Los Angeles Angels Scouting Reports
Willy's Wire (Ric Wilson - Los Angeles Angels
Director of Amateur Scouting)
After spending seven years with the club, Eddie
Bane was let go from his position with the Los Angeles
their Scouting Director. Replacing him was an internal
candidate, Ric Wilson, who took over the position on
October 21, 2010. Wilson, who had been with the Angels
was the National cross-checker under Eddie Bane.
AngelsWin.com viewers know that AngelsWin.com had a regularly
featured chat with Eddie Bane “ The Bane Connection” in
which we discussed the players in the Angels’ system
and the upcoming drafts. However, after speaking with Ric
Wilson, AngelsWin.com is pleased to announce that Ric Wilson
will continue the tradition and will be available to answer
questions from the fans throughout the year. However, Ric
did make one request: he said that all his friends call
him “Willy” so look for upcoming segments of “Willy’s
Wire” to get all the latest information on what’s
happening with the Angels system.
Below is our interview that we recorded with Ric on November
16, 2010. Talking with Ric is like talking with an old
friend from high school. He’s got a humble, folksy
manner that just makes you feel comfortable. After speaking
with Ric, AngelsWin.com got the impression that the quality
work that helped the Angels land future stars such as Mike
Trout, Jordan Walden, Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards
will continue under Willy’s management.
Read the entire Ric Wilson interview
Willy's Wire (Ric Wilson) AngelsWin.com Debut - February
Eddie Bane Connection (archives)
(Former Director of Scouting of the LA Angels)
Eddie Bane the Angels' scouting director and a former
top pitching prospect himself as a standout pitcher for
the Sun Devils from 1971-73, Eddie anchored two College
World Series runner-up teams, in 1972 and 1973. His college
accolades read like a laundry list of virtually every honor
possible: A first-team All American, an All-College World
Series selection, the 1973 Sporting News Player of the
Year -- and later, a first-round draft pick. More specifically,
Eddie led the ASU pitching staff to the tune of 130 strikeouts
and a 2.18 era in 1971, 213 strikeouts and a 0.99 era in
1972, and 192 strikeouts in 1973. Over time, his accomplishments
have proven to be timeless.
Eddie's numbers are as phenomenal today as they were some
25 years ago. He still owns several ASU pitching records,
including the single-season record of 43 consecutive scoreless
innings in 1972. He posted a school record 0.99 era and
7 shutouts that same year. His 505 strikeouts top the Sun
Devil career charts, and he owns the great distinction
of throwing the only perfect game in ASU baseball history.
For you trivia buffs, it was against Cal State Northridge
on March 2, 1973.
Eddie was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins
in 1973 (11th pick overall), and went on to spend the 1973,
1975 and 1976 seasons with the club.
In fact, since major league baseball began its free agent
draft in 1965, eddie is one of only 18 players to ever
advance directly to the major leagues without first playing
in the minors. He shares this distinction with such players
as Dave Winfield and Bob Horner.
In 1994, Baseball America named Eddie to its All-Time
College All-Star Team.
Angels' Director of Scouting Eddie Bane has been named
to the 2008 induction class for the College Baseball Hall
of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation announced. Bane
will join Floyd Bannister in this year's class to bring
the number of ASU Sun Devils in the Hall of Fame to five,
joining coaching legends Bobby Winkles and Dr. Jim Brock
as well as former Golden Spikes Award winner Bob Horner.
Bane begins his sixth campaign as Director of Scouting
for the Angels. He oversees the scouting of amateur and
minor league players as well as the signing of domestic
amateur players and international players. Under his direction,
Angels' scouts have been responsible for drafting and signing
highly-regarded Angels' prospects such as Jered Weaver,
Kendry Morales, Nick Adenhart, Trevor Reckling, Jordan
Walden and Hank Conger.
The Chicago, IL, native attended Westminster (CA) High
School. Bane has four children: Jaymie, Kacey, Corey and
Here's our past LIVE chats with Eddie Bane on
Bane Connection - The July - August Edition (2010)
Bane Connection - The April - June (2010)
Bane Connection - The February - March Edition (2010)
Bane Connection - The January Edition (2010)
The Bane Connection - The September Edition (2009)
The Bane Connection - The July Post Draft Edition (2009)
Bane Connection - The May-June Pre-Draft (2009) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com
June 11th, 2009
Bane: Guys, this is Eddie Bane if anyone is here
Shane: Nice! Congrats on the draft Mr. Bane.
Angelswin.com: Wow, Eddie you made it before me.Angelswin.com: Just wanted to say
(This is Chuck) great job on the draft.
Bane: Hey Shane. Please it is Eddie if you
can. Yes. I am a bit early
Angelswin.com: Eddie... First off, were you excited
to see Grichuk and Trout available at 24 and 25? Give us
your thoughts on these two kids.
Bane: We really like our draft, but everybody
likes their draft right afterwards so let's see what happens.
Bane: Of course we were happy with 24 and 25
being Grichuk and Mike Trout. We had some guys targeted
and we were lucky enough to get them.
Shane: Is there a certain round where you just draft
players knowing they won't sign? Or do you try to sign
Angelswin.com: Going into this draft, what were the
Angels trying to accomplish the most? How well would you
say you accomplished those goals?
Upperdeck: Hi, Eddie: What’s the plan for Jake
locker? Will you try to pessuade him to give up football,
or sign him but allow him to keeping playing baseball,
basically just to obtain his right for the next 6 years?
Also Selman and Nesseth seem to be good talents but tough
signs, any plan to make run of them?
Bane: The funniest thing was that one of the
talking heads at ESPN, Keith Law said, "I dont have
Randell Grichuk in my top 100 players." I thought
about it and realized that Jeff Malinoff, Ric Wilson, Ron
Marigny and Kevin Ham all liked Randell in their top 10,
That was good enough for me.
Bane: We were looking at trying to add some
power and some LHP. We would not have jumped guys just
to get that, but it worked out well.
Angelswin.com: What does Keith Law know? I wonder
if he's ever swung a bat or suited up for a game.
Bane:Jake Locker is an incredible athlete.
Could not pass him any longer. Jake is going to play qb
at UW. We understand that. We still would like to work
with him and see what we can do. He can do things on the
baseball field that others cannot. Plus, at some point
you have to get tired of taking a lot of shots from defenders.
Shane: If Matt Davidson was around for pick #40,
would the Angels have took him? I was a bit surprised to
see him passed up in the first round.
Bane:Not real worried about Keith as most
people that know me should know. We try and do what we
think is right and go from that point.
Bane: Matt Davidson was a nice draft. He will
be a real value for professional baseball
Shane: Do the Angels get more satisfaction selecting
projects and turning them into something over drafting
the consensus top 100 pick?
Angelswin.com: What is your take on Jamie Mallard,
Eddie? This kid looks like he might be something special.
Nice on base pct., incredible power. Looks like a right-handed
hitting Prince Fielder. Thoughts?
Guest: Eddie , is there a player you drafted that
you knew would be available after the 1st few rounds, that
you felt would be a sleeper?
Bane: Shane, we have so many scouts running
around the country and guys with tons of experience. Cannot
really watch what ESPN or Baseball America has to say.
You do read it afterwards as part of the job though.
baseballmom: I don't really have a question....just
wanted to say I appreciate all you did at WHS back in the
day....I was in your sister's class....Go Lions!
Bane: Obviously, most ot the attention was
on Locker, but look at the fireplug we took from Norco
HS. Wes Hatton is a great competitor with talent.
Shane: Great pick on the Norco guy.
Bane: Wow. Go WHS. Pardon me folks. That is
our high school
Bane:We were worried that when everyone came
to see Hobgood that they would get an extra look at Hatton,
but it worked out our way.
Upperdeck: Do you agree with the baseballamerica
ranking of Angels system at 25th? The last two years we
spent the least amount of money on the draft among all
30 teams. Do you think we should’ve spend some extra
to sign guys like Matt Harvey and Brian Matusz?
Guest: Keith made a mistake with that knee-jerk comment. I think
it was more a reflection of his own work, and he
was attempting to justify it. No one else said "it
was the worst pick in the first round" afterward,
and funny, Keith hasn't said it since then...
Bane: Believe it or not some of the BA people
got ahold of me and apologized for the 25th ranking(I had
not seen it). They were overreacting to not signing Matusz
and Harvey. Then they looked at our 2A roster and realized
that it was stacked.
Shane: Where are the guys from last year's draft?
Boshers, Gomez, Farnsworth, Washington, etc
Angelswin.com: What’s a realistic timetable
for judging how well this draft went? 1 year, 3 years or
5 years? What would be a success for this draft?
Bane: Sure folks, Keith Law is fine. I just
trust Malinoff and Wilson more.
Angelswin.com: Shane, they're tuning up for the Orem
Bane: Most of our hs picks from last year will
be in Orem. Some of the guys like Tyler Chatwood are already
in Cedar Rapids. Both Chatwood and Chaffee made the MWL
all start team
Greg: which player drafted do you feel will be a "project" for
the coaching staffs, but with huge upside?
Bane: 4,5 even 6 years for a hs draft is reasonable.
It is just a lot better now with sites like this that keep
an interest in the players in the minor leagues. That is
great for the players when they receive the attention.
Shane: Was an autograph from the father in on the
drafting of Asaad Ali?
Bane: Our coaches do a great job building up
our projects from the ASU guys to the hs players from Connecticut.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, did the new focus on plate
discipline affect how we selected in the draft?
baseballmom: I loved seeing Trout there for the moment.
Do you draft players for the intangibles that they may
bring to the team?
Guest: I'm actually a UA Wildcat and am interested
in your thoughts on 11th rounder Dillon Baird. Seems like
a good left-handed bat. Looks like you drafted some quality
Bane:Asaad was drafted because we saw some
ability. The fact his father is the "Greatest" was
just a cherry on top. Somebody had to tell me that Ali
was his father after I read the report.
Bane: Plate discipline has always been a play
in our system, but yes it is an extra look now. Baird led
the pac10 in hitting. Last guy I drafted that won that
crown was Paul LoDuca. Hope the same happens with Dillon
Shane: Is there a sleeper pick this year that we
should look at for?
Bane: Jon Bachanov will get his professional
debut this season (soon). Tough breaks for the young man
have really hurt him so far physically.
Bane: Look at high draft Spence in the CWS.
He does not throw hard, but can really carve up hitters.
Shane: Is this the Trevor Bell you guys expected?
Bane: Sure is fun to watch TBell have a big
year. We have insights into some other stuff and Trevor's
velocity and command are much improved. It really pumps
Angelswin.com: Eddie, as we always do after a draft.
Let's rate best tools for the Angels selected players.
Shane: But at the same the high gets set back with
performances like we're seeing from Mark Trumbo.
Bane: Wes Hatton will play 2B for us, but he
does have a big arm so we may try him at other spots to
see where he is best.
Angelswin.com: Give Eddie some time on the longer
question about the "Best Tools" guys..
Bane: I will wait to rank those players until
after we sign a few of them. Cant give agents too much
ammo. Best arm though is Richards and best breaking ball
would be Skaggs. Trout fastest runner and Grichuk bat and
power along with Jamie Mallard who has incredible power.
Angelswin.com: Fair enough, Eddie...
Bane: On the Mark Trumbo front I will say that
we are still in the middle of June. Let's play this season
out and see what happens. Last year Hank Conger just started
playing at this point. But, of course we would like to
see Mark hit some homeruns and get his confidence going.
Shane: Beau Brooks is the second best catcher in
the system. True or false.
Angelswin.com: Thanks for the quick list though..
I'm excited about Mallard, Grichuk and Trout... Richards
and Skaggs are solid arms too. Good stuff.
Bryan: OK...I'll ask. What's up with Wood playing
Bane:I saw where BW played 1st the other day.
I like to see stuff like that as everyone can use increased
versatility at the big league level.
dochalo: Hi Eddie. Thanks for all your hard work and
meeting with us tonight. I am very excited about this draft
Upperdeck: It seems to me this couple years we start
to draft outside of box more. Guys like Grichuk who can
really hit, but is a LF, are not often drafted very high
out of high school. We also took some short right hander
but with big arms like Chatwood and Reynolds. Josh Spence
can really pitch but without a blazing fastball. I didn’t
see these kind of guys drafted high by us in the years
past. Can I interpret this as an effort by Angels Scouting
staff to go beyond the traditional scouting ideology? Maybe
a different kind of “moneyball”?
baseballmom: I am excited about talking to our CIF
quarterback....let alone all the other stuff
Bane: Thanks doc. Long last few days, but mine
is the easy part. How about my area scout that ran all
over the place for 6 months and then did not get any players
in the draft. That is really tough.
Bane:I have never been compared to Moneyball.
Not a big fan. I think we see some other teams now drafting
hs players like we have been for awhile so the water is
a little more crowded.
8:03 Upperdeck: What do you think the long term roles
of Richards and Kehrer are? Some scouting reports think
they are likely going to be a power reliever and left-hand
specialist. Are they capable of more than that because
I read both can maintain the velocity of their fastball
deep into game?
Bane: I dont have a distinct like or dislike
for shorter RHP's. I do like guys that can pitch or that
have huge velocity. I think people have this idea of Grichuk
as a hitter only. Not so fast folks. Randell has power
and can hit, but he is also a good athlete.
Bane: I saw Richards in the Big12 tourney
and he was throwing 96-97 in the 6th inning. Saw Kehrer
next day and he was 92 and had a real nice cutter. I like
both as starters at this point.
Shane: Do you think playing in the Cal League hurts
a pitchers development and you want to get them the hell
out of there as quick as possible if they have success,
like with Reckling?
dochalo: Eddie, I noticed that in the mid to late
rounds that a lot of the hitters you selected were college
products. Was this just coincidence or does it represent
a bit of a change in philosophy? Or did I not realize this
is similar to most years?
Guest: How do you typically approach later round
draft picks like Harris, Santigate, and Barkley now that
there is no longer the draft-and-follow process? Do you
work them out and evaluate them over the next couple of
months to determine if you'll sign them?
Bane: If you have trouble in the Cal League
then it might be a little tough on you in the Big Leagues.
AngelDave: Hi Eddie, Seeing Trout at the draft, and
being drafted by the Angels was very nice. I imagine it
made the org happy too
Bane: In the later rounds of the draft I try
and look for at least one big tool. It is a good way to
possibly find a big leaguer. That was the thinking with
LoDuca and some others
Angelsjunky: Hi Eddie, thanks for the good work.
A couple questions: 1) Any thoughts on Howie Kendrick's
struggles this year? 2) Understanding that it is WAY too
early to tell, who do you compare Grichuk and Trout to
in terms of upside? In other words, if all goes well what
sort of major leaguers do you think they can become? And
where do you place those two in comparison to other Angels
hitting prospects in terms of talent?
Bane: Yeah, you cannot fake the emotion that
Mike Trout showed at the draft. That was cool for everyone.
I agree with Harold Reynolds. More guys should show up.
Shane: Where did Sean Rodriguez's plate discipline
Bane: Someone said Mike Trout remind them of
Aaron Rowand. I like Rowand, but Trout has a much better
future than Aaron Rowand. Grichuk's bat would be like an
aggressive Todd Zeile.
Angelswin.com: Speaking of Sean Rodriguez, how about
that power? Leads the minors in Home Runs with 21.
Bane: Tough to rank their bats this early and
especially before they have signed. Depends on what you
look for in hitters. Petit is a great hitter and hopefully
the power will come a bit more.
dochalo: Eddie, Any comments on Segura making the
jump to AAA?
Bane: Yeah, a little tough to get on Sean Rodriguez's
plate discipline. That is like saying that Halle Berry
has a bad haircut. I'll take 21 homeruns in the middle
of June from anyone.
Shane: As an organization, do the Angels keep track
of a scouts record? As in, who've they drafted and what
the success rate of the draftees are?
Angelswin.com: Nice. :-)
AngelDave: After a busy couple of days, when do you
start the negotiating process? Any chance we see some of
these draftees play this season?
Bane: Segura is showing he can play and that
is a great story, but eventually we can get him back to
where he belongs in A ball.
Guest: Any signings to announce yet?!
kim: Hi Eddie, I'm South Korean. so my english very
bad. Please try and understand. How about this year International
Bane:Of course you pay attention to the scouts
record. Tom Kotchman has signed more major leaguers than
any area scout in the world.
dochalo: thats amazing
Shane: Is that why the Angels draft a ton of players
from Chipola JC? I'm thinking about transferring there
so I can get drafted.
Bane: We have done a nice job in Korea Kim.
I went to Qwanju(sp) in South Korea to help sign Jung
dochalo: How about what Hill is doing in AAA this
Bane: Chipola is also the home of Russell Martin,
the Dodger catcher.
kim: how about now jung and jang?
Bane: You guys do a better job watching
our minor leaguers than I do. I have enough to do watching
free agents and occasionally Conger, Walden and Reckling
dochalo: Walden pitched well today
Bane: Jung is recovering from Tommy John and
Jang is doing fine.
Guest: How do you approach the international signing
period next month without Clay Daniel? From some things
I was reading on Baseball America, it was sounding like
the Angels were going to be a little more aggressive in
Latin America this year than the past couple of years.
Bane: Thanks Doc. I did not know that. Health
is my main concern with our minor leaguers. If healthy
the good ones will play in the big leagues with the Angels.
Bane: Shane, Chipola is in North Florida. I
am not sure you would like the weather. Little warm at
dochalo: 6ip, 4h, 0er, 2bb, 7k, 95 pitches
Angelswin.com: Eddie, do you think we'll see Jung
pitch for the Owlz this season?
j cruz: Was Garret Richards the 42nd ranked player
on your board or was he picked due to budgetary constraints?
Upperdeck: Trvor Bell is really having a fine season
so far. What has been his biggest improvement? Also Reckling
is very impressive at such young age. What kind of starter
do he project to be in the future?
Bane: I think Jung will pitch for the Owlz.
Shane: I'm from SoCal. Probably talking about the
humidity though. Sounds fun to pitch in a sauna.
Angelswin.com: Very good, Eddie...
Bane: Garret Richards was ranked quite a few
spots above 42. Not sure what is meant by the budget restraints
Guest: Thanks for your time and for answering our
questions. I doubt there are very many scouting directors
giving fans the access and time you are giving us. It is
Angelswin.com: Boy, speaking of pitching. Walden,
Reckling, Bell, W. Smith, Chaffee, Mendoza and Chatwood
are all having incredible seasons. Job well done, Eddie.
dochalo: How is Lopez transition to Catcher going?
Shane: Don't forget Michael Kohn.
kim: angelswin.com thanks for asking that about Jung.
dochalo: and Flores
Bane: Guys, I like the tougher questions.
Someone needs to answer them and I do realize that
people get frustrated
at times. I have absolutely no problems with that.
Angelswin.com: Yeah, forgot Flores too..
Phil: I haven't seen Lopez play a game at catcher
AngelDave: With the bullpen struggling this year,
and the Salt Lake shuttle not providing much help, will
we see some of the younger starters from below AAA get
Angelswin.com: Hey Phil... Eddie, Phil is our Cedar
Rapids rep from Angelswin.com.
Bane:Both Bell and Reck are having good years.
Reckling is the hot hot pitcher in all of minor league
baseball right now. Even the talking heads at the big places
are now jumping on Reck's bandwagon.
Bane: Kohn is throwing really hard and getting
a ton of strikeouts. He should be doing that though with
as hard as he throws.
Guest: Question about Wil Myers: I was hoping the
Angels would grab him especially as he seemed to be sliding
a bit. Was he ever a serious target for you (if you can
share that info)?
dochalo: Looks like Wood went deep again along with
Evans. Terry is having a fine season. Where does he fit
if at all?
Bane: Roberto Lopez needs to show versatility
and he has. He can catch in a spot right now and will get
Bane:No. some clubs really like Wil Myers
and we did not want to go that big. That is fine. Baseball
draft a lot different than the NFL and NBA draft for sure.
Shane: Eddie, do you find it frustrating when you
see guys like Sean R. and Wood still in the minors after
having nothing more to prove?
AngelDave: How's Conger doing behind the plate?
Bane: I know what you mean about Wil Myers
though. Some people like certain players and believe in
them. You are probably correct on Myers.
Bane: We knew Hank could catch. He just had
not shown it to some others because of injuries. Mike Scioscia
thinks he can catch so that is good enough for me. Much
more important that Mike likes his catching than me.
Bane: I think the frustration would be with
Sean and Brandon and others. But, this is an organization
that wins. They are not trying to get to the big leagues
like they would be with some of the also ran organizations.
When you make it with the Angels players know that means
something special. Sorry to some of the other clubs but
it is true.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, out of Trevor Bell, Trevor
Reckling and Jordan Walden, which of the three is closest
to the big leagues?
Bane: Evans also. And Matt Brown. And Bobby
Wilson. Forgot those guys. Sorry.
Bane: Reckling right now.
Bane: Dont forget Sean O'Sullivan. He is in
a higher league at a young age and pitching in a hitters
friendly league. He will figure it out.
Angelswin.com: Glowing compliment, Eddie. The kid
(Trevor) sure looks good. Having three solid pitches will
get you to the show.
Bane:: Mike and Butch will tell us when those
guys are ready. they have graduated from me and I am like
a parent that has sent them off to college.
Bane: Reck, has a great feel for pitching
and outstanding mental feel.
dochalo: Got to run Eddie. Thanks again for everything.
Thanks to Chuck and all the other AW.com members as well
Angelswin.com: Eddie. We've gone an hour already.
Hey guys, if you have a last question for Eddie. Let's
get it posted.
Bane: BTW Mike Butcher got to watch Tyler Skaggs
throw in the pen before the draft and he came away with
a great feel for Tyler. that will certainly help Skaggs
in his moves up the ladder.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, my question: Do you feel Sean
Rodriguez has the ability to play either LF or RF going
Bane: Yep guys, I am old. It is past my bed
time. Abe Flores is our outstanding minor league director
and he moves those guys.
Bane: Sean can play any position except pitch
in my mind.
Bane: Thanks again folks. I hope you enjoyed
the chat and more importantly hope you liked the Angels
draft. I will talk with all of you again soon
AngelDave: Thanks Eddie!
Shane: Thanks Eddie.
Upperdeck: Thanks Eddie!
Bane:Let's do it again guys.
Angelswin.com: We appreciate the time, Eddie. As
always. Great job on the draft, we'll see you next month
in the chat.
Angelswin.com: This concludes our Live Chat with
Eddie Bane (Scouting Director of the Los Angeles Angels).
Bane Connection - The April (2009) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
April 24th, 2009
Angelswin.com: Welcome everyone to the April edition of
the Eddie Bane Connection. Eddie should be here at noon,
though he may be a little late too as he's on the east
coast with a busy schedule today.
Craig: Thanks for providing this for us Chuck.
Ryan: Ultimately, what does Alexander Torres project as?
He's off to a great start in the Cal League (league-leading
23 K) and early on, is fairing better against lefties.
This is Eddie if you are ready for me.
Angelswin.com: Alright guys, Eddie is here a tad early.
Thanks Eddie. Let's roll.
of all thanks for having me. I am on the road in Jacksonville
Florida to see a pitcher name
of Brothers so now you guys know everything about scouting
Angelswin.com: I bet you're a busy man Eddie with all
these high round draft picks.
Torres and Reckling what you look for early in their
career is the ability to get out LH hitters.
They both have shown that. They are both projected as starting
pitchers at this point of their career.
Eric: Eddie, do you believe Jordan Walden could help the
Angels bullpen in 2009?
Craig: Eddie, Thanks for taking the time to join us. I
just read where Anthony Ortega will be starting on Saturday.
