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  1. 25 points
    Hubs

    William Wilson

    Hey so some of you who know me on social media know that my grandfather passed in May of last year. He and I really bonded over Angels baseball in the past 25 years as we always went to one game at least when I was a kid when we’d go to his rental beach house in Newport Beach every summer. In recent years we’d always watch games together and we watched game 7 together in 2002 spontaneously (he drove up to LA from Palm Springs for the game) because we wanted to celebrate together when they won. His name was William “Bill” Wilson. So I have a new favorite prospect. (I also Attached a photo of him and my grandmother with CJ’s dad. I’d gotten them Wilson jerseys and he spotted hem when they were in the crowd. Not a lot of Wilson jerseys in the crowd in 2014.)
  2. 18 points
    Buttrey being used in the highest leverage situation, regardless of inning is one of Ausmus' smarter moves. He's in the exact role he needs to be in. And Robles is doing a decent job as closer. It'll be nice to have the depth once Anderson gets his head straight, and Ramirez and Middleton are back. You don't want Bedrock pitching with the game on the line in the 7th, but that's where we're at right now.
  3. 17 points
    Taylor

    If we are going to buy...

    We're definitely buyers at this point. But if we lose tomorrow, we're definitely sellers.
  4. 16 points
    totdprods

    Exciting and Interesting Times

    I've felt great ever since we started winning the second half of April, following that awful stretch we had against Texas, Seattle, and the Yankees. The offense has been solid for nearly two months now, without Upton or Ohtani, and I knew sooner or later we would see the pitching start to improve, either by way of the kids, vets returning to health, or garbage being DLed/DFAed. It's great seeing the youth get so much playing time. This year is a transition year, or at least that's what I had hoped, and currently, with so many kids being promoted and playing well, that seems to be the case. I don't know how the year will end, but I'm not unhappy right now.
  5. 15 points
    Lou

    Dallas Keuchel

    2 reasons: Cahill Harvey
  6. 13 points
    tdawg87

    Alright you damn A-holes

    You're back to 1 game below .500 again. We've seen this several times already this year and we all know what happens after. How about we don't do that this time.
  7. 13 points
    True Grich

    Exciting and Interesting Times

    This season has been interesting and exciting on many levels. First we had the changing of the guard with Brad Ausmus becoming the manager. Like him or not - he's doing things differently and we're seeing a different brand/style of baseball from him. Then there's the influx of young talent coming up from the minor leagues. I don't think any of us are used to seeing the volume of young guys coming up to step in and actually get playing time. You know the names... The results are still to be determined - but the direction is looking promising. There's optimism for sure and there's definitely excitement. And then there's the stories. The stories behind guys like Walsh, Puello, etc. and their path to the bigs. Then you add in the surprises like Goodwin and La Stella... Again - these are interesting times for sure. AND... there's more to come. JC Ramirez is on rehab assignment. J-Up is getting closer. How are you guys feeling?
  8. 13 points
    Taylor

    Super ghey

    I hope they include Jose Mota. "Attention passengers, hoping for a comfortable train ride today. Please be seated, remaining seated, so that something good also happens for you."
  9. 12 points
    He wants to be able to use him in multiple high leverage situations and possibly for more than 3 outs. Can’t always do that if you wait for the 9th
  10. 11 points
    angelsnationtalk

