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Enjoy some of the finest content on the internet from our talented writers at AngelsWin.com on our Blog here. From the Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball, our feature stories throughout the season & offseason, to our annual primer series by Robert Cunningham and to all of our player/prospect interviews, prospect hotlists and our annual top-30 prospects list. 

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Top Greatest Moments in Los Angeles Angels History

Sponsored Article The history of the Los Angeles Angels is punctuated by moments of brilliance that have defined the team's journey in Major League Baseball. Each landmark achievement, from game-winning home runs to perfect games, contributes to the team's narrative, offering fans a repository of memories that underscore the team's impact on the sport. Nolan Ryan's No-Hitters (1972-1979) During his tenure with the Angels, Nolan Ryan etched his name into the annals of baseball hist

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AngelsWin.com Turns 20

By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Chief Operating Officer 20 years! AngelsWin.com turned 20 years old in 2024! For many of us that joined Chuck Richter on this adventure back at the beginning, it hardly seems possible.  It’s truly one of those, “wait … how old am I?” moments. Many of the everyday staples of modern life, things that feel like they’ve been around forever, actually came to be after AngelsWin. Things like: the iPhone, Facebook, X/Twitter, TikTok, SnapChat, Instagram, Smashb

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The Zach Plesac Experiment

Around 10 PM on December 30th, Robert Murray broke the Angels 4th MLB roster transaction of the offseason, 28 year old right hander Zach Plesac.  Plesac wasn't a player very high on many people's radars - a large amount of his 2023 season was spent in AAA - which makes giving him a Major League contract even more perplexing.  Clearly, though, the Angels see something in him. Any baseball fan could look at his 7.59 ERA and label him as a lost cause, but the Angels saw something that they think co

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The Mike Trout Chronicles: Can the perennial All-Star stay healthy and make the necessary adjustments to produce at a high level for the Angels?

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Introduction In a recent post, I re-assessed Mike Trout's career trajectory via WAR and comparable players, pointing out that as things stand, his 85.1 fWAR ranks him 30th all-time, and he's likely going to end up somewhere in the latter half of the top 20, depending upon to what degree his career revives. Of especial note, his 71.4 through his age 27 season (2019) was the best in major league history; now, through his age 31 season (20

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SHOHEI OHTANI’S 2023 SEASON IN REVIEW

In his sixth Major League season with the Angels, the 29-year-old has compiled a 10-5 record with a 3.14 ERA (132 IP – 46 ER) and 167 strikeouts in 23 pitching starts, while holding opponents to a .184 average (85/463). As a hitter, he had 102 runs scored, 26 doubles, eight triples, 44 home runs, 95 RBI, 91 walks, 20 stolen bases and a 1.066 OPS. Below are some additional accomplishments this season: THE HITTER Ranks in Top Four in the American League in home runs (44; 1st), to

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In Defense of Angels GM Perry Minasian

By Ryan Falla, AngelsWin.com Columnist There is no more difficult job in baseball than heading the Angels organization as the General Manager. Short on staff necessary to encompass the responsibilities of an entire organization, Perry Minasian tirelessly carries the responsibilities of success on his shoulders as he guides the Angels through a disastrous season, the few bright spots in this Shakespearean tragedy coming through the effectiveness of Minasian’s drafting strategies and ability

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Everything You Need To Know about the (2023) Los Angeles Angels Arizona Complex & Dominican Summer League Prospects

(Capri Ortiz - Photo by Jerry Espinoza) By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Columnist Last year, I started this article with a caveat that is necessary when talking about the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Complex League (which will be referred to as DSL and ACL for simplicity throughout the article). The age variance between leagues can alter the performance of any given player significantly, as ages can vary from 16-years-old to 22-years-old in the DSL and 17-years-old to 24-yea

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Alberto Rios (Angels 2023 3rd Round Draft Pick) Exclusive Interview with AngelsWin.com