As tough as the injury bug has hit us, you must get a sense
of pride seeing the farm being relied on, and helping the
big club out.
Bane: Nobody is going to feel sorry
for me and the travel so why complain. Great job and
still have the passion.
Thats all that is needed. More fun to have a lot of picks
then #70 like last year.
Bane: As I have said before we have a lot of depth.
Unfortunately with injuries and tragedy it is getting tested.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, deep draft this year? Heavy on a
certain position or talent skill sets in this group of
high school and college players?
Bane: I would like to see Jordan Walden stay in
a starting role. He may end up being a major league closer,
but that would be down the road. Walden hooked up with
Kasey Kiker (Rangers) the other night in a 1-0 12 inning
game. A classic.
Bane: We like the draft eligible players this year.
More LHP's than normal and the draft has some power hitting
high school kids.
Bane:I would vote for us to take the best available
player in your survey above if I get a vote.
Kevin M: Kevin in Salt Lake here. With Napoli and Mathis
ahead of him and top prospect behind him it appears Bobby
Wilson doesn't have a place with the Angels. What are the
Halos' plans for Wilson?
Angelswin.com: Do you see any relievers like the Tigers
#1 pick last year Ryan Perry who may be able to make the
jump right to the big leagues? We could use a boost in
Eric: Eddie, what may be holding Brandon Wood back as
far as a starter at SS? It seems Mike Scioscia has decided
he's a thirdbaseman and won budge. I see Wood in the mold
of Cal Ripken or Alex Rodriguez where he's a big guy but
if positioned correctly maybe some limited range wont have
a big effect.
Bane: Kevin M. Kev if you see the injuries that
crop up then you have to believe that Bobby is going to
catch at some point with the Angels. It is just a bit tougher
to make it to the big leagues with the Angels then some
other clubs. Bobby and our other players realize that and
take great pride in being in a great organization. Wilson
is a major leaguer for sure.
Dave: Howdy Eddie, thanks for taking the time to do this!
Kevin M: Thanks for the comments about Wilson. One more
question if you don't mind. Will we see Mark Trumbo in
Salt Lake this year?
Bane: Ryan Perry was a nice draft by David
Chadd and his group with the Tigers. We knew how good
but did not have a draft pick that high. It would be awfully
hard for a young man to make the Angels bullpen straight
out of college.
Bane: Woodie is going to play a long time in the
major leagues and can play both short and third. Right
now I think it is pretty easy to see that not many people
can do what Aybar does at short. Figgins is a great leadoff
hitter. In great organizations you have to wait your turn.
Believe me that both Tony and Mike love Brandon Wood and
he will get his opportunity. Just like what is happening
now with Kendry.
Dave: Eddie, with all the injuries to the parent club
the Angels are struggling with depth and are shuffling
players around. How many of the recent promotions (such
as McKiernan and O'Sullivan) might be undone as the parent
club gets healthy?
Bane: Trumbo has the most power in our organization
and probably the most raw power in the game in the minor
leagues. When he gets to SL and Anaheim you will see something
special, but it takes time for power guys to learn the
strike zone etc.
Bane:: Dave; I am not sure about what happens when
everybody gets healthy. I do know that if Eddie K and Sean
O go to a higher club and get everybody out then the Angels
would not send them back just to send them back.
Eric: How do you evaluate a player baseball acumen? Is
it less important than pure talent. I guess a good example
IMO is Alfonso Soriano. He can hit the long ball and run
like the wind, but otherwise doesn't look like he has a
clue what he's doing out there.
Bane: The question about SLC in 2011 is quite a
ways down the road, but when you look at the Ark club this
year you are able to see a prospect at most every position
and that is beyond rare for a minor league team. But that
was the goal of our scouting staff. Supply Abe and Tony
with enough real prospects to go throughout the system.
The only way to do that is to get Reckling, Petit and the
others after the first round.
Dave: Could you tell us more about Eddie K as a pitcher?
at 20 years old in AAA-Salt Lake he's way ahead of the
Angelswin.com: Eddie, if you had the #1 pick in the draft,
who would you take? Based on talent, not need.
Bane: I watched Manny Ramirez play in high school.
He hit 2 homeruns and a double. He got picked off 1st and
dropped a fly ball. Just like he does now. But, when you
see a great hitter like Ramirez you can look the other
way on some of the other stuff. A lot of people do not
realize how hard Manny works on his hitting. A tireless
worker on hitting.
Bane: Unfortunately a lot of scouts with pitchers
look at the radar gun first. Our guys dont do that. When
Jeff Malinoff or Ric Wilson call me on a pitcher they
talk about deliveries, life and location before speed.
Bane: Eddie McKiernan is a real trip and a real
treat. He looks like he is 10 years old w Braces and a
baby face. Rob Wilfong begged me to sign him out of Monrovia
and Gary Sutherland also knew about Eddie. He has good
good stuff and has a giant heart with no fear. He has a
tatoo that says something like "the one" on it.
A really neat young man.
Angelswin.com: Does Eddie McKiernan bring the heat or
a knockout pitch, Eddie? We might need to use his this
Bane: Managers and coaches talk about players only
when they are awake. That is to mean constantly. We all
do. We love it and that is where we get enjoyment by watching
players move up the ladder.
Jon UCLA 93: Used to be a college pitcher at UCLA that
used my defense, I can just imagine what some of the pitchers
in your organization would think of the outfield they may
have with the likes of Moore, Bourjos, Fuller, Phillips
(you'll move him eventually) and Perez. How good can these
guys be (we know about PB, but what of the others?
Dave: How is the change in patience at the plate working
out throughout the organization? Anyone really excelling
in your opinion at it? Anyone really struggling?
Rob (Mauch Won): How often do the managers and coaches
within the organization talk about players that are moving
up and down with the system? Do higher level manager/coaches
make requests to have certain aspects worked on to get
the player ready for the next level?
Bane: I would say Eddie still needs some time. The
guys to watch out for are Mason Tobin, when he gets healthy,
and David Herndon as pen guys. Tobin got on the radar screen
in spring training by impressing Butcher. Tobin was a great
sign by our young scout in the NW, Casey Harvie.
Bane: Peter is probably a step better than most
of our guys defensively, but Fuller and the others are
close and getting better. If it is in the ball park Peter
will usually catch it.
Angelswin.com: Speaking of which, Tobin hasn't been pitching
of late. I'm assuming he hit the DL. Elbow or Shoulder
Eric: If Kendry Morales fullfills his potential, do you
think Mark Trumbo would be able to handle a shift to LF
Angelswin.com: Touched base with Abe Flores almost a couple
weeks ago re: Roberto Lopez switch from 1B to Catcher.
How is that going and where do you think he'll land first
with the catchers gear, Cedar Rapids or Rancho Cucamonga
Bane: Of course we are all really struggling with
the loss of Nicky. It hurts, but we all have to go out
and do our jobs even when your mind is numb and the pain
is tough. I loved the kid and really hurt for his family,
Janet, Jim, Duane and his brother Henry. Mr Moreno took
the time to fly people back to Maryland and attend the
service. Moseley, Lackey, Jered, Brad Coon and others did
not need to do that, but they did because of the bond they
had with Nicky. Tough thing to think about or talk about,
but I know people would like to know so I do it.
Bane: Mason is having a little problem, but I am
not sure what it is. Tough break for him as he was throwing
96mph "Brandon Webb" like sinkers at the end
of spring training and Mike and Butch saw it.
Bane: Sorry, but wont answer the best player in
the draft scenario. Those young men are always looking
for quotes so their agents can ask for more money. I'll
tell you after we sign them.
Lou: Eddie, living in the beautiful IE, is there any player
I should keep an eye out for that might not be a name we're
real familiar with? With the Quakes that is.
Angelswin.com: Fair enough on that one, Eddie.
Angelswin.com: That's why I made a poll. I figured as
Bane: Lou. Andrew Romine has an above average and
I mean well above avg glove at short. You are seeing a
major league glove every night. His instincts are as good
as anyone in the game. A treat to watch.
Lou: Agents wouldn't do that, would they?
Bane: I would hazzard a guess that the SDSU kid
wins the poll though. HA HA
Angelswin.com: Eddie, I'm going to ask a few questions
of Angelswin.com members who couldn't make it to the chat
today. First off. "I would like to know what Eddie
thinks of Michael Kohn. Last year at Orem he had 44 SO's
and only gave up 11 hits in 23 IP and this year he has
9 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 12 SO's.
Bane: The question on Bill Stoneman is a unique
one. Bill comes into the office in his consulting role
all the time. I think it is good because I learned a ton
from the man. But, Tony is all of our boss and we all know
that and recognize that.
Bane: Brian. Kohn has huge velocity. He needs to
harness it and will be a good one. Needs to move a little
quicker as he was a college guy instead of most of our
guys being hs pitchers. Big arm.
Angelswin.com: Question: How about an update on Jon Bachanov?
When will we see Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Chaffee? I'm assuming
Jon UCLA 93: Jake Locker played summer ball last year.
Hint Hint for a late round flyer. Why would he play if
he had already made his choice of sport.
Bane: You asked earlier how we cope with things
in scouting. Here is a good point. While I was typing with
you guys my cell phone ring and it was Hank Conger. When
we talk it wont be about baseball much, but more about
his real life is going. That is what a scout can do with
the player. It works well.
Bane: Jon. UCLA has been looking at our draft board.
We have had pretty good success drafting qb's. Pat White
twice and Jake out of high school
Bane:: Trumbo and any other player for that matter
should always take the time to learn more about the game
and try different spots. That is why when you scout a minor
league game you look for the players that are always trying
to improve in any way they can. I would bet that a player
with great makeup like Trumbo would catch some fly balls
in the outfield. Remember he threw 96-97 off the mound
Bane: Roberto Lopez created a buzz because he can
hit. Bo Hughes and our area scouts in soCal on that one.
If he hits like he did in Orem he will play somewhere for
Angelswin.com: Eddie, with so many picks in the first
few rounds, will you take some chances on guys who you
may not be able to sign?
Bane: Bachanov could get his start in Orem this
year. We are being careful with Chaffee and a minor(I believe)
foot problem. Chat was called up to CR yesterday and will
go into their rotation. Chat had a couple of really strong
outing for T-Bone and Zeke in extended spring.
Angelswin.com: Very good to hear re: Tyler Chatwood.
Angelswin.com: Is Trevor Reckling's call up to Double-A
a temporary move? Or do they see unusual poise and command
for a 19 year old in him and are thinking about making
Bane: Another great family and great young man.
When I went in the house last year the Chatwood's have
a British Bulldog that was pregnant. I am an animal freak
and they said that when she had the pups that would save
one for me. In the meantime my daughter adopted a mutt
named Auggie from the shelter. 2 dog in my house, Sven
and Auggie are enough. So I had to tell the Chatwood's
no on the bulldog. That is how good of people they are.
Jon UCLA 93: A few that got away; How close were you to
signing guys like Matusz, Posey, and more recently Jungmann.
With the confidence that your drafting history is solid
and with the added picks are you a little more aggressive
going after signability guys this year. Also a little side
note: I think I'm the reason you signed LoDuca, He hit
about .800 of me while at ASU.
Angelswin.com: Matt Sweeney is looking good in Rancho.
If he keeps this up will we see him join Conger, Mount,
Bourjos and Trumbo in Double-A soon?
Bane: Reckling was called up for one reason and
one reason only. He had showed last year, this year in
the spring and the first couple of games in Rancho that
he needed to be challenged. So2A is the right spot for
him. This young man played on the famous hs basketball
team back east that is coached by Bobby Hurley of Duke's
fame, father. A great athlete. Known as the Mayor because
he can talk to anyone btw.
Angelswin.com: Very good news re: Trevor Reckling, Eddie.
Bane: Matt was with those guys right on through
until he missed the entire system. Those kind of bats are
really rare. If he can stay healthy Matt Sweeney has no
limits. Signed by Dan Radcliffe who also signed Nick Adenhart.
Bane: All of them need to stay healthy and a lot
of these guys have great ceilings
Angelswin.com: How is Sweeney developing defensively at
3B early on?
Bane: Jon of UCLA. Thanks for the help on LoDuca.
Paulie can sure hit and it sounds like he hit you pretty
good too. Matusz was the one that really hurts. His agent
was different, but in hind site we should have given the
young man the $1.5 that he wanted. We had both him and
O'Sullivan right in the same spot.
Jason: Looks like Chris Pettit is off to a strong start.
Is he someone we might see in Anaheim later this year?
Bane: Matt Sweeney has learned from Rob Piccilo
and his managers the benefits of really hard work and he
has done that on his defense. When we first got him Matt
was a plus plus bat with BA defense. Now his defense is
catching up and should be fine. His bat is his calling
Sonador: When looking at the development of players attempting
to make the transition from AAA to ML Ball, what's the
cut off time where a manager should recognize that they're
just not ready yet, if ever? 1 month? 1 year? 30 AB's?
Bane: Chris Pettit is a really neat story. He is
still mad about where he got drafted and I think it is
great that he is that way. He is out to prove the scouts
wrong. Not sure when, but if Chris stays healthy he will
play in the major leagues for the Angels in my opinion.
Pettit was Bobby DeJardin, Wilfong and Bo Hughes bothering
me in the draft room until I took him.
Need to make sure and mention Greg Morhardt and Mike Silvestri
on Reckling. Silvestri bugged me every day after the draft
until we signed Reck.
Angelswin.com: Peter Bourjos seems to be off to a great
start getting on base (.396) 6 walks, 10 strikeouts, .311
batting average. Good to see with his speed (5 sb's).
Jason: Anyone under the Radar right now that we should
look out for that could move up quick or have a big impact
that gets little pub?
Bane: Sonador. Great question. The hardest jump
by far is from 3A to the ML. The confidence is the key
thing. If you let that get shaken at the big league level
then they bury you. As far as at bats I would think that
the only time it is imperative that you hit and hit right
now is when Mike Scioscia and Mickey are watching. That
is what they pay you for. To hit at the big league level.
It was like Mike said last night when Kendry hit his first
homerun this year. Kendry knows he can hit, but it sure
helps the confidence when you see that at and that homerun.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, give me a couple names of foreign
players signed in the last year or so that we all should
keep our eye on in Orem, AZL Angels and the Dominican Angels
club this season.
Bane:Some of our really great Latin American talent
does not get the pub they deserve and I am not sure why.
Carmona at Rancho can throw the ball up to 98mph and he
never gets mentioned. We have to be careful though because
other teams know about him for sure.
Bane: Carmona, PJ Yang, Yung, (last 2 from Korea)
and Flavio Martinez are names that come to mind quickly.
Clay Daniel and the rest of our international guys are
Bane: Guys I have time for a couple more questions
and then I need to go the ballpark. Fire away
Angelswin.com: OK guys, lightening round... Fire away.
Angelswin.com: Trevor Bell, looking good as a starter
again. Thoughts on Trevor?
Jon UCLA 93: Eddie, I was at that 'classic' Walden-Kiker
2A game the other day with my 5 year old. Walden had nice
little episode with Smoak. Smoak pulled a hard liner,(maybe
the hardest contact that day) then Walden lit up at 98
on the inside black. He's got the grit along with the stuff.
Jason: Any thoughts on Alexia Amarista?
Bane: I really appreciate all the support the guys,
gals and Chuck at Angelswin give me and the rest of the
Angel employees. Thanks so much for doing that.
Bane: Yes, it is easy to tell that Jordan Walden
has that Lackey, Beckett type toughness that Texas pitchers
seem to have. that would have been a great game to see
Bane: Good call Jason on Amarista. He can really
make things happen in my mind.
Angelswin.com: Eddie, Thank You. We all appreciate you
and your support of the fans interest in the up and coming
Angels ball players.
Jason: the pleasure is ours Eddie. It's not very often
that fans get this type of opportunity. We appreciate your
insight and info.
Bane: Neat to see Trevor Bell throwing well.
He came into spring training and is throwing quality
with good stuff. Hard worker.
Angelswin.com: Very good. re: Trevor Bell.
Dave: Who's impressed you the most as a pitcher? As a
Bane: Dave; For me our most impressive hitter is
Hank Conger and our most impressive pitcher right now would
be either Jordan Walden or Trevor Reckling with several
guys close. Hank will start hitting shortly, but it is
neat to see him catching and doing things behind the plate
that Mike has to have.
Angelswin.com: Alright guys. Eddie has to get ready to
get out to a game to do some scouting in Florida. A big
thanks as always Eddie for your time and information.
Dave: Thank you so much for taking the time for us Eddie.
Bane:Thanks guys. I am amazed at the knowledge
of our fans and I hope we can do a good job for Arte and
for you guys in the upcoming June draft. Have a great day.
- Eddie Bane
Angelswin.com: Have a good time in Florida and go get
us some good talent this year. I have no doubt you'll supply
the Angels with a talented group of HS and College players
in this years' draft.
Angelswin.com: This has concluded our Eddie Bane Connection
Bane Connection - The Spring Camp (2009) Edition
Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
March 2nd, 2009
Q: (Angelswin.com) - Since we're titling this the Spring
Camp Edition, what are you hearing from your scouts and
coaches thus far in Tempe about the Angels prospects in
camp? Who's really turning heads on the hill, defensively
and with the lumber?
(Eddie Bane) - Sorry, guys, that it has taken
awhile to get back with Angels fans, but blame Chris McAlpin,
Kevin Ham and Bobby Dejardin. They are our area scouts
that have had me running around the country seeing their
players. One day recently in southern California, I was
able to watch six high school pitchers on one Saturday.
A scout lives for those kind of days. OK, onto the questions
for spring training.
I think if you look at who Mike, Ron, Alfredo and Mickey
play in the spring training games, you can tell who are
turning the big league heads. Romine is playing a lot,
Peter Bourjos is playing a lot, Petit is getting a lot
of hits and O’Sullivan, Walden, Herndon, Browning
and Adenhart are getting innings on the mound; nothing
but positives from the camp, with the extra emphasis perhaps
on a bit more plate discipline for some of our guys.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - What guys are flying under the radar
right now that we should keep an eye on this season?
(Eddie Bane) - I think this is the year to keep an
eye on Matt Sweeney; injured last year, but still a premium
bat. Same thing with Chris Petit. He was hurt some last
year, but finished strong and then tore up the Fall League.
David Herndon will jump quickly as a closer type, also.
Hard to keep guys under the radar any longer as you guys
are so good at picking through our stuff that most of the
fans already know most of the guys. Remember, last year
we kept predicting Trumbo had monster power and then he
hit 30 plus home runs. Now he just needs to do it again,
huh? Easy enough, right?
Q: (Angelswin.com) – Nick Adenhart — how's
he looking? I'm hoping last year was just a blip, ala Ervin
(Eddie Bane) - Nick Adenhart is as good a pitching
prospect as the game has. He is about the same age as the
college guys I am chasing right now. And he has already
touched the big leagues. So far in the spring, from what
I hear his stuff has been dynamite as always. When Nick
gets ahead of the count with a pitch low and in the middle
of the plate, he will win consistently in the major leagues.
His stuff is top drawer and, specifically, his fastball
gets on the hitters.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - Now that we've learned more about
the player development from Abe Flores, do you and your
staff draft toward the organization's strengths in developing
players? What are some of your early thoughts on the draft
for 2009? Have you already targeted a few kids?
(Eddie Bane) - Shoot, the process started right after
the 2008 draft ended. All of our scouts, but especially
the crosscheckers — Jeff Malinoff, Ric Wilson, Bo
Hughes, Ron Marigny and Mike Silvestri — have been
chasing players since the ’08 draft finished. No,
we cannot target positions, but it is obvious that I would
like to put more corner power into the system. We have
only had two first round picks since 2004 and while that
is fine with me it means we have to do a good job at finding
the Mounts and Recklings while they are in high school
and get first round picks in that manner.
This year, we have six picks before we ever selected in
the 2008 draft. If we can get six guys with the upside
that Tyler Chatwood (our first pick in ’08) has,
then we will be happy.
One of the things that hurts a premium system like ours
are things like the Rule V Draft. It is a way for teams
to draft players off your roster that you are unable to
protect on your 40-man. We lost three pitchers in the Rule
V Draft and that is tough to replace immediately, those
type arms. But we would rather have other teams admiring
our system like that instead of ignoring us.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - When you came on board in 2004, the
Angels had a solid outfield of run producers which included
Vladimir Guerrero. Since, we've acquired Torii Hunter,
Gary Matthews Jr. and Juan Rivera, not exactly the Angels
outfield of old, which consisted of Garret Anderson, Jim
Edmonds and Tim Salmon at one point — three outfielders
drafted and developed by the Angels. Will you go after
some power hitting outfielders in this up and coming draft
to replace Guerrero, Hunter and Rivera down the road?
(Eddie Bane) - As I was able to state above, we need
to develop a few more guys with corner bat power. That
will happen between what myself and Abe Flores do. Peter
Bourjos is a future star centerfielder and Fuller behind
him is a major leaguer. Some of our corner infield types
like Sweeney could also play left field. When the Angels
had those three guys in the outfield for a short period
of time they did not have the homegrown starting or relief
pitching that we currently have. They also did not have
an infield of home growns at first, second and two guys
of Major League quality at shortstop, to go along with
at least four deep of homegrown Major League catchers.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - How much work does Hank Conger have
to do defensively before he can start moving up in the
organization? Why is he not able to throw in spring camp?
I thought Hank was cleared to catch going into the 2009
minor league season?
(Eddie Bane) - Hank has to get behind the plate and
see if the body can take a season of catching. But, the
part that people just steam right by it seems to me is
that the game does not have many hitting prospects as good
as this young man. He drove in 88 runs in 83 games last
season. That is remarkable. He is like a bear around a
honey pot when there is a runner in scoring position. I
got ripped for saying I would take Hank over Matt Weiters
and J.P. Arrenciba. I stick by that statement and time
will tell. Hank was driving in runs in the playoffs in
the Texas League when those guys were finishing their college
career. Remember, if Hank had gone to USC instead of signing,
then he would be in the 2009 draft. Put his bat in this
draft and see where he would fit.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - How do the Angels plan on dealing
with the organization's semi-logjam of middle infielders — Izturis,
Aybar, Wood, Rodriguez, Kendrick, Statia, Phillips, Mount,
Romine — and where do you see each of them starting
the year? What do you do with players like Wood and Rodriguez,
who seem to have little to prove at AAA, but don't have
a spot on the big league roster because of a stud like
Kendrick at second, a lead-off hitter/catalyst (when healthy)
like Figgins at third, and a platoon of Aybar and Izturis
(Eddie Bane) - Chuck, that is the best problem in the
world to have. That is not a logjam. That is what we are
supposed to do. The cream rises to the top. Open up the
competition and let the best guys get the time at the top.
Our job is to have a quality second baseman in place. We
do. Our other job is to have someone behind that quality
second baseman to take his spot if the lead guy has something
happen. We have that now in Mount, Statia, Rodriguez, etc.
Who is to say that one of those middle infield types could
not go to the corner outfield and make a mark as an outfielder?
Phillips and Rodriguez certainly have good enough offensive
skills to play any position on the diamond.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - Is the apparent emphasis on plate
discipline that is going on with the Major League club
something that is being emphasized throughout the organization?
Is this a change in philosophy or just a change in perception
from the outside?
(Eddie Bane) - No. I think it is a new emphasis from
the top on down; just something to remind the players of.
Stay aggressive, but do it in a relaxed way. Everyone already
knows that is the best way to hit anyhow.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - It's Kendry Morales’ time to
shine. You must be excited to see him get a full time gig
after scouting and signing him four years ago. Any predictions
on how you think Morales will do with a full season of
at-bats for the Halos?
