got on base was designated hitter Omar Narvaez, who walked in the fifth inning. Offensively on Friday, the Angels recorded 13 runs on 13 hits. Mike Trout and Justin Upton each hit a home run, and Trout had six runs batted in. Andrelton Simmons led the Angels with three runs, while Simmons, Trout and David Fletcher each had three hits. On Saturday, the Angels beat the Mariners 9-2 on home runs from Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols. The home run from Pujols was a three run shot in the seventh inning that put the Angels up 9-2. Angels rookie second baseman Luis Rengifo led the Angels with three hits. Matt Harvey meanwhile was strong on the mound, as he only gave up one earned run in five and two thirds innings. Then on Sunday, the Angels beat the Mariners 6-3. Once again the Angels won with the long ball as Calhoun homered again and rookie third baseman Matt Thaiss hit his first career home run. The Angels bullpen was excellent as Noe Ramirez, Cam Bedrosian, Ty Buttrey and Hansel Robles combined for four and two thirds innings of shutout baseball. With the sweep, the Angels moved above the .500 mark at 48 wins and 46 losses. They are five games back of the Oakland Athletics for the second wildcard spot in the American League.              
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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist (6/24-7/7 2019)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist Many new names dot the hotlist this week, especially among the hitters. Notably, the top three are all former top prospects from other organizations that the Angels have pilfered away through various means recently, further evidence of the strong efforts to rebuild the farm and find under-the-radar, high-upside talent. The lower levels continue to show promise for the next offensive wave, and our A/A+ pitching continues to produce well, with a few starting to graduate to AA. 1) Gareth Morgan – OF, Inland Empire A+:  Plucked from the Mariners organization a few weeks ago, the 6’4″, 220 pound right-handed hitting 2nd Rounder from the 2014 draft has demonstrated absurd power, even for the hitting-friendly California League. Playing all three outfield positions, Morgan has been on an 82-HR pace over 162 since joining the Angels org. 25 games ago, hitting seven homers in the last two weeks alone. Plate discipline, however, continues to elude Morgan – as he drew only two walks against 25 strikeouts in that time. Still, his .333/350/.719/1.069 slash since June 24th is good enough to earn him the top spot on this hotlist. It’s unlikely Morgan ever becomes more than a Jabari Blash-type (Japan and Korea could hone in on him) but he’s still worth keeping an eye on, if only for the fun HR rates. 2019 hitting (IE, A+): .301/.333/.660/.994 with 1 double, 12 HR, 29 RBI, 4 BB, 52 K in 25 G/111 PA 2) Adrian Rondon – 3B, Orem Rookie: Rondon was the #1 ranked international prospect by Baseball America in the 2014 class when the Rays signed him for ~$3m, but he never produced with Tampa, with his best season producing a mere .731 OPS in Rookie ball in 2016. The Angels swung a deal for Rondon this winter, sending cash to Tampa, and the early returns are promising. Only 20 years old, Rondon is still a bit younger than the average Pioneer League player, and he’s starting to demonstrate the offense many had dreamed on, slashing .378/.385/.676/1.060 over the last two weeks, collecting three doubles, a triple, and two home runs along the way, as well as a couple stolen bases. Playing primarily 3B now, Rondon could become what the Angels had hoped for when they signed Kevin Maitan. 2019 (Orem Rk.): .325/398/.506/.904 with 6 doubles, 1 triples, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 10 BB, 15 K in 21 G/88 PA 3) Jhoan Urena – 1B, Mobile AA: Urena does not come with the same prospect pedigree of Adrian Rondon, but he was once a highlight of the Mets international spending. Only 24, Urena has turned in a solid AA campaign, recently slashing .375/.444/.604/1/049 over the last two weeks, demonstrating a blend of contact, power (6 extra-base hits), and discipline (6 walks, 13 strikeouts) in 54 plate appearances. Playing primarily first base in that span, Urena has mostly seen time at the corners. He’s unlikely to impact Anaheim, but should the Angels wind up buyers and offer names like Thaiss, Ward, and Rojas, Urena could find his way to the PCL and produce some intriguing numbers, perhaps earning a Cesar Puello-type audition for some MLB team in the near future. 2019 (AA): .273/.347/.410/.756 with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 6 HR, 38 BB, 33 BB, 87 K in 80 G/326 PA 4) Jose Rojas – DH/1B/2B,Salt Lake AAA: Rojas continues to let up in his ever-relentless quest to beat the odds and reach the big leagues with the team he grew up rooting for. While his defense has led to increasing use as a DH, Rojas recently saw time back at 2B, a position he’s played sparingly, as well as first base. Offensively, though, Rojas refuses to let up, as he powered through the last two weeks with a .283/.353/.630/.983 slash, with 5 doubles, a triple, and three more home runs. Rojas might not have the prospect shine to come up substantially in trade talks, but it’s not hard to imagine some teams taking notice, and he may yet wind up on the MLB depth charts if the Angels are forced to deal away Ward or Thaiss for pitching help. Rojas will be eligible in the Rule 5 draft this offseason if he is not added to the 40-man. He is now sixth in the PCL in total bases with 177. 2019 (AAA): .289/.357/.562/.919 with 25 doubles, 5 triples, 17 HR, 68 RBI, 36 BB, 82 K in 78 G/356 PA 5) Raider Uceta – RF, Arizona Rookie: Jumping stateside this year, Uceta was one of the Angels international signees in the 2017 class, drawing interest due to his offensive-ceiling with above-average raw power. Only 18, the power has yet to take root, but recent weeks has started to hint at that potential. Uceta has slashed .368/.455/.526/.981 with four doubles and a triple, while maintaining strong contact and discipline (6 BB, 10 K) skills. Paired up with other young outfielders like Rainier Rivas, Trent Deveaux, D’Shawn Knowles, and Alexander Ramirez, the Angels could have a whole new generation of outfield talent soon ranking behind Trout, Adell, and Marsh. 2019 hitting (AZL Rk.): .300/.373/.417/.790 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 17 K in 16 G/67 PA Honorable mention, hitters:
Rainier Rivas (RF, DSL Rk.): .455/.556/.636/1.192 with 2 3B, 3 BB, 5 K – not enough PA to qualify, but a great start for the 18-year old
D’Shawn Knowles (OF, Orem Rk.): .424/.474/.545/1.019 with 4 2B, 4 BB, 7 K – also not enough PA to qualify, but he continues to impress
Jared Walsh (1B/LHP, AAA): .286/.446/.524/.970 with 4 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 12 BB, 13 K – solid discipline, also one scoreless inning pitched
Taylor Ward (LF, AAA): .316/.400/.561/.961 with 5 2B, 3 HR but only 8 BB, 15 K
Kaleb Cowart (IF,  AAA): .326/.360/.565/.925 with 5 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 10 K, 2.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, K
Connor Fitzsimmons (1B, A): .222/.317/.528/.845 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 16 K
Michael Hermosillo (OF, AAA): .261/.370/.478/.849 with 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 17 K – playing mostly RF
