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  1. Sandoval literally picks up right where he left off. His AA debut, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
  2. totdprods

    How about all-in on Corbin?

    I’m only down if the Angels have a great trade in place for Heaney, Skaggs, or Suarez for a MLB catcher or infielder.
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    Ty Buttrey promoted

    This is the first year that's Eppler's stockpiling of stopgaps paid off. I think he's long planned to use acquired pending FAs as a way to replenish the farm, but those players just didn't pan out the first two deadlines.
  4. Possibly - but his pro scouts seem to be overwhelmingly better at finding pitchers. Such a stark difference seems a little strange. I'd think it's likely that it's just harder to find good pitching, especially without top draft picks and little international money. I like the idea of trading hitting prospects for MLB pitching too, rather than the other way around, so that may also explain some of the focus.
  5. I wish I could agree, but...I can't. Pitching has been enormously disappointing on the farm this year in my opinion. Almost any reliever with good numbers hit the wall, hard, when they hit SLC if not Mobile. Duensing, Rivera, and Rodriguez all stepped backwards - Rodriguez of course has been injured, but he really needed a good campaign as much as a healthy one. Soriano has looked decent. Canning and Suarez, and likely now Sandoval, have all been phenomenal and moved quickly, but there are still some concerns about their ceilings and you're seeing a little bit of struggle in AAA. That's not to say it's a bad thing, look at Barria, but when you look into other deep farms you'll see they have a half-dozen similar arms - and in some cases like ATL, SDP, a half-dozen better arms still. Then we have another half-dozen Gatto types, but they could be no better than McGuire/Morris types in the end. There's a ton of intriguing guys in the lower levels still, especially relievers, and Eppler and Co. have done a phenomenal job converting pitchers' roles and finding diamonds in the rough, so there is some hope, but overall, the pitching has been a letdown for me this year.
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    Who Gets Called Up in September?

    It sure feels like this little bit of a 40-man traffic jam could be made a little easier with a trade, especially with names like Ward, Suarez, and Rengifo. Obviously I'd like to keep them and they all fit needs, but it could be a worthy exchange to maintain some 40-man flexibility.
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    Who Gets Called Up in September?

    Yes, he's Rule V eligible, as is Suarez. Walsh is too I think. He makes more sense to test out before Thaiss if they feel they need help with 1B, considering he can spot COF and maybe RP too. Luis Pena, Connor Lillis-White, Baldoquin, Gatto, Leonardo Rivas, Brendan Sanger are a few other guys eligible for Rule V.
  8. Updates... Rengifo: 0-3, BB, SB - his 6th in SLC, but his 41st on the season (55 attempts), Thaiss: 0-4, Rojas: 0-4 Bo Way: 2-4, 2B, R, and an IP with 2 K. Walsh played a tiny bit of CF Almonte and Paredes each struck out 2 and allowed a hit in an inning of work Sanger and Justus have both rejoined AA after tearing up IE following a demotion. Sanger: 1-4, HR (5), RBI, BB, K Adell: 1-4, R, BB, K, OF assist (3B from CF) Jeremy Beasley: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 K - in his last 10 starts, he has a 3.30 ERA with 12 BB, 52 K across 51 innings. Marsh: 1-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K David MacKinnon, 1-3, RBI, K, and yes, two more walks (80 on the year vs. 90 strikeouts, .404 OBP) Jorge Tavarez continuing a fantastic season. 1.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K - on the season (34 G/68.2 IP Burlington/Inland Empire) he's posted a 2.49 ERA, .233 BAA, only one HR, and struck out 81. That's a HR/9 of 0.1 and a K/9 of 11.3, and it's not out of character. In 97 prior pro innings, he had only allowed two HRs (0.2 HR/9) and struck out 122, a K/9 of 11.7 Bernabe Camargo, a '17 28th Rd. pick, has a .323/.421/.452/.873 slash so far in his first 11 A+ games, with 6 walks, 11 strikeouts, and two triples Rivas: 1-4, R, 3B, 2 K, Martinez: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 K Oliver Ortega: 3.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K - don't know much about him, but he's pitched well. 3.61 ERA in 16 G/15 GS, with a .220 BAA, 1.31 WHIP, and 77 K in 67.1 IP Zack Kelly: 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K. On the year, 17 G/40 IP (a lot of multi-inning work for our pitchers), a 2.93 ERA, 16 BB, 41 K with a .241 BAA Andrew Wantz: IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K, but zero runs. On the year, he's struck out 41 in 19.2 IP to go with a 1.37 ERA, 12 H, and 13 BB Eduardo del Rosario: 2 IP, 5 K - his last 10 games, he's thrown 16.2 innings, with a 1.62 ERA, .186 BAA, and 29 strikeouts to 7 walks Jeremiah Jackson: 1-3, 2 R, 3B, RBI, BB, E (5) Kevin Maitan: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI - hitting .318 in his last 10 games with 3 walks and only 6 strikeouts in 44 AB D'Shawn Knowles: 1-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, K - left game early, HBP Way back when the Latin signings were scarce, the Angels signed a pitcher name Cristopher Molina. Last night, 5 IP, H, 4 BB, 8 K Molina's last 4 games: 19 IP, 3.79 ERA, .159 BAA, 8 walks, 21 strikeouts Trent Deveaux: 1-3, BB, CS Julio de la Cruz has hit his first stateside HR: 1-4, HR, RBI, 3 K - he has a career slash of .222/.336/.373/.709, mostly in DSL, but with 19 doubles, 7 triples, and 8 home runs in 378 AB, mostly as a 17-yr old. Strikes out a ton (131) but also draws a lot of walks (59) and he could be one to watch.
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    Eppler's New BP Guys