(Eddie Bane) -
If Kendry can stay healthy, he will hit as he always
has. It is great to see a young man that
has put in the hard work, after being the top dog in
Cuba, to make himself a Major League hitter. This
that everybody should root for. Kendry is one of those
types of hitters that his power will even get better
with regular time at the Major League level. It is
hard to see
his power potential in looking at his stats, but when
you see that type of swing with that type balance,
know power is coming.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - What do scouts say about Howie Kendrick's
ability to hit for power in the big leagues? With only
12 home runs in 945 Major League at-bats, do you think
Kendrick can hit 20-plus home runs in the big leagues down
(Eddie Bane) - 20 home runs in Angel Stadium for half
your games is a monster season for any player. But Howie
is a premium hitter. I was one of those that said Howie
would win a batting title and I stand by that. Health has
been tough on Howie Kendrick, but that is not something
you can predict. He is a gamer and that will show. “Line
drive doubles power” is what scouts call the type
power that Kendrick has.
Q: (Angelswin.com) - Finally, who is
your preseason pick for Minor League Player of the Year?
(Eddie Bane) - Ryan Mount. See guys, I don’t
duck any questions. I hope all the other guys that could
win the award end up helping our big league team so they
wont be eligible for minor league awards.
This concludes our monthly feature with Eddie Bane. To
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visit our forum.
Bane Connection - January (2009) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
January 7th, 2009
Well it has been a long and to be frank, pretty boring
offseason to date, so we hooked up with Eddie a bit sooner
than we usually do to start the new year off, in part because
we've had so many of the same questions from fans about
the up and coming draft, the lack of power hitters in the
organization and some player updates and reports on some
of the prospects heading into the 2009 minor league season.
So, lets dig right in and see what Eddie had to say in
response to quite a few Angelswin.com member questions
in the first Eddie Bane Connection of the 2009 season.
Q: (Angelswin) - Looking
forward to kick off the 2009 Bane Connection with an assortment
of questions, but first
off, on behalf of the entire Angelswin.com community
of Angels fans, we hope the Bane family had some good
times over the Holidays.
(Eddie Bane) - 1st things 1st guys. Take the time folks,
if that is your belief and say a prayer for Chuck and his
family at their loss of Chuck’s father. Awfully hard
spot and the Christmas, Thanksgiving, holiday time has
to be especially tough. Our thoughts and prayers are with
you and yours Chuck.
The Bane family had a nice Christmas just as always and
hope all the Angel fans did also.
Chuck: Thank you Eddie. The Angels organization and yourself
have shown tremendous support after the passing of my father.
The call I received from Tim Mead on behalf of the entire
Angels organization 2 days after my father passed was heartfelt
and truly appreciated.
Q: (Angelswin) - (3 part question) So this is your first
chance as the Angels scouting director at having 4 high
picks in the 2009 amateur draft. Having two picks in the
late 1st round and two more in the 1st round-supplemental
sandwich picks and one more in the 2nd round, you must
be licking your chops having the chance to draft some top
tier talent? How do you see the talent shaping up for this
year's draft? Is it a deep pool or shallow? Is the talent
more in college or in high school? Is there is a certain
position or type of player that there is more of in this
draft? Has the budget to sign our draft picks swelled to
commensurate to the number of high round picks that we
(Eddie Bane) - Yes, we have adjusted our budget to
reflect extra picks. The best thing about working with
Arte and the Angels is the fact they never take money away,
and always add when we need it. Tough to think what would
have happened if Arte had said no when we presented him
with the thoughts of signing Morales or let’s say
Trumbo. But, he never did. He always said to just sign
the player. His belief is that you cannot play without
players and this is the best way to develop new talent.
This will be a deep draft. It always is. HS will be a
focus, but we never overlook college talent either.
We are excited about having as many as 5 picks in 1st
and sandwich round. We will not work any harder, as that
would be impossible, but every effort will be made to get
the best player possible in addition to keeping the same
attitude about getting more Reckling and Tobin types.
Q: (Angelswin) - Now that we have these higher round picks,
does our draft strategy change much? The fans have been
knocking at the door loudly for a college hitter (close
to the big leagues) with both power and on-base skills,
much like we witnessed from Mark Teixeira in his brief
stay with the Angels. The fans have been sending me quite
a bit of emails voicing their displeasure that the organization's
last developed power hitter was Troy Glaus. Do we have
some of these types on your radar in preparation for the
up and coming draft?
(Eddie Bane) - I would say the last power hitter we
developed was Kendry Morales and that was in 2008, but
that is just me being a smart aleck. Those power hitter
types are one of the things we look hard to obtain and
the fans are correct. But, you read a lot about a player
like the hitter that was traded from the Brewers to the
Indians last season (Matt LaPorta) and people write about
his power. This young man is 24-25 years old and does not
have near the power of Mark Trumbo who is younger. Let
it play out and we will see what happens. As I said above
we are not going to get the Longoria types out of college
as we are not going to ever pick that high. Those are easy
drafts and we are not presented with that option if ever.
Mark Teixeira is a wonderful hitter and even more appreciated
after watching him closely, but I really really admire
the way Arte Moreno handled our negotiations with Tex and
his agent. The Angels did it the right way.
Q: (Angelswin) - The organization has put a premium on
scouting and drafting pitchers, and in doing so, it seems
like there's been a lack of quality corner infielders and
outfielders panning out in the system (save Trumbo & Morales,
possibly). I'm curious if there's a concern within the
org that they haven't been able to find some power-hitting
players to fill what are traditionally powerful spots (1B,
3B, LF, RF), and if they're looking to reverse that trend?
(Eddie Bane) - Exactly, one of our goals is to develop
a bit more corner power. That being said, I hope the Angels
fans noticed that we lost 3 pitchers in the Rule V draft
held recently at the winter meetings. When you break that
down it means that 3 different clubs felt that the Angels
had 40 players who were better than that organization's
25 man roster. We always get ranked highly by the publications
(rightfully so) that rank prospects, but when other clubs
are even taking notice then you know you are doing the
right thing. That being said we also hate losing O’Day
and the other 2 pitchers. Our scouts found O’Day
after the draft, one of the other pitchers, Miguel Gonzalez
was found by Bo Hughes pitching in a Sunday Los Angeles
area senior league and Mosebach was a fairly high draft.
Pretty spread out examples of great scouting.
Our power at 1st, 3rd, LF and RF would be as follows.
1B’s with plus major league power are Morales and
Trumbo. 3B’s with plus major league power are Sweeney
and Jimenez with Brandon Wood in the immediate picture.
The corner outfield is a spot that we have to do better.
Q: (Angelswin) - Mark Teixeira brought a new dimension
to our offense, a combination of both power and plate discipline...an
approach seemingly different to the organization's "contact
ball" philosophy and something no current Angel prospect
seems to possess. Many Angel fans would like to see more
of our hitters approach their plate appearance the same
way. Has his presence and example perhaps changed priorities
for the player development staff to encourage players into
a more patient and disciplined approach at the plate?
(Eddie Bane) - Teixeira was a great example to all
young hitters. One of the things though that contributed
to Tex’s greatness was that for the 1st time in his
career he had a great great bad ball hitter right after
him in the lineup in Vlad Guerrero. As a former pitcher
that is one of the hardest adjustments you make on the
I certainly respect what, let’s say the Padres are
doing down south. They have a hitting philosophy that would
seem to be much different than ours. They are looking for
the “professional hitter”. The Angels want
aggressive Howie Kendrick types that can drive balls to
all fields. As a Howie Kendrick grows he will learn to
have better at bats and that will happen shortly with a
hitter as good as Howie. The problem is when you take those
college hitters with “good eyes” then you find
out later that they cannot hit and you are struck with
a hitter that can’t hit. Not a good proposition.
Q: (Angelswin) - Which scouting directors and other teams'
player development philosophies do you respect most?
(Eddie Bane) - One thing I do know for sure, and I
have never been accused of having a lack of ego, is that
other organizations really respect and admire what the
Angels do in scouting. Other SD’s tell me all the
time how envious they are with the freedom and resources
that we have because of Arte and our group.
As far as other clubs go I would not answer that because
I would not want to slight anyone, but you have to admire
the way Eric Kubota and his scouts in Oakland have changed
a bit and now will take the high school player if he is
the best guy. Both Jason McCleod and Damon Oppenhiemer
with the Red Sox and Yanks respectively have made Boston
and NY much more threats than they were in the past. One
of our goals here is to be as well versed and dominant
in southern California as possible and we work hard everyday
in SoCal to try and accomplish that goal.
One of the things that has happened since I came on 2004
is that the so called “Moneyball” philosophy
showed some cracks and now all the clubs are back to drafting
high school players and that makes it much harder on the
Angels than in the past. Much harder now to get a Trumbo
Q: (Angelswin) - Each team must go about player development
in a slightly different way...more or less emphasis on
certain things and different methodologies of teaching
certain skills or even teaching certain skills that others
ignore. Any examples of things other teams have taken from
the Angels and incorporated into their programs and vice
(Eddie Bane) - Chuck and readers; again I wont name
certain clubs, but we have had reps tell us that their
team is going to emulate the “Angels Way” all
throughout their system. We just lost one of the greatest
baseball instructors in the game in Bruce “Jeter” Hines
(went to the big leagues with Wakamatsu) to the Mariners.
Smart hire by the M’s as they will pick Jeter’s
brain about how we do things with the Angels. If we can
get a high school young man to see a minor league spring
training day and compare it to his possible college experience
then we will never lose that player to the colleges. Those
legendary days of the Bull Durham type bus rides just do
not happen much any longer.
Q: (Angelswin) - How much attention (if any) does the
scouting staff pays to sabermetrics, and if the organization
would consider itself more of a marriage of traditional
scouting techniques and sabermetrics, or more focused on
old-school/traditional "what I see and word-of-mouth" scouting.
(Eddie Bane) - We don’t employ “word of
mouth scouting” ever in the Angels organization.
We are very cognizant of the players stats and pay attention
to how they are doing. That is just not the difficult part
of scouting. Neither is pointing a radar gun or stopping
a watch. The hard part is telling whether or not a young
man will hit or if a young LHP will be the one of 10 guys
with an 87 mph fastball that will one day be the one guy
of the group that throws 94 with command. That is how Tom
Kotchman gets Will Smith types in the 5th through 8th round.
Kotch and all my crosscheckers put all the stats and other
numbers in front of me and then you put the meal together
and hopefully it tastes good when you finally get to try
Q: (Angelswin) - How would you (Eddie) rate our drafts
overall for the past 5 years? Which years have been the
best in your opinion?
(Eddie Bane) - Some publications like to grade a teams
draft on June 8th for a June 5-6 draft. Fortunately we
do not do that. 2004 looks like a supreme draft because
of Weaver, Adenhart, Trumbo and a few other star types.
It also had the role players that you should get in any
draft such as Freddy Sandoval and Ben Johnson. When all
is said and done 2005 will show up huge in my opinion.
We drafted a lot of high school players that are just now
getting into their comfort zone. Wait a year or 2 for that
one and see what you think. In my mind the others are too
early to judge, but others want to grade them right now.
That is OK with me. As long as they have an interest in
the Angels I can handle it.
Q: (Angelswin) - Do you ever read Baseball America or
other minor league publications for constructive criticism?
If so, do you take their opinions to heart or?
(Eddie Bane) - Shoot
Chuck, we all read everything written no matter what
we say. I have friends at BA, etc.
and I know they have a job to do. As I said I put a little
more credence into the fact that other clubs pick 3 of
our pitchers from our minor league teams that they think
can help their big league teams. But, of course you watch
what the publications say. Last issue BA got after me a
bit for not spending as much money as some other orgs.
Fair enough. We took a shot with Harvey and Zach Cone,
but they did not sign. I like to take educated risks. Not
crazy risks, but educated risks.
I am a very big boy and as people that know me understand
I am really good at giving the needle of sarcasm, but I
can certainly take it also. It just does not bother me
because I am very confident in what we are doing here.
Q: (Angelswin) - Brandon Wood had a pretty tough time
down in the DWL and got released by his team...anything
to read into this? What are his chances to start the year
in the major league lineup? How much emphasis do you place
on winter ball stats and performances? Does it matter if
the player performs higher than expected (like Pettit and
Morales) or worse than expected (like Wood) or does the
performance not really matter at all?
(Eddie Bane) - It matters to the people in the Dominican
and matters up to the 1st day of spring training. Then
you better be impressing Mike, Tony and the major league
coaches. Hopefully success in winter ball comes because
of hard work on your game and if that is the case then
winter ball is important. Brandon, Chris, Mark Trumbo and
Kendry all worked hard in winter ball. Some had stat success
and others did not. As long as they put in hard, long work
on their game then that is good enough for the Angels.
Q: (Angelswin) - The Arkansas Travelers should have a
nice roster this season to follow up a Championship season
in '08. Looks like their catcher will be Hank Conger as
all the reports on Hank's shoulder are good. He recently
let me know that he's feeling fine and the extended catching
he did in the Dominican instructional league went well.
Will the Angels be cautious with him behind the plate like
they were in '08 in Arkansas or will they let him catch
the majority of the games there?
(Eddie Bane) - We want Hank to catch all the time.
That is up to Hank and he knows how I feel about it. Get
out there and catch. Everyone has talked with Hank from
Mike and Tony, through the major league coaches and every
minor league coach in the organization. That is because
he is one of the most talented players in the game. He
has one of those swings. Beautiful swing and the lefthanded
swing is breathtaking. (Sorry, sounds like I am talking
about a lady, OK back to baseball). I got some heat from
Bill Shaikin and the people at Baseball America for saying
I would take Hank Conger over any catcher in the minor
leagues. They thought I was kidding. I was not! Hank would
be in the 2009 draft if he were coming out this year. Can
you imagine the numbers he would have put up last year
at USC. This young man drove in 88 runs in about 80 games
last season between the Cal League and 2A and was coming
off an injury. When healthy and catching, Conger is on
a very fast track to a team that is contending for the
World Series every year. Important prospect and an important
Q: (Angelswin) - Roberto Lopez....great season in Orem,
but at 24, seems somewhat old for that league. Is he on
a faster track to move up? Where can we expect to see him
next year? What are the Angels scouts saying about Roberto
(Eddie Bane) - Funny, but some like us to draft college
guys and the when we do they say they are too old. Just
kidding. Roberto had a great year. Hitting .400 in any
league, at any age is tough. He is better than we thought
or we would have drafted him higher. Roberto needs to put
in extra time on defense, wherever that is, and work hard
to be adequate with the glove. He can do it though for
sure. Great makeup, champion intelligence. He will get
himself as high as he possibly can and hopefully that is
in the big leagues. Fluent in at least 2 languages. Really
nice package of life skills in addition to baseball skills.
Q: (Angelswin) - Speaking of possibly skipping a level,
could we see any prospects skip a level in '09? If so,
which Angels farmhands do you think may qualify for a fast
track to the big leagues?
(Eddie Bane) - Be nice to see how high a level Lopez
can handle. Jordan Walden and Sean O’Sullivan are
both getting on the major league depth chart here shortly.
Scioscia and Butcher will get to see them in spring training.
Jacobo can hit also and let’s see what he has along
with Andrew Romine.
Q: (Angelswin) - What are Eddie Bane's picks both on the
pitching and hitting side for breakout player of year in
(Eddie Bane) - Let’s say Matt Sweeney for the
hitter and Robert Fish and Mason Tobin for the pitcher's.
Q: (Angelswin) - Any prospects changing positions or roles
(such as converting from a reliever to a starter or starter
to a reliever) entering the 2009 minor league season?
(Eddie Bane) - Matt Sweeney will be taking a break
after being injured for almost 2 full seasons. This young
man has one of the best bats in the system. We need to
see him on the field.
Q: (Angelswin) - OK, last one. A year has gone by since
the last time we've asked for the best tools of the Angels
farmhands. So let's have you rank them again entering the
2009 season as with new improvements from our prospects & new
draftees of the class of '08, we'll most likely have some
new names here.
(Eddie Bane) -
Best Fastball Velocity: Jordan Walden
Best Changeup: Nick Adenhart
Best Slider: Jordan Walden
Best Curveball: Nick Adenhart
Best Sinker: Mason Tobin
Best Control: Sean O’Sullivan
Quickest to the big leagues: Nick Adenhart or Anthony
Best Hitter for Average: Matt Sweeney, Hank Conger or
Best Power Hitter: Mark Trumbo
Best Plate Discipline: Chris Petit
Fastest Baserunner: Peter Bourjos
Best Athlete: Peter Bourjos
Best Defensive Catcher: Bobby Wilson
Best Defensive Infielder: Andrew Romine
Best Defensive Outfielder: Peter Bourjos then Clay Fuller
Best Infield Arm: Andrew Romine because of accuracy included
Best Outfield Arm: Peter Bourjos because of accuracy included
Like always, thank you for your time Eddie. We look forward
to circling back with you towards the end of February
to early March to see who's making noise in spring camp.
As an update too, our 2009 Angelswin.com Top 50 Prospects
List will be published on January 19th. We'll alert you
when it's live to get your reaction. Here's a teaser
- #1 went to a local kid from Huntington Beach that you
drafted and praised in this very interview.
Bane Connection - August (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
August 31st, 2008
Eddie Bane chatted
live with Angelswin.com members in this month's edition
of "The Bane Connection". Let's find out what
was discussed at Angelswin.com below, in what is the final
EB connection of the season, though we'll circle back with
Eddie over the winter sometime and get his opinion on some
of the kids in the AFL and Winterball.
- How is Bob Wilson defensively vs our current
- Hey guys. Sorry it took so long to get on, but now here
I am and ready to go. Bobby Wilson is solid defensively
and on par with our 2 guys in the Major Leagues in my opinion.
- Not sure you can comment on this Eddie. But what
could Toronto possibly be asking for Eckstein, McDonald
or Scutaro. With all due respect to the future of Sean Rodriguez,
but the very real prospect of him having to play this post-season
- Guys, I will answer some of the ML questions the best
I can, but as you know my field is trying to find homegrown
products and I can help in that area.
As far as Sean Rod and Brandon Wood
go we are very lucky to have these guys as possible help
when guys go down and I have complete faith in those guys.
That part of the equation is up to Tony, Ken, Mike S and
Gary Sutherland though.
- I'm interested in the org's plan for Wood. Does
he get a shot at a full time position next year? Are we
thinking SS or 3B?
Similarly, what are the feelings regarding
the future of Sandoval and Brown with the big club?
- Brandon Wood can play either SS or 3B and play it Major
League which is a surprise to some scouts because of his
size at SS. Wood hit his 31st homerun the other night in
the PCL and that is a big deal to us. He needs to get a
chance, and he will, but when he gets that chance he needs
to take off and run with it. He will get a chance here shortly,
but nobody can be quite sure when.
Remember fellas, if you know me, then
you realize that tech is definitely challenging for me and
I will get to as many as I can, but be patient.
Sandoval put his name on our map this
year for the first time. He can hit and has hit all the
way through and now he has 2B and 3B he can play. He would
be wise to shag some balls in the OF during BP to increase
-I was wondering if you could profile a couple
guys from Rancho for me: Bryan Rembisz (cool story and performing
well it seems) and Alexander Torres (also doing very well).
Was he hurt last year?
- I personally call Rembisz the "hat" because
when he is on the mound he is so short that it looks like
a hat and a jersey on the mound. Very short and as they
say "vertically challenged" but he comes at the
hitter and attacks guys.
Torres is a legit prospect from that
side of the rubber and with Fish and Reckling it helps us
in an area that I had not done very well in (LHP's).
- There is so much talent at Salt Lake yet very
little room on the big club. Do you see any position changes
for some of these guys any time soon? And on that note,
we saw that Kendry has played some outfield. Does he have
the tools to do so at the major league level?
- Honest to goodness guys, I do not look as bad as that
picture in person. That guy is a lot older than I am.
Kendry Morales grew up at 3B and RF
for the Cuban National team and he is comfortable at both
of those spots as well as 1B. But, Kendry is showing that
he is real comfortable at the plate from either side.
Yes, the talent level at 3A and 1A
is bigger than most any club in the game, but that is our
job. Make it hard on the big league guys and create competition
everywhere in the org.
- How much stock do you put in statistics for amateur
baseball like High School, college (D1-D3)? Do you overlook
them and just go by their physical tools and raw stuff?
- Great q. I watched Phil Hughes in HS and he never walked
anyone. He was also doing it against some of the best HS
teams in SoCal. That makes it mean something. Also watched
Mark Rogers pitch in HS in Maine. No competition and in
fact the catcher for the other team asked Rogers for his
autograph during the game.
We were all set to take Hughes in
the 04 draft, but got lucky and had Jered Weaver fall in
Stuff, location, movement, velocity
are all things I look at before stats at the HS level, but
when facing So Cal HS hitters it has to count for something.
Same thing in Florida.
- Freddy Sandoval - I know he's been discussed
before with regards to being a major league utility player,
but besides what he can do with the bat (he has been exceptional)
how is his glove at 3B?
- Freddy is a little above avg. at any INF spot except SS.
- I saw the 'hat' pitch last night ... couldn't
believe how short he was. He did get through an inning or
two unscathed. Was a little disappointed with O' Sullivan
... they seemed to hit him hard ... but he does throw hard
and has a solid frame for a pitcher. What's his projection?
btw Conger hit a monster HR last night.
- I was also at the game in High Desert hiding down the
sidelines. Sean has 15 wins in a 5 month league. That is
a stat that I would follow. High Desert is a launching pad
and Sean was overstriding last night which hurt his life.
I was glad nobody was around when
Conger hit his HR because my hot dog almost came up. It
was a legit bomb. It was a LH home run BTW.
- Mount has been raking. Is his recent power surge
something that was expected and does he profile as having
that much pop down the line? Also, how is his defense at
- Rob Piccilo and Ryan Mount both deserve a ton of credit
for Mount's improvement on defense. He made 2 plays last
night he could not have made before.
Mount has 16 home runs right now and
that is in half the season. Yes, his power was expected,
but not this soon. The other stat that stands out at with
the Rancho club is that Conger is averaging about an RBI
per game. 67 games and 66 Ribbies. That from a young man
that would not even be eligible until next years draft if
he had attended USC.
- Is anything in particular going on with Peter
Bourjos? He has barely walked in the last 2 months and hasn't
stolen many bases either.
- Sure, good q. Peter's tank has worn out and he has to
do better than that. He is one of the best prospects in
the game and the sky is the limit, but he has to smooth
out and not have the highs and lows he is experiencing right
now. That being said Peter is a great young man, with great
habits, a great mom and dad and faster than most anyone
in the game. I wish they were all like Pete. And, the power
is coming like one of our ML scouts, Brad Sloan, said it
- Looks like Roberto Lopez has a chance to win
the Pioneer league Triple Crown. Any reason he hasn't seen
time at Cedar considering that he is older than most at
his current level?
-Most organizations might have moved a Lopez type by this
time, but the Angels are not most organizations and he has
competition from all sides here. He has been a very pleasant
surprise where you have to give props to Bo Hughes and Bobby
DeJardin and Tim Corcoran of our scouting department.
Aside on Lopez. He is playing great
now, but off the field he plays a really, really good piano.
Elton John type stuff.
- Ryan Aldridge, I see he hasn't played lately,
arm injury or? (hoping not).
- Ryan has a constant battle with his arm, but this is not
a big one and when healthy he is a major league pitcher
with 2 plus pitches in his fastball and slider.