Will Wilson (SS/2B, Orem Rk.): .263/.317/.500/.817 with 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 9 K 6) Kyle Tyler – RHP, Burlington A:  This 20th Round pick from the 2018 draft has not come with much attention, but Kyle Tyler has turned in a solid sophomore campaign, one in which he’s been converted to the rotation like many Angels low-level pitchers. Recently, he’s been boosted by three straight solid starts, allowing only one earned run in 17 IP (0.53 ERA) with only 11 hits and four walks (.88 WHIP). Tyler doesn’t boast big strikeout numbers, but he’s kept walks and hits in check, and could find himself following a Jesus Castillo-type path in the minors. 2019 (A): 3.41 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, .209 BAA, 23 BB, 62 K across 71.1 IP in 15 G/12 GS 7) Andrew Wantz – RHP, Mobile AA:  Recently promoted to AA Mobile, Wantz is another 2019 convert to the rotation, and he’s been consistent throughout, enough so that he is probably starting to slot in behind Sandoval, Castillo, and Madero as the next-closest Angel SP prospect, perhaps even being in-line for action in 2020. Like Tyler, Wantz has delivered three straight solid starts, going five innings in each, allowing a 3.60 ERA and .214 BAA, striking out 18, and walking only 5. His prior success in relief roles could turn Wantz back towards the bullpen in the long-term, but he’s quickly becoming one of the better SP prospects in the org. 2019 (A+/AA): 3.73 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .226 BAA, 25 BB, 86 K across 72.1 IP in 16 G/11 GS 8 ) Oliver Ortega – RHP, Inland Empire A+: An electric performance in the A+ All-Star Game brought some attention to Ortega, who is quickly opening eyes and showing promise as, at worst, a future reliever. His 90 strikeouts on the year rank second across the entire organization – majors and minors – and in the last two weeks, his two appearances have continued to trend in the right direction, as he pitched 11.2 IP with a 1.54 ERA, .175 BAA, allowing only 2 walks against 16 strikeouts. Ortega will need to be added to the Angels 40-man this winter in order to be protected in the Rule 5 draft, so the Angels might promote him to AA Mobile sooner rather than later, or, Ortega could follow a trajectory similar to that of Luis Madero, joining the 40-man while in A+ as a one-year-from-MLB-readiness multi-inning RP or SP option. 2019 (A+): 3.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .207 BAA, 37 BB, 90 K, across 75 IP in 16 G/12 GS 9) Hector Yan – LHP, Burlington A: The strikeouts continue to rack up for Yan – 20 in three starts and 13.2 IP – who now leads the entire organization – MLB and minors – with 98 on the year. Walks continue to be a bit of an issue for Yan, who allowed 7 over the past two weeks along with 7 hits (.240 BAA) and a 4.61 ERA, but the 20-year old’s upside is apparent. While his control might limit him to a future in the bullpen, he is no doubt the Angels third-best LHP SP prospect at this time, behind Suarez and Sandoval. 2019 (A): 3.38 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, .194 BAA, 38 BB, 98 K, only 2 HR allowed across 69.1 IP in 17 G/13 GS 10) Isaac Mattson – RHP, Mobile AA: Promoted to AA in mid-May, Mattson hasn’t skipped a beat, and has been dominant over the last two weeks, making 4 scoreless appearances, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out 12 in 11.1 IP. He is undoubtedly pitching himself into the MLB relief depth charts, and could even be in the mix later this year – a 5 hits per 9 innings, 0.4 HR per 9 innings, and a 2.7 BB/9 paired with a 13.6 K/9 will do that for you. 2019 (A+/AA.): 1.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .160 BAA, 14 BB, 71 K across 47 IP in 22 G Honorable mention, pitchers:
Alejandro Duran (RHP, DSL Rk.): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K, 0.00 ERA in 2 games – 17-years old with 4 BB, 32 K, 2.16 ERA in 25 IP
Tyler Smith (RHP, A): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 3.52 ERA in 5 games
Jeremy Beasley (RHP, AA): 10 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 12 K, 3.60 ERA in 2 GS
Cristopher Molina (RHP, A+): 16 IP, 15 H, 3 BB, 10 K, 4.50 ERA in 3 GS
Tyler Carpenter (RHP, AA): 14.1 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 13 K, 2.51 ERA in 3 GS 
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In tragic death, Tyler Skaggs still got what we all need

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Baseball Essential and was written by Tom Dorsa. A few days ago, a friend of mine committed suicide. According to the Carrollton, Texas police department, the lonesome middle-aged man passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, leaving little but a memory of a solitary, quirky personality and the wisdom he tried to pass on to me and many others. Whether he knew it or not, he touched many lives and left an indelible mark on those around him through his pure and delightful peculiarity. About 60 hours later, news broke of the passing of Los Angeles Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs. The Southlake, Texas police department found the 27-year-old unresponsive at the Hilton hotel in Southlake, about 20 minutes north of Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the Angels were set to kick off a series against the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon. Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy to find out the cause of death — as foul play, as well as suicide, were ruled out — is scheduled for Tuesday. In the aftermath of his sudden, tragic death, the game was postponed. It was the proper move and the same one ordered by the Miami Marlins during the afternoon of Jose Fernandez‘s death, but like the cancelled Marlins game nearly three years prior, the status of the contest was secondary to the response to the surprising passing of the pitcher. To read the rest of this article, click here and head over to Baseball Essential. About Matt Musico
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The baseball world remembers Tyler Skaggs

It has been said that sports can be an escape from reality. When something is bothering you the thrill of the game can take all of the pain away. Both worlds are supposed to be separate. They tragically intertwined on Monday afternoon when Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was pronounced dead by the Southlake Police Department in Texas. The 27-year-old was found unconscious in his hotel room in Texas as the Angels were set to face the Rangers this week. No foul play is expected at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. Drafted by Los Angeles in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft (40th overall), he made his debut after being traded to the Diamondbacks. Skaggs went back to the Angels in 2013. Skaggs was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in seven seasons. This season Skaggs was 7-7, and he just pitched a few days ago. Skaggs was beloved by many in the baseball world. He recently discussed wanting to play inside Dodger Stadium and was just married before the start of this year. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had the following to say about Skaggs: “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball send our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.” Skagg’s passing comes ten years after the Angels lost Nick Adenhart in a car crash as a result of a drunk driver. Along with the deaths of Jose Fernandez, Yordano Ventura and Oscar Tavares, among others, it is a reminder of how life is short. Several members of the baseball community sent out tributes to Skaggs, from teammate, friends and baseball leaders all the way to those who have lost teammates themselves like Giancarlo Stanton.