    David Fletcher

    Can we all just take a moment to give credit where credit is due? David Fletcher has been incredible this season so far. He’s now batting .318 and is the definition of small ball and always puts the ball in play. Plus he can easily play LF, 3B, SS, and 2B. He has great defensive abilities, a strong arm and hits for contact and average. Just a true baseball player by definition and always plays at 100%. He deserves a starting position on the roster every day. Another plus thing is he’s young at only 24 years old.
  11. 11 points
    By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist 1) Spencer Griffin – OF, A: Perhaps the greatest surprise of the 2019 hotlist is this week’s top entrant, Burlington outfielder Spencer Griffin! Despite going hitless in four straight games a week ago, Griffin (2017, 16th Rd.) led all Angel farmhands with a 1.122 OPS over the last two weeks, slashing .350/.422/.700, ripping 2 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs, paced by 5 BB vs. 11 K. Only 22, continued strong play could lead him into future discussion on the 4th OF depth charts alongside names like Michael Hermosillo, Brennon Lund, and Torii Hunter, Jr., as Griffin is comfortable at all three outfield positions. 2019 hitting (A): .238/.341/.411/.752 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 23 BB, 59 K in 44 G/176 PA 2) Cesar Puello – CF/LF/RF, AAA: The one-time Top 100 prospect continues to play well, earning his third consecutive placement on the Top 10 hotlist. Playing mostly CF over the last two weeks, Puello continues to do what he’s done all season – get on base (.419 OBP), hit for contact (.308 BA), and hit for power (.577 SLG). Only 28, Puello is likely cast as a quad-A player (potential Japanese/Korean league star?) but opportunity remains for him to be an interesting, unexpected contributor to the Angels – or another MLB club – should need arise. 2019 (AAA): .303/.439/.515/.954 with 7 doubles, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 22 BB, 37 K in 41 G/164 PA 3) Taylor Ward – LF, AAA: Over the last two weeks, Ward has teetered on topping the list, or falling off completely, but in the end, his strong plate discipline (11 BB to 12 K) and power (3 doubles, 3 home runs) kept him in the mix, as he posted a .220/.396/.512/.908 slash in the second half of May. Notably, Ward has played only LF defensively during this time, save for a few innings at 3B yesterday, along with a couple games at DH. 2019 (AAA): .279/.422/.590/1.012 with 11 doubles, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 30 K in 33 G/155 PA 4) Brandon Marsh – CF, AA: Finally! The talent and athleticism from 21-year old Brandon Marsh has translated into the production we’ve waited for, bringing him onto the hotlist on the strength of a .306/.443/.429/.871 slash, knocking 6 doubles in 14 games, while drawing 12 walks to 18 strikeouts. Playing CF almost exclusively, Marsh will likely soon cede to one of the corners upon the return of Jo Adell, but Marsh’s .935 May OPS, defense, and plate discipline might give him the slight edge on MLB-readiness between the two. 2019 (AA): .273/.377/.350/.727 with 8 doubles, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 24 BB, 50 K in 40 G/167 PA 5) Matt Thaiss – 3B/1B, AAA: After starting the month of May in a cold spell (.205/.294/.318), Thaiss warmed as the month continued, swatting three home runs and a double, driving in 8, and walking 9 times vs. 13 strikeouts, giving him a .271/.386/.479/.865 slash. Also worth noting, Thaiss played a majority of this time at 3B, eight games, as the infielder continues to improve upon his versatility and thus, his MLB chances. 2019 (AAA): .260/.367/.409/.776 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 31 BB, 36 K in 47 G/215 PA 6) Jose Rojas – DH/1B, AAA: Mirroring Matt Thaiss, at least offensively, is Jose Rojas, who also started the month of May ice-cold (.159/.174/.273) before re-emerging on the strength of his power (1 double, 1 triple, 2 HR) and a much-improved stretch plate discipline (9 walks to 7 strikeouts), leading him to a .243/.375/.486/.861 slash. One difference between the two is their performance in the field, as Rojas’ limitations defensively have increased his playing time at DH and 1B. Rojas hasn’t appeared in LF since 4/27. 