- Can you tell me where Demetrius Washington and
Rolando Gomez are? I saw them a few times in the box scores
early on. Are they both in Arizona working on a few things
- We signed Gomez a little late and he went to AZ but shut
it down after a few games with a hand problem and he should
be available at the end of the AZIL. Rollie has family in
the Dominican so he will be going there after the AZIL.
- Any other updates on injured players?
- I wish I could help more, but at this time of the year
the grind of playing everyday is starting to take its toll.
- Which players have developed beyond your expectations
this year? How do you think Trumbo is doing at AA? Who might
be asked to go to Winter Ball? What skills would they be
looking to develop? How will you determine where to place
a player like Sweeney next year who lost the whole year
due to injury? How much do you foresee the loss affecting
- It was nice to see Sandoval hit at 3A and put himself
in front of the ML people. You cannot ignore the 15 wins
from O'Sullivan. Herndon to the pen was a great idea. Mount
has showed up big after hurting his knee in the spring.
Trumbo has done what he should at
Arkansas. He is driving in a lot of runs and every once
in awhile he smashes a tape measure HR. I have been on the
Trumbo bandwagon for a longtime and am getting joined by
a lot of other folks now. Mark has power like the great
power hitters in the game have had. Now he needs to get
it consistent and he will help us at the ML level.
When I played (a long time ago) players
went to Winter Ball to make money. Now they go to hone a
skill like base running or to learn a new pitch.
- Jordan Walden, how has his secondary stuff progressed?
(Changeup, Slider, etc.)
- I just saw Jordan the other night and his fastball was
huge at up to 97. His fastball down in the strike zone is
a brick that is hard to get in the air. His curve (he probably
calls it a slider) is tighter every time I see him pitch.
He is close to being a big leaguer and he knows it. He has
to do the little things that ML pitchers do in order to
get over that hump.
- Eddie, I watched Nick Adenhart last night in
Portland (just a 3 hour drive from Seattle) and he looked
dominant. Showed an excellent curve and changeup, while
spotting his FB which was hitting 91-95 MPH. He also showed
some moxy on the hill, getting out of a couple jams, one
with runners at 1st and 3rd and 1 out where he fanned two
hitters in a row. Positive signs for a pitcher that has
struggled in '08, especially considering the Beavers have
a good hitting ball club in Triple A.
-I have said here before that I believe Nick Adenhart is
one of the top pitching prospects in the game. It was nice
to see him pitch the clincher for the Bees. I agree the
walks and lack of 1st pitch strikes is a bother, but for
me it is just a blip. He has 3 big league pitches now, he
has had command of his stuff in the past and he is a winner.
I like my chances with Adenhart. Did you know that Nick
played some basketball in high school against Carmelo Anthony.
- How's Abe Flores doing?
- Abe is doing great and this is as good a time as any to
say this. Every team in the Angels system will probably
make the playoffs. That is from the DR on up to the Major
League club. Unheard of. The great thing about is that almost
every one of those clubs has the youngest club in that league.
I know we stabilized in 2A with some older guys in the 1st
half, but since then they have added Trumbo and Pettit.
That being said, Abe left me in scouting
and took Tony Reagins’ old job and we have not missed
a beat. Prospects and winning are a hard combination to
Q: (Angelswin) — Tom Kotchman
- this guy is incredible. I know you and your staff can
take some credit to the Owlz success over the years (before
Orem it was Provo) because of your advanced scouting, but
wow, this guy is an incredible manager and scout for the
Angels. A HUGE asset to the organization. The Orem club
this year is STACKED!
- We do have some nice prospects in Orem and Tom gets them
to play the game the Angels way from the moment they come
into the organization. TBone does the same thing with the
guys in Arzona.
- Almost of us have to go by are the stats that
we see on MILB.com. Are there any guys that you have been
really impressed with or surprised by that wouldn't necessarily
translate via a box score?
- Take a look sometime at a guy like Bobby Cassevah. His
numbers do not jump out until you get really in depth with
them and see a guy that gets nothing but ground balls. He
needs to throw more strikes, but the fastball is back up
to an occasional 94 and his other stuff has improved. Also,
Mosebach is having a nice season, but his stats don’t
show it. But, he has to know that scouts love his season.
Stuff like that is what a scout will do with the press box
info we get.
- So what's been going on with Adenhart? After
his call up he pretty drastically fell off the log for a
while, but just recently seems to have found his form. What's
the story - just development bumps or did the call up perhaps
rattle him a bit?
- Good call. Nick did have some bumps, but the stuff never
faltered and neither did his makeup. He is a gamer on the
mound and a perfectionist. Next time Nick pitches up here
I believe he won’t go back again. And, you are right
also on the fact that lately he has teed it up.
- Gabe Jacobo, looks like he was a great pick.
He sure is raking!
- Thanks, Scott Richardson, our NorCal scout found this
guy. Has a plus bat and has shown some versatility. Thanks
for the compliment about the draft, but we try and stay
away from the Mel Kiper, Baseball America way of grading
our draft 1 day after the draft is over.
- Guys, I wanted to say thanks and I am floored that you
guys would take the time out to ask so many Angel Questions
and I am sorry I cannot answer all of them. You guys keep
me on my toes with all of your knowledge about all things
Angels, but keep up the great work. You also should thank
Chuck as he is relentless at working on me to do this type
stuff which I really enjoy. Go Angels and ASU SunDevils
both. ASU has a tough game with the NAU Lumberjacks this
Saturday, but I think we can handle them.
- Eddie, do the Angels still project Nick Green
as a starter or is the thought to eventually move him to
- Nick Green has starter stuff and in the pen he would only
project as a long man, but I see him as a starter at the
big league level and he is close.
- How do you believe the changes to the draft affected
the process? Did it give more leverage to either side or
just move up the date to sign on the calendar?
- August 15 deadline just changed the date and gave the
colleges a set date which helped them. We are seeing the
same things happen on Aug 15 that used to always happen
the Sunday before school started. Same deal but a different
- Tyler Chatwood. His strikeout numbers are great,
but what's with the walks? Is it a mechanical issue or does
he just have trouble throwing strikes? BTW, nice outing
last time out (5 innings, 0 runs and 11 K's). A testament
of excellent scouting by you and your guys Eddie. That is
a dominant type performance for such a young kid.
- Chatwood, and I will leave after this story, talked with
Gerrit Cole before the signing deadline and Cole complained
about money and everything else and later did not sign at
all with New York and cost the Yankees their 1st round pick.
Tyler Chatwood told him that he loved everything about professional
baseball and especially the competition. This is one great
kid and the walks will go down with more innings and time
on the mound.
- Eddie, THANK YOU for showing up and fielding
questions from the Angelswin.com members. We really appreciate
it and are thankful the Halos have you driving this thing
going forward. Feel free to pop in every now and then (and
even later on tonight to answer a couple questions from
the guys that got here late if time permits). Go Angels
- Thanks again guys and have a good night. Let's change
that picture Chuck. Looks like my grandpa for heaven’s
- I know organizations have area scouts, but do
you ever make it out to see potential prospects (like do
you have an area yourself) or do you just go see the big
names at places like the College World Series where they
are all at one place?
- It is now Friday and I am in the office, but I wanted
to give you an answer to a couple q's that I was not able
to get to. We got to the $ figure that both Cone and Cooper
asked for and they still turned us down. With Cone we got
to his number twice so it was tough that it did not get
done. Chris McAlpin our area scout for Cone did a great
job with Cone and his family. But, in the end when you deal
with mostly 18 year old young men they have a tendency to
change their mind at times. Not a great deal, but it happens.
As far as my personal travel, I see
a lot of players and love the actual scouting part of the
job. I will go into a scout’s area and tell them something
like they have 5 days to show me their best players. You
take that 5 days and then move on to the next area. You
just keep moving like that until you can’t handle
the road any longer and then you go home for a couple days.
Then repeat the process. But it is a great job and I love
working for the Angels and having the Director job.
Bane Connection - July (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
July 30th, 2008
(Angelswin) - Before we dig in to this month's
Bane Connection, tell us a little bit about the induction
to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Eddie.
- Hey guys. The thing in Lubbock was cool. Riding
in a parade. Signing autographs, hanging around with Hooten,
Swindell, Ben MacDonald and the others was a lot of fun.
Kind of like I explained to my daughter Veronica though.
She plays a princess at Legoland and when she comes out
dressed in the princess outfit everybody adores her. When
she walks back out in her street clothes only her boyfriend,
me and her mom notice her. That is what celebrity really
is. Take it with a big grain of salt. As soon as I left
Lubbock I had the same Southwest Airlines flight as everybody
- Sean Rodriguez has really been stepping up his
game and seems to be positioning himself as one of the top
prospects in the organization perhaps even passing Wood
at the moment. With Kendrick in front of him at 2B, and
Aybar at SS, is Sean good enough to beat out Eric at SS,
is he destined to be part of a trade or are there thoughts
of playing him somewhere other than 2B/SS.
- Chuck and guys and girls this is what makes the
Angels so good. Arte wants a world champion, but he also
wants the Angels to be good for a long time. We will be.
Kotchman (who netted us Teixeira), Kendrick, Aybar-Izturis
and Figgins are all young and good. They have Morales, Trumbo,
Sean Rodriguez, Statia, Mount, Wood, Phillips, Romine and
others right behind them and pushing hard. That is what
made the Dodgers so good in the past. The Dodgers got away
from that method for awhile and it has hurt them until recently.
That is just the infielders and does
not include guys like Sweeney who has missed the entire
season. Sean Rodriguez is really good and is having another
really good season and for that he gets all the credit.
But, one prospect is going to have a hard time sticking
out in the Angel system. How can anyone overlook what Freddy
Sandoval has done this season? Freddy will be a major league
player if he continues to put in the time he always has
and works on his craft.
- How confident are you that Adenhart has just
hit a bump in the wall and will rebound nicely this season
or next? What does he think the big problem is right now.
He's not missing many bats.
- I have talked about this in the past and still
feel the same exact way. Nick Adenhart had a TJ surgery
while still in high school. He still made it to the big
leagues at 21 years old. That is a big time accomplishment.
Nick is not in any way, shape or form a part of any problem.
Nick Adenhart is the solution as long as he stays healthy
and will one day shortly be a front of the rotation starter.
I find that stats, etc are fun to play with, but you have
to take them with a grain of salt.
I read a guy named Passan today talking
about our club and was concerned that our run differential
was not as good as he would like it to be. We have a 11.5
game lead in the West right now and the 5th guy that started
out of the break is Jered Weaver. That alone shows you how
tough that big league rotation is for other teams to handle
and they just swept the reigning World Champions last week
for their 2nd time this season.
- Can we get a run down on some of the prospects
in the Arizona League and Dominican Summer League? How does
the Dominican Summer League compare in terms of talent to
the other minor league levels in the org? Who stands out
when you think of some of the players in both of these leagues.
Who should we keep an eye on?
- Keep the name Flavio Martinez in mind. Huge, almost
- Tell us about David Herndon and his conversion
to close. Stuff, Makeup etc. - Is Trevor Bell going the
route of Stephen Marek, pitching primarily out of the bullpen
from here on out?
- Some guys take to the pen quickly with no speepd
bumps and even improve in those stints. Herndon and Marek,
both had big velocity jumps in short stints. And, their
breaking stuff was also improved. It is a lot of fun to
watch Herndon close a game now and David will come quick
if needed. Trevor is also a guy that pitched best in HS
when he pitched like his hair was on fire. But, it might
be a little early to put Trevor Bell in the pen.
- In our last Draft Edition of the Bane Connection
you rated the best tools of the 2008 draftees. After a half
of season of evaluation of those that have played, let's
rate the Angels minor leaguers best tools.
- For baseball I would say Peter Bourjos, but all
around probably PJ Phillips with all the talent in that
HITTER - Very tough question. For me personally
it would be either Conger or Morales. Switch hitters so
they dont have to face that breaking ball running away from
HITTER - Mark Trumbo has as much pure power as
anyone in baseball. Now he is using that incredible power
in games also.
JUDGMENT - First reaction would be I don't care,
but that would be a little blase as I am looking for guys
that crash the ball, but I understand the theory about plate
discipline. Let me answer it this way then, Ryan Mount needed
better plate discipline as did PJ Phillips and they have
both done a fine job this season of reading and studying
pitchers. That is what I look at in most cases.
BASERUNNER - Peter Bourjos who is also using that
speed better after a ton of work in big league camp with
Mike Scioscia, Ron Roenicke, Alfredo Griffin and others.
The he took it to the next level thanks to Bruce Hines and
our other minor league coordinators.
OUTFIELDER - Same guy (Peter Bourjos). Kotchman
compared him to Devon White at one point and Kotch had Devon
and that is really high praise.
MIDDLE INFIELDER - Some really slick guys in the
middle, but for pure defense I would want Andrew Romine
playing shortstop when I needed an out and I was pitching.
CATCHER - In the catching category we always defer
to Mike Scioscia.
STRENGTH - On defense Bourjos may not have the
most pure arm, but he will always throw out a lot of guys
because of a quick, accurate arm that Ever Mags has helped
- Lots of guys. But, flat-out day in and day out
Jordan Walden can bring it. He faced Morris with the Dodgers
the other day and Morris was up to 96. He was getting beat
by 2 MPH by Walden. I told our guys, "how many times
do you think Morris has had a pitcher on the other team
throw harder than he does." Touched 100 last year for
Kotch in the playoffs with Poreda (White Sox) throwing up
- Both Adenhart and Reckling have plus curves.
- I like Ryan Aldridge's slider personally.
- Nick Adenhart
- Sean O'Sullivan
TO MAJORS - Nick Adenhart
Q: (Angelswin) - Why aren't the last two
catchers from our minor league system better at throwing
out runners. I understand that our pitchers are great at
holding on runners, but, its gotten to be pretty bad. How
does Bobby Wilson compare to Mathis and Napoli both offensively
- On this one I would have to respectfully disagree.
Napoli and Mathis are both above average catchers in the
Mike Scioscia system and that is the best system for a catcher
to be in at the Major League level. They are lucky to have
Mike and we are lucky to have the both of them, they've
had some bad games, but it's not indicative of their ability.
Bobby Wilson is a major leaguer at some point and needs
to simply keep working and trying to improve while working
as hard as he is now to stay in the best shape possible.
- How are the signings going? Has a player signed
that we don't know about yet? Who have we lost (as in no
way they will sign with us)? I'd love to get our top draft
picks signed such as Zach Cone, Khiry Cooper, Joey Belviso,
Taylor Jungmann, Rolando Gomez, Jamie Mallard, and Donnie
Roach. Can you give us an update on these kids and where
we're at going forward with the class of 2008?
A: (Eddie Bane) - We just signed Rolando
Gomez and I think you guys will like him a lot. Great father
and a quietly intense kid. If you have to dream on a player,
(I encourage our scouts to always come up with a big league
comparable player) then Rollie's comp is Rafael Furcal.
Shorter guys with outstanding strength and plus throwing
arm. Rollie does not have Rafael's arm, but not many people
On a bit of a different note; every
once in awhile you run into some parents that really want
to make this about them instead of their children. Most
always the parents are outstanding and really help our draftee
along the way. Frank Gomez was great to deal with. The Chatwood
family was off the charts. When I watch Rancho I am always
excited about seeing the Mount family, the Conger family,
the O'Sullivan's, the Trumbo's and all the other great parents
like Trevor Bell's.
But, once in awhile you run into somebody
you just cant get on the same page with. Last week I emailed
Donnie Roach's family to let them know that I did not think
it was going to work out and that the best thing to do was
go our different ways and I wished him good luck at the
University of Arizona. So I sent the letter and lo and behold
Mr. Roach printed my letter word for word on a blog site
that the young men and their family use that attend or attended
Bishop Gorman HS.
I know that the mail is a public deal
(especially the email internet version) and told them that
they had every right to post my email to them, but that
nevertheless I was disappointed that they would put my personal
email to them on their blog site. Next thing I know my 2nd
email to them was on the blog site also. Needless to say
I have stopped any more emails to the Roach family and have
definitely moved on from that particular player and learned
my lesson. The tough part is that we liked Donnie Roach
and wanted to make a run at him later in the summer, but
that is over with and I would take this time to apologize
to the Roach family if myself or my scouts did anything
that really bothered them..
- Where does Freddy Sandoval fit? He's having a
great season yet it seems he will have no spot. How is his
- Freddy Sandoval has established himself this year
as a solid major league prospect who is one jump away from
the big leagues. Freddy has had a great season, again, and
has really increased his value by learning some other spots.
Great position to be in for any young prospect. As I said
above, learning other positions and how to hit at certain
parts of the order have definitely increased his value across
- The Angels have a ton of incredible pitching
talent in the lower minor leagues. What can he tell us about
Manuarys Correa and Alexander Torres? Who do you compare
- Yes, the pitchers have really come through for
us this season in the minor leagues and you have to be especially
happy at the way some of the Latin pitchers have risen to
a big challenge. Torres is going to be really good and a
couple of those arms in 2A are nightmares for the opponents.
- Who will be the first player to have an impact
on offense in the majors that we aren't expecting? Or who's
the biggest sleeper on the offensive side?
- Not a sleeper because he has been doing great for
a long time, but Sean Rodriguez to go along with "Steady"
Freddy Sandoval. They are big leaguers without a question.
- Sean O'Sullivan and PJ Phillips have really turned
things around of late, anything that they've changed to
their approach or mechanics that have resulted in better
performances of late?
- PJ has really started to hit and get more comfortable
in his overall game. Great to see from a wonderful young
man. I am not sure what people were looking for from Sean
O. He is leading the Cal League in wins and is on pace to
be a 16-17 game winner this year in 5 months. Dominant at
times. He has the best command for me of any pitchers we
have in the minors and touches 94 mph every time he is on
the mound. Knows what he is doing on the mound and after
leading the Midwest League in ERA at 19 years old and then
leading the Cal League in wins at 20 years old, we certainly
could not be happier with O'Sullivan.
- Has there been a lack of strong offensive talent
in recent June drafts? It seems that a far larger % of the
first 7-8 picks by the Angels are pitchers, in spite of
the strength in that area in the org.
- Same old story guys. As Bill Parcells says all
the time, "we just take the best player available regardless
- Lastly, the Angelswin.com readers would love
to see a Mock 2010 lineup and pitching setup according to
Eddie Bane. So just for kicks, have at it Eddie ...
- I would love to have at that lineup myself, but
at this time I will hold off on giving you my projections,
as that is a secret that I owe only to Tony and Arte Moreno,
so I am going to bail on that question and wait for a good
pitch to hit as they say.
- We just nearly had a sick lineup from Eddie Bane,
maybe next time (heh). Thank you for your time once again
Eddie, the Angels fans, Angelswin.com members and myself
all appreciate it.
- Just as a side note myself and the scouting department
wanted to thank both Casey and Stephen for their great contributions
to the Angel organization. Thanks, Casey and Stephen.
Thanks Angelswin.com members for writing
into Chuck. Make sure that Chuck shares some of his pictures
from his vacation in Yellowstone. Until next time, EB.
Bane Connection - June (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
June 13th, 2008
Eddie, first off, I heard you on the Angels
AM 830 radio show this morning. Good stuff, though not
the "meat and potatoes" that we usually discuss
here, what a treat for those who aren't able to be online
much or at all, now they can hear about the draft and kids
down on the farm while on the road.
our first pick in the 2008 amateur draft -Tyler Chatwood,
are you happy with the pick and were you surprised he was
still on the board in the 2nd round?
- Chuck, thanks for the shout out on the radio gig on 830.
The Angels have a great deal and we can get a lot of traffic
concerning Angels Baseball on 830. Plus the morning show
is really good. People should give it a listen.
Chatwood was rated very high on our board. I saw one game
where he did not throw a pitch under 94 and reached 97.
In addition Chatwood has a plus curve. We have some work
to do on getting his command where it needs to be, but we
are very happy with Tyler. Some teams may have shied away
because of size, but that does not bother me that much.
(Angelswin) - Do you foresee having any signability
issues with any certain draftee?
- Of course. Every player thinks they should have been drafted
higher and every player wants more money. That is just the
nature of the beast.
(Angelswin) - Did we "take a chance"
on a player who is coming off of an injury?
- Ryan Chaffee, our 2nd selection came out his start at
the JC World Series after tripping over a bat in the 2nd
inning, but that is not serious. No players that are coming
off of big injuries, but everybody in todays' game is hurt
somewhat and it is a matter of the training and medical
staff helping them get better.
(Angelswin) - Steal of the draft in Eddie Bane's
- The Angels got a shortstop a little later in the draft
by the name of Rolando Gomez from south Florida. He would
have been a higher pick if he was more signable. I want
to work on him all summer and see what we have.
Jacobo in the 10th round has a big time bat. College bats
are usually not available in the 10th round with as much
thunder as Jacobo has. But, it is hard rating the steal
of the draft, because we have not signed all of them and
in addition we had no idea that a guy like Romine was as
good as he was last year when we got him in the 5th round.
(Angelswin) - What is the first thing Eddie always
looks for when drafting a player: Potential/Upside? Specific
position? Best value? Club need? Character?
- Almost never club need. The player that is in the big
leagues now is not the player that our draft needs to beat
out. He needs to worry about players already in the system.
So, it is not the future. First thing you have to see are
the 5 tools. Hit, Arm, Run, Power and Field or HARPF. Without
at least some of those you can have the best character in
the world and not make it. My youngest daughter, Veronica
is at Chapman and has a 3.5 GPA. She has great character.
BUT, her HARPF is lousy so she is not going to be an Angels
(Angelswin) - How soon after the draft do those
drafted hit the diamond for workouts? Does it depend on
whether or not a HS player is undecided about going to college?
Is he eligible to participate in organizational workouts
and still go to college if he chooses not to sign?
- We are finishing our mini-camp in Arizona right now. The
team then leaves for Orem or the ones that are staying in
AZ start their league this week. A player must sign before
he can work with the Angel staff.
(Angelswin) - OK, this years' crop of kids best
tools. (2008 Draftees)
ATHLETE - Khiry Cooper is a 3 star wideout recruit
for Nebraska, but his future is definitely in baseball
PURE HITTER - Gabe Jacobo for College and Jamie
Mallard for high school
POWER HITTER - Same 2 previous guys mentioned (above)
STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT - I hope none of them. That
is a learned trait. I want guys that swing the bat at good
pitches. We work on the other stuff after they get here.
BASERUNNER - Zach Cone
DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Nicholas Farnsworth is a really
good defender at 1b, although we drafted him for his bat
more than his glove.
ARM STRENGTH - Not sure yet as a couple of the
position players have nice arms.
FASTBALL - Tyler Chatwood for HS and Michael Kohn
from Georgia for College.
SECONDARY PITCH - Ryan Chaffee has nice other stuff.
So does Will Smith
COMMAND - Will Smith will at some point have plus
TO MAJORS - Chaffee or Jacobo, but that plays very
little in where we draft players. We need these guys in
4-5 years to make a splash in the big leagues and we don't
draft for guys that can just help us a bit and then be gone.
Take Steven Marek for example. Some fans may have forgotten
him. Last night in 2A he struck out 4 guys in one inning
in a one run game. Fastball was at 94 with a plus major
league curve. That is what we want these guys to do.
Aldridge, Marek and Arredondo are all examples of wanting
guys for the long term when they are major league ready
and not for half a season.
(Angelswin) - Do you see a lot of similarities
between Zach Cone and Matt Kemp? What about Rolando Gomez
and Maicer Izturis?
- Very good body comparisons, but since we have not signed
either player I will hold judgment on the rest of the question.
