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  • Los Angeles Angels 2022 MLB Amateur Draft Preview

    By @taylorblakeward, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer With just under a month before the first name is called in the 2022 Major League Baseball amateur Draft, we take a look at some of the potential candidates for the Angels first selection at pick No. 13, as well as some personal favorites who may be options with their second pick, which comes in the third round at No. 89. With a prep and bat-heavy class at the top, it is safe to rule out some names no matter how unorthodox the draft may pa

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    A Fighting Farewell (1993): The Story Behind the Robin Ventura/Nolan Ryan Fight

    By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Contributor Of all of Nolan Ryan's achievements, few garnered more attention than the 20-second skirmish between Ryan and veteran third baseman Robin Ventura in 1993. The fight has come to symbolize his Texas toughness, and it made Ryan a symbol of middle-age defiance. Much has been made about the "Ventura Fight" but most don't realize its roots started three years earlier in Florida. In the 1990s, Chicago's Craig Grebeck was one of baseball's smalles

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    Saddle Up, We're Going Home! The AngelsWin.com Store is Back Open for Business

    We're launching our new website store featuring the Angels home run dugout celebration with "Saddle Up, We're Going Home" t-shirts. These can be had for both men & women in different colors, styles and sizes.  This cowboy hat celebration in the dugout after an Angel hits a home run has been loved by fans on social media and the airwaves.  We got confirmation when we asked Angels fans on social media what they thought of the cowboy hat home run celebration in the dugout. T

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    New Documentary in Theatres Soon - "Facing Nolan Ryan"

    Our old friend Rob Goldman who brought us Once they were Angels, Always an Angel (Tim Salmon biography) and Nolan Ryan - The making of a pitcher and so many historical articles years ago, is back with a video production - Facing Nolan Ryan. Available in theatres on May 24th and at some point on streaming platforms as well.  You can check your local theatres to see where it will be playing here: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Facing-Nolan- Check out the trailer. It looks awesome!! 

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    The Future of the Angels Outfield

    By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer The emergence of Taylor Ward as an elite hitter--as well as the slow development of Adell--has put a bit of a crimp in the Angels outfield outlook. Before the year, it was reasonable to assume that the Angels would platoon Ward, Marsh, and Adell in the corner spots, and let them hack it out for playing time all year long. Even last year, I presented various configurations on how the Angels could platoon Marsh and Adell with Upton, assuming W

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  • OC Register: Angels Q&A: What is going to happen at the trade deadline?

    Once again, the Angels are enduring a disappointing season. After this weekend’s three games in Houston, they will be exactly halfway through the regular season, and they’ll be under .500. The extra wild-card playoff spot this year has given them slightly more hope than they would have otherwise. They also have both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani performing at a high level, a confluence they’ve never enjoyed this far into a season. Overall, though, the team definitely needs some help, which is

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    OC Register: Angels’ Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani are finalists to start in All-Star Game

    Angels outfielder Mike Trout and two-way star Shohei Ohtani made it through to the next phase of the selection process to be in the starting lineup for the American League in next month’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. The first round of voting ended on Thursday morning, and the top two at each position will now advance to Phase 2, which begins on Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT and ends on Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. PT. During this period, fans can vote only once a day for whom they want to see in Mids

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    OC Register: Mookie Betts, Trea Turner among All-Star finalists

    LOS ANGELES — After the first round of fan voting, two Dodger position players remain in the running to start for the National League at the All-Star Game July 19 at Dodger Stadium: outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner. Betts is one of four finalists for two starting outfield positions, along with Joc Pederson, Starling Marte and Adam Duvall. The top vote-getter in the first round automatically advances to the starting lineup under a new rule in place this season. That allowed Atla

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    Luis Rengifo is becoming a player

    On first glance, his numbers don't look all that good: .238/.287/.388 in 158 PA. Then then remember that this is 2022, and that line is good for a 92 wRC+ -- meaning, just a bit below league average. Rengifo has a 0.4 WAR in 44 games, which means he's on a roughly 1.5 WAR pace over a full season. So, overall, he's been a mediocre, fringy regular. But what about lately? Well, Rengifo has hit 2 HR in his last four games. Yesterday was probably his best game of the year, with a 2B and HR.

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    Should we muse about trading Ohtani?