2019 (AAA): .262/.326/.482/.808 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 17 BB, 37 K in 42 G/184 PA Honorable mention, hitters: Michael Cruz (DH/C, A+): .333/.345/.519/.863 with 2 3B, 1 HR – not enough playing time (8 G/29 PA) Jarrett Parker (RF, AAA): .282/.417/.436/.853 with 3 HR, 8 BB, 11 K Bo Way (LF/RF, AA): .279/.340/.488/.829 with 6 2B, HR, 4 BB, 7 K Jordyn Adams (OF, A): .283/.309/.434/.743 with 2 2B, 2 HR but only 1 BB in 55 PA 7) Jesus Castillo – RHP, AA: Castillo continues to re-assert himself as an interesting Angels pitching prospect, adding three more strong starts over the last two weeks, only allowing three earned runs across 17 innings (1.59 ERA) and only walking four. While not blessed with overpowering stuff, only 10 strikeouts in that time, Castillo has helped himself by keeping the ball in the yard (zero HR allowed all year, save for one disastrous performance in late April) and painting the corners with great command. No longer on the 40-man, Castillo still serves as rotation depth, but might also find himself catching the eye pitching-starved teams such as Baltimore, Miami, Kansas City, should the Angels wind up buyers and seek rental help from those clubs. 2019 (AA): 4.01 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .262 BAA, 15 BB, 39 K across 49.1 IP in 10 G/8 GS 8 ) Jose Soriano – RHP, A: Just like the last hotlist, Soriano surged into placement with a dominant performance at the end of the week, pitching into the 7th for the first time this year, striking out 10 across 6.1 innings on 5/26, punctuated by 19 swinging strikes. The 20-year old didn’t have the prettiest ERA over his last three starts – 5.79 in 15.1 IP – but he did manage 23 strikeouts in that time, keeping walks in check with 7 allowed. Now nearing 50 IP on the year, Soriano is regularly throwing 85 pitches per game, and is likely growing into the Angels top RHP SP prospect, now that Griffin Canning has graduated to the majors. 2019 (A): 3.09 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .224 BAA, 27 BB, 55 K across 46.2 IP in 10 G/9 GS 9) Luis Madero – RHP, AA: Madero continues to settle in following his recent promotion to AA Mobile, as the 6’3″ 22-year old posted two strong starts over the last two weeks, totalling 11 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, and 12 K. Throwing just shy of 90 pitches per game and currently on the 40-man, Madero’s likely starting to creep into the MLB depth charts and with strong results, could be in line for a September call-up for an audition as a future multi-inning reliever or Felix Pena-esque stater. 2019 (A+/AA): 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .235 BAA, 13 BB, 44 K across 33.1 IP in 9 G/8 GS 10) Brett Hanewich – RHP, A+/AA: Control has long been an issue for 2017 9th Round pick Brett Hanewich, who walked 6 per 9 innings in his first two years of pro-ball. That has not been the case this year however, as Hanewich has halved that total down to a respectable (for a reliever) 3.1 per 9 innings – while boosting his strikeout totals. Hanewich earned a promotion to AA Mobile this week, and continued where he left off in Inland Empire – throwing perfect relief. In his last three games, Hanewich has thrown 5 IP, allowing 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, and striking out 11. 2019 (A+/AA): 0.89 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, .119 BAA, 7 BB, 29 K across 20.1 IP in 14 G Honorable mention, pitchers: Patrick Sandoval (LHP, AAA): 7.2 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 10 K, 0.00 ERA in 2 GS – settling in to AAA SLC Kyle Bradish (RHP, A+): 9.2 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 16 K, 2.79 ERA in 2 GS Jason Alexander (RHP, AA): 14 IP, 17 H, 5 BB, 19 K, 5.79 ERA – dramatic increase in strikeouts is worth watching Luis Alvarado (RHP, A+): 10.2 IP, 6 H, 8 BB, 18 K, 1.69 ERA in 3 games View the full article
  12. 11 points
    DMVol