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"The Best Player(s) In Baseball"

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist We know its Trout – that is pretty much universally agreed by all but the most biased fans of this or that franchise player. We also know that it isn’t particularly close, although there are always contenders in any given year – even players that have better years than Trout, although never by a huge margin. This year Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich are comparable, although both in the NL. Last year it was Betts; in 2017, Trout finished a career-worst 4th in fWAR, although due to missing almost a third of the year to injury. We can go back to his rookie year and look at the top four ranked players by fWAR: 2019: Bellinger 5.4, TROUT 5.3, Yelich 4.6, Marte 3.7 2018: Betts 10.4, TROUT 9.8, Ramirez 8.0, Bregman/Lindor/Yelich 7.6 2017: Judge 8.2, Altuve 7.6, Stanton 7.3, TROUT 6.9 2016: TROUT 9.7, Betts 8.3, Bryant 7.8, Donaldson 7.6 2015: Harper/TROUT 9.3, Donaldson 8.7, Votto 7.3 2014: TROUT 8.3, Lucroy 8.1, Posey 7.8, McCutchen 7.4 2013: TROUT 10.2, Cabrera 8.6, McCutchen 8.1, Y Molina 7.8 2012: Posey 10.4, TROUT 10.1, Y Molina 7.7, Cano 7.4 Now that record is ridiculously impressive: Trout has ranked #4 or higher in each of his eight full seasons (assuming the pattern holds for the second half of 2019), and #2 or better in all but one season – a season he would have finished 1st if he hadn’t lost 48 games to injury. Even more impressive is the fact that not a single player has finished in the top 4 more than twice, and only half a dozen have done it twice: Posey, Y Molina, McCutchen, Donaldson, Betts, and Yelich. In other words… Top 4 fWAR finishes 2012-19 8 Trout 2 Yelich, Betts, Donaldson, Posey, McCutchen, Y Cano 1 Bellinger, Marte, Ramirez, Bregman, Lindor, Judge, Altuve, Stanton, Bryant, Harper, Votto, Lucroy, Cabrera, Cano So, yeah: Trout has clearly been the best player over the course of his career, and it isn’t particularly close: Total fWAR 2012-19 (so far) 69.5 Trout 46.2 Posey 38.6 Donaldson 37.7 McCutchen 36.3 Goldschmidt 34.8 Votto 33.7 Cano The reason I list that out to seven is to make another point: Not only has Trout produced 50% more fWAR value over the course of his career than anyone else, but he’s produced twice as much fWAR value as all but five other players.  BUT WHAT ABOUT RIGHT NOW? Right now is 2019, but we can’t exactly say that half a season determines who the best player is right now. But we don’t want to go back too far, so how about 2018-19, or the last season and a half? Certainly that will even out any outliers or fluke hot (or cold) starts or breakthroughs that may or may not be sustained? Without further ado, here are the ten best current position players in MLB: 2018-19 fWAR (through 6/25) 1. Mike Trout 15.1 2. Mookie Betts 12.8 3. Christian Yelich 12.2 4. Alex Bregman 11.1 5. Matt Chapman 9.7 6. Francisco Lindor 9.6 7. Anthony Rendon 9.5 8. Cody Bellinger 9.0 9. Nolan Arenado 8.9 10t. Xander Bogaerts 8.5 10t. Manny Machado 8.5 Rounding out the top 20 are Javier Baez, Jose Ramirez, Max Muncy, Freddie Freeman, Yasmani Grandal, Trevor Story, JT Realmuto, JD Martinez, and Whit Merrifield. (If you’re wondering, Andrelton Simmons is #22 and would likely be in the top 20 if he hadn’t been hurt this year) Most notably absent in the top 20 are Paul Goldschmidt (#30) Jose Altuve (#33), and of course Bryce Harper (#42). TROUT as a Hitter, using wRC+ 2012-19 wRC+ 1. Trout 175 2. Votto 154 3. Judge 153 4. Cabrera 150 5. Ortiz 150 2019: Bellinger 192, TROUT 187, Yelich 185, Rendon/Alonso 161 2018: TROUT 191, Betts 185, Martinez 170, Yelich 166 2017: TROUT 181, Judge 172, Votto 164, Altuve 160 2016: TROUT 170, Ortiz 163, Votto 158, Donaldson 157 2015: Harper 197, Votto 174, TROUT 171, Cabrera 164 2014: McCutchen/Martinez 168, Abreu/TROUT 167 2013: Cabrera 193, TROUT 176, Davis 168, Werth 159 2012: TROUT 167, Cabrera 166, Posey 164, Braun 159 Interesting to note here that Trout has actually become more dominant as a hitter, leading the majors in each of the last three years, with a good  chance of passing Bellinger and leading the majors again this year. Anyhow, I feel comfortable saying that not only is Trout the best player in baseball, but Betts and Yelich–in some order–are #2 and #3, with Bregman a solid #4. Then you have a group of comparable players in Chapman, Lindor, and Rendon. If the trend holds, Yelich will be #2 by year’s end and Bellinger could climb a bit, even challenge Chapman for #4. Well, there you have it. Nothing new was really discovered, just a few details clarified: not only how much better Trout has been during his career than everyone else, but that he is still the head-and-shoulders best player right now.