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Columnist Angels third-round pick, Alberto Rios, chats with Taylor Blake Ward about what he learned while riding the bench his first two years at Stanford before becoming Pac-12 Player of the Year and a top draft prospect. Rios spent his first two years at Stanford as a bullpen catcher who received eight total plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, reaching base once. His junior season, the Cardinal put him in their starting lineup and all he did was h

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Nolan Schanuel (Angels 2023 First Round Draft Pick) Exclusive Interview with AngelsWin.com

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Columnist Taylor Blake Ward sits down with 2023 Angels first-round pick, Nolan Schanuel, to chat about his pro debut, first night in front of a large crowd, and how seeing an eye doctor before his junior season aided to not only his performance and draft stock, but also his confidence in carrying his hit tool to wood bats.  Schanuel signed with the Angels for slot value, $5,253,000, which is a new record bonus for any Angels draftee by $583,000 (Reid

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Los Angeles Angels 2023 Amateur Draft Coverage: Finding the Best Player Available

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer I love the MLB draft. It’s unlike just about every other major league sport’s draft in that the results of the draft won’t be known for 3-5 years, or more. A good example of this is Mickey Moniak who was drafted 1-1 (1st round, 1st overall pick in the round) in 2016. He is just now starting to reach his potential in the Major Leagues, 7 years after he was drafted out of high school by the Phillies. Because of the long timeline for a dr

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Taylor Blake Ward's 2023 MLB Amateur Draft Preview

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Columnist As we near the 72-hour mark for the 2023 MLB Draft, Taylor Blake Ward of AngelsWin gives you his draft preview for the Angels. The MLB Draft is always filled with obscurity, but just for the sake of sanity and assumption, there is a top five group that has become the first-tier of talent in the draft and even with how arbitrary the draft can be there is a safe assumption that group of five will not be available by the time the Angels select

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Breaking The Mold: How Zach Neto Is Outshining Rookie Status

By Sarah Wilson, AngelsWin.com Columnist Mark DeRosa, former MLB player & host of MLB Central, was given the incredible opportunity to manage Team USA in the World Baseball Classic this past spring. He was in need of a shortstop before the WBC tournament started, so he decided to call the Angels’ manager, Phil Nevin, to see if he could borrow a SS in time for the upcoming Team USA vs Angels scrimmage. Nevin decided to send 22 year old Zach Neto. DeRosa raved on MLB Central on June 13th,

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Mike Trout is climbing the career leaderboard in WAR

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Clayton Kershaw actually inspired me to write this, not Trout. If you haven't noticed, Kershaw is off to a great start, with a 1.89 ERA through 6 starts, including 1.2 fWAR and a 9.71 K to 1.18 BB rate in 38 IP. Kershaw may be a bit under-appreciated these days, as he hasn't been among the very best pitchers since his peak in 2011-16, after which he dropped a level from best pitcher in the world to merely top 10 or so. But even then, since 2

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Our AngelsWin.com Podcast is here! Starring host Victor Rojas, with Chuck Richter & Geoff Stoddart

The longtime voice of the Los Angeles Angels joins the AngelsWin.com team of Chuck Richter and Geoff Stoddart to discuss all things surrounding the Halos and Major League Baseball. You can subscribe, download, stream and listen or watch on the following platforms: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_QbFNfilSkSIhjjYlTLYZg iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/angelswin-podcast/id1681884284 Spotify:  iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/263-ang

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Manfreded, Again

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Dear Rob, We don’t know each other, but we should meet. You are the Commissioner of Baseball, and I’m a lifelong baseball fan and diehard Angels fan. I’d love to invite you to my Angels seats, and we can discuss the state of the game over a beer or two.  Sometimes it seems like we live in similar worlds. I get that baseball, like all things, evolves over time. The game played today is not the same as it was when I was a kid. New analyt

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Executive, Former MLB Player and Prospect Analyst Discuss Angels Top Young Players