(Angelswin) - Will the Angels ever draft a player
who hits the ground running like Evan Longoria or Ryan Braun?
How has this happened so infrequently (maybe Glaus, Salmon
and Edmonds the only instances) during the 47 year history
of this franchise, especially when so many of the teams
were awful and drafting high every year?
- No, emphatically NO.
as long as Arte is the best owner in the game we are going
to select late. We win and that means you select late. Tampa
Bay has done a great job and I mean that, but for heavens
sake they have had the 1st or 2nd pick every year for the
last 10 years. They should have already had a good team
by now. We have to find the Braun's and Longoria's when
they are in high school and sign them. I ask our scouts
to take a chance on the HS player that is going to become
Longoria. You miss sometimes and sometimes you hit big.
draft the Braun's and others when you go out and see Peter
Bourjos. Most of the college young men that were selected
in the first round are not as good a prospect as Peter Bourjos
and Pete would have been in this draft if he had attended
college. The same thing will be true next year with Hank
Conger. Conger will be better than most of the college players
drafted in the first round next year.
(Angelswin) - With the international signing period
about to begin in July, do the Angels look at a guy like
Michel Inoa who might command a signing bonus of 2-3.5 million
dollars? How active will the Angels be with some of the
top rated international players that might command a high
signing bonus? Do the initial conversations and signings
with the just drafted players determine how much you might
be willing to spend internationally?
- No, we have a distinct budget for each department. We
look at every player internationally. Nobody is off our
(Angelswin) - Back to this years' crop of kids,
one Angelswin.com member says: Joey Belviso, Donnie Roach,
DeMetrius Washington, and Christian Scholl. These guys are
legit, what are the chances we sign them?
- Once again Chuck I am thrilled that people take the time
to know who these guys are. That says a lot about our Angel
fans. Scholl has already signed. We will get one or 2 of
the others inked also. Time frame is who knows, but has
to be done by August 15, 2008.
(Angelswin) - Thoughts on why Wood is struggling
so much up here compared to down in the minors?
- Brandon Wood is a no doubt Major League player in my mind.
The Angels have more homegrown players than any other organization.
But, with the Angels we are here to win the World Series.
Some teams could take the struggles of a young player and
ride it out because the team was not ready to win. That
is not the case here. Or, a team may have no other options.
Once again that is not the case here. If you want competition
this is the place to be and Brandon Wood loves competition
so he will be just fine.
(Angelswin) - Speaking of struggling, do you still
feel that bringing Adenhart up was the right decision? Along
with that, are you still not concerned with Adenhart's BB/K
- We have a lot more to worry about than Nick's command.
Every team in the game would answer the phone if we wanted
to talk about Nick. We don't want to talk about that. Nick
has certainly walked more people than he should. He knows
that. His delivery is clean he has a great mind for the
game. Look at the great deal that Tony Reagins did last
winter by not listening to people that wanted to trade Ervin
Santana. Where would we be without him. Same way with Nick
Adenhart. He is an Angel and will be good for the Angels
answer the question though I am not concerned about Nick
Adenhart in the least. If he stays healthy he will be a
1-2 starter in the big leagues down the road.
(Angelswin) - Do you still find time at any point
in the year to play baseball at a competitive level in a
rec. league/ league for adults/former players, etc...? If
not, do you hit the practice field and participate in inter-squads
with some of the guys ever? Do you still throw the ball
- I am not that busy Chuck, but I can create things to do
in my mind and get lazy, but I should definitely get out
and exercise more often. The internet and Google have some
bad pictures of me and I am better than that. LOL. My arm
hurts so bad when I throw that it takes a minute or 2 to
get the ball all the way in the air to the catcher.
(Angelswin) - Do you get to see your family much
during the season? Do you have any kids who play ball?
- The good thing about scouting and family is that when
you are home you really are home and don't have to go 9
to 5. The bad thing is you are gone a lot.
have 4 kids and they all have made me very proud. Jaymie,
is the oldest and he played in the Angels organization and
is now a Major League scout for the Red Sox. Corey is my
youngest son and he owns his own home theater business,
called Bulldog Audio and he has been getting a ton of business
but could always use more. Kacey is my oldest daughter and
is almost done with her masters and doctorate in history.
Veronica is my youngest daughter and is a sophomore at Chapman
with a high GPA and is also one of the Princess characters
where she works at Legoland. A great group of kids that
I obviously am really proud of.
As always, thank you Eddie. Fans have been flocking to Angelswin.com
in droves to look for this feature every month. Angels fans
truly appreciate your time. Our contributors and myself
at Angelswin.com truly appreciate your time and support.
Bane - Thanks readers. This is fun to do and thanks for
letting me brag on my kids. Both my natural kids and the
kids we have drafted for the Angels. Hope you guys like
the draft and let me know when and if you disagree with
what we are doing.
Bane Connection - May (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
May 26th, 2008
Hope you're having a great memorial day weekend, Eddie.
With the draft coming up, how are you and your staff preparing
for the '08 Amateur Baseball Draft. If you can give our
readers a behind the scenes look at what the Angels '08
strategy is and possibly what players are high on your list
on draft day.
Hey Chuck and the readers. Great to hear from you guys again.
First of all Chuck you know I cannot give you any information
on who we are considering for the draft. This is not the
NFL and I am continually amazed at how much information
NFL and NBA people share with the outside world. If we have
someone we like where we select the Angels will do everything
in our power to throw all 29 other teams in a different
direction. Dog eat dog world in the MLB draft and that is
what makes it so much fun. Friends sending friends with
other teams all other the globe in the wrong direction in
order to get an advantage. We started our meetings today(Monday)
and will meet every day until draft day just fine tuning
our board until our scouts personal Christmas time(draft
day). The MLB draft does not get the play of the NFL draft,
but it is certainly just as important to the lifeblood of
the Angels organization.
Q: (Angelswin) - Without a 1st round pick
this year (losing ours for signing Torii Hunter) will the
Angels gamble their 2nd round pick for a player with signability
issues like Matt Harvey?
No, we will just line them up and fight about the players
(amongst all the crosscheckers and myself) and then select
off the board the way it comes down the pike. We took an
educated gamble last season with Mr Harvey and just missed
on signing him. We do get a pick at the end of the 3rd round
as compensation for not signing Matt. Obviously we would
rather have Matt, but his agent and family wanted more money
and we felt that our offer was very respectable.
I will take a Torii Hunter every single year and let us
try and find value like Adenhart, Tobin, Walden, Reckling,
Bourjos and others down in the draft.
Q: (Angelswin) - Who in your opinion is
hands down the best College and High School top pick in
Do not want to dodge the question, but RJ Harrison (Tampa's
Scouting Director and owner of the 1st pick) would not be
happy with me if I made my thoughts public on who I felt
was the best player. I will give you guys an example. In
2004 one of the Padres people (San Diego owned the first
pick) was quoted in the media during the amateur season
that Jered Weaver was the best player in the country by
far and that he was ready for the major leagues now. San
Diego (fortunately for the Angels) bypassed Weaver and selected
Matt Bush. Even though we love the fact we were able to
draft Jered we did have to face those quotes in the negotiating
- Fair enough
Q: (Angelswin) - How is Young-Il progressing
in extended spring/AZ?
Young Il has been facing some arm issues and we are currently
trying to get those ironed out. Things happen with pitchers.
In the game nowadays, with the strength of the players and
the many medical advancements available it is a good idea
to do everything possible to keep healthy players.
Q: (Angelswin) - Peter Bourjos & Mark
Trumbo are both looking real good in High-A Ball. I know
you've been really high on both of these kids who you have
had a part in drafting. Your thoughts on their development?
Peter Bourjos has 28 stolen bases as of May 25. That is
great news for the organization. Peter is one of the fastest
players in the game though he may not look like that. BUT,
it helped him tremendously being in big league camp this
spring and having Scioscia, Roeniecke, Griffin and others
encourage him and tell him it is ok to get thrown out once
in awhile. Peter is a plus defender with an average to plus
arm and tremendous speed. Now he is hitting, but the thing
that will make him an over the top player is that some of
our Major League scouts like Brad Sloan believe Peter will
also hit more than 15 homeruns per year when he matures.
is the last tool that comes in a prospects progress. Mark
Trumbo has as much raw power as anyone in the game. He is
now starting to turn that into game power. Mark gets frustrated
at times because he cares so much, but he is beginning to
realize that big time power guys dont hit HR's everyday.
The only problem with Mark Trumbo is that he cheers for
USC in football and I have to set him straight about the
up and coming ASU Sun Devils. For some unknown reason he
still likes USC. Oh well.
Q: (Angelswin) - Will we see PJ Phillips
in the OF, with his speed, perhaps in centerfield soon?
His defense is awfully erratic at SS.
Lots of people are asking that question. The answer is tough
because PJ is going to play in the major leagues at some
position. The infield surfaces in the Cal League can get
hard at times and even a great handed defender like Andrew
Romine would struggle in the Cal League. Remember some people
were clamoring for a team a few years ago to get rid of
a young man named Brandon Phillips. He just signed a huge
contract with his new team and you know his old team realizes
they gave up too quick. Too many of our great minor league
people, like Bruce Hines, believe in PJ and that is good
enough for me.
how about the James Phillips family of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mother and Father own and run a batting cage center in Atlanta.
You can get kicked out of the center if your report card
is not good enough. Big brother, Brandon is a major leaguer.
PJ will be a major leaguer and sister Porsche was an McDonalds
All-American HS basketball player.
Q: (Angelswin) - What is the main difference
you see in players once they get some time in the show and
then they are sent back?
That is the tell tale part of a player. Once you get that
taste of the big leagues the next thing you want is to get
right back to that level where as Crash Davis said, "all
the balls are pearls, you eat steak and lobster and never
carry your own bags." Players usually work extra hard
after the initial shock of being sent down to the minor
Q: (Angelswin) - Is the fitness/diet of
each player up to that individual or is this closely monitored
at each level?
Folks, you would not believe how closely players are monitored
in professional baseball. A quality diet may be the thing
that keeps a player in shape and helps him get to the big
leagues over another player with the same ability. Just
for old times sake though I hope the players sneak off to
Del Taco once in awhile to honor us old players. In baseball
lore, junk food and the minor leagues kind of go together.
Q: (Angelswin) - According to Baseball Prospectus,
" Sean Rodriguez has a little bit of the Jose Valentin
skill set: a guy who will hit about .240 but can be a hidden
asset at the major league level between his walks, isolated
power, and his underrated defense. He hasn't been fantastic
in his major league debut this season, but it’s interesting
that the Angels seem to be giving him first dibs over Brandon
Wood. Players who hit for low averages are probably at more
risk of their major league teams running out of patience
with them, so the key thing for the Angels to keep in mind
is that this is a player whom PECOTA thinks has a fair amount
of development left in his bat, even if he’s likely
to underwhelm at the major league level now. "
are your thoughts in regards to BP's take on Rodriguez?
- Chuck I thought PECOTA was the one that was against people
wearing fur coats. No, you are correct that is PETA. Seriously
they do make sense, but the sample size is so small that
I am surprised they would have an opinion this early on
Sean. I don't think you need a stat book though to tell
you that Sean Rodriquez is a good baseball player. Tough
and knows the game. That is why he is playing and certainly
why he is playing 2b over Brandon Wood is because Woodie
never plays 2nd. Sean will pop some homeruns, steal an occasional
base and hang tough on the dp. For me Sean is another example
of the depth that we have in the organization. That will
be one of the key things if we are able to stay on top in
the AL West.
Q: (Angelswin) - How has Morales performed
defensively in RF? With Kotchman performing well at the
big league level, it seems we need to find a different position
for Morales to crack the big league club going forward.
- Kendry continues to hit while moving around at levels
and positions. Some players have that knack. Hard to bother
Morales when he has a bat in his hand. He is a good enough
athlete to do a good job in the OF, but he is just getting
Q: (Angelswin) - Just how good is the starting
rotation at Cedar Rapids?
- Not many teams are going to be able to roll out 5 starters
like we have in Cedar and that is what is the fun part about
drafting a lot of HS and JC players. Pref order would be
tough, but you would start with Jordan Walden who has the
stuff and makeup to be a front of the rotation guy. Fish
and Reckling are both hs sign lefties with plus fastballs
and plus curves. Reckling is a very confident young lefty
from the east coast who believes in himself and his stuff.
Tobin is a jc sign that we got at a bargin price. Tobin's
fastball gets to 95 a lot with brick-like life. Anton is
a 1st year lefty that John Gracio found in Arizona working
out at a baseball academy. John Gracio stayed with Anton
even though he was not pitching competitively and we were
able to get a lefty prospect that not a lot of teams knew
me that is the real reason that the Angels future is so
bright. Our scouts go the extra mile to find these guys
and that makes me really proud of them.
Q: (Angelswin) - How do Bobby Wilson and
Ben Johnson look behind the plate? (Defensively)
It better be good because in this organization if you do
not catch the Scioscia-way then you will get run over by
the train coming from behind in the form of DeLos Santos
and Hank Conger who is getting close to being healthy.
Q: (Angelswin) - At Rancho, Norman has
been moving throughout several spots in the lineup and posting
some very solid numbers. How do you see him developing offensively
Norman is an older player that got a late start on his career.
But, he continues to hit and what can you say? If you hit
in this game and have the love and passion that Norman has
then you always have a chance.
Q: (Angelswin) - Lastly, who has really
stood out this minor league season in your opinion? Who
else should we be watching?
- One of the hard things has been all the injuries that
Abe Flores has had to put up with. But, I always tell the
hurt guys to get out of the way because in the Angels organization
if you are not playing then somebody is trying to take your
job. Tough fact of life. The things that have stood out
would be stuff like Adenhart battling all the way through
the Tommy John he had in hs and making it to the major leagues
at 21. He will be back shortly, as long as he is healthy,
and be a star at the Major League level. All the pitchers
at Cedar Rapids showing their stuff night after night has
been a nice surprise.
seeing how good Peter Bourjos really is. Especially, Tony
having Peter in big league camp so the Major League coaches
can watch him play. Trumbo's power starting to come around
and Ryan Aldridge getting healthy enough to start showing
how special he could be.
(Angelswin) - Eddie as always, the fans,
the entire staff and community at Angelswin.com and myself
appreciate your time.
You guys are great fans and I really really appreciate the
interest you guys show. Now if you would help me with this
first pick instead of laying back in the weeds it sure would
Bane Connection - April (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
April 28th, 2008
(Angelswin) - Hope you've been well the last month since
we last chatted, Eddie. What's new as Director of Scouting
of the Los Angeles Angels?
- Hey guys. Travel, hotels, watching games, renting cars
and seeing a lot of airports. Not much else except that
wonderful road food that keeps us scouts in such tremendous
Q: (Angelswin) - The Salt Lake Bees are 21-1 as of
right now, going into Sunday's game. What an amazing feat
they've accomplished. What an amazing roster. Your thoughts?
- I think you also need to realize that this team in Salt
Lake is made up of a lot of home grown players that are
prospects. A lot of them will be needed over the course
of the season to help at the Major League level, but it
is quite a testament to these players and Bobby Mitchell
that they are keeping their focus and playing the game hard
and with great concentration. A lot of times in todays game
3A is an older group that is playing out the string. Not
the case at all with the Salt Lake team. Nick Green, Nick
Adenhart, Thompson, Arredondo, Morales, Willits, Coon, Brandon
Wood, Freddy Sandoval and several others are all homegrown
and they are all legit major leaguers that will all play
at that level if they can stay healthy.
Q: (Angelswin) - I noticed that Nick Adenhart's SO/BB
ratio is 19-15. That is not very good in my opinion, despite
his low ERA. Is he working on something in Salt Lake? Or
is he instructed to "Pitch to Contact" rather
than go for the whiffs?
- I certainly do not see it that way at all. Nick is a guy
that has an ERA under 1.00 in the PCL which is tradionally
a hitters league. He is pitching against a lot of older
guys and he is 21 years old. Nick Adenhart is probably the
best pitching prospect in the game right now and we are
lucky to have him and lucky to have him healthy. He continues
to work hard and just today I noticed he blew away Fresno
for 8 innings. I really do not care what the SO/BB ratio
is when a pitcher has as low an ERA as Adenhart does. Sometimes
with stats we can make baseball a lot harder than it is.
As the old scout saying goes, "the hitters will tell
you how good a guy is throwing"....... and the hitters
have let us know that Nick is throwing the ball extremely
Q: (Angelswin) - Speaking of "Pitch to Contact".
Can you explain to our readers what this means and if it's
beneficial to a starting pitcher? Additionally is it only
taught to those who do not have a knock out pitch to generate
- "Pitching to contact" is one of my least favorite
sayings in todays vernacular and my scouts know that. Koufax
and Ryan never pitched to contact. Blyleven did not. I guess
the term means to get the ball over the plate early in the
count, but if that is what you want to say then just say
that. My scouts know not to say, "pitches to contact"........
" the guy has electric stuff" or that a "pitcher
is bumping 95" on the radar gun. I only went to Arizona
State so I don't know what that stuff means.
the question you cannot teach a pitcher to "pitch to
contact". You can get the ball over the plate more
often, but that only helps the guys with marginal command.
Q: (Angelswin) - Matt Brown, a later bloomer, future
starter? or is he just on a hot streak, still projecting
as a reserve infielder or utility player in the big leagues?
What do the Angels and your scouts think of him? Do they
view him as a future starter or?
- Matt Brown has always been a good player. He is hard on
himself sometimes and that is tough in a 162 game season.
We certainly see him as a major league player. No doubt
about that, but he has to find a spot with the Angels and
carve that spot out. That is not easy.
Q: (Angelswin) - Injury update: When can we see the
likes of H. Conger, M. Sweeney, C, Pettit, J. Haynes, M.
Gonzalez, R. Mount and Young-Il to name a few, back in action
with one of the affiliates?
- Our group at Rancho (Conger, Sweeney, Mount and some others)
are working their way back slowly and when the medical people
give them the ok then they can play. Same with all of our
injured players. We know it is frustrating to all involved
not to see these guys, but it is much more frustrating to
the individuals themselves as all of these kids have great
makeup and it is really killing them not to be playing now.
On another front Ryan Aldridge came back the other day and
was throwing bullets in an Arizona game.
Q: (Angelswin) - Speaking of which. Who has looked
good in extended spring training? Any buzz from the coaches
and scouts for any of the prospects in Arizona?
- Ty Boykin and his coaches do a great job with those guys
and they work incredibly hard. As I said one of the names
I was encouraged by was Ryan Aldridge and seeing his velocity
in the mid 90's again.
Q: (Angelswin) - At what point in the season do you
start making personnel decisions on what type of season
you think the team/player will have? 1 month, 2 months?,
Longer? Is there a timetable where you feel it is more than
just a hot streak/slump and more of a trend/indicator of
the year's performance?
- I think you can relate that more to the injured players
than anyone else. The position players need to get 300 or
more at bats in order to get evaluated for the move up a
level next season. That is why it is important that Sweeney,
Conger, Mount and others get back ASAP. Everybody evaluates
the players a lot when the season first starts, but it is
important to get the entire body of work for the season.
It is only natural though and expected to scout the players
hard when you personally see them. That is because a good
scout trusts his eyes and knows what he is looking at and
does not need someone else telling him what he saw.
Q: (Angelswin) - There seems to be a drastic discrepancy
in terms of leagues so that every other year if a player
progresses normally they will go from a pitcher league to
a hitters league then to a pitchers and back to a hitters.
Was this formulated by the org on purpose or is it just
- I would agree that the jump to the Cal League from the
Midwest League is a tough one for pitchers. The toughest
jump though by far is from 3A to the Major Leagues. Those
are the best players in the world and if you can compete
with those guys you can compete anywhere.
Q: (Angelswin) - Have Michael Collins, Mark Trumbo
and Robert Mosebach turned a corner? So far so good in 2008,
- All three are really good looking young players that we
think will help the Angels at some point. Trumbo got an
opportunity to show his massive power when he was in big
league spring training. Others got to witness the power
and it helped Mark to know that it would not take super
human effort for him to play with those guys. Power is the
last tool to come at the major league level and Trumbo is
comfortable with that now.
has always been a superior prospect, but for some reason
the media and others tend to overlook him. We, in the organization
certainly do not.
Q: (Angelswin) - Could you tell us more about Kevin
Jepsen? What does he throw, where is he developmentally,
etc. I remember when he was with Cedar Rapids a few years
back, he was throwing in the mid 90's and had a nice breaking
ball. Has he regained the velocity he once had before his
- Jepsen is a young pitcher that threw really really hard
when we first signed him and then he got hurt and was on
the backburner for a few years. With hard work and total
dedication he has put himself firmly back in the picture
as a legit prospect. Yes, the velocity is mostly all back.
Q: (Angelswin) - Could you compare the stuff of Jose
Arredondo, Stephen Marek, Kevin Jepsen and Ryan Braiser?
Which one has the best shot of becoming an ML closer?
(Eddie Bane) -
Tough to answer who has closer stuff. Closer stuff and closer
mentality are 2 completely different things. Takes a lot
of stones to throw the 9th inning no matter what Bill James
says and I like James' work. All those guys have plenty
of fastball to do that job, but it takes a lot more than
a fastball to pitch the 9th. Right now though we have one
of the best closers in the game in Frankie so I am happy
with that for now.
Q: (Angelswin) - Could you compare Erick Aybar and
Brandon Wood defensively at SS? Do you think Sean Rodriguez
profiles best at 2B or at another position?
(Eddie Bane) -
Aybar has a spectacular glove with plus range. Erick is
working really hard with Alfredo Griffin to make the steady
plays. He will be a plus defensive shortstop in the big
leagues for a long time. Brandon Wood is steady and makes
all the plays with an above average arm and glove. Brandon
needs to pay attention to advance scouting, spray charts
and all the other stuff to get an edge on players at the
big league level. Fortunately he has such great makeup that
he will do whatever it takes to get an edge. Can you imagine
a SS that has 30 homerun potential? Wood has that potential.
Sean will play a lot of 2B only because of all the SS prospects
that we have. He can still play short though. In addition
to Wood and Aybar, we have both Statia and Romine on express
trains. As I said before a friend that scouts with Tampa
told me that he would take "any of your shortstops,
We dont care which one, just give us one of them including
have to be careful though as the Blue Jays had Michael Young,
Cesar Izturis, Felipe Lopez and Chris Woodward a few years
ago. They gave away all the good ones and kept Chris Woodward.
Q: (Angelswin) - Ken Rosenthal reported that some
scouts believe Howie Kendrick should play LF next season
because he does not turn the double play very well. Are
the Angels scouts saying the same thing?, or is this just
a Sports reporter pulling stuff out of the air?
- I really respect Ken Rosenthal and his writing, but he
and those scouts are "Way OFF Base" on this one.
Howie Kendrick has made himself through hard work and great
coaching into a really good defender. That includes the
double play. People want to get on Howie about the DP because
he is so tough that he hangs around and is not afraid of
getting dirty from a hard slide. He takes the runner and
still makes a good accurate throw.
have said before, Howie Kendrick will win a batting title.
If he can stay away from the injuries (which he has always
done before the last season or two) Kendrick will be an
all-star at 2ndbase. He and Pedroia from the Red Sox should
fight it out for the All-Star spot every year for a long
Chuck Richter - Eddie as always, the fans, the entire staff
and community at Angelswin.com and myself, appreciate your
Bane - I have stated a lot that I really enjoy hearing from
the fans at Angelswin.com and I learn a lot by getting their
ideas and questions. Keep them coming as it makes me think
when guys write about stuff. PS. If you have kids tell them
not to "pitch to contact" and try to strike every
kid on the other team out so that scouts will notice them.