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"The Best Player(s) In Baseball"

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist We know its Trout – that is pretty much universally agreed by all but the most biased fans of this or that franchise player. We also know that it isn’t particularly close, although there are always contenders in any given year – even players that have better years than Trout, although never by a huge margin. This year Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich are comparable, although both in the NL. Last year it was Betts; in 2017, Trout finished a career-worst 4th in fWAR, although due to missing almost a third of the year to injury. We can go back to his rookie year and look at the top four ranked players by fWAR: 2019: Bellinger 5.4, TROUT 5.3, Yelich 4.6, Marte 3.7 2018: Betts 10.4, TROUT 9.8, Ramirez 8.0, Bregman/Lindor/Yelich 7.6 2017: Judge 8.2, Altuve 7.6, Stanton 7.3, TROUT 6.9 2016: TROUT 9.7, Betts 8.3, Bryant 7.8, Donaldson 7.6 2015: Harper/TROUT 9.3, Donaldson 8.7, Votto 7.3 2014: TROUT 8.3, Lucroy 8.1, Posey 7.8, McCutchen 7.4 2013: TROUT 10.2, Cabrera 8.6, McCutchen 8.1, Y Molina 7.8 2012: Posey 10.4, TROUT 10.1, Y Molina 7.7, Cano 7.4 Now that record is ridiculously impressive: Trout has ranked #4 or higher in each of his eight full seasons (assuming the pattern holds for the second half of 2019), and #2 or better in all but one season – a season he would have finished 1st if he hadn’t lost 48 games to injury. Even more impressive is the fact that not a single player has finished in the top 4 more than twice, and only half a dozen have done it twice: Posey, Y Molina, McCutchen, Donaldson, Betts, and Yelich. In other words… Top 4 fWAR finishes 2012-19 8 Trout 2 Yelich, Betts, Donaldson, Posey, McCutchen, Y Cano 1 Bellinger, Marte, Ramirez, Bregman, Lindor, Judge, Altuve, Stanton, Bryant, Harper, Votto, Lucroy, Cabrera, Cano So, yeah: Trout has clearly been the best player over the course of his career, and it isn’t particularly close: Total fWAR 2012-19 (so far) 69.5 Trout 46.2 Posey 38.6 Donaldson 37.7 McCutchen 36.3 Goldschmidt 34.8 Votto 33.7 Cano The reason I list that out to seven is to make another point: Not only has Trout produced 50% more fWAR value over the course of his career than anyone else, but he’s produced twice as much fWAR value as all but five other players.  BUT WHAT ABOUT RIGHT NOW? Right now is 2019, but we can’t exactly say that half a season determines who the best player is right now. But we don’t want to go back too far, so how about 2018-19, or the last season and a half? Certainly that will even out any outliers or fluke hot (or cold) starts or breakthroughs that may or may not be sustained? Without further ado, here are the ten best current position players in MLB: 2018-19 fWAR (through 6/25) 1. Mike Trout 15.1 2. Mookie Betts 12.8 3. Christian Yelich 12.2 4. Alex Bregman 11.1 5. Matt Chapman 9.7 6. Francisco Lindor 9.6 7. Anthony Rendon 9.5 8. Cody Bellinger 9.0 9. Nolan Arenado 8.9 10t. Xander Bogaerts 8.5 10t. Manny Machado 8.5 Rounding out the top 20 are Javier Baez, Jose Ramirez, Max Muncy, Freddie Freeman, Yasmani Grandal, Trevor Story, JT Realmuto, JD Martinez, and Whit Merrifield. (If you’re wondering, Andrelton Simmons is #22 and would likely be in the top 20 if he hadn’t been hurt this year) Most notably absent in the top 20 are Paul Goldschmidt (#30) Jose Altuve (#33), and of course Bryce Harper (#42). TROUT as a Hitter, using wRC+ 2012-19 wRC+ 1. Trout 175 2. Votto 154 3. Judge 153 4. Cabrera 150 5. Ortiz 150 2019: Bellinger 192, TROUT 187, Yelich 185, Rendon/Alonso 161 2018: TROUT 191, Betts 185, Martinez 170, Yelich 166 2017: TROUT 181, Judge 172, Votto 164, Altuve 160 2016: TROUT 170, Ortiz 163, Votto 158, Donaldson 157 2015: Harper 197, Votto 174, TROUT 171, Cabrera 164 2014: McCutchen/Martinez 168, Abreu/TROUT 167 2013: Cabrera 193, TROUT 176, Davis 168, Werth 159 2012: TROUT 167, Cabrera 166, Posey 164, Braun 159 Interesting to note here that Trout has actually become more dominant as a hitter, leading the majors in each of the last three years, with a good  chance of passing Bellinger and leading the majors again this year. Anyhow, I feel comfortable saying that not only is Trout the best player in baseball, but Betts and Yelich–in some order–are #2 and #3, with Bregman a solid #4. Then you have a group of comparable players in Chapman, Lindor, and Rendon. If the trend holds, Yelich will be #2 by year’s end and Bellinger could climb a bit, even challenge Chapman for #4. Well, there you have it. Nothing new was really discovered, just a few details clarified: not only how much better Trout has been during his career than everyone else, but that he is still the head-and-shoulders best player right now.