    I think some sort of eventual roster expansion should occur. It could help address the lack of jobs for declining, older players in addition to the need of more pitching depth. It would never be mandated as such, but some sort of backroom negotiating between owners and player union to expand the 25-man with the notion that it allows guys like Suzuki, Beltre, Werth, Pujols, Utley to ease out without eating up a roster spot will allow the 'game' to see these guys off a little easier and spur a little bit of interest in FA vet role players, at least initially. Cut the Sept. rosters to a round number like 30, with certain players active and inactive after expansion. Maybe even bump the year-round roster to a 27-man to keep it a little more 'baseball'y; divisible by three, number of outs in a game. Baseball likes numbers like that. One spot to offer bench/pen depth, and one spot as an unwritten 'vet' spot to spur FA interst. We're going to see more hybrid UT IF/OFs who can pitch in a pinch happening too. It's going to happen fast.
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    Eppler's New BP Guys

    Initially, Anderson was trying to strike everyone out, and he was all over the place. Effectively wild. Tons of walks, few hits, tons of strikeouts. He then had a stretch where he brought it back, the walks dropped, as did the strikeouts, and he was a little more hittable, but he started to find that balance between trusting his stuff, and trusting his defense. It's coming together now. He's striking people out at a well above average, letting his defense do the work, and not walking as many. Even if he isn't this good, he came out of nowhere, has far exceeded any expectations I think anyone ever would have had on him anyway, and he has three options. He'll be incredibly useful to this team.
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    Eppler's New BP Guys

    Brief update on three guys who, with multiple options, will be a big part of the pen next year. Justin Anderson, since June 27th: 18 IP, .136 BAA, 1.00 ERA, 6 walks, 22 strikeouts Taylor Cole 18.1 IP, .186 BAA, 2.95 ERA, 5 walks, 22 strikeouts in 9 games Williams Jerez 5 IP, one hit, one walk, zero runs, 6 strikeouts
  12. Last night on the farm... Rengifo: 1-5, 2 K, Thaiss: 0-3, BB, Walsh: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, Rojas: 1-4 Bo Way has had a nice rebound year: 51 G/167 AB: .287/.377/.353/.730 with 19 BB, 29 K. He's Rule V eligible. Unlikely to be taken, but he's likely creeping into 5th OF depth. Junichi Tazawa made his first official appearance in the Angels org: IP, K with SLC Ty Buttrey: IP, BB, 3 K - between Angels/Red Sox AAA and one appearance at AZL, he has 74 strikeouts in 49 innings this season, good for a 13.6 K9, with a 2.20 ERA, 1.08 WHIP The BayBears played two; Jones: 1-4, 2 K, and 0-4, 1 K, Adell: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-4, K Zach Houchins returned, first game since 7/7; 1-4, 2B, 2 K, and 1-3, HR (8), RBI, BB, K - between AA/AAA (60 G/211 AB) he has a .275/.325/.483/.808 slash with 20 XBH (11 HR) Zach Gibbons had a good couple games, and also is likely on the '19 5th OF radar: 2-4, 3B, R, RBI, K and 2-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI. On the year (97 G/351 AB): .265/.338/.376/.714 with 40 BB to 55 K with 7 assists and a .993 FP% Same can be said for Brandon Sandoval: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, K, 0-1, 2 BB. On the year at A+/AA (87 G/312 AB): .311/.368/.372/.740 with 29 BB to 66 K, and 19-28 in SB attempts Joe Gatto's last 9 games (AA): 3.99 ERA, .254 BAA, 18 BB, 31 K, in 47.1 IP - in fact, take away his two bad starts against the Tennessee Smokies, he's sporting a decent AA 4.33 ERA Matt Ball (6'5", RHP, '13 11th Rd. from CWS) promoted to AA with a strong debut: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K - on the year (15 G, 14 GS, 59.1 IP): 3.64 ERA, .224 BAA, 1.01 WHIP, 12 BB, 58 K Marsh: 0-4, hitting .214 in his last 10 games David MacKinnon, walk machine: 0-2, 2 BB - now has 78 on the year, and a .402 OBP. If this guy finds a power stroke, he could get real interesting real fast. Brett Hanewich, last 10 games: 15.2 IP, 4 BB, 21 K, 2.87 ERA - 9th round pick last year. Torii Jr: 2-4, K, Orlando Martinez: 0-4, K '18 6th Rounder Austin Warren at Burlington: 17 IP, 4 BB, 23 K, .250 BAA, 3.71 ERA Let's take a moment and appreciate 21 year old, 6'5" RHP Mayky Perez: In 19 G/28.1 IP, 1.91 ERA, .080 BAA (2.2 H/9!!), and 40 strikeouts (12.7 K/9) Jeremiah Jackson: 0-4, 2 K, Kevin Maitan: 1-4, R, Livan Soto: 1-4, RBI, K Jordyn Adams 0-0, BB, R, (CF) and Nonie Williams, 1-1, 2 RBI (LF) were both replaced early in game - I'm assuming an OF collision?
  13. Actually has a FIP in the low 3's in small sample size with the bigs this year. But yeah, he's just here to eat some innings with Skaggs and Trop out.
  14. Great. If you're supertitious you gotta be a little concerned that Ward will have the same number used by our last .900 AAA OPSing, four-letter last-named top prospect third baseman. He'll wear #3.
  15. totdprods

    I Am Pumped Upton!

    Kole's maintained a 40 double, 50 homer pace for nearly 50 games now. I agree with you - but, I'm starting to buy this may be something different. Kole may have found a way to tap into 30-35 HR potential, which surprises me as much as anything. His BAbip is normal, the walk rate is good, the K rate is good, he's making great contact, and he's really sustained this through 46 G/190 PA - it's not like he had one insane week and a half that inflated this. It might be sustainable, to a degree.