That should keep the young scouts and their toes for awhile.
Bane Connection - March (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
March 29th, 2008
Bane was kind enough to get with us via satellite from Gulfport,
Mississippi to complete the March edition of "The Bane
month's edition, the majority of the questions were derived
from Angelswin.com members. So, let's dig right into the
interview with Scouting Director of the Los Angeles Angels,
(Angelswin) - First of all, Congratulations on being
inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. So what
was that like, the ceremony and feeling after receiving
the award? Some of our viewers may not have followed your
college career, so what one game performance from a personal
standpoint do you look back on in College and say, that
was my best performance?
- Thanks everyone for the HOF thoughts. Very nice. The induction
ceremony is in Lubbock, Texas in July. Any time you go in
anything with Jackie Robinson you have to feel very honored.
I do not look back on one single performance at ASU, but
the times I had with my buddies and team are what I will
always think about.
(Angelswin) - Ok, back to Angels talk. One of our AW.com
members had this question for you: How does the organization
determine when to promote a prospect from one level to the
next? Are there specific skills that the Angels want a prospect
to develop at each level before earning a promotion to the
next level? If so what are they? (for example, are there
certain leagues where the coaches will teach or stress a
changeup more or bunting more than others or are there more
targets in terms of overall production?)
- Great question. I think the thing that we see is the complete
stress and emphasis on the fundamentals of the game and
especially baserunning from the moment they sign. The Angels
definitely have established an "Angel Way" to
play baseball and that is a nice satisfaction to all of
as promotion goes we like to think that a player will let
you know when it is time to move him to a higher level.
One thing we are facing now is the fierce competition we
have at all levels. You simply would have a hard time walking
into the Angels organization now and just moving up the
ladder without earning the next spot. Just look at the competition
Phillips, Statia, Rodriguez, Aybar, Izturis and Wood are
all certainly on the radar screen as possible major league
shortstops. I had a scout from another club tell me the
other day, "We don't care who it is, just give us any
of your shortstops!" Pretty nice compliment. I think
the pitching coaches at the earliest levels make all of
our young pitchers throw their change.
(Angelswin) - Since different minor leagues are known
as either hitter leagues or pitcher leagues, and some are
known for having substandard fields, how much does the organization
discount the stats for each of its affiliates leagues? How
does (Eddie Bane) view each of the leagues for our affiliates
in terms of hitters league, pitchers league, fielding, etc?
- Minor league fields (the surfaces) are getting so much
better that it is getting easier to evaluate that part of
the players ability. But, we know going in, that the Cal
League's offensive numbers are going to be high for many
reasons. Tough league to pitch. In Cedar Rapids you look
for the young guys and how they adjust to playing every
single day. That is a tough grind. Everyone likes stats
to support their side of the coin, but as scouts we have
to look deeper than that.
(Angelswin) - How much does the organization factor
age into evaluating a prospect?
- The Angels draft a lot of high school players. That gives
the young players a chance to learn the "Angel Way"
of baseball at a young age. Age plays a huge factor in evaluation
in our organization. I tell our amateur scouts when they
are looking at players now that Bourjos, O'Sullivan, Mount,
Bell and Phillips would all be in the '08 draft if they
had went to college. So if one of my guys is telling me
how good a centerfielder at a college is then I want to
hear how he compares to Peter Bourjos. That usually tempers
his enthusiasm because there is not a centerfielder in college
right now that compares favorably to Peter.
(Angelswin) - How does an organization come to the conclusion
as to when a prospect goes from "sure thing" to
"bust". In addition to that, at what point does
the GM & scouts get the feeling it isn't going to work
out for a prospect because either the player is blocked
or needs more time in the minors, something the Major League
club cannot wait on. ?
- I don't ever look at it that way. Last season Darren O'Day
was considered a pitcher in our organization that was a
very good thing to have. Now he is on the verge of making
our ball club. I like to make sure the guys get a chance
to play in front of Mike, Tony and Butcher and let them
determine their value instead of having someone else do
(Angelswin) - How active are the Angels in Latin America?
When reading reports about prospects I rarely see the Angels
listed as having scouted or in on the signing the players.
- Clay Daniel is our international scouting director and
he works with me on signing Latin American players. I would
say that you only need look at Aybar, Morales, Santana and
Frankie Rodriquez to see his impact. We also traded away
Alexi Casilla and a couple others to help our major league
club. We also have Anel Delosantos and some good looking
outfield prospects to go with the 4 guys at the major league
level. Clay is also active in Asia and Australia and signed
Rich Thompson who will help our ML club at some point this
(Angelswin) - How much do you value statistics in regards
to college players?
- Our area scouts pay attention to the stats quite a bit,
but we have to look a lot deeper than that. I did, one time,
draft a player because he was the best hitter on his team
even though he had a bad body, at the time, and was a short
catcher. That player was Paul LoDuca and that worked out
(Angelswin) - Does the organization establish specific
goals for each player at the start of the season? If so,
how is the process handled (i.e. is there someone who handles
it throughout the organization or is it handled by the staff
at each level).
- You would not believe how thorough that part of the player
profile is. Each player has a file and each player knows
exactly what is expected of him. The days of the "Bull
Durham" type minor league stuff are pretty much over.
(Angelswin) - We (the fans) always hear about a team
"show-casing a player" in anticipation of a trade.
How much show-casing really happens?
- Showcasing a player for the Angels would almost never
happen. Our goal at the major league level is to win the
World Series every single season so Mike and his staff are
doing everything they can at the Major League level to win
every game. That would prevent "showcasing" a
player in my mind. Besides scouts at the major level work
hard during batting practice or early work to attempt to
see what they need to on every player.
(Angelswin) - Will Kendry Morales play any OF or 3B
in SLC this year if he doesn't make the 25 man roster?
- Kendry is getting ready to make a big splash in the major
leagues this season in my opinion. Let's just let it play
out and see what happens. Some versatility would not hurt
him at all though, we'll see.
(Angelswin) - The Angels losing Escobar for perhaps
the entire season and Lackey a couple months, do you have
any doubt that Adenhart can step in and be successful on
the major league level right now ?
- Nick Adenhart had a nice spring and put himself firmly
in the mind of Mike, Tony and Butcher. Now he has to climb
the last part of the mountain. Nick's goals are not to pitch
in the Major Leagues. Nick wants to be a front of the rotation
pitcher and if he stays healthy I have no doubts that will
happen. He is that kind of pitcher.
(Angelswin) - Will the Angels consider converting Mark
Trumbo back to pitching?
- Mark Trumbo showed the major league staff in spring training
the tremendous power that all of us scouts have seen. He
has as much power as anyone in baseball. We all think this
is a big year for him and believe that he will thrive in
Rancho this season.
(Angelswin) - Who did you have in your NCAA pool to
make it to the Final Four?
- My bracket was blown up by being a homer. I had U of A
winning some games and USC winning some games. I got most
of the Final 4 correct along with everybody else in the
country, but I did not see Davidson and Louisville doing
what they are doing.
Members - As always, please communicate how much we, the
fans, love the time you give us in answering our questions.
Thanks, and talk to you next month.
Bane - I enjoy doing this and hope the fans like reading
what the scouting department has to say on this stuff. Thanks
again, Eddie Bane.
Bane Connection - February (2008) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
February 26th, 2008
Q: (Angelswin) - Today the full squad reports to
spring training, but catchers and pitchers have been around
for over a week now, what have you seen or heard in camp
of who's making a good impression on the mound, behind the
dish and at the plate?
- Hi folks, nice to talk with you again. My job almost insures
that I will know almost nothing except what I read and hear
about spring training. We have great pro scouts led by Gary
Sutherland who watch everything in Tempe. Tony is also a
really good scout and he is watching everyday as is Bill
Stoneman and Ken Forsch. We have plenty of eyes in Arizona.
In addition, the coaches and Mike are evaluating every day.
Lastly, it is much too early to put a value on what is going
on right now. As an old friend and scout of mine, Moose
Johnson said, "I'm going to wait until the blocking
and tackling starts before I make a choice."
(Angelswin) - With all of the Francisco Rodriguez contract
talks worrying some fans about him potentially walking at
season end, who in the minors if that happens, do you think
has the mentality, as well as the skills, to be a future
closer or set up guy for the Angels?
- Frankie's deal is way over my pay grade. Let's see how
that comes out over time.
always are looking at minor league pitchers and what roles
they can fill in the big leagues. Stephen Marek is the name
everyone talks about because he did that job at San Jacinto.
Darren O'Day has a feel for pitching in relief. Even Jordan
Walden's name gets thrown in because he throws so darn hard,
but it is far too early for Walden's name to be in any discussion
like that. We would like to see a big year out of a pitcher
like Ryan Aldridge also.
(Angelswin) - Do you see anyone skipping a level to
start the 2008 minor league season? Some have said Walden
may skip Cedar Rapids and start in Rancho Cucamonga. What
can you tell us about that and who is on the "fast
track" to Anaheim in your opinion?
- We have a lot of guys that could be on a so-called fast
track, but in this organization we have good players at
every level so you have to earn your way. If say, Sean O'Sullivan
wants to get to Arkansas this year then the opportunity
is there, but he will have to pitch better than the other
guys in Rancho. Pretty simple process.
(Angelswin) - Ervin Santana finished the season strong
out of the bullpen which included some successful spot starts,
while having a very good winter ball showing in the Dominican.
What has Ervin done to improve his game from September of
2007 until now?
- Ervin Santana is still a young man. He gets penalized
because he had success in the major leagues at a young age.
Fair or not that is the way it is. Look how many games Ervin
has won at his age. Then look at some of the Baseball America
sweethearts in the minor leagues. The "sweethearts"
on other teams minor league rosters are often older than
a pitcher like Santana. The Angels do not shy away from
signing college players, but the younger the player, the
more time we have to get the player to be an "Angel
me the baseball industry certainly recognizes what an "Angel
baseball player" looks like. We are thrilled to have
Ervin Santana in our organization and I wish we could sign
10 more just like him on the international market.
(Angelswin) - What plans are ahead for Kendry Morales?
It seems like he has no position to play with the big league
club and the DH spot is being filled by 4-5 outfielders.
- Kendry Morales is as good a hitter as the Angels have.
Guys like Morales will play. No doubt about that. Kendry
still has work to do and needs to do those things with the
bat and with the glove. He will. Nobody in the major leagues
has so many hitters that they cannot find a spot for a hitter
with this type of plus plus power and the plus bat that
Kendry has. He is still really young and somewhat like Ervin
Santana, seeing it appears that he has been around a long
time, but that is only because he was playing at a very
high level at a very young age. We are thrilled with Kendry
and see him progressing nicely for us and we look forward
to him getting plenty of at bats this season.
(Angelswin) - Speaking of winter ball, Erick Aybar had
a tough time both on offense and more importantly for him,
on defense in the Dominican. What's going on with Erick
and do you think he should be the front runner for the starting
SS job, or would you prefer Brandon Wood or Maicer Izturis
for the opening gig at SS? Is Brandon Wood defensively up
to par with Aybar and Izturis right now?
- My preferences on who I like will be known only to other
Angels employees, unfortunately for our readers. Wood can
play defense at shortstop with anyone. Brandon will benefit
from advance reports greatly because his positioning on
each player will be really important. The ball gets on the
defender quicker at the big league level because a big man
is the one hitting the ball. When Vlad Guerrero hits a ball
it gets on the hitter quickly.
Izturis can play SS in the major leagues. Erick Aybar will
be evaluated on how he plays this spring and how he has
played for the Angels in the past. Alfredo Griffin is a
true infield genius and Rob Piccilo in the minor leagues
give Erick as much help as he will ever need. Scouts should
have to pay money in order to sit and listen to Griffin
and Rob talk about infield play. I certainly trust our infielders
with those guys and anything they come up with good enough
(Angelswin) - With the talented group of prospects at
Rancho Cucamonga this year, do you think you'll make it
out often to see the Quakes in 2008? What a team the Quakes
are going to have this year, I'm predicting good things
from the farmhands that assemble at the Epicenter.
- Our Rancho club is going to be the place to be this season.
Players like Mount, Phillips, O'Sullivan, Trevor Bell and
others would be in this amateur draft if they had not signed.
They would all be 1st round players if in this draft. But,
they also to a man are happy they signed with the Angels
and got their career started. Mark Trumbo may be in Rancho
and if we can get tap into his power potential this year
then people in Rancho will see some of the longest Home
Runs they have seen in awhile. Matt Sweeney and Hank Conger
should also be in Rancho and they are 2 players that would
not even be in this situation if they had went to college.
the way Arte lets us develop players. We are allowed to
take HS players and let them progress. Some other teams
will take college players and let them get to the big leagues
quicker than the Angels will. Our philosophy is that the
new players have to get in line and beat out the guys in
front of them. Look at the rotation in Rancho this year
and a prospect will be pitching every single night. I don't
see any other organization being able to do that.
(Angelswin) - When you talk to opposing teams' scouts,
what Angels prospect is mentioned with glowing reports the
most from them?
(Eddie Bane) -
Teams usually start paying extra attention to your players
when they get to the Cal League level. But, they already
know about the obvious guys like Adenhart, Conger, Sweeney
and a few others. Obviously, the good teams like the Twins
nabbed Alexi Casilla from us a few years ago when Terry
Ryan scouted him in Cedar Rapids. Scouts are everywhere
and they know where the good players are and in what organizations
they play in. One of our good problems is that we are starting
to get some backup and guys are going to have to beat out
another good player to make it to the show. Good problem
to have, but we need to make good choices and put the right
guys on the field.
Flores only has so many innings in the minor leagues and
the right players need to get those innings.
(Angelswin) - Eddie, what can you tell us about the
amateur draft and what a day in the life of draft day for
Eddie Bane and the Angels is like?
- The other day in Houston, Texas was typical from what
I want in our Angels scouts and myself. Kevin Ham knew about
a HS pitcher throwing at 10:30. The game started at 10,
but we made it because our guys are always early. At 12
noon I was able to get Robbie Grossman, a HS hitter at Cy
Fair in Texas, in batting practice. A couple innings of
that game and then a HS match up of pitchers at 3:30.
the 3:30 game was close to the Bush Airport in Houston.
The flight to Phoenix left on time and when I drove by ASU
after landing in Phoenix I noticed the lights were on. I
walked into ASU's ballpark at 9:30 and Miami of Ohio was
playing Oregon St. I noticed that most all of the scouts
were gone except Bo Hughes, our west coast supervisor. Bo
was still at the game and still working. Other clubs may
do this type work, but I am sure that our Angels scouts
work like this each and every day.
there were more days like these where you got 6 players
in one day, but sometimes you have to hunt and peck to see
just one draft.
(Angelswin) - Following up that question, has Tony Reagins
communicated to you any changes as far as who to draft in
this years' 2008 amateur draft. Do the Angels go for best
available, HS over College? Positional need, or closest
to the big leagues?
- Tony has communicated to me that he wants us to get it
"right". I understand what that means. Find the
player, sign the player and then go do it again and again.
That is what I love and Tony knows that. I look forward
to it and also look forward to getting into Latin America
more often and helping Clay Daniel with some of the big
time guys in Latin America. Also want to see if we can find
more Young Il Yung's in Asia. He was hurt last year, but
this young man, if healthy has a huge future.
(Angelswin) - What player or players do you predict
has a break out year in 2008 (Like Brok Butcher, Nick Green,
Chris Pettit and Sean O'Sullivan did in '07) and why?
- That is all up to the players themselves. The players
in Rancho have been able to play together for quite awhile
now. Orem, Cedar Rapids and now Rancho. This will be the
last time that will happen in my opinion. 5-6 of these guys
in Rancho are going to have huge years and will be knocking
on the door in Orange County real soon. The players need
to understand how really close they are now to being major
leaguers ball players.
as big years I would think Pettit wants to prove last year
was for real. Green is being shown a golden opportunity
and O'Sullivan could be on the door step in no time because
he has feel for pitching unlike any of our other guys. Sean
just does not throw strikes. Sean throws the ball where
he wants just like really good major league pitchers do.
Sean has to get in(he has) good shape and stay there. The
game comes easy for Sean and sometimes that can be a hindrance.
I know scouts in SoCal are kicking themselves for talking
themselves out of O'Sullivan when he was an amateur.
(Angelswin) - Injuries in camp, are there any players
that have been shut down due to injuries and will get a
late start heading into the 2008 minor league season?
(Eddie Bane) - Not that I know of, but then again
that is more of an Abe Flores question. One thing on Abe
Flores. Abe was my asst for my first years with the Angels.
With the changes Abe become our minor league director. I
had no idea all the things that Abe did to make my job easier.
He will do a great job, but he is missed. His job is being
taken now by Tory Hernandez with some of the stuff in Justin
Hollander's camp. Tory is really really good. He even is
able to help with our arbitration stuff while still knowing
what is going on will all of my scouts on the road. Pretty
(Angelswin) - Finally, on a personal note, this was
a long off-season, what did Eddie Bane do during the off-season?
- Eddie Bane does not have an off-season and none of my
scouts do either.
plays baseball almost every day of the year now. Guys organize
camps that run on Christmas Eve for heavens sake and a guy
like Bear Bryant in Alabama will always leave me a message
that he saw some kid play in Mississippi on Christmas Eve.
That is his way of topping our other guys and showing how
hard they work. It is a good thing to have guys trying to
outwork each other and our guys do it every single day.
only thing that really happened baseball and personal-wise
in the off-season was that I was informed that I am a finalist
for the College Baseball Hall of Fame and that my youngest
daughter Veronica had a big year at Chapman GPA-wise. She
is a great kid.
inductees will be announced shortly so we shall see what
happens with that. Just being a finalist is an overwhelming
thought for me. People for some reason have a long memory
from my playing days at ASU. It also helps working for Arte
Moreno and the Angels, it keeps your name in the limelight.
good luck to the Angelswin.com readers. I really love the
fact that so many people care about the Angels. That is
a great feeling. Thanks a lot folks and good luck to all
in the upcoming baseball season.
concludes our time with Eddie Bane for this month's feature.
Check back with us in March for the next edition of "The
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Bane Connection - October (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
October 29th, 2007
month's edition of the Bane Connection we asked Eddie some
questions that have nothing to do with the Angels future
stars, but rather switched gears this month and had him
tell us a little bit about Eddie the person, ex-ball player
has been kind enough to share not only his insight &
insider info on all of the Angels future stars throughout
the season and in this edition, about himself. With this
being the last edition in 2007, until late Feb of 2008 when
pitchers & catchers report, let's all give Eddie a round
of applause for his efforts & contributions for not
only the Angelswin.com community, but for all of the fans
& readers of this monthly segment on the net.
no further ado, let's proceed with the interview entitled......
The Lighter side of Eddie Bane
Q: (Angelswin) - How did you get into baseball?
- Hi folks, guys and girls. Welcome to another Bane Connection
and let's get going. First of all I hope you guys are getting
to watch my ASU Sun Devils in football. That is one of my
diversions off the field and we have to keep that quiet
around Mr Moreno and Dennis Kuhl and John Carpino as they
are huge University of Arizona fans.
in baseball like every other kid by playing in Little League
and having great parents who helped me along the way. Went
to High School in Westminster and then on to ASU and was
drafted by the Twins after 3 years as a SunDevil and then
was fortunate enough to go directly to the major leagues
and play for the Twins. Got the chance to play baseball
with Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Larry Hisle,
Lymon Bostock, Bert Blyleven (who should be in the Hall
of Fame) Danny Thompson, Roy Smalley and many other great
players. Jim Kaat though was the one that took me under
his wing and guided me through all tough times. And, had
the chance to learn from Gene Mauch, who I consider the
smartest baseball person I was ever around.. After playing
professionally I started at the bottom rung of scouting
and was lucky enough to move up to my current position of
Director of Scouting.
Q: (Angelswin) - Most memorable game from a personal
- My most memorable pro game would probably be either my
first win against the WC Oakland A's or the first game of
my career when I pitched in front of the biggest crowd in
the history of the Old Met in Minneapolis when the people
showed up to see the college hot-shot pitch against the
KC Royals. I pitched 7 innings with 3 hits and left the
game leading 2-1. We blew the lead, but those things happen.
Q: (Angelswin) - Most memorable game you witnessed
from a fans' standpoint?
- I was working for the Dodgers when Kirk Gibson hit the
homerun to beat Oakland. Knowing some of the background
only people with the club would know and having my dad and
kids at the game made it really special.
Q: (Angelswin) - What was your worst scouting trip
you ever had?
- It is almost impossible to have a bad day scouting. I
do remember coming back from a game in Mexicali where they
had no cabs, in a rough area and I rode in the back of a
pig farmers truck to the border...... with me and the pigs
in the back. I was happy to get the ride. You also see some
unique things when scouting in the south that you just don't
see anywhere else. Fighting parents etc. always add to the
spectacle. But, by and large it is scouting and that is
a ton of fun.
Q: (Angelswin) - What do you like best about your
- In the end the job is all encompassing. The thought that
everyday you still believe you are going to find that one
Roy Hobbs hid out somewhere that nobody else knows about.
I still love the travel, hotels, food, rent-a-cars and the
Q: (Angelswin) - Best Major Leaguer you've signed
(Eddie Bane) -
I have been fortunate enough to be around and help sign
(you always help sign as it is never a one man operation)
all-stars and Cy Young award winners. I helped sign Albert
Belle, Cory Snyder, Eric Gagne, Paul LoDuca, Carl Crawford
and many others with the other clubs, but the best player
I have ever signed in my mind is Paul Konerko. Paul is also
at the top of the list as far as good people I have signed
also. I really care about Konerko and he feels the same
way about me. I have known Paul since he was 13 years old
as he was a childhood friend of my son, Jaymie.
Q: (Angelswin) - What's a week in the life of a scout
- Different months of the year are completely different,
but if you take the month of April or May every day of the
month for say my national crosscheckers, Jeff Malinoff and
Ric Wilson is constant travel. Up in the morning (early
6am) fly for a couple of hours, get a rent-a-car, use the
GPS, find the ballpark, find a hotel, get room service,
shower, get on the computer, watch tv for an hour, try and
get some sleep and then get up and do the same thing again
everyday for about 20-30 days in a row. All sandwiched around
keeping up with the voice mail and trying to see how your
kid did in his math test or soccer game.
I would not change it for anything.
Q: (Angelswin) - What is the best prank you have
seen in the clubhouse or dugout?
(Eddie Bane) -
Oh, they are all over the place. Best one I ever did was
convincing the front desk that they needed to call our Latino
pitcher, Juan Vientedos, every hour all night to remind
him to take his medicine for his bad arm. I told them that
no matter how much he yelled at them that they needed to
call him every hour on the hour. He would complain to them
in Spanish, but they reliably called him back on the dot
every hour. He was down at the front desk about ready to
trade blows at 5 in the morning, but it was pretty funny.
Q: (Angelswin) - Favorite city to travel to when
(Eddie Bane) -
2 places very diverse. New York City is the most fun place
in the world with the plays, etc. And, you cannot beat the
state of Mississippi or Alabama for the hospitality and
the beauty of the people.
Q: (Angelswin) - Ever second guess yourself for a
scouting decision on a kid and have it come back to haunt
- Sure, all the time. Most notable was Bill Bene my first
year with the Dodgers. I was headstrong in love with a pitcher
named Bill Bene with a great, 100 mph arm. I went right
by and did not want to hear about a 3rd baseman at Oklahoma
St. named Robin Ventura. Oops.