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Jarrett Parker slugs his way to the top: Angels Prospect Hotlist (6/10-6/23 2019)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist Much has been spoken about the Angels emergence of arms this year, but the last two weeks has shown the Angels hitting prospects make a mark – thirteen hitters had an OPS over 1.000 meaning not all could even make the hotlist, so the honorable mention list could be its own hotlist after this one. 1) Jarrett Parker – RF/1B, AAA:  With Puello now in Miami, Parker is one step closer to the big leagues, and his recent performance has only further stressed that. Parker has homered in six straight games, giving him 18 on the year in 251 plate appearances, paired up with a .364/.453/.909/1.362 slash in the last two weeks. Additionally, Parker has added 1B to his defensive portfolio, giving him added usefulness to help the Angels should Bour again falter, or Pujols’ health give out. 2019 hitting (AAA): .307/.438/.639/.1.077 with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 18 HR, 53 RBI, 45 BB, 64 K in 57 G/251 PA 2) Matt Thaiss – 3B, AAA: Thaiss continued building his momentum (he had an .800 OPS from mid-April leading up to 6/10) by posting one of his hottest two-weeks to date; .372/.518/.791/1.309 with 3 doubles, 5 homers, and 13 walks to 7 strikeouts – with only a .355 BAbip in that time – all while playing exclusively 3B. Thaiss currently leads the Pacific Coast League with 52 walks, tied for tenth in HR with 13, and tied for sixteenth with 132 total bases. 2019 (AAA): .273/.387/.475/.862 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 52 BB, 55 K in 71 G/333 PA 3) Jo Adell – CF/RF, AA: Adell has continued to assert himself as one of the game’s top prospects, completely dominating AA since his return. Over the last two weeks, Adell has slashed .395/.477/.684/1.161 in 11 games, clubbing 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and only striking out five times – matched by five walks. Soon enough, it will simply just become a matter of time before Adell finds himself in Anaheim. 2019 (A+/AA): .361/.430/.651/1.081 with 9 doubles, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 19 K in 22 G/93 PA 4) Orlando Martinez – CF/LF/RF, A+: Vaulting into the prospect hotlist, and perhaps a new prospect legitimacy, Martinez has started showing some power in the last two weeks – six doubles, three home runs – during his recent .367/.456/.673/1.130 slash – adding to an already longstanding offensive profile of good contact and good discipline. The 2018 signee out of Cuba is almost undoubtedly in the mix for a future 4th OF job, but this increased power could bring him into an everyday conversation. 2019 (A+): .302/.377/.466/.842 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 13 BB, 29 K in 26 G/130 PA 5) Jared Walsh – 1B/LHP, AAA: Walsh has taken his AAA demotion in stride, picking up right where he left off with significant offensive production. Walsh has slashed .364/.481/.591/1.072 with four doubles, two home runs, and eight walks to 11 strikeouts. With Bour back in Anaheim, Walsh might be in Salt Lake for a lengthy stint, but should remain a versatile option at the ready. 2019 hitting (AAA): .306/.399/.566/.965 with 18 doubles, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 29 BB, 68 K in 60 G/258 PA
2019 pitching (AAA): 4.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 2 BB, 5 K across 6 IP in 6 games Honorable mention, hitters:
Brennon Lund (OF, AAA): .459/.500/.757/1.257 with 5 2B, 2 HR –  yup, even a 1.257 OPS couldn’t crack the top 5. Jose Verrier (3B/2B, Orem Rk.): .321/.500/.750/1.250 with 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 6 BB, 6 K
Jeremiah Jackson (SS,  Orem Rk.): .286/.386/.657/1.044 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB, 14 K
Rainier Rivas (RF, DSL Rk.): .407/.500/.519/1.019 with 3 2B with 5 BB, 4 K
Michael Stefanic (SS/2B, A+): .310/.396/.619/1.015 with 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 5 BB, 4 K – starting to adjust to A+
Taylor Ward (LF, AAA): .268/.423/.585/1.008 with 2B, 4 HR but only 8 BB, 11 K – playing only LF recently
Jose Rojas (2B/3B, AAA): .289/.382/.622/1.004 with 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 8 BB, 13 K
Jordan Zimmerman (3B, A+): .341/.391/.610/1.001 with 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 7 K – a 1.109 slash in June now
Franklin Torres (C/2B, A+): .378/.431/.533/.965 with 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 6 K – splitting time between C and 2B
Gareth Morgan (OF, A+): .256/.298/.605/.903 with 5 HR, 1 BB, 26 K in 47 PA
Spencer Griffin (RF, A): .351/.385/.614/.898 with 2B, 3B, HR, 2 BB, 14 K, 3-3 in SB attempts
Jahmai Jones (2B, AA): .318/.362/.500/.862 with 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, in 48 PA
D’Shawn Knowles (OF, Orem Rk.): .278/.400/.444/.844 with 2 HR, 8 BB, 12 K, 4-4 SB attempts 6) Hector Yan – LHP, A: 
You can’t really be much better over a two-week span than what Hector Yan has done. Two starts, 11.1 innings pitched, zero runs – and zero hits allowed. Yan also struck out 12, but did allow five walks, a sign of his continuing issues of control and durability which could limit his ceiling, but the 20-year old lefty continues to climb up the ranks of Angels pitching prospects. 2019 (A): 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .182 BAA, 31 BB, 78 K across 55.2 IP in 14 G/10 GS 7) Cooper Criswell – RHP, A+:  The 6’6″ righty threw his most dominant game 6/22, striking out nine in 5 IP – capping a two-week span where he made three appearances, striking out 21 in 11.2 IP, allowing only 3 walks and nine hits, including a .209 BAA – despite a .409 BAbip. While his overall results have been mixed, Criswell comes with the right frame and decent repertoire to pitch himself into the top Angels pitching prospect discussions if he continues his June production. 2019 (A+): 4.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, .273 BAA, 20 BB, 54 K across 52.1 IP in 13 G/10 GS 8 ) Jesus Castillo – RHP, AA: Castillo continues to place among the Angels top pitchers on the prospect playlist – his consistency has led him to lead the Angels org – majors including – in innings pitched, and his ERA has now dropped to an even 3.00. Over the last two weeks, Castillo made two starts and two one-inning relief appearances – combining for 14 innings, 1.29 ERA, and 1 BB with 8 K – perhaps hinting at some potential usefulness as a reliever on the MLB depth charts. 