    I understand his talent and with that special talent that he makes a lot of money for the team. However, at this time, the team is going nowhere. Can we get a haul that addresses our shortcomings, even if it's from several teams? What would we need back in a trade? A shortstop? Catcher? Starting pitcher? Is it possible to get those needs in a trade for him? Or do you think we need to be patient that management can get the personnel to gel around him?

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    The Official 2022 Los Angeles Angels Minor League Stats, Reports & Scouting Thread

    It's a new year, and time for a new thread. And, more importantly, we might as well start compiling our Top Prospect List because who knows will the CBA will be renewed and then how insane it will be once it is renewed.    Let's have at it, and more importantly, let's have a good season for all of our prospects, where they get in a full season's worth of work and development. I'm looking forward to several taking big steps forward and others making a bit of a bounce back.

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  • Our picks

    • Gameday Thread White Sox @ Angels 6/29/2022 Ohtani on the mound
      Gameday Thread White Sox @ Angels 6/29/2022 Ohtani on the mound
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    • Gameday Thread (6/27/22): White Sox @ Angels
      Gameday Thread (6/27/22): White Sox @ Angels
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    • The Angels' depth problem in two handy graphs
      As I and others have mentioned, one of the biggest problems the Angels currently have is weak depth beyond their frontline regulars. This can be illustrated by the following chart:


      To clarify, green is above average (100), purple below - rounded to the nearest 5. The columns are different widths relative to plate appearances, and ordered from highest to lowest (e.g. Trout has the highest wRC+ on the Angels and third most PA). I've included all players with 10+ PA.

      Now while it may not be fair to compare them to the Yankees and Astros - the two best teams, and top offenses, in the AL - they provide examples of how a championship caliber offense "should" look. The Astros have been garden variety great, while the Yankees have been historically great.

      At first blush, there isn't a huge difference - especially with the Astros. But now consider how much purple (negative wRC+) there is on the Angels compared to the other two teams. The Angels have significantly more than the Astros, and the Yankees barely have any.

      Furthermore, once you get past Rendon and Stassi (the two "squat" green columns), every single player has a negative wRC+, whereas the Yankees in particular have several positive contributors among less PA players. Some further comparisons:

      Among players with 100 PA or more, the Angels have four players with 120+ wRC+. The Astros have six, and the Yankees five. 


      Among players with 10+ PA, 6 of 19 (32%) on the Angels are positive; 7 of 15 (47%) on the Astros; 9 of 16 (56%) on the Yankees.


      Andrew Velazquez has the lowest wRC+ (39) of any player in the majors with 200+ PA.


      Among 259 players with 150+ PA, Tyler Wade is #246 (55 wRC+), and Velazquez #256 (39). The Angels are only of only three teams--along with the Athletics and Rays--who have two players in the bottom 15.


      If that didn't illustrate it well enough, this should do the trick:


      This, I think, illustrates the problem to an even greater extent. Consider how much of the Angels hitting is in shades of purple. They've got two players who have had great hitting years so far in Trout and Ward, then Ohtani and Walsh as good to very good, then everyone else is average or worse - and mostly worse.
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    • Help me write a story!
      I want you guys to tell me one reason you think the Angels are losing, and I'm going to crunch the numbers to find out what's true and what's just perception.

      Sort of like Mythbusters.

      For example

      "The Angels strike out too much."

      "The Angels situational hitting is bad."

      "The Angels rotation is bad."

      Go!
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    • Gameday Thread (6/22/22): Royals @ Angels - off-days for Trout and Walsh
      Gameday Thread (6/22/22): Royals @ Angels - off-days for Trout and Walsh
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  • AngelsWin Interviews David Fletcher

    We recently had the opportunity to sit down with David Fletcher to talk to him about the 2021 season, his thoughts on baseball in general, and life off of the field. We asked questions from fans that we received on our website, www.angelswin.com, Facebook, Twitter, and from our panel of writers.

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  • AngelsWin.com Interviews Rod Carew

    AngelsWin.com interviews Angels legend and Hall of Famer Rod Carew, discussing his new autobiography 'One Tough Out', stories from his playing career, thoughts on current Angels and modern-day baseball, and further reflections on some of the most challenging and uplifting moments of his life.

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