Q: (Angelswin) - How do you think Tony Reagins will
do as a Major League General Manager?
- Tony will do an excellent job as GM of the Angels. We
will miss Bill a lot, but I thought it was a great choice
to stay in-house and use Tony's attributes as a GM. He has
been schooled in being the GM and he will use his people
and he has plus baseball skills himself so I look forward
to a continuation of the success we have had with the Angels.
tough for baseball to lose Terry Ryan, Bill Stoneman and
John Schuerholz all in one offseason. All great baseball
people, but it is just a reminder that time marches on.
Q: (Angelswin) - Last book you read?
- Secret Servant by Daniel Silva. Read that along with the
book titled 'Texas' by James Michener at the same time.
I am a big reader.
Q: (Angelswin) - Favorite kind of music?
(Eddie Bane) -
All kinds, but the Beach Boys is what I get freaky over.
Q: (Angelswin) - Favorite vacation spot in the offseason?
- Lake Tahoe. It has everything. Outdoors, golf, the serenity
of the woods and the indoors of the Nevada type stuff.
Q: (Angelswin) - Favorite food & place to eat?
(Eddie Bane) -
Garcia's Mexican restaurant.
Q: (Angelswin) - What was your worst job?
(Eddie Bane) -
I moved bricks, mud and dirt around one day in a moving
project. That was when I was positive sports were going
to be a better way to go.
Q: (Angelswin) - What is your hobby? (Not Baseball
- I am a pretty good golfer(about a 7 handicap), but my
favorite thing to do is either read history or go to Broadway
shows. If you ever need a review of Les Mis, Jersey Boys
or Mamma Mia then I am your guy.
Q: (Angelswin) - Lastly, what is Eddie Bane's biggest
accomplishment in life?
- My biggest accomplishment by far is that I am the father
of Jaymie, Kacey, Corey and Veronica Bane. Also the dad
of the greatest dog on the earth, Sven Bane. My scouts can
tell you how nutty I am about Sven and all animals really.
That is a good enough accomplishment for me anytime.
again Chuck, thanks for asking the questions and I hope
I did not bore the readers too much with this personal stuff.
Bane Connection - September (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
September 20th, 2007
Eddie, it's that time of the month again to connect and
proceed with what is to be the final Eddie Bane Connection
on the Angels Minor Leaguers in 2007. (more on that at the
bottom of the Q&A)
I want to thank you for all of your time you've put into
this as I've received numerous thank you emails over the
last year and a half from Angels fans across the country
that can't wait for this segment every month as they share
the same passion I do in following what could be not only
future Halos, but perhaps future All Stars in the major
leagues down the road.
You're the best Eddie, thank you for sharing your insights
with us all. We at Angelswin.com truly appreciate it &
thoroughly enjoy it.
Ok, roll up your sleeves, let's dig in.
Q: (Angelswin) - Eddie, the minor league season has
ended and there have been a few surprises this season. Who
sticks out in your mind as most surprising minor league
player in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - The
most pleasant surprises this year were players such as Trevor
Bell showing the plus stuff he showed as an amateur. Also,
Jordan Walden and Robert Fish both have superior stuff and
they were able to get it over the plate in good spots much
quicker than I thought they would. That is in large part
due to Zeke Zimmerman and Kernan Ronan, our pitching coaches.
At the end of the summer Walden threw 100 mph in a game
and only walked one batter in that game. Outstanding at
an early part of his career. Ryan Mount is beginning to
open all the eyes that I thought he would. He has surprising
(Angelswin) - On the heels of the most surprising player
in 2007, what Angels' minor leaguer do you think took a
step backward in his development in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - That
is impossible to answer as I always see the glass as half
full. I would say that injuries are the only thing that
deter me. Nate Boman and Jon Bachanov both missed time and
I hate seeing that.
(Angelswin) - Before we get into our categorized awards,
what Angels' minor leaguer would you consider, naming just
one, would be your selection for the Angels' Minor League
Player of the Year?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Chris
Petit is the name that comes quickly to mind.
Q: (Angelswin) - What Angels' Minor Leaguer displayed
the best approach at the plate and discipline in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - I
try and stress to our scouts to seek aggressiveness and
the other stuff will come. Sweeney, Pettit and Conger come
to mind immediately when talking about hitting. Statia is
also going to be good at all the things that come with discipline.
Q: (Angelswin) - What Angels' Minor Leaguer would
you consider the best 'hitter' for his contact rate &
ability to hit for a high batting average in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - I
still think our best hitter in the minor leagues this year
was Kendry Morales when he was in Salt Lake. He went on
a streak in SLC and LA where every time he swung was a rocket
off the wall. I have said for a long time that when he does
get comfortable in the USA he is going to be a real tough
Q: (Angelswin) - What Angels' Minor Leaguer showed
the most raw power in 2007'?
(Eddie Bane) - Mark Trumbo has as much raw power
as any player in baseball.
Q: (Angelswin) - What Angels' Minor Leaguer displayed
a mirror of the Angels prototypical player with the aggressive
philosophy on the bases, success rate of stealing bases,
ability to put the bat on the ball making a productive out
and for laying down a bunt successfully in 2007? Additionally,
who was clocked the fastest from home plate to first base
among the Angels minor leaguers in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Chris
Petit and PJ Phillips fit in this category. PJ stole a lot
of bases this season. Look at what his brother did this
year. 30-30 and Brandon Phillips is a late bloomer. Sean
Rodriguez is a good baseball player also. Peter Bourjos
is the fastest player in the organization and has to get
better at stealing bases and taking over a game that way.
In this organization he will learn that over time.
(Angelswin) - Most raw talent offensively, despite the
lack of statistical numbers in 2007?
(Eddie Bane) -PJ Phillips has a ton of potential.
The entire Cedar Rapids team will just get better and better
as they learn the rigors of 162 games.
Q: (Angelswin) - Lastly, before we switch gears to
the pitching awards, who in your mind wins the best defensive
player in 2007, both in the outfield and infield (1 a piece)?
(Eddie Bane) - Peter Bourjos is our best defender
in the outfield and Statia and Andrew Romine are the best
(Angelswin) - The Angels Minor League Pitcher of the
Year in 2007 is............?
A: (Eddie Bane) - That
is a tough one. I will give out the names to consider in
my mind, Nick Adenhart, Nick Green, Miguel Gonzalez, Darren
O'Day, Sean O'Sullivan, David Herndon, Robert Fish and Jordan
Walden. I would say that O'Sullivan leading the league in
ERA is the most impressive.
(Angelswin) - Which Angels Minor League pitcher commanded
the strike zone the best in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - O'Sullivan
has Major League command right now. But, if you look at
that entire staff at Cedar Rapids and most of them threw
wall to wall strikes which is again a compliment to Dan
Ricabal and Kernan Ronan. I will say that conversion pitcher,
Marco Albano switched from being an infielder and threw
nothing but quality strikes.
Q: (Angelswin) - What Angels Minor League pitcher
showed the best fastball for both his movement and velocity
in 2007? Which Angels' Minor League Pitcher clocked the
highest on the radar gun in '07 as well?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Adenhart
still has the best fastball for location, life and velocity
when he is right. Walden touched 100 and threw several 99's
in the playoffs. The neat thing about Jordan is that he
threw his best fastball later in the game when the game
was on the line. Most impressive.
Q: (Angelswin) - Best curveball demonstrated by an
Angels Minor League pitcher in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - I
am not sure it is the best in our system, but new draftee
Trevor Reckling has had his curveball compared to Barry
Zito. Pretty good company.
(Angelswin) - Best slider demonstrated by an Angels
Minor League pitcher in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - I
need more time to think on that one, I've seen some good
sliders thrown in our system.
(Angelswin) - Best changeup demonstrated by an Angels
Minor League pitcher in 2007?
(Eddie Bane) - Nick Green has an outstanding
(Angelswin) - Lastly, which Angels Minor League relief
pitcher would you say showed the best punch-out pitches
and knack for closing games out in 2007?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Warner
Madrigal has big league stuff. Darren O'Day will pitch in
the big leagues with his nasty underhand delivery. Hard
to say who will be a closer as usually that happens at the
Major League Level or in 3-A.
As always Eddie, we thank you for your time and efforts
as there was a lot of questions here in this segment, We'll
conclude our Eddie Bane Connection next month with some
non Angels' Prospect questions, calling the segment "The
Lighter Side of Eddie Bane". Should be a blast!
(Eddie Bane) Thanks
Chuck and thanks readers. It is really great to have this
kind of interest in Angel baseball and all our scouts really
appreciate the interest and the questions keep us on our
toes. With Kotchman, Morales, Kendrick, Aybar, Mathis, Napoli,
Weaver, Wood and others you are seeing just the tip of the
iceberg. Bill and Arte have allowed us to sign players which
is not always the case in other organizations. Look at our
roster some time and you will see that we have more homegrown
players that play important roles than any team in baseball.
4/5's of the rotation along with the closer and setup guy
are all homegrown. This allows Arte and Bill the opportunity
to do the right things when the free agent market opens.
That is why the Angels simply have the best all around organization
in the game of baseball.
Bane Connection - August (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
August 27th, 2007
(Angelswin) - Eddie, what can you tell us about Nick
Green (10-6, 3.66 ERA & a 1.12 WHIP - 96 K's in 160
IP) who is quietly having a good season after a not so good
May/June. Will his fastball be enough to compliment his
solid changeup and secondary pitches? 1-6, 3.66 ERA &
a 1.12 WHIP - 96 K's in 160 IP
A: (Eddie Bane) - Nick
Green is have a very nice season. He was already on the
radar screen though because Scioscia and Butcher will able
to see him in spring training. Key is to be more consistent
with low strikes. He has plenty of fastball. Not a burner,
but up to 93 at times. Chris McAlpin did a great job of
finding Green after he was not used much as an amateur.
Q: (Angelswin) - Baseball America recently listed
the top ten prospects at each position plus the top five
relief prospects. The Angels only had one player listed
in those ninety five names. Did that disappoint you? We
had some great drafts in the first few years of the Stoneman
regime. What has happened in the past few years? The drafts
don't seem to be as productive. I know we have lost some
veteran scouts. Is that part of the reason? ....
A: (Eddie Bane) - All
of us, including scouts, enjoy reading BA and other publications.
I am not disappointed at all. I have heard from countless
Scouting Directors, asst GM's and other scouts about our
Cedar Rapids club. It may be the first time since I have
been scouting that we have a legit prospect at every position
on the field in addition to at least one pitching prospect
every night. Sweeney, Conger, Trumbo and O'Sullivan along
with several others don't come along all the time.
Nobody in the MW League swings the bat as well as Matt Sweeney
with the possible exception of Conger. We consider Conger
to be the premier catching prospect in the game right now.
20 year old Sean O'Sullivan leads the Mid-West League in
ERA and is pitching better and better as the season goes
on while maintaining his velocity. And, as I have said before
we are not going to trade Nick Adenhart for any of the other
teams top pitching prospects. We are happy with Nick and
they should be happy with their guy.
Q: (Angelswin) - When Santana went down to Salt Lake
Triple-A, did he work on anything specifically in attempts
to resolve the issues he had with the major league club?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Ervin
is more of a question for our major league people. I will
say that at 24 years old Santana has done a lot more at
the ML level then most of the so-called prospects who are
also 24 years old have done in the minor leagues.
Q: (Angelswin) - Do the Angels plan on shifting Kendry
Morales to a new position? His bat is there and the power
has been shown of late, but he's blocked by Kotchman at
1B and Garret Anderson at DH possibly in 2008.
A: (Eddie Bane) - Kendry
has really good hands. He also has a strong arm which would
help with any position change. BUT, currently we need him
at 1B because Casey Kotchman is suffering a tough injury.
Morales has hit .300 everywhere he has been in the system,
but just lately have we seen in the way above average hitter
he will be when he settles in at the big league level. Kendry
Morales is going to be an above average major league hitter
with power. That is what makes scouting fun.
Q: (Angelswin) - Warner Madrigal...He is putting
some impressive numbers in Single A. What does the future
hold for him, and how does the club plan on using him?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Warner
is a special young man that all the people in our minor
league side of the business pull hard for. He has been in
the organization awhile and did not make it as a hitter,
but he has a big fastball and his slider can be out of this
world. Once again, consistency will be the key.
Q: (Angelswin) - How much as Brandon progressed this
season in AAA and do you guys plan on having him start there
again next season as well?
A: (Eddie Bane) - I
wish we had 100 Brandon Wood's. We would have the best organization
of all time. That means in all aspects of the game. Makeup,
aptitude, ability, usability are all top of the scale when
you are talking about Brandon Wood. He is a winner and will
make the organization even that much better when he settles
into the major leagues.
Q: (Angelswin) - Tobin Mason, Trevor Reckling, Michael
Anton & outfielder Jeremy Moore. What can you tell us
out these 4 youngsters that have made quite an impression
in short season A Ball?
A: (Eddie Bane) - First
things first. Let's switch the names around. You even had
me at first glance. It is Mason Tobin. I will say that all
scouting departments feel giddy about the guys they signed
in the draft and we are no different. Mason Tobin is a RHP
signed by Casey Harvie in the northwest. I do not know why
the Braves did not sign him, but I am happy they did not.
Body reminds of big league star, Kevin Brown. He has that
kind of life on his fastball at up to 93-94. He completely
dominated in Arizona and has not missed a beat in Orem where
he and pitching coach Zeke Zimmerman got his breaking pitch
on the same plane as his fastball.
Treveor Reckling is a HS lefty that we got because of the
hard work of Greg Mohrhardt and Mike Silvestri. That being
said I would have been extremely unhappy if we did not sign
this young man. He has a legit Zito type curve and he is
striking out everybody in Arizona. We are happy with Trevor.
Anton is a lefty that is from the east coast, but was living
in Arizona at the time of the draft. John Gracio, our area
scout in Arizona, found Mike at a workout and then would
not let up on the young man or me until the draft. His relentless
scouting is the reason that the Angels got Anton.
year we try and draft a few athletes and hope they can use
their tools. We may have something with Moore. He is playing
for Kotchman in Orem and has hit a bunch of homeruns. In
addition he can run and looks to be a legit prospect.
Q: (Angelswin) - Sean O'Sullivan appears to have
turned the corner and has just been flat out dominate. What
can you tell us about the success O'Sullivan is having of
A: (Eddie Bane) - Sean
O'Sullivan is back to the form he showed his jr year in
high school when he was ranked as the number one prospect
in the county by BA. Fastball is getting to 94 at times
and he still has the great feel for changing speeds. He
also has plus plus command.
Q: (Angelswin) - With both the Travelers and Bees
in 1st place and potentially heading into respective playoffs,
how much roster movement if any between teams and from RC
do you think might happen?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Tony
will do what he thinks is right, but I like the clubs the
way they are setup now. The main focus as always is to have
the best players with the Angels so the big league club
has the best chance to win.
Bane Connection - July (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
July 25th, 2007
(Angelswin) - Christopher Pettit, wow what more can
I say? This guy has been on an absolute tear this year,
especially after his promotion to High-A ball in Rancho
Cucamonga. What can you tell us about Pettit, is he really
a full package of speed, power and disciplined at the plate?
How do you rate his defense and arm, and what position do
you see him playing in the future, a corner OF spot or centerfield?
(Eddie Bane) - Chris is a good baseball player
first and foremost. He is going to hit no matter where he
plays. His spot will be as a corner outfielder more than
likely and he will make himself into a good defender no
matter where we put him. His bat is going to be his best
tool and no question about that. We are very happy to have
Chris and in a hs organization like ours it is great to
have a player with a college background come through as
(Angelswin) - Eddie, is it safe to say that the minor
league player of the year at this stage is Brok Butcher?
This guy pitched lights out in the Cal League which is a
notorious hitters league and now he has two solid starts
under his belt in Arkansas, Double-A. I've corresponded
with his brother Jason and we see a lot of Fausto Carmona
and Brandon Webb as someone to compare with, with that sinking
fastball, solid changeup and slider of his. What is the
talk around the scouts table regarding Brok Butcher?
(Eddie Bane) - First of all Chuck I would jokingly
say that it is not best to get a scouting report from a
players brother. My mom thinks I should still be pitching.(LOL).
Seriously Brok is having a great year, but I would not be
giving out the player of the year honor just yet. We have
over a month to play in the Minor Leagues. Brok is certainly
on the list though. He does have a good sinker, but Brandon
Webb is on a different planet. If he gets to that point
then both Brok and Eddie Bane will be really happy.
think others on the list for player of the year would be
Schoeniger, Sweeney, Trumbo, Petit, Sean Rodriguez, Adenhart
and a few others. People somehow forget that Nick Adenhart
is 20 years old and dominating in 2A. Also Conger was having
a big year before getting hurt in Cedar Rapids.
(Angelswin) - What's going on with Hank Conger? Injury?
if so what's his prognosis?
(Eddie Bane) - Hank had a problem with his back
and is very close to being ready to play again. Hank was
playing very very well and we are thrilled with his progress.
Great makeup, great learner, great kid and a great talent.
Everything we could want in a player in his first full season.
He and Sweeney have both exceeded expectations this year.
(Angelswin) - Nick Adenhart has been a lot better after
his stint on the DL. Have their been any changes to his
mechanics or were the #'s that were not all that spectacular
before the DL stint, a result of the injury?
(Eddie Bane) - Nick dominated at the beginning
of the season in Arkansas. Went through a tough stretch
and is now dominating again. We do not have anyone else
pitching as good as Nick right now with the possible addition
of Sean O'Sullivan.
(Angelswin) - Miguel Gonzalez has come out of nowhere,
what can you tell us about the right-handed hurler that
boasts a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts in Double-A this year.
(Eddie Bane) - Abe Flores and Bo Hughes found
Miggy pitching in an adult league in Los Angeles. We signed
him and gave him a chance, but he took the ball and ran
with it. Now, he is throwing harder and has a chance if
he keeps improving a little more.
(Angelswin) - Rich Thompson & Darren O' Day have
been lights out this year in relief. Since the Angels could
use some bullpen help, could you see them as potential September
(Eddie Bane) - Bill Stoneman's department. But,
they both have been very good. My son, Jaymie who is a big
league scout for the Red Sox watched Thompson in the Futures
game and raved about his fastball. O'Day has that tough
Laredo angle to hit against and will always have a chance
to be a good major leaguer.
(Angelswin) - With the trading deadline just less than
a week away and the Angels are starved for a power hitter,
are there any prospects in the organization that the Angels
feel are can't miss, untouchables? or if the right guy can
be had, is anyone is available?
(Eddie Bane) - I still believe that Bill and
Arte''s approach has been really solid and almost flawless.
People want Brandon Wood, Adenhart, Morales, Butcher, Bourjos
and all the other prospects we have. They will have a very
tough time getting those players. We are happy with what
we have and the facts that other teams would kill to be
in our position. This organization is going to win now,
but is built for the long haul and will also win in the
future. The top power prospects we have are Brandon Wood,
Mark Trumbo and Matt Sweeney. Some of those are closer than
others. Also remember that Juan Rivera is working very hard
in Arizona to help us at some point this season. Juan had
great power numbers in 2006.
As always Eddie, we thank you for your time and efforts.
Your fans are many in the Angelswin.com community
(Eddie Bane) - Thanks folks for putting up with my stuff
and as always these are just my opinions and I certainly
welcome your thoughts and disagreements just as much as
I want to hear from my scouts when they want to tell me
I am crazy for thinking the way I do.
Bane Connection - June (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
June 15th, 2007
Q: (Angelswin) - So, to start off Eddie, why don't
you give me an overview of the 2007 draft and how you think
the Angels did this year.
A: (Eddie Bane) - Every
club in baseball always thinks they did great right after
the draft and the Angels are no exception. We are doing
very well on the signings so far and will have a few more
to announce shortly.
Q: (Angelswin) - What are the chances of signing
Matt Harvey? Some reports have suggested that this could
be difficult and that the Angels rolled the dice with their
3rd round pick selecting him, because of the uncertainty
of him signing.
A: (Eddie Bane) - Matt
Harvey was projected to go very high in the draft by the
so-called experts. Matt was available with the 118th pick
of the draft and we selected him. That is all I really want
to say on that situation right now.
Q: (Angelswin) - Lots of pitching selected in this
draft. Was that because there were more quality pitchers
in the draft or is it something the Angels wanted to target
in this draft?
A: (Eddie Bane) - No
Chuck, our staff never targets anything and we will take
any position available. Catching was something that we did
not really go after this year because we are happy with
our catching although you can never have enough at that
position. But, Conger and our big league guys are doing
really well so far.
Q: (Angelswin) - What can you tell us about the first
3 pitchers selected in this draft, in Jonathan Bachanov,
Matt Harvey & Ryan Brasier?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Jon
Bachanov has a big arm, very good pitchers body and the
makings of a good breaking ball. He will be one of the harder
throwers in the complete draft by it is all said and done.
Brasier has a big arm also and is a converted guy so it
will take some time to get him acclimated to the mound.
Fresh arm though. Harvey is a guy we will have to wait to
talk about. Lots of people read your stuff Chuck and I do
not want to give any agents an extra jump on me and use
that stuff against me. LOL is what I think the kids write
when they are kidding.
Q: (Angelswin) - Outfielder, Trevor Pippin was the
first non pitcher selected in the draft, with the 4th round
pick. What can you tell us about Trevor?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Trevor
is a guy that looks like I guy we signed when I was with
the Dodgers, Todd Hollandsworth. Same type body and same
type swing. Trevor runs well enough that we will give him
a shot in center at some point. Pippin has a nice at least
average arm also.
(Angelswin) - Every year it seems like the Angels steal
someone in the draft late, who should we be looking at this
year as a potential gem taken in the draft?
A: (Eddie Bane) - It
is easy to see that we drafted Robles, Viramontes and some
of the others as summer draft and follows. With that rule
now taken away we have to evaluate these young men now.
I will know more on that question when I see more of the
crop that we did not just draft, but the guys we signed
Q: (Angelswin) - Lastly, which of all the players
drafted has the best chance to make it to the big leagues
A: (Eddie Bane) - The
player that we drafted that has played the most and comes
from a great background is Andrew Romine, our 5th round
pick. He is the shortstop at ASU. Father played in the major
leagues and has a brother that was also drafted. Andrew
has a very good glove, plays the game correctly but has
went backwards with the bat while at ASU. He is in the CWS
right now and after Omaha is over with we hope to get Andrew
out playing as quickly as possible as we think we can help
him with the bat.
Eddie, we thank you for your time and efforts. Your fans
are many in the Angelswin.com community!
[Bane, Eddie] Thanks
guys, and thanks for doing the columns. I hope they spark
some debate and keep Angel fans up to date on what we are
doing out on the trails.
Bane Connection - May (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
May 15th, 2007
Q: (Angelswin) - Eddie, what's not to like about Brok
Butcher's start to the season. Can you shed some light on
Brok and why he's been so successful in such an extreme hitter's
league. He was the #1 Prospect in our Hotlist last week and
his brother Jason Butcher who you signed in the past, shed
some of his own thoughts on his little bro as well. http://www.angelswin.com/prospectreport.htm
A: (Eddie Bane) - Brok
is a pitcher that we signed late one year away from Cal State
Fullerton. Much of the credit goes to area scout, Bobby DeJardin
and Bill Pintard who runs the Foresters team in Santa Barbara.
Bill has put together one of the top summer programs in the
country and puts in countless hours with that club.