2019 (AA): 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .264 BAA, 18 BB, 55 K, only 3 HR allowed across 75 IP in 16 G/12 GS 9) Cole Duensing – RHP, A: The miraculous rebirth of the 2016 draft pick’s career continued over the last two weeks as he made three appearances, led by a 6.2 IP start against Clinton where he struck out 8 and walked zero, and followed by two relief appearances – one good (4 IP, 0 BB, 4 K, and one not so good (0.2 IP, 3 BB), further demonstrating the volatility of the lanky righty’s stuff. Duensing might be best suited in the future as a high-lev, multi-inning relief arm. 2019 (A): 4.32 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, .241 BAA, 36 BB, 55 K across 58.1 IP in 14 G/9 GS 10) Alejandro Duran – RHP, DSL Rk.: Little is known about the equally diminutive (5’11”, 150) 17-year old Venezuelan righty, but he’s made quite an intro to the Angels Dominican summer league team, making four appearances, throwing 18 innings, striking out 20, and only walking two, surrendering a 3.00 ERA in that time. 2019 (DSL Rk.): 3.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .119 BAA, 2 BB, 20 K across 18 in 4 G/2 GS Honorable mention, pitchers:
Isaac Mattson (RHP, AA): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 0.00 ERA in 3 games – no signs slowing now that he’s in AA Luis Alvarado (RHP, A): 11.2 IP, 12 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.86 ERA in 2 games Danifer Diaz (RHP, DSL Rk.): 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA in 2 GS 
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Jarrett Parker slugs his way to the top: Angels Prospect Hotlist (6/10-6/23 2019)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist Much has been spoken about the Angels emergence of arms this year, but the last two weeks has shown the Angels hitting prospects make a mark – thirteen hitters had an OPS over 1.000 meaning not all could even make the hotlist, so the honorable mention list could be its own hotlist after this one. 1) Jarrett Parker – RF/1B, AAA:  With Puello now in Miami, Parker is one step closer to the big leagues, and his recent performance has only further stressed that. Parker has homered in six straight games, giving him 18 on the year in 251 plate appearances, paired up with a .364/.453/.909/1.362 slash in the last two weeks. Additionally, Parker has added 1B to his defensive portfolio, giving him added usefulness to help the Angels should Bour again falter, or Pujols’ health give out. 2019 hitting (AAA): .307/.438/.639/.1.077 with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 18 HR, 53 RBI, 45 BB, 64 K in 57 G/251 PA 2) Matt Thaiss – 3B, AAA: Thaiss continued building his momentum (he had an .800 OPS from mid-April leading up to 6/10) by posting one of his hottest two-weeks to date; .372/.518/.791/1.309 with 3 doubles, 5 homers, and 13 walks to 7 strikeouts – with only a .355 BAbip in that time – all while playing exclusively 3B. Thaiss currently leads the Pacific Coast League with 52 walks, tied for tenth in HR with 13, and tied for sixteenth with 132 total bases. 2019 (AAA): .273/.387/.475/.862 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 52 BB, 55 K in 71 G/333 PA 3) Jo Adell – CF/RF, AA: Adell has continued to assert himself as one of the game’s top prospects, completely dominating AA since his return. Over the last two weeks, Adell has slashed .395/.477/.684/1.161 in 11 games, clubbing 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and only striking out five times – matched by five walks. Soon enough, it will simply just become a matter of time before Adell finds himself in Anaheim. 2019 (A+/AA): .361/.430/.651/1.081 with 9 doubles, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 19 K in 22 G/93 PA 4) Orlando Martinez – CF/LF/RF, A+: Vaulting into the prospect hotlist, and perhaps a new prospect legitimacy, Martinez has started showing some power in the last two weeks – six doubles, three home runs – during his recent .367/.456/.673/1.130 slash – adding to an already longstanding offensive profile of good contact and good discipline. The 2018 signee out of Cuba is almost undoubtedly in the mix for a future 4th OF job, but this increased power could bring him into an everyday conversation. 2019 (A+): .302/.377/.466/.842 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 13 BB, 29 K in 26 G/130 PA 5) Jared Walsh – 1B/LHP, AAA: Walsh has taken his AAA demotion in stride, picking up right where he left off with significant offensive production. Walsh has slashed .364/.481/.591/1.072 with four doubles, two home runs, and eight walks to 11 strikeouts. With Bour back in Anaheim, Walsh might be in Salt Lake for a lengthy stint, but should remain a versatile option at the ready. 2019 hitting (AAA): .306/.399/.566/.965 with 18 doubles, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 29 BB, 68 K in 60 G/258 PA
2019 pitching (AAA): 4.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 2 BB, 5 K across 6 IP in 6 games Honorable mention, hitters:
Brennon Lund (OF, AAA): .459/.500/.757/1.257 with 5 2B, 2 HR –  yup, even a 1.257 OPS couldn’t crack the top 5. Jose Verrier (3B/2B, Orem Rk.): .321/.500/.750/1.250 with 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 6 BB, 6 K
Jeremiah Jackson (SS,  Orem Rk.): .286/.386/.657/1.044 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB, 14 K
Rainier Rivas (RF, DSL Rk.): .407/.500/.519/1.019 with 3 2B with 5 BB, 4 K
Michael Stefanic (SS/2B, A+): .310/.396/.619/1.015 with 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 5 BB, 4 K – starting to adjust to A+
Taylor Ward (LF, AAA): .268/.423/.585/1.008 with 2B, 4 HR but only 8 BB, 11 K – playing only LF recently
Jose Rojas (2B/3B, AAA): .289/.382/.622/1.004 with 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 8 BB, 13 K
Jordan Zimmerman (3B, A+): .341/.391/.610/1.001 with 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 7 K – a 1.109 slash in June now
Franklin Torres (C/2B, A+): .378/.431/.533/.965 with 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 6 K – splitting time between C and 2B
Gareth Morgan (OF, A+): .256/.298/.605/.903 with 5 HR, 1 BB, 26 K in 47 PA
Spencer Griffin (RF, A): .351/.385/.614/.898 with 2B, 3B, HR, 2 BB, 14 K, 3-3 in SB attempts