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Spring Training is done, and the real thing all starts now – or technically, earlier before the weekend. Taking a look back at the spring though, we focused on more than a handful of Angels prospects and how different perspectives can come out of spring from a performance standpoint and the trained eye of experts. We asked three different people from three different fields about their opinions of specific players during the spring. We a

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Why I’m Excited for Angels Baseball in 2023

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer I haven’t been writing much, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been watching Angels baseball. I’m a diehard Angels fan. Win or lose, I follow my team. And, when you are really not feeling well, there’s no better medicine than a good Angels game. As I reflected on the Angels Spring Training so far, I came away very impressed! We had a very good spring. And, I’m not just talking about our Win-Loss Record (which at 18-11 led the Cactus Leag

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Three Angelic Ambivalences this Year

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer There's a strange feeling of ambivalence about the 2023 season: That the Angels, and a variety of players, could either bring us yet more mediocrity-induced heartache, or finally return to legitimacy. While I could probably write similar segments for almost every player on the team, there are two players that best exemplify this for me, as well as the team as a whole. Mike Trout in his Early 30s: Accepting Inevitable Decline or a Return

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AngelsWin.com's 2023 Los Angeles Angels Top-30 Prospects

THE 2023 ANGELS TOP 30 PROSPECTS By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse Another year in the books, and more disappointment for Angels fans. But there’s always the farm system and the future it foretells, right? This year that glimmer of hope may be growing somewhat brighter. The top of this list has some legitimate talent, with two or three players appearing on top 100 lists, and several more contenders for the top 100 by the end of 2023. Furthermore, the top 30 is filled out with a

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels Top Prospect Logan O'Hoppe

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com September 20th, 2022 It didn't take Logan O'Hoppe long to make an impression with his teammates and the entire Southern league after the trade that sent Brandon Marsh to the Phillies in exchange for the Angels newly ranked top prospect. Since joining the Trash Pandas on August 4th Logan O'Hoppe ranked first on the team in Home Runs - (11), Runs Batted In - (33), On-Base Percentage - (.484)

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Los Angeles Angels 2022 First Round Pick Zach Neto talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com August 21st, 2022 MADISON, Alabama – Coming off an electric walk-off win the previous night after an hour long rain delay in the 9th inning, all of the players were loose and in good spirits on Sunday. Zach Neto the Angels first round pick in the 2022 amateur draft talked with us for nearly 10 minutes and described the clubhouse's positive atmosphere, the talent on the ball club and his jou

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Los Angeles Angels Top Relief Prospect Ben Joyce talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com 105.5. That’s a number. But it’s not just any number. That’s the speed of a fastball thrown by Ben Joyce—the fastest pitch ever thrown in college baseball and the third fastest pitch ever sitting just behind two pitches thrown by Aroldis Chapman. Joyce didn’t just do it once—he consistently threw above 103.5 mph, or faster than every pitch thrown in the Major Leagues last year. Joyce recent

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels LHP Prospect Ky Bush

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com October 13th, 2022 What a season it has been for the Angels 2021 second-round pick. Bush was selected to the Futures Games and was selected to pitch Game One of the Southern League playoffs against the Tennessee Smokies and blanked the opposition over five scoreless innings and earned the win.  The 6-foot-6 Bush saw his fastball tick up from 88-90 mph in junior college to topping out a

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels 2021 First Round Pick Sam Bachman

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com October 20th, 2022 We spoke with Sam Bachman on the final weekend of the regular season about his first full year of professional ball with the Trash Pandas, how he had to deal with injuries, what were his finest moments over the past couple years, what draft day was like and much more, including learning a little bit about Bachman's personal life and hobbies.  Bachman is the first pla

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Eric Torres Talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com Torres spent three seasons pitching at Kansas State and was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in 2021. He made 49 relief appearances there as a junior before the Los Angeles Angels selected him in the 14th-round in the 2021 draft. Last summer after he signed, Torres went straight to Tri-Cities, the Angels High-A affiliate where he had eight appearances that included four

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