Brok has finally gotten over some injuries and is pitching
like we thought he would. The Angels have a great relationship
with CS Fullerton and George Horton. George gets his share
and so do the Angels, but we never walk away with hard feelings
after the negotiations. Not the usual thoughts that people
would have with pro and college baseball, but in reality we
both have the same goals. We both want to make the players
as good as possible.
Q: (Angelswin) - Darren O'Day is another one that most
Angels fans or those that follow prospects haven't heard about.
What can you tell us about him? A scouting report of sorts.
He seems to be flourishing as a closer in Rancho Cucamonga.
He hasn't given up an earned run yet in 10+ innings, fanning
11 thus far.
A: (Eddie Bane) - Darren
is another Kotchman sign. He is an under hander and his different
look along with good stuff gives him a chance to be a major
Q: (Angelswin) - Another new face to us Angels fans
is southpaw Douglas Brandt from Oceanside, CA. Since being
moved into the rotation he hasn't given up more than 1 earned
run in each of his 4 starts, posting an ERA of 0.91 with 30
K's in 29 innings. Like Butcher and O'Day, what can you tell
us about Brandt?
(Eddie Bane) - We will know more about Mr Brandt
when he gets to a higher level. He is doing what he should
do in A ball. He is a lefty with average stuff and will
throw plenty of strikes. That always give a pitcher a chance.
Q: (Angelswin) - Injury updates. How are Tommy Mendoza,
Ryan Aldridge and Trevor Bell progressing?
A: (Eddie Bane) -Tommy
and Ryan are both working at our site in Arizona. The facility
is the same place that benefited Nick Adenhart and others.
It is a great place to get players back to health. Trevor
is already back off the DL. In this day and age where the
investments are greater we always want to error on the side
of caution. Gamers like those 3 want to just keep on pitching.
But, the best thing for all 3 is to go slow. Both Ryan and
Tommy have had an opportunity to impress Mike and his staff
and they are both on Mike''s radar after spring training.
That is a great place to be.
Q: (Angelswin) - Terry Evans is on fire of late in
Salt Lake and his season last year is looking more like
a true testament of his ability, rather than a fluke. He's
flashing 5 tools out there for the Bees, must be exciting
for the organization to land a player of his caliber for
a guy we were looking to dump off to another team. Props
to Stoneman! What are the scouts saying about Evans?
A: (Eddie Bane) - Gary
Sutherland and his professional staff do a great job. When
they see a prospect at 2A or even A ball they will file
a report. His staff saw a player that was under the radar
with St Louis. Some players come into their ability a little
later than others. Terry is no exception. He always had
the tools and now the use of them is catching up. Bill pulled
the trigger and was able to land Evans. Jeff Weaver got
back to being himself for St Louis so both teams won which
makes for a great trade.
Evans does have all 5 tools that you are looking for in
a position player. Hit, arm, run, power and field. Or as
great old time scout, Birdie Tebbetts used to call it, HARPF.
Birdie always wanted a HARPF player. Evans has all those
tools and now the trick is to use them at Mike's level.
We think he can do it.
Q: (Angelswin) - Though the stats don't reflect it,
who has impressed you thus far, 6 weeks into the season?
A: (Eddie Bane) - All
of our young players in Cedar Rapids are doing really well.
Dan Radcliff's work with Matt Sweeney and him signing quickly
last year has helped him skip a year of development. He
started the season with a huge hitting streak. He also helped
himself by working hard on his defense.
Hank Conger is hitting some homeruns and calling a good
game. Mark Trumbo is starting to warm up. Power is the last
useable tool to come in games and Mark is realizing that.
The guys that get lost by the fans at this time of the year
are the youngsters in extended spring. Jung struck out 10
guys in 4 innings the other day. Robert Fish is throwing
92 mph at times and for a left-handed pitcher his command
has improved and we are very happy with him.
Clay Daniel has brought in another crop of international
players that are going to make an impact and some of them
could be another Aybar or even a Frankie. At least we can
always dream about some of them becoming like Frankie although
Frankie is a really huge goal to have for a young player.
Nick Adenhart, as long as he stays healthy, has been incredible
for a 20 year old young man.
Q: (Angelswin) - Lastly; with Orem Owlz season about
to embark upon us, who are you excited to see in action
this season for the Owlz? Who should we keep an eye out
A: (Eddie Bane) - Obviously
we want to see Young IL Jung from Kwanjiu. He has a big
arm, but his ability to pitch is equally impressive. A couple
of the Latin arms that are in extended spring can throw
really hard. Fish will be fun to watch. A lot of the team
in Orem will be the hs arms we took in last years draft.
Conger and Sweeney are the exception rather than the rule
as they were able to skip Orem because they signed quickly
and got out to play.
Tom Kotchman will make them better players in their 2 and
a half months in the Pioneer League. The draftees will be
best served by getting out and playing ASAP.
(Angelswin) - Like always Eddie, we truly appreciate
your time and efforts. You got a ton of fans and they look
forward to this monthly piece.
Bane) - Once
again to Chuck and the Angels fans, I want to thank
you for your interest. We have the 58th pick
in the draft and should be able to supply Angel fans
with some exciting selections. I know you guys won't
all of them, but my guys have put in a ton of air miles
and hotel nights trying to find the best possible
for us to sign. And, when you do not agree with some
of our selections it is good to voice your opinion.
what good scouting is about. You have to have thick skin
in the scouting business and if nothing else we
a thick shell and can take some criticism.
Thanks for reading this Angel information.
Bane Connection - April (2007) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
April 15th, 2007
(Angelswin) - Eddie, with spring training all wrapped
up and the minor league season upon us, who were some Angels
minor leaguers that impressed you over the course of spring
training in Arizona?
(Eddie Bane) - The
main thing the guys got to do was perform for Mike and Butch
during spring training big league games. Mike is a good
scout so when he can see for himself what a player can do
then that always helps. Ryan Aldridge and Nick Green were
able to do that. Mike already knew a lot about Brandon Wood,
but seeing him make the switch in positions helped. Also
seeing Erick Aybar move around the diamond helped.
Q: (Angelswin) - With Casey Kotchman looking real
good early on and the fact that he's superior defensively
over Kendry Morales at 1B, do you see a position change
for Morales going into his minor league season with the
Salt Lake Bees?
(Eddie Bane) -This
is not tough to answer at all. One of the goals of our scouting
dept is to have battles at every position. We are not there
yet, but we are going to get there. Kendry is a lot better
defender than most people think. He can really throw so
he could play some other spots, but Kendry Morales and Casey
are both good baseball players and there is plenty of room
for both of them in the big leagues when they show us they
(Angelswin) -Who is your picks both on offense and
pitching, as your player's to keep an eye on in 2007? Possible
(Eddie Bane) - Breakout
guys. I know I will get this wrong so people can get at
me when they save it. Statia is at the point now where he
will get noticed because he is a good player. Mark Trumbo
has big power and power is always the last thing to show
up in a players tool box. Ryan Mount could and should have
a big year.
Q: (Angelswin) - Is there anyone changing positions
this year? much like Warner Madrigal did last year and Brandon
Wood did in Tempe a month ago.
(Eddie Bane) -Not
that I can think of, but you may start to see some of the
starting pitchers in the minor leagues learning how to close
as they get closer to the Big Leagues. Stephen Marek for
example was a closer at the JC Level when we signed him.
Q: (Angelswin) -Ok rate them for us:
Best Pro Debut (06): - Sean
O'Sullivan or Matt Sweeney
Best Athlete: - Tyler
Johnson, Stantrel Smith, Peter Bourjos or Sean O'Sullivan.
Sean would have been a prospect as a hitter also.
Best Pure Hitter:
Kendry Morales. I admit I am biased on this one
Best Raw Power:
Best Defensive Player: I
would pick somebody different than everyone else for best
defender. First guy would be Brandon Wood.
He made a tough switch in positions look easy. One of
the finest young men you will ever meet in addition. The
defender that stands out is Peter Bourgous, our young
centerfielder, that is just starting his professional
career. He can really
run and his Orem manager, Tom Kotchman who has seen and
signed and managed a lot of good big leaguers said Peter
reminded him of Devon White at the same stage. Pretty
high praise from a great great scout.
Jose Arredondo or Ryan Aldridge
Best Breaking Ball:
Tough one. Ryan Aldridge's slider is so hard it has to
be ranked high. When looking at true curves though you
look at Adenhart or Marek. Nobody has one close to K-Rod's
in the big leagues, but we will keep looking.
Closest To The Majors: We
continue to draft a lot of hs players so my crystal ball
is a little shaky
one, but I will go with Conger(although he plays a tough
tough position) and Matt Sweeney who we obviously like
than other teams, but that is OK with us.
Also our Korean hs pitcher, Young IL Yung is advanced but
it is a stretch for any HS youngster from ASIA to come over
here and move quick. I would like it better if Young IL
just made normal progress.
note I will say that our minor league director Tony Reagins
has done a great job as anyone can tell, with making our
players better. Tony and his staff are second to none and
when our guys get ready they get a chance to play. Not every
organization is like that, but that is the correct way and
one that all of us believe in.
Best Late-Round Pick: Sweeney
is a lot better than where we selected him. Matt is a fine,
much like Chad Tracy of the D'Backs. Once again excellent
job by area scout Dan Radcliff who knew a lot about the
young man before and during the 06 draft.
Charles; One thing I wanted the readers to know is that
we appreciate all their support, suggestions and everything.
All the stuff above is only my opinion and I would hope
that a lot of the readers disagree with me on a lot of the
info. That is what makes the baseball world go around.
Arte Moreno has brought an energy to the Angels that was
never here when I grew up in Westminster. Having former
big leaguers all over the front office is unusual in this
day and age. It works though. Once again, thanks to all
the readers for their passion about the Los Angeles Angels
Bane Connection - Final Edition 2006
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
October 12th, 2007
Angelswin - Eddie, last year you visited the Indianapolis
Colts and have shared ideas with that organization. What
lessons/ideas have you applied to the Angels organization?
The Colts had a unique philosophy on players with recurring
injuries and regularly injured players that stuck with you.
Will that impact the organizations view of prospects especially
Kotchman and McPherson? Have you continued the relationship
with the Colts since the article?
Eddie Bane - When Abe Flores and I visited with
the Colts it was with the intent of thinking outside the
box. Our department has done many unusual things that make
us a little different and we think that has helped in a
lot of ways with our scouting. None of this would be possible
without the support of Mr Moreno and Bill Stoneman. They
don't ask when we do something unusual. They just shake
their head and say go ahead. (LOL).
Colts and the Pats are the cornerstones of the NFL at this
point in our mind. We knew that Bill Polian had a baseball
background so we approached him with our ideas. Bill and
his son Chris, who is a brilliant young mind in the NFL,
welcomed us to their practices and meetings. We were also
able to welcome them into our spring training. Besides showing
us their grading system, which is very much like our own,
they let us have an up close and personal look at individual
players and why they stuck out on their board. Dwight Freeny
was not a lock first pick for everybody. Obviously in our
sport Jered Weaver was not a lock pick for some teams. Maybe
for different reasons, but one reason to think outside the
Angelswin - Hank Conger was just named as the number
one prospect in the Arizona Rookie League. Is he the "real
deal" and if so, why? Power? Patience (please)? Good
defense? What is it that makes him the number one?
Eddie Bane - Hank Conger was a player that we
had highly rated on our board. First of all his bat is very
attractive. A switch hitting catcher with power from both
sides is tough to find. We thought that was pretty obvious
and an easy selection for the Angels in the spot where we
picked in the first round. Hank can catch and throw, but
his initial tools are his bat and power.
Angelswin - Lately, the organization has converted the
following three position players into pitchers: (Travis
Schlichtling (?), Warner Madrigal (who is also on the top
prospect lists for Arizona Rookie League), and Jose Arredondo.
What are the projections for each? Reliever? Starter? What
are their pitches? How do you feel each has done this season?
Eddie Bane - We are attempting to convert some
position players to pitchers. The first reason was because
they could not hit. (LOL) Secondly they had well above average
arms. Warner Madrigal in particular has shown quite a bit
of feel for pitching. They all have a long road to the big
leagues, but they certainly have a chance.
Angelswin - Is Brandon Wood going to be working on his
plate discipline this winter and next year? I noticed that
his walks were up, but still a lot of strikeouts...
Eddie Bane - Personally I do not feel Brandon
Wood has much of anything to work on in the off season.
This young man has as good of makeup as anyone in the game
and he has big time power. I do not worry about all these
plate discipline issues that a lot of people seem to be
hung up on. One thing society does is they like to tear
people down after they built him up. Brandon had a great
year in my mind in 2A and is right on track as far as helping
our major league team. I think too much is made of a "general"
hitting philosophy. I trust any and all of our hitters in
the hands and minds of Ty Van Burkleo and then Mickey Hatcher
once they get to the Big Leagues. Nobody works harder or
has a better feel for hitters than those 2. Each hitter
has to develop his own style and Wood and the others are
just realizing that at this point. Besides I was a pitcher
at the big league level and could not get many guys out
so I thought everybody had a great hitting philosophy
Angelswin - If Russell Moldenhauer were to go on to
achieve success in college, would the Angels consider drafting
him again when he turns pro? Or is it possible for a player
to burn his bridges to the point that the organization would
no longer be interested?
Eddie Bane - I did not appreciate the way some
of the players' parents we picked this year handled their
negotiations with the Angels. Parents often get overly involved
in their sons negotiations and it can really get in the
way of doing what I think is the right thing. Russell is
a good young man and will be a great player at UT. If he
is in our picture in 3 years we will certainly look at him.
Angelswin - Are there players that you have drafted
that the Angels scouts have never seen? (Maybe just going
on stats or taking another persons word, etc.)
Eddie Bane - The Angels will never draft a player
that we have not seen and certainly never draft a player
based strictly on his stats. That is just a personal preference
and I have too much faith in my scouts and what they see
with their hours and hours on the road.
Angelswin - The Angels have gotten a huge amount of
press from publications like Baseball America on the depth
of their farm system. And yet they've seen a significant
number of their top prospects struggle mightily upon reaching
the bigs. Is this a case of these publications over hyping
Angel prospects or part of the natural order of things?
Eddie Bane - I, certainly do not think our players
were overhyped by Baseball America or any of the other publications.
We take a lot of pride in what we are doing and I feel that
any and all publicity we get is well deserved for our scouts.
Nobody works harder than my National Cross checkers, Ric
Wilson and Jeff Malinoff. Mark Russo and Dan Radcliff went
over any reasonable expectations to find Sweeney this year.
That makes me proud and feels that any pub those guy get
is richly deserved. I also do not see where players socalled
"struggled" when they went to the Big Leagues
this year. Jered Weaver was Fernando Valenzuela like. Howie
Kendrick got big hit after big hit in his initial ML season.
I love to see those guys having success. Morales and Napoli
were both successes in their first year. I also see that
we have that wave and another wave coming shortly. That
is our goal. To have players ready every year to help the
Major League Angels. We are not at that point yet, but we
will get to that point.
Angelswin - Jung Young-il, what can you tell us about
the kid signed from Korea?
Eddie Bane - Jung Il Young is a 17 year old Korean
RHP from Kwangu, South Korea. He is a big, strong young
man with great legs. He, in fact, pitched today for our
AZIL team and worked 2 hitless innings. Fastball was up
to 92, even some readings at 93 and he has the makings of
a major league slider already. I am extremely happy that
Clay Daniel and our Korean scout, Charley Kim worked overtime
to beat the other 29 teams and sign IL Young.
Angelswin - Lastly, who is your Angels minor league
player of the year, tough choices this year with Howie Kendrick,
Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Sean Rodriguez, Nick Adenhart,
Stephen Marek, Reggie Willits & Terry Evans all having
Eddie Bane - In my mind our minor league players
of the year would be Sean Rodriguez as a player and Nick
Adenhart as a pitcher. But, that is my own personal opinion
and I know that fans have as much right to their opinion
as I do.
Charles, that is really all the time I have at this point,
but lastly I would thank all the Angel fans for their passion
and hope that as scouts we can match the passion of the
Bane Connection - August (2006) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
August 15th, 2006
Chuck Richter - Chris Pettit I know he is a little old
for rookie ball, but he is mashing down in Orem right now.
What can you tell us about him?
-Eddie Bane - Petit is doing more than just mashing
in Orem. He is getting himself noticed by all of our people.
Age is not a knockout punch especially when a young man
is just starting. He can hit and has power and is very knowledgeable
on the game.
Q: Chuck Richter - Terry Evans is having an outstanding
season, a season in which he has a chance to become a 30/40
player if he steals 4 more bases before the season's over.
What can you or your scouts that have seen him tell us about
Terry? Mike Elyward....Late bloomer or minor league lifer?
-Eddie Bane - Terry Evans has all the tools in
the world and there is a good chance that he is just putting
things together later rather than sooner. Nothing wrong
with that! We have plenty of room for guys putting up the
numbers this guy is. The same goes for Elyward. He is hitting
in the middle of a lineup that is an all timer for 3A in
Salt Lake. That alone says something. Plus, when you are
in 3A scouts from every club see you over the course of
the season and you are in essence playing for the Angels
and the other 29 teams that scout your every move.
Chuck Richter - Ryan Mount is showing some pop at Orem,
what can you tell us about this kid?
-Eddie Bane - Ryan Mount is a big time prospect
that people are just starting to pay attention to. He has
to get in line with our other middle infield prospects but
he is certainly a big part of that line. Mount has legit
power and is a good hitter. Hands are constantly improving
and he has all the tools to stay at short. Plus runner and
comes from a great family which plays a lot bigger role
than most people would believe.
Chuck Richter - Rafael Rodriguez and Jose Arredondo
dominated High Class A ball this year only to get pounded
in Double-A Arkansas. Is the competition in High A vs. Double-A
that significant? What adjustments do they need to make
to have success at the higher levels?
-Eddie Bane - Rodriguez and Arredondo are typical
of what happens to most pitching prospects. Arredondo in
particular has been pitching for just over a year. He is
now at a level where he is very close to the big leagues.
He will make adjustments and move right up the ladder after
this little road bump. He has a huge fastball (up to 99
at times) with plenty of life and his secondary stuff is
good also. Arredondo and Rodriguez will both be just fine.
Chuck Richter - Dallas McPherson, is the switch from
3B to 1B a permanent one in Triple-A or is the move temporary
in attempts to allow his rehab to progress without any issues?
We could sure use some power from the hot corner either
in the near future or at the start of 2007 and we already
have Morales and Kotchman at 1B.
-Eddie Bane - Dallas has had just an awful share
of bad luck. That is the only thing I see. When he gets
healthy (and he will) he is still going to be a fine major
leaguer. He has to be frustrated because he knows how good
he can be. At the same time when healthy he continues to
demonstrate his skills. He hit a ball the other night that
Brian Harper estimated at over 500 feet. That is an extra
large homerun by any account.
Chuck Richter - Eddie Bane's "You've opened my
eyes with your recent play" candidate for this month?
Who is really impressing you lately in the Angels system?
Someone that we all should keep an eye on?
-Eddie Bane - Guys that have opened eyes lately.
Felipe Arredondo in Orem is a strike machine. Fastball only
touches 90, but he gets everybody out and his walk to strikeout
ratio is freaky. Warner Madrigal has a huge fastball after
making the change from the outfield. Matthew Sweeney the
8th round pick of the 2006 draft is much better than an
8th rounder. All the credit in this instance goes to area
scout, Dan Radcliff and eastern supervisor, Mark Russo.
Radcliff found him (not a lot of clubs had him turned in
for draft) and Russo would not let me up for air at the
draft on Sweeney.
Bane Connection - July (2006) Edition
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive
July 20th, 2006
Chuck Richter - What kind of player is '06 draft pick
Matt Sweeney? He's killing the ball in the AZL. Can he stick
-Eddie Bane - Matt Sweeney is completely and
only the product of area scout, Dan Radcliff and eastern
supervisor Mark Russo. They believed in him totally and
would not let me get off of him at the draft. Needless to
say we were pleasantly surprised as he has a beautiful LH
swing with power. He will need to learn a defensive position
and that will be where his main work is. All the credit
though goes to Russo and Radcliff.
Chuck Richter - Sean O'Sullivan, future power pitcher?
Nice #'s thus far in Orem.
-Eddie Bane - Sean O'Sullivan is good. Of course
we gave him a bonus that a good player would receive. We
are very happy with him. He is very advanced and can even
win without his best stuff because of his command. When
he does get his fastball up to 94 at times he is especially
Q: Chuck Richter -Sean Rodriguez is putting up very
nice #'s in Rancho this year. Do you see him changing positions
since we have a lot of depth at SS in the system. What positions
can he not play? I hear he's very versatile.
A -Eddie Bane - Sean
Rodriguez is on a lot of peoples minds. When other teams
ask about our players they always mention Sean. Can play
either middle infield spot, center or even could take a
turn at catcher with some help.
Q: Chuck Richter - Sleeper alert? What prospect or
prospects in the Angels system should we keep an eye on?
-Eddie Bane - Jeromie Moore would be a sleeper
as he is in the Arizona League and he has a bucket full
Q: Chuck Richter - As of July 28th (Today) and outside
of Weaver & Kendrick who do you think the Minor League
Player of the year would be for the Angels organization?
-Eddie Bane - Our player of the year would be
a tough call. Obviously Kendrick, Wood, Weaver, Saunders
and those type are easy calls. Nick Adenhart is going to
win a ton of games this year with a very low ERA. Same with
Marek. The rotation of Mosebach, Mendoza, Adenhart and Marek
1-4 at Cedar Rapids in the early part of the season is going
to be hard to duplicate anywhere else. Having Aldridge at
the end of the game with his explosive fastball made things
nice for the Kernals. Sean Rodriguez is having a big year.
Marek has slipped a little under the radar because of Nick
Adenhart and the lightning type year of Jered Weaver, but
Stephen has had a big big year that should take a backseat
- Chuck Richter: Tommy Murphy sure looks good in centerfield
and one of the best outfield arms I've ever seen. Can he
hit enough to stick and be Darin Erstad's replacement in
A -Eddie Bane: Tommy
Murphy showed at the major league level that he is going
to be a big leaguer at some point. He showed poise, aggressiveness
and ability. Played well in the clutch also. It will take
some time as this is a very talented organization, but Murphy
can play at the ML level.
Q - Chuck Richter: Can a player that oozes "Tools"
be taught how to hit successfully in the big leagues, or
is this something that he needs to have dialed in by draft
day for him to have any chance? Case and point, Drew Stubbs,
scouts love his tools but their are concerns about his ability
to hit in the major leagues.
A - Eddie Bane: I cannot
comment on Stubbs in particular, but I would say that the
bat is the hardest thing to scout and also the hardest thing
- Chuck Richter: Nick Adenhart & Jose Arredondo
are dominating this year in Class A ball. What has impressed
you the most with these two kids?
A - Eddie Bane: Adenhart
is one of the top 3-4 pitching prospects in the game if
he remains healthy. He can pitch, but he also has way above
average pure stuff and in the scout vernacular he does it
"easy". The ball just flows out his hand and then
gets on top of the hitter at 95mph with life. He also has
plus command for a 19 year old. Jealously, he is also one
of my favorite kids as is Mark Trumbo. Dont forget Stephen
Marek in any of those conversations. He has gone toe to
toe with Nicky lately.
Q - Chuck Richter: Nick Gorneault - Does he have
a shot at becoming a future regular or at least GA's platoon
partner in LF or DH in the big leagues? What is your take
A - Eddie Bane: Gorneault
is putting up numbers, which he needs to do, that simply
cannot be ignored. He will get his opportunity at some point,
but no telling when that will be and the same holds true
for Reggie Willits. Different type players, but both have
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