Jahmai Jones (2B, AA): .318/.362/.500/.862 with 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, in 48 PA
D’Shawn Knowles (OF, Orem Rk.): .278/.400/.444/.844 with 2 HR, 8 BB, 12 K, 4-4 SB attempts 6) Hector Yan – LHP, A: 
You can’t really be much better over a two-week span than what Hector Yan has done. Two starts, 11.1 innings pitched, zero runs – and zero hits allowed. Yan also struck out 12, but did allow five walks, a sign of his continuing issues of control and durability which could limit his ceiling, but the 20-year old lefty continues to climb up the ranks of Angels pitching prospects. 2019 (A): 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .182 BAA, 31 BB, 78 K across 55.2 IP in 14 G/10 GS 7) Cooper Criswell – RHP, A+:  The 6’6″ righty threw his most dominant game 6/22, striking out nine in 5 IP – capping a two-week span where he made three appearances, striking out 21 in 11.2 IP, allowing only 3 walks and nine hits, including a .209 BAA – despite a .409 BAbip. While his overall results have been mixed, Criswell comes with the right frame and decent repertoire to pitch himself into the top Angels pitching prospect discussions if he continues his June production. 2019 (A+): 4.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, .273 BAA, 20 BB, 54 K across 52.1 IP in 13 G/10 GS 8 ) Jesus Castillo – RHP, AA: Castillo continues to place among the Angels top pitchers on the prospect playlist – his consistency has led him to lead the Angels org – majors including – in innings pitched, and his ERA has now dropped to an even 3.00. Over the last two weeks, Castillo made two starts and two one-inning relief appearances – combining for 14 innings, 1.29 ERA, and 1 BB with 8 K – perhaps hinting at some potential usefulness as a reliever on the MLB depth charts. 2019 (AA): 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .264 BAA, 18 BB, 55 K, only 3 HR allowed across 75 IP in 16 G/12 GS 9) Cole Duensing – RHP, A: The miraculous rebirth of the 2016 draft pick’s career continued over the last two weeks as he made three appearances, led by a 6.2 IP start against Clinton where he struck out 8 and walked zero, and followed by two relief appearances – one good (4 IP, 0 BB, 4 K, and one not so good (0.2 IP, 3 BB), further demonstrating the volatility of the lanky righty’s stuff. Duensing might be best suited in the future as a high-lev, multi-inning relief arm. 2019 (A): 4.32 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, .241 BAA, 36 BB, 55 K across 58.1 IP in 14 G/9 GS 10) Alejandro Duran – RHP, DSL Rk.: Little is known about the equally diminutive (5’11”, 150) 17-year old Venezuelan righty, but he’s made quite an intro to the Angels Dominican summer league team, making four appearances, throwing 18 innings, striking out 20, and only walking two, surrendering a 3.00 ERA in that time. 2019 (DSL Rk.): 3.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .119 BAA, 2 BB, 20 K across 18 in 4 G/2 GS Honorable mention, pitchers:
Isaac Mattson (RHP, AA): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 0.00 ERA in 3 games – no signs slowing now that he’s in AA Luis Alvarado (RHP, A): 11.2 IP, 12 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.86 ERA in 2 games Danifer Diaz (RHP, DSL Rk.): 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA in 2 GS 
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Signs

David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer When I was in high school, I had an economics teacher who used to say to us (often at random times) “Class, it’s time to get in touch with the sounds of the universe.” At the time, we all thought he was a bit crazy. Now, as I’m older, I realize, he was just a bit “eccentric.” My old economics teacher probably was onto something, though. There are times when the universe is clearly trying to tell us something. I wrote about one such sign from baseball a few years ago. It was my proof that there is a G-d, and that G-d is a baseball fan. You can read it here. Last week, I was extremely busy. I didn’t have time to watch every Angels game and have only recently caught up on them all. I saved the games on my DVR, because I knew that one of them would be Tim Mead’s last game with the Angels. Anyone who has spent any time on AngelsWin.com knows how much Tim meant to this site. I consider him a friend and a role model. He is honest and kind. He takes the time to get to know and understand people. He listens and helps where and when he can. AngelsWin.com will forever be indebted to him. As will I. Over the past few days, I had time to catch up on the Angels games. I watched Tim’s last game against the Dodgers. It was emotional for him to get through the interview with Victor and Gubi. And, it was emotional watching it as a friend and as a fan. If there is any place where Tim belongs, other than with the Angels, it has to be the Hall of Fame. The outpouring of love from around and across the baseball world shows that Tim is a Hall of Fame member for the Front Office part of the game. And, if there is anything that could pull Tim away from the Angels, it had to be Hall of Fame. There is no doubt that Tim loves the Angels. He bleeds Halos red through and through. But, if there is anything that he might love more, it’s the game of baseball itself. He respects and treasures it. He will protect it and all the players who enter into the Hall of Fame. As Tim was interviewed by Victor and Gubi, he said he would love to see more Angels getting into the Hall of Fame. Certainly Pujols and Trout will get there (although I’m in no rush to see Trout inducted anytime soon–I’d rather see him continue a long and productive career with the Angels). As a fan, I’d love to see more Angels in the Hall of Fame. In the next day’s game, against the Rays, something interesting happened. And, as I thought about it, I realized that it was a sign. The game after Tim Mead left the Angels for the Hall of Fame, Shohei Ohtani hit for the cycle–the first Japanese born player to do so in the Major Leagues. The very next Hall of Fame worthy event in baseball came from the Angels. The very first item that Tim will get to curate for museum will be from his beloved team. This wasn’t irony. This was a sign that the universe agreed with his decision to move. I will miss Tim’s presence when I go to the ballpark. And I know AngelsWin will forever miss his talks with us. But sometimes, it seems, we really do need to listen to the sounds of the universe.