    Exciting and Interesting Times

    Fletcher, Rengifo, Suarez, Canning....not the 4A guys we've been calling up for what seems like forever....guys we can maybe build around...
  13. 11 points
  14. 11 points
    failos

    RIP Bill Buckner

    Sad, but comforting to know he was a Christian. Rest In Peace.
  15. 11 points
    Lou

    Harvey placed on IL

    Like Clockwork
  16. 11 points
    Jeff Fletcher

    Lucroy

    The A’s pitchers loved Lucroy last year. I doubt he’s changed. Also, you’ll notice the younger, less experienced, Angels pitchers are all doing better than the older ones.
  17. 10 points
    totdprods

    Since April 5th...

    The Angels started the season 1-6, scoring 17 runs, and allowing 31. However, their season 'turned around' on April 5th with their second win of the year, and since then, they have: Posted a record of 20-18, despite an awful 2-10 stretch in the middle. Scored 205 runs (5.3 runs per game) and allowed 191 (5 runs per game) The Starting Nine have posted a collective .274/.352/.490/.842 (!!!) slash (average 2019 AL slash is .247/.321/.425/.746) C : Lucroy: .269/.339/.481/.820 1B: Bour: .184/.279/.368/.647 2B: La Stella: .318/.402/.636/1.037 3B: Fletcher: .301/.345/.444/.789 SS: Simmons: .319/.343/.456/.800 LF: Goodwin: .298/.370/.479/.849 CF: Trout: .295/.463/.682/1.045 RF: Calhoun: .240/.329/.481/.809 DH: Pujols: .244/.299/.480/.779 As we all know, the rotation has been the issue - 6.08 ERA - excluding Canning and 'openers': Skaggs: 7 GS, 5.15 ERA, averaging 5 IP/GS Cahill: 7 GS, 8.16 ERA, averaging 4.2 IP/GS Harvey: 7 GS, 5.60 ERA, averaging 5 IP/GS Pena: 7 G/3 GS, 2.83 ERA, averaging 5 IP/GS Stratton: 6 G/4 GS, 8.64 ERA Really, no other data is needed to get the point across at how terrible they've been. The bulk of the pen has continued to pitch well despite heavy use: Buttrey: 20.2 IP, 0.87 ERA, 4 BB, 26 K, 0 HR, .211 BAA Bedrosian: 18 IP, 2.50 ERA, 10 BB, 18 K, 1 HR, .185 BAA Ramirez: 17.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 7 BB, 20 K, 4 HR, .215 BAA Bard: 17.1 IP, 2.60 ERA, 5 BB, 20 K, 4 HR, .219 BAA Robles: 17.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 4 BB, 18 K, 1 HR, .177 BAA Garcia: 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 11 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, .159 BAA Allen: 12 IP, 6.00 ERA, 13 BB, 15 K, 4 HR, .245 BAA Anderson: 11 IP, 4.09 ERA, 4 BB, 20 K, 1 HR, .200 BAA Collectively, that group has... a 3.10 ERA and .201 BAA (6.7 H9) In 127 IP, 58 BB (4.1 per 9), 145 K (10.3), and 15 HR (1.1 HR9) This post isn't really intended to 'defend' the Angels, or even draw any real conclusions - sample size is still small - this is 25% of the season right here - but I was surprised to see just how good the starting nine have been offensively. It is also encouraging that they've been able to post a winning record with a starting rotation that bad and in spite of losing 10 of 12 in the middle of it all. Bour has already been cast off, replaced with Ohtani, and Stratton replaced with Canning, which should be drastic improvements.
  18. 10 points
    Huge stolen base by Goodwin
  19. 10 points
  20. 10 points
    They're absolutely being overworked.
  21. 10 points
    Vegas Halo Fan

    0.1%

    1. Sign a free agent contract 2. Put on one of these.
  22. 10 points
    eaterfan

    Keep bunting at the shift

    Does anyone actually like baseball? A quarter of the threads on this board are just complaints about baseball.
  23. 9 points
    It's "rare" to see a rotation this bad.
  24. 9 points
    Chuckster70

    Are you kidding me?

  25. 9 points
    Lhalo

    Are you kidding me?

    Sometimes we all need a kick in the dick to remind us that we are Angels fans.


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