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Signs

David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer When I was in high school, I had an economics teacher who used to say to us (often at random times) “Class, it’s time to get in touch with the sounds of the universe.” At the time, we all thought he was a bit crazy. Now, as I’m older, I realize, he was just a bit “eccentric.” My old economics teacher probably was onto something, though. There are times when the universe is clearly trying to tell us something. I wrote about one such sign from baseball a few years ago. It was my proof that there is a G-d, and that G-d is a baseball fan. You can read it here. Last week, I was extremely busy. I didn’t have time to watch every Angels game and have only recently caught up on them all. I saved the games on my DVR, because I knew that one of them would be Tim Mead’s last game with the Angels. Anyone who has spent any time on AngelsWin.com knows how much Tim meant to this site. I consider him a friend and a role model. He is honest and kind. He takes the time to get to know and understand people. He listens and helps where and when he can. AngelsWin.com will forever be indebted to him. As will I. Over the past few days, I had time to catch up on the Angels games. I watched Tim’s last game against the Dodgers. It was emotional for him to get through the interview with Victor and Gubi. And, it was emotional watching it as a friend and as a fan. If there is any place where Tim belongs, other than with the Angels, it has to be the Hall of Fame. The outpouring of love from around and across the baseball world shows that Tim is a Hall of Fame member for the Front Office part of the game. And, if there is anything that could pull Tim away from the Angels, it had to be Hall of Fame. There is no doubt that Tim loves the Angels. He bleeds Halos red through and through. But, if there is anything that he might love more, it’s the game of baseball itself. He respects and treasures it. He will protect it and all the players who enter into the Hall of Fame. As Tim was interviewed by Victor and Gubi, he said he would love to see more Angels getting into the Hall of Fame. Certainly Pujols and Trout will get there (although I’m in no rush to see Trout inducted anytime soon–I’d rather see him continue a long and productive career with the Angels). As a fan, I’d love to see more Angels in the Hall of Fame. In the next day’s game, against the Rays, something interesting happened. And, as I thought about it, I realized that it was a sign. The game after Tim Mead left the Angels for the Hall of Fame, Shohei Ohtani hit for the cycle–the first Japanese born player to do so in the Major Leagues. The very next Hall of Fame worthy event in baseball came from the Angels. The very first item that Tim will get to curate for museum will be from his beloved team. This wasn’t irony. This was a sign that the universe agreed with his decision to move. I will miss Tim’s presence when I go to the ballpark. And I know AngelsWin will forever miss his talks with us. But sometimes, it seems, we really do need to listen to the sounds of the universe.
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Mike Trout hits restaurant in outfield with home-run moonshot (Video)

Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the prototypical five-tool player — he truly can do it all. Trout can make plays with his glove, he can steal bases and man, he can hit. That was on display during Wednesday’s Blue Jays-Angels game, when he put on an absolute show, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs. He hit one home run so hard that it ended up hitting a restaurant window in the upper deck at Rogers Centre. The ball traveled 420 feet, and you can check out the moon shot below. Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman showed plenty of respect for Trout during the game, calling him the “best player ever” after getting a deep fly ball out. He’s a special player.
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Mike Trout hits restaurant in outfield with home-run moonshot (Video)

Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the prototypical five-tool player — he truly can do it all. Trout can make plays with his glove, he can steal bases and man, he can hit. That was on display during Wednesday’s Blue Jays-Angels game, when he put on an absolute show, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs. He hit one home run so hard that it ended up hitting a restaurant window in the upper deck at Rogers Centre. The ball traveled 420 feet, and you can check out the moon shot below. Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman showed plenty of respect for Trout during the game, calling him the “best player ever” after getting a deep fly ball out. He’s a special player.
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Shohei Ohtani making impact for Angels as DH while recovering from Tommy John Surgery

Most Major League Baseball players in baseball history have not been able to have any impact whatsoever to his team while recovering from the serious Tommy John elbow surgery. However, what Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has been able to accomplish in 2019 is quite frankly remarkable. On October 1, the day after the Angels finished their 2018 regular season schedule with a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, Ohtani had Tommy John surgery. The surgery prevented him from pitching during the 2019 Major League Baseball season. However, Ohtani is not your prototypical baseball player. That is because he is not only used by the Angels for his pitching skills, but his hitting skills as well. Since starting this season with the Angels on May 7, Ohtani has been used as the Angels regular designated hitter and is batting a very respectable .283 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. He has also found himself batting third regularly in the Angels lineup. It has been in the last week that Ohtani has heated up offensively. In his last six games, Ohtani is batting .440 with six runs scored, two doubles, one triple, three home runs, eight runs batted in, two walks and two stolen bases. Ohtani’s most magical game during the streak was on June 13 in a 5-3 Angels win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Ohtani became the first Japanese born player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle. Even though the Angels have two of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball in their lineup (Ohtani and outfielder Mike Trout), the Angels are still only an average team in the standings. They currently have a record of 37 wins and 37 losses and are 11.5 games back of the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West. A major reason for the Angels struggles has been their pitching depth. That could be drastically improved in 2020 when Ohtani returns to the starting rotation and could just be their ace. In 2018, while on the mound, Ohtani had a record of four wins, two losses, an earned run average of 3.31, 63 strikeouts and 22 walks while pitching in 51.66 innings.
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Shohei Ohtani making impact for Angels as DH while recovering from Tommy John surgery

Most Major League Baseball players in baseball history have not been able to have any impact whatsoever to his team while recovering from the serious Tommy John elbow surgery. However, what Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has been able to accomplish in 2019 is quite frankly remarkable. On October 1, the day after the Angels finished their 2018 regular season schedule with a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, Ohtani had Tommy John surgery. The surgery prevented him from pitching during the 2019 Major League Baseball season. However, Ohtani is not your prototypical baseball player. That is because he is not only used by the Angels for his pitching skills, but his hitting skills as well. Since starting this season with the Angels on May 7, Ohtani has been used as the Angels regular designated hitter and is batting a very respectable .283 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. He has also found himself batting third regularly in the Angels lineup. It has been in the last week that Ohtani has heated up offensively. In his last six games, Ohtani is batting .440 with six runs scored, two doubles, one triple, three home runs, eight runs batted in, two walks and two stolen bases. Ohtani’s most magical game during the streak was on June 13 in a 5-3 Angels win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Ohtani became the first Japanese born player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle. Even though the Angels have two of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball in their lineup (Ohtani and outfielder Mike Trout), the Angels are still only an average team in the standings. They currently have a record of 37 wins and 37 losses and are 11.5 games back of the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West. A major reason for the Angels struggles has been their pitching depth. That could be drastically improved in 2020 when Ohtani returns to the starting rotation and could just be their ace. In 2018, while on the mound, Ohtani had a record of four wins, two losses, an earned run average of 3.31, 63 strikeouts and 22 walks while pitching in 51.